CityBeat - Sports http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-156-1-sports.html <![CDATA[Reds 2014 Season Preview - Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and a deep pitching staff look to take the next step this season]]>

Is this the year the Cincinnati Reds finally break through and give long-suffering local sports fans something to get excited about? Uh, maybe.

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<![CDATA[Mission: Defense - The UC Bearcats enter the NCAA Tournament focused on what they do best]]>

 Despite the impressive resuscitation job Mick Cronin has performed on the University of Cincinnati basketball program since he took over as head coach before the 2006-07 season, there have been times of disappointment — embarrassment, even — with Cronin in charge.

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<![CDATA[Early Start - After exceeding expectations in the Big East, Xavier must get out of the NCAA Tournament’s “First Four” to make a tourney run]]> Two years ago, Xavier’s Semaj Christon and NC State’s T.J. Warren were roommates. On Tuesday night, they were rivals.]]> <![CDATA[So Long, Ye AltWeekly - ]]>

It feels odd to be saying goodbye when I’m not really going anywhere, but if anyone should be used to it by now, it’s me.

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<![CDATA[UC’s Return to Conference USA Days - ]]>

The Big East is officially a mid-major. Not that it’s a surprise, but the agreement on a TV deal with ESPN for $130 million over seven years seals it.

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<![CDATA[Adrien Broner: Greatness Among Us - ]]>

The sport of boxing admittedly doesn’t hold the nation’s spotlight like it once did, but, even so, it seems this city hasn’t fully embraced the fact that one of its own might be on his way to being the best fighter on the planet.

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<![CDATA[UC Football Coach Tommy Tuberville Settles In - ]]>

The success or failure of any college football program starts with recruiting, which is why we see the coaching turnover in the sport start before the final games are played.

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<![CDATA[Dusty on Reds’ Offseason Moves - ]]>

The Reds’ pitchers and catchers, including Punxsutawney-native Devin Mesoraco, report for spring training on Feb. 11, signaling the start of yet another baseball season.

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<![CDATA[All-Star Game in Tow, Castellini Wants World Series - ]]>

Until July of 2015, you’re going to hear a lot about Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. And for good reason — the game could bring anywhere from $75-$100 million into the city.

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<![CDATA[Bringing All-Star Game to Cincinnati Is a Castellini Triumph - ]]>

It’s tough, at this point, to debate the fact that Bob Castellini might be the greatest thing to happen to the Cincinnati sporting scene in the last decade. Coaches and players come and go, but a commitment from ownership is the most important thing any pro sports franchise needs for sustained success.

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<![CDATA[Hall of Fame Voting Could Get Messy - ]]>

The shutout in this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame voting was ugly, but the 2013 ballot and beyond could get downright messy.

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<![CDATA[Bengals Stand Behind Dalton, For Now - ]]>

Is Dalton the quarterback who can lead the Bengals to a Super Bowl? For now, at least, his coach is sticking by him, so that’s about all that matters.

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<![CDATA[Bengals Head Into the Playoffs Unconcerned About the Past - ]]>

Orson Charles had no idea that the Bengals hadn’t won a playoff game in his lifetime. Yet, it’s true. The Bengals rookie tight end was born Jan. 27, 1991 — just three weeks after the team’s 10-7 victory over the Houston Oilers on Jan. 6, the franchise’s last playoff victory. 

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<![CDATA[Losers No More: 2012 in Cincinnati Sports - ]]>

For too long the denizens of our fair city have identified themselves as losers because of the struggles of our professional sports teams, but perhaps we turned a corner in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Christmas Comes Early for Reds - ]]>

Walt Jocketty’s Christmas list wasn’t long, but it was still a tall order. Well, two weeks before Dec. 25, he checked off the final big-ticket item: a leadoff hitter.

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<![CDATA[Votto Still Working Toward Full Health - ]]>

Joey Votto finished his 2012 season with singles in each of his final two plate appearances, but it was his fifth-inning at-bat in Game 5 of the National League Division Series that sticks with him.

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<![CDATA[Coaching Carousel Won’t Stop Spinning at UC - ]]>

Butch Jones sat in a room Dec. 4 with University of Cincinnati president Santa Ono and a representative of the Belk Bowl and told the media — which was most certainly not there to discuss the Dec. 27 game against Duke — he had every intention of coaching the Bearcats in that game and beyond.

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<![CDATA[Why Such Hard Feelings for Palmer? - ]]>

Most people remember at some point in life dating someone we now refer to as “crazy.” The use of the word can sometimes feel as misleading as the choice of “dating” in the same sentence. Batshitfuckingcrazy is often the preferred description. 

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<![CDATA[More Bad News for UC and the Big East - ]]> It’s becoming harder and harder to continue to be a fan of college sports and perhaps more difficult to follow the ever-changing landscape of the supposed amateur athletics. By the time this story hits the printing press, the Big East could be even smaller.

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<![CDATA[Bengals Overcome Blackout Blues - ]]>

If a win isn’t televised, does it make a sound? Perhaps not, but coupled with a breather of a stretch, a couple of wins for the Bengals could at least return the team to TV in Cincinnati soon.

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