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Mets 6, Reds 2
Reds starter Danny Graves retired 18 of the first 19 Mets batters he faced. "Then it all fell apart," Reds captain Barry Larkin said.
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Reds Q&A

At least he's always well-rested
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: It's good to know the Cincinnati Reds are playing well enough that their first-half MVP didn't need to start 27 of his team's previous 73 games. What a club this must be, how deep it is, when through Friday, its best player had only 21 more at-bats than Felipe Lopez.

UC, XU court future players
College basketball's July evaluation period begins Tuesday, which means University of Cincinnati and Xavier University coaches will spend 20 of the next 24 days away from home on the recruiting trail, each staff looking to add the final touches to their 2004 classes.
Hunter faces size questions yet again

Bad Boys Hall of Fame
Ever heard of Mik Mehas? Well, you will. It just so happens that Mr. Mehas is "the bad boy of croquet." Read that last sentence again. That's right, croquet now has its "bad boy." Somewhere, we clearly lost our way.
Tale O' the Tape: The Bad Boys vs. Bad Boy Entertainment
Page Two power rankings

Sunday'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."

Spotlight: Todd Van Poppel
The stats, the radar gun and the past were inconsequential. Mack Jenkins knew by sight and by the feel of catching the 31-year-old's pitches that he belonged somewhere other than the fly-at-dawn, play-by-night International League.
Reds chatter

Down on the farm
Where some spend a season or two developing their skills, Reds' pitching prospect Ryan Wagner barely had time to unpack.

NL: Dodgers' Perez flirts with no-no
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles left-hander Odalis Perez held Arizona hitless through seven innings and combined with Eric Gagne on a four-hitter Saturday as the Dodgers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

AL: Bosox bats pick up where they left off
NEW YORK - Boston is halfway to a massacre of its own. The Red Sox blew out the New York Yankees for the second straight day, hitting three more home runs and getting five shutout innings from Ramiro Mendoza (2-3) in a 10-2 win Saturday that brought them within two games of the AL East leader.

All-Star voting: World Series advantage at stake
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The slogan is so silly you have to laugh: "This time it counts." Let's see some Fox TV executive walk up to Ray Fosse and tell him that. Preferably without a mask and chest protector.

July question: A contender or pretender?
July has always been baseball's season within a season. It's the month when contending teams trade for players they hope will propel them into the playoffs, and when down-and-out teams dump talent and salary while setting their sights on the future.
MLB power rankings

Sorenstam trailing only unheralded duo
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. - Hilary Lunke responded to the increasing nerves of the U.S. Women's Open with a clutch par and a lucky bounce for birdie, putting her one round from the biggest prize in women's golf.

Woods is wowing 'em at the Western
LEMONT, Ill. - A squirrel making a mad dash across the sixth green darted at Tiger Woods' ball, sprinted away from it and then finally took a flying leap over it.

Defender Clarke heads small field
If nothing else, Bob Leach can guarantee that every man who entered this year's Northern Kentucky Men's Amateur golf tournament will get his money's worth.

Wimbledon final a Serena-peat
WIMBLEDON, England - Yards of tape were wrapped around her belly and thigh, her head flinched in pain, and still Venus Williams would have beaten any woman on the planet except the one across the net in the Wimbledon final - her kid sister, Serena.

Philippoussis, Federer finally front and Centre
WIMBLEDON, England - In the interest of preserving a fragile knee and roller-coaster career, Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis gave up some dangerous hobbies - skydiving, snowboarding and dirt-bike riding.

Could Navratilova take on Serena?
WIMBLEDON, England - Who would win if Martina Navratilova played Wimbledon champion Serena Williams or sister Venus?

Puentes won't defend men's singles title
For the second straight year, the men's singles title is up for grabs in the 60th annual Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Tournament at Lunken Playfield.

Parity no problem for Winston Cup
It's a sports argument that never seems to go away, parity vs. superstar dominance. Which one helps a sport more?

Rookie Biffle wins Pepsi 400
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rookie Greg Biffle played the fuel strategy game and won Saturday night in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

CART: Rookie Bourdais wins from the pole
CLEVELAND - Rookie Sebastien Bourdais crossed the finish line with one of his tires visibly damaged Saturday to win the CART Cleveland Grand Prix, held at night for the first time in its 22-year history.

Kansas Indy 300 pole keeps Dixon at front of IRL
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Scott Dixon won the pole for the Kansas Indy 300 on Saturday and Tomas Scheckter was second, giving Chip Ganassi Racing both front-row spots for the race.

Bumpy start for Lance
PARIS - The cobblestones of Paris were a burden for Lance Armstrong. The mountains may prove more to his liking.

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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