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Griffey Q&A: He's happy, relaxed
        Ken Griffey was totally at ease Saturday morning, as he has been since reporting to training camp. Griffey needed some peace of mind after a distressing 2000 season. Nobody knew he was struggling to cope with death threats to him and his family. Here are excerpts from a wide-ranging interview:
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New auto racing page debuts
        Drivers and fans, start your engines! Cincinnati.com is now providing complete coverage of auto racing, beginning with today's Daytona 500. Also today: a special Kentucky Speedway preview.


Xavier 79, Rhode Island 65
        The Musketeers needed a late surge to subdue the worst team in the Atlantic 10 Saturday night at Cintas Center. In the first of three apparent must-win games, XU could register only relief.

UC's Little finding his footing
        Center Donald Little should be key in tonight's ESPN game against Marquette with first place in Conference USA's American Division and a share of the overall league lead on the line.

Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        St. Ursula and North College Hill knocked seeded teams out of the girls sectional tournament Saturday night, and two Northern Kentucky stars, Ronny Dawn and Jimmy Horstman, passed 2,000 career points. Get a complete rundown on the weekend's games, plus next week's schedule.

TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Sunday, February 18, 2001

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

DAUGHERTY: 'Deadbeat dad, can I have your autograph?'
        James Brooks sat at a metal folding table, his back to the door, signing his name to posters, pictures and little plastic Bengals helmets. A guy to his left collected the customers' tickets; a guy to his right handed him pens.

TV movie dramatizes Bengal's tough childhood
        Call him the unknown Bengal. Back-up defensive back Sirr Parker, who played in only two games last season, will see his life story dramatized today.

SULLIVAN: Griffey can't please everyone
        SARASOTA, Fla. — Ken Griffey Jr. steps up to the plate and Barry Larkin turns up the pressure.

Griffey to hear a lot from Boone
        SARASOTA, Fla. — Though Bob Boone intends to establish a line of communication with his superstar center fielder, Ken Griffey Jr., the Reds' new manager isn't changing his pattern to do it.

Mercado needs good spring
        SARASOTA, Fla. — If Hector Mercado comes anywhere close to duplicating his 2000 spring-training performance, he'll make the Opening Day pitching staff. Then again, matching what he did last year will be extremely difficult.

Frey ends scoring slump
        Call off the APB for Kevin Frey. He turned up Saturday night atop the box score.

Former Muskies see NBA action
        Eleven years in the NBA, and Tyrone Hill finally plays for a championship contender.

Xavier women play last home game today
        When a team ranked 12th in the nation has four senior starters, Senior Day is bound to be a big deal. It couldn't be bigger for the Xavier women, who today honor five seniors after their 2 p.m. regular-season home finale against Dayton.

Akron 58, Miami 55
        AKRON — Falling to Akron for the second time this season, the Miami RedHawks weren't short of one thing: opportunities.

Kentucky 79, Vanderbilt 74

        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tayshaun Prince was there when Kentucky needed him most.

NKU men 90, Bellarmine 74
        LOUISVILLE — Craig Sanders (McNicholas) scored 23 points and Brenden Stowers (Simon Kenton) added 14 points and nine rebounds as No.15 NKU improved to 22-5 (13-5 GLVC).

NKU women upset by Bellarmine
        LOUISVILLE — Nickie Randall scored four points in the final 45 seconds Saturday as Bellarmine defeated No.6 Northern Kentucky 78-75.

Defiance sweeps Mount St. Joseph
        Frank Kill intercepted Mount St. Joseph's inbounds pass with 0.8 seconds left to seal Defiance's 85-81 win at MSJ's Harrington Center in the last regular-season game.

Mighty Ducks 7, Portland 2
        Yuri Butsayev had two goals and added an assist and Maxim Balmochnykh scored twice, leading the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 7-2 victory over the Portland Pirates in the AHL Saturday night at the Gardens.

XFL is bad TV
        A lot has been written and said about the XFL being bad football. No arguement here, but that's overlooking something more important: It's bad TV.

Division I Sectional wrestling
        Harrison High wrestler Tim Ruberg feels he and his teammates don't get enough respect.

Division II Sectional wrestling
        Franklin had seven wrestlers reach the finals and captured five individual championships on its way to the sectional title at Purcell Marian.

Division III Sectional wrestling
        Carlisle won six first-place titles and wrestled in the championships in every weight class except 119 pounds to win the sectional championship at Lakota Freshman School.

Kentucky state wrestling
        FRANKFORT — Jordan Blackmore won more than a state wrestling title Saturday.

Division I girls district swimming
        OXFORD — Defending Division I state swimming and diving champion Ursuline is poised to make it two in a row.

Division II girls district swimming
        OXFORD — Wyoming senior Michelle Reynolds was responsible for four of the seven meet records broken Saturday at the girls Division II district swimming and diving meet at Corwin Nixon Natatorium.

High School Insider
        Kings could have state-of-the-art facilities for football, tennis, baseball and softball within the next three years.

Cincinnati boys basketball games
        Freshman Ryan Patzwald scored a career-high 15 points on perfect shooting to lead Anderson to a 71-36 win over Turpin on Saturday.

Cincinnati girls basketball games
        Sophomore Monica Naltner scored a game-high 16 points to lead St. Ursula to a 45-36 upset of Lakota West 36, the No.4 team in The Enquirer's Division I coaches poll, in a sectional game at Lakota East.

N.Ky. boys basketball games
        Jimmy Horstman scored his 2,000th career point during Silver Grove's 64-58 win over Ludlow on Saturday.

N.Ky. girls basketball games
        Junior guard Erica Hallman scored 22 points as Holmes, ranked No.5 in The Enquirer's Northern Kentucky coaches poll, defeated No.4 Highlands 50-44 Saturday night.

Boys basketball schedule
Girls basketball schedule
Indiana boys basketball scores
Indiana girls basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores
Ohio boys basketball scores
Ohio girls basketball scores


Local athletes' college choices
Football signings: UC | Miami | Ohio State | Kentucky
The new look of Cinergy Field
2001 Reds schedule
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