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Washington coming or going?
Defensive tackle Ted Washington appears to be sold on the Bengals, but there could be a hitch to his becoming their biggest catch of the free-agent era.
Bengals miss on Grbac, Johnson

XU women storm to A-10 title
Xavier won its second consecutive conference title and NCAA berth with an 81-56 victory over George Washington in the conference tournament final Monday night.
UC women lose tourney final

Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        A big Monday night of boys action saw St. Xavier and Elder win sectional titles. In N.Ky., Conner shocked top-ranked CovCath to set up a rematch with NewCath. Check out our girls regional preview and a feature on March Madness in the Stowers family. Plus, this week's schedules.

Conference tournament outlooks
        UC, Xavier, UK and Miami play for big stakes this week. Check out our men's previews.
Atlantic 10 tournament preview | Bracket | Schedule
Conference USA tournament preview | Bracket | Schedule
Mid-American tournament preview | Bracket | Schedule
Southeastern Conference tournament preview | Bracket | Schedule
NKU men, women get NCAA bids
TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Tuesday, March 06, 2001

DAUGHERTY: Reds won't miss Field of Seams
        SARASOTA, Fla. — You will love the new Cinergy Field so much, you will wonder why the Reds need a new stadium: The vast opening in the outfield, the view it provides, the intimacy of 15,000 fewer seats, the long ball possibilities made by the closer outfield walls. After three decades, the place will look like a baseball stadium.

Griffey, Larkin ailing
        SARASOTA, Fla. — The left hamstring that bothered center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. much of last season flared up again and kept him out of Monday's exhibition game against Minnesota, though the injury wasn't considered serious.

Reds urged to speed up games
        SARASOTA, Fla. — Tired of day games delaying dinner and night games lasting past bedtime? Bob Watson is trying to change that.

Dessens, Etherton ready
       
        SARASOTA, Fla.
— Right-handers Elmer Dessens and Seth Etherton, candidates for the starting rotation who have thrown on a limited basis since the start of spring training, could make their first exhibition appearances in one of Wednesday's split-squad games against Pittsburgh.

Game report: Reds 7, Twins 6
        Osvaldo Fernandez inched closer to clinching a spot in the starting rotation, allowing just one hit and issuing a lone walk in four scoreless innings as Cincinnati won its third exhibition in a row.

Bengals miss on Grbac, Johnson
        The Bengals are backing off attempts to sign Elvis Grbac, the top free-agent quarterback, who will probably sign with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Visitors' list grows with Searcy
        Former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Leon Searcy is the newest name on the list of free-agents scheduled to visit the Bengals. He's coming today along with Minnesota defensive tackle Tony Williams.

Dillon getting cold shoulder
        Interest in the Bengals' highest-profile free agent, Pro Bowl running back Corey Dillon, is minimal.

XU's West may lose out on Player of Year
        If Xavier's David West is named the Atlantic 10's Player of the Year tonight, he may have been helped by a deadline.

Xavier women 11th in coaches poll
        The Xavier women's basketball team moved up one spot to 11th in the USAToday-ESPN coaches poll this week — the Musketeers' highest rank ever.

UC's Logan named all-conference
        University of Cincinnati junior guard Steve Logan was named first-team all-Conference USA on Monday, and teammate Kenny Satterfield was selected to the third team.

UC women lose tourney final
        MILWAUKEE — Tulane used a 13-0 run in the final minutes to beat Cincinnati 63-50 and win its third straight Conference USA tournament championship Monday night.

Miami wins MAC opener
        OXFORD — Akron, the team Miami could not beat during the regular season, seemed to have the RedHawks' number in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament as well. But thanks to a stretch of stifling, in-your-face defense by the RedHawks Monday night, Miami survived 69-56 to play another day.
Mid-American Conference pairings

Grunkemeyer back on target
        OXFORD — Someone asked Jason Grunkemeyer what it felt like to come out of his three-game shooting slump.

Basketball rules at Stowers house
        If March Madness has an epicenter, it's in southern Kenton County where the basketball-playing Stowers' family resides.

St. Xavier back on track, ousts Withrow
        St. Xavier, the defending Division I state basketball champion, has suddenly become a team to watch again.

Elder too tall for Colerain
        Starting four players 6-foot-1 or less often created mismatches in Colerain's favor this season. Not Monday night.

Lebanon no match for Springfield South
        Tye Walker and Mitchell Crossley each scored 18 points and Elgrace Wilborn added 17 as Springfield South eliminated Lebanon in a Division I sectional at UD Arena.

Middletown loses in double overtime
        Beavercreek converted 25 free throws, eight in the second overtime, to defeat Middletown 60-52 in a Dayton Division I boys sectional at Wright State University Monday night.

Conner takes out top-ranked CovCath
        Conner will get to play a whole basketball game against Newport Central Catholic this time.

NewCath, Myers turn tables on Scott
        Corey Myers had heard it for two months. The Newport Central Catholic senior center listened to people say he disappeared when Scott beat the Thouroughbreds in January. But he quieted them in Monday's boys Ninth Region tournament opener at Holmes, when he scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 53-43 win.

Boys All-Southwest basketball teams
        Moeller's Matt Sylvester was named Southwest District Player of the Year Monday.

Girls All-Southwest basketball teams
        Michelle Munoz, the 6-foot-1 senior center for defending Division I state champion Mason, was named Southwest District Player of the Year Monday.

Cincinnati girls regional preview
        Why bother making the 124-mile round trip? They have little or no chance. The game will be over before halftime.

Ohio boys basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores
Cincinnati boys basketball schedule
Cincinnati girls basketball schedule
N.Ky. boys basketball schedule
N.Ky. girls basketball schedule
Ohio girls regional pairings

S U N D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
Double trouble
Barry Larkin and Pokey Reese are being recognized as the NL's top double-play combo.

Auto racing coverage
        A Kentucky Speedway preview, plus the latest news from NASCAR, USAC, IRl and ARCA.

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