SPORTS NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2003
UC bumps off #11 Oklahoma State
After the final seconds ticked away and the victory was assured, Leonard Stokes raised his arms in triumph and let the cheers of the crowd wash over him.
Daugherty: UC lets out big sigh of relief
UC notebook
One win changes course of UC's season
Women: UC 83, East Carolina 69

Career showing by West says all
Xavier's David West earned a record fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Award on Sunday, thanks to his 47-point, 18-rebound effort in 20th-ranked XU's 85-77 victory over Dayton. He has won the award 12 times overall, also a record.
• Sunday Daugherty column: West simply dominates
Women: XU upsets GW in four OTs

High school look ahead
Girls basketball and wrestling sectional tournaments begin this week, as do swimming districts.

St. Henry: Kentucky champs in All "A"
RICHMOND - St. Henry found a game plan that worked and it produced a state championship.
Girls Prep Basketball leaders, standings
Prep sports schedules
Complete high school sports report

Tougher roads lie ahead for James
TRENTON, N.J. - Amid the brick shells of factories gone dark and the signs promising renewal on the way, a kid from Akron, Ohio, needed a half-hour Saturday night to make the capital of New Jersey feel like the capital of the world.

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

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
RedHawks fight back, still lose to Ball State
MUNCIE, Ind. - Chris Williams and Matt McCollom combined for 59 points Sunday as Ball State beat Miami 78-70.


No. 16 Illinois 76, Ohio State 57
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois made quick work of Ohio State for its 14th straight home victory.

Top 25 roundup: Notre Dame wins 13th straight at home
Notre Dame has been unstoppable at home. Pittsburgh can't win a big game on the road. Both things stayed the same Sunday as the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish beat the fourth-ranked Panthers 66-64, their 13th straight win at home and another tough road loss for Pittsburgh.

NBA ALL-STAR GAME
NBA All Stars pay homage to Jordan
ATLANTA - Michael Jordan's farewell to the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night came with a shot that should have been like the last sentence of a storybook. But wasn't.


Garnett gets the MVP
ATLANTA - Kevin Garnett took over when the NBA All-Star game went into double overtime for the first time ever.

Yao struggles in first All-Star game
ATLANTA - Yao Ming has seemed comfortable most of his rookie season, showing composure on and off the court.

All-Star Notebook
ATLANTA - It was both the best time of his professional life and the worst time of his personal life this week for Detroit Pistons' center Ben Wallace.

AUTO RACING
Q & A with Winston Cup champ Tony Stewart
New car. New crown. New Tony Stewart? Stewart, who made as much news last year for his outbursts as he did for winning his first Winston Cup championship, hopes to have a more smooth 2003 in his new Chevrolet Monte Carlo.


Rudd starting season with new team, new attitude
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ricky Rudd needed about a month off this winter to clear his head. Now refreshed and rejuvenated, he's starting the season with a clean slate and an optimistic new team.

Earnhardt's quest stalled by rain
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't get the chance to give his Winston Cup competitors another reason to consider him the favorite in the Daytona 500.

NASCAR Notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR spent Friday collecting signed copies of its substance abuse policy from drivers and team members - a requirement before cars are allowed on the track.

OTHER SPORTS NEWS
Avalanche rumblin'
Colorado fans had plenty of opportunity to throw hats on the Pepsi Center ice this weekend. First Milan Hejduk scored three goals, then Peter Forsberg turned the hat trick.


Baseball notebook
PEORIA, Ariz. - Bob Melvin has spent the last three months shaking hands and posing for photos. Finally, it's time to put on his new uniform as manager of the Seattle Mariners and get to work.

Love loses lead, then regains it
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Davis Love III was right: Staying ahead is even tougher than coming from behind at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Fortunately for Love, he's capable of doing both.

Top harness racing honor awarded to Real Desire
Real Desire was selected 2002 Harness Horse of the Year on Sunday after winning 10 of 13 races and more than $1 million in purses.

Soccer: Inter takes over Serie A lead
Inter Milan took control of the Italian league, capitalizing on a loss by crosstown rival AC Milan.

Croatia bounces U.S. from Davis Cup
ZAGREB, Croatia - Ivan Ljubicic almost gave up playing Davis Cup six years ago. The Americans wish he had.

USOC creates reform task force
CHICAGO - Eager to get the focus off its scandals and back on its athletes, the U.S. Olympic Committee had one final say on Lloyd Ward's woes and then created a task force to help it avoid future messes.

Doggone it, it's that time again
NEW YORK - Starting Monday morning, all eyes will be on the Cavalier King Charles spaniels, the Dandie Dinmont terriers and the Alaskan malamutes.

WEEKEND SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
One and Done
Wauford ponders life's twists, turns

Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: He'll be leaving soon. One false move is all you get, so Jon Wauford will pack up his career, his wife, his daughter and their four cats and move from the town where he wanted to spend his life and the school where he aspired to be the head football coach.

Real World Reds? It's a happy home, so far
Four of the biggest names on the team - Griffey, Larkin, Danny Graves and Adam Dunn - got a jump on spring training, which opens Thursday when pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Fla., by training together over the winter in Orlando.
Reds Spring training preview
Outlook by position
Five key questions
Five players who could surprise
Spring training roster | Spring schedule | Regular season schedule

The agony of the blowout
Ashleigh Hendricks blinks twice. Sweat trickles from her brow to her cheekbones, beading along her jaw before splashing onto her St. Bernard basketball jersey. The opponents have just scored again. They lead by 64 points. Enough, she wants to say. Stop the humiliation now.
Referees may sympathize, but they don't intervene
Changing the rules could even the scores

Hughes' Coleman a sharpshooter in college, too
Courtney Coleman didn't have to work very hard in high school to be good at basketball. She'll be the first to admit it.
Enquirer's Page Two power rankings

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Marvin Lewis, introduced Jan. 14 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


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

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Kentucky Speedway coverage
Local college football schedules
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