SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2003
An Opening Day love letter from a son to his father
The Reds will open the 2003 baseball season Monday, playing their first game at Great American Ball Park. For Enquirer sportswriter Mark Curnutte, it will be the first Opening Day without his father, who died last month.

SEASON PREVIEW
Our in-depth guide to the upcoming Reds season. Look here to find out how your favorite players will do this year, including analysis of all baseball's divisions.
Home-grown talent helps Reds
Reds scouting report
More young Reds talent in pipeline

Kentucky bows out
MINNEAPOLIS - It was shocking and sudden, a two-hour time block gone in a blink. Like their season. Kentucky got their ticket punched by a red-hot Marquette team Saturday, 83-69.
Complete NCAA tournament coverage

Bengals Q&A
The draft and Marvin Lewis are the topics of most fan e-mail this week.

Mini-Marathon expects 12,000
More than 12,000 runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts will be downtown for today's 26th annual Humana Heart Mini-Marathon races, which begin at 9 a.m. at Fountain Square.

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

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

BASEBALL
Daugherty: What's so Great about new park?
Calling it Great American Ball Park is either presumptuous or self-promoting, depending on how you look at it. Maybe it's both.


Jumbotron goes way of Atari: Oldie, but goodie
This weekend marked the end of an era in Cincinnati sports.

Pete look-alikes used to it
Mark Hubbs of West Carrollton has fooled a lot of people in his 63 years.

Season opener has Reds eager
He wouldn't let on, not publicly at least, but Jimmy Anderson knew his start Saturday was an important one.

Head-first dive leaves Casey cooling heels
Sean Casey's head-first diving catch in foul territory during Friday's exhibition looked good. But it apparently hurt a little, too.

Reds Q&A
E-mailers want to tinker with the roster as Opening Day approaches.

Architects see crowd settle in
Joe Spear looked at the sumptuous spread in the Riverfront Club at Great American Ball Park and said: "That looks great, but what I need is a hot dog. I'm at the ballpark!"

Off-field miscues threaten Bowden's tenure as GM
Jim Bowden thinks general managers should be judged by the team they put on the field.

The next move?
SARASOTA, Fla. - If Jim Bowden isn't brought back as Reds general manager, player development director Tim Naehring is considered the most likely person inside the organization to take over the job.

Rebuilding Indians headed on right track
The 2003 Cleveland Indians are far different than the teams that went to the postseason in six of the past eight seasons.

Anaheim buzzing as defense of title begins
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Baseball picks up right where it left off last fall, in Anaheim, with John Lackey on the mound for the Angels before a lively crowd bearing ThunderStix - and more than a barrel full of Rally Monkeys.

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: Prep insider
The Greater Catholic League has become the first Cincinnati league to sweep Ohio's Division I football and basketball championships in the same school year.


KY: No. 1 Sacred Heart 42, No. 3 Lexington Catholic 40
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Sacred Heart is the Kentucky girls high school basketball champion for the second straight year, but Lexington Catholic made sure the Valkyries earned it on Saturday night.

IN: Indpls Pike 65, DeKalb 52
INDIANAPOLIS - Robert Vaden, Courtney Lee and Justin Cage made sure Indianapolis Pike finished the job this time.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Teammates laud ailing Bogans for playing in pain
MINNEAPOLIS - In the end, Keith Bogans had an easier time taking this loss directly. It would have been tougher from the bench.


Jackson jogs Estill's memory
MINNEAPOLIS - Kentucky's Marquis Estill said Friday he didn't remember playing against Robert Jackson in the Southeastern Conference.

Kansas 78, Arizona 75
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Fate couldn't resist one more twirl. And so there was Kansas coach Roy Williams just before halftime, spinning and sputtering, twisting and turning, so enraged by a late traveling call against his team that he looked like a puppet being jerked around on a string.

Izzo is Mr. March
SAN ANTONIO - The winter was long at Michigan State. Full of vexing questions and puzzling defeats, and a fiery coach trying to stop the leaks.

Oklahoma-Syracuse will be won with defense
ALBANY, N.Y. - One team plays tough man-to-man defense, stifling teams on the perimeter. The other goes almost strictly with a 2-3 zone, something most teams just don't get a chance to play against to learn its weaknesses.

Roller-coaster ride continues for Boeheim
ALBANY, N.Y. - On the Syracuse sideline, Jim Boeheim rides a wave of emotions. Sometimes he's serene, sometimes frenetic, yet always involved.

Ford leads a cast of role players for Texas
SAN ANTONIO - Any discussion about Texas must start with T.J. Ford. The stellar point guard has grabbed the headlines and the highlights of his team's play in the NCAA tournament.

NCAA tournament notes
SAN ANTONIO - Much of the talk surrounding the Texas-Michigan State matchup revolves around which team is tougher.
NCAA Tournament at a glance

Lady Vols, 'Nova meet Monday in Mideast final
Tennessee coach Pat Summitt has helped dress up the wardrobe of her close friend, Villanova coach Harry Perretta, and she's treated him and his players to a cookout at her home. In exchange for this generosity, Perretta will try to knock Summitt and the Lady Vols out of the NCAA tournament.

Norse outmuscled in Division II final
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Whoever said pain always equaled gain? It certainly didn't for Northern Kentucky University's women's basketball team Saturday.

Snardon finds positives in loss
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - To say Northern Kentucky freshman Sharell Snardon felt bad is an understatement.

Northeastern State 75, Kentucky Wesleyan 64
LAKELAND, Fla. - When Larry Gipson took the coaching job at Northeastern State six years ago, he started looking for players who were unselfish and disciplined. He found the perfect mix this year - one that added up to a championship.

Georgetown, Ky. 71, Lee, Tenn. 58
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Frank Temple scored 18 points as Georgetown defeated Lee University 71-58 in the quarterfinals of the men's NAIA Tournament Saturday.

IN THE TRISTATE
RedHawks go for world championship
Miami University senior Sarah Danielson practices two hours a day. She lifts weight. She conditions. She is part of the largest women's sport at the school. This week, she and her teammates are competing for a championship - a world championship.
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

GOLF
Haas, 49, hardly ready to join the senior tour
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - His peers call him the old man. They tease Jay Haas about wearing glasses that sit on the end of his nose when he reads the newspaper.


Arnie joins Nicklaus for Masters encore
Arnold Palmer, who bid an emotional farewell last year at the Masters, is returning for an encore.

HOCKEY
Victory keeps Rangers alive
BOSTON - Alex Kovalev scored two goals as the New York Rangers helped their slim playoff hopes with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.


Griffins edge Ducks 3-2
Stacy Roest and Michel Picard scored third-period goals to lift the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the AHL Saturday at the Gardens.

HORSE RACING
Seven Four Seven wins fourth straight
Sam Pollock's Seven Four Seven, ridden by Jason Lumpkins, overcame an off track to win her fourth straight in Saturday's $50,000 Fairway Fun Stakes.


Moon Ballad runs away with Dubai World Cup
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Harlan's Holiday was no match for Moon Ballad, Sheik Mohammed's latest winner of the world's richest horse race.

NBA
Talk of coaching changes begins
You're aware of the big-name free agent players available this summer. But need a big-name free agent coach? New Orleans coach Paul Silas should be available.


Nets smother Golden State
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Kidd had 22 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds and five steals, and the New Jersey Nets held Golden State to two baskets in the final 6:30 in defeating the Warriors 109-97 Saturday night.

TENNIS
Serena tops Capriati
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Hot weather, a formidable foe, rowdy fans and the law of averages failed to faze Serena Williams.


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