TOP SPORTS NEWS
Spring training preview
The Reds head to Sarasota, Fla., this week with a tenuous group of aging, injury-prone and inexperienced starting pitchers casting a big shadow on their playoff chances. Fans should keep their fingers crossed.
Reds need more balance on offense
Ten questions for Sarasota
Position outlooks: Catching | Infield Outfield | Relief

Xavier 78, Temple 71
        The naked eye, scanning the box score, might think Xavier's Maurice McAfee lost the battle of point guards to Temple's Lynn Greer. But the 24th-ranked Musketeers won 78-71, and McAfee was the story behind the statistics.

UC 64, Southern Mississippi 52
        Southern Mississippi has been accustomed to being the defensive force in games, setting the tempo, forcing opponents to abandon gameplans. Not Saturday.

Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        Oak Hills wrapped up the boys GMC title Saturday in its first year in the league, and Cincinnati Country Day won a small-school showdown with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. Get the rundown on Saturday's games and all of the games from the past week. Plus, this week's schedule, sectional tournament pairings and team-by-team schedules and rosters.

TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Sunday, February 11, 2001

Readers name the wall
        The Red Monster and the Flood Wall got the most votes after we asked you to name the new 30-foot center field wall in Cinergy Field. But you came up with some great original ideas, too. Here are the ones we liked best, some we liked a little, and some we didn't like at all:

DAUGHERTY: Griffey on waivers no big deal
        The Mariners didn't claim Ken Griffey Jr. on waivers last August because they thought they'd get him. They claimed him - and went public with it this week - to tweak the Reds and, specifically, general manager Jim Bowden.

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


Cincinnati needs a celebrity in the stands
        Jimmy Buffett made sports news last week by getting a little out of control at a Miami Heat game. The story got us to thinking: What Cincinnati needs is an obnoxious celebrity fan to spice up the sports landscape. But who?

SULLIVAN: XU's Sato aims to please
        Romain Sato is a team player and a team eater. When his American guardian served the fried chicken she had burned beyond recognition, Sato nobly stepped up to the plate.

Muskies: We needed that
        Xavier wasn't ashamed to admit a sigh of relief Saturday after beating Temple. “It was a must-win,” senior captain Maurice McAfee said.

UC's Davis sprains ankle
        HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Shortly after the final buzzer Saturday, Jamaal Davis walked slowly out of the UC locker room with a bag of ice wrapped around his left ankle.

Miami's injuries mean opportunities
        Coach Charlie Coles would like to have Jason Grunkemeyer healthy today when the Miami RedHawks play Ball State in Muncie, Ind. (1 p.m., ESPN2). But Grunkemeyer's absence — he's not expected to play because of a sprained ankle — means opportunity for someone else.

NKU men 94, IPFW 73
        Craig Sanders scored 24 points Saturday as Northern Kentucky defeated Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne 94-73 at Regents Hall.

NKU women 82, IPFW 48
        Julie Cowens scored 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Norse, ranked No.7 in NCAA Division II.

Kentucky 76, Mississippi St. 57
        LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Wildcats knew they would have to find some way to negate Mississippi State's athleticism. As it turned out, the Bulldogs took care of that for them, shooting a season-low 26.9 percent and missing all 19 of their 3-point attempts in the Wildcats' 76-57 victory Saturday.

Mighty Ducks 3. St. Johns 3
        ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland — Andy McDonald and Sean Avery tallied goals 3:09 apart in the third period to lift the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 3-3 tie with the St. John's Maple Leafs Saturday in the AHL at the St. John's Memorial Stadium.

Cleveland 7, Cyclones 3
        CLEVELAND — Greg Koehler scored his team leading 26th goal of the season but the Cincinnati Cyclones fell to the Cleveland Lumberjacks 7-3 in the IHL.

Stuff 102, Trenton 88
        The Cincinnati Stuff snapped an IBL franchise record 10-game losing streak by defeating the Trenton Stars 102-88 Saturday night before 4,506 at Firstar Center.

Agassi building college prep school
        Australian Open champion Andre Agassi, who recently won his seventh Grand Slam title, had a big week — and it had nothing to do with tennis. The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy was Thursday in Las Vegas, within a mile of the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club, built in 1997.

Fox faces big test at Daytona
        Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds hope things come together fast. They debuted together this weekend on Fox's NASCAR coverage. A week from today, they'll call the biggest stock car race of them all: the Daytona 500.

Girls sectional swim meet
        The defending Division I state champion Ursuline swimming team received a wake-up call early in Saturday's sectional meet at Keating Natatorium.

High school wrestling tournaments
        A rundown of Saturday's league championships.

High School Insider
        If attendance doesn't improve at the state girls basketball championships the next few years at Value City Arena in Columbus, a site change is possible.

N.Ky. regional swim meet
        TAYLOR MILL — Near the end of Saturday's Northern Kentucky regional swimming meet, the only suspense at Scott High School was Notre Dame's and Covington Catholic's margins of victory.

CCD beats CHCA to take first in MVC
        The Cincinnati Country Day boys basketball team avenged its only loss this season and took over first place in the Miami Valley Conference with a 44-39 win over Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy on Saturday.

Cincinnati boys basketball games
Cincinnati girls basketball games
N.Ky. boys basketball games
N.Ky. girls basketball games
Ohio boys basketball scores
Ohio girls basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores
Indiana boys basketball scores
Indiana girls basketball scores
Boys basketball schedule
Girls basketball schedule

High school signing day report
Check our list of 110 area high school athletes who have made college commitments. And get the scoop on football recruits for your favorite school:
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The new look of Cinergy Field
2001 Reds schedule
Cincinnati boys basketball rosters and schedules
Cincinnati girls basketball rosters and schedules
Prep football coverage at Enquirer.com/prepfootball