Sunday, July 29, 2001

Best and worst of week in sports




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

Best

        1. Lance Armstrong: He'll complete his threepeat of the Tour de France today. Armstrong once again was so dominant in the mountain stages that today's final leg through Paris is more of a victory parade than a race. The guy is so good you almost forget he's a cancer survivor.

        2. Adam Dunn The kid comes up, keeps hitting and makes a couple nifty plays in the field. Our question is, why wasn't he up a month ago?

        3. The Olympic bid: The United States Olympic Committee is taking it seriously. Too bad the local citizens aren't. Problem with this is finishing third in an eight-city field gets you nothing.

        4. Luis Gonzalez: He's keeping up with Barry Bonds in the home run race. Gonzalez, one of baseball's nice guys, is someone you can root for.

        5. Tony Perez: Nice to see Doggie back at Cinergy Field. Too bad he was wearing the wrong uniform.

Worst

        1. Pokey Reese: When you're hitting .220-something, you don't throw a fit when you're pinch-hit for with the game on the line. Reese has put the Reds in a tough spot. He's so bad at the plate that he won't get anything in a trade, but with Todd Walker and Barry Larkin signed for next year, there's nowhere to play him.

        2. The Bengals: Just sign Justin Smith. We're tired of reading about it. Every missed day of camp pushes him a little further behind. That's how first-rounders end up first-year busts.

        3. Justin Smith: Just sign. All that talk about just wanting to play sounds pretty hollow now.

        4. Agents: Super-agents Leigh Steinberg and partner David Dunn are in court fighting over Dunn allegedly taking clients from Steinberg's firm. Every NFL GM has to be enjoying that.

        5. ABC: For giving us more made-for-TV golf. You've got Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam vs. David Duval and Karrie Webb Monday night at 8. But Tiger's playing, so it will draw viewers.



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Kentucky men's basketball schedule
Tennis tourney gets fast start
- Best and worst of week in sports
Baseball program embraces diversity, opportunity
Bonds Watch: No homers
Local teams win on national level
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Metro Softball scores
Auto Racing Insider
Great Outdoors Games a big project
High School Insider

Reds 5, Marlins 0
Griffey amends retirement remarks
SULLIVAN: Hold on to Reese
88 lineups later, Boone likes this one
Dunn finally takes O-fer
Fan's eye view of the Reds
Five Questions with Tony Perez
Road woes continue for Marlins
Reds runs, box
Bengals' QB race in neutral
DAUGHERTY: Rookie Johnson energizes Bengals
Kickers 0-for-2 on field goals
Brown ignores Griffey's slam
Training camp still fascinates Brown