Sunday, March 25, 2001

Best and worst of week in sports




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

TOP FIVE

        1. Hal Morris: A .300 hitter and a class act. And, as far as we know, the only baseball player in history to use the word “erudite.” The Reds ought to do something to honor him this summer.

        2. UC: With this team, that was a great run. The Bearcats, undermanned and outsized, hung with Stanford. Now, hold your breath while Kenny Satterfield decides to stay or go.

        2. UK: Ditto what we said about UC. This was a great run for this team. And the comeback against USC was something to watch. And ditto, again: Hold your breath while Tayshaun Prince decides to stay or go.

        4. Elder: The Panthers go back to state. Win or lose, no team in town draws fans like Elder. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy than coach Joe Schoenfeld.

        5. Cinergy Field: Who knew the big bowl on the river could be transformed into a ballpark? The green grass, closer seats, spectacular views of Mount Adams and the Ohio River, and the big wall in center make it worth the price of admission.

BOTTOM FIVE

        1. Rick Pitino: Of all the schools in the country, you had to pick one in Kentucky. Then during your press conference, you made it sound like you invented the game.

        2. Jim Bowden: He announces Hal Morris' retirement on the radio about the time Morris is playing in a game in Sarasota. Morris deserved a proper sendoff.

        3. Firstar Center/Crown/Coliseum: Tear that bad boy down. Make it green space to enhance Great American Ball Park, or make it a parking lot.

        4. The NIT: Making the Final Four of the nit is roughly the same as getting into the NCAA play-in game.

        5. The Bengals: Quit courting free agents and start signing them. We're tired of hearing guys come in and say: “They have great facilities. They're on an upswing. But I'm going to explore my options.” Translation: “If I get an offer that's anywhere close, I'm not coming here.”

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- Best and worst of week in sports
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Duke 79, Southern California 69
Maryland 87, Stanford 73
Temple-Michigan State preview
Arizona-Illinois preview
Men's NCAA pairings
Men's Sweet 16 pairings
Philadelphia 4, Mighty Ducks 3
Stuff 123, Richmond 107

Young happy hitting second
Important day for Reitsma
Game report: Tigers 8, Reds 5
QB no more, Henson signs with Yankees
Hold the applause: Xavier has higher goal
Phillips expects to play despite injury
Xavier beats Tennessee with secret weapon
Waugh provides spark off bench
Future bright for balanced Muskies
Tennessee players in shock
Xavier 80, Tennessee 65
Purdue 74, Texas Tech 72
Southwest Missouri St. 81, Duke 71
Washington 84, Oklahoma 67
Connecticut 72, North Carolina State 58
Louisiana Tech 78, Missouri 67
Notre Dame 69, Utah 54
Vanderbilt 84, Iowa St. 65
Women's Sweet 16 pairings
Women's NCAA pairings
Report: Cavs job could lure Huggins