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Bengals fans rally in face of image
You'd never know by the 500 screaming, cheering and chanting fans who packed Fountain Square Friday that the Bengals were the worst team in the NFL last year.
Suit vs. Bengals thrown out
Working where he left his legacy

Bengals season preview
After 12 dark, non-winning seasons, Cincinnati's moribund franchise and its fans hope new coach Marvin Lewis can turn it into gold. See our season preview.
Watch Channel's 9 preview online

Oak Hills 42, Middletown 21
Oak Hills overcame the loss of star running back Ricky Cornelius and blasted Middletown 42-21 Friday night, before a packed house at Oak Hills.
CHCA 54, Summit 0
Dixie Heights 24, CovCath 23 (OT)
Lakota East 21, Hamilton 13
Elder 50, Western Hills 8
Reading 28, Finneytown 22
Roundup: Ohio gamesKentucky
Scores, how poll teams fared

High school football fever
Get the lowdown on all of this weekend's games in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, argue with our predictions and check team and player pages for stats and past performances.

Reds 4, Cardinals 2 (12)
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals, after their exhausting five-game series in Chicago, came into their three-game set with the Reds needing two things: rest and a sweep. They got neither.
Notes: Hall's offseason is a brief one

'Lucky' Thorpe sitting pretty in Kroger
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Jim Thorpe hit "the greatest shot of my life" on the par-4 fourth hole - a downhill, bunker shot to 1 foot for par - and he also had a 50-foot "slam-dunk" putt for eagle on the par-5 No. 8.
Azinger penalized in Canadian Open

Clijsters one step from 1st Slam
NEW YORK - If curfew allows, Kim Clijsters hopes they'll have a giant TV screen to be viewed collectively in the wee hours Saturday night at Grand Place square in Brussels.
Agassi, Roddick roll into U.S. Open semis
U.S. Open tennis updates

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

Plummer gets new start
There is distance now, a physical buffer between the glorified past and real-world present.

Isolation Booth: Thornton vs. Neil
The results of this individual matchup will go a long way in determining if the Bengals are successful at stopping Denver's running game Sunday.

Bengals keys to victory
The Bengals improved on defense in the preseason, but two other areas of concern at the start of training camp - special teams and turnovers - remain problems on the eve of the opener.

Notes: Bengals' opener avoids TV blackout
After failing to sell-out their last two home openers, the Bengals' opener Sunday was declared a sellout Friday afternoon.

Quarles out 6-8 weeks for Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay middle linebacker Shelton Quarles will have surgery on his broken left forearm and elbow today and is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks.

OSU QB earns keep
COLUMBUS - The last time Ohio State faced San Diego State, Craig Krenzel was buried so deep on the depth chart that his coaches let him skip town.

Murray State gearing up for its Super Bowl
LEXINGTON - Win or lose, Murray State's football game today at Kentucky will be one Racers fans will long remember, coach Joe Pannunzio said.

Porous O-line tops ND's list of doubts
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Subtract a second-team All-American center and three other NFL draft picks from a suspect offensive line and what do you get? A lot of worries, if you are Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham.

Washington ready to rebound vs. Indiana
SEATTLE - For the first time as the head coach, former Washington assistant Keith Gilbertson, born and raised north of Seattle, will lead his players down the tunnel to the field at Husky Stadium.
Top 25 game previews

Alfonseca suspended 7 games for ump incident
MILWAUKEE - Chicago Cubs reliever Antonio Alfonseca was suspended for seven games, bullpen coach Juan Lopez was suspended for one game and outfielder Moises Alou was fined Friday for their run-in with umpire Justin Klemm.

NL: Phillies alone in lead for wild card
PHILADELPHIA - Vicente Padilla usually asks to come out of a game in the late innings. With his fastball still topping 95 mph in the eighth Friday night, he didn't want to leave.

AL: Loss total hits 20 for Tigers' Maroth
TORONTO - Mike Maroth became the first major-league pitcher in 23 years to lose 20 games in a season as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 on Friday.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Big dreams earn tough challenge
Sometimes the hardest part of realizing a long-held dream is letting that dream go. Called to manage the Reds on an interim basis through the end of the 2003 season after Bob Boone was fired, Dave Miley didn't gloat or wonder aloud why it took so long.

Elder run over at Ryle festival
UNION, Ky. - The Ryle Sports Festival turned into a nightmare once again for Elder.
Sorry, Elder, it's us, not you
For Ryle Festival, less is more

UC back had no breaks, but he was never broken
A picture of Tedric Harwell as an all-state football player hangs in Elkhart Central High School. Some photos represent nothing more than a kid who didn't make it out of the tough Indiana city. Tedric's photo, he uses as inspiration.

Moeller's Brackman mulls playing 2 sports in college
Moeller's Andrew Brackman entered this summer as a promising recruit for a host of mid-major schools, but he has emerged as more.
Longtime friends help NKU succeed
Page Two power rankings

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

Walk among baseball history
Johnny Bench tags 'Baseball As America,' an exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, as a way to rekindle love for the national pastime.
Bats Incredible! special section

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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