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Reds may have winning plan
The Reds angered many fans and players this week by trading four top players, but they could have set themselves up very well for next year.
Reds 5, Giants 3

Offense ahead of the game
In past years, the Bengals' intrasquad scrimmage showed the defense was ahead of the offense. That wasn't the case Friday night.
Palmer will get plenty of snaps today

Indy not losing its allure for NASCAR
INDIANAPOLIS - Nobody disputes that the Daytona 500, which has been around 45 years, is the biggest stock-car race, but it has taken the Brickyard 400, which returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, much less time to reach No. 2.

Softball competition stronger than friendship
CROSBY TOWNSHIP - For many of the players who participate in the highly competitive Cincinnati Metro Softball Championships, advancement in the sport means having to leave behind your buddies.

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

Reds 5, Giants 3
It isn't the roster fans spent the past few years dreaming about. But during this week of trades and firings, the new-look Reds have won four out of five.

Dempster likely out for season
A second MRI performed on Ryan Dempster's right elbow Friday revealed a bone chip that will require arthroscopic surgery next week.
Notebook: Griffey has 'no opinion' on moves
Still walking with a protective boot on his right foot, Ken Griffey Jr. made an appearance in the Reds clubhouse Friday.
Boone changes story, says he asked for trade
OAKLAND, Calif. - Aaron Boone now says he did ask the Reds to trade him after the team fired his father as manager Monday.

NL Games: Maddux pitches to both teams in win
Greg Maddux won again despite giving up a bunch of hits - to the Atlanta Braves.

AL Games: Halladay's win streak ends at 15
Roy Halladay's 15-game winning streak ended when the Anaheim Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Friday night.
Notebook: Astros' Oswalt back on DL
HOUSTON - Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt has an inflammation of his groin muscle, an injury that has put him on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season.

Palmer to see lots of snaps today
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Another Marvin Lewis import to the Bengals is the mock game, which will make its debut today.

NFL Notebook: Edwards familiar with Far East football
TOKYO - Determined to bring a festive football atmosphere to today's American Bowl, NFL officials moved this year's kickoff to 6 p.m. instead of the traditional Sunday morning.

Lebron's No. 23 has fans dishing out big dollars
CLEVELAND - LeBron James already has beaten Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd. Not on the court - where James has yet to start his NBA career - but in jersey sales.

Dotson interview raises questions
DALLAS - A newspaper intern who landed an exclusive jailhouse interview with a former Baylor University basketball player accused of killing a teammate has herself become the focus of attention.

Injured Serena to sit out U.S. Open
LOS ANGELES - Serena Williams will not defend her U.S. Open title this month after undergoing knee surgery Friday.

Timing of rivalry suits U of L
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. - Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Kentucky coach Rich Brooks acknowledge that the biggest game of their respective first seasons is the opener between their teams.

DiMarco takes Buick Open lead
GRAND BLANC, Mich. - Tiger Woods threw his hands in the air, smiled and laughed.

Big names close to Bowie's British lead
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - If Heather Bowie is going to hold on at the Women's British Open for her first pro title, she'll have to fend off the likes of Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak.

Autos Notebook: Ganassi going after Stewart
INDIANAPOLIS - Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart and car owner Chip Ganassi have spoken about teaming up at some point in the future.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's sports stories)
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

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.

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

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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