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UC 77, South Florida 66
        Steve Logan's 31 points helped the Bearcats clinch a first-round bye for the conference tournament and put them one victory away from extending their string of regular-season titles.

Harnisch expects trade from Reds
        Eligible to become a free agent after this season, Cincinnati's top starting pitcher said he expects to be traded “in the next few months” after the club rejected his request for a two-year, $16 million deal.

Labor worries cast shadow over season
          Spring training isn't the same this year because nobody knows if spring training will be around next year. Baseball could be on the verge of another work stoppage.

Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        Get a preview of tonight's showdown between No. 1 Winton Woods and No. 2 Western Hills, plus a preview of Saturday's girls district title games and a complete rundown on Thursday's games and all of the games from the past week.

TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Friday, March 02, 2001

Grass is greener at Cinergy Field
        A month away from opening day, Cinergy Field's first grass playing surface is greening up.

DAUGHERTY: Wohlers' story best in baseball
        You learn who your friends are when your fastball dents the backstop and you can't play a simple game of toss. When you refuse to throw a breaking ball, for fear you might hurt someone ... who's with you then? Who's not?

Game Report: Reds 3, Indians 3
        Six pitchers held Cleveland to three hits in the first exhibition game Thursday.

Larkin doesn't notice new strike zone
        WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The “new” strike zone was either ignored or emphasized during Thursday's exhibition opener, depending on whom you talked to.

Dykstra quits as Single-A manager
        WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Lenny Dykstra's managerial career ended Thursday before it began.

Bengals' test: Will they sign top free agent?
        Ted Washington is a 350-pound piece of litmus paper.

Akili pleads not guilty to DUI
        An attorney for Bengals quarterback Akili Smith entered a plea of not guilty Thursday morning to the player's misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Bengals sign O'Dwyer, cut Carter
        The Bengals signed guard Matt O'Dwyer to a three-year contract worth a reported $4.5 million and

Pickens, Stubblefield among NFL cuts
        Former Bengals wide receiver Carl Pickens and defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield, a Cincinnati native, were among the salary-cap casualties cut Thursday.

Sato's defense has come a long way
        For Romain Sato, offense was a given. A player who owns a 40-inch vertical leap and is the team's best pure shooter will dent the scorebook.

Xavier women sweep A-10's top honors
        Xavier swept the individual awards at the Atlantic 10 women's basketball banquet Thursday.

Xavier women hope to land NCAA home games
        This is the last women's basketball season in which first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games will be at campus sites. It is the first season Xavier has had a facility that could house such an event. It has the best team in school history.

Huggins lobbies to make Logan MVP
        TAMPA, Fla. — UC coach Bob Huggins believes if the Bearcats share the Conference USA regular-season title, junior guard Steve Logan should be the league's player of the year.

UC women pin NCAA hopes on C-USA tourney
        Laurie Pirtle has not minced words with her University of Cincinnati women's basketball team.

UC's King win conference honor
        Cincinnati's Valerie King was one of five players named to the Conference USA all-freshman team.

NKU men advance in tourney
        Craig Sanders scored 26 points Thursday afternoon as Northern Kentucky defeated Missouri-St.Louis 82-72 in the first round of the men's Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

Miami to host MAC tourney game
        The Miami RedHawks will host a first-round Mid-American Conference tournament game at 7 p.m. Monday at Millett Hall.

Prather sets record at Turfway
        Turfway Park's leading rider, Kris Prather, who broke the track record for most wins in a day with six Feb.11, set another standard Thursday when she rode her 86th winner of the Winter/Spring meet. Prather's record was set on Weekend Escape in the second race.

Moeller puts 8 in state wrestling quarterfinals
        COLUMBUS — Moeller coach Jeff Gaier thought the Crusaders needed 10 wrestlers in the state meet to challenge Lakewood St.Edward's Division I dominance.
Div. I results | Div. II results | Div. III results

State gymnastics preview
        When it comes to gymnastics at the state level, Cincinnati athletes have been at a disadvantage.

No. 2 West Hi guns for No. 1 Winton Woods
        It's time for the Western Hills basketball team, ranked No.2 in The Enquirer's final Division I boys poll, to make a statement on the court.

Girls district basketball preview
        Fourteen area girls basketball teams play Saturday for district championships.

Mariemont routs Batavia for sectional title
        Adversity sometimes necessitates change, which can lead to success. The Mariemont basketball team, seeded No.1 in the Division III boys sectional tournament, is a prime example.

Dixie Heights moves past Lloyd to finals
        VILLA HILLS — Scott Draud prefers to learn basketball lessons after wins instead of losses. Draud and his Dixie Heights Colonels have at least two more classes.

N.Ky. boys basketball games
        Newport Central Catholic rolled over Newport 68-41, and will face Highlands in the 36th District championship at 7:30 p.m. today at Bellevue.

N.Ky. girls basketball games
        Molly Hall and Ashley Noll each hit a free throw in the last minute to help Holy Cross beat Holmes 53-48 in the 35th District title game Thursday at Notre Dame.

Ohio boys basketball scores
Ohio girls basketball scores
Indiana boys basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky
Auto racing coverage
        A Kentucky Speedway preview, plus the latest news from NASCAR, USAC, IRl and ARCA.

S U N D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
High time for 'new' strike zone
In perhaps the game's most revolutionary development since the designated hitter, umpires are being instructed to stop calling them as they see them and start calling them as they are.

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