SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2002
Bengals draft coverage
        The Bengals added to Saturday's haul by selecting a kicker, safety and a defensive end on Sunday. Full coverage including your comments.
Super Bowl champs trade Bledsoe to Buffalo

Rate the Bengals draft
        NFL experts ripped the Bengals' first pick (Story). So did Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty (Column). Enquirer columnist Tim Sullivan calls it a sensible pick. (Column). Tell us what you think. E-mail us your comments about the Bengals draft choices. Just click here and vent. Or go here and see what some fans are saying.

Reds cut down Wood
        Juan Encarnacion drove in four runs as the Reds beat Cubs starter Kerry Wood for the first time in eight tries.
Box, runs

Rijo makes a fresh start
        Jose Rijo, who starts today for the first time since 1995, has his eye on winning a permanent spot in the Reds rotation.

High school sports section
        Check out our spring sports coverage, college signings, and top stories from basketball, football and other sports.

Golf courses and news
        Check out our complete directory on Tristate golf courses and local golf coverage.

Sports events this week
        A schedule of area sporting events for the next seven days.

NFL DRAFT
DAUGHERTY: Bengals spoil the party again
        Mel Kiper's hair looked like a steel-belted radial. Always a work of art, Mel's 'do was also exceptionally sturdy Saturday, until the Bengals picked Levi Jones in the first round.

SULLIVAN: Bengals' timing might be right
        Mike Brown made the sensible selection instead of the spectacular one. Judging Levi Jones at this point is premature — until they actually compete in the NFL, all draft choices are projections — but the Bengals' rationale is reasonable.

Experts rip Bengals pick
        Sports Illustrated's Peter King says: I can't believe Cincinnati didn't get value for its pick at No. 10. Sad. If the Bengals knew how to work the league, they'd have been able to trade down a few slots, pick up an extra choice somewhere and still get tackle Levi Jones.

Jones combines brains and brawn
        All 89 members of the Arizona State football team last season entered school on scholarship. Eighty-eight were there on athletic scholarship. One, left tackle Levi Jones, was there on an academic scholarship.

Nose for ball Thompson's key strength
        The Bengals' second-round pick, free safety Lamont Thompson of Washington State, was second in the nation last season with 10 interceptions. The Bengals are hoping he will help the defense get more turnovers.

Trade yields TE Schobel
        The Bengals need more catches and TDs at tight end and traded their third and fifth picks to get TCU's Matt Schobel in the third round.

Draft Notebook: Bengals knock on wood
        Levi Jones is the fourth offensive tackle taken by the Bengals in the first round. The others: Vernon Holland, Anthony Munoz and Willie Anderson.

First round goes to linemen
        NEW YORK — Big men prevailed over speedy ones — eight of the first 12 players chosen were offensive and defensive linemen, and a total of 13 were taken in the first round.
Draft choices: By number | By team


Harrington surprised by Detroit
        ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Even Joey Harrington was sure the Detroit Lions were going to bypass him with the third pick in the NFL draft.

BASEBALL
Baseball sells 'condensed games' for online viewing
        Call it fast-food sports. Major League Baseball is selling “condensed games” at $4.95 a month. The games, viewed from mlb.com, run about 20 minutes each.

Kearns' debut dream come true
        Austin Kearns exchanges handshakes with first-base coach Jose Cardenal Wednesday, and then touches the bill of his cap to acknowledge the cheers. He looks up into the stands, scans the crowd of 14,527 and notices most of the fans are on their feet.

Strikeouts plague Reds
        CHICAGO — The Reds went into Saturday leading the major leagues in strikeouts. We're not talking about their pitchers here; we're talking about their hitters.

Reds Notebook: Percentages pay for Boone
        CHICAGO - Managers have a lot of statistics at their fingertips, and manager Bob Boone put the numbers to good use Saturday.

Down on the farm
        Jayhawk Owens admits he didn't expect it to go this well. Owens is managing the Stockton club that headed into the weekend 11-4 and leading the Single-A California League by three games.

Reds Q&A with John Fay
        E-mailers wanted a definition of a “good start,” and the Bob Boone debate continued. Read on:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
RedHawks put offense on display
        OXFORD — Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the white team to a 27-14 victory Saturday in Miami's annual Red and White scrimmage.

RB Pinner stars in UK spring game
        LEXINGTON — Artose Pinner had 160 total yards to lead the White squad to a 16-0 win over the Blue squad in Kentucky's annual Blue-White spring scrimmage Saturday night.

HIGH SCHOOLS
Saturday highlights
        Mount Notre Dame's softball team finished third in the Midwest Catholic Challenge in Louisville Saturday, posting three shutouts before a 2-1 loss to Lexington Catholic.
Cincinnati results

Brossart rolls to track victories
        It was easy to spot the Bishop Brossart boys and girls track teams at Saturday's Pep Stidham Invitational — they were the ones doing victory laps .
Northern Ky. results

HORSE RACING
Lexington win puts Lukas back in Derby
        LEXINGTON — D. Wayne Lukas probably has his Derby horse following Proud Citizen's impressive 3 1/4-length victory Saturday in the $325,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

OTHER LOCAL SPORTS
Women honored for athletics
        The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association, the local chapter of the National Women's Sports Foundation, will host its ninth annual awards at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Radisson Hotel on Chester Road.

TMC coach has head for softball
        The way Everett Roper saw it, he had nothing to lose. A year and a half ago, he and the Thomas More College fast-pitch softball team were down on their luck, struggling through another losing season.

Enquirer power rankings

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Red-letter day for fans, Reds
        On a day of nostalgia for the not-so-ancient ghosts of the concrete bowl known as Riverfront Stadium and Cinergy Field, and a day when all you had to do was look over the outfield wall to peer into the Reds' future, 41,913 Reds fans gloried in a ninth-innning 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Opening Day photo galleries: Check out 40 photos from Monday's events:
The GameCelebrationPeopleStadiumParade

Cinergy Field: Kiss it goodbye
        Opening Day marked the beginning of the end for the stadium on the riverfront. Our special section takes you back to the special moments of the past 32 years and lets you vote for your favorite highlight.
Vote for your favorite moment in the ballpark

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

Where high school stars are going to college
Kentucky Speedway coverage
2001 Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results