SPORTS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2003
Dempster, Reds try again
There will be no former president throwing out the first pitch, no military flyover or celebrity recording artists. But to Ryan Dempster, today is still opening day.
Poll: Grade the stadium
Happy homestand for umps
Complete Reds coverage

Bengals release veteran Booker
Vaughn Booker's three-year run with his hometown Bengals came to an end Tuesday when the team terminated his contract.

Marquette assistant needs transplant
Trey Schwab sits on the Marquette bench, breathing oxygen from a tube. He wears a cell phone on his hip, and he checks it every so often to see if he's missed the call that could save his life.
Texas, UConn fill women's Final Four
Complete NCAA tournament coverage

UC football has big shoes to fill
You have to go back to 1997 to find the last time the University of Cincinnati football program lost so many quality players at one time. UC coach Rick Minter faces a similar scenario as spring practice begins today.

High school sports report
Check spring sports results, previews and schedules, plus complete coverage of the 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.

REDS
Happy homestand for umps
Covington native and longtime major league umpire Randy Marsh worked home plate for Monday's Opening Day game at Great American Ball Park and was joined by three other Kentucky natives around the bases.

OTHER BASEBALL
Bonds' homer gets out the tape measure
SAN DIEGO - Barry Bonds' first hit of the season was as impressive as they come.


Other NL Games
HOUSTON - Jeff Kent hit a home run in his first at-bat for Houston and Jeff Bagwell homered twice as the Astros won their season opener Tuesday night, 10-4 over the Colorado Rockies.
Angels get rings, rout Rangers 10-0
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Angels received their World Series rings Tuesday night, then beat the Texas Rangers 10-0 for their first win of the season.
Other AL Games
OAKLAND, Calif. - Tim Hudson and Ricardo Rincon combined on the Athletics' first opening-day shutout in 45 years, and Erubiel Durazo drove in all of Oakland's runs in a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Graves, Kim have it backwards
Byung-Hyun Kim is making the move out of choice. Danny Graves is doing it out of necessity.
Jeter out 1-4 months
TORONTO - Even the highest payroll in baseball couldn't prepare the New York Yankees for what they face now - playing without leader Derek Jeter for at least a month.
Baseball Notebook: Giants lose Nen 2-3 weeks
SAN DIEGO - San Francisco Giants closer Robb Nen has a strained throwing shoulder and expects to be out two to three weeks.

XAVIER BASKETBALL
Xavier assistant making name for himself
Sean Miller is in a win-win situation on the postseason ride commonly referred to as the "coaching carousel."


XU's Waugh in 3-point exhibition
Xavier's Amy Waugh will participate in ESPN's 3-point shooting exhibition Thursday in New Orleans.

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Syracuse is in the zone
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Oklahoma guard Hollis Price searched and searched, but he rarely found a gap in Syracuse's zone defense. The Orangemen are planning an encore performance for T.J. Ford and the Texas Longhorns.


Texas juniors woke up 'sleeping giant'
AUSTIN, Texas - The foundation for the Texas Longhorns' Final Four team was in place long before star guard T.J. Ford showed up.
Kansas calls itself underdog
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Getting through the talent-rich West Regional didn't buy the Kansas Jayhawks any extra confidence heading into the Final Four.
NIT gets St. John's-Georgetown final
NEW YORK - St. John's and Georgetown, two old Big East rivals, will meet for the National Invitation Tournament championship.
St. John's 64, Texas Tech 63
NEW YORK - Marcus Hatten loves taking gambles. His biggest one Tuesday night helped St. John's reach the National Invitation Tournament final.
Georgetown 88, Minnesota 74
NEW YORK - Craig Esherick always knew his team could win big games in the postseason. The Georgetown coach just didn't know if it would be this year.
Pitt's Howland close to UCLA
PITTSBURGH - The arena isn't as nice, the money would be about the same, and the players - at least now - wouldn't be as good. All those disadvantages apparently won't prevent Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland from leaving for UCLA.
College Notebook: Doherty resigns at N.Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Matt Doherty resigned Tuesday as basketball coach at North Carolina, ending a bumpy three-year run marked by feuds with players and his failure to lead a storied program back to national prominence.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Texas, UConn fill women's Final Four
Atlanta will have to find room for two 800-game winners. Tennessee's Pat Summitt is headed back to the women's Final Four and Jody Conradt of Texas will join her after a 16-year absence.


Texas 78, LSU 60
STANFORD, Calif. - After a 16-year absence, Texas is headed back to the Final Four with a low-post duo that just might be good enough to win it all.
Connecticut 73, Purdue 64
DAYTON, Ohio - Connecticut's players didn't mug for the camera, pile on each other or exchange hugs and tears after holding off Purdue 73-64 in the East Regional final.

LOCAL SPORTS
Cyclones, Ducks win
PEORIA, Ill. - The Cincinnati Cyclones edged the Peoria Rivermen 4-3 Tuesday in Game 1 of a best-of-5 playoff series.


Keeneland spring meet opens Friday
Keeneland's spring meeting runs Friday through April 25.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Hamilton baseball coach wins 500th
Hamilton's Dan Bowling achieved his 500th career coaching victory in Big Blue's 14-3 victory Tuesday against Edgewood.


Tuesday's High School Results
Today's High School Schedule


WEEKEND SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
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.


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

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


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

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

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