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Kirkland has big plans next season
As the summer buzz around the University of Cincinnati basketball team remains focused on its promising recruiting class, Armein Kirkland keeps plugging away - with 200 shots a day - at creating his own noise next year.

Astros 7, Reds 1
HOUSTON - Ryan Dempster was not happy when the Reds decided to go with the four-man rotation. We may have found out why on Monday, as he got lit up for six runs in four innings in the Reds' 7-1 loss.
Reds notebook: Jimenez grateful to be playing
No paycheck bump for Reds' All-Star Boone

Truck race is up for grabs
Kentucky Speedway turns to trucks for its third racing weekend Saturday, and for the third straight year will have a new winner.

Tuesday'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."

Sycamore, UC star named to Futures team
Boston Red Sox prospect Kevin Youkilis, a former Sycamore High and University of Cincinnati star, has been named to the U.S. roster for the fifth annual All-Star Futures Game July 13 in Chicago.

Sosa, NL Central look for second-half spark
CHICAGO - In a nearly empty Chicago Cubs clubhouse, the manager wanted a moment with his superstar. Dusty Baker put his right arm around Sammy Sosa and whispered a few encouraging words, with a message that was easy to guess, if impossible to hear.

Cubs' Patterson likely out for year
CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs center fielder Corey Patterson went on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a torn ligament in his left knee and will likely miss the rest of the season.

NL: Jones' home runs pace Braves again
NEW YORK - For Chipper Jones, it's all so simple.

AL: Ninth-inning error gives Yankees split
NEW YORK - Pedro Martinez came up and in against the New York Yankees. Mike Mussina shut down Boston's big bats. Two pitching performances to remember, only one team smiling when it was over.

No charges yet; Bryant's lawyer blasts officials
EAGLE, Colo. - Prosecutors need more time before deciding whether to bring charges against Kobe Bryant, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a resort near Vail last week.

Kobe: Hunter or hunted?
Image is everything, and nothing at all. It can be the cover mistaken for the book, the shadow mistaken for the soul, the poll numbers mistaken for the true measure of a shooting star.

Trail Blazers' Stoudamire arrested on drug charges
PHOENIX - Damon Stoudamire was arrested on marijuana charges after allegedly trying to pass through an airport metal detector with almost 1 1/2 ounces of the drug wrapped in aluminum foil.

Rangers' Lyashenko found dead in Turkey
ISTANBUL, Turkey - New York Rangers forward Roman Lyashenko was found dead in a hotel room while vacationing in Turkey.

Ex-Bearcat N.Ky. medalist
CALIFORNIA, Ky. - Brad Wilder hadn't enjoyed much success in recent years with just trying to qualify for the championship flight of the Northern Kentucky Men's Amateur golf tournament, so he tried a different approach in the first round of this year's tournament Monday.
N.Ky. Men's Amateur golf scores

Junior Met golf scores

Qualifier Lunke wins U.S. Women's Open
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. - Hilary Lunke surprised everyone but herself, winning the U.S. Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge on Monday with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of a three-way playoff.

Armstrong content being backseat driver in Tour
SEDAN, France - For Lance Armstrong, finishing 54th Monday made for a good day - perfect, actually - in the Tour de France.

Tennis desperately needs a star-studded hierarchy
WIMBLEDON, England - The Williams sisters are so accustomed to being in Grand Slam finals that they had a camera at the ready for the trophy ceremony when Serena beat Venus at Wimbledon.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's sports stories)
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
Top O' the Second Power rankings
Thumbs up to Venus and Serena Williams. Thumbs down to William Perry and the ACC.

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