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Reds 9, Padres 5
SAN DIEGO - The Reds did something special to welcome Aaron Harang to the team. They scored some runs for him.
Photos of Saturday's game
Now bats are the problem
Reds notebook: Bale's work earns encore

League can take pride in coaching matchup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Almost 800 men have participated in the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program since its 1987 inception. But today's Bengals-Jets preseason game at the Meadowlands will be the first time two former participants will meet as NFL head coaches.
Inside training camp   |   • Meet the Bengals: Glen Steele

Sharing the ride back
Two days ago, Ryan Dempster and Denny Neagle - current and former Reds starting pitchers, respectively - exercised on adjacent tables at Tri-Health Physical Therapy at Summit Woods in Sharonville.
Reds Q&A
Reds chatter

Tournament on verge of greatness
Last year, the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters men's tennis tournament was played under a cloud of uncertainty. The 2003 tournament begins Monday, and even with the loss of Andre Agassi, look how the skies have cleared.
You won't see Agassi
The rumble that you feel is Roddick

The Parent Trap
A tennis father in France has been accused of drugging his son's opponents, one of whom died as a result. Also this week, LPGA players met to discuss alleged cheating by Korean players' dads.
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

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

M's say Nelson trade was smarts, not spite
The Seattle Mariners told Jeff Nelson they did not trade him to the Yankees because he criticized them for not making a major move before the trading deadline in July. Nelson still suspects that was the reason, but Seattle's general manager, Pat Gillick, denies it.

Mondesi says Yanks mistreat Dominicans
PHOENIX - There are two sides to the story of how and why the Yankees traded Raul Mondesi.

Hot corner
White Sox: Roberto Alomar, an underachiever the past year and a half, is starting to come around. Bartolo Colon, an underachiever most of this season, is starting to look like the 20-game winner he was last season. And Paul Konerko, whose numbers this season would have been underachieving for Mario Mendoza, is suddenly the hottest hitter in the league. The result? The Pale Hose are on the move. (By the way, they just won five of six from K.C.).
MLB power rankings

NL: Burrell homers power Phillies
SAN FRANCISCO - Pat Burrell hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning and a two-run shot in the 10th, giving the Philadelphia Phillies an 8-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

AL: Meche, Mariners end Pettitte streak
NEW YORK - Gil Meche pitched two-hit ball for a career-high eight innings, and the Seattle Mariners snapped Andy Pettitte's eight-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Mariucci wins Lions debut
DETROIT - Joey Harrington threw a touchdown pass to Scotty Anderson in the final seconds of the first half to give Steve Mariucci a win in his first game as Detroit's coach.

Shockey's words backfire again
ALBANY, N.Y. - On matters other than football, Jeremy Shockey plans on keeping his mouth shut for the foreseeable future.

The sky's the limit with UK's backfield
LEXINGTON - Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks knows he'll need his best players on the field if the Wildcats are to be competitive in the rugged Southeastern Conference. If two of those players are quarterbacks, then so be it.

This year, Cardinals get season off to quiet start
LOUISVILLE - No bobblehead dolls surfaced at Louisville's football media day Saturday.

Groeschen: High school insider
Cincinnati could host the Ohio football state championship games by 2006, if Tom Gamble's ambitious bid goes through.

Field takes aim at St. Xavier
Traditional powers St. Xavier and Fairfield top the Enquirer boys Division I golf preseason coaches poll, with the season teeing off Monday.

Ursuline loaded with experience
Mount Notre Dame won the Ohio state championship in 2002 and returns a solid core of players, but Ursuline begins the year No. 1 in the Enquirer coaches poll.

Hewitt takes ATP's hits and shrugs
MASON - Lleyton Hewitt sits down and offers an articulate, 20-minute peek into his soul. He is gracious and thoughtful, speaking sincerely about the sport he ruled the past two years.

A night of history, past and present
MASON - Saturday night, the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters offered tennis fans a living history lesson on both the local and worldwide fronts.

Tales from the Tour
A lot has happened in the tennis world since the ATP Tour last converged on Mason. Where have you gone, Pete Sampras? Where did you come from, Argentina? Rising stars are finally reaching their potential, while old stalwarts bow out of the game.
Western & Southern facts & figures

Dow: Auto racing insider
The Indy Racing League is back at Kentucky Speedway this week for the Belterra Casino Indy 300, one year after a practice-lap crash at the speedway captured the nation's attention.

Rain tires ready for race action
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - The forecast for today's Sirius at The Glen called for an 80 percent chance of rain, and the chance that NASCAR would have its first-ever race using Goodyear's rain tires became a possibility.

Tracy claims Mid-Ohio pole
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Paul Tracy won his career-high fifth pole of the season, winning the top spot for today's Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.

Tiger gets one last chance
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - By all accounts but one, Tiger Woods has every reason to call this year a success.

Love maintains double-digit lead
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - Using long irons off most tees and hitting to the center of greens, Davis Love III had few scintillating moments. He also avoided any spectacular mistakes.

Dow: College basketball insider
Darnell Williams, a former Xavier standout, is back in Cincinnati between stints in a Venezuelan league.

ESPN testing dramatic waters with series
Mark Shapiro, the man who is responsible for development of all programming for three ESPN networks, is tiptoeing beyond their traditional boundaries to introduce drama into the mix.

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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