SPORTS NEWS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2003
XU: Sweet 16 bid is denied
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Xavier's season came to an end Sunday, much sooner than the 12th-ranked Musketeers had planned.
Daugherty: Xavier realized too late it could win
Nicholas delivers in clutch
Xavier-Maryland Photo Gallery

UK: Wildcats run win streak to 25
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While many of the nation's powers sweated it out or fell out on the NCAA Tournament's first weekend, the Wildcats breezed to a 74-54 victory over Utah.
At Kentucky, the defense never rests
One-on-one does not shut down center Estill
UK-Utah Photo Gallery

Women: Gauchos too deep for XU
LUBBOCK, Texas - It was not the way Amy Waugh and Reetta Piipari wanted to end their college careers.
Shoemaker Regional: Arkansas 71, UC 57
Special section - NCAA Tournament coverage (Men & Women)

Pitching staff takes shape
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Reds brought 14 non-roster pitchers to camp. Most were biding time until minor league camp opened. But four of the 14 were very much in the Reds' plans, assuming they pitched like the Reds thought they were capable of.

Cyclones clinch playoff berth
FAIRBORN, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup playoffs with a 2-0 win over the Dayton Bombers on Sunday. Earlier, the Johnstown Chiefs lost a 5-4 decision to Toledo which mathematically qualified Cincinnati for the playoffs.
NHL: Goalie Turco returns to align shining Stars

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

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.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
Special section - NCAA Tournament coverage (Men & Women)
Complete online coverage of both men & women's tournaments, as well as our own Hoops Madness bracket contest (presented by XBox).

REDS / BASEBALL
Larkin will get some work in the outfield
SARASOTA, Fla. - Barry Larkin came close to playing his first game as an outfielder Sunday. The original lineup for the Reds game with the Cleveland Indians had Larkin in left field.


Reds players eager to see new digs
SARASOTA, Fla. - More than 200,000 fans toured the Cincinnati Reds' new ballpark over the weekend, getting a peak at the cushy clubhouse, the spacious batting cages and the state-of-the art training facilities.

Indians 2, Reds 0
SARASOTA, Fla. - Ricardo Rodriguez allowed four hits in six innings, and David Riske struck out the side in the ninth as the Cleveland Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 Sunday.

Day stakes claim to Expos starting spot
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Zach Day virtually assured himself a spot in the Montreal Expos' starting rotation, pitching six innings of two-hit ball Sunday in a rain-shortened 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

GOLF
Not rain, nor mud, nor sickness could stifle Tiger
ORLANDO, Fla. - Brad Faxon didn't think Tiger Woods was going to throw it in reverse. Not with a 5-shot lead going into the final round of a tournament he'd already won three consecutive times. So it came as no surprise to him, or anyone else for that matter, when Woods took his lead and stretched it to an 11-shot victory, widening the gap even further between him and the 'B' flight that is the rest of the PGA Tour.


Pak soars by Sorenstam
Se Ri Pak needed a big start to beat Annika Sorenstam, and she got it with a pair of front nine eagles. On a course where birdies came in bunches, though, it took a scrambling par to clinch her win. Pak's long par putt after hitting it in the water on the 17th hole kept her in the lead, and she finished with a tap-in birdie on the final hole for an 8-under 64 to win the Safeway Ping by a shot over Grace Park.

AUTO RACING
Busch rolls the dice and wins
BRISTOL, Tenn. - His tires were worn out, his gas tank was nearly empty and his crew chief wanted him to pit. Kurt Busch


Bumping causes grumbling
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Crumpled fenders, wadded up sheet metal, name-calling and a whole bunch of angry drivers: Just another day at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kanaan posts 1st IRL win
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Tony Kanaan had the pole for the Indy Racing League season opener and couldn't hold it. It took him just three weeks to correct the problem.

HORSE RACING
New York Hero may be Derby-bound
Paraneck Stable's New York Hero headed back to New York on Sunday, but his connections are hoping to return to the Bluegrass in six weeks for the Kentucky Derby following their colt's upset victory in the $500,000 Grade II Lane's End Stakes on Saturday.


WEEKEND SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
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.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Reds' new ballpark unveiled
Explore Great American Ball Park in this special section. Examine its unique features and take a virtual tour.

Local golf news and course guide
Where high school stars are going to college
Implosion bids goodbye to Cinergy
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Buckeyes national champs
Kentucky Speedway coverage
2002 Flying Pig Marathon, including searchable results