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SPORTS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2003
Higher goals await Bengals
Optimism, like humidity, traditionally runs high at Bengals training camp. For a team coming off a league- and franchise-worst 2-14 record, the Bengals have great hope entering the 2003 season.
Bengals Q&A

Reds 8, Mets 3
NEW YORK - The Reds have two wins since the All-Star break. Both belong to Jose Acevedo, who beat the New York Mets 8-3 before a crowd of 29,305 at Shea Stadium Saturday.
Reds Q&A

Nuxie not ready to be yanked
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: You might think he's never worked a day in his life. But you weren't in Milwaukee at 4 in the morning two weeks ago, when 75-year-old Joe Nuxhall finally got to his room at the Pfister Hotel, after flying half the night from Houston.

'Fly-Man' won't take off Metro
Ron "Fly-Man" Schutte remembers the Cincinnati Metro Softball Championship when wood bats were the norm, metal spikes were legal, the balls got lopsided by the third inning and there were no fences in the outfield.

Sports flicks chock full of characters
This weekend's release of Seabiscuit marked one of the most anticipated sports movies in recent memory. The movie, based on a best-selling book, revolves around four characters.
Tale of the Tape: Tony La Russa vs. Daniel LaRusso
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

Sunday sports on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.

NFL
Ex-Bengal Spikes proclaims Buffalo LB corps the best
Takeo Spikes needed no prompting to show his enthusiasm when he arrived at his first Buffalo Bills training camp in Pittsford, N.Y.

BASEBALL
Welcome to the world of hurt
Johnny Bench is standing beside the teeming batting cage. Gripped in his weathered hands as he eyes batting practice before a recent game at Great American Ball Park is a pristine Louisville Slugger.


Murray, Carter ready for Hall
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - They couldn't have appeared more different: Eddie Murray, the silent slugger, and Gary Carter, the nonstop-talking and smiling "Kid."
Gary Carter Career Statistics
Eddie Murray Career Statistics

Encarnacion earns his way back to Chattanooga
Edwin Encarnacion is getting a much-deserved second chance. The Reds promoted the talented third baseman to Double-A Chattanooga Friday.
Reds chatter

Reds notebook: Larson shipped back to Louisville
NEW YORK - Brandon Larson had his best night of the year as a Red on Friday. On Saturday, he was shipped back to Triple-A Louisville.

Pirates' dismantling doesn't make sense
As the July 31 trading deadline approaches, the Pirates have all but clinched the Marlins Memorial Fire Sale Award, named in dishonor of the speed and efficiency with which former Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga dismantled his 1997 World Series-winning club.

Is claim of helping Twins full of hot air?
MINNEAPOLIS - A former superintendent at the Metrodome admits he tried to help the Minnesota Twins by adjusting the ventilation system during the late innings of close games in an attempt to get baseballs to carry farther.

MLB power ratings
We take our monthly look at how the playoffs would shake down if the season ended today.

NL: Dessens beats L.A. with one-man show
PHOENIX - All the attention Elmer Dessens pays to batting practice paid off.

AL: Benitez blows save, BoSox beat Yanks
BOSTON - Pinch-hitter David Ortiz's two-out RBI single off Armando Benitez in the ninth inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees Saturday.

BASKETBALL
Dow: College basketball insider
New Dayton coach Brian Gregory has wasted no time getting involved with the local recruits.


Search for missing player yields decomposed body
WACO, Texas - A body found at a rock quarry near Baylor University was too decomposed to immediately determine whether it was that of missing basketball player Patrick Dennehy, authorities said Saturday.

Murky images of Bryant's accuser
EAGLE, Colo. - The profile of the young woman emerges as if in silhouette. Kobe Bryant's accuser remains anonymous, her identity protected as an alleged sexual assault victim, her voice not heard to tell her side of the story.

Officials investigate threats against DA prosecuting Bryant
Colorado state investigators are looking into threats against the district attorney prosecuting Kobe Bryant.

HORSE RACING
Stevens balances horses, Hollywood
LOS ANGELES - Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is balancing horses and Hollywood since making his acting debut in the new movie Seabiscuit.

MOTOR SPORTS
Dow: Auto racing insider
Not that we want to give the guy in the kilt any credit for infusing some excitement into the Formula One British Grand Prix last weekend, but by running onto the track, he did force some entertaining racing.


Tracy shakes off penalty to grab Molson Indy pole
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Paul Tracy answered his critics the best way he could, winning the pole for the Vancouver Molson Indy.

GOLF
Mason keeps Sr. British lead
TURNBERRY, Scotland - Englishman Carl Mason shot a 5-under-par 65 Saturday and maintained his one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Senior British Open.

TENNIS
Familiarity present at tourney finals
The top-seeded Hoeveler team from California survived a challenge from the Guerrys of Tennessee to earn a berth in today's championship match of the 54th National Father & Son Clay Court Tournament at the Cincinnati Tennis Club.

TOUR DE FRANCE
Armstrong's set to join an elite club
NANTES, France - Lance Armstrong climbed the podium to receive a bouquet of flowers and the fresh yellow jersey signifying his overall lead in the Tour de France with just one stage left.



SPECIAL COVERAGE
Salute to prep 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."

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