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TODAY'S SPORTS HEADLINES

Sports Headlines for  Friday, May 11, 2001

DAUGHERTY: Pawn your diamonds to buy Reds seats
        Great American Ball Park is coming. Hang on to your wallets.

Dillon contract talks under way
        The agent for Corey Dillon and Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn started working on a new contract for the Pro Bowl running back Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.

New field to be installed next week
        The new bluegrass playing field at Paul Brown Stadium will be installed beginning Wednesday.

Akili says shoulder is 'fine'
        Quarterback Akili Smith, a day after having an MRI on his right shoulder, said he was “fine” Thursday and would be able to throw again when voluntary workouts begin again Tuesday.

Xavier, Wake vie for recruit
        Thad Matta and Skip Prosser might never coach against each other. But for the current and former Xavier coaches, their first battle is underway on the recruiting trail.

West definitely staying at XU
        Center David West has told new coach Thad Matta he definitely will return to Xavier for his junior season.

Matta hires former Miami assistant
        Former Miami University assistant Sean Miller has joined Thad Matta's coaching staff at Xavier.

Martin loses NBA rookie award to Miller
        Former University of Cincinnati star Kenyon Martin, now with the New Jersey Nets, lost the NBA Rookie of the Year Award to the Orlando Magic's Mike Miller Thursday. But it might be more accurate to say Martin lost it in late March when he broke his leg.

Engel family may have another state champ
        Listening to family members talk about winning a state championship has been entertaining for Courtney Engel. However, the Reading sophomore would like to be able to join the conversation.

No basketball, more training helps Talawanda runner
        Jesse Rhodenbaugh's desire to win a state track championship hasn't changed. His strategy to achieve it has.

Baseball tournament highlights
        Cincinnati Country Day defeated Miami Valley Conference rival Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 10-2 Thursday — its third straight win over the Eagles — to take the Division IV sectional championship at Tealtown.

Softball tournament highlights
        The Ursuline softball team continues to belie its youth.

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NewCath seeks third straight slow-pitch title
        The Thoroughbreds begin play in the state tournament at 4 p.m. today against Calvary Christian.

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