SPORTS NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2003
Temple surprises sloppy Musketeers
DAYTON - Xavier's two-year run of Atlantic 10 dominance and its hope to repeat as conference tournament champions went down Friday night in a surprising loss to Temple in the semifinals.
Daugherty: Chaney makes Xavier look bad
Temple defense defines outcome

Every pitch precious to Williams
SARASOTA, Fla. - It was a six-pitch inning in a spring training game. Just a line in the box score from the Reds' 10-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers, but it meant the world to Blake Williams.
Tigers 10, Reds 5; Red Sox 8, Reds 5
Promise of power prompts signing of Agbayani

Kitna gets bonus, after all
At last count, Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna came up six snaps short of a $1.625 million playing-time bonus for 2003. Then - on their own volition - the Bengals did a recount and gave him the bonus.
Ex-Bearcat Jackson could be next addition to D

Boys teams are striving for berths at state
Moeller was the No. 1-ranked boys basketball team in The Enquirer's preseason Division I area coaches poll. Hamilton is riding a streak of three straight overtime wins.

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

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

COLLEGE HOOPS
Wildcats survive slow start to defeat Vanderbilt in SEC
NEW ORLEANS - There are always distractions in the Big Easy. Friday, those tickled even the unflappable Kentucky Wildcats.


UK sets sights on No. 1 ranking
NEW ORLEANS - Kentucky is trying not to be short-sighted. Its coaches wrote "eight more" in large letters on its locker-room blackboard after Friday's game, referring to how many more victories are needed to capture the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Tournaments.

A-10: Dayton beats St. Joe's, reaches final
DAYTON - St. Joseph's made a remarkable comeback. Jameer Nelson had one of the greatest games in Atlantic 10 tournament history. Yet neither could keep Dayton from winning at home.

Big 10: OSU latest team to oust a No. 1 seed
CHICAGO - Two weeks ago, Ohio State was barely above .500, and the NCAA tournament was far from the Buckeyes' minds.

C-USA: No. 20 Louisville tops No. 16 Memphis
LOUISVILLE - Freshman Taquan Dean rattled in a 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds left for his only basket of the game, giving Louisville a 78-75 victory over Memphis in the Conference USA tournament semifinals Friday night.

MAC: Central Michigan, Kent advance to final
CLEVELAND - Chris Kaman hasn't changed his mind about Gund Arena just yet. "I hate this building, still," Central Michigan's star center said. One more win at the Gund could make Kaman feel differently.

SEC: Tigers send Gators packing
NEW ORLEANS - Jaime Lloreda scored 21 points and hit a key free throw with 15 seconds remaining as LSU beat No. 7 Florida 65-61 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Top 25: Tech shocks Texas
DALLAS - Nathan Doudney scored a career-high 25 points, mostly on 3-pointers, to help Texas Tech build a 20-point lead before halftime, then the Red Raiders held on to beat No. 3 Texas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Tournaments at a glance

Hunter backs up his antics with results
INDIANAPOLIS - The midcourt bellyflop by IUPUI coach Ron Hunter gave him a scraped knee and national attention.

NKU men sent to early exit
Northern Kentucky's stay in the NCAA Division II Tournament was short, ending Friday with an 80-76 first-round loss to Findlay at Houghton, Mich.

Twenty years later, still extraordinary
Every year, Selection Sunday finds teams perched precariously on the NCAA tournament bubble, also-rans hoping that when the committee finishes placing the heavyweights and no-brainers, it finds room for them.

High seeds will hit the road in women's tournament
Ah, tournament time. Three weeks filled with excitement and tension-filled games, a time when even a lowly 16th-seeded team can dream of the possibilities.

BASEBALL
Astros sign Chen
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Houston Astros signed left-hander Bruce Chen to a minor league contract Friday.


Winn figures he can't lose as Piniella's 'replacement'
PEORIA, Ariz. - Randy Winn still can't get over that he was traded for Lou Piniella.

Pirates add Lofton to outfield
BRADENTON, Fla. - Not long ago, most major league teams would have loved starting Kenny Lofton in center field and Reggie Sanders in right. The Pittsburgh Pirates hope it's still a winning combination.

FOOTBALL
Chargers allowing Seau to seek trade
SAN DIEGO - Standing at a podium between the sushi bar and pizza counter of his restaurant, Junior Seau said goodbye to San Diego's pro football fans.


Coach's call helped Stewart choose Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - In a perfect world, you believe Kordell Stewart when he says coach Dick Jauron is the reason he decided to become the Chicago Bears' quarterback for half the money he could have earned elsewhere.

Pace's agent asks Rams for a trade
ST. LOUIS - The agent for Orlando Pace has asked the St. Louis Rams for a trade, saying the team refuses to negotiate with the Pro Bowl offensive tackle.

League looking into offer to Coles
NEW YORK - The NFL is investigating the Washington Redskins' offer sheet to New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles, intensifying the competition for free agents between the teams.

PREP HOOPS
Chaminade-Julienne in final
COLUMBUS - Brandie Hoskins' 14 points and suffocating defense put No. 1 Dayton Chaminade-Julienne in the Division II state championship game with a 48-29 win over Lexington in a semifinal Friday.


Whiteoak falls in Division IV
Austin Black scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Columbus Wellington beat Mowrystown Whiteoak 50-44 Friday in a Division IV regional final.

Simon Kenton 54, Highlands 46
UNION - Scott Humphrey agreed that beating a 27-2 team on an 18-game winning streak that also had captured the Enquirer's coaches poll championship ought to at least be worth the Ninth Region championship.

St. Henry 63, Holmes 50
UNION - St. Henry has impressed observers all season with its ability to produce different heroes on a game-by-game basis.

Brossart loses in 10th Region
George Rogers Clark took the lead early in the first quarter and held on for a 52-43 victory over Brossart on Friday in the 10th Region semifinals at Mason County.
Prep results, schedules

GOLF
Begay, Peoples share Honda lead at 14 under
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Although it might seem unfamiliar, Notah Begay III felt right at home atop the leaderboard at the Honda Classic.

HORSE RACING
Frankel to saddle Fla. Derby favorite
Empire Maker has raced three times in his young career and his only victory came last fall in a maiden race at Belmont Park, but despite those spotty credentials the Bobby Frankel-trained colt is the 9-5 morning line favorite among seven 3-year-olds entered in today's $1 million Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (ESPN2, 4-4:30 p.m.)

ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE
As The Sports World Turns
Does anyone really think playing the made-for-TV "Battle at the Bridges" July 28 on Phil Mickelson's home course will give him a big edge over Tiger Woods?

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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