SPORTS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2003
Fans: Bengals worst in pro sports
SAN DIEGO - ESPN The Magazine is reporting what many Bengals fans have been saying for years. The Bengals are the worst franchise in major professional sports in the magazine's "Ultimate Standings" report.

Lewis to reveal assistants today
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis will announce today the names of his coaching staff, which will feature a new defensive coordinator.

Rickety Raiders still roar
Super Bowl Columnist Paul Daugherty is in San Diego: Only in football and only on the Oakland Raiders can you mix the elegance of Jerry Rice with the loutishness of Bill Romanowski and not have the chemistry blow up the lab.
Our expanded coverage of SUPER BOWL XXXVII

Deferred salaries no bonus for Reds
When the Reds signed Ken Griffey Jr. to a nine-year, $116.5 million contract in February 2000, it was hailed as a great thing for Cincinnati baseball because Griffey signed for under market value and more than half the money - $57.5 million - would be deferred.

Miami 74, Akron 59
OXFORD - Freshman guard Josh Hausfeld had a breakout game Monday night, scoring a career-high 19 points as Miami beat Akron 74-59 Monday night in front of 3,038 fans at Millett Hall.

Bad habits concern Matta
Thad Matta wants to see his Xavier Musketeers lose bad habits such as giving up on defense when the shot clock winds down and making careless turnovers late in the game.

It ain't pretty, but UC is winning
The UC Bearcats make only 42.5 percent of their shots. They don't have a center, aren't very proficient in transition and don't shoot free throws particularly well.

Top of prep polls unchanged
Both Princeton and Roger Bacon survived close calls to retain the top spots in the Enquirer's weekly boys basketball coaches poll. Mt. Notre Dame and Seven Hills remained No. 1 in their respective girls polls after a light schedule due to exam week.
LeBron draws record Carolina crowd
Boys basketball leaders, standings | Schedule
Complete prep sports report


Sports today on radio, TV
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.

NFL LEAGUE NEWS | SUPER BOWL
For passionate Philadelphia fans, the wait continues
SAN DIEGO - Before the Super Bowl parties begin, before the music starts and the shrimp is served, could we have a moment of silence for Philadelphia?


Time to honor Williams' QB feat
On the day that honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision, Doug Williams would concede he did not have a dream, not as it related to the most significant position in the NFL. A freshman quarterback at Grambling State could never fathom that his arm would some day do to a Super Bowl in San Diego what Jesse Owens' feet did to a Summer Games in Berlin, blowing up an ignorant and hateful premise as if it were a condemned stadium wired to implode.

Should NFL officials be full-time pros?
It was a good weekend for NFL officials. They weren't being blamed for the outcome of the AFC and NFC Championship games.

Fisher proud of Titans turnaround
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the Tennessee Titans made their way through December and into the high-stakes world of the NFL playoffs, Coach Jeff Fisher didn't point back to his team's rally from a 1-4 start.

NFL notebook
Tennessee kicker Joe Nedney had an MRI on his hyperextended right knee after he was injured trying to make a tackle in the first half of Sunday's game. Test results weren't immediately available.

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
Veteran Hermanson returns to Cardinals
Right-hander Dustin Hermanson began his second tour with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday after agreeing to a $900,000, one-year contract.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
IU-OSU: Hoosiers want payback
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers learned a lesson in Columbus, Ohio: They have to play basketball their way.


Making free-throws as exciting as dunks
INDIANAPOLIS - Already, the gaze has sprinted away from Butler guard Darnell Archey and on to the next wanna-be-like Mike, wannabe slam-dunk champion in training.

Top 25: Rice's 3-pointer shocks UConn
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Darius Rice capped a 43-point performance with a dramatic finish, stealing an inbounds pass and sinking a 3-pointer at the final buzzer as Miami stunned Connecticut.

Arizona returns to No. 1
Arizona jumped back to No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll Monday after a four-week hiatus, while Creighton joined the Top 10 for the first time in school history.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Venus, Agassi advance
MELBOURNE, Australia - Venus Williams served at near-record speeds and overcame distractions from the crowd to reach the semifinals. Andre Agassi did it by letting few ordinary serves go unpunished.


