Sunday, August 05, 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. Reds: Just when everyone was ready to start calling them the Dreds, they show some life. Jim Bowden has been bashed all season long, but the Todd Walker for Alex Ochoa trade looks pretty good right now. The lineup, which was lifeless, is fun to watch and is scoring runs.

        2. Reds again: For not trading away any more veterans on the deadline day. That's not to say it won't happen in the offseason.

        3. The Giants: They made some strong moves at the trading deadline. That makes them the team to fear in the National Leauge West heading down the stretch.

        4. Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati: (Actually we still call it the ATP). The always-strong field got stronger when it was announced Boris Becker was joining the doubles draw. The fact that he's playing Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic and it's his first ATP event since 1999 makes it even stronger.

        5. Randy Walker: The former Miami coach is only in his third year at Northwestern and his team is picked to win the Big Ten.

Worst

        1. Football: It is not fair to say the macho image of the game cost Korey Stringer his life. But it is fair to say it played a role in his death.

        2. Justin Smith and the Bengals: Let's just repeat what we said last year — get the deal done. Our guess is the agent is giving the player bad advice.

        3. Made-for-TV golf: The Debacle at Bighorn was a display of bad golf played slowly. Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam didn't do the LPGA any favors by not putting on a good show — not that Tiger Woods and David Duval were any great shakes, either.

        4. Art Schlichter: File this under how low can you go. He gets six more years added to his prison sentence for violating his probation.

        5. Met Softball: Why can't this tournament run within a couple of hours of its schedule? A 9:30 game is more likely to start at 10:30. Guess they want players there early to buy concessions while they wait for their game to start.



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- Best and worst of week in sports
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Local teams win on national level

Padres 2, Reds 0
Home run secret: Patience
Reds Notebook
Fan's-eye view of the Reds
Tollberg worked out kinks in minors
Reds box, runs
Bears 16, Bengals 13
Scoring summary
Keaton has impressive game at RB
Former Lions corners LeBeau, Jauron reunite