SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2002
West, Xavier win Shootout
All-American David West scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Xavier over UC 50-44 Saturday in the Crosstown Shootout at UC's Shoemaker Center.
DAUGHERTY: West second to none
Shootout photo gallery
Musketeers wanted to keep cool and did
Shootout fans, teams perpetuate the rivalry
Kirkland gets his shot; it just doesn't quite fall
Shootout Notebook: Handshake flap revisited

Bengals' great expectations met
by long tale of woe

The Cincinnati Bengals came off last season's 31-27 win over the Detroit Lions on Oct. 28 feeling the start of something big. Heh.
Bengals Game Day analysis

Trading Griffey bad all around
The Ken Griffey-for-Phil Nevin deal didn't make sense on any level except one: It would have saved the Reds money short-term.
Reds Q&A

Division I champion Elder in
high offseason demand

Elder's football team is being deluged with requests to appear here, there and who knows where as Cincinnati celebrates its Division I state championship.
Announcing prep games almost as fun as playing

RedHawks top Broncos in MAC opener
OXFORD - Miami coach Charlie Coles was almost as happy with matching his University of Cincinnati counterpart, Bob Huggins, in points Saturday afternoon as he was with the outcome of his RedHawks' game against Western Michigan at Millett Hall.
Locals: King's eight treys lead No. 25 UC women

High school sports report
Complete coverage of Ohio and Kentucky sports.

Today on TV
TV sports schedule

Bengals' changes won't be big
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Bengals will open the fourth quarter of their season today against the Carolina Panthers with a two-game lead for the first overall pick in April's college draft.

Isolation Booth: Williams Vs. Brown
Eight times in 12 games this season, the Bengals have allowed 134 or more rushing yards.

Keys: Offense could have it rough against Panthers' D
Other than fourth-quarter possessions near the goal line, the Bengals' offense has been close to unstoppable in the past six weeks. Today, the Bengals face the most formidable defense they have seen since Tampa Bay shut out their offense Sept. 29.

Life as a rookie
Each Sunday, Bengals first-round draft pick Levi Jones talks about life as an NFL rookie.

Bengals-Panthers: By the numbers
36: Age of Carolina QB Rodney Peete, who has thrown for 1,817 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

This week's picks
Another weekend of games has arrived, but the NFL is still buzzing about the performance of Michael Vick last Sunday.
Curnutte's Power Rankings

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Guest list set for Fiesta
No BCS controversy this time - Miami and Ohio State are a perfect match for the national title game in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.


No. 1 'Canes hang 56 on Hokies
Miami and Ohio State are set for the national title game, and both Washington State and Georgia were added to the Bowl Championship Series invitation list on Saturday.

Leftwich, Marshall tip Toledo
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A month's worth of limping on a sore shin didn't deter Byron Leftwich, and neither did getting flattened by Toledo's David Gardner.
How the bowls shape up


Georgetown wins NAIA semi 35-19
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Georgetown quarterback Neil Warren threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead Georgetown College to a 35-19 victory over McKendree College in the NAIA national semifinals.

College Football Today
STARS - Willis McGahee, Miami, ran for a school-record six touchdowns and career-best 205 yards as the top-ranked Hurricanes beat No. 18 Virginia Tech 56-45 to earn a spot in the national championship game against Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Notre Dame shocks 9th-ranked Terps
WASHINGTON - Maryland was only a few minutes removed from a 79-67 loss to Notre Dame when coach Gary Williams ran into Juan Dixon in the hallway of the MCI Center.


Undermanned OSU outlasts Tenn. Tech
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nothing comes easy for short-handed Ohio State. Despite an 18-2 run in the first half, the Buckeyes needed several key plays to go their way down the stretch to hold off Tennessee Tech 71-64 on Saturday.

UK exposes Heels' youth with second-half attack
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - There still appears to be a wide gap between the two winningest programs in college basketball.

BASEBALL
Clubs offer arbitration to players; others cut
NEW YORK - Roger Clemens and Jeff Kent were offered salary arbitration by their old teams, Ray Durham moved across San Francisco Bay to the Giants, and the Texas Rangers said goodbye to catcher Ivan Rodriguez on a busy deadline night in baseball.


Matchups determine increase in ticket cost
NEW YORK - At the box office as in the standings, not all teams are equal.

PREP SPORTS
Hoops: Boys roundup
Sophomore Johnny Wolf scored 30 points to lead St. Xavier to a 75-65 victory over Aiken on Saturday.


Hoops: Girls roundup
Sophomore guard Jilian Partin scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Saturday, powering Loveland to a 52-44 victory over Kings in an early-season battle of unbeatens.
Saturday's prep sports results

TRISTATE SPORTS SPOTLITE
Howland comes through in clutch
Residents of a certain Terrace Park home feel different about the sign in their front yard. Clark Howland, the family's patriarch and creator of the sign, calls it a "proud overstatement." His wife, Barbara, calls it "almost embarrassing." The sign boasts their relation to a "2002 National Champion," daughter Erika Howland.


Cyclones win 5th straight
The Cincinnati Cyclones, who were 4-for-6 on the power play, won their fifth consecutive ECHL game overall and their seventh straight at U.S. Bank Arena with an 8-0 thrashing of Wheeling on Saturday.

Sports today on TV
Today's TV lineup for sports fans.
Enquirer's Page Two Power rankings

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Enquirer's Tipoff
Today marks the return of the Enquirer's weekly Tipoff page, our look at the world of college basketball. We'll have polls, Who's Hot & Who's Not, and other features as the season rolls on. Check here every Saturday.
Catching up with Kenny Satterfield
Five questions with UD's Oliver Purnell
UC-Xavier Q&A
Send us your basketball question

College basketball preview
An inside look at the '02-'03 season, including breakdowns of XU, UC, UK, Miami, and local women's teams. Also, Dustin Dow analyzes mid-major programs and their recent success.
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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.
Photo gallery

Local golf news and course guide
Where high school stars are going to college
Kentucky Speedway coverage
Local college football schedules
2002 Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results