SPORTS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2003
Reds ballpark almost ready; come see
"We could play ball today," John Allen said during a media tour Tuesday. A two-day open house is scheduled for fans.

Rijo shrugs off sixth surgery
However minor the setback, Jose Rijo is out of the race for the No. 5 starter spot for now.
Reds Notebook: Howington rediscovers throwing form
Reds 6, Devil Rays 5

UC quarterback arrested again
Quarterback Gino Guidugli's arrest after allegedly punching an opponent in an intramural basketball game left his father wishing he had never gone to UC.

Bearcats need a Field day
Field Williams thinks he might have found the answer to his shooting woes, just in time for today's C-USA tourney opener.
Scores and game wrap-ups
Marquette looking for more Louisville moments
Conference-USA Tournament Schedule

GW hopes clock runs out on XU this time
This is the game George Washington hoped it would get since March 1 when David West's fortuitous tip-in saved Xavier's winning streak and left Karl Hobbs' GW players in anguish.
West collects first postseason honor

Bengals could use Norwood's Edwards
The name of former Norwood prep star Marc Edwards has surfaced since the Bengals lost their second fullback, Nicolas Luchey, in free agency over the weekend.

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

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

PAUL DAUGHERTY COLUMN
Players share blame in college scandals
Right and wrong should go with you to college, just like notebooks, Bic pens and a checkbook. Right and wrong shouldn't be a class you take freshman year to satisfy a distribution requirement.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Tubby wins two coaching awards
LEXINGTON - Tubby Smith had to quit giving special treatment before he could procure such a special season.


Georgia's plight saddens Smith, UK
LEXINGTON - Tubby Smith used to coach at Georgia, and most of his Kentucky players know the Bulldogs fairly well. The Wildcats seemed saddened Tuesday by news of Georgia's decision to cancel its postseason.
UConn women's run ends at 70
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - On the eve of the NCAA women's tournament, defending national champion Connecticut suddenly seems vulnerable.
IUPUI makes 'The Dance'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Josh Murray, a transfer from Ball State, led Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis over Valparaiso in the Mid-Continent Conference finals and into the NCAA tournament.
Wis.-Milwaukee takes out Butler
MILWAUKEE - After waiting 107 years, the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers wasted no time in qualifying for their first NCAA tournament.
Western Kentucky wins Sun Belt
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - After playing a starring role in getting Western Kentucky into the Sun Belt Conference tournament final, Patrick Sparks could barely hit the backboard Tuesday night.
Basketball rules at Texas for now
AUSTIN, Texas - There is always talk of being No. 1 at Texas. The football team, for sure, and the handful of sports that pass the time between bowl games and preseason practice.
Marquette looking for more Louisville moments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Eighth-ranked Marquette is looking for a few more season-defining moments in Louisville during this week's Conference USA tournament.
Conference-USA Tournament Schedule

REDS-BASEBALL
Reds Notebook: Howington rediscovers throwing form
SARASOTA, Fla. - When Dustin Moseley and Bobby Basham were brought up to the big-league camp, it begged the question: Where's Ty Howington?


Reds 6, Devil Rays 5
Ryan Dempster pitched six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits.
Tuesday's Exhibition Games
The Big Hurt is swinging a big bat again. Frank Thomas homered twice and drove in four runs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 9-4 Tuesday.
Baseball considered folding Angels
NEW YORK - The World Series championship flag would never have made it to Anaheim this year if baseball had gone through with a plan to fold the Angels.
Baseball Notebook: Mesa vows to hit Vizquel
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Philadelphia Phillies closer Jose Mesa is angry at former Cleveland teammate Omar Vizquel.

BENGALS-NFL
Bengals' preseason games set
The Bengals have set the times and dates for their four preseason games: second fullback, Nicolas Luchey, in free agency over the weekend.


NFL Notebook: Super Bowl MVP might leave Bucs
PITTSBURGH - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dexter Jackson, the MVP of the Super Bowl, is weighing offers from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.

TENNIS
Hewitt survives scare at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt fought off three match points in the second set Tuesday to escape with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Younes El Aynaoui and avenge a loss to the Moroccan at the Australian Open this year.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Prep Basketball Schedule


Girls trio makes All-Ohio first team
North College Hill's Michele Miller and Lynchburg-Clay's Whitney Lewis were selected to the Ohio Division III all-state first team Tuesday, while Seven Hills' Tyler McIlwraith made the Division IV first team.
Whiteoak makes regional final
Jeremy Stacy and Tyler Palmer each scored 15 points to lead Whiteoak over Reedsville Eastern 54-37 in a boys Division IV regional semifinal at the Columbus Fairgrounds.
St. Henry, Holmes reach Ninth Region semis
UNION - St. Henry, the co-No. 2 team in the Enquirer coaches poll, will face co-No. 7 Holmes in one of the semifinals of the Ninth Region boys basketball tournament at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Ryle.
Grant County, Brossart move on
Tyler Jones scored 44 points as Grant County overcame a slow start to defeat South Oldham 74-68 in the boys Eighth Region quarterfinals Tuesday at Henry County.

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

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