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Money, labor spilling over into tennis
MASON - Professional tennis is composed of players from six continents speaking umpteen languages, and its governance is an alphabet soup of organizations: ITF, ATP, WTA, GSC, USTA, etc. It's a figurative Tower of Babel.
Moya out in opener collapse
Chang bids city a final farewell
Photos of Monday's play
Updated bracket (PDF)

Agent: Rookie returns today
Glenn Rosenberg, agent for rookie wide receiver Kelley Washington, said Monday that Washington left the team in New Jersey to fly to Dallas, where he met with the surgeon who performed an operation on Washington's neck last year. "Everything is fine. He'll be there for practice in the morning," Rosenberg said Monday.
Inside training campMeet the Bengals: Alex Sulfsted

Kearns shelved for rest of season
The Reds got the expected bad news when the club announced that Austin Kearns will have season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday.
Reds vs. D-Backs series preview

'Astounding' find from 1869
It is an "historic" week for the Reds. A wooden case of 17 "trophy balls" traceable to the Cincinnati Red Stockings' famous eastern road trip in the summer of 1869 - a piece that apparently only its owner knew existed - went up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $100,000.

Butler slams UC, picks Ohio State
Jamar Butler, the all-state guard who reneged on his oral commitment to the University of Cincinnati basketball program last week, announced Monday he will attend Ohio State because he believes he has a better chance to get his degree at OSU.

Coach's status on board's agenda
Hamilton High School head football coach Eric Gillespie, charged with DUI just before a weekend football practice, could have his job status determined at a school board meeting tonight.
Monday's resultsUpcoming schedule

Tuesday sports on TV, radio
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Hard-hitting style good for Gonzalez
MASON - Fernando Gonzalez plays smashmouth tennis, hitting perhaps the hardest forehand in history.

Blake relishes his role-model opportunities
With a pile of dreadlocks atop his head, a charming smile and a polite and intelligent nature, James Blake's popularity with the fans on the ATP Tour is growing.

Spadea has returned, and so has his game
MASON - Mall King is back, but he's got a new game.

ATP slaps Agassi with $60,000 fine
MASON - The ATP Tour has fined Andre Agassi $60,000 for his late withdrawal from the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. Such a fine is not an automatic amount, ATP officials said, and was in this case a bit larger because Agassi was the top seed.
Masters essentials
Updated bracket (PDF)

Women: Clijsters ends Serena's reign
Kim Clijsters officially replaced Serena Williams at No. 1 Monday, becoming the first woman to lead the rankings without having won a Grand Slam tournament.

Mets may have found their own Jeter in Reyes
NEW YORK - The best baseball team in New York is obviously in the Bronx. But the most exciting player in town might be doing his work in Queens.

Furcal turns three to make record book
ST. LOUIS - Rafael Furcal has joined one of baseball's ultra-exclusive clubs.

NL: Houston's Miller outduels Wood
CHICAGO - Wade Miller outpitched Kerry Wood and Jeff Kent hit a two-run double Monday night as the Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1.

AL: KC outslugs Yanks in first-place battle
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mike DiFelice hit three doubles as Kansas City and the New York Yankees combined to set an American League record with 19 two-base hits in the Royals' 12-9 victory Monday night.

Powerful Eagles top defenseless Saints 27-17
NEW ORLEANS - The Philadelphia Eagles looked like a team ready to shake off the disappointment of losing in the 2002 NFC Championship game and challenge for a third straight NFC East title, beating the New Orleans Saints 27-17 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Alexander measures himself against best
CHENEY, Wash. - When Shaun Alexander carries the ball for the Seattle Seahawks, he simply tries to be himself - and a few great running backs.

Refreshed Smith assigned to give Cards new outlook
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - For the final act of his career, all that's expected of Emmitt Smith is to gain 2,000 yards or so, sell thousands of tickets and lend credibility to one of the most unsuccessful franchises in professional sports.

QBs are not Browns' only concern
BEREA, Ohio - Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis has a lot more to worry about than choosing a starting quarterback.

Clarett meets with Ohio State AD, NCAA
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Maurice Clarett met with Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger and NCAA officials Monday, and the running back said he believed he would return to practice this week.

Maryland placed on probation
BALTIMORE - Maryland was placed on one year of probation by the NCAA on Monday because an assistant football coach committed a "major" violation by giving money to a high school recruit.

Major provides most excitement
The temptation is to pick on the PGA Championship the same way you might pick on a younger sibling. Smallest in stature and situated in the sluggish heat of August, it is always the fourth-place finisher in a four-way race.

'Miracle on Ice' mentor was motivator, innovator
MINNEAPOLIS - Herb Brooks, who coached the U.S. hockey team to the "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, died Monday in a car wreck.

More access sought in Bryant hearing
EAGLE, Colo. - The Denver Post and NBC have asked a judge to allow still and video cameras in the courthouse hallway during Kobe Bryant's preliminary hearing on Oct. 9.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's sports stories)
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
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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