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Peculiar predictions for 2001
Stanley Kubrick called his movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. This, we call 2001: A Sports Oddity. In trying to predict what could happen in the next year of local sports, let's think outside the box:
2000: The Year in Sports

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Sports Headlines for  Monday, January 01, 2001

Duffner well prepared for new job
        The story of how Mark Duffner almost became the Bengals' head coach is fairly well known. What's not as familiar is why Mike Brown wanted Duffner to run the team.

Will distractions bowl over Buckeyes?
        The new year couldn't get here fast enough for Ohio State coach John Cooper, with controversy overshadowing the Buckeyes in today's Outback Bowl.

A-10 overview: Bonnies, Hawks surprising
        Atlantic 10 coaches stressed the importance of the non-conference season in strengthening the league's Ratings Percentage Index ranking, which could ultimately pay off with more members making postseason play. With league play beginning Wednesday when Xavier visits Fordham, the A-10 gets about a B-minus on its non-conference report card.

Xavier women 78, Butler 67
        Taru Tuukkanen had 21 points and nine rebounds as No.21 Xavier beat Butler 78-67 Sunday.

College basketball notes
        Xavier's David West and Northern Kentucky's Carl Mitchell were named players of the week in the respective conferences.

Cyclones 4, Manitoba 2
        MANITOBA — The Cincinnati Cyclones capped their exceptional December with a 4-2 victory over the Manitoba Moose on Sunday.

Female apprentice wins Turfway rider title
        Apprentice Kris Prather, 21, won Turfway Park's Holiday meet leading rider title with a 26-to-20 win margin over veteran Bill Troilo.

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