High school football playoffs
Kings and Reading both won their second-round playoff games Friday night. Elder and Colerain play in a doubleheader at Paul Brown Stadium today. Click here for complete football coverage.
Smaller crowd expected at Paul Brown today
Today's football previews
Carvitti is Elder's defensive dynamo

Madeira state soccer champs
Jimmy Cummings' pressure-packed penalty kick handed Madeira the Division III boys soccer state championship in a 1-0 victory Friday.
St. Ursula, Wyoming go for titles today
Volleyball deja vu: St. Ursula, Ursuline meet again in finals

XU's West preseason Player of the Year
Preseason accolades continue to roll in for Xavier's David West. The John Wooden and James Naismith award nominee found out Friday that he was named Basketball Times preseason Player of the Year. Not that he's paying attention or anything.

UC expects same Huggs on sideline
When the Bearcats play Northern Kentucky University today in their first exhibition game of the season, fans will be curious to discover if Bob Huggins is the same fiery coach after the heart attack he suffered Sept. 28.

Bearcats stay in bowl derby
UC's victory over Louisville on Thursday night might have been a season-saver.
Buckeyes shun BCS talk
Morriss' hand still smarting after tirade

These aren't the Ravens you remember
Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick would rather be the mean, fiery coach who led the team to the Super Bowl title two years ago and the playoffs last year. He'd rather go ballistic about a mental mistake or berate a receiver for dropping a pass.
Trio of receivers help get Bengals passing game on track

Manning and McNabb meet again
On Philadelphia's fourth play from scrimmage against the New York Giants two weeks ago, Donovan McNabb dropped to pass. No receivers open? No problem. McNabb ran for 38 yards. Talk about giving a defense something to think about.

Unpredictable NFL keeping its Super Bowl secrets
Here we are, midway through the NFL season, and we have no idea which teams will be playing in Super Bowl XXXVII. One week's zeroes have a good chance to be the next week's heroes.

Chandler back as Bears' starting QB
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Quarterback Chris Chandler will start for the Chicago Bears against New England on Sunday so Jim Miller can rest his sore elbow and shoulder.

It's not all computers and no football for guys behind BCS rankings
On his way to last Saturday's Georgia-Florida game, Wes Colley happily ran over a stuffed Gator planted by a Georgia fan. During five hours of tailgating, he ate chicken, drank beer and threw a football around.

Notre Dame-Navy: Some things never change
BALTIMORE - Once upon a time, Navy's football program was every bit as good as that of Notre Dame. Maybe even better.
Top 25 games this week

Smaller crowd expected at Paul Brown Stadium today
It is the talk of Cincinnati's sports weekend, although it may not match a similar extravaganza last year.
Kings 36, Edgewood 19
Kings surprised Edgewood with a new offensive look Friday night, and the Knights rode it to the first Division II regional football final in school history.
Reading 41, Coldwater 38
HUBER HEIGHTS - Ryan York is the sack leader for the Reading defense, and the senior end came up big for the Blue Devils Friday with the game on the line.
Carvitti is Elder's defensive dynamo
Tony Carvitti doesn't watch The Sopranos, but Elder's defensive leader isn't afraid to flex some tough-guy muscle when he needs to.

Beechwood 55, Fairview 7
Eastern 22, Conner 7
Highlands 56, Anderson Co. 0
Lex. Catholic 52, Holmes 20
Holy Cross 35, Nicholas Co. 14
Lloyd 51, East Carter 20
Russell 31, Newport 14
NewCath 57, Paris 14
Louisville Trinity 48, Ryle 9
Scott 53, Bourbon Co. 22
Dixie Heights 43, Lou. Ballard 41
Boone Co. 34, Oldham Co. 28

East Central 38, Whiteland 30

Weanling colt tops Keeneland session at $320,000
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A weanling colt from the first crop of Yankee Victor brought a top price of $320,000 during Friday's session of Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale.

Churchill Downs implements new wagering security measures
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Churchill Downs Inc. is beefing up security to protect the betting system at its six racetracks, a move prompted by the investigation into suspicious Breeders' Cup wagers.

McNeely leaves IU after flunking as athletic director
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - It's bad enough to be a maverick athletic director. It is much, much worse to be a maverick athletic director whose department is drastically in the red.

Kidd's fourth-quarter surge crushes Clippers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Kidd scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 106-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Lecavalier hat trick zaps Penguins
TAMPA, Fla. - Vincent Lecavalier made sure the Tampa Bay Lightning stayed perfect at home.

Goosen boosts lead over Harrington on Euro Tour
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Retief Goosen struggled to a 3-over-par 74 in the second round of the Volvo Masters, but that was enough to keep him ahead of Padraig Harrington in their competition for the Order of Merit.

Newman's 6th pole record for rookie
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Ryan Newman set a rookie record with his series-leading sixth pole of the season, taking the top spot Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Venus overcomes Seles in quarters
LOS ANGELES - Second-seeded Venus Williams saved 10 of 13 break points and beat No.6 Monica Seles 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the WTA Championships on Friday night.

Rockies' Neagle wants trade
DENVER - Denny Neagle wants the Colorado Rockies to trade him. "They need payroll flexibility, and I want to go to a place where I am more appreciated," he was quoted as saying in Friday's editions of the Denver Post.

WEEKEND SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
Nuxhall retiring in 2004
Joe Nuxhall stood at the podium with dry eyes and a steady voice. He was there for the news conference announcing that 2004 would be his last with the Reds. Nuxhall, an emotional guy, knows it will be different in September 2004 when he really says goodbye.
Who will replace Joe? Hey, send in a tape
Nuxhall irreplaceable, Reds fans say
Marty and Joe's laugh track

Ohio State defense rises to occasion
COLUMBUS - The sixth-ranked Buckeyes defeated squashed No. 23 Minnesota 34-3 Saturday while running its streak without allowing a touchdown to 10 quarters.

Miami beats OU, takes MAC East lead
OXFORD - With a 38-20 victory, the RedHawks improved their record to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference East Division, leapfrogging Marshall for first place.

Enquirer Power Rankings
Mike Ball picks the best and worst of the week in sports.

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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