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UC 15, West Virginia 13
Gino Guidugli became UC's career leader in touchdown passes and Chet Ervin kicked three field goals in a big road victory.
Expanded duties a kick for special teams' Ervin

Another fantastic OSU finish
COLUMBUS - These were the same faces, sure, but these didn't look like the same Buckeyes. There was no palpable heartbeat, no soul. Then it all came back in a rush.
Buckeyes' backs trip yet again

No way to avoid Black Hole
OAKLAND, Calif. - To call the Raiders' home-field advantage a 12th man is not entirely accurate. It's more like 11 men and a creature.
Bengals-Raiders: The edge

Cubs 9, Reds 6
CHICAGO - When you start listing the shortcomings of this current Reds team, you come up with a long list. Right now, the problem is starting pitching.
Notes: Castro makes most of opportunity
Reds chatterE-mail Q&A

Sophomore an army of one
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Bingo saved sports last time. The school levies came and went, seven in the late '80s and early '90s, losers all, and it became very obvious very quickly that if sports were to continue at Mt. Healthy High, sports would have to pay their own way.

Simple twists of fate
The most difficult decision in either man's young life began a journey that led them to the same destination. Meet the Bengals' Kelley Washington and the Reds' Adam Dunn.
Page Two power rankings
Xavier golf evolves into top program

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

Miami 44, Northwestern 14
EVANSTON, Ill. - Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dissected Northwestern's defense, connecting on 28-of-37 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns as the RedHawks (1-1) claimed a 44-14 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats (1-2) Saturday afternoon.

Alabama 27, Kentucky 17
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama's offensive linemen promised the holes would be there, and Shaud Williams had no problem finding them.

Louisville 30, Syracuse 20
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Just when the game seemed about to slip away from Louisville, Stefan LeFors and J.R. Russell shocked Syracuse.

No. 5 Michigan 38, No. 15 Notre Dame 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - This wasn't Central Michigan or Houston. It was Notre Dame, and it wasn't supposed to be this easy. But everything came remarkably simply for No. 5 Michigan in a 38-0 win Saturday, the most lopsided in the Wolverines' storied rivalry with the Irish.

Top 25 roundup
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida A&M owned The Swamp - during halftime, while its world-famous band was on the field. The rest of the time, it was Florida and Reading product DeShawn Wynn doing all the jamming.

Late touchdown toss rallies Mount
OBERLIN, Ohio - Mike Dane threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Rick Wiehe with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter to give Mount St. Joseph a 14-7 win over Oberlin on Saturday.

Quarterback corner
Tracking four of the region's top quarterbacks.
Scores, how the Top 25 fared

Preseason meeting will stress coaches' conduct
The same coaches who are supposed to be role models for the athletes left in their charge have been summoned to a meeting during which they will discuss improving their own behavior.

Curnutte: NFL Insider
In the Bengals' 2002 preseason opener, linebacker Takeo Spikes injured a pectoral muscle trying to give Drew Bledsoe "a little extra" on a sack.
NFL power rankings

Ravens, not Browns, looking for payback
BALTIMORE - There was a time when the Baltimore Ravens mercilessly bullied the Cleveland Browns.

Familiar faces, tight races
The dominance of the Atlanta Braves is a surprise for some observers who predicted a down year for the National League East champs, but it may not be the biggest surprise in the National League as the season closes.

Sheffield unhappy with 'laid-back' Braves
MIAMI - Atlanta Braves slugger Gary Sheffield says the team should be more upset about its mediocre record the past five weeks.
MLB power rankings

NL: Florida's streak reaches 7 games
MIAMI - The Florida Marlins drew their biggest crowd in more than two years - and quickly gave the fans plenty to cheer about.

AL: Chicago wins, stays tied in AL Central
BOSTON - Bartolo Colon pitched his third consecutive complete game and Carlos Lee was 3-for-4 with a home run Saturday night as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 to retain a share of the AL Central lead.

Local match a national showdown
St. Ursula is rated No. 1 in the nation and Ursuline is No. 7 in the national "Hot 100," and the Cincinnati powers will meet Thursday for the first time this season.

Unbeaten Bellevue a big surprise
When new Bellevue football coach Paul Gray was hired in February, hemet with every boy in the school who had played the sport and tried to convince them to come out for the team.

Dominant ground game sends Alter over Purcell
Zach Freshwater scored two touchdowns as Alter defeated Purcell Marian 41-0 Saturday.

CovCath gains first victory in overwhelming fashion
Covington Catholic entered Saturday's game with Simon Kenton winless in the 2003 season, but left with a convincing 62-7 victory.

Soccer: Outmanned Elder falls to St. Xavier
The St. Xavier soccer team proved it didn't need a lineup advantage to break out of its scoring slump, but competing with one player more than Elder didn't hurt, either.

Elder gives fans plenty to cheer about
Elder wasn't the only champion crowned at the 36th Annual Covington Catholic Cross Country Invitational in Erlanger. But it was the loudest.
Prep sports results

Turfway's Perfect Drift
A record crowd announced at 11,223 got what it came for in Saturday's 10th annual Kentucky Cup Classic thoroughbred horse race at Turfway Park.

Class Above is that in Juvenile Fillies
Now they saw Class Above, then they didn't Saturday in the Kentucky Cup $100,000 Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Turfway Park.

Younger France is named NASCAR CEO
LOUDON, N.H. - Bill France Jr. turned over control of NASCAR to his son Saturday, ending a three-decade run in which stock car racing expanded from its backroad roots to a multibillion dollar industry.

Martin races to milestone
LOUDON, N.H. - Mark Martin is wondering what all the fuss is about. After all, he's just doing his job.

Mosley beats De La Hoya in controversial decision
LAS VEGAS - Shane Mosley's formula for beating Oscar De La Hoya goes something like this: Use speed, win the late rounds and hope the judges are kind.

Europeans 3 points up on USA in Solheim Cup
Annika Sorenstam and Suzann Pettersen denied the Americans another rally, each making birdies on the final two holes Saturday for a 1-up better-ball victory that gave Europe a three-point lead entering the final round at Loddekopinge, Sweden.

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

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

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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