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Astros 12, Reds 2
HOUSTON - Reds manager Bob Boone was saying before the game that though he wasn't ready to commit to the four-man rotation for the rest of year, the early returns were good.
Reds notebook: Achy Kearns ponders DL

Boone's future hangs in balance
Ask Jim Bowden if Bob Boone's job as Reds manager is safe and you'll get neither a yes nor a no, but an explanation of why the Reds are 40-49 and playing their worst baseball of the season.

XU, UC consider Big East options
Conference realignment discussion is the order of the day for schools in Conference USA and the Atlantic 10 Conference as both leagues brace for Big East expansion.
DAUGHERTY: UC needs to make a big play to join the Big East

Thursday 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."
Varitek, Jenkins new All-Stars
NEW YORK - Boston catcher Jason Varitek and Milwaukee outfielder Geoff Jenkins won the Internet balloting for the final spots on their respective All-Star teams.
Rally by Red Sox topples Blue Jays
TORONTO - David Ortiz hit a go-ahead double in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox rallied for an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Kieschnick gets his first victory
MILWAUKEE - Wes Helms' infield hit drove in the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Wednesday.
Watson hopes this time he can complete the job
DEARBORN, Mich. - Tom Watson got off to a fast start at his past two major championships. Keeping that pace was a problem.
Three former champs alive in today's final round
CALIFORNIA, Ky. - The best Northern Kentucky Men's Amateur golf tournament final-day performance long-time director Bob Leach can remember is the 9-under-par 36-hole job carded by Dave Macke at Eagle Creek in 1995.
Tristate course of the week: Rocky Fork
Enquirer contributor Carey Hoffman traveled to the eastern edge of Greater Cincinnati to play the Golf Course at Rocky Fork in Highland County, Ohio.
Chip shots
An on-time delivery for U.S. Postal squad
SAINT-DIZIER, France - Lance Armstrong and his teammates found another reason to raise their glasses for a toast .
O'Neal staying with Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS - Free agent Jermaine O'Neal called off visits to other NBA teams as the Pacers' president said he was prepared to offer the All-Star forward $120 million to sign on for another seven years.
Series' reminder: We are NASCAR, too
Bobby Hamilton, the veteran driver who has raced at nearly all levels of NASCAR, recalls interesting signs earlier this year at a race at Darlington Speedway as he headed for his Craftsman Truck Series team garage.
1st round of Met tennis washed out at Lunken
Rain spoiled the start of the 60th annual Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Championship at Lunken Playfield Wednesday night, causing 22 first-round men's singles matches to be moved to Friday.
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

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Buckeyes national champs
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