Sunday, June 17, 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. Ron Harper: Harpo, the former Miami star, is about to win another NBA ring — his fifth. After missing the last 34 regular-seaon games and barely playing early in the playoffs, Harper provided the Lakers with a huge lift Wednesday night.

        2. Jerry Carroll: Give the man credit for vision. He drew 70,338 people Saturday night to what, up until three years ago, was a tobacco field. It's one thing to recognize the popularity of NASCAR; it's another to pounce on it.

        3. Summer-league basketball: You can see the best players from XU, UC, NKU and Miami for $1. Added bonus now that it's at Oak Hills: You don't have to sit in a sauna to see it.

        4. The Cintas Center: It had a major boxing show Saturday night. Next week, it hosts one of the best wrestling tournaments (real wrestling, not WWF) in history.

        5. Adam Dunn: He's hitting home runs at roughly the same rate as Barry Bonds. Bring him up. Play him as much as possible. Let him soak up the atmosphere and learn the rest of the time.

Bottom five

        1. Deion Sanders: You have to like a guy for trying. But when it becomes clear trying isn't enough, it's time to give up the game.

        2. Jim Bowden: For keeping Deion around this long.

        3. The NFL: It has decided to move playoff games next season to prime time. The reason, of course, is TV ratings. But how would you like to be a season-ticket holder in Buffalo and have to sit through a game that starts at 8 p.m.? It gets a little cold up there at night in January.

        4. All-Star voters: We know Junior Griffey is popular. But you ought to vote for players with averages higher than .000 for the All-Star team.

        5. NBC: Here's a tip for next year's halftime entertainment for the NBA Finals: Hire Charles Barkley. Concerts? Game shows?

Sports Stories
Harvick cruises to Busch victory
Ky. Speedway race results
70,338 fill Speedway
SULLIVAN: Carroll makes his pitch to NASCAR boss
NASCAR boss won't tip his hand
Area racing lost one of best in Bill Green
Austin, Williams win KOs
Austin's roadmap to stardom
DAUGHERTY: Mickelson's first major in reach
Continuing U.S. Open coverage from Associated Press
Penalty knocks ex-champ out of Open
All Tiger all the time on NBC
Herman to defend in Celebrity golf
Women's Met golf starts Monday
Women's Met tee times
- Best and worst of week in sports
Tribute to baseball fathers and sons
Current players whose fathers played in the majors
High School Insider
Injured Schwegmann sits out Ky. girls' victory
Ky. boys beat Indiana stars
Hockey Insider

Rockies 8, Reds 7
Jury's out on Boone
Fan's-eye look at the Reds
Mateo's broken leg not seen as liability
Casey sits against LH Hampton
Win caps longest day for Rockies
Reds box, runs
Out of chaos, UC star learns a lesson of success