SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2002
High school football playoffs
Elder, Colerain, Kings and Reading, all won playoff games this weekend. Click here for complete football coverage.
Ursuline unseats St. Ursula as state volleyball l champ
St. Ursula loses soccer final
Wyoming girls also denied soccer title

Blake empathizes with former mates
Ravens quarterback Jeff Blake feels sorry for the Bengals players but he'd like nothing better than to beat his former team today.
The Edge | Isolation Booth | Stats | By the #s
Levi: Life as a Rookie

Sloppy UC still slams NKU
Maybe somewhere amid all the elements on the Shoemaker Center court Saturday night there's a decent Cincinnati basketball team. But it's difficult to fathom now.
Daugherty: Wrath - not grapes - seems more Huggins' style
Center position still work in progress

Cole ponders redshirt season
Faced with the near certainty of playing behind David West and three other big men, Xavier freshman Brandon Cole is considering a redshirt season.
XU women win exhibition

Ohio State excapes upset at Purdue
Ohio State was trailing on the road and facing fourth down late in the game, with not only a victory but the Big Ten title and a chance at the Fiesta Bowl berth slipping away.
Hail Mary heave halts fun for UK
Bowen corners market at Miami
Elsewhere in college football

Bowden mum regarding free agent wish list
The Philadelphia Phillies spent last week wining, dining and wooing left-hander Tom Glavine and slugging first baseman Jim Thome.
Reds Q & A

BENGALS / NFL
Bengals' defense will need to step up once again
Jeff Blake's deep passes might be the rage in Baltimore these days, but the base of the Ravens' offense is tailback Jamal Lewis.

NFL notebook, standings
MIAMI - Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter will be sidelined indefinitely after tests revealed kidney-function abnormalities, the team said Saturday.

Are you ready for some Monday Night Football history?
The Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos game that wraps up Week 10 will be the 500th Monday Night Football game. The longest-running prime-time entertainment series in television history, MNF started in 1970.
Curnutte's NFL power rankings

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Elder, Colerain await word on site
Colerain and Elder will clash in the Ohio Division I regional football final next weekend, with the big question being where the game will be played.
Colerain 28, Lebanon 7
Colerain had four turnovers. Its quarterback got hurt. And still, the Cardinals belted Lebanon 28-7 in the Ohio Division I regional football semifinals Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium.
Elder 31, Wayne 3
Read into it what you will, but here's one way to interpret Elder's 31-3 victory Saturday over Huber Heights Wayne in the Division I regional semifinals: This could just be the Panthers' year.
CovCath 54, Harrison Co. 6
Brian Piper caught three touchdown passes from Grant Groneck as Covington Catholic rolled over Harrison County 54-6 in first-round action in the Class AAA Kentucky football playoffs.
Fans enjoy NFL atmosphere
For the players on four high school football teams - and their parents, grandparents, siblings and fellow students - Saturday was a day to remember at Paul Brown Stadium.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Ursuline unseats St. Ursula on volleyball throne
FAIRBORN - Two Cincinnati volleyball heavyweights squared off Saturday with a Division I state championship on the line, and Ursuline emerged with a hard-fought 11-15, 15-8, 15-13 victory over St.Ursula.
GGCL players rule volleyball all-star team
Girls Greater Cincinnati League players dominated the Division I All-Ohio volleyball teams selected by the Ohio Volleyball Coaches' Association.

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
St.Ursula loses soccer final
COLUMBUS - Monica Naltner sat on the Crew Stadium grass with her head down.
Wyoming denied soccer title
COLUMBUS - Bay Village Bay's defense lived up to its reputation.

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
Highlands girls run to state title
LEXINGTON - The runners on the Highlands girls cross country team weren't moping, but they were less than jovial as they gathered in the Bluebirds' area during the Kentucky state cross country championship meet Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park.
St. Henry boys take cross country title
LEXINGTON - Senior Chris Danks outpaced the field Saturday to win the individual title and lead five St. Henry runners to finishes among the top 22 as the Crusaders captured the Class A championship at the 50th annual boys state championship meet.

HIGH SCHOOL COLUMN
Prep Insider: Late coach was ahead of his time
Joe Cruse loved basketball, but probably not as much as his players loved him.

