Sunday, February 16, 2003

Central Division rundown

A look at the offseason for the Reds' NL Central Division opponents:

St. Louis: Lost starting pitchers Chuck Finley and Andy Benes. Former Red Brett Tomko is now the No.3 starter, and another former Red, Joey Hamilton, is in a key setup role. Cardinals are excellent defensively, and the lineup is a good one. But St. Louis is no lock to repeat.

Houston: Roy Oswalt and Wade Miller are the best Nos.1 and 2 starters in the division. The Astros made a good offensive club better by adding Jeff Kent, the biggest offseason signing in the division. The Craig Biggio move to outfield is worth keeping an eye on.

Chicago: The rotation could be scary if the young arms - Mark Prior, Kerry Wood and Matt Clement - come around. Added two good arms to bullpen in lefty Mike Remlinger and righty Dave Veres. But the Cubs hit .246 as a team last year.

Pittsburgh: Matt Stairs was the big free agent signing. That's probably not enough to fix a bad offense.

Milwaukee:GM (Doug Melvin) and manager (Ned Yost) are new. But the players are essentially the same ones who lost 106 games last season.

- John Fay

Changes few, expectations many for Reds
Central Division rundown
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Top pick means possibilities
Lewis knows how to win; it's his way
NFL Notebook: Bears might pursue free agent QB

Xavier 93, Rhode Island 70
XU Notebook: Chalmers rides pine after fouls
XU women run past La Salle

Charlotte 74, UC 64

Preview to Selection Sunday
The Enquirer's projected NCAA field
NCAA Tournament sites, dates
Postseason ticket information

Miami 69, Marshall 49
Kentucky 68, LSU 57
UK Notebook: Barbour coming around
Louisville 73, Marquette 70
Kentucky Wesleyan 71, NKU 68
Local college basketball games
Michigan 70, Ohio State 54
Wisconsin 71, Indiana 59
Hunter's dream depends on dirty work

Austin loses IBF bantamweight crown

Ducks, Cyclones lose
Miami blanks Buckeyes in hockey
Hyde Park man set to run 800-mile Iditarod
World's most psychotic sporting events
Enquirer Power Rankings
Sports on TV-Radio

Sweep in Earnhardt Jr.'s reach
Tiger, Mickelson go one-on-one today
NBA Games: Blazers back on track
Agassi, Sanguinetti meet in finals
Trust N Luck wins Derby prep

Revised basketball schedule
Alter tries to beat LeBron
Boys Games: No. 1 Withrow finishes undefeated
Girls Games: Ursuline ousts Princeton
Ky. Games: Dixie duo hit milestones
Indian Hill, Ursuline swimmers win districts
Girls swimming results
St. X, Western Brown win wrestling sectionals
Campbell tops Ryle for wrestling title
Schaffer trades appendix for assists
N.Ky. skater aims for nationals

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