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Titans 23, Bengals 15
The Bengals continued their down-up-down preseason with a 23-15 loss Saturday night to Tennessee at Paul Brown Stadium.
Daugherty: Bengals not there yet
Bengals Q&A   • Notes: Newcomers split time at end

St. Xavier 21, Covington Catholic 16
St. X held off a last-minute CovCath drive for a 21-16 victory Saturday night in the Skyline Crosstown Showdown nightcap at Nippert Stadium.
Anderson 20, Moeller 6   • Colerain 42, Boone County 6
La Salle 14, Hamilton 6   • Lebanon 38, Harrison 0
Other games   • Scores, how poll teams fared

Linebackers heart of Bearcat defense
There's no Antwan Peek to anchor the defensive line, no Blue Adams to lead the secondary, but what the UC defense has are linebackers -- a whole bunch of speedy, hard-hitting linebackers.

XU could be Paulus' pick
Within two weeks, Xavier coaches will know if they've successfully completed a recruiting coup to land one of the most sought-after 2005 point guards.

Reds 3, Astros 1
HOUSTON - Paul Wilson, the last starter standing from the Opening Day rotation, keeps getting better as the season wears on.
Larkin on DL once again
Reds Q&A

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

Jets' Pennington breaks wrist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jets quarterback Chad Pennington dislocated and fractured his left wrist and is out indefinitely.

Eagles' Staley ends holdout
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Eagles running back Duce Staley ended his 27-day holdout Saturday, reporting to camp.

OSU linemen trim down
COLUMBUS - Forget all those trendy ways of losing weight. "I'm on the Chipotle diet," Ohio State offensive tackle Adrien Clarke said with a wide grin. "I ain't on the Slim-Fast diet."

K-State handles Golden Bears
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ell Roberson threw for 205 yards and a career-high three touchdowns and ran for 145 more yards and another score.

Notes: Reds roster holes hard to plug
HOUSTON - Meet Jim Chamblee, the newest Red. Chamblee, a 27-year-old utility player, was called up from Triple-A Louisville to take Barry Larkin's spot on the roster.
Reds chatter

Down on the farm
By shelving Triple-A Louisville pitcher Brandon Claussen for the remainder of the season, the Reds hope the young lefthander will be rested and ready come spring training.

3-time Gold Glove winner Bonds dies
SAN FRANCISCO - Bobby Bonds, one of the first major leaguers to blend home-run power with base-stealing speed and the father of one of baseball's greatest sluggers, died Saturday. He was 57.

NL: Giants find little joy in big victory
SAN FRANCISCO - Even after another stirring home victory, there wasn't much joy in the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse.

AL: Red Sox slip past slumping Mariners
BOSTON - Kevin Millar hit a game-winning double off the glove of leaping center fielder Mike Cameron with two outs in the 10th inning, sending the Boston Red Sox over the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Saturday.

MLB power ratings
Time for our monthly look at how the playoffs would shape up if the season ended now.

Nigerian native enjoys his first taste of American game
WEST CHESTER TWP. - In the final minutes before Chimaobi Nwankwo's introduction to an American tradition, he wraps himself in still-unfamiliar padding, straps on a helmet he sometimes forgets and then sprints with his teammates onto the field for a sport he had never seen in his homeland.

Groeschen: High school insider
The first week is always the hardest when it comes to picking winners of high school football games.

Ernst: Kentucky insider
You could say the cards were stacked against the Kentucky teams in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, figuratively and literally.
Other prep sports results

I feel lucky tonight!
More than Kobe Bryant's personal future will be riding on the outcome of his sexual assault trial.

Private resort pushed into Bryant spotlight
EDWARDS, Colo. - It's a world of $5 tins of breath mints, wine tastings, croquet tournaments and art shows, where carefully cultivated insulation from the outside world is paramount.

Page Two power rankings

Roddick in territory Agassi knows well
NEW YORK - Everything that feels so new to Andy Roddick these days is been-there, done-that to Andre Agassi.
5 men's favorites   • 5 women's favorites

Sampras 'doesn't want to unretire'
NEW YORK - Don't look for Pete Sampras to pull a Michael Jordan. Sampras' coach, Paul Annacone, is pretty sure the 14-time Grand Slam champion is done for good with playing competitive tennis.

Busch bumps way to win
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kurt Busch avoided any post-race punches but was in the middle of the usual bumping and banging in yet another win at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Kenseth can't coast to Cup season title
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Matt Kenseth tells anyone who asks that he doesn't consider his big lead in the Winston Cup standings a guarantee he'll win the championship.

Tagliani wins CART pole
MONTREAL - A Canadian will start from the pole in today's Montreal Molson Indy, but it won't be series points leader Paul Tracy.

U.S., minus Duncan, tops Virgin Islands
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tim Duncan decided not to play Saturday against the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he spent the first 18 years of his life, and the American Olympic qualifying team did not need him in a 113-55 victory.

Clarke may be on verge of another WGC victory
AKRON, Ohio - Darren Clarke gave himself a chance to win another World Golf Championship, finishing with a 4-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Jonathan Kaye in the NEC Invitational.

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

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

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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