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E OLIVER RETURNS: Oliver back in lineup after absence, D-9. MARTINEZ RAZES ATLANTA: Dodgers gain ground with victory over Braves, Page D-10. YANKEES STOP SOX: Boston's drive to top delayed, Page D-10. Reds have day off Houston 4 CINCINNATI 1 New York 7 Boston 5 Montreal 6-5 Chicago 2-3 Cleveland 2 Baltimore 1 Pittsburgh 2 Philadelphia 1 Toronto 3 Oakland 2 St. Louis 2 New York 1 California 4 Chicago 2 San Diego 6 San Fran. 3 Minnesota 9 Texas 4 Los Angeles 3 Atlanta 0 Milwaukee 9 Detroit 5 Kansas City 2 Seattle 1 HfflitEliUEfflE Phillies at Cubs, WGN, 8 p.m. EDITOR: GREGy NOBLE, 369-1917 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1991 SECTION D Gant wins againD-3 Couples tops FaxonD-3 MAC on upswingD-8 U.S. a lock?D-9 if Tim Sullivan "Beat goes om for 0-4 'Bengals li?2tK ,3 " A rjMr J; 1 r Pats find new patsy Incompletion? Or fumble? Riggs leads Redskins BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer Don't call the Bengals "bums," coach Sam Wyche said Sunday. Nor should one call them "stupid" or "bad guys," he sternly advised. But call the Bengals 0-4, for the first time since 1984. The Washington Redskins put them in that category Sunday, extending Cincinnati's winless season with a 34-27 victory before 52,038 at Riverfront Stadium. A few fans were seen tossing tennis balls onto the field, in apparent response to Wyche's comments last week that "golf and tennis" should be more important to fans than worrying about a loss. Wyche called the Washington game "a whale of a game" and "a tremendous thing to be proud of and to take to the bank." He lectured reporters for the second straight week that it is unjust to criticize teams making "the effort to win," and the coach himself had no significant knocks on anything his club has done or failed to do in starting 0-4. He called the 4-0 Redskins "maybe one of the best teams to play the game in the last few years," and added: "Nobody's to blame in this one." But Cincinnati's offense and defense each failed when the game was on the line. The result negated a Bengals' comeback that had turned a 27-10 Washington lead into a 27-27 tie. After the Bengals tied the score (Please see BENGALS, Page D-4) Inside I Brown expects criticismD-4. i Offense wakes upD-4. I Big moment for FainD-5. I Taylor breaks longest runD-5. I Redskins' winning marchD-5. I Wyche defends standD-5. I Replay, statisticsD-5. Cup win one. Not after that first-round loss in the U.S. Open a month ago. "Part of me wanted Jim to win and wrap it up," he said, "but a big part of me didn't. I wanted a chance to get out there and play." Would have he felt like that in the past? "Absolutely not," Agassi said. DetailsD-8. ABOVE: Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien loses the ball after taking a hit from Bengals cornerback Rod Jones (25) in the third quarter. The Bengals fell on the ball in the end zone for an apparent touchdown, but the play was ruled an incomplete pass. The call withstood an instant replay review. I Washington 34, Cincinnati 27 I N.Y. Giants 13, Cleveland 10 I Detroit 33, Indianapolis 24 l Miami 16, Green Bay 13 I New England 24, Houston 20 l Atlanta 21, LA. Raiders 17 l New Orleans 26, Minnesota 0 l Philadelphia 23, Pittsburgh 14 I Denver 27, San Diego 19 l San Fran. 27, L.A. Rams 10 l Kansas City 20, Seattle 13 Buffalo 17, Tampa Bay 10 l Dallas 17, Phoenix 9 f Vi i' . ' V 1 it " f , Q Jab 0 l I New England stuns Houston, 24-20 ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES Cheer up, Bengals fans. There's a bright side to the team's fourth straight loss: They didn't lose any ground in the AFC Central Division race. Houston, Cleveland and Pittsburgh combined with Cincinnati to go 0-for-4 Sunday. In Foxboro, Mass., New England beat the Oilers, 24-20, when Hugh Millen completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Greg McMurtry with six seconds to play. It was Houston's first loss. In East Rutherford, N.J. , Browns coach Bill Belichick, the former Giants defensive coordinator, watched as his ex-pupils shut down Cleveland's offense in a 13-10 New York victory. Wyche stays the course, but still 0-4 When it became clear that the Washington Redskins would not have to run another play Sunday afternoon, Sam Wyche