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Lewis: Practice makes perfect
When this minicamp closes with Wednesday afternoon's practice, the Bengals will have had the maximum 30 on-field practices and coaching sessions allowed in the offseason.
Team hopes practice spurs sales
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Who is in charge of the asylum?
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Jose Guillen is leading the Reds in hitting and is second in on-base percentage. On Sunday, he had three hits before the game, into the clubhouse wall. You have to love a guy who makes contact.
Hot topic: Jose Guillen

Finding shortstop tall order
As the Barry Larkin era at shortstop nears its close, the Reds are discovering that finding his replacement is a complicated matter.
Reds at Devil Rays series preview

Reds quiet on reliever for Nuxhall
As Joe Nuxhall celebrates his 59th anniversary in Major League Baseball today - he pitched for the Reds at age 15 in 1944 - the club still hasn't decided how to replace the Old Lefthander on Reds radio.

Devils hoist third Cup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Stanley Cup feels right at home in New Jersey.
Big-time performance from Brodeur
Tearful 'Jiggy' accepts MVP trophy

Speedway expects 70,000 for Busch
More than 70,000 fans will descend on Sparta, Ky., Saturday, turning the rural area into a NASCAR community at Kentucky Speedway for the Meijer 300.

Brossart ousted in 10th Region softball final
Bishop Brossart's fast-pitch softball team had its bid for a second consecutive state tournament appearance denied, falling 2-1 to Montgomery County in the 10th Region championship game Monday at Bourbon County in Paris.

At Withrow, cautious optimism builds
Fred Willis might not be around to see it, but it appears Withrow finally will get its new gymnasium.

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

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

Phillies 3, Angels 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Vicente Padilla knows he can't win games by being predictable. Manager Larry Bowa is glad he finally got the message.

Sosa's appeal scheduled for today
CHICAGO - Sammy Sosa's appeal of an eight-game suspension for using a corked bat will be held today in Baltimore.

Texas, Rice advance to College World Series
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Augie Garrido became the winningest baseball coach in Division I history, and defending national champion Texas advanced to the College World Series with a 6-5 victory over top-seeded Florida State on Monday night.

UC-U of L football date changed to Nov. 28
The University of Cincinnati-Louisville football game at Nippert Stadium, originally scheduled for Nov. 29, will be played on Nov. 28 at a time to be determined by ESPN or ESPN2. UC's Sept. 1 season opener against East Carolina will also be shown on ESPN.

Folly, arrogance put million-dollar jobs in jeopardy
If foolishness is contagious, Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel is the latest to catch the bug making coaches, officials and players do dumb things that put their million-dollar jobs and reputations at risk.

Spurs don't like zone, but it works
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bruce Bowen has made his mark in the NBA by playing tenacious man-to-man defense. He's been a second-team selection on the All-Defensive squad the past three seasons and he's enhanced his reputation this postseason by shutting down some big-time scorers.

Nets must stop French import
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In these Jordan-less, Kobe-less, Shaq-less NBA Finals, times have changed.

New Orleans picks Floyd to succeed Silas
The New Orleans Hornets decided to give Tim Floyd a chance to prove he is a better coach than his disastrous NBA debut with the Chicago Bulls.

A struggling Garcia back in Windy City
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - Tiger Woods wasn't sure what to make of the spectacle on the 16th hole at Medinah, or the Spanish teenager responsible for it.

Teen phenom rallies for Open bid
HEATHROW, Fla. - Credit the impatience of youth for one of golf's newest phenoms landing a berth in the U.S. Women's Open.

SUNDAY SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
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

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.

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
Thumbs up to interleague play and Joe Morgan. Thumbs down to Sammy Sosa and George Steinbrenner.

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