Bonds propels Giants to Game 1 victory
      Grabbing the most from the moment he'd always waited for, Barry Bonds homered in his first at-bat on baseball's biggest stage, sending the San Francisco Giants over the Anaheim Angels 4-3 Saturday night in Game 1 of the World Series.
Game 1 Box Score
Rose invited to 'Best Moment' celebration

NFL needs to fix Bengals mess
        Columnist Paul Daugherty says: It's time for the National Football League to stop enabling the Bengals. When the league mandated revenue sharing and a salary cap, it wanted all its teams to have an equal chance to win. It didn't mean to hatch the Bengals. But it has.

Bengals rake in money despite losing
        Not even an all-out boycott would have much effect on the Bengals' bottom line because NFL teams have two major revenue sources that don't depend directly on fan support.

Southern Miss 23, UC 14
        HATTIESBURG, Miss. - UC coach Rick Minter has seen the “enemy,” and it's the Bearcats, he says. Despite nearly doubling Southern Miss in every statistical category, the Bearcats lost 23-14 to the Golden Eagles at M.M. Roberts Stadium on Saturday.
Notre Dame 21, Air Force 14
Miami 49, Buffalo 0

Prep football report
        St. Xavier got revenge on St. Ignatius, Colerain nipped Princeton in a classic shootout, Kings beat Loveland in a battle of unbeatens and Boone County stunned Northern Kentucky No. 1 Dixie Heights. Click here for complete coverage of area games.
State Golf: Mount Notre Dame wins girls title
State Tennis: CHCA's Dowiatt, Ducro win doubles
Turpin, LaSalle win cross country regionals
Boys Soccer Tournament Highlights
Prep Insider: Three named volleyball All-Americans
Prep Spotlight on Abby Mowry
Kentucky Insider: Villa, NewCath bonded by blood

Sanders shakes off postseason jinx
        ANAHEIM - The first two rounds of the postseason were quite forgettable for Reggie Sanders. But once he returned to the World Series stage, he was just fine.

Angels can't get the big hit
        ANAHEIM, Calif. — After a postseason filled with big hits, the Anaheim Angels came up short against San Francisco in Game 1 of the World Series. The result was a 4-3 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.

Glaus ties record with 2 homers
        ANAHEIM, Calif. — Once again, two homers by Troy Glaus weren't enough to give the Anaheim Angels a victory.

Ochoa's journey takes him to World Series
        ANAHEIM - For Alex Ochoa, the seventh time was a charm. Ochoa, a former Red, Met, Twin, Brewer (twice) and Rockie, is playing with the American League champion Anaheim Angels.

Bullpens put clamps on HR derby
        ANAHEIM, Calif. — If Game 1 of the World Series was any indication, the bullpens are going to play a major role in the outcome.

Rose invited to 'Best Moment' celebration
        Even though he's banned from baseball for life, Pete Rose has been invited to Game 4 of the World Series in San Francisco for the pregame ceremony honoring baseball's most memorable moment.

Early birds catch Cinergy Field memorabilia
        There was no such thing as being too early Saturday for O'Rourke Wrecking Co.'s sale of Cinergy Field seats outside the company headquarters on Lunken Park Drive in Linwood.

Reds Insider: Aramboles 'real deal'
        Watching the postseason, it's been hard not to notice Francisco Rodriguez, a 20-year-old Anaheim Angels right-hander.

Reds E-mail Q&A: Don't expect payroll to soar
        The big topic with e-mailers this week was the Reds' player payroll.

Levi Jones' Rookie Journal
        Each Sunday, Bengals first-round draft pick Levi Jones talks about life as an NFL rookie.

Mark Curnutte's NFL picks
        The Eagles and Buccaneers aren't in the same division, but they will meet today for the fifth time in four years.

NFL to enforce 'Owens' penalty
        NEW YORK - Any player thinking about copying Terrell Owens' autograph session should beware: The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams warning that carrying foreign objects will bring a 15-yard penalty and possible ejection from the game.

Notre Dame 21, Air Force 14
        AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Notre Dame's offense finally produced an effort worthy of a top-10 team. That doesn't mean its defense took the night off. Ryan Grant ran for 190 yards and a touchdown, and the seventh-ranked Fighting Irish stuffed the nation's top rushing team, beating Air Force 21-14 Saturday night to remain unbeaten.

Miami 49, Buffalo 0
        AMHERST, N.Y. - In the 16 years since Miami won its most recent Mid-American Conference championship, several RedHawks teams were expected to contend for the league title. However, the expectations didn't lead to a championship.

Kentucky 29, Arkansas 17
        FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Kentucky changed its second-half habits Saturday, scoring 20 points, thanks to defense and special teams, in a 29-17 win over Arkansas.

Mount St. Joseph 21, Defiance 8
        DEFIANCE, Ohio - Mike Dane threw for two touchdowns as Mount St. Joseph beat Defiance.

Thomas More 14, Malone 7
        CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - Scott Garver threw touchdown passes to Mike Rieck and Nathan Ritter to lead Thomas More (4-2) past Malone 14-7 in a Division III game. Malone fell to 3-3.

