SPORTS NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2001
Rijo's return on deck
GM Jim Bowden, calling it "a baseball miracle," said Jose Rijo will be promoted to Reds on Friday, completing a six-year comeback from five operations.

Kuerten's win gives him lift for U.S. Open
All week long, as players talked about who would be tough at the U.S. Open, Gustavo Kuerten's name almost never came up. That was until Sunday when Kuerten beat Patrick Rafter 6-1, 6-3 to win the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati.

Empty gas tank decides IRL race
Buddy Lazier won a thrilling Belterra Casino Indy 300 race at Kentucky Speedway, surviving a pitched battle when Robbie Buhl ran out of fuel with one lap remaining.
Race results

Moore picks UC before other visits
        Chadd Moore intended to take other recruiting visits, but by the end of the first day of an unofficial visit to UC, the 6-foot-2 guard from Huntsville, Ala., said he wanted to be a Bearcat.

BENGALS
Bengals' line struggles with new protection
        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The seven sacks given up by the Bengals' starting offensive line Friday night against Detroit were largely the result of the linemen learning a new pass protection scheme, offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said.

Bengals release Carlton Gray
        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Veteran cornerback and Cincinnati native Carlton Gray was cut Sunday.

Coach: 'Audition' led to return TDs
        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The players on the Bengals special teams that gave up two kick returns for touchdowns against Detroit won't be the same players covering kicks in the regular-season opener.

REDS
Rockies 7, Reds 6
        The bad karma of Cinergy Field reared its ugly head again Sunday, as the Reds blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning.

Soto says thanks
        In his induction ceremony into the Reds Hall of Fame, Mario Soto invoked the name of countryman Jose Rijo. But Soto won't be making a comeback.

Davis keeps ball over the plate
        Lance Davis got a no-decision for one of the Reds' best pitching performances of the season.

Riedling rejoins bullpen
        Reds pitcher John Riedling was activated off the disabled list and fellow pitcher Scott Winchester was designated for assignment.

Rockies leave hoarse, happy
        The Colorado Rockies cheered themselves hoarse Sunday as they pulled off one of their most dramatic comebacks of the season.

Reds-Cardinals Scouting Report

TENNIS MASTERS CINCINNATI
Rafter has been second best a lot
        MASON — Patrick Rafter's peers say he is playing as well as anyone in the world. He'd just like some hardware to prove them right.

'48 Hours' rerun no joke to Henman
        MASON — For the second straight year, Tim Henman reached the final day of Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati. This time, though, it wasn't for the finals.

Doubles winners aim high
        MASON — The $152,800 check and 100 ATP ranking points are important to Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. But the doubles team from India is already looking forward to an even bigger challenge.

Tennis Masters Notebook
        MASON — The fans Sunday were decidedly in Patrick Rafter's favor. Then Gustavo Kuerten's final shot hit their hearts.

Storm makes trouble for tennis
        MASON — Heavy rain and lightning that wreaked havoc on the ATP Tennis Center late Saturday forced cleaning crews to work overnight, and left flooded parking lots and some equipment unusable Sunday at the Tennis Masters Series.

AUTO RACING
Kentucky Speedway Notebook
        SPARTA, Ky. — Jerry Carroll was pleased with Sunday's IRL crowd (47,323), which closed Kentucky Speedway's 2001 racing season. But the speedway chairman continues to think bigger.

MIAMI FOOTBALL
Miami gives wink, nod to Roethlisberger
        Redshirt freshman Ben Roethlisberger was named Miami University's tentative starter after spring practice with the coaches liking his size (6-5, 209 pounds) and his arm strength.

BOXING
Boxer Williams 4-0 after latest victory
        Junior welterweight Ricardo Williams Jr. of Cincinnati knocked out Rodney Jones at 2:38 of the third round Saturday night in North Little Rock, Ark.

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