SPORTS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2002
Pete back? Say it's so, Bud
A recent meeting between Pete Rose and baseball commissioner Bud Selig could lead to Rose being reinstated from his lifetime ban from baseball.
The Dowd Report

Please, Bud, free The Hit King
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: When I had a mutual friend contact Pete Rose Tuesday, Rose told him "everything's going to work out." Let's hope so.
What people in the know are saying about Rose

Princeton's Daniels wins Player of Year
Mike Daniels, the Vikings' record-shattering senior quarterback, has been named the second annual Enquirer/Channel 9 Prep Football Player of the Year. He will be awarded a trophy in ceremonies today at Princeton.

Minter criticizes C-USA bowl process
NEW ORLEANS - UC coach Rick Minter is happy that his Bearcats will be playing North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl next week. But he would rather be in Memphis.

Xavier's next game gets tougher
No. 24 Mississippi State, which Xavier will play Saturday in Madison Square Garden, already was going to be XU's first ranked opponent. Now the Bulldogs (5-1) have their "big man" back after the NCAA reinstated Mario Austin on Wednesday.

High school sports report
Complete coverage of Ohio and Kentucky basketball and other sports.
Bacon beats Moeller in Battles of No. 1's

Today on TV
TV sports schedule

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Learning curve tricky for UC's Hicks
By now, Eric Hicks figured he would be rebounding and scoring and blocking shots for the University of Cincinnati. Just as he did in high school.


Kentucky 76, Tulane 60
NEW ORLEANS - Keith Bogans enjoyed the trip to New Orleans. He just hopes he can have two more good games here - in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and the Final Four.

BENGALS-NFL
Bengals E-mail: Fans target Mike Brown for troubles
Bengals fans have fixed their anger on team owner Mike Brown.


Business leaders join efforts to keep Colts in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts more than quadrupled their sales and marketing staff Tuesday.
NFL Notebook: Bulger's back as Rams' QB
ST. LOUIS - Marc Bulger received medical clearance to play Tuesday as the Rams' quarterback carousel turned again.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
UK sets timeline to hire football coach
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart wants to have a new football coach in place by Christmas to replace Guy Morriss, who left the Wildcats for Baylor.


Morriss' departure shakes Wildcats
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior receiver Derek Abney came through the double doors at the Kentucky football practice complex with his head hanging and his eyes reddened by tears.
Morriss must rebuild Baylor out of the Big 12 basement
WACO, Texas - After turning around Kentucky this season, Guy Morris is set to take over as head coach of a Baylor football program that fields one of the worst teams in the Big 12 Conference.
UK RB selected best in SEC
ATLANTA - Kentucky running back Artose Pinner was picked as the Southeastern Conference's top offensive player on the All-SEC team released Tuesday.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Bacon beats Moeller in Battles of No. 1's
Roger Bacon today can say it is the city's No.1 boys basketball team, regardless of class.


Tuesday's boys basketball reports
Senior Sidney Pickard broke a 55-55 tie on a layup with 32 seconds remaining to give Hughes a 59-57 upset of No.8 Western Hills on Tueday night.
Tuesday's girls basketball reports
First-year coach Jenny Gilligan led Reading to its fourth victory of the season, as the Blue Devils defeated Norwood 39-36 in double overtime Tuesday.
N.Ky. boys basketball reports
In a cross-county rivalry, Boone County upset Conner, ranked No.9 in the Enquirer's Northern Kentucky poll, 66-60.
N.Ky. girls basketball reports
Ursuline defeated Notre Dame Academy 65-54 Tuesday, holding Pandas star Marquise Hanser to just four points.
Top basketball stars will be honored
The Enquirer and WCPO-TV will recognize the Tristate's top boys and girls basketball players for 2002-03 with the addition of two more Player of the Year awards.
Today's high school schedule

NBA
Pippen beats Jordan for bragging rights
WASHINGTON - The fans came to see Scottie vs. MJ for the first time. Afterward, Michael Jordan felt they all deserved refunds.


Warriors beat Lakers again
OAKLAND, Calif. - Phil Jackson rarely has to worry about the Los Angeles Lakers' desire or their ability to get officiating calls at critical times. The Lakers had neither in a 106-102 loss to Golden State on Tuesday night.

LOCAL DIGEST
Local Digest: Lebanon to race fewer days
The Ohio State Racing Commission approved shorter 2003 seasons for two harness racing tracks, Lebanon and Scioto Down.

WEEKEND SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
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


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

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