Xavier 71, George Washington 63
Twenty-six months after last holding a national ranking, the Musketeers might have clinched a return trip with their thrilling overtime victory.

UC 91, DePaul 70
Leonard Stokes scored 17 points off the bench — his best output since Dec.16 — and led the way for a season-high 38 points from UC's reserves.

Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        Elder knocked off Ohio's No. 1-ranked team for the second time this season, and the Harrison girls handed Mason its first league loss after 105 straight wins. Get a complete rundown on Saturday's games and all of the past week's games, plus team-by-team schedules and rosters.


Sports Headlines for  Sunday, February 04, 2001

Shula a steakhouse success story
        On the phone, the hostess says it's another perfect season at Don Shula's Steak House. Just before the workday begins, Dave Shula, company president and fired Bengals coach, gathers his team of players and coaches in the center of a meeting room. At Shula's, the sports metaphors flow like Cabernet and A-1 sauce.

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

What to call The Wall
        When a 30-foot-high wall is constructed in straightaway center at Cinergy Field, it's only a matter of time before Reds fans will adopt a nickname for Cincinnati's version of Fenway Park's Green Monster. Tell us your favorite.

Casey will hear arbitration case
        Anybody who has read “North Dallas Forty” knows the novel's central line: “Every time I try and call it a business, you say it's a game, and every time I say it should be a game, you call it a business.” Come Wednesday, that thought might be ricocheting through Sean Casey's mind like a line-drive foul in the dugout.

STATS sees better years for Casey, Griffey
        It's intriguing to check the projected 2001 performances for individual Reds, devised by the folks at STATS Inc. for their annual Major League Handbook.

Bowling Green 67, Miami 63
        OXFORD — Miami University continues to be a team that struggles to get over the hump that separates good teams from mediocre ones. Saturday's 67-63 overtime loss to Bowling Green illustrated that.

Miami's string of MAC finals in jeopardy
— Miami has played in the final of the Mid-American Conference tournament each of Charlie Coles' previous four seasons as head coach. Coles thinks that streak will end if the attitude of his players doesn't change.

No. 3 NKU men outlast Lewis in OT
        ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Craig Conley made six free throws during overtime Saturday as Northern Kentucky defeated Lewis 83-78 at Neil Carey Arena.

NKU women 72, Lewis 63
        ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Michelle Cottrell scored 16 points for NKU.

SULLIVAN: Logan makes UC go
        Steve Logan drives to the basket like a resolute rhinoceros. There's nothing pretty about it, nothing sleek, nothing fancy. And, more often than not, nothing stoppable.

Goggles don't blur McElroy's aim
        UC junior Immanuel McElroy, who got poked in the left eye midway through the second half Thursday at Charlotte, wore tinted protective goggles Saturday against DePaul.

Longtime friends momentary foes
        Romain Sato and Patrick Ngongba, friends who grew up together in the Central African Republic, became pivotal figures in the final second of regulation Saturday.

A-10's next school battles for berth
        While Xavier and other Atlantic 10 teams hope to earn enough victories for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth, the league's next member has no choice.

Pro Bowl place for offensive stars to shine
        HONOLULU — Dennis Green and Jon Gruden, who watched a pair of dominating defenses eliminate their teams from the Super Bowl chase three weeks ago, look forward to some fireworks today in the Pro Bowl.
Pro Bowl rosters

'Miracle on Ice' still give chills
        How good is HBO's Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team? When Mike Eruzione scores the go-ahead goal against the Soviets, you get chills; when team manager Craig Patrick gets choked up by the memories of the team, you get a knot in your throat, too; and when goalie Jim Craig looks a little amazed all these years later when he says “We beat them,” you're a little amazed, too.

High School Insider
        Playing tennis at the professional level is a goal Jason Zimmermann set for himself years ago.

Cincinnati boys sectional draw
        Few coaches ask their players which team they'd prefer to play in the sectional tournament. Lannis Timmons, coach of No.3 Western Hills, is the exception.

Elder knocks off Ohio's No. 1 - again
        The famed Elder Pit has seen many upsets, but none quite like what happened Saturday night. For the first time in school history, the Panthers upset the state's No. 1-ranked team on their home court.

Harrison girls stun No. 1 Mason
        Mason, the No.1 team in The Enquirer's Division I girls coaches poll, had its Fort Ancient Valley Conference win streak snapped at 105 games with a 50-47 loss to Harrison on Saturday.

Cincinnati boys basketball games
        Hamilton's Nate Rusbosin made two free throws with 37 seconds to play to give the Big Blue, ranked No.8 in the Enquirer's Division I poll, a 51-50 lead and an eventual 55-50 upset of No.2 St.Xavier Saturday.

Cincinnati girls basketball games
        Erin Schmitt scored a game-high 25 points as Indian Hill posted a 58-46 upset of Purcell Marian, ranked No.1 in The Enquirer's Divisions II-IV coaches poll.

N.Ky. boys basketball games
        Chris Thompson and Justin Morris combined to make three free throws in the final 20 seconds to give Scott a 71-68 victory over Simon Kenton Saturday.

N.Ky. girls basketball games
        Katie Schwegmann scored 27 points to lead Bishop Brossart over Bourbon County 73-53.

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

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The new look of Cinergy Field
2001 Reds schedule
Cincinnati boys basketball rosters and schedules
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