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Sellout crowd sees victory by Hamilton
Bobby Hamilton Jr. won his second career Busch Series race and first this season by leading most of the race, including the final three laps, and holding off second-place finisher Jason Keller at Kentucky Speedway.
Dow: Auto racing insider

Tiger's odds of repeat are kaput
Columnist Paul Daugherty says: Every few minutes, a birdie roar erupted around Tiger Woods, enveloping him in the successes of some Dicky Pride or Stephen Leaney.
Poised Furyk takes control of Open

Phillies 12, Reds 2
The Reds and Philadelphia Phillies played a nice tight, pitching duel of a ballgame Saturday night. Right up until the 10-run eighth by the Phillies, that is.

Dad's gift keeps giving
At 4:10 weekday afternoons, Ray and Patsy Boone settle in in front of the television in their San Diego home for six or so hours of family entertainment - literally.

Sit down, Frankenstein - and fear the ultimate closer
Somebody cue Foghat and open the PBR tap. Rod Beck is back in the majors.
Tale o' the tape: The Terminator vs. Tom Henke
Page Two power rankings

Hamm's team plays in area Tuesday
The WUSA Washington Freedom, which includes U.S. national women's soccer team members Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach, will play an exhibition match against the Cincinnati Ladyhawks at 8 p.m. Tuesday at West Carrollton High.

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

Following unwritten rules
Is not stealing a base when your team is up 10-0 the same thing as not sending a runner home if it's going to be a bang-bang play at the plate when you're up 10-0?

Reds notebook: Starters showing signs of life
Given all that happened in the Reds' 15-1 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it was easy to overlook that the Reds' starting pitching is showing signs of turning the corner.
Reds chatter

Reds Q&A
Adam Dunn hitting leadoff has e-mailers in a major tizzy.

Down on the farm
After sputtering in a five-game stint with the Reds earlier this season, pitcher Jimmy Anderson appears ready for a call-up from Triple-A Louisville should the Reds need him.

Five questions with Scott Williamson
Baseball history has shown that it takes a character to come into games late to shut the door. For the Reds, that character is fireballer Scott Williamson. Enquirer reporter Kevin Kelly recently attempted to delve into the mind of the closer.

Interleague: Hampton, Smoltz hold off Mariners
SEATTLE - Mike Hampton stepped into a big setting, shrugged off his recent layoff and came out looking fabulous.
MLB power rankings

After big night, it's more work for Rocket
NEW YORK - Roger Clemens looked around his cluttered locker, stuffed with balls and jerseys and trinkets from a most historic night.

SMS rally comes too late to stop Rice
OMAHA, Neb. - Working on a one-hitter through eight innings, Jeff Niemann ignored cramps in his legs and went out for the ninth.

Ky. boys lose to Indy
OWENSBORO, Ky. - Andrew Hershberger's baseline layup with 28.4 seconds left in overtime put the Indiana Boys All-Stars ahead for good in a 73-70 victory over the Kentucky Boys All-Stars on Saturday night.

Close call topples Dixie in 8 innings
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - An second sooner, or possibly an inch closer, and the Dixie Heights Lady Colonels would have made it to the state softball semifinals.

Groeschen: Five city track records fall
Beth Kirkham of Turpin set a girls city record in the pole vault (10 feet, 8 inches) at the Ohio state track meet last weekend. Her vault sparked discussion about what exactly constitutes a "city" track record for Cincinnati.

Schmidt: Kentucky insider
Joe Roberts spent five years working for Bob Huggins. So being Campbell County's new lightning rod might not faze him.

Owensboro Catholic 1-6, Louisville Mercy 0-2
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - Elizabeth Church and Megan Jolly combined to allow eight hits across two games as Owensboro Catholic won the Kentucky state high school fast-pitch softball championship with 1-0 and 6-2 wins over Louisville Mercy on Saturday night.

Rakel to defend her Women's Met title
Sixty women will tee off Monday at Four Bridges Country Club trying to win the 88th Greater Cincinnati Women's Amateur.

Mickelson on way to 0-for-44
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - Make it 0-for-44 in major championships for Phil Mickelson.

New Flyer coach's goal is elevation
The University of Dayton is known nationally for its huge and loyal fan base. Its arena is among the finest facilities in all of college basketball.

Nets realize it's make-or-break time
SAN ANTONIO - Since the NBA playoffs began almost two months ago, the New Jersey Nets have had a swagger that was unmistakable.

Bodine endures more bad luck
BROOKLYN, Mich. - A messy divorce. A sponsor that bailed out this week. This year couldn't get any worse for Brett Bodine, driver of the No. 11 Ford. Until Saturday.

Error gives Carpentier pole
MONTEREY, Calif. - Patrick Carpentier was vaulted into his first pole of the CART season after Michel Jourdain's fastest lap was disallowed Saturday because his car was underweight.

Big win, serve for Roddick vs. Andre
LONDON - Andy Roddick equaled the world record with a 149 mph serve and beat Andre Agassi for the first time, winning 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6) Saturday to reach the Queen's Club final.

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