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Some Injuries Hurt Worse Than Others

J. Ortiz & P. White, USA Today

4 MLB Teams Speeding to Slow Starts

Jonathan Bernhardt, Sports on Earth

Florida Finally Ends Elite Eight Jinx

Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel

Vaunted Opponents No Worry for Dayton

Zach Schonbrun, New York Times

Baseball's injury situation is bordering on a plague. Nearly five full teams — 120 players — are on the disabled list, thinning rosters and testing depth early. But s...(full article)

Bad teams are a fact of life, regardless of the sport you follow. There are different kinds of bad teams, of course; sometimes a team is bad for a month, a year, five years, 10, ...(full article)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UF point guard Scottie Wilbekin headed to the free-throw line with a knowing smile on his face, sharing a quick chest bump along the way with Casey Prather. Ther...(full article)

Dayton’s players watched the Selection Sunday coverage from a couch in Coach Archie Miller’s basement, piling on top of him when their team’s name was finally ...(full article)

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results, then the Bengals are certifiable when it comes to quarterback Andy Dal...(full article)

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Straw Man Takes Hit in Ohio St. Loss

The tough shots he made late in the second half, the energy plays when he had no more energy, the defense, all of it. That's not what Aaron Craft knows will be remembered about t...

For Dayton's Hero, It's Vee as in Victory

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Baseball's Newest Worry: Protecting Pitchers

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Harvard's Victories No Longer Upsets

It was still too easy to dismiss them, to pass off the Harvard Crimson as something short of legitimate. Even as those in the know around college basketball praised them, swore t...

Rose a Dilemma That Baseball Can't Solve

Pete Rose is back in the spotlight. This time – 25 years after baseball launched the investigation that ended with Rose accepting a lifetime ban – it's with another book abou...

He'll Steal His Way Into Reds Fans' Hearts

When the Cincinnati Reds revealed their intentions to hand Hamilton their center field job upon the departure of Shin-Soo Choo, fantasy owners started to froth at the idea of a one...

Reds' Lorenzen Has an Arm and a Prayer

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Dalton Beats a Good Team - His Own

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Wild-Card Weekend No Fun for Bengals

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Chargers Bolt Past Bengals

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Basics Make Bengals' Bernard Indispensable

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Super Letdown for Ravens

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Best Team for the Money? Try Cincinnati

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Bengals' Stumble Makes MNF Relevant

The Cincinnati Bengals could have locked up the AFC North title with a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday night and a loss by Baltimore on Monday night. Instead, the Bengals now need to s...

No Experience Necessary in Dugouts

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Blown Call Least of Colts' Problems

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NFL Ignores Safety With Thursday Games

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Bengals Deal Jets Worst Kind of Loss

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Reds About to Find Out If Price Is Right

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Reds Need Manager With More Edge

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Dispute Over Coach Costs Baker His Job

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Liriano Earns Place in Pirates' History

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What Baseball Really Needs Is More Hype

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Speed Kills, and Reds' Hamilton Proves It

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Deepest NFL Teams Protected in Emergencies

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Steelers Off to 1st 0-2 Start in 11 Years

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A Case of Double Trouble in Cincinnati

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Reds Flash Deadly Weapon on Basepaths

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Not a Kid, Tuberville Setting Down Roots

On a drizzly Saturday before the start of fall practice, Tommy Tuberville was conducting his fantasy camp for about 15 older guys. It's a tradition Tuberville has carried with h...

What Reggie Williams Wants Is Justice

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As Always, Reds' Baker Bursting With Optimism

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A Super Surprising Pick for SB XLVIII

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Behind Glasses, McCoy Isn't Blind to Cincinnati

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Bengals Take Heat for 'Traditional' Drill

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Getting James Harrison Back in the Game

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2nd No-No a Show of Bailey's Growth

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Bailey a Giant Slayer in 2nd No-Hitter

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Choo Avoids Explanations, if Not Pitches

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Defense Aside, Choo's Got Cincy's Back

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No Prank; Bengals Draft WR Sanu

This time, it really was the Cincinnati Bengals calling Mohamed Sanu. A day and two rounds after he was the victim of a prank by someone claiming to represent the Bengals and telli...

Notre Dame Stumbles Down Stretch

Unable to make the winning plays down the stretch, and unable to hold a 12-point second-half lead, the Irish crumbled in a 67-63 loss at Greensboro Coliseum.“I think we ha...

Beware These 10 Darkhorses

The 2012 NCAA Tournament may end up being on of the most competitive fields in recent memory. While there are five to 10 elite teams this year, the quali...

Cincy Gets Resume Win vs. Louisville

University of Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin’s instructions before the game were music to Cashmere Wright’s ears. “Coach told us there’s no offense, no plays...

Xavier Star Struggling Since Brawl

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Reds Can Contend in Weak Division

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Cincinnati Knocks Off UConn

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Xavier, Cincy Head in Different Ways

A month ago, Xavier's Chris Mack coached the eighth-best team in college basketball, led by a point guard some believed to be the best player in the country. Now, Mack quotes Fri...

Dalton Misses Practice With Flu

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Xavier Falls to Long Beach State

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Cincinnati Better Since Brawl

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Frease Hopes to Move Past Brawl

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'Bama Upset by Coach's Alma Mater

DAYTON, Ohio—When this week began, being No. 2 was a great thing for the Alabama Crimson Tide. But it’s never good enough to be second-best in a single college basket...

Bengals Make Point, Then Good Deal

It's not often I have a chance to say this, but here goes: Mike Brown did the right thing. First, he made his point with Carson Palmer. Then he made a deal with Oaklan...

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The Oakland Raiders paid a steep price to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer before Tuesday's NFL trading deadline. As the team's first huge personnel move since the passing of ow...

Trade Proof of Jackson's Control

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Possible Big 12 Expansion Targets

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Pot Found at WR Simpson's House

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Bengals Expect QB Dalton to Start

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Dalton, Defense Struggle for Bengals

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Bengals Sign Donte Whitner

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Heisey Hits 3 HRs; Reds, Yanks Split

Chris Heisey homered three times and Johnny Cueto was masterful on the mound, as the Reds pounded the Yankees 10-2 in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday. Heisey t...

Benson Hopes to Stick With Bengals

As an unrestricted free agent, Cedric Benson was not expected to be in Cincinnati for the two weeks of Bengals workouts. However as reporters watched Wednesday’s combined s...

Bengals Should Trade Palmer

Several quarterback-needy teams would love to have Palmer under center this year and would be willing to give up solid value. Cincinnati should be able to get at least a second-ro...

Phillies Prevail Over Reds in 19th

The second pitch Wilson Valdez threw to the reigning National League MVP was a 90-m.p.h. fastball popped foul. Third baseman Carlos Ruiz chased the ball until he flipped over the...

La Russa Fires Back at Broadcaster

Choosing his words carefully to avoid a back-and-back forth with Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennman, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa offered a compliment with a c...

5 Teams That Could Pursue Reyes

Jose Reyes will be a free agent after the 2011 season. Reyes, 27, is in his prime and finally healthy again. He has an OPS of .812 to go along with a .315 batting average, 11 st...

Leake Helps Reds End Skid

“I was glad for him,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I was proud of him. And we needed it badly. That’s as big a win as we’ve had since Opening Day...

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