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        Duke and Arizona won Saturday to make Monday's men's final. Notre Dame and Purdue meet tonight in the women's final. Click here for the latest coverage of the men's and women's tournaments from Associated Press, plus a review of Tristate teams.
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Sports Headlines for  Sunday, April 01, 2001

Prosser leaning toward XU
        Sources close to Skip Prosser insist he is leaning toward staying at Xavier. But he seems to be in no hurry to take his name out of the Seton Hall coaching derby.

Xavier's Levandusky wins shootout
        Xavier's Nicole Levandusky won the 3-point shootout in St. Louis Saturday, beating out other top seniors.

QB Guidugli signs with UC
        In the end, Gino Guidugli chose what was most familiar. The Highlands quarterback signed a letter-of-intent with the University of Cincinnati Saturday, choosing UC over Notre Dame.

SULLIVAN: Cinergy Field reborn too late
        You paint the walls. You scrub the floors. You seal the deck. You prune the shrubs. You spruce up your house in order to unload it, and the old place suddenly starts to look livable.

Opening Day schedule of festivities
        Here's a schedule of Monday festivities leading up to the 133rd Opening Day game between the Reds and Braves at Cinergy Field:

Griffey decision will wait
        Manager Bob Boone will wait at least another day to announce whether center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., who continued to test his strained left hamstring, will start Monday on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves.

Is strong start important?
        SARASOTA, Fla. — Collectively, the Reds can survive a slow start. Individually, their younger players would be better off with a swift break from the gate.

New season, same old Brennaman
        Marty Brennaman is not going to go soft on us. He'll continue to call them as he sees them — to a greater degree than any other play-by-play man in baseball. But Brennaman, who Monday will begin his 28th year of calling Reds games, would prefer a little more peace and quiet this season. Last year, he got more attention than he had in any other single year.

Young glad he chatted with Gooden
        SARASOTA, Fla. — Dmitri Young will never forget March 6, 2001.

Game report: Phillies 8, Reds 0

        The rest: Brady Clark made a nice running catch of Randy Wolf's fifth-inning fly ball. Clark, who made boosters out of teammates and many Reds officials with his ceaseless hustle and unquenchable desire, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville March 15.

Mullin adds green to Reds
        When the new Cinergy Field opens its gates Monday, the man who is in charge of “game day” will be returning the game to its roots.

Ten Questions with: Doug Gallant
        One of the stars of the Reds' Opening Day game Monday is already known: the new grass field at Cinergy. Reds head groundskeeper Doug Gallant recently discussed with Enquirer reporter John Erardi the splendor of grass.

Duke, Arizona prove pollsters right
        MINNEAPOLIS — One game is all that remains, and the college basketball season is right back where it started.Arizona, ranked No.1 in the preseason, will meet Duke, the preseason No.2, for the national championship Monday night.

DAUGHERTY: Duke wins with guts, willpower
        MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Duhon hit the floor so hard his head bounced. He arrived at the loose ball the same time Steve Blake did. There was 3:35 left in Duke-against-Maryland, and up to this point, it had been a measure of wills. Maryland was not backing up. Duke was not backing off. The seismic collision was an ugly metaphor.

Duke 95, Maryland 84
        MINNEAPOLIS — They could play all night. They could play all year. Maryland and Duke. But one had to win when it counted most Saturday night, and one had to finally give up and go home.

DAUGHERTY: Arizona's talent rises to top
        MINNEAPOLIS — They are frighteningly good when they want to be, when all that NBA-in-waiting talent collaborates as one. In spurts, they'll drop your jaw and leave you wondering what's the use.

Arizona 80, Michigan State 61
        MINNEAPOLIS — A snapshot of the two coaches in the final minutes Saturday night said it all. There was Michigan State's Tom Izzo, head in his hands, seated on one end of the sideline. On the other, Arizona's Lute Olson, calmly standing in front of his bench, arms crossed, a drink in his hand.

Irish, Purdue meet again

        “I don't think anybody dreamed the two teams would be playing again in the championship game,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said.

Auto Racing Insider
        The NASCAR Winston Cup season has 30 races remaining, but only six drivers have a chance of winning the season points race. By one yardstick, anyway.

Baseball losing its pranksters
        Baseball pranks, which have long been as much a part of the game as playing pepper and chewing tobacco, are dying out. Humor remains a clubhouse staple. But practical jokes? Practically gone.

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

Cincinnati high school highlights
        RBI singles by Matt Graves and Jay Vinson in the top of the ninth inning helped the Amelia baseball team to a 13-11 win over Batavia on Saturday.
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High School Insider
        The state track meet, moved to Dayton's Welcome Stadium in 1999 because of the renovation of Ohio State's Ohio Stadium, might return to Columbus.

It's all in details for OSU's Tressel
        COLUMBUS — Spring barely has sprung, and new Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel already has made it clear he is a stickler for details.

Grand Rapids 5, Cyclones 2
        The first-place Grand Rapid Griffins defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 5-2 in the IHL at Firstar Center before 8,014, second largest crowd of the season.

Mighty Ducks 3, Louisville 2
        Sean Avery and Torrey DiRoberto each had a goal and an assist, as the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks defeated the Louisville Panthers 3-2 Saturday at the Cincinnati Gardens to move into sole possession of first place in the AHL Southern Division.


Richmond 115, Stuff 98
        RICHMOND - Moo Moo Blakney scored 29 but the Cincinnati Stuff lost to the Richmond Rhythm 115-98 in an IBL game Saturday.

Boys basketball | Girls basketball
        The high school season ended with Elder losing in the Ohio Division I championship game after knocking off the No.1-ranked team in the semifinals. The McNicholas girls won the Ohio Division II title and Eastern Brown lost in the Division III final. The Highlands girls made it to the quarterfinals in the Ky. Sweet Sixteen; Brossart lost in the first round. The Highlands and Campbell County boys lost in the first round. Batesville made it to the boys Indiana 2A final. Click here to review all the tournament and season highlights.

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

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