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D'Backs 5, Reds 3
PHOENIX - There wasn't any dramatic finish Saturday for Arizona, just a routine 5-3 win for the home team. But for the D-Backs, home and road doesn't matter when it comes to the Reds. Arizona wins anywhere. Saturday's win was the D-Backs' 13th straight over the Reds, dating back to May of 2001.
Williamson not worrisome for Reds
Reds chatter
Reds Q&A

Ode to an act of kindness
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: The story begins 17 years ago, 1986, with a 10-year-old boy walking the streets of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, dust filling the toes of his sneakers. Sometimes in the Dominican, when your feet get too big for your shoes, you don't buy new ones. You cut the toes from the ones you have so your feet can have some more room.

Long ball, past and present
Austin Kearns knows almost nothing about the 1956 Reds. "Just what my dad told me about Ted Kluszewski's biceps being too big for his sleeves," Kearns said. Well, it's time Kearns and his teammates to learn a little more about their counterparts.
Wally Post still huge in tiny town

LaRosa's honors Hunter, Englemon
Emily Hunter's future at the University of Georgia is less than two months away, but Saturday the former Indian Hill diver got rewarded one more time for her past.

They're no angels in the outfield
Streakers have grabbed headlines at golf and tennis tournaments in recent weeks. And William Ligue Jr., the living embodiment of the Jerry Springer Show who attacked a first-base coach with his son, recently called a press conference after it was revealed he had worked at golf's U.S. Open.
Tale o' the tape: Morganna vs. William Ligue Jr.
Page Two power rankings

Weekend 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."

Reds notebook: Larkin looking like old self
PHOENIX - Barry Larkin says he's still not quite himself. "I don't have that explosiveness out of the box," he said. "I think that's the last thing that will come. But once I get going, I'm OK."

Tampa's Piniella says he's staying put
Did Lou Piniella make a mistake in going to Tampa Bay? Few believed the Devil Rays were Piniella's first choice when he left the Seattle Mariners last fall. He had his eye on New York, but Mariners general manager Pat Gillick killed the Mets' interest when he asked for such a high level of compensation to let Piniella out of his contract.

Interleague games: Bullpen blunders finish off Boston
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies have been rallying for some thrilling wins lately.

Two games, two stadiums, one day
NEW YORK - Saturday's Subway Series game at Shea Stadium was rained out with the New York Yankees leading the Mets 4-3 in the fourth inning, wiping out home runs by Todd Zeile, Jeromy Burnitz and Ty Wigginton.
MLB power rankings

Rice wins series opener 4-3 in 10
OMAHA, Neb. - Chris Kolkhorst scored from second base on Stanford pitcher Kodiak Quick's throwing error, giving Rice a 4-3 victory in 10 innings Saturday night in the first game of the College World Series championship round.

CWS notes: Parity raises scholarship questions
OMAHA, Neb. - Limited scholarships have advantages and disadvantages for major college baseball programs.

UC, XU could wind up in Big East if ACC raid is completed
Can Xavier and Cincinnati co-exist in the same conference? The answer might come soon enough if the Atlantic Coast Conference ever gets around to finalizing its expansion.

'Made in the USA' tags fading in the NBA
They show up on draft day with names like Darko, Leandrinho and Sofoklis. Speaking broken English at best, they are the future of American professional basketball, and it is easy to see why.

Raptors likely to start fun with 4th pick
NEW YORK - "With the first relatively surprising pick of the 2003 NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors select . . . "

Men's Met: Volpenhein goes after 7th title
Triple Crown Country Club and Oasis Golf Club will play host to 265 golfers this week for the 94th Men's Metropolitan Amateur.

Tiger falls six behind in Buick
HARRISON, N.Y. - Tiger Woods playfully slapped a ball at Shigeki Maruyama's feet and planted himself next to leader Briny Baird on the driving range.

Teske opens a 4-stroke lead in LPGA Rochester
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - On a soggy Saturday when low rounds were rare, a confident Rachel Teske shot even-par 72 to move to 7-under 209 while doubling her lead to four strokes in the Rochester LPGA International.

Older, wiser Agassi primed
WIMBLEDON, England - There was a time when Andre Agassi could do without the All England Club, its traditions and, especially, its courts.

Williams sisters take rivalry to the wardrobe
LONDON - Venus Williams wants to outdo sister Serena in tennis - and in fashion - at Wimbledon.

Dow: Auto racing insider
As if it hadn't already crossed the threshold years ago, NASCAR took another step toward mainstream America by agreeing to a $700 million deal with Nextel last week for title sponsor rights to what has been the Winston Cup Series since 1971.

Gordon fits with Formula One
INDIANAPOLIS - Jeff Gordon made a strong impression on the Formula One crowd with his recent exhibition drive in a BMW Williams car.

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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Implosion bids goodbye to Cinergy
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Buckeyes national champs
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