SPORTS NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2003
Punchless Reds lose again today
Two exhibitions found some problems at Great American Ball Park - the drains get stopped up, just like the home team's offense.

Reds' new ballpark comes alive
The transformation took place at 7:11 p.m. Friday when Reds right-hander Ryan Dempster delivered the first pitch in Great American Ball Park.
Full coverage of the first game

UK needs Bogans against Marquette
Though top-ranked and favored today, Kentucky (32-3) might have its chances against Marquette (26-5) hinge greatly upon Keith Bogans' achy ankle.
Other NCAA game coverage

Fiery coach returns NKU to title game
During one practice this season, Nancy Winstel was so upset that she threw her whistle on the court and took off a shoe and heaved it into the bleachers. Her energetic approach has the Norse playing today for their second NCAA Division II championship in four years. NKU Notebook: Scoring chances few for Mobley

Mini-Marathon expects 12,000
United States senator George Voinovich and his wife, Janet, will be among participants in the 26th annual Humana Heart Mini-Marathon weekend festivities, which promote fitness and fund raising for heart disease and stroke research.

High school sports report
Check our spring sports previews and complete coverage of Ohio and Kentucky basketball championships.

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

PAUL DAUGHERTY COLUMN
Close wall far from Jr.'s mind
It is 325 feet from home plate to the fence down the right-field line. A short porch made just for Ken Grifffey Jr. But don't tell him that.

REDS-BASEBALL
Reds have new uniforms, too
The Reds trotted out new uniforms for the new ballpark. They'll wear them on Sundays and holidays.


Indians 6, Reds 1
Great American Ball Park figures to be a hitter's yard. Three home runs were hit Friday.

Lindner as optimistic as fans
As 42,000 fans poured into downtown for the first game at the Great American Ball Park Friday night, Reds owner Carl Lindner said he knows many of those fans complain that he cares more about money than about winning.
Is it the perfect park? No, but it's among the best
The first real pitch is still two days away, but baseball fans want to know: Is Great American Ball Park the great American ballpark? Reds officials say yes, definitely. Others say a definite maybe.
Players come home, and oh, is it sweet!
The pitchers gathered on the dugout bench to chat about the old and the new.
For Indians, new digs created a huge boost
Shortstop Omar Vizquel is the only Indians player remaining from the team that moved into Jacobs Field in downtown Cleveland in 1994.
First Bush to toss first pitch
The first President George Bush will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day Monday.
Reds don't expect Bengals' grass problems
The same type of sod - Kentucky bluegrass with a sand base and synthetic backing - is in both Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium.
Other Exhibition Games
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mike Mussina struck out seven over five innings and Bubba Trammell homered to give the Yankees a 2-0 win over the Phillies Friday in the final major league spring training game at Jack Russell Stadium.
Baseball Notebook: Tigers cut Easley, will swallow $14M
DETROIT - Damion Easley became the most expensive player cut loose in baseball history when the Detroit Tigers released him Friday with more than $14 million still owed on his contract.

NCAA BASKETBALL
With Bogans in limbo, UK turns to Fitch
MINNEAPOLIS - With Keith Bogans either out or seeing only limited action today, Kentucky probably will need someone to step up and take the tough shots Bogans otherwise would.


Marquette conjures up glory days
MINNEAPOLIS - Al McGuire's colorful personality, volatile coaching style, creative vernacular and long run of success made him a coaching legend.
Syracuse 79, Auburn 78
ALBANY, N.Y. - Syracuse hung on instead of coming back and the Orangemen are suddenly the only Big East team still around.
Michigan State 60, Maryland 58
SAN ANTONIO - Once again, Maryland got a last-second chance to hang onto its national title.
Oklahoma 65, Butler 54
ALBANY, N.Y. - Ebi Ere was Oklahoma's forgotten man. Not anymore.
Texas 82, Connecticut 78
SAN ANTONIO - There it was. An entire season for Texas and Connecticut wedged between the backboard and the rim with the Longhorns holding a two-point lead.
Women's Sweet 16 Preview
So far, the women's NCAA Tournament has produced buzzer-beaters and broken bones, upsets and upstarts.

LOCAL SPORTS
Swarm kick off 1st arena season
Today will mark the newest chapter in Cincinnati professional football when the Swarm, the city's arenafootball2 team, kick off their inaugural season at 7:30 p.m. against the Louisville Fire at Freedom Hall in Louisville.


Toledo 3, Cyclones 1
TOLEDO, Ohio - In what could be a preview of a first-round playoff series, the Toledo Storm beat the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2.
Seven Four Seven heavy choice today at Turfway
Sam Pollock's Seven Four Seven will be heavily favored to win her fourth straight race when she faces eight other fillies and mares in today's $50,000 Fairway Fun Stakes at Turfway Park.

NBA
NBA Games: Kobe scores 55 in Jordan's L.A. sendoff
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant might not like the comparison, but he helped cement his status as the heir to Michael Jordan with one of his best performances.

WORLD FIGURE SKATING
Kwan wins short program at Worlds
WASHINGTON - Michelle Kwan never has it easy, so she never takes it easy.


Canadians win dance gold
WASHINGTON - Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz sure know how to call it a career.

TENNIS
Capriati reaches showdown with Serena
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Jennifer Capriati is in a more mellow mood these days, not stressing out about bad calls, double faults or even the Williams sisters.

AUTO RACING
Stewart's car impounded
FORT WORTH, Texas - Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's car was impounded Friday because it didn't meet specifications.


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