SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2002
Reds 6, Brewers 4
        A year ago today, Jimmy Haynes was 5-10 as a Milwaukee Brewer, on his way to 17 losses. The Reds were 33-52, 17½ games out of first place and on their way to nowhere.
Box, runs

A fast but tenuous start
        The Reds have confounded baseball experts by staying in the National League Central race through the first half of the season. But all a good first half gives you is peace of mind over the All-Star break.
Midseason report
Reds Q&A

A strike for 'rights' is wrong
        Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty says: It is quite a life — first-class hotels, a clean uniform in your locker every day, golf clubs stacked outside the clubhouse door, awaiting the next road trip. Average salary, $2.38 million. Why would ballplayers jeopardize that? Why would anyone?
Cloudy forecast for Bud Bowl
Choosing stars no highlight for Brenly

Caught between a rock and a hard place
        Enquirer adventurer Shannon Russell says: Just this week I stumbled upon a genealogical fact that you may find both chilling and shocking: I am in no way related to comic book superhero Spider-Man.

GROESCHEN: Prep Insider
        Nikki Kremer is leaving after one year as Colerain girls basketball coach. Colerain athletic director Dan Moody can't blame her.

Serena shows no mercy in victory over Venus
        WIMBLEDON, England — Ignore the conspiracy theories. Dismiss any notions that daddy dictates who wins. With every screaming shot and breathless dash in a Wimbledon final of exquisite fury, Serena and Venus Williams punched holes in suspicions that the fix is in when they meet on a Grand Slam stage.
Nalbandian's Centre Court debut will be final vs. Hewitt
Latest Wimbledon coverage from the Associated Press

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

REDS / MLB
The pride of Newberry
        When the grass needed cutting Saturday evening for the next day's adult baseball games in Newberry, S.C., Esckro Williams climbed aboard the tractor, paying special attention to the perfection of his cut in left field, where his teen-aged grandson always played.

Cinergy Moment No. 20 - July 1, 1973
        Calling Hal King... Not that the Reds need his karma quite yet, but they ought to at least track him down and put him on stand-by in case things take a turn for the worse.

Down on the farm
        Tim Naehring is thinking about giving Bobby Basham a major promotion — all the way from Single-A Dayton to Triple-A Louisville.

Graves 'Lucky'
        Asked about the art of being a closer, Graves reached in his locker and held up a T-shirt that read, “Lucky.”

Griffey's return may come in 2 weeks
        Ken Griffey Jr. won't rejoin the Reds for at least their first series after he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

Reds chatter
        Some observations from the stat sheet as the Reds move toward the All-Star break.

Relief tempers envy of Yankees' Weaver trade
        There was plenty of pinstripe envy in the Reds clubhouse before Saturday's game when word circulated of the three-team trade in which the Yankees acquired Detroit ace Jeff Weaver.

Memories of an American original
        His farewell might be epic. But it absolutely wouldn't be emotional; Ted Williams was making sure of that.

No funeral services for Kid
        CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — No funeral services are planned for Ted Williams, his attorney said Saturday, as a dispute arose over the plans for the remains of the baseball great.

Bats 3, Clippers 1
        LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brandon Larson hit a two-run double to lead the Louisville Bats to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Clippers Saturday night in International League play.

AL roundup
        NEW YORK — Steve Parris earned his first victory of the season and the Toronto Blue Jays ended their six-game losing streak by defeating the New York Yankees, 8-3 Saturday.

NL roundup
        ATLANTA — Carlos Zambrano pitched five innings of two-hit ball and Moises Alou hit two homers as Chicago beat Atlanta in Bruce Kimm's first game as Chicago's interim manager.
· Notes from Saturday's games
· John Fay's power rankings

TENNIS
Met's anyone's tournament
        A changing of the guard will take place in men's singles at the Thomas E. Price Metropolitan Tennis Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Lunken Playfield.

WORLD CUP
Five Questions with Brad Friedel
        Ohio native and World Cup goal keeper Brad Friedel announced last week that he will host the Premier Soccer Academies, a series of elite soccer camps in Ohio next summer. He will team with the Columbus Crew to bring the camps to Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. He took time to answer five questions from the Enquirer's Dustin Dow earlier this week.

AUTO RACING
Green gets ride with Gary Keller Racing
        Willie Green of Walton, Ky., will return to the ARCA series at Kentucky Speedway with a new ride this week.

Da Matta fights off Tracy challenge to win pole
        TORONTO — Cristiano da Matta rose to the challenge again Saturday, winning a shootout with Paul Tracy to wrap up the pole for the Toronto Molson-Indy.

Jarrett maneuver causes 14-car wreck
        DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Late in Saturday night's Pepsi 400, the Big Wreck had been avoided for the most part. But in restrictor-plate racing, the Big Wreck is starting to look inevitable.

Montoya takes pole for British GP
        SILVERSTONE, England — Juan Pablo Montoya will be on the pole for the fourth consecutive race.

Rookie Scheckter takes pole for Ameristar 200
        KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Rookie Tomas Scheckter won the pole Saturday for the Ameristar 200, shattering the Kansas Speedway record and knocking his Red Bull Cheever Racing owner and teammate off the front row as Infiniti-powered cars took three of the top four spots.

Waltrip a winner - and happy this time
        DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Michael Waltrip won. Dale Earnhardt Jr., went for broke. And the Intimidator would have loved the whole show.

GOLF
Sorenstam takes two-stroke lead into the final round
        HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A shrinking list of challengers all made costly bogeys on the 18th hole, allowing Annika Sorenstam to get out of the sweltering sun with a two-stroke lead Saturday in the U.S. Women's Open.

Allenby pulls away
        LEMONT, Ill. — Robert Allenby followed an eagle on the par-5 15th with a birdie, shooting a 7-under 65 and taking a two-stroke lead in the third round of the Western Open.

HORSE RACING
E Dubai wins Suburban Handicap
        NEW YORK — E Dubai cruised to a three-quarters length victory in the 116th Grade II $500,000 Suburban Handicap for horses 3 and older at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Mr. John wins $400,000 Cornhusker
        ALTOONA, Iowa — Mr. John pulled away in the stretch to beat Unshaded by 2 1/4 lengths and win the $400,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap on Saturday.

OTHER SPORTS
Armstrong takes prologue to open Tour de France
        LUXEMBOURG — Lance Armstrong might have been the only cyclist surprised by his fast start in the Tour de France.

Mighty Ducks acquire Sykora
        ANAHEIM, Calif. — Petr Sykora, a 20-goal scorer the last four seasons, was among four players acquired by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday night in a trade with the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, forward Jeff Friesen and another player.

Police say Iverson being investigated
        PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson is being investigated by police after two men accused him of threatening them at an apartment complex.
SPECIAL COVERAGE
The Kid
Splendid Splinter dead at age 83
Ted Williams, Beantown's ever cranky but much beloved “Splendid Splinter” and baseball's last .400 hitter, passed away at the age of 83.
Special online memorial section

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

Where high school stars are going to college
Kentucky Speedway coverage