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March Madness coverage
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Lindner keeps Reds on tight budget
        When Carl Lindner gave Barry Larkin a three-year, $27 million extension last year, fans applauded because it kept the Reds' on-field leader in town and showed that the new owner was willing to spend his considerable millions to make the team a winner. Seven months later, the fans aren't so happy.
Reds' plan: Hang on until 2003
Reds spending limits criticized
The importance of revenue-sharing
Schott misses the game


Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        Elder and Western Hills won and St. Xavier and Moeller lost in district championships Saturday . . . Wyoming won a berth in the girls state semifinals but Mercy came up short . . . Highlands and Campbell Co. won sp0ts in the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16. Click here for the complete rundown.

TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Sunday, March 11, 2001

Boxer in critical condition after N.Ky. fight
        Former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page, touted in his heyday as the next Muhammad Ali, was in critical condition at University Hospital on Saturday after collapsing during a match in Erlanger.

DAUGHERTY: High school would be good place for Knight
        Texas Tech wants Bob Knight to coach its basketball team. The school is in Lubbock, Texas, which apparently is somewhere. Tech's previous coach, James Dickey, averaged 17 wins a season for 10 years. That should get him to the Hall of Fame or sainthood or both. Instead, he got fired Friday, with three years left on his contract.

Pivotal day for Xavier
        It's just one season, one tournament, one decision from 12 jurors in an Indianapolis hotel suite. And yet it could be one of the most pivotal moments in Xavier's basketball history.

Temple wins A-10 Tournament
        PHILADELPHIA — John Chaney kept reminding his team how close it was to beating Duke. It paid off Saturday.

Huggins expects No. 5 seed for UC
        The University of Cincinnati players were taking little consolation in the fact that despite losing Saturday's Ohio Casualty Group Conference USA Tournament final, they should not have to sweat out the NCAA Tournament draw.

UC bom-boarded by Charlotte
        Charlotte manhandled UC on the boards and won the C-USA tournament 80-72.

SULLIVAN: UC guards too pooped to pop
        If you want to know why the Cincinnati Bearcats stumbled down the stretch Saturday afternoon, it was because they were worn out. Just don't expect any of them to acknowledge it.

UC Notebook
        LOUISVILLE — Amid the Charlotte celebration after the 49ers' 80-72 victory Saturday, senior guard Diego Guevara made it a point to run over to a section full of University of Cincinnati fans and shout at them.

Miami bubble bursts
        CLEVELAND — Miami's magic ride to the NCAA Tournament ended when the RedHawks ran into a team just like theirs.

Coles already looking ahead to next year
        CLEVELAND — Charlie Coles hated to see his Miami team's season end Saturday night with a 67-61 loss to Kent State in the Mid-American Conference finals. But he's already looking forward to next year.

Kentucky gets revenge on Arkansas
        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Things are back to normal in the Southeastern Conference tournament. The Kentucky Wildcats are in the championship game once again.

Mississippi takes out No. 5 Florida
        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mississippi seniors Jason Flanigan and Rahim Lockhart didn't want a repeat of last season's last-place finish in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division. With the addition of freshmen Justin Reed and Aaron Harper, this year has been different.

NKU men fall to old foe
        OWENSBORO, Ky. — Lorico Duncan scored 20 points Saturday night as Kentucky Wesleyan defeated Northern Kentucky 59-57 in the championship game of the NCAA II Great Lakes Region Tournament.

Davis has Hoosiers in new territory
        CHICAGO — When Mike Davis took over in September, no one expected Indiana to contend for a Big Ten title.

Iowa, Indiana in Big Ten final
        CHICAGO — No time now for the Iowa Hawkeyes to be tired. Three wins in three days and they're one victory away from capturing the Big Ten Tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAAs.

Pitino signs on with CBS
        The schools that want Rick Pitino to coach basketball aren't expecting him to get them to the NCAA Tournament play-in game. No, they're thinking about going straight to the Big Dance.

Harnisch shows his worth
        SARASOTA, Fla. — If Pete Harnisch isn't traded, he showed Saturday why the Reds are looking at him to be their ace.

Riedling looking like setup man
        SARASOTA, Fla. — It took John Riedling late into his seventh season in the Cincinnati organization before the Reds summoned him, one day before his 25th birthday, Aug.28. It figures to be a one-way ticket.

Game report
        Pete Harnisch pitched five scoreless innings against the Devil Rays in Sarasota, Fla. Dennys Reyes gave up one run in four innings against the Kansas City Royals in Haines City.

Bengals focus on corner
        The first week of NFL free agency was a numbers game for the Bengals.

Auto Racing Insider
        NASCAR, for better or worse, is being watched by more people than ever in its 53-year history.

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

Elder beats Moeller on third try
        DAYTON — Elder's convincing 55-40 victory over Moeller Saturday in a Division I district championship game boils down to two inspired runs, two personnel mismatches and the confidence of 3-point specialist Mike Mahon.

Vandalia Butler ousts St. X in OT
        DAYTON — St.Xavier won the Division I state championship last year by playing nearly flawless basketball.

Western Hills earns rare trip to regional
        DAYTON — Playing in the Division I regional basketball tournament has been a rarity for the Western Hills Mustangs.

Campbell County wins 10th Region title
        Junior forward Kevin Reinhardt and senior guard Steve Sigmon each scored 17 points in a 72-59 victory over Mason County on the Royals' floor.

Guidugli sends Highlands to Sweet 16
        The play happened exactly how it was supposed to. Gino Guidugli took the ball at the top of the key, waited, and with seven seconds remaining, drove to the basket, scoring on an off-balanced 4-footer with 3.5 seconds.

Mercy gets none from Beavercreek
        FAIRBORN — It was bound to happen. Coming off mediocre performances against Fairfield and St. Ursula, the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Beavercreek Beavers put on a clinic Saturday at Wright State University's Nutter Center.

Wyoming upsets No. 1 Versailles
        Behind a stifling defense, Wyoming took control early and never let up on the way to a 54-28 victory over Versailles, the No.1 team in the state Division III poll, in a regional final Saturday at Vandalia-Butler's Student Activity Center.

Ohio boys basketball scores
Ohio girls basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores
Indiana boys basketball scores
Cincinnati boys basketball schedule
Cincinnati girls basketball schedule
N.Ky. girls basketball schedule
Ohio Boys Regional Pairings
Ohio Girls State Pairings


W E D N E S D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
Shifted seats kept private
Hamilton County construction managers and Bengals officials knew in 1997 that hundreds of fans were paying for seats in sections of Paul Brown Stadium that they would never sit in. But no one ever told the people selling seat licenses to the fans.

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

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