Australian Open notebook
MELBOURNE, Australia - Kim Clijsters needed to clear her head. So she settled in to watch an Oprah Winfrey TV special, and it didn't matter that boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt was playing on another channel.

PREP SPORTS
Ky boys: Boswell powers Boone
Senior forward Robby Boswell scored 22 points, leading Boone County to a 68-60 victory over host Conner on Monday night.


Ky. girls: Bass leads Holy Cross in All "A"
Sophomore Brittany Bass scored 22 points and freshman Rachel Lantry added 15 for Holy Cross in the first round of the All "A" Classic ninth region at Villa Madonna.

Ind: Perry Meridian climbs to fifth despite second loss to Pike
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Perry Meridian rose two spots in The Associated Press Class 4A poll despite its second loss in just over a week to top-ranked Pike.

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Duck on all-star team
Defenseman Ryan Gaucher will represent Cincinnati on the Southern Conference team against the Northern Conference in tonight's East Coast Hockey League All-Star Game in Estero, Fla.


Bowling: GCBA City Championship
Steve Fehr led Browning Pontiac to victory in the 97th annual Greater Cincinnati City Tournament Classic Team and Scratch division.

NATIONAL HEADLINES
Big start, but no time for Els to celebrate
HONOLULU - When his ball disappeared into the hole after its 55-foot journey across the green, Ernie Els used what energy he had left to smile and remove his cap, an exhausting end to a remarkable two weeks in Hawaii.


Oilers coach rips out tongue of Flames mascot
CALGARY, Alberta - Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish ripped out the tongue of Calgary Flames mascot Harvey the Hound after the 6-foot-6 dog repeatedly taunted him at the bench.

NASCAR notebook
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There were no hard feelings when Todd Parrott fired younger brother Brad from his job at Robert Yates Racing.

Smart move: Cavaliers axe Lucas
CLEVELAND - Looking for some advice, Keith Smart sat down with his college coach a few years ago and asked for some tips on how to be successful.

WEEKEND SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
Lewis endured lengthy search but got the job
Not long after firing Dick LeBeau on the morning of Dec. 30, Bengals president Mike Brown picked up the phone in his stadium office and made two calls that changed franchise history.
Daugherty: Team must rethink scouting
QB coach Anderson next to go

Reds prospects' ages, IDs suspect
Left-hander Cleris Severino was one of the Reds' top young Dominican prospects. He went 7-1 with a 0.96 ERA at Rookie Ball in Billings last year. Very impressive for a 20-year-old.
Reds Q&A

Ozzie says Rose should admit wrongdoing
ST. LOUIS - Pete Rose won't get Ozzie Smith's vote until he admits wrongdoing. The former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop became the latest Hall of Famer to weigh in on the Rose issue.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Marvin Lewis, introduced Tuesday night as the ninth Bengals head coach, promised to bring a blue-collar work ethic and discipline to a struggling team and organization.
Tell us what you think about the hiring of Marvin Lewis
DAUGHERTY: Lewis a winner on two fronts
Ex-Bengals embrace new coach
Civil rights leaders applaud decision
Bengals players in Lewis' corner
New coach only first step toward change, fans say
Lewis coaching highlights
Video from WCPO


Enquirer Tipoff page
Our crack Enquirer hoops staff divines who's hot & who's not, top five rules that need to be better enforced, must-see TV, Sweet 16, and our player of the week.
Five questions with Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony
Catching up with Wally Szczerbiak
Johnson brothers set for Round 3

Buckeyes national champs
We've collected all the stories and photos from our coverage of the Ohio State Buckeyes' national championship in one Web section. More than 25 stories, a photo gallery, even full-color PDF replicas of the Enquirer's front page and sports page on game day.

Implosion bids goodbye to era
More than 32 years of Cincinnati history came crashing down as Cinergy Field fell upon itself like a crumbling sand castle.
See the implosion:
Quicktime Interactive VR
Animation from Enquirer photos
Video from WCPO
• Galleries: Implosion | Crowd | Aerial shots | Views from Kentucky

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