Xavier's Musketeer Madness today
        Xavier's men's and women's basketball teams go on public display today for the first time in Musketeer Madness at Cintas Center.

Xavier Notebook: Newest Musketeers trying to catch on
        Sometimes it's better to keep things simple. That's the early coaching philosophy with Xavier's Dedrick Finn and Anthony Myles, two newcomers who are expected to make key contributions this season.

UC Notebook: LeGree keeps eye on baseball teammates
        University of Cincinnati assistant basketball coach Keith LeGree was a little more than disappointed when the Minnesota Twins lost to the Anaheim Angels in the American League Championship Series. LeGree was a member of the Twins' organization for seven years.

UC season tickets on sale
        UC basketball season tickets have gone on sale to the general public. The cost: $314 for 18 home games, which includes Dec. 28 against Miami at U.S. Bank Arena.

Williams ready for return to ring
        Ricardo Williams Jr., Cincinnati's heralded junior welterweight, will perform before the brightest spotlight yet in a nationally televised 10-round bout against former world champion Terronn Millett on Nov.2 in Las Vegas.

Houston 5, Mighty Ducks 4
        Erik Reitz scored at 2:21 of overtime to lift the Houston Aeros to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks on Saturday night in American Hockey League action at the Cincinnati Gardens.

Cyclones 5, Johnstown 2
        JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - The Cincinnati Cyclones won their second game in as many nights, as they defeated the Johnstown Chiefs 5-2 Saturday night in the ECHL at the War Memorial.

Five Questions with Phil Esposito
        Cincinnati Cyclones owner/director Phil Esposito is in his 40th season of professional hockey.

College Update: Bashful Bearcat's goal is return to NCAAs
        Despite 1,846 reasons to be boastful, University of Cincinnati volleyball player Trish Ladusaw deflects the limelight like she deflects opponents' kill attempts.

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Prep football scores & game reports

How Enquirer poll teams fared

St. Xavier 18, Cleveland St. Ignatius 17
        As the clock ran out Saturday afternoon, St. Xavier coach Steve Rasso's shoulders sagged. He breathed a sigh of relief and strode forth to shake hands, a grin creeping across his face.

Lakota East 24, Lakota West 15
        OXFORD - East jumped out to an 18-0 halftime lead and was never threatened.

Lakota fans enjoy college atmosphere
        OXFORD - A rainy morning and long drive didn't dampen the fun for high school football fans who gathered Saturday at Miami University's Yager Stadium for the annual Lakota East-Lakota West football game.

McNicholas 35, Harmony 0
        Zach Denton scored on touchdown runs of 20 and 15 yards while connecting with Brandon Boehm for a 20-yard touchdown in the third quarter. McNicholas improved to 6-3 and kept its playoff hopes alive.

Beechwood 41, Holy Cross 8
        Tigers' quarterback Jeff Wera ran up the middle for a 65-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Prep Insider: Three named volleyball All-Americans
        Stephanie Blackburn (Ursuline), Bryn Kehoe (St. Ursula) and Danielle Meyer (Mount Notre Dame) have been named midseason volleyball All-Americans by a national prep sports magazine.

Prep Spotlight on Abby Mowry
        Wyoming junior Abby Mowry has played three sports this fall: cross country, golf and soccer, with all her teams rated in either the state or city top 10. Mowry took some of her (limited) free time to answer five questions from Enquirer sports reporter Tom Groeschen:

Kentucky Insider: Villa, NewCath bonded by blood
        Four years ago Saturday, Villa Madonna's boys soccer team lost a district tournament game 22-0 to Scott. It went 2-15 that year and 1-15 the following year. Similarly, Newport Central Catholic's football team went 2-9 in 1998 and 4-8 in '99, its first two losing seasons since 1974.

State Golf: Mount Notre Dame wins girls title
        COLUMBUS - When the goal was set in early August to win the girls state golf championship, most of Mount Notre Dame's players doubted it would become reality. But on a rainy and windy day at Ohio State University's Scarlet and Gray courses, the Cougars proved to be the best.
Boys state golf results | Girls state golf results

State Tennis: CHCA's Dowiatt, Ducro win doubles
        COLUMBUS - Shaden Dowiatt made the bold prediction, and the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior backed it up Saturday at the Division II state tennis tournament.

Boys Soccer Tournament Highlights
        Cincinnati Country Day 2, Blanchester 0 - Mark Kasvin posted his fifth shutout of the season, and Peter Graves and Andrew Brendamour each scored a goal for CCD. Brian Rue assisted on both goals, and Brendamour assisted on Graves' goal.
Boys soccer results

Turpin, LaSalle win cross country regionals
        The Turpin girls cross country team raced to a convincing victory in the Division I regional championship at Troy Saturday and advanced to the state meet for the second straight season.
Boys cross country results | Girls cross country results

Girls volleyball results

Rose brings the house down
        Pete Rose came home and rewarded the sellout crowd that gave him a tumultuous standing ovation with a head-first slide in an emotional and fitting sendoff to the riverfront stadium.
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