SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2003
Moeller wins state title
Moeller upset Columbus Brookhaven 73-65 to win the Ohio Division I state basketball title Saturday night, stirring memories of the surprise championship it won in 1999.

Reading topples No. 1 Garaway
Before the season, Reading basketball coach Rich Bensman was almost apologetic about all the talent his team had. Saturday, the Blue Devils rode their deep blue sea of athletes to the Division III state title.
Complete high school sports report

Underdog Xavier has upset in mind
Perhaps it is Maryland's 2002 national championship, Xavier's tournament inexperience or the momentum Maryland might have from a last-second win Friday, but the sixth-seeded Terrapins are favored by two points over No. 3 seed Xavier (26-5) in today's NCAA Tournament second-round game.
Daugherty: Bookends on XU's roster
Coaches experts on Terps

Majerus has the big blues
Indiana coach Mike Davis allowed after his on-court meltdown in December that Kentucky basketball had gotten under his skin. He ought to walk a mile in Rick Majerus' shoes.
UK, Utah still have ties to '98
Special section - NCAA Tournament coverage

Reds fans get first look
At every turn Saturday, the more than 100,000 visitors to Great American Ball Park's open house were greeted with respectful nods to the past and high-tech glimpses at the future.
GABP section

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

REDS / BASEBALL
Graves lets go of bothersome pitch
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Danny Graves has scrapped the windup. "What's a windup?" Graves said.


Blue Jays 4, Reds 1
Shannon Stewart, Josh Phelps and Eric Hinske homered Saturday to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Cincinnati Reds 4-1.

Harnisch is pleased with performance
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Pete Harnisch took another step in his comeback from "Tommy John" surgery.

Reds Q&A
E-mailers in Sarasota aren't happy. The following missive is representative.

It's the same old Angels, champs or not
PHOENIX - Scott Spiezio came to recognize the look long before the testimony arrived.

Devil Rays release Vaughn
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays released Greg Vaughn on Saturday, giving up on their highest-paid player.

BENGALS / NFL
Bengals look to turn weakness into strength
Beginning with the opening-game loss to San Diego last season, opposing players talked of how some Bengals players were out of shape and not physically prepared for the demands of an NFL game.


Bengals Q&A
With the Bengals having completed a successful free agency signing period, fans are turning their thoughts and questions to the draft.

Rams bolster line with trade for Saints' Turley
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams have acquired offensive tackle Kyle Turley, who gained fame for his helmet-tossing altercation against the New York Jets during the 2001 season, in a trade with the New Orleans Saints.

PREP SPORTS
Princeton's Davis joins elite crowd
Princeton senior Dee Davis this week will join a select few locals who have played in the McDonald's All-American basketball games.


Ky: No. 1 Mason Co. 86, Lou. Ballard 65
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Chris Lofton won't be this year's Kentucky Mr. Basketball, because he's only a junior.

LeBron leads Ohio team to third state title
COLUMBUS - LeBron James, likely to be the top pick in this year's NBA draft, scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds as Saint Vincent-Saint Mary (25-1) won their third state championship in four years, beating Kettering Alter 40-36 Saturday in Ohio's Division II.

TRISTATE SPOTLITE
Merchant's Harvard finale is memorable
Brady Merchant didn't feel anything particularly special going into his final basketball game at Harvard on March 8, at home against Brown.


Enquirer Page Two power rankings

Swarm gear up for af2 season
Nick Rice had to leave the Cincinnati Swarm training camp 15 minutes early Thursday morning. While his teammates were learning the system of arenafootball2's newest expansion team, the former Newport and Thomas More linebacker was on his way to his job as a substitute teacher.

Following in footsteps of defunct Rockers
The Cincinnati Rockers couldn't make Arena Football stick in Cincinnati. Now, it's the Cincinnati Swarm's turn.

GOLF
Tiger tames field, leads by five shots
ORLANDO, Fla. - The gallery crammed behind the ropes from tee to green on the opening hole, the enthusiasm at full throttle over the prospect of a showdown between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.


Sorenstam closes in on 1st win of season
PHOENIX - Annika Sorenstam's new year already is starting to look a lot like her old one.

HOCKEY
Rangers keep slim hopes alive
PHILADELPHIA - Dan Blackburn made 28 saves in a spectacular relief effort, and Petr Nedved scored the winning goal late in the third period as the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.


Mighty Ducks beat Norfolk in overtime
NORFOLK, Va.- Dale Clarke scored a power-play goal 1:57 into overtime to lift the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday.

HORSE RACING
New York Hero tames Lion
FLORENCE - New York Hero outdueled Eugene's Third Son in the stretch and won by a neck in the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday.


Rider Cooksey injured in Turfway Park spill
FLORENCE - Jockey Patricia Cooksey, the one-time winningest female jockey in thoroughbred history, took a fall aboard Stormy Port in the third race Saturday at Turfway Park.

NBA
Hawks stop O'Neal's shot at victory for Pacers
ATLANTA - Was it a block or was it a foul? Theo Ratliff blocked Jermaine O'Neal's potential game-winning dunk in the final seconds Saturday night to help the Atlanta Hawks to a 92-89 victory over Indiana, sending the Pacers to their 11th consecutive road loss.


Hill won't give up despite surgeries
Point guard Terrell Brandon, injured and no longer able to play, hangs around Minnesota so he can collect the full $22 million left on his contract.


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