DAUGHERTY: Bengals' turf
        Mike Brown doesn't cut his own grass. He has a lawn guy named Bob, who pushes one of those industrial-sized fescue whackers that's about as wide as your average driving range.
Bengals offense making strides

Dunn named to All-Rookie team
        Reds outfielder Adam Dunn was recognized for his stellar half-season by being selected to the major-league rookie all-star team.

30,000 possible for Elder-St. X
        A crowd approaching 30,000 is expected for Saturday's Elder-St.Xavier Division I playoff football game at 7p.m. at UC's Nippert Stadium.
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Sports events this week
Bengals-Browns: Offensive comparison
        Bob Bratkowski and Bruce Arians were two candidates Bengals coach Dick LeBeau interviewed for the team's offensive coordinator vacancy in the offseason.

Bengals' receivers way ahead of last season
        The biggest difference in the Cincinnati Bengals this season can be measured in catches.

Bengals backing Starfire
        Believe it or not, the Cincinnati Bengals actually have a quarterback who's been a winner for years.

Bengals notebook
        Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair, who has a soft-tissue injury in his right thumb, did not practice or throw Thursday for the second consecutive day.

Stringer may have used dietary supplement
        ST. PAUL, Minn. — Korey Stringer, on the morning of his last practice with the Minnesota Vikings, might have taken a dietary supplement with ingredients that can increase heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to dehydration, according to a published report.

NFL notebook
        INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James could be sidelined for the rest of the season because of a left knee injury.

Larkin, Graves, Casey highlight Redsfest lineup
        All-Stars Barry Larkin, Sean Casey and Danny Graves are among players scheduled to attend Kahn's Redsfest VI, Dec. 7-8 at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.

Clemens wins 6th Cy Young award
        NEW YORK — Roger Clemens won his record sixth Cy Young Award on Thursday, receiving 21 of 28 first-place votes for the American League honor.
Badin has battle on its hands
        HAMILTON — It looks as if Badin's football playoff game Saturday will pit an old-school style against a new-school attack.

Brady on line for Beechwood
        When Joe Brady was ready to put hockey behind him, he had a pretty good idea of the sport that would take its place in his life.

CovCath makes moves that pay off with wins
        Ten years have passed since a move by Covington Catholic football coach Lynn Ray and his staff has paid off so quickly and dramatically.

Near-instant replay at hand
        Newport Central Catholic football coach Bob Schneider thought in August it would happen. So did Beechwood coach Mike Yeagle.

Tribble trouble for foes
        Being a quarterback, DeJuan Tribble has never seen a pass he didn't like to throw.

Badin's Malone teaches on field
        HAMILTON — Timeouts during football games mostly involve teams scrambling to the sideline to huddle around their coach, with players straining to hear instructions while trying to catch their breaths.
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Kreager rises from XU bench
        As a freshman last season, Xavier's Kate Kreager played regularly against one of the nation's toughest front lines.

Muskies hope to build upon defense
        Xavier is coming off one of its finest defensive seasons in history. The intriguing part is that it had an offensive-minded coach.

UC's chance to prove point
        STILLWATER, Okla. — It's only natural that the University of Cincinnati players would take a hard look at the preseason rankings and notice they were not in the Top 25 of The Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN coaches' polls.

UC's Merrill center of attention
        Debbie Merrill doesn't want all this attention. She doesn't want to be labeled as the highest-rated recruit in the history of Conference USA (which she is). She doesn't want to be known as potentially one of the best players in the history of the University of Cincinnati's women's program (which she might end up being).

Louisville clinches share of C-USA title
        GREENVILLE, N.C. — Dave Ragone threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns as No. 19 Louisville clinched at least a share of its second straight Conference USA title with a 39-34 victory over East Carolina on Thursday night.

No.4 UK shocked at home, 64-52
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Western Kentucky coach Dennis Felton had no doubt his squad could beat a team as talented and as deep as No.4 Kentucky.

College basketball roundup
        BERKELEY, Calif. — Chris Hester scored 20 points as Eastern Washington stunned No.10 Saint Joseph's 68-67 on Thursday night in the first round of the Black Coaches Association Classic.

College football roundup
        This is the game Ball State coach Bill Lynch has been waiting for. And Northern Illinois coach Joe Novak. And Toledo coach Tom Amstutz.

Syracuse's Freeney provides big test for Miami's Big Mac
        MIAMI — Miami tackle Bryant McKinnie answered dozens of questions about Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney this week, praising the nation's sack leader each time.

Local college roundup
        Mount St.Joseph volleyball coach Michele Benoit was named American Volleyball Coaches Association/Tachikara Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. Two Lions, Betsy Owens (Seton High) and Cris Webb (Mason), were named to the all-region. team.
NBA roundup
        AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jerry Stackhouse had 28 points and eight rebounds, and Cliff Robinson added 24 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 115-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

NHL roundup
        TAMPA, Fla. — Alexander Mogilny scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:18 left in the third period, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday 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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