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SPORTS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2003
Clarett suspended, questions continue
Ohio State announced Wednesday that it has suspended Maurice Clarett for the season, ending a 2 -month investigation and dimming its aspirations of a repeat national championship.
Clarett's next move could shake NFL

Onus put on Kitna, offense
The high-scoring Raiders are likely to score 20-30 points Sunday, and the pressure will be on the Bengals' offense - yes, offense - to keep the Bengals in the game.
Notebook: Johnson family ready for brothers to battle
AP football poll

Minter happily stuck in middle of UC's defense
At one point during the offseason, University of Cincinnati head football coach Rick Minter considered not naming a defensive coordinator for this year.

Pirates 3, Reds 2
On a night when they were eliminated from the wild-card race, when they used their record 15th different starting pitcher and set the team record for strikeouts (1,189) in a season, it looked as though the Reds might win two games in a row for the first time in 2 weeks.
Notebook: Casey puts focus on .300

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BASEBALL
Minnesota cuts into Chicago's Central lead
CHICAGO - Shannon Stewart drove in a pair of runs and Johan Santana won his fourth straight decision Wednesday night as the Minnesota Twins defeated Chicago 4-1 and pulled one game behind the American League Central-leading White Sox.
Blasting Braves rebound vs. Phils
ATLANTA - Something about losing big brings out the best in the Atlanta Braves.
Gesture costs Sox P his job
The Chicago White Sox released Jose Paniagua on Wednesday, a day after he made an obscene gesture at the plate umpire as he left the field.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Shaky opener doesn't rattle Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger could be forgiven if he never wanted to think about Iowa's Niles Kinnick Stadium again.
NU coach Peterson will not be punished
The Big Ten said Wednesday it plans no action against a Northwestern coach who elbowed Air Force quarterback Chance Harridge while reaching to hug one of his players.
NFL
Freeman, Packers together again
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Receiver Antonio Freeman and Packers coach Mike Sherman parted on bad terms last summer after fighting about money and other matters.
OTHER SPORTS
Bold move by Vandy may signal new trend
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt chancellor Gordon Gee caught everyone by surprise with his plan to eliminate the school's athletic department and merge Division I sports with intramural programs - and he landed an endorsement Wednesday from NCAA president Myles Brand.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Clock starts now for trade evaluations
When the Reds began dismantling the 2003 team, the company line was they were doing it to build for the future. Will the plan work? That largely depends on how eight pitchers - ages 19 to 24 - perform over the next few years.
Reds chatterE-mail Q&A

That rainy day feelin'
It took nearly two weeks, but Andy Roddick finally put a charge into the U.S. Open Saturday with his five-set semifinal win. Still, the tournament hasn't been a total waste, as Top of the Second's water-logged review proves.
Page Two power rankings

FALL PREVIEW SECTIONS
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

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


SPECIAL COVERAGE
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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