Sports News - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Braves 15, Reds 3
Jeff Austin won a place in the Hall of Shame by giving up homers to the first three Atlanta batters - and another one in the same inning. He also won a demotion to Louisville.

Hicks could return to Bearcats
A grand jury opened the door for Eric Hicks to return to the University of Cincinnati basketball team when it indicted the freshman forward on a misdemeanor, not a felony.

Thornton boosts Xavier's depth
Xavier's recent basketball transfer acquisition not only completes the 2003-04 recruiting class, but puts XU in an advantageous spot more than a year before the 2004 class sets foot on campus.

Revamped Memorial course suits Tiger
COLUMBUS - Tiger Woods, a three-time Memorial Tournament champion, is the odds-on favorite to make it No. 4 when the PGA Tour visits "The Course That Jack (Nicklaus) Built" - and recently altered - today.
Local course of the Week: Avon Field
Local course guide

Cincinnati paved Anaheim's road to NHL finals
Eleven players on the Mighty Ducks playoff roster have spent time in Cincinnati, playing a total of 487 games. Coach Mike Babcock also spent time in Cincinnati.

High school sports report
Check spring sports highlights, results and schedules - plus the latest news from every sport - in our prep sports section.

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

Lewis not tipping his hand on Akili
Akili Smith worked out at Paul Brown Stadium Wednesday, but he could be cut as soon as Sunday.

Hamilton thrust into action
ATLANTA - Joey Hamilton thought it might be time to give it up when the St. Louis Cardinals released him on March 26. But now he's back 'home' with the Reds.

NL: Giants drop hammer on D-backs
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds gave Benito Santiago a congratulatory hug, and Santiago gave the slugger a friendly earful.

AL: Yanks turn tables on Red Sox
NEW YORK - Odd plays somehow seem to happen whenever the Yankees play the Boston Red Sox.
Cards lose Edmonds with rib injury
ST. LOUIS - Jim Edmonds bruised his ribs making a lunging catch on Wednesday night and will be sidelined for at least the next few days.
Zimmer lashes out against the Boss
NEW YORK - Don Zimmer lashed out at New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for saying it was up to Joe Torre to fix the struggling team.

Course of the Week: Avon Field
The Enquirer's Josh Bowling ventured out to one of the older courses in the Cincinnati area, Avon Field, designed in 1914.

Nicklaus caters to players, families
DUBLIN - The Memorial, which begins today, always draws a glittering field. One reason is that Jack Nicklaus wants the top players to feel the same way he did whenever he came back.
Chip Shots
The PGA of America opened registration this week for tickets to the 2004 Ryder Cup to the general public.

Spurs must learn to finish the job
DALLAS - The San Antonio Spurs are filled with model citizens. That's fine off the court. On it, Malik Rose thinks his team needs to show more of a mean streak.

UK, Mich. St to play at Ford Field
DETROIT - Michigan State wants to add the college basketball attendance record to the one it already holds for an NCAA hockey game.

Agassi uses cunning to oust upstart
PARIS - Andre Agassi sat in his chair a few extra seconds at each changeover, resting his body and composing his mind.

Wednesday's High School Results

High School Schedule

Girls Track Poll & Honor Roll

Regional Track Highlights
DAYTON - Reading senior Sean Lewis could have been a football or wrestling star, but his decision to concentrate on track paid off Wednesday.
Tournament Highlights
Crestview spoiled Batavia's first trip to the regionals since 1985 with a 5-3 win in the Division III regional fast-pitch softball finals at Wright State.
N.Ky. underdogs in state tennis
Kara Molony-Hussey has won Kentucky state tennis championships as a player and as part of a team, but her experience is proving useless as she tries to forecast this weekend's state championships.

SUNDAY SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
Minor league, major draw
Though the odds of someday donning a Reds uniform at Great American Ball Park are slim, those playing for the Single-A Dayton Dragons would seem to have a unique developmental advantage -- home field. "The atmosphere here is as close to the big leagues as any I've been around," said Donnie Scott, now in his third season managing the Dragons.

Daugherty: Baseball's fan base
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Baseball is working on discouraging the continuing coma-tization of its fan base. Mindful that kids in 2003 would rather break their elbows skateboarding down stair rails than watch one pitch of a baseball game, Baseball is telling its players to get the lead out.

Enquirer Power Ratings
Thumbs up to Kenyon Martin and Nick Van Exel. Thumbs down to Bobblehead night.

Locals win Flying Pig Marathon
Runners descended on Cincinnati from all 50 states and from as far away as Australia, but they were no match for the locals.
Complete Flying Pig coverage, searchable results database
Daugherty: All runners endure for good causes
Couple tie knot after race

Local golf news and course guide
Where high school stars are going to college
Explore Great American Ball Park
Implosion bids goodbye to Cinergy
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Buckeyes national champs
Kentucky Speedway coverage