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St. X, Purcell are state baseball champs
Elder football. Moeller basketball. St. Xavier baseball. The Greater Catholic League hasn't just dominated this year - it has made Ohio history.
Bombers play it cool in taking state crown
A fitting ending as Cavaliers win

Reds 9, Blue Jays 8
The Reds, who were already ridiculous in the walk-off victory category, took it to the sublime level Saturday night. Trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jason LaRue hit a three-run home run to tie it, and Sean Casey singled home Rainer Olmedo to win it.
Dunn will keep leadoff spot for now
Reds notebook: Dempster's stats hide ability

Can we talk?
As a rookie in 1998, Sean Casey was even more wide-eyed than he is now as a five-year veteran who still acts as if being in the major leagues makes him the luckiest guy in the world.

Judges relish choosing mustard for ball park
Columnist Cliff Radel writes: The judges have spoken. The Great American Ball Park is going to have a signature great American mustard, just as Crosley Field did eons ago.

Mandatory minicamp begins Monday
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis expects 79 players to attend the team's third minicamp, which begins Monday at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals Q&A

From pickup games to local phenomenon
When Dennis Bettis and his friends conceived the idea of a summer basketball league for local pro and college players in 1986, they had no idea that several thousand fans would show up to watch it one day.

XU, UC connected to NBA Finals
With the NBA Finals underway and the pre-draft camp just ending in Chicago, the pro league is in the news more than the amateurs are at this time of the year.

Great things come in threes
Junior welterweight boxer Arturo Gatti beat Micky Ward Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., closing the final chapter of what was arguably the best trilogy the sweet science has seen since Ali-Frazier. Today, Top of the Second takes a jab at ranking the top five boxing trilogies.
Run TMC. Babe Ruth. No. 3 really is the tops!
Tale O' The Tape: Arturo Gatti vs. John Gotti
Top O' the Second Power rankings

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

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

Reds happy to take 'worthwhile' gambles
The Rockies, Padres and Devil Rays tried without success. The Reds, however, hope somehow to persuade pitcher Matt Harrington to choose them after they selected the once-touted right-handed pitcher in the 24th round of the amateur draft Wednesday.
Reds chatter
Reds Q&A with John Fay

Clemens hits snag in quest for 300
CHICAGO - Strike three for Roger Clemens.

Home run derby helps Atlanta rally past Pirates
ATLANTA - Javy Lopez wasn't sure how to describe his resurgence, other than to say he's never felt this good at the plate. It shows.

Ponson does O's, Browns proud
ST. LOUIS - The Baltimore Orioles made sure to take a good look at pitcher Sidney Ponson in that St. Louis Browns throwback uniform.

White Sox manager Manuel on way out?
White Sox manager Jerry Manuel might not be with the team when it returns home Tuesday following a 14-game road trip.

Choi suffers concussion in collision
CHICAGO - Cubs first baseman Hee Seop Choi was in fair condition with a concussion Saturday following a violent collision with pitcher Kerry Wood in a game against the Yankees.

MLB power rankings
We here at Power Rankings Central will take a look at the race for individual honors this week (stats are entering Friday).

Stanford, South Carolina headed to CWS after wins
STANFORD, Calif. - Danny Putnam hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning, and Carlos Quentin had four hits and an RBI as Stanford won the super regional series against Long Beach State and advanced to the College World Series for the fifth straight year.

Milford left to lament what could have been
COLUMBUS - Milford senior Jake Chalupa had stood in this position before - next to the dugout, warming up to bat, down one, with two outs in the seventh inning of the state championship game.

School's out, but Boone gets 'A'
INDEPENDENCE - Clint Brodsky and Brandon Killion graduated from Boone County on May 21, and neither yet has college plans. For now, all they see is an endless spring.

Groeschen: Indian Hill's Compton, McCarthy share award
Indian Hill junior Brian Compton clinched the Enquirer Division II tennis Player of the Year award last weekend, but he doesn't want it.

Schmidt: Scott's Poland walking on at Auburn
Sticks and stones may break Russell Poland's bones. But don't dare call him "Rudy."

Elder, Middletown athletes strike gold
DAYTON - Elder pole vaulter Tim Roa became his school's first state track and field champion Saturday, and Middletown's Marc Johnson (100 dash) and Jeff See (1,600 run) also won gold at the Ohio state track meet.

Mason pair, Mercy standout are champs
DAYTON - Three Cincinnati girls won Division I gold medals at the Ohio state track meet Saturday at Welcome Stadium, after the area was shut out in 2002.
Saturday's results

Empire strikes back
NEW YORK - The magical ride ended in the mud, splashed aside by a rival who wasn't about to let a gelded nobody become part of racing royalty.

Tagg: 'I've had worse disappointments'
NEW YORK - Everything else was soaked. The racetrack, the railbirds, the dream. His felt hat. The shoulders of his trenchcoat. The tear-stained faces on every side of him. But underneath that brim, Barclay Tagg's eyes were dry.

No popularity contest for Frankel
NEW YORK - Bobby Frankel's wish came true. Everybody hates him.

Verkerk looks to cap unlikely run
PARIS - Martin Verkerk has become the talk of the French Open thanks to his speedy serves, quick quips, facial contortions and - most of all - six consecutive wins.

Henin-Hardenne's precision neutralizes Clijsters' power
PARIS - Justine Henin-Hardenne won the French Open for Belgium, for her husband and for her coach. She won it for all the players out there who rely more on precision than power.

Stadler penalized 2 strokes at Sr. PGA
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. - Craig Stadler, 50, was penalized two strokes after missing his tee time for Saturday's third round of the Senior PGA Championship. "It was my fault for not double-checking," Stadler said.

Nets plot to get physical with Duncan
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New Jersey Nets might have a way to slow Tim Duncan in the NBA Finals.

Mighty Ducks 5, Devils 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Paul Kariya took New Jersey's best shot and still came back. Just like the rest of the Mighty Ducks.

Anaheim's Rucchin a study in perseverance
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Quietly, Steve Rucchin has been an inspiration, a study in perseverance, for the Mighty Ducks.

Johnson's strategy: Lead all the way
LONG POND, Pa. - If Jimmie Johnson has his way today at Pocono Raceway, 100,000 spectators and a TV of audience of millions will be terribly bored.

Dow: Green avoids bumps in road
David Green is making a pretty good career out of what could have been a mid-life crisis.

Unser holds off Kanaan in Texas shootout
FORT WORTH, Texas - Al Unser Jr. held off Tony Kanaan in a one-lap shootout to win the Indy Racing League race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday 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

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