SPORTS NEWS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2003
James should give Bengals' 'D' a jolt
The Cincinnati Bengals added another defensive starter Sunday when the team reached an agreement with former Oakland cornerback Tory James on a four-year contract.
LeBeau joins Bills as assistant coach

This change money in bank
Chris Reitsma's changeup is always good. But when it's as good as it was Sunday, it's time to have a little fun with it.
Phillies 3, Reds 2

Muskies won't rest on their laurels
Xavier is just where it wants to be entering the Atlantic 10 Tournament: with the A-10 regular-season championship already won.
TOURNAMENT PREVIEWS:
A-10: Musketeers may get third date with UD
C-USA: Marquette going for double
SEC: Kentucky is the team to beat
MAC: RedHawks have toughest road
Big 10: Wisconsin gets top seed for second straight year
Div. II: NKU's women open against Lakers

Hamilton hopes for more magic
A team of destiny? That could be a tag to put on the Hamilton boys basketball team, which posted overtime victories over Greater Catholic League powers La Salle and St. Xavier, in the sectional and district championship games.
Regional opener matches Ky. powers

High school sports report
Complete coverage of Ohio and Kentucky basketball, and other winter prep sports in the Tristate.

Monday's sports on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.

REDS / BASEBALL
Kearns to have elbow surgery
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Austin Kearns will have surgery today to remove loose bodies from his left elbow.


Sullivan, Wilson healthy again
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Scott Sullivan and Paul Wilson are ready to return to action.
Reds spring training Statistics

Selig isn't in a rush to issue Rose ruling
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Bud Selig is in no hurry to decide whether to reinstate Pete Rose - not while the baseball commissioner is enjoying his most relaxing spring in years.

Weaver solidifying fifth spot for Yankees
Jeff Weaver is solidifying the fifth spot in the New York Yankees' rotation. Weaver pitched four sharp innings Sunday in New York's 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dessens off to strong start in Arizona
PHOENIX - Elmer Dessens pitched five shutout innings to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Women: UC falls to TCU in thriller
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sandora Irvin scored 26 points, had 19 rebounds and keyed a second-half comeback to lead Texas Christian to an 85-76 overtime victory over Cincinnati in the Conference USA tournament championship game.


Bearcats looking to add victories
There's an old adage in business that says if you can't fix it, feature it.

A-10: Musketeers may get third date with UD
A preview of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. First-round games are held on campus sites today. Quarterfinals are Thursday at University of Dayton Arena. The semifinals are Friday; the finals are Saturday.

C-USA: Marquette going for double
A preview of the Conference USA Tournament, beginning Wednesday in Louisville:

SEC: Kentucky is the team to beat
A preview of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans:

MAC: RedHawks have toughest road
A preview of the Mid-American tournament, which begins tonight at five campus sites and continues Thursday with the quarterfinals at Gund Arena in Cleveland.

Big 10: Wisconsin gets top seed for second straight year
CHICAGO - No. 24 Wisconsin is the top seed in the Big Ten tournament for the second year in a row.

Div. II: NKU's women open against Lakers
The Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team received an at-large berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament Sunday night.

Smith hearing cheers as Wildcats perfect in SEC
LEXINGTON, Ky. - In the final minutes of a rout in the home finale, Kentucky's fans launched into what suddenly has become a familiar refrain at Rupp Arena: "TUB-BEE! TUB-BEE! TUB-BEE!"

Top 25: Shorthanded 'Nova nearly pulls upset
Villanova's shortened roster gave such an accounting of itself against No. 7 Pittsburgh that even Wildcats coach Jay Wright was able to forget about his team's problems for a few minutes.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Q&A: Wright hopes to crack Hurricane lineup
As a high school senior last season in Danville, Calif., Kyle Wright was considered by those in the know to be the nation's No. 1 quarterback prospect.

GOLF
Hoch leaves Doral in the dark
MIAMI - Scott Hoch didn't want to let a chance to win disappear in the dark, so he decided to stop playing Sunday night during his playoff with Jim Furyk in the Ford Championship at Doral.

HOCKEY
Ducks fall in overtime
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Darren Haydar scored 35 seconds into overtime to lift the Milwaukee Admirals past the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 2-1 at the Bradley Center.

WEEKEND SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
Xavier routs Temple, wins A-10
A barrage of 3-pointers that tied a school record and stingy second-half defense lifted No. 11 Xavier to a 96-65 victory, giving the Musketeers their second consecutive A-10 regular-season title.
UC falls to Marquette
Kentucky sweeps SEC


Batting order starting to take shape for Reds
SARASOTA, Fla. - Reds manager Bob Boone says you have to look at only one spot in his projected Opening Day lineup to see its strength.
Reds Q&A

Lewis accentuates the positive
First-year head coach Marvin Lewis, the ultra-confident Super Bowl defensive coordinator, radiates an attitude suggesting he's right where he wants to be two months after taking the job. He points to the three signings the team has made since free agency started Feb. 28.
Bengals Q&A

PAUL DAUGHERTY COLUMN
Good as it gets for Xavier
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: This is a time when the visiting coach says the Musketeers are better than the best team the A-10 ever produced, the 1995-96 UMass group that got to the Final Four. "This team has more of an arsenal," decided Temple's John Chaney, who has been coaching college hoops for only 31 years.

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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