Sunday, February 2, 2003

Enquirer's Page Two power rankings



By Mike Ball
Cincinnati Enquirer

The top five

1. Lance McAlister. The area's best-prepared radio man and his wife, Kelly, got great news about their son, Casey, this week. The little guy, who has been battling leukemia for six months, looks to be in remission. Here's hoping to catch Lance and Casey at the new ballyard this summer.

2. Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson. In this day and age, young players never seem to have a sense of the players who came before them. But Iverson and McGrady each offered to allow Jordan to start in their place. Pretty classy.

3. Bob Knight. You can love him or hate him, Part 36. It's pretty amazing how he has turned Texas Tech around. And 800 victories is a lot.

4. Charlie Coles. You can love him or you can love him. The delightful Miami coach watched his team struggle against a brutal early schedule. But here we are in February, and the RedHawks are in contention in the MAC. Pencil in a MAC Tournament final showing.

5. Play ball! Here it is, two weeks to spring training, and Ken Griffey Jr. is already fine-tuning his swing. OK, it's in the Bob Hope Classic. But as long as he doesn't pull a hammy, we'll be in good shape.

The bottom five

1. Play ball II! You know it's nearly spring training when Bob Boone is talking about batting Adam Dunn leadoff. Really.

2. Ron Artest. This guy's behavior makes Dennis Rodman look like a choir boy.

3. Mike Vanderjagt. So the Colts kicker rips Tony Dungy and quarterback Peyton Manning. Who do you think stays and goes?

4. Arizona. Candy bars?

5. The Raiders. Nice Super Bowl effort.




UC BEARCATS
Marquette 82, UC 76
Daugherty: Snarl gone from 'Cats
Rankings become least of concerns

XAVIER
Xavier 66, Richmond 52
Victory a little sweeter for West

OTHER COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 7 Kentucky 87, South Carolina 69
Miami 57, Buffalo 55
Ohio State 65, Northwestern 52
No. 8 Louisville 95, No. 19 Indiana 76
Syracuse stuns No. 2 Pitt
Texas A&M denies Knight 800th victory
Top 25 roundup: Who's No. 1? Maybe Texas
How the Top 25 fared
Women: UConn blasts No. 1 Duke
Smith's late basket lifts Norse men to 76-75 victory

REDS / MLB
Shake this winter chill, make tracks for Florida
Reds Spring Training Guide
A look at the Grapefruit League
Leading off, Adam Dunn?
Judge: Put Rose in HOF

BENGALS / NFL
Bengals Q&A
Ditka interested in coaching Lions
Garcia frustrated by 49ers' coaching conundrum
Rice's heart fonder for Hawaii

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Hula Bowl: South 27, North 24
Paterno: 2006 might be final year at Penn State
Grambling QB wins Gaither Award

HORSE RACING
Streaking Champali adds WEBN at Turfway
Medaglia d'Oro wins Strub Stakes after three-month layoff
Record number nominated for Triple Crown races

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: St. X swimmers step up
Schmidt: Former prep football stars get shot at pros
Withrow gets top seed in Division I
Sectional tournament pairings
St. Henry hits All 'A' state
Ohio boys games
Ohio girls games
Ky. boys games
Ky. girls games
Prep sports results

GOLF
Herron pulls away by 4 strokes in Hope Classic

NBA BASKETBALL
NBA: Penalized Pacers prevail

HOCKEY
MacInnis, Roy lead West to skills victory
NHL YoungStars: East 8, West 3
NHL All-Star notebook
Ducks waddle past Admirals

AUTO RACING
The Boogity Man is back
Tight battle up front in Daytona
NASCAR notebook

TRISTATE SPOTLITE
Ex-GCL, XU players skip along in ACC
Local man knows story behind numbers
Enquirer's Page Two power rankings

AS THE SPORTS WORLD TURNS
Lewis prefers Tyson rematch over quality opponent