dashed across the field for the cursory courtesy of post-game handshakes. . He was about to leave for the locker room when Washington defensive end Tim Johnson draped an arm around his shoulder. "He just said, 'I know you're a Christian and I know times are tough right now,' " Wyche recalled. "We had an (angry) exchange in the heat of the game. What he was saying was that that's not the way believers talk to each other." Say this for Sam Wyche: he still believes. Not everything he reads, to be sure, and not much of what he hears out of the mouths of National Football League officials. But the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals continues to see possibilities in his winless football team, and he continues to campaign for human understanding of winless football teams. Unable to change his luck, Wyche refuses to change his tune. In the wake of Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Washington Redskins, he returned to the theme of football without blame, claiming that he had been greatly misrepresented after last Sunday's loss to Cleveland while reiterating much of the earlier speech. "The effort to win is all a coach can ask," Wyche said during a monologue that lasted more than 4Vz minutes. "It's all we should be selling to the public, that we will make the effort to win, and when the game's over, win or lose, we'll be back the next week making a 110 percent effort to win. We can't determine the outcome, because the other team's doing the same thing, and 14 teams are going to lose and 14 are going to win." Idle, but inspiring no idolatry ; Few coaches in history have been so equally experienced at victory and defeat. After 115 regular-season games, Wyche's record with the Bengals is 58-57. It would not appear that he will improve upon his winning percentage this season. ' Despite a determined comeback from a 27-10 deficit to a 27-27 tie, the Bengals did little Sunday to inspire confidence. . They were unable to stop the run when it mattered most. They were unable to stop the pass when Mark Rypien's throws were in the same time zone as his target. They permitted Brian Mitchell a 66-yard touchdown on a punt return. They continue to execute erratically on offense. "You could see a look in their eyes, like, 'What else can go wrong?' " Mitchell said. The Bengals may be off next week, but they had best not be idle. No substitute for winning "I think it will be good for us to have this week off, put football on the back burner a little bit," said cornerback Eric Thomas. "We're not an 0-4 team (in ' terms of ability). If we were getting shoved all over the field, it would be different. If nobody knew what the records were, nobody would have been able to tell Cincinnati was 0-3 and the Redskins were 3-0." Indeed, had it not been for a Rypien incomplete pass that could easily have been called a fumble, the Bengals might well have won. The home team was more disturbed, however, about the officials' vigilance on quick snaps designed to catch a 12th defender on the field. One such down was replayed because the officials said the Bengals substituted without allowing the Redskins time to respond. "I swear on everything I own," Wyche said, "that we made no attempt to substitute." "The referee (Stan Kemp) saw something he didn't see," center Bruce Kozer-ski said. "Rather than trust his own eyes, he made something up ... If they're going to do that in a crucial situation, they should tell us early in the game and we should just mail it in." It was only one play, but the smallest injustice is an outrage to a winless team. "It's easy to be on top," quarterback Boomer Esiason said. "It's easy to win. But when you're losing and you have to be answerable for that, it's not easy. Every loss cuts deeper." Tim Sullivan is Enquirer sports columnist. LEFT: Sam Wyche tells officials he thought the play should have been a touchdown. In Philadelphia, two old-timers wide receiver Roy Green, who joined the team Wednesday, and quarterback Jim McMahon combined to lead the Eagles to a 23-14 victory over the Steelers. In Miami, the Dolphins gave coach Don Shula his 300th win. DetailsD-6-7. J The Cincinnati Enquirer Ernest Coleman Agassi redeems self GANNETT NEWS SERVICES KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Andre Agