SPORTS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2001
Bengals' vigor for playing muted
        Most Bengals who discussed the terrorist attack said they would play Sunday if the league says to, but some have concerns. The team will bus five hours to Nashville if air travel is not possible.

Reds want good sense with restart
        Whenever Major League Baseball resumes play, it should not be before the other sports do, Reds captain Barry Larkin said.

Baseball, NFL ponder when to play
        Baseball commissioner Bud Selig indicated he is leaning toward resuming play Friday.

Prep games will go on
        Only one local football game this week has been cancelled.
Prep football report

ATTACK ON AMERICA
SULLIVAN: NFL must put sense before $$$
        Back when he was a football apprentice at Notre Dame, Bengals tackle Oliver Gibson recalls a squad of military jets buzzing the Orange Bowl before a big game. He remembers wondering, “What if?”

IU-UK, Purdue-ND won't play
        INDIANAPOLIS — After the Big Ten announced it would let individual institutions decide whether to play football games this weekend, Indiana and Purdue decided not to play.

List of sports postponements
        Selected sports events canceled or postponed because of Tuesday's terrorist attacks:

HIGH SCHOOLS
Winton Woods' Hite picks Miami (Fla.)
        Winton Woods senior Robert Hite, the top-rated basketball recruit in Greater Cincinnati, has made a verbal commitment to play for Miami (Fla.).

Cool kicker comes up clutch for Hamilton
        Even after winning two consecutive games with last-second field goals for Hamilton High School — including a 51-yarder — the loudest thing about kicker Kenny Harper remains the sound of a football booming off the end of his powerful right leg.
Prep football report
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Wednesday's prep results: Cincinnati | Northern Ky.

BENGALS
Smith launches career at practice
        Bengals defensive end Justin Smith practiced for the first time Wednesday since ending his holdout Saturday.

BASEBALL
RiverBats declared IL champions
        The International League cancelled playoffs and declared the Louisville RiverBats, the Reds' Triple-A affiliate, champions for 2001.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Bengals finally sign No. 1 pick
        Justin Smith ended his holdout on the eve of the season opener, signing a six-year deal worth as much as $40.5 million if he makes incentives.

Guidugli rallies UC over Army
        The Gino Guidugli Era began with a bang when the freshman from Highlands High came off the bench after a season-ending injury to Adam Hoover and threw 3 TD passes in the fourth quarter.

Iowa 44, Miami 19Ohio St. 28, Akron 14Kentucky 28, Ball St. 20

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