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Smith packs as Matthews signs
Akili Smith knew Thursday that his career with the Bengals had ended when he saw Shane Matthews arrive for a workout.
Bengals Q&A

Draft preview: Future's at stake this week
The Reds traditionally vote on the top pick in the draft. General manager Jim Bowden has the final call, but this year, for instance, 12 scouts, special assistants and front-office types will have a say in the final decision.
Reds zero in on 14th overall pick
Reds Q&A

Marlins 3, Reds 2
MIAMI - In Danny Graves' mind, the game came down to two suicide squeezes. One was perfectly executed. The other was not.
Reds notebook: White move is the right move

Baseball fans can't resist the mystique
They are Babe Ruth's 714 career home runs and Lou Gehrig considering himself "the luckiest man on the face of this Earth." They are the Yankees, and they'll be at Great American Ball Park for three games this week.

C-USA scrapping two-division alignment
It's not official yet and remains subject to change, but it appears the University of Cincinnati's "mirror opponents" in Conference USA next season will be Louisville, DePaul and Charlotte.

Very special pen pals
Nine U.S. Senators from Big East Conference states recently wrote letters to school officials of Miami, Boston College and Syracuse - schools considering leaving the league for the Atlantic Coast Conference - asking them to stay put.
Tale O' the Tape: ACC vs. AC/DC

Still Perry, Perry good
DUBLIN, Ohio - On a day when the best player in the world was terrible, being good enough was, well, good enough.
Daugherty: Don't hold breath for Singh to talk
Local course guide

Groeschen: Baseball all-star game is today
The Southwest Ohio Baseball Coaches Association will stage an East-West all-star doubleheader today at Xavier University's Hayden Field (1 p.m. start).
Schmidt: Odd pair to coach football all-stars
D-I baseball: Milford 16, Hamilton 1 | St. X 14, Reynoldsburg 12

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

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

Worldwide draft would rob wealthy teams of monopoly
When the Reds prepare to make their selections in this week's amateur draft, they and every other major-league club will do so with limitations.
Reds chatter

NL: Pirates on top on streaky day
ST. LOUIS - Kenny Lofton's 26-game hitting streak is history. And so is Woody Williams' 10-game winning string.

Struggling Sosa drives in winner
CHICAGO - Sammy Sosa struck out five times before he broke up the longest scoreless game ever at Wrigley Field.

AL: Jays beat Red Sox to cap 21-8 May
TORONTO - Dave Berg homered and tied a career high with four RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays set a franchise record for victories in any month with a 10-7 win over the slumping Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

This ol' left-hander isn't quite ready to head for home
On the same day the Mets were saddened by the retirement of 40-year-old David Cone, who was unable to pitch with an arthritic hip, they were boosted by the return of team captain John Franco to Shea Stadium in Queens, N.Y.
MLB power rankings

Clemens tries again for 300th win
DETROIT - If Roger Clemens is nervous about gaining his 300th victory, the Yankees right-hander isn't letting on.

Division I softball: Northwest 3, Hamilton 0
DAYTON - Northwest catcher Tracy Kump has wanted to go to the state softball tournament since she saw her sister's friends do it in 2000. Pitcher Stephanie Vonderhaar has "always wanted to go to state." On Saturday against Hamilton, the pair made sure this was the year they'd get there.

Thomas, Compton put Cincy stamp on singles
REYNOLDSBURG - Cincinnati singles players swept the Division I and Division II boys tennis titles Saturday, as Walnut Hills senior Eric Thomas and Indian Hill junior Brian Compton posted straight-set victories in their championship matches.

Middletown lacks depth but still has individual strength
DAYTON - Middletown might not repeat as Division I boys state track champion, but the Middies showed Saturday that the program still has plenty of juice.

Turpin ignores cold to win regional title
DAYTON - Turpin's girls track team jogged through a deliciously satisfying victory lap Saturday on a cold day at Welcome Stadium.

St. Henry star Danks wins 3 titles
LEXINGTON - Chris Danks crossed the finish line first, then veered off the track and pitched face-first into the grass.

Brossart dynasty now over
LEXINGTON - When the Bishop Brossart girls track dynasty finally toppled, it didn't fall far.

St. X wins first state title in volleyball
St. Xavier captured its first state volleyball championship with a 15-7, 15-12 win over Greater Catholic League rival Moeller at Cleveland State University Saturday.
Saturday's results
Tournament brackets

Sollmann gets Irish up for NCAA Tournament
The start to Steve Sollmann's junior year at Notre Dame was clouded with questions.
Page Two power rankings

Bad weather? Then it must be Jack's tourney
DUBLIN, Ohio - This is the Memorial Tournament players are used to.

Q&A with Kevin Hall
DUBLIN, Ohio - Kevin Hall, the former St. Rita/Winton Woods High golf star who recently finished his junior season at Ohio State, made his annual pilgrimage this weekend to Muirfield Village Golf Club to watch the Memorial. Hall, who is deaf, took a few minutes to answer questions from Enquirer reporter John Erardi.

Leader Sorenstam closes with 5 birdies
AURORA, Ill. - There's nothing like a couple of bogeys to get Annika Sorenstam fired up.

Funny Cide goes for sweep
NEW YORK - Fatigue wiped out Alysheba and Silver Charm. An early move ended Real Quiet's try. Injury stopped Charismatic. A stumble at the start was War Emblem's downfall.

Siler eyes 3rd Golden Gloves title in a row
LAS VEGAS - Cincinnatian Ron Siler moved one step closer to a third straight championship, this one at 112 pounds, with a four-round decision over Roberto Benitez on Friday night in the Golden Gloves of America Tournament of Champions.

Dow: RCR leaves Green feeling unloved
If there is anything more than a fast car that any race car driver wants from his team, it's respect and the comforting knowledge that a teammate won't knock you out of a race.

Nemechek wins Busch series race from pole
DOVER, Del. - Joe Nemechek took advantage of Matt Kenseth's late-race blunder Saturday and became the first driver in 17 years at Dover International Speedway to win a Busch series race from the pole.

Jourdain wins chilly CART night race
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Michel Jourdain Jr., the 26-year-old Mexican driver, held off challenges from Paul Tracy and Oriol Servia on Saturday for his first Champ Car victory in CART's first night race.

Duncan praises Martin's defense
SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan doesn't expect to see a lot of crazy defensive schemes from the New Jersey Nets. Instead, he expects mostly man-to-man coverage from a player - Kenyon Martin - who has Duncan's respect as one of the best defensive big men in the NBA.

Despite division wins, Pistons fire Carlisle
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rick Carlisle sat elbow to elbow with the man who had just fired him, Joe Dumars. In a bizarre scene, talk turned to Larry Brown, who will become Detroit's next coach.

They're no longer sitting Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Martin Brodeur showed he's not perfect, but the Anaheim Mighty Ducks still are in playoff overtime - and that's why they're still alive in the Stanley Cup finals.

Two-set leads evaporate in heat
PARIS - More than 4 1/2 hours into his third five-set victory at the French Open, Albert Costa leaned over the net, head down, tongue hanging. The defending champion appeared to be peering into a well, searching for drops of energy.

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

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Where high school stars are going to college
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Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Buckeyes national champs
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