Sunday, February 23, 2003

Enquirer Page Two power rankings



By Mike Ball
Cincinnati Enquirer

The top five

1. The Diamondbacks. Players and coaches are going to be required to sign autographs for 10 minutes before every home game. The only exception is the day's starting pitcher. That would be a nice touch in the Reds' new ballpark on the river, wouldn't it?

2. Marvin Lewis. This guy must have magical powers. He has college quarterbacks hoping the Bengals draft them. (Well, of course, they know how much coin comes with that top pick).

3. Wilt Chamberlain. Kobe Bryant's streaks of scoring 40 or more points in eight straight games and 35 or more in 11 straight are impressive. But Wilt the Stilt scored at least 35 in 33 games in a row in 1961-62. Wilt averaged 50.4 points a game that season.

4. Japanese baseball fans. More than 100 Japanese media members are following new Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui.

5. Opening Day tickets. It's only 37 days to the big day. Need two here!

The bottom five

1. Mike Tyson. Look, he can be as bizarre as he likes. He can knife a tattoo into his forehead if he wants. But pictures of him holding his young child were just a bit unsettling.

2. Jim Bowden. The Reds general manager couldn't help himself. He just had to bad-mouth the Ken Griffey Jr. trade, putting the All-Century outfielder in a bad mood from the get-go. That's just great.

3. Major-league players union. Even after the death of one of their own, Oriole prospect Steve Bechler, players are going to make it difficult for Bud Selig to ban the drug ephedra.

4. Trades. Has there been a deal in professional sports recently that wasn't made for financial reasons? Ray Allen for Gary Payton?

5. Our weather. They're trying to move the U.S. Alpine Skiing Championships from Girdwood, Alaska, to the mainland because of unseasonably warm weather. Go figure.




UC BEARCATS
UC 101, No. 4 Louisville 80
Daugherty: If they're satisfied, they're not saying
Cronin coaches vs. former team

XAVIER
Xavier occupies top spot all alone
Dayton sends extra troops to stop West near basket

OTHER COLLEGE HOOPS
Wildcats are again wary of Bulldogs
RedHawks suffer costly loss in big win
Boilermakers thumped by Bucks, blasted by Keady
Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Arizona blows out State
UConn coach back on bench
Norse rebound with win over Indianapolis
Indy women top NKU, clinch GLVC crown

REDS / SPRING TRAINING
Most empty-handed after ticket grab
Hudson, Guillen must show they are worthy
Hitting is catch for prospect Sardinha
Rule 5 gamble could pay off
Reds Q&A
Wells won't stop using weight-loss supplements
Young slugger impressing the Mets

BENGALS / SCOUTING COMBINE
Bengals study free agents
Newsome likes Lewis' system
Bengals Q&A
Rogers, Lions would be great fit
No QB competition for Rams - it's Warner

PREP SPORTS
Ohio boys games
Ohio girls games
Kentucky games
Kentucky district pairings
Title games will be televised
Vieth era at St. Henry's winds down
Lakota West's Sartini wins the all-around title
Bombers bag 5th straight state title
Ursuline's three-year title reign stopped
Surging St. Xavier earns district title behind seniors
Cooper, Fassbender win titles
Graham, Versailles triumph
Prep sports results
Prep sports schedules

BOXING
Tyson wins first-round knockout
Tonya Harding loses in pro debut

HORSE RACING
Ohio-bred Holiday wins Grade I Donn Handicap

GOLF
Charles charges to 3-stroke lead in Nissan
Augusta supporters seek protest permits

TRISTATE SPOTLIGHT
Clary sisters are aces for Xavier's program
C'mon, baby, light the lamp
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