BASEBALL
Phils set to spend on Thome
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to offer free agent slugger Jim Thome a multiyear contract Tuesday that by all indications will carry an average annual value of $15million.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
MSJ football finally growling
Rod Huber talks fast. The third-year football coach at the College of Mount St. Joseph, a former Army man, talks with purpose. He doesn't talk in "coulds," "woulds" or "shoulds." Huber, known as "Hubey" to his players, doesn't talk about the past, including a 17-game losing streak the Lions snapped this season. Nor does he talk about his program's future. At the Mount, the future is now.

Huskies stun BGSU, take first in division
DEKALB, Ill. - Michael Turner helped Northern Illinois defeat one of the last unbeaten teams in Division I.

Mount St. Joseph thumped by undefeated Hanover 49-14
Adam Stephenson scored two touchdowns and Clint Bobb scored one touchdown and rushed for 128 yards on 18 carries to lead Hanover to a 49-14 victory over Mount St. Joseph Saturday.

Five questions with Brandon Miree
Winton Woods grad Brandon Miree, a running back at Pittsburgh, rushed for 161 yards, including a 53-yard game-winning touchdown, in the Panthers' 28-21 upset victory over No. 3 Virginia Tech.

Texas A&M ruins party for Sooners
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Oklahoma escaped Kyle Field two years ago, clearing the way for the Sooners to win the national title. They couldn't pull off another victory against Texas A&M on Saturday, and now the Sooners might not get another shot to win it all.

Irish escape Navy
BALTIMORE - Notre Dame was sleepwalking through another poor outing when Carlyle Holiday stirred up things with a rousing fourth-quarter performance.

Syracuse topples No. 8 Virginia Tech in 3OT
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse appeared to be on its way to a rare and dubious distinction just one month ago - winning 10 games one season and losing 10 the next. A three-game winning streak has changed all that.

Miami crushes Vols
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Give Miami a challenge, and the Hurricanes usually come through.

Texas shows Baylor some attitude
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas wide receiver Roy Williams is healthy and catching everything thrown his way, which is bad news for Longhorns opponents.

Big Ten roundup
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Brad Banks is the main reason Iowa is hanging around the cluttered race for those coveted Bowl Championship Series spots.
Top 25 roundup
How the Top 25 fared
College Football Today

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Hoops: Big matchups come early, often
The same questions have loomed at the start of every college basketball season lately, and 2002-03 is no different. Will another team make a run at being a repeat champion for just the second time since UCLA's seven-year run ended 30 years ago?

Dayton player's parents don't believe son lied
DAYTON, Ohio - The parents of a former University of Dayton basketball player who said he was abducted by a gunman before managing to escape don't believe their son made the story up.

HOCKEY
Mighty Ducks blank Barons
Ilja Bryzgalov stopped 27 shots and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks shut out the Cleveland Barons 3-0 Saturday night in the AHL at the Gardens.

Kolzig slams door on Flyers
WASHINGTON - Olaf Kolzig made 43 saves, and Sergei Gonchar sparked a four-goal second period with his first goal of the season as the Washington Capitals beat Philadelphia 4-1 Saturday. Kolzig has allowed two goals in consecutive victories after returning from a wrist injury.

NBA
Second-half scoring surge lifts Pacers over Raptors
INDIANAPOLIS - After trailing by 13 at halftime, the Indiana Pacers outscored the Toronto Raptors by 37 points in the second half on the way to a 108-84 victory Saturday.

REGIONAL HEADLINES
UC women win C-USA soccer crown
Cincinnati won its second straight Conference USA Tournament championship after defeating Marquette 2-1 at Charlotte, N.C. Senior Tianna Oliver put the Bearcats ahead on a first-half goal, and Tasha Wagner sealed the victory on a solo shot with 6:38 remaining.

NATIONAL HEADLINES
Dredge leads Volvo Masters
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Bradley Dredge of Wales birdied the last two holes for a par 71 in strong wind Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds in the Volvo Masters.

Women's soccer: U.S. 2, Canada 1
PASADENA, Calif. - All-time leading scorer Mia Hamm chipped a shot over goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc 3:34 into overtime to lift the United States to a 2-1 victory over Canada in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup championship game Saturday.

Serena Williams, Capriati advance to WTA semis
LOS ANGELES - Once Serena Williams got warmed up, Jelena Dokic had no chance against the world's No. 1 player.

Will Fittipaldi be first of new wave of drivers?
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Christian Fittipaldi could be a trend-setter.

Stewart on cusp of Cup title
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Tony Stewart doesn't want to talk about winning the Winston Cup championship. He just wants to do it.

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

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Nuxhall retiring in 2004
Joe Nuxhall stood at the podium Friday 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

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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