SPORTS NEWS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2001
Steelers 16, Bengals 7
        The Bengals scored only one late touchdown, coming within five minutes of being shut out, and the defense gave up 274 rushing yards, the most by a Steelers team since 1988.

Oester, Doran fired
        Ron Oester, who felt he was tricked out of getting the managing job at the end of last season, was fired Sunday as part of a staff shake-up.

Boone defends Griffey from radio backlash
        Ken Griffey Jr. took another beating on talk radio Sunday over something that didn't happen.

Prep football page
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BENGALS-NFL
Bengals back where they started
        PITTSBURGH — Two weeks after their conquest of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals have reverted to their old, disheartening habits.
Bengals-Steelers Notebook
        PITTSBURGH — Players, coaches and the more than 60,000 fans inside Heinz Field shortly before Sunday's 1 p.m. game received no information before the game that U.S. air strikes had begun over Afghanistan.

No stopping Bettis
        PITTSBURGH — Normally, Jerome Bettis is known as The Bus. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, he suggests a steamroller.

Third down not charmed for defense
        PITTSBURGH — For the second week in a row, the Bengals' defense gave up first downs on key third-down pass plays Sunday against the Steelers.

Couch makes clutch plays for 3-1 Browns
        CLEVELAND — Butch Davis doesn't care if it's another 17 years before he sees Doug Flutie again.

REDS-BASEBALL
Phillies 4, Reds 1
        The ending was just what you would have expected from the 2001 Reds: injuries, apathy and futility.

Bonds hits 73rd; was it SF goodbye?
        SAN FRANCISCO — On the final day of the season, Barry Bonds hit his 73rd home run Sunday, further extending the major league record he broke two days earlier.

Astros beat Cardinals for NL Central
        ST. LOUIS — The Houston Astros forgot their late-season woes and clinched their fourth NL Central championship in five years on the final day of the season.
Baseball playoff schedules

Baseball's best on display on the final weekend
        Baseball's closing weekend was one to remember. Besides Barry Bonds' home-run record, Seattle tied a 95-year-old mark for most wins in a season, Rickey Henderson got his 3,000th hit. and baseball said goodbye to Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn.

HIGH SCHOOLS
High school week ahead
        The first state championships of the season, Divisions II and III boys golf, will be decided at Ohio State's Scarlet and Gray Course Friday and Saturday in Columbus.

UC BASKETBALL
UC prospect nears decision
        Junior-college guard/forward Antwain Barbour made his official visit to Cincinnati a week earlier than planned because he wants to get the recruiting process “out of the way.”

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Reds management not giving us hope
Columnist Paul Daugherty says: 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?
2002 chances depend on pitching
Reds expect more offense next season
Latin America scouting pays off

UC 46, Tulane 33
Freshman QB Gino Guidugli introduced himself to the home crowd by throwing four TD passes.
Ohio St. 38, Northwestern 20
Miami 31, Buffalo 14

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