Sunday, January 19, 2003

Enquirer Page Two Power rankings



Top five

1. Marvin Lewis. What an impressive guy, particularly if he managed to talk Mike Brown into some unprecedented power for a Bengals coach. Lewis has said all the right things and looks like he'll run a tight ship. Bottom line: The gap between the Bengals and the rest of the NFL couldn't possibly be as big as the Shula-Coslet-LeBeau regimes made it look. Maybe Lewis' Super Bowl talk was a bit much, but .500 here we come!

2. Mike Brown. That sly fox. He's done it again. Just when he sensed his fan base was dwindling, he made a hire he could have made all along. Now he'll sit back, watch the excitement build and score yet another decisive off-field victory. The man is priceless.

3. Yao Ming. He's not your normal 7-foot-6 Chinese center. Sure, Shaq knocked him into next week several times Friday, but the kid can play. The foreign players have made the NBA far more interesting.

4. The Ray-das. The NFL playoffs are always better when the silver-and-black is involved. Plus, how can Jerry Rice and Rod Woodson still be this good?

5. Yanks down under. James Blake and Andy Roddick made solid Australian Open runs. Maybe there is hope for American tennis after Agassi and Sampras.

Bottom five

1. The NFL. No, they couldn't possibly allow a commercial about Las Vegas run during the Super Bowl. What does gambling have to do with the NFL? (I'll take four blocks, please.)

2. The White Sox. Good for them for getting Bartolo Colon. But couldn't they have done it without allowing the Yankees to cut a check simply to get rid of El Duque?

3. Duke. Six freshmen and they still start 11-0? They'll bounce back from Saturday's loss at Maryland but it was good to see them join the ranks of the mortal.

4. The Reds. We're tired of whining about the payroll. If Paul Wilson and Jimmy Anderson are the best we can do, so be it.

5. Tiffany Scott and Phillip Dulebohn, U.S. figure skating pair champions. According to news reports, "They botched three major elements and skated without any passion." Criminal.




UC BEARCATS
UC 77, Tulane 54
UC notebook: Flowers uses his time wisely

XAVIER
Xavier 86, UMass 73

OTHER COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 16 Kentucky 88, No. 10 Notre Dame 73
Short benching at Vandy motivates Hayes to play
No. 18 Indiana 84, No. 8 Illinois 66
No. 15 Louisville 87, TCU 74
Miami 77, Ohio 65
No. 17 Maryland 87, No. 1 Duke 72
Top 25 roundup
How the Top 25 fared
Flanagan's 31 pace Norse women's win
Women: UConn sets win streak record

BENGALS
Coach endured lengthy search but got the job
Daugherty: Team must rethink scouting
QB coach Anderson next to go

NFL PLAYOFFS
Curnutte's NFL playoff picks
Raiders feeling pressure to win now
Titans have something to prove
Matchups for AFC championship game
Eagles eager to savor football's best feeling
Bucs savor opportunity of NFC showdown
Matchups for the NFC championship game

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Fans celebrate Buckeyes' championship
OSU seniors have trouble saying goodbye
Senior Bowl: North 17, South 0

REDS / BASEBALL
Fay: Reds insider
Reds Q&A
Ozzie says Rose should admit wrongdoing
Gwynn wants more than ol' college try

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: St. X ready to rebuild its stadium
Schmidt: Kentucky insider
Boys: FTs lift Indians over Purcell
Girls: Riley's 1,000th point sends Trojans to win
Ky: Dixie storms past Dunbar
LeBron hums along amid OHSAA's inquiry
Swimming: Tomes upsets Myers, wins 200 freestyle
Prep results

AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Venus cruises into quarters
Coach threatened to punch McEnroe

GOLF
Baddeley on verge of first PGA Tour win

HOCKEY
9,611 watch Ducks tie 2-2

FIGURE SKATING
Weiss wins third U.S. title on ugly afternoon
Olympic gold medalist Hughes wins silver

HORSE RACING
Time to rekindle those Kentucky Derby dreams

AUTO RACING
NASCAR lacks last-lap drama
Earnhardt Jr. hesitant about lifetime contract

BOXING
Camacho stops Villareal in return to ring
Tszyu retains super lightweight titles

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Enquirer Page Two Power rankings
50th straight home win in sight for Surge
Just call him Ryan Boitano