NASCAR better safe than sorry
Columnist Paul Daugherty says: Four NASCAR drivers have died in nine months, all from hitting concrete walls. How many have to die before NASCAR reacts?
Marlin threatened, blamed for Earnhardt's death
Funeral to be televisedEarnhardt Jr. will race Sunday
NASCAR Thunder stores closing
Waltrip influenced safer Ky. Speedway
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Reds tickets $3 more for opener, Indians
        The Reds announced that tickets for Opening Day, April 2 against Atlanta, and the Cleveland interleague series at Cinergy Field, July 12-14, will be priced at an additional $3 a ticket. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
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Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        The No. 2 Oak Hills girls team made a statement in its first-round tournament victory Tuesday night, while the CovCath boys won a thriller over NewCath. Get a complete rundown on Tuesday's games and all of the games from the past week. Plus: this week's schedule and tournament pairings.


Sports Headlines for  Wednesday, February 21, 2001

XU's Butler happy in small role
        Reggie Butler's five-year XU career has seen him transform from curiosity to cult favorite to contributor. When seniors are honored tonight before XU's home finale with St. Bonaventure, the fans may laud Butler loudest.

Three honored on Senior Night
        Xavier will honor its three seniors before their home finale tonight against St. Bonaventure. A look at each:

T-shirts urge Musketeers to 'play to win'
        Three games left in the regular season. Time to pound home a point. Xavier coach Skip Prosser, asking for aggressiveness, printed up “Play to win” T-shirts for his players.

UC's Davis depressed over rebounding
        Jamaal Davis' struggles are indicative of UC's rebounding problems as it prepares to take on Saint Louis tonight at Shoemaker Center.

Hubbard commits to UC
        Jimmy Hubbard sat in the Shoemaker Center stands Sunday night and envisioned himself coming down the court in a Bearcats uniform and nailing a 3-pointer with 13,000 fans “going crazy.”

Wildcats say they won't look past struggling LSU
        LEXINGTON — Kentucky can clinch the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division with victories in its final two home games, beginning tonight against LSU.

UK promises changes in football recruiting
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky football coach Guy Morriss and his team of new assistants have pledged to change many aspects of the school's recruiting philosophy.

Dawkins waits his turn
        SARASOTA, Fla. — The most important thing to remember about Reds infielder Gookie Dawkins is that he's 21 years old. Time remains an asset, not an adversary.

Espinosa liking big-league life
        SARASOTA, Fla. — David Espinosa savored his sandwich, made with fresh bread and tasty cold cuts. He watched with appreciation as a clubhouse attendant reached around him to grab his shoes and polish them.

Deion gets into the swing
        SARASOTA, Fla. — Aspiring outfielder Deion Sanders belted a line drive to the base of the right-center field fence with his first swing in live batting practice against Mark Wohlers.

SULLIVAN: Tracy tries to make it right in L.A.
        VERO BEACH, Fla. — Jim Tracy sits down behind his desk, but his trousers fail to ignite. If his Dodger blue swivel chair is the hottest seat in baseball, Tracy has yet to show any scorch marks.

Waltrip influenced safer Ky. Speedway
        Dale Earnhardt never raced or practiced at Kentucky Speedway. If he had, he would have found state-of-the-art safety standards. Darrell Waltrip is a big reason for that.

NASCAR Thunder stores closing
        TNN, a cable channel owned by Viacom Inc., said it will close all 11 of its NASCAR Thunder stores — including one at Kenwood Towne Centre — to leave the retail business.

Marlin threatened, blamed for Earnhardt's death
        Sterling Marlin said he “definitely didn't do anything intentional” when he bumped Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona 500, triggering the crash that killed the stock car racing great.

Earnhardt Jr. will race Sunday
        MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., mourning the death of his father, will participate in this weekend's Dura-Lube 400 at Rockingham, N.C.

Earnhardt's funeral to be televised
        CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt's funeral will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Church.

Cyclones tangle with McSorley
        The third-place Cincinnati Cyclones visit Grand Rapids for a 7 p.m. IHL game today with the first-place Griffins and their first meeting with newly signed defenseman Marty McSorley.

Mount St. Joseph teams ousted from tourney
        The Mount St. Joseph men's team lost to Hanover 73-69 and the women's team lost to Franklin 68-56 in the first round of the Heartland Conference Tournament Tuesday.

No. 2 Oak Hills puts away MND
        Oak Hills didn't think it was getting the respect it deserved heading into the Division I sectional semifinals, but that may change after the Highlanders defeated Mount Notre Dame 73-59 at Milford Tuesday night.

Cincinnati girls basketball games
        Junior guard Erin Schmitt scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the second half, leading Indian Hill to a 65-39 victory over Ross in a Division II sectional game Tuesday at Kings.

Cincinnati boys basketball games
        D'Andre Fitzhugh had nine of his 11 points in the second quarter as North College Hill defeated Deer Park 78-66 in a Division III sectional at Sycamore

N.Ky. boys basketball games
        Chris Brown scored a field goal and two free throws in the final minute to help Conner, ranked No.4 in The Enquirer's Northern Kentucky coaches poll, to a 77-73 win over No.3 Scott Tuesday night.

No. 1 CovCath holds off No. 2 NewCath
        Before Tuesday's game with No. 2 Newport Central Catholic, Covington Catholic coach Mike Listerman told his Colonels, the No.1 team in The Enquirer's Northern Kentucky coaches poll, to play their hearts out. That's where Brian Lewin took the reminder — to heart.

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S U N D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
Griffey Q&A: He's happy, relaxed
        Unlike last year, Ken Griffey is totally at ease at spring training. 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:

New auto racing page debuts
        Drivers and fans, start your engines! is now providing complete coverage of auto racing. Check out our special Kentucky Speedway preview.

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