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Cubs 4, Reds 1
It was very clear very early that the way Kerry Wood was throwing, the Reds had no margin for error Wednesday.
Sosa returns with a big bang
Reds notebook: Junior gets extended rest

Roddick's rise to top can't come too soon
Tennis desperately needs Andy Roddick to step up to stardom. For all kinds of reasons.

Major winners tame Tiger
The Masters champion is a southpaw from north of the border. The U.S. Open champion has a loop in his swing that helped him hit the ball straight on a course not far from the Loop in Chicago.
Knee not straining Woods' game

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

Salute to champions
Greater Cincinnati high school sports teams captured 13 Ohio state titles and numerous individual championships over the last year. The Cincinnati Enquirer honors those athletes with a special "Salute to Champions."
Weekday sellout may be a first
The Reds' crack PR staff checked the record books Wednesday to try to figure out how long it had been since the Reds sold out a day game during the week - other than Opening Day.
Jays' Halladay wins 10th straight start
BALTIMORE - Roy Halladay allowed two runs over seven innings to win his 10th straight start, and Mike Bordick hit a key two-run single against his former team as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night.
Braves stifle Phils behind sharp Ortiz
PHILADELPHIA - Russ Ortiz pitched six shutout innings and Robert Fick had three RBI, leading Atlanta past Kevin Millwood and Philadelphia 6-1.
New manager Baker making Cubs believers
When Dusty Baker took over as the manager of the Chicago Cubs, he immediately began to try to develop a sense of camaraderie. For a team with 14 newcomers, it was the first order of business under a new manager.
Former Marquette coach O'Neill to head Raptors
TORONTO - Kevin O'Neill, known for his intense, in-your-face style as a college coach, was introduced Wednesday as the man to succeed the laid-back Lenny Wilkens with the Toronto Raptors.

Bucs give Johnson $25 M extension
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rewarded Brad Johnson for leading them to their first Super Bowl title with a contract extension that includes a $6 million signing bonus and is worth $25 million over the next four seasons.
U.S. men face soccer challenge in France
The last U.S. men's soccer team that found itself in Lyon, France, was a bickering bunch that wound up losing 2-1 to Iran and heading home humiliated from the 1998 World Cup. Much has changed since then - starting with the head coach - and the team in France's culinary capital this week for the Confederations Cup is determined to have better results.
Klare bears down, ousts Rakel
MASON - While two-time defending Met champion Katie Rakel showed her putting frustrations by moaning, kicking grass and swinging her club, Janie Klare stood straight-faced with her hands behind her back.
Course of the week: Boone Links

Chip Shots
All-star games feature future Xavier players
Former Indianapolis Ben Davis guard Stanley Burrell was angry Saturday when an opponent's elbow landed on his head at the Kentucky-Indiana all-star game. But when he realized he one day would need that elbow, his anger subsided.
Numbers compound mysteries
What was it English statesman Benjamin Disraeli said about there being three kinds of untruth - "lies, damn lies and statistics"?
SUNDAY SPOTLITE    (Index of Sunday stories)
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

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

Top O' the Second Power rankings
Thumbs up to Jose Rijo and Kentucky Speedway. Thumbs down to All-Star Game uniforms and college athletics.

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