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Big finish gives Elder first win
It was a bit too close for the comfort of Elder fans. But in the end, it was a comfortable 33-14 victory over Winton Woods in the season-opening Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.
Crowd shows purple power

In the NFL, QBs always are on call
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - An open field. An unprotected quarterback holding the football.
Daugherty: Lewis doesn't allow camaraderie to have control

2003 College Football Preview
Local college teams are strong, top rated and ready to play. Here is our in-depth guide to the 2003 season.
Nation's spotlite shines on area quarterbacks
UC's star search

D'backs 9, Reds 3
PHOENIX - Danny Graves has had some hard luck during his seven-game losing streak.
Notebook: Freel's comments rile Big Unit
Sullivan dealt to White Sox

Friday sports on TV, radio
Plan your viewing day with our schedule of sports on local TV and radio.
Yankees complete sweep of Royals
NEW YORK - The Yankees are rolling, and the Royals are reeling.
Cubs drop Astros, now game back
HOUSTON - Mark Prior took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as the Chicago Cubs moved within a half-game of the Houston Astros in the NL Central with a 6-0 victory Wednesday night.
Contreras to start for Yanks Sunday
NEW YORK - Jose Contreras will return to the New York Yankees this weekend and is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Tressel says Clarett doubtful for Buckeyes' opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A former Ohio State teaching assistant who charged that star tailback Maurice Clarett received preferential academic treatment met Wednesday for more than two hours with NCAA officials and a university committee.
Bengals ready for next step
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The schedule suggests the Bengals' work ends today.
Bengals notebook: NFL life thrills ex-Bearcat Jackson
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Former University of Cincinnati star Ray Jackson, like the rest of the team, will practice today for the last time in this year's training camp.
Inside training camp

Meet the Bengals: Eric Steinbach

NFL notebook: Bettis sent to Steelers' bench
PITTSBURGH - Jerome Bettis, the 10th-leading rusher in NFL history, will start the season on the Pittsburgh Steelers' bench following his surprise demotion Wednesday by coach Bill Cowher.
Heel injury takes down Chargers RB Tomlinson
CARSON, Calif. - San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson on Wednesday left practice on a cart for the second time in less than a week, this time because of bruised left heel.
Even best can't win every time
AKRON, Ohio - Tiger Woods bristles at the notion he's in a slump just because he has gone six major championships without winning.
Aching Irwin commits to Kroger Sr.
Hale Irwin, the most successful player on the PGA's Champions Tour, has committed to play in the Sept. 5-7 Kroger Classic at the TPC at River's Bend.
From pros to hacks, he's taught them all
Jim Flick is one of the leading figures in golf instruction over the last 30 years. Enquirer contributor Carey Hoffman caught up with Flick at Boyne Highlands in Michigan, where Flick runs his summer instructional programs.
Tristate course of the week: Indian Ridge Golf Club

Chip Shots
Roddick has no easy route in U.S. Open
NEW YORK - If Andy Roddick were hoping to ease into the U.S. Open, he won't get that chance.
Capriati rallies in Open tuneup
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Third-seeded Jennifer Capriati rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Elena Bovina on Wednesday night and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen hard-court tournament.
2003 Prep Football Preview
High school football season kicks off Thursday night here in the Tristate. To get you ready for the action, here is our in-depth guide to the 2003 season.
Underwood holds his own
Highlands' Sester ready to direct march to state
Panthers cautiously thinking of repeat
Upcoming games

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