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UC 78, Wake Forest 72
        The passion was back, at least for Saturday. The result: A much-needed overtime victory over ninth-ranked Wake Forest that avoided a first-ever two-game losing streak at Shoemaker Center.

Xavier 81, Duquesne 48
        The blue-collar Musketeers fashioned another workmanlike performance, holding the Dukes to their lowest shooting (33.9 percent) and scoring figures of the season.

Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        Get the schedule for the Cincinnati girls sectional tournament and a complete rundown on the weekend games, plus next week's schedule, polls and team-by-team rosters and schedules.

TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Sunday, January 28, 2001

Best and worst of week in sports
        The Enquirer sports department's look at who rated — good and bad — this week in sports:

Olympic boxers win pro debuts
        NEW YORK — Ricardo Williams Jr. used his jab and left hand to confuse and hurt Anthony Simpkins and win his pro debut by a technical knockout in the fourth round Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Williamson starter or reliever?
        So, Bob Boone. Do you want Scott Williamson to be a starter or a reliever? “Yes,” Boone said.

RedsFest crowd smaller than past
        Despite a tumultuous week dominated by news of Cincinnati Reds who wouldn't be attending RedsFest, the Reds concluded a successful event Saturday.

Miami 57, Ball State 56
        OXFORD — Alex Shorts wasn't there for Miami at the beginning Saturday. But, oh, was he there at the end.

RedHawks point to Grunkemeyer
        OXFORD — Jason Grunkemeyer will never be confused with John Stockton or Gary Payton, but he is getting used to playing point guard in a pinch.

NKU men 78, Missouri-St. Louis 66
        ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Craig Sanders scored 18 points and Todd Clark added 17 points Saturday as Northern Kentucky University defeated Missouri-St.Louis 78-66.

NKU women 75, Missouri-St. Louis 53
        ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Michele Tuchfarber scored 22 points as Northern Kentucky University defeated the University of Missouri-St. Louis 75-53.

Ohio State 64, Michigan State 55
        COLUMBUS — Brian Brown has been a bit player on a Final Four team and a co-Big Ten champion, but those highlights have been pushed to the back of his memory bank.

Kentucky 86, Vanderbilt 75
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — After back-to-back losses in which his team got embarrassed on the boards, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith challenged his players to crash the glass against visiting Vanderbilt.

SULLIVAN: UC's long road not without hope
        “We wanted to open people's eyes,” UC's Jamaal Davis said Saturday afternoon, “and let them know we're still around.” Consider that statement made.

Stokes provides spark for UC
        “Leonard Stokes,” UC coach Bob Huggins shouted to his sophomore forward in a hallway outside the media room. “Nice to have you back.”

Frustrated Young performs at home
        PITTSBURGH — Dave Young, playing before his hometown fans, entered Saturday's game with 2:50 remaining and scored five quick points. It was a momentary respite in a dry spell which has caused the Xavier sophomore to consider transfering.

DAUGHERTY: Boring Giants will win
        TAMPA, Fla. The Giants will win because they are so buttoned-down dull. Said Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan: “We're boring. I like boring. When we got boring, we started to win.”

Super Bowl: Legacy vs. legitimacy
        TAMPA, Fla. — The Baltimore Ravens defense needs a victory in Super Bowl XXXV to be remembered as one of the best in NFL history. The New York Giants just want to show, in the words of coach Jim Fassel, that they are the best team on this given Sunday.

Dilfer unlikely Super Bowl hero
        TAMPA, Fla. — The Super Bowl is almost always about quarterbacks. They are larger-than-life Sunday matinee idols, slinging long passes, launching themselves headfirst into the end zone, raising both arms in touchdown triumph. Super Bowl quarterback Trent Dilfer's job is not to mess things up.

Former Bearcat becomes Giants' hometown hero
        TAMPA, Fla. — Giants safety Sam Garnes came to the University of Cincinnati because he knew he could play there right away.

Ravens have a former UC star, too
        TAMPA, Fla. — Former University of Cincinnati defensive star Brad Jackson could end up the answer to a trivia question:

Keys to winning Super Bowl
        TAMPA, Fla. — Here are five keys for the Giants and Ravens to win Super Bowl XXXV.

Ravens will remain in AFC Central
        TAMPA, Fla. — It now appears the Ravens are going to remain in the AFC Central when the NFL changes to four, four-team divisions in each conference beginning in the 2002 season.

Super Bowl Notebook
        TAMPA, Fla. — For the second season in a row and the third time in the past six seasons, the AFC is represented by a Central Division team in the Super Bowl.

Albany 8, Mighty Ducks 4
        Ed Ward scored two goals and Sylvain Cloutier had a goal and three assists to lead the Albany River Rats past the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 8-4 in the AHL Saturday night at the Cincinnati Gardens.

Cleveland 4, Cyclones 2
        CLEVELAND Right wing Christian Matte scored all four Cleveland goals in the Lumberjacks' 4-2 IHL victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones Saturday afternoon at Gund Arena.

Girls sectional tournament draw
        The girls basketball teams seeded at Saturday's sectional tournament draw at Princeton mirrored last year, with one exception.
• Tournament schedules: Division IIIIIIIV

Cincinnati boys basketball games
        Mark Robinson scored on a layup off a pass from Kevin Helvey with seven seconds remaining, giving Middletown a 55-53 upset over Hamilton at the Wade E. Miller Gym in Middletown Saturday night.

Cincinnati girls basketball games
        Oak Hills claimed the mythical west side girls basketball championship Saturday with a 67-50 victory over Seton.

N.Ky. boys basketball games
        Junior center Nick Feagan scored 21 points as Ryle beat Harrison County 67-57 Saturday night.

N.Ky. girls basketball games
        The Newport Central Catholic girls basketball team defeated Clinton County 61-49 Saturday in the semifinals of the girls Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic. Its reward: a date in the finals at 1 p.m. today against the top-ranked team in Kentucky.

Ohio boys basketball scores
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Indiana boys basketball scores
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Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores
Boys basketball schedule
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Cincinnati high school results

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2001 Reds schedule
Cincinnati boys basketball rosters and schedules
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