College Basketball Special Preview Section
        Our in-depth look at the upcoming season for UC, Xavier, Kentucky, Dayton, Ohio State and Miami. Complete with schedules, rosters, position breakdowns, and other analysis. Don't miss it!

RADEL: Take the battle to Bengals
        The Bengals lost the Battle of the Bands to three scrawny Hamilton County commissioners. Four local high school marching bands were allowed to perform their halftime shows on the field during a football doubleheader at Paul Brown Stadium. So what if the whole field would need re-sodding? That's the cost of doing business — the people's business.

Elder, St. X each receive 15,000 tickets
        Elder and St.Xavier each have been allotted 15,000 tickets for their Division I regional final football game at UC's Nippert Stadium (capacity 35,000) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Prep football section

SULLIVAN: Contraction - A reality show worth watching
        Bud Selig's mistake — the latest one, at least — has been to conduct baseball's contraction deliberations behind closed doors. This is a process tailor-made for television, the kind of reality programming the networks clumsily manufacture and ceaselessly hype. It's Survivor on a grander scale.

Sports events this week
Tipoff 2001
        It's hard not to pick Duke as the preseason No. 1 team in the country. The defending national champion Blue Devils have the nation's best player in guard Jason Williams, potential stars in Chris Duhon, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy (who hit some of the biggest shots in the 2001 national championship game), and a big-time transfer in Dahntay Jones.

U-Cincinnati basketball preview
        Bob Huggins is about to begin his 13th season as University of Cincinnati men's basketball coach, the longest tenure in the program's 101-year history.

Xavier basketball preview
        Thad Matta is something of a Pied Piper. Believers follow the sound of his bouncing basketball.

Dayton basketball preview
        DAYTON - Dayton has some big shoes to fill this season with the loss of scoring leader Tony Stanley. But the Flyers have at least three different pairs of feet that might be able to do it.

Kentucky basketball preview
     LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mateen Cleaves could have turned pro after his junior year at Michigan State but returned to lead the Spartans to the 2000 national championship.

Miami basketball preview
        OXFORD - Ever since he was 8 years old, Miami coach Charlie Coles knew he wanted to teach. From his early days in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Coles remembers teaching kids in his neighborhood the fundamentals of basketball.

Ohio State basketball preview
        COLUMBUS - Ken Johnson, the Big Ten's all-time leader in blocks, is gone and the Ohio State Buckeyes must adapt to life without its soft-spoken, art-major of a bully. Now the Buckeyes must play defense without having someone who can erase their mistakes and opponents' shots with one expansive arm.

C-USA conference preview
Atlantic 10 conference preview
Mid-American conference preview
Southeastern Conference preview

Bengals Q&A with Mark Curnutte
        Write anything even remotely complimentary about Bengals president Mike Brown, and these are the types of responses you receive:

Sidelines could be used to patch field
        The Paul Brown Stadium grass is greener on the stadium's sidelines.

Dugans is making his role special
        If you're the former Florida state prep champion in the triple jump and averaged 20 points a game for the defending state basketball champions — and neither one is even your best sport — you have skills and confidence.

Bengals 2002 preseason schedule announced
        For the third consecutive year, the Bengals will play their first two preseason games on the road and their final two exhibition games at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cowher apologizes for run-in with Browns' Fuller
        PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher apologized Tuesday for an angry confrontation Sunday with Cleveland's Corey Fuller.

NFL notebook
        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The officials gave Tennessee one final chance at the end zone, and the Titans knew they would put the ball back into the hands of quarterback Steve McNair.
New plan leaves Rockets wide open
        At the time John Rodenberg and Steve Klonne attended a clinic to learn the particulars of the spread offense, neither realized they would be coaching together this season.

Big games worth all the hassle

        Each week, the Enquirer's Tom Groeschen and Channel 9 sports anchor John Popovich tackle hot topics on the prep football scene. This week: Will we ever see another event like the big Paul Brown Stadium doubleheader?
'Unit' adds 4th Cy Young
        Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson won the National League Cy Young Award, easily defeating teammate Curt Schilling to take the honor for the third straight year.

Baseball notebook
        ATLANTA — Andruw Jones could have tested his value on the open market after next season. Instead, he decided to stay with the Atlanta Braves.
UC recruit near signing
        The Bearcats could end up with a pleasant surprise today when the fall recruiting period begins, according to two recruiting services.

Buckeyes can't look past Illini
        COLUMBUS — On the blustery day in January when Jim Tressel took over as the head football coach at Ohio State, he said he already was thinking about ways to beat Michigan.

Vols using Memphis as lesson
        KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer says last week's fourth quarter against Memphis was a good lesson.

College basketball roundup
        MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dajuan Wagner had 18 points and four assists in his college debut to lead No.12 Memphis to an 88-61 victory over Wofford on Tuesday night in the opening round of the inaugural Guardians Classic.
Blue Jackets finally win one on home ice
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — Since Ray Whitney has returned to the lineup, the Columbus Blue Jackets have won two in a row.

NBA Roundup
        INDIANAPOLIS — Jason Kidd scored 20 points and had 10 assists, and Keith Van Horn added 15 points and 13 rebounds as the New Jersey Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 91-82 Tuesday night.

47,743 see Elder, St. Xavier win
        The two Catholic League rivals won Saturday's playoff doubleheader before a state record crowd at Paul Brown Stadium.

Locals win 3 state titles
        Turpin, St. Ursula, Roger Bacon had a chance to win state championships Saturday — and all did.

East Carolina 28, UC 26
With scouts from the Motor City and GMAC bowls in attendance, UC saw its hopes for its first C-USA championship vanish.
Miami loses first-place showdown
Ohio State 35, Purdue 9
UK's Lorenzen throws six TD passes
Thomas More finishes 10-0

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Where high school stars are going to college
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New look of Cinergy Field
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