Sports News - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Two tourneys pose planning challenges
MASON - Western & Southern Financial Group Masters officials won't get much of an "offseason" this year. Adding a WTA event in 2004, they will attend twice as many meetings - beginning next week at the U.S. Open - to stay versed on both brands of tennis.

Kentucky Speedway still after NASCAR race
On the heels of Kentucky Speedway's race season finale, Sunday's Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series, track officials will begin to work on a 2004 schedule that should be released within the next month.
Spencer suspended for punching Kurt Busch

Oakley still hoops hot spot
Pickup basketball is becoming something of a lost art in many communities in Greater Cincinnati and across the nation, but you can usually find a game at Oakley Playground.
Van Exel traded to Warriors by Mavs

Sullivan is last reliever standing
Recently, Scott Sullivan, 32, was standing with his fellow relievers in the Reds' bullpen for the national anthem, when he looked around and realized he was the club's graybeard.
Williamson deal done; Larson to DL
Reds vs. Diamondbacks series preview

Close ties bind coaches
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Florence Joy Hayes is happy. Heck, all of First Baptist Church in McDonald, Pa., is happy. For the first time, two of Florence Joy's sons, Jay and Jonathan Hayes, are on the same team as Bengals assistant coaches.
Notes: Foley vows to try harder as No. 2
Inside camp   • Meet the Bengals: Jon Kitna

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

McNicholas blanks Mariemont
Katie Overmann didn't want to say it was a wakeup call, but needing almost 38 minutes to score against Mariemont Monday certainly sent the McNicholas girls soccer team a message.

Pandas rout Conner 5-1 in opener
It didn't take top-ranked Notre Dame Academy long to get cranked up on the opening night of girls high school soccer in Northern Kentucky.
Monday's results   • Prep sports schedule

NL: Hampton makes it eight in a row
ATLANTA - Mike Hampton is pitching so well he doesn't even mind returning to Colorado.

AL: Thomas puts a big hurt on the Angels
CHICAGO - Frank Thomas' two-run homer in the seventh inning tied it, and his two-run shot in the ninth won it as the Chicago White Sox came from behind to beat the Anaheim Angels 4-2 on Monday night.

Giants expect Bonds to return today
MONTREAL - Barry Bonds is likely to return to the San Francisco Giants' lineup today.

Reaction to Davis' choice is varied
BEREA, Ohio - Quincy Morgan's reaction stood out in an otherwise impartial Browns' locker room.

Parcells airs disgust with team
SAN ANTONIO - Maybe the Dallas Cowboys have been too awed by the presence of their two-time Super Bowl champion coach.

Rams 26, Bucs 16
ST. LOUIS - Beating the Super Bowl champions put a bounce in the St. Louis Rams' step, even if it doesn't count.

Bucks' Krenzel avoids close call
COLUMBUS - It was an otherwise meaningless play during an otherwise meaningless scrimmage on a steamy August afternoon.

Smoker gets nod to start for Spartans
Jeff Smoker earned the starting quarterback job for Michigan State a week after returning from a substance-abuse suspension.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
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

The boys of summer
Summer is coming to an end. The pennant races are heating up. The NFL preseason is in full swing. And the luckiest group of seventh-graders on the planet gets to miss the entire first week of school.
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."

Flying Pig Marathon coverage, searchable results database
Local golf news and course guide
Where high school stars are going to college
Explore Great American Ball Park
Implosion bids goodbye to Cinergy
Bengals pin hopes on Lewis
Buckeyes national champs
Kentucky Speedway coverage