Saturday, May 3, 2003

Swarm put out Fire



The Cincinnati Swarm (3-2) avenged their first loss of the season and moved closer to sole possession of first place in af2's Midwest Division with a 58-52 victory over the Louisville Fire (2-3) on Friday.

Swarm QB Christian Batcheller and WR James Scott were a lethal combination for a second consecutive week. Scott earned Offensive MVP with 11 catches for 178 yards and five touchdowns. Batcheller completed 19 of 31 passes for 238 yards and six touchdowns.

The Swarm's win keeps them in the hunt for first in the af2's Midwest Division. The Swarm entered the game in a three-way tie for first with the Fire and Steamwheelers.

Mike Mills recorded an interception for the third consecutive game to earn Defensive MVP honors. Jim Jones also continued his hot streak by returning the opening kick-off for a touchdown. Jones then went one step further by returning a second kick for a TD in the second half. Jones has gone the distance with a kick in three straight Swarm games.

The Swarm return to U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday for a 2 p.m. showdown with the Albany Conquest. The Conquest hold the af2 record for best expansion season ever (13-3 in 2002).




BENGALS
Dillon's presence brings positive vibes
Arrest made in Weathersby shooting
Palmer's first day: 'I'm thinking we're awesome'

MORE FOOTBALL
Swarm put out Fire
Manning-Vanderjagt: 'Dead issue'
Alabama's Price awaits decision on job status

REDS
Reds 5, Giants 1
Larkin to return some other day
Demotion raises Larson's offense
Reds notebook: Reitsma to miss next start
Buffalo 5, Louisville 3

MORE BASEBALL
NL: Smoltz stumbles, Braves bounce back
AL: Cameron comes up big again in Chicago
Notes from Friday's Games
In minors, promotion is name of the game
World Series home-field plan won't affect Baker
Radke, Bierbrodt draw suspensions

KENTUCKY DERBY
Derby packed with drama
Frankel has inside track on Hollywood ending
Horse boasts history of a different tune
Kentucky Oaks: Tears fall freely for Zito
Empire Maker is the complete package
Racing finds niche in least likely place

FLYING PIG
Familiar faces are missing from Pig

PREP SPORTS
8th-grade phenom packs 'em in at NCH
St. Dominic girls show all the rest how to take it to the hoop
Friday's Results
Today's Games

BASKETBALL
Eustachy violated NCAA's extra-benefits rule
Eustachy saga becoming PR chess match
Coaches split on possible Eustachy firing
Detroit survives to force Game 7
Duncan wins second straight MVP
Stockton says he'll retire

HOCKEY
Upstart Mighty Ducks looking to clinch series
ECHL: Cyclones even series

AUTO RACING
Crash leaves Nadeau in critical condition
NASCAR fans, drivers love Richmond 400

GOLF
Verplank vaults to lead after 63
Nicklaus' family around for weekend

A LOOK AT SPORTS
As the sports world turns...

PLAN YOUR DAY
This weekend's sports on TV, radio