Sunday, September 14, 2003

Page Two power rankings



By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

1. Vanderbilt. The school has announced a major reorganization of its athletics operations, folding the athletic program into a single Office of Student Athletics, Recreation and Wellness. The school's central administration will now oversee the entire program. "It's a return to the first principles of why we started playing games at universities in the first place: for a confluence of mind and body and spirit," said Vandy Chancellor Gordon Gee. If that doesn't get them booted from the Southeastern Conference, what will?

2. Andy Roddick. The young American salvaged a soggy U.S. Open by powering his way to his first major title. He's committed to lead the U.S. team in the Davis Cup.

3. Bass fishing. Another huge step. The FLW Tour Championship this weekend has a $1.5 million purse, $500,000 for the winner. The format is a 48-man elimination, with each fisherman seeded. Can office pools be far behind?

4. Tony La Russa. The Cardinals skipper last week joined a list of storied names such as Connie Mack, John McGraw, Sparky Anderson and Walter Alston as one of only eight managers to win 2,000 games.

5. NFL parity. A great opening week. Awesome games, some big upsets - see the second-year Texans over the Dolphins, in Miami, or the Vikings pummeling the Packers, in Green Bay - and otherwise surprising performances. Bengals? Hello?

Thumbs down

1. CART. The financially strapped open wheel racing series relented and agreed to sell its series to an investor group for 56 cents a share. Seems Tony George and his Indy Racing League have won.

2. Maurice Clarett. He's done a fine job playing the victim, all the while committing enough transgressions to have Ohio State voluntarily suspend him for an entire season. Let's hope he makes solid decisions from here on and gets his career back on track.

3. The Reds. Setting a club record for batters striking out for the third straight season is off the charts.

4. Long-term contracts, Part 53. Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill says he hopes to play again at some point this season, as long as he doesn't have to have another surgery on his heel. Since signing a seven-year, $92.8 million deal, he has played in 47 of a possible 246 games.

5. The NHL offseason. Whoops, missed it. Camps opened this weekend.




U.C. BEARCATS
UC 15, WVU 13
Expanded duties a kick for special teams' Ervin

MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Another fantastic OSU finish
Buckeyes' backs trip yet again
Miami 44, Northwestern 14
Alabama 27, Kentucky 17
Louisville 30, Syracuse 20
No. 5 Michigan 38, No. 15 Notre Dame 0
Top 25 roundup
Late touchdown toss rallies Mount
Quarterback corner
Scores, how the Top 25 fared

BENGALS / NFL
No way to avoid Black Hole
Bengals-Raiders: The edge
Curnutte: NFL Insider
NFL power rankings
Ravens, not Browns, looking for payback

REDS / BASEBALL
Cubs 9, Reds 6
Notes: Castro makes most of opportunity
Reds chatter
Reds Q&A
Familiar faces, tight races
Sheffield unhappy with 'laid-back' Braves
MLB power rankings
NL: Florida's streak reaches 7 games
AL: Chicago wins, stays tied in AL Central

PREP SPORTS
Daugherty: Sophomore an army of one
Local match a national showdown
Unbeaten Bellevue a big surprise
Dominant ground game sends Alter over Purcell
CovCath gains first victory in overwhelming fashion
Soccer: Outmanned Elder falls to St. Xavier
Elder gives fans plenty to cheer about
Prep sports results

COLLEGE HOOPS
Preseason meeting will stress coaches' conduct

HORSE RACING
Turfway's Perfect Drift
Class Above is that in Juvenile Fillies

MOTOR SPORTS
Younger France is named NASCAR CEO
Martin races to milestone

BOXING
Mosley beats De La Hoya in controversial decision

GOLF
Europeans 3 points up on USA in Solheim Cup

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Xavier golf evolves into top program
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