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Xavier rocks
        Xavier rocked the women's NCAA Tournament by upsetting top-seeded Tennessee 80-65 and moving one victory away from the Final Four. Click here for our complete report on the men's and women's tournaments.

Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        Elder lost in the Ohio Division I championship Saturday night. Batesville lost in the Indiana 2A final. The Highlands girls lost in the Ky. Sweet Sixteen quarterfinals Friday.

Young happy hitting second
        Reds left fielder Dmitri Young figures he won't have to check the lineup card this season for three reasons.

TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Sunday, March 25, 2001

Heart Mini-Marathon expects 12,000 today
        The Humana/ChoiceCare Heart Mini-Marathon kicks off this morning, with late registration at 7 on the first floor of the Convention Center, Fifth and Elm streets downtown.

Balto Star upsets Spiral field
        FLORENCE — In what was billed as a wide-open Spiral Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park, 6-1 choice Balto Star and jockey Mark Guidry sped through an early opening and won the $600,000 Kentucky Derby prep race by 12 3/4 lengths.

Spiral Stakes Notebook
        FLORENCE — Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day continued to work his magic Saturday at Turfway Park, rewarding his backers seven times in nine races.

Two Miami athletes stabbed in Oxford fight
        OXFORD, Ohio — Two Miami University athletes were stabbed after apparently trying to break up a fight, university officials said.

Important day for Reitsma
        LAKELAND, Fla. — Chris Reitsma will follow Scott Williamson, the man he is battling for a spot in the Reds' starting rotation, in today's game against Boston at Sarasota.

Game report: Tigers 8, Reds 5
        Osvaldo Fernandez had his scoreless innings streak stopped at 10 innings.

QB no more, Henson signs with Yankees
        BRIGHTON, Mich. — Drew Henson went with his first love: baseball.The Michigan quarterback, in line to be a top pick in next year's NFL draft, agreed Saturday to a $17 million, six-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Hold your applause: Xavier has higher goal
        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Musketeers were rather subdued in celebrating their monumental upset over Tennessee. They won't be satisfied until they beat Purdue Monday to get to the Final Four. If then.

Phillips expects to play despite injury
        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jennifer Phillips does not expect her knee injury to sideline her for Monday's game against Purdue.

Xavier beats Tennessee with secret weapon
        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The national attention Xavier had earned before Saturday was for its sharpshooting offense and fast-break style of play. But, in their stunning 80-65 NCAA Tournament victory over Tennessee that moved them one win from the Final Four, the Musketeers showed they're more than 3-pointers.

Waugh provides spark off bench
        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amy Waugh's first two field goal attempts in Xavier's Mideast Regional victory Saturday were blocked. But Xavier's 5-foot-6 sophomore guard, a sure-fire coach after her playing days, made an adjustment and sparked the Musketeers in their 80-65 win over perennial power Tennessee.

Future bright for balanced Muskies
        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Xavier starts four of its five seniors and they are 98-28 in four seasons, including Saturday's 80-65 victory over Tennessee in the Mideast Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

Tennessee players in shock
        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Semeka Randall didn't expect her Tennessee career to end like this.

Xavier 80, Tennessee 65
        The Musketeers overcame top-seeded Tennessee's height advantage and athleticism with sharp shooting and outstanding team play to earn an 80-65 victory Saturday in the Mideast Regional semifinals.

Purdue 74, Texas Tech 72
        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Once again, Purdue's triumph is bittersweet. Katie Douglas hit a short runner with 30 seconds left and the Boilermakers took advantage of early foul trouble by Texas Tech's best post player for a 74-72 win Saturday in the NCAA Mideast Regional semifinals.

Report: Cavs job could lure Huggins
        Bob Huggins would be very interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers job should it come open, a source close to the University of Cincinnati coach told the Akron Beacon Journal.

SULLIVAN: Dynamic duo is Duke's difference
        PHILADELPHIA — Mike Krzyzewski is selling the team concept. He is promoting the idea that Duke basketball is an ensemble production instead of a two-man show. He keeps talking about the offense produced by his defense, of the overlooked heroics of fringe players. Everyone else is talking about Shane Battier and Jason Williams. And it's pretty hard to blame them.

Elder falls short in state final
        COLUMBUS — Parlaying a tough man-to-man defense with clutch second-half free throw shooting, Cleveland St. Ignatius captured the Division I state championship with a 49-46 victory before a crowd of 15,670 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center Saturday night.

Tackle helped Panthers' run
        COLUMBUS — Offensive tackle Phil Bengel, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior, played a key role in Elder's drive to the state championship game.

Batesville loses in Indiana 2A final
        INDIANAPOLIS — Fort Wayne Harding coach Al Gooden lived with his dream for nearly three decades. Saturday, Gooden finally made it a reality.

High School Insider
        The alignment of teams in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference's two divisions could change significantly.

Auto Racing Insider
        Dale Earnhardt Jr. might test his NASCAR Winston Cup car at Kentucky Speedway next month, with fans invited to watch.

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

Philadelphia 4, Mighty Ducks 3
        Mark Freers second goal of the game at 2:13 of overtime lifted the Philadelphia Phantoms past the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 4-3 Saturday at the Gardens.

Stuff 123, Richmond 107
        The Cincinnati Stuff snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating the Richmond Rhythm 123-107 in the IBL Saturday night at Firstar Center.

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

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