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Wins, not records, fuel tailback's fire
Corey Dillon's career, he said, would be defined in two ways. "Winning a Super Bowl, but winning one after another," he said, "and get me up there with the upper echelon of rushing yards with some of the top backs, the upper five, that would do it for me."
Notes: Paint it orange and black

Bearcats receive 5 votes in poll
Fresh off Saturday's 15-13 victory over West Virginia, University of Cincinnati football players and coaches awoke Monday to discover they had received five votes in the Associated Press Top 25.
Minter has win record in sight

Guard Odia commits to Xavier for 2004
Xavier University secured its final men's basketball commitment for the class of 2004 from shooting guard Churchill Odia.

Vandy's gesture smacks of being disingenuous
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Vanderbilt University will eliminate its athletic department, a high-minded move as far as it goes. Whether that means the football team will share the cafeteria mystery meat with the common pencil-necks is anyone's guess. Until Vandy renounces the quasi-amateur Southeastern Conference and refuses its cut of the SEC's massive bowl payouts, its gesture is welcome, but symbolic.

Coach's death stuns school
WEST CHESTER TWP. - The mood at Lakota West High School was somber Monday as officials provided grief counselors in the auditorium and teachers began classes with a short reflection on the passing of Steve Cummins, the school's popular boys' soccer coach who died Saturday night.

Elder plans new fields of dreams
Elder High School alumni have begun work on a new 45-acre athletic complex, until now just a dream for the West Side prep sports powerhouse.

Principal's a good sport
OWENSVILLE - When a football team finishes the season winless or with one win, it's hard to find someone who'll bet on it to win a game. But that's exactly what Williamsburg Principal Matthew Earley and Clermont Northeastern Principal Bob Humble did last week.
Close calls don't affect Division I poll
Ky.: Highlands no longer unanimous No. 1

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Pirates 6, Reds 3
PITTSBURGH - If the Reds' weekend at Wrigley Field was an example of what September baseball is like when something is at stake, then the four-game series that opened Monday night at PNC Park was example of September baseball with nothing on the line.

Reds promise bricks won't fade this time
Cincinnati Reds fans who missed out on the first opportunity to have a personalized brick placed outside Great American Ball Park will have another chance.

Notes: Billings wins title behind no-hitter
PITTSBURGH - The Reds' minor league season ended on a very good note. Billings won the Pioneer League championship with a 3-0 victory over Provo.

NL: Braves win; three away from clinching
MONTREAL - Robert Fick hit his first home run in six weeks as the Atlanta Braves reduced its magic number for clinching a record 12th straight division title to three with a 10-6 victory over the Montreal Expos Monday night.

AL: Boston's bats pound D-Rays
BOSTON - Derek Lowe won his fifth straight decision, and Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz homered in another Boston slugging display as the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-2 Monday night.

Outstanding defense behind quick Colts start
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts offense has looked ordinary. Their start to the season has not.

Monday: Cowboys 35, Giants 32, OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bill Parcells is one of the NFL's best-known personalities. Billy Cundiff is just another no-name kicker. But Cundiff turned what could have been one of the Tuna's worst losses into one of his biggest wins.

Bulger to battle on as St. Louis' starting QB
ST. LOUIS - Kurt Warner's two MVP awards were of no use to him Monday: Marc Bulger was named starting quarterback of the Rams.
Wildcats look to rebound vs. IU
LEXINGTON, Ky. - If Kentucky wants to go to a bowl game at the end of the football season, the math is pretty simple, coach Rich Brooks said. It's a lot easier to get there from a 2-2 record than it is from a 1-3 start.

Louisville winning by subtraction
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - What the Louisville Cardinals haven't done in winning their first two games is as impressive as what they have done.

Clarett enters innocent plea
COLUMBUS - Two attorneys for suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett entered an innocent plea on his behalf Monday on a misdemeanor falsification charge.

Wide-open attacks make for longer games
Some teams work on their fastbreak during the autumn, on grass and with a football. Wooster's Joe Gantz ran for 244 yards and two TDs on 31 carries in 35-20 win over Millersburg West Holmes.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's sports stories)
Raiders 23, Bengals 20
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Bengals would not claim a moral victory Sunday after the 23-20 loss to Oakland. But their performance in one of the league's most hostile environments against the reigning AFC champions suggests that these finally aren't the same old Bengals.
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Potential evident in loss to AFC champs
Columnist Paul Daugherty writes: Asking for patience in the NFL is like asking for a diamond mine in your backyard. Extreme makeovers are so common and swift, the whole league should be set in Hollywood. When the Bengals ask for patience, it tries your patience.

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

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.
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Xavier golf evolves into top program

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.
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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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