SPORTS NEWS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2002
Huggins meets West Virginia brass again
        West Virginia President David Hardesty and Athletic Director Ed Pastilong flew to Cincinnati on Sunday to meet with Bob Huggins and finalize a deal to bring the UC coach to Morgantown, according to a report.

Kearns unhappy about starting in Double-A
        SARASOTA, Fla. — Austin Kearns, who had a shot at the Reds' right fielder's job but hit only .111 in spring training, will start the year in Double-A Chattanooga.

Familiar winners in Mini-Marathon
        Even after winning the fourth straight Cincinnati 15K Heart Mini-Marathon that he has competed in, John Sence insists it never gets old.
Results: Men's 15k | Women's 15k | Men's 5k | Women's 5k | Kids' 2k

Prep sports section
        Roger Bacon won the Ohio boys Division II title Saturday, while Winton Woods lost in the Division I final, and the Holmes girls lost in the Ky. Sweet 16 semifinals.

Sports events this week
        A schedule of area sporting events for the next seven days.
REDS
Reds could be reprimanded for playing scrubs
        WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Reds could face a reprimand for violating a directive from the commissioner's office to bring at least four starters to spring training road trips.

Game Report: Indians 5, Reds 0
        Jose Acevedo allowed six hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Acevedo feels he belongs
        WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Jose Acevedo was nervous last summer before his first major-league start. This season, he can't wait.

LaRue in 0-for-26 slump
        WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Bob Boone said there's nothing else the Reds can do to help catcher Jason LaRue get over his 0-for-26 batting slump.

Rijo just wants to have fun
        WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Jose Rijo threw two innings in a Single-A game Sunday. It was a chance for Rijo to work on some things and, as always, have some fun.

Reds whittle roster
        WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Five Reds were reassigned to minor league camp Sunday.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
Final Four coach will finally grab brass ring
        They are all so close now. Somewhere out there is a national championship, waiting for four coaches who know the demands of a long road.

Gritty Sooners team to watch in Final Four
        SAN JOSE, Calif. — Except for the net around his neck and the sweat-soaked uniform underneath his celebratory T-shirt, Aaron McGhee might have been just another Oklahoma student stoked by the Sooners' Final Four run.

Hoosiers back in the spotlight
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Indiana guard Dane Fife twirled his finger in the air, as if to signal that he didn't want all this to end.

Kansas 104, Oregon 86
        MADISON, Wis. — The Jayhawks met a team that wanted to run with them. They jumped all over the Ducks instead.

Maryland 90, Connecticut 82
        SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Back and forth, back and forth — until Steve Blake spoke up and came through.

Tennessee women can say 'I told you so'
        AMES, Iowa — Vanderbilt and Tennes see have been playing each other since the late 1970s and the partisanship in the rivalry runs deep. Never, though, have they met in a setting like this — nor with so much at stake.

Oklahoma women not outdone by men
        BOISE, Idaho — Sherri Coale speaks with an Oklahoma accent, although it's certainly no drawl. She spits out words faster than her Sooners run the court, and that's saying a lot.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
Sprained throwing hand shelves Miami QB
        The good news is Miami University quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's throwing hand is not broken. The bad news is an MRI revealed the left-hander has a severely sprained hand that will cause him to miss most of the April 2-20 spring practices.

Ducks set playoff roster
        The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks' opening-round opponent and series dates for the AHL Calder Cup playoffs will be announced when the information becomes available. The Ducks' final 22-man roster for the playoffs:

Spiral winner glides into Derby picture
        Although his next start remains in question, Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift emerged in perfect condition from his narrow victory in Turfway Park's $500,000 Lane's End Spiral Stakes (Grade II) Saturday.


SPECIAL COVERAGE
S T A T E   B A S K E T B A L L   T O U R N E Y S
Bacon brings home title
        COLUMBUS — The Spartans forced All-American LeBron James into foul trouble and pull a stunning upset to win the Division II state championship.
Winton Woods comes up short
Holmes loses in semifinals

Reds set ticket prices for new ballpark
        Seats at the Great American Ball Park will range from $5 to $175. Our ballpark graphic shows the prices in each area.
Analysis: Ticket price won't keep fans away
Reds 2002 TV schedule

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