SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2004
Bezold living his dream as NKU basketball coach
Dave Bezold barked "Block out!" on the second day of Northern Kentucky University men's basketball practice, a red-roped whistle dangling from his right wrist as he paced in Regents Hall.
Slower pace setting in for retired NKU coach

St. Xavier 13, St. Ignatius 10
St. Xavier got a glimpse of playoff football Saturday afternoon, but it wouldn't be quite right to call it a dry run.
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Bearcats bounce back
Apparently, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats put the last two weeks to good use.
Photos of Saturday's game (Online exclusive!)

Broncos learn their lesson
Denver, scalded for 41 points by Peyton Manning and the Colts in a 2003 AFC wild-card playoff game, retooled its defense in the offseason.
Daugherty: 'MNF' recalls a simpler time
John Madden Q&A (Online exclusive!)

Good Sports: Making a difference
In Cincinnati, there are plenty of athletes who are giving back, along with former athletes and coaches, all using their positions to do something positive for the people who live in this area and need help.
Cris Collinsworth Danny Graves Bob Huggins
Marvin Lewis Anthony Muñoz Tim Naehring
Doug Pelfrey Sean Casey Willie Anderson

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WORLD SERIES
Red Sox outlast Cardinals in Game 1
BOSTON - The Fall Classic opened on the edge of winter. A cold and windy Saturday night that was no place for pitchers, defense or anyone without a heavy coat.


Walker does it all in first World Series appearance
BOSTON - Larry Walker waited a long time for this chance. Playing in the World Series for the first time in his 16-year major league career, he made it count. It just wasn't enough.

Bumbling Ramirez gives (and gives away) for Red Sox
BOSTON - He slips. He trips. He lets it rip. That's Manny Ramirez.
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PRO FOOTBALL
Lewis wants a win, not a moral victory
Rookie Caleb Miller will get another start at middle linebacker Monday night, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Saturday.


'Yes, I'd like to order the Roethlis-burger'
Ben Roethlisberger is the toast - literally - of Pittsburgh.

Giants ready to tame Lions
The New York Giants should continue their run for an NFL playoff berth at home Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Browns look for respect against Eagles
CLEVELAND - They are undefeated at home. Their new quarterback is making plays. Their defense has been solid. Their kicker is perfect. Their running backs are finally both healthy.

Bills face key road test against Ravens
BALTIMORE - The Buffalo Bills saved face by beating the Miami Dolphins last Sunday in a battle of winless NFL teams. But did they save their season?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
As usual, Hoosiers are cure for Bucks
COLUMBUS - After more than a month without a win, Ohio State finally found an elixir for its ailments.


Wolverines cash in on late fumble
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Michigan is proving that sometimes experience isn't all it's cracked up to be.

RedHawks rush to victory
OXFORD - Talk about a plan working out. Miami's sluggish rushing attack got the wakeup call it needed Saturday night in the form of the University of Central Florida defense, the worst against the run in the Mid-American Conference.

Even on bad day, Tigers too much for UK
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn is no longer judging its performances by the final score.

Gators' loss puts Zook's job in jeopardy
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sylvester Croom's first big win for Mississippi State sent Florida to a new low under coach Ron Zook.

No. 25 Lions up record to 7-0
DEFIANCE, Ohio - The unbeaten Mount St. Joseph Lions, ranked 25th in Division III, scored two quick touchdowns in the final 90 seconds of the second quarter to take a 21-2 halftime lead en route to a 41-10 victory over Defiance on Saturday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Ex-star Hill is on scene; suspended Finn due back
Xavier fans got more than expected Saturday night at Musketeer Madness when 16 former Xavier players, including NBA veteran Tyrone Hill, showed up for Xavier's season-opening public scrimmage.


West adjusts for his second NBA season
When David West was on his way to winning 2003 national player of the year awards at Xavier University, he didn't stray far from the lane on either end of the court.

Patzwald stands by his longtime dream
Ryan Patzwald already had signed with Northern Kentucky University and was set to begin his college basketball career there.

Kentucky newcomers shine
LEXINGTON - It came as little surprise that Chuck Hayes and Kelenna Azubuike dominated Saturday's Blue-White scrimmage at Memorial Coliseum. The University of Kentucky basketball team's lone two returning starters combined for 47 points to lead the Blue team to an 84-76 win.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Hamilton's Hodges Div. I medalist
COLUMBUS - A state title by Hamilton senior Kyle Hodges highlighted a near-great day by area golfers in Saturday's final round of the Division I boys' and girls' state championships at the Scarlet and Gray courses in Columbus.


Scott defeats rain and Dixie
After three goals, one thunder delay and 135 minutes of pounding rain, Scott captured the 18th District soccer title in a 3-1 defeat of Dixie Heights at Calvary Christian Saturday afternoon.

Belsky, Geracis finish 2nd, 4th
COLUMBUS - Sycamore's Jenny Belsky and Turpin's Maureen Geraci, two of the area's most accomplished girls' tennis players over the last few years, concluded their high school careers Saturday.

Walnut Hills wins sectional
The Walnut Hills volleyball team ran its streak of consecutive victories to 24 with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 win over Oak Hills and in doing so captured the school's first sectional championship in 10 years.

St. Henry ends Notre Dame's reign
St. Henry wanted to end Notre Dame's 23 years of dominance in Northern Kentucky volleyball, just as the Red Sox ended the Yankees' hold on the American League pennant.

Sycamore, St. Xavier win boys' titles
After placing fifth last year and missing a regional berth by three points, Sycamore boys' cross country coach Jim Smanik said he will take the weekend to celebrate his team's Division I district title Saturday at Voice of America Park.

Groeschen: Elder's new complex in the works
Elder could use some good news, and the school's sports-minded alumni are offering some.

Ernst: Holmes senior runs after a dream
Here's to Holmes senior Cullen Kennison, who's tackling the art of self-improvement like he tackles quarterbacks.

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
Dreams are in the dirt
A quick tour of Amelia Middle School student Justin Weeks' house will tell you he's no ordinary 14-year-old.
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Miami hockey's hot start cools off
The Miami hockey team hit a bump in what had been a smooth start to its follow-up to last season's CCHA Super Six and NCAA Tournament appearances.


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