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SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2003
Olmedo does some heavy hitting
Rainer Olmedo drove in four runs to lift the Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians before a crowd of 31,924 at Jacobs Field.
Reds notebook: Mercker put on disabled list
Reds Q&A

Browning continues fight for Freedom
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Ownership offered to fly Tom Browning on road trips, but he declined, preferring to earn his players' respect by humping it on the bus. This was a brave move on his part, given the Freedom have already driven from Kalamazoo, Mich., to Evansville, Ind., and Browning says he can't sleep on a bus.

Old-timer playing a changed game
DAYTON - The young lady in the peach-colored shirt tells Hal McCoy he won't be allowed to ascend the perfectly prepared, game-ready mound to throw his ceremonial first pitch at a Dayton Dragons game. "I have to," McCoy tells her with a smile. "I won't hear the end of it if I throw from the grass in front of it."

Levett is back at UC - as a student
With his 42-inch vertical jump, Melvin Levett thrilled University of Cincinnati basketball fans with his acrobatic dunks. But the professional career never materialized, and Levett is back in Cincinnati, pursuing the degree he didn't get.
Missing Baylor player feared dead

Big business is king of all things sports
And just in case there was any doubt about the entire sports world being crazier than Mariah Carey after the release of Glitter, we have this latest piece of news.
Tale O' the Tape: Charles Howell III vs. Thurston Howell III
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."

BASEBALL
Slick fielder seizing his opportunity
Juan Castro learned his trade as a middle infielder at the feet of his dad, Efrain, back home in Los Mochis, Mexico, along the Gulf of California.
Reds chatter


Larson gets confidence, swing back
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The cardboard moving box arrived at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday, loaded with a pillow and assorted clothes he left behind in Cincinnati.

NL: Rockies 5, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH - The Colorado Rockies are beginning to learn how to win on the road. They must be wondering if it's too late.

Interleague: Lowell, Marlins overcome Red Sox
BOSTON - Mike Lowell hit a three-run homer in the ninth as the Florida Marlins rallied to overcome another big Boston inning and beat the Red Sox 10-9 Saturday night.

Expect a few All-Star flaws
CHICAGO - Democracy is a wonderful thing when it works. But strange and unpleasant things still can happen when you have many voices in the process.
MLB power rankings

Almonte puts 2001 scandal behind him
NEW YORK - Danny Almonte recalls a moment on the mound in his first preseason game for James Monroe High School that still brings a smile to his face.

From bash to bars: Canseco awaits trial
Former American League MVP Jose Canseco was sent to jail Monday to await a July 21 hearing on whether he violated probation by testing positive for steroids.

TENNIS
Agassi adapts game to advance
WIMBLEDON, England - It was enough to draw double-takes. Was that really Andre Agassi charging the net the way a classic grass-courter would? Serve-and-volleying as if he'd done it all his life? And winning the points?


Wild-card Russian teen wins again
WIMBLEDON, England - Born in Siberia and raised in Florida, Maria Sharapova is blossoming at Wimbledon.

Serena still waiting for a test at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams is still waiting for her first test at Wimbledon.

Spots remain for Met tennis
Greater-Cincinnati area tennis players have a few days to enter the 57th annual Thomas E. Price Metropolitan Tennis Tournament at Lunken Playfield July 9-20.

GOLF
Lietzke eyes long-awaited major win
TOLEDO - Bruce Lietzke has spent a lifetime traveling to golf courses, cashing checks and winning tournaments.

MOTOR SPORTS
IRL's Dixon leaves SunTrust field behind
RICHMOND, Va. - Scott Dixon turned his first start at Richmond International Raceway into the most dominant performance in IRL history, leading all 206 laps before rain came Saturday night.

TOUR DE FRANCE
Armstrong, opponents gearing up
PARIS - Lance Armstrong is already one of the greats of the Tour de France, a member of a select group to have won cycling's premier race four times.


SPECIAL COVERAGE
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