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Reds 9, Astros 7 (10)
Whether in protest or surrender, the towel came flying out of the Astros dugout just as Adam Dunn rounded third base. It lay there in a heap long after the Reds outfielder stepped on home plate Friday at Great American Ball Park.
Olmedo's call-up is paying dividends
Reds notebook: Davis suspended

Walk among baseball history
Johnny Bench tags 'Baseball As America,' a new exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, as a way to rekindle love for the national pastime.
Hall of Famers want Rose to say, 'I did it'
Bats Incredible! home page

Improvement, not win, Lewis' goal
Coach Marvin Lewis will make his home debut tonight with the Bengals, but the rookie coach is more concerned with progress than personal firsts or a first preseason victory.
Inside training campMeet the Bengals: Thatcher Szalay

Semifinals should sizzle
MASON - When in doubt, favor the hot player. But that'll be difficult today at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, for each semifinalist is playing the hottest tennis of his career.
Gilbert is working wonders again
Schuettler needs to finish the job
Fish out of water after quarterfinal win
Masters essentials
Updated bracket (PDF)
Injury forces Seles out of U.S. Open

IRL pulling away from rival CART
As the Indy Racing League was getting ready to speed into town this weekend for the Belterra Casino Indy 300, open wheel competitor CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) sputtered away from last weekend's Mid-Ohio's Champ Car Grand Prix with bad news.
Michigan fixes Labonte's woes
This weekend

Bigger the foes, harder they fall
OXFORD - To some, the question might be: "Why does Miami keep scheduling powerhouse opponents?" Considering the RedHawks' record in such games, others might reasonably ask, "Why do powerhouse opponents keep scheduling Miami?"
NCAA continues its fight against betting

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

Redman worries about ump Wolf's family ties
MIAMI - Left-hander Mark Redman says there's a perception problem involving umpire Jim Wolf, brother of Phillies pitcher Randy Wolf.

NL: Prior, Sosa too much for Dodgers
CHICAGO - Mark Prior scattered seven hits in his third complete game of the season - and second in a week against Los Angeles.

AL: Boone's disputed HR lifts Yankees
BALTIMORE - Aaron Boone hit a disputed three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a bizarre 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Matured Moss becoming leader after dismal season
MANKATO, Minn. - The Randy Ratio didn't quite add up for Minnesota.

Browns QB battle heating up
CLEVELAND - Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch certainly didn't make things any easier for their coach. Cleveland's two quarterbacks, neck-and-neck in their fight to be the starter, both played well in their final auditions for Butch Davis before the Green Bay Packers beat the Browns 38-31 in an exhibition Friday night.

Emmitt sets Tomlinson's example
TEMPE, Ariz. - Emmitt Smith has known LaDainian Tomlinson for a long time. He even has his number in his cell phone.

Prep sports results, schedule

Surprise leader Micheel 2 ahead of Weir, Andrade
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Move over, Ben Curtis. Indiana University product Shaun Micheel, the latest surprise in a major, made four birdies in his final five holes Friday in the PGA Championship to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at Oak Hill.

Fleisher leads at Long Island with tournament-record 62
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - Bruce Fleisher made four straight birdies on the front nine and eight overall as he shot a bogey-free, tournament-record 62 Friday for the first-round lead in the PGA Champions Tour's Long Island Classic.

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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