SPORTS NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2003
Reds come home to new ballpark
For the first time, the Reds take the field at sold-out Great American Ball Park today to play an exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians.

Ballpark too gaudy, architects say
We convened a panel to "review" Great American Ball Park. Their consensus: It's fragmented, has too many elements and lacks a consistent overall design.
9-11 made ballpark enhance security

Griffey is ready to roll
Healthy and hitting, Ken Griffey Jr. has enjoyed his best spring in his three years as a Red. "I feel good," he said. "I'm ready to go out and play."

UK 63, Wisconsin 57
Marquis Estill had a career-high 28 points to help the Wildcats compensate for the loss of injured guard Keith Bogans.
Other NCAA game coverage

NKU women reach D-II final
Despite shooting 27 percent, the Norse toppled California (Pa.) 45-43 and earned a berth in the women's NCAA Division II championship game.

High school sports report
Complete coverage of Ohio and Kentucky sports.
Top-ranked foe ousts NewCath
Other Girls Sweet Sixteen Games
Baseball preview: Division I
Baseball preview: Divisions II-IV
Boys tennis preview
Softball preview
Mason joins lacrosse rage
Ky. Boys track preview
Ky. Girls track preview
Ky. Fast-pitch softball preview
Ky. Slow-pitch softball preview
QCC teams on display Saturday

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

REDS-BASEBALL
9-11 made security stricter
The Reds' public safety and security manager says sports facilities are prime targets for terrorist attacks and they've taken every precaution at Great American Ball Park.


Bullpen order not set
Scott Williamson is the closer. After him, the pecking order is yet to be determined.

Pirates 6, Reds 2
The loss assures the Reds, who fell to 13-16-2, of a losing exhibition season.
Baylor says cancer won't keep him off bench
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - New York Mets coach Don Baylor has been diagnosed with cancer in his bone marrow but hopes the chemotherapy treatments won't cause him to miss any games.
Baseball Notebook: Astros waive Reynolds
The Houston Astros waived starting pitcher Shane Reynolds, deciding to use young pitchers Tim Redding and Jeriome Robertson in their rotation instead.

NCAA BASKETBALL
UK Notebook: Bogans questionable for Marquette
MINNEAPOLIS - Keith Bogans hasn't missed a game to injury in his career. His Kentucky teammates don't expect him to sit out now.


Marquette 77, Pittsburgh 74
MINNEAPOLIS - Marquette is back where it hasn't been since the days of Al McGuire.
Kansas 69, Duke 65
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Nick Collison played the game of his life. And that's what Roy Williams needed to get that elusive win over Coach K.
Arizona 88, Notre Dame 71
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Arizona took all the drama out of this one early.
Syracuse-Auburn preview
ALBANY, N.Y. - All eyes will be on Carmelo Anthony tonight.
Oklahoma-Butler preview
ALBANY, N.Y. - Hollis Price was smiling again. Butler was expecting nothing less.
Maryland-Michigan St. preview
SAN ANTONIO - Maryland's Drew Nicholas has gone from junior reserve to senior scoring star. One thing he doesn't want to change is how his season ends.
Texas-Connecticut preview
SAN ANTONIO - T.J. Ford came to Texas to build a basketball tradition. Connecticut's Emeka Okafor wanted to go somewhere that already had one. The former Houston area high school rivals will meet again tonight.
Harrick quits amid Georgia scandal
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Jim Harrick resigned Thursday amid a scandal in the basketball program, then announced he was retiring.
College Notebook: Bennett returns to coaching
MINNEAPOLIS - Dick Bennett's retirement is over, less than three years after he abruptly walked away from the University of Wisconsin program.
NIT Games: Minnesota, St. John's fill semis
PHILADELPHIA - Rick Rickert scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds as Minnesota advanced to the NIT semifinals with a 63-58 overtime win over Temple on Thursday night.

NATIONAL SPORTS
NBA Games: McGrady upstages Garnett
ORLANDO, Fla. - Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves couldn't keep up with Tracy McGrady.


Veterans gang up on Woods
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods hit tee shots to the left, approach shots to the right and eventually moved out of the way for an older generation of leaders at The Players Championships.
Plushenko wins men's skating crown
WASHINGTON - Evgeni Plushenko is ready for all comers, including Alexei Yagudin.
Serena still unbeaten in '03
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Serena Williams is playing so well she can even beat the rain.
NFL: Notebook: Titans, Fisher pursue long-term deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams wants to sign coach Jeff Fisher to a contract extension.

LOCAL SPORTS
Enquirer reporter wins top honor
Enquirer sportswriter John Erardi won the Associated Press Sports Editors' top prize for 2002 feature writing in the 100,000-to-250,000 circulation category for a story about former St. Bernard basketball player Nick Mosley.


River Downs to require vet's OK
Recent outbreaks of equine herpes in Ohio and Kentucky have prompted River Downs race track to impose new restrictions on horses stabled at the track.

HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SEASON PREVIEWS
Baseball preview: Division I
Overlooked last year in the Enquirer's preseason coaches poll, Milford finished as Division I state runner-up. But this season, it's the area's team to beat, based on the return of 15 lettermen and seven starters.


Baseball preview: Divisions II-IV
Rick Kunkel's Badin Rams were voted the local favorite for the 2003 Divisions II-IV baseball season.
Boys tennis preview
The so-called problem facing Bob Caress and Chris Hemingway is one most boys tennis coaches would like to have.
Softball preview
Hamilton, the state runner-up last year, is the favorite in Division I. Ross emerged as No. 1 in the Divisions II-IV poll.
Mason joins lacrosse rage
The Mason Comets have joined a growing number of Tristate schools competing on a new field.
Ky. Boys track preview
For years, Covington Catholic has displayed dominance in Northern Kentucky boys track. This season the Colonels want to take it to the next level.
Ky. Girls track preview
The Bishop Brossart girls track team is in search of history this year. The Mustangs tied Danville for the state record with six consecutive Class A state titles. This season coach Dave Schuh and his team will try to break the mark.
Ky. Fast-pitch softball preview
Boone County, the two-time defending Ninth Region champ, is under new leadership as Angel Buchanan takes over for Patty Oliverio as Lady Rebels coach.
Ky. Slow-pitch softball preview
Seven starters return from a Lloyd team that finished 31-3 and won the state championship last season.
QCC teams on display Saturday
The Queen City Conference will host its annual baseball and softball preview Saturday at Roselawn Park, with games at noon and 1:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Top-ranked foe ousts NewCath
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Facing the defending state champion and overwhelming favorite, Newport Central Catholic faced a daunting task in its first appearance in the Kentucky Girls Sweet Sixteen. The Thoroughbreds stayed close for three quarters before Sacred Heart pulled away for a 62-44 victory.


Other Girls Sweet Sixteen Games
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Jackson County junior center Sarah Elliott made it look easy in the first round of the girls' Sweet 16.
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