SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2001
'New' Bengals put to the test
        From the moment Bengals players left the field Sunday in San Diego, they talked about rebounding from the loss for today's game at Pittsburgh.

Reds management not giving us hope
        Columnist Paul Daugherty says: It has taken the Reds less than two seasons to squander all the goodwill they won in 1999. It has taken them that long to raise blue seats from $17 to $28, yet become the lowest-payroll team in the NL Central. After '99, the plan was to sign long-term a core of young players and build around their skills. Now the plan is ... what, exactly?

UC 46, Tulane 33
        Gino Guidugli introduced himself to the home crowd Saturday night by throwing four touchdown passes to lead the Bearcats.
UC-Tulane statistics

Prep football page
        Get a complete report on Friday's games in the Tristate, or go to your favorite school's page for a rundown on that school, plus a roster and schedule.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Miami 31, Buffalo 14
        OXFORD — Despite a slow start in which Miami turned the ball over on consecutive plays in the first quarter, the RedHawks rolled to a 31-14 victory over Buffalo.

Ohio State 38, Northwestern 20
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — It might as well have been “Turn Back The Clock Night” at Ohio Stadium.

South Carolina 42, Kentucky 6
        COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kalimba Edwards giggled like a kid at the State Fair when told South Carolina had the Southeastern Conference's best record.

Thomas More 55, Manchester 0
        NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — Justin Frisk rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns to lead undefeated Thomas More.

Bluffton 45, Mount St. Joe 7
        Brad Moore passed for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead Bluffton College to a 45-7 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.

REDS
2002 chances depend on starting pitching
        The 2001 Reds season was a mess by any standard. The Reds lost 90-plus games for the first time since 1984.

Reds expect more offense next season
        The Reds should be a better offensive team next year for three reasons:

Latin America scouting pays off
        On a December afternoon four years ago, Johnny Almaraz held a tryout camp in the Dominican Republic. He signed two players, reopening the Latin pipeline to the Reds' farm system.

Reds set record for home losses
        Records are being broken all over Major League Baseball: Bonds. Sosa. Henderson. The Seattle Mariners. Let's not forget about the home team.

LaRue handles 3B
        Jason LaRue said he takes some ground balls each day to “fool around” and get loose for games. That practice came in handy when Reds manager Bob Boone asked him to start at third base in both games of Saturday's doubleheader against Philadelphia and again today.

BENGALS
Bengals Bandwagon accelerates
        Think of San Diego as a speed bump. The Bengals Bandwagon continues to roll, albeit with a new set of shock absorbers. It doesn't stop for defeat. It barely pauses for pedestrians.

Key Matchup
        Stop Jerome Bettis, and beat the Steelers. Other teams put their strong safety on featured running back Corey Dillon, so why not move Bengals strong safety Cory Hall closer to the line to key on Bettis?

Bengals-Steelers by the numbers
Who's got the edge
Mark Curnutte's NFL power ratings
NFL predictions

XAVIER
XU basketballer plays on U.S. defense now
        Mark Smydra spent his entire collegiate basketball career banging with Xavier's big men in practice. Five years later, after Sept. 11, his work has far greater significance.

Five Questions with Melanie Balcomb
        After knocking off Tennessee and reaching the NCAA quarterfinals last season, Xavier women's basketball coach prepares to put her team on the practice floor this week.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Midnight Madness events
        Schedules for UC, Xavier, Miami and Kentucky.
HIGH SCHOOLS
High School Football Notebook
        Neither the rain nor the wind could stop McNicholas quarterback Bryan Cupito Friday in a 41-35 victory over Kettering Alter at Fairmont Stadium.

High School Insider
        Wyoming has some of the hardest-working girls in show business in Abby Mowry and the Schmitt sisters, Alexis and Erika.

Cincinnati soccer highlights
        Capping off a week in which it played only ranked teams, the No.6 Mariemont girls soccer team came out with the sweep, posting a 1-0 victory over top-ranked Roger Bacon at Roger Bacon.

Girls sectional soccer schedule
Boys sectional soccer schedule
Cincinnati high school results

Campbell County runners upset elite pair
        TAYLOR MILL — Coach Terri Mayhew thought her Campbell County girls team would be tired Saturday.
N.Ky. high school results

OTHER SPORTS
Best and worst of week in sports
        The Enquirer Sports Department sounds off.

Bonds rests after record night
        SAN FRANCISCO — After homering twice Friday night to set a single-season record, Barry Bonds got a rest.

Portland 2, Mighty Ducks 1
        Cincinnati falls in AHL opener Patrick Boileau scored the game-winning goal with 6:14 remaining and added an assist to help lift the Portland Pirates to a 2-1 AHL win over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Saturday at the Gardens.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Tristate golf guide
Kentucky Speedway coverageAuto racing coverage
Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati
Where high school stars are going to college
• High school: FootballBoys basketballGirls basketball
New look of Cinergy Field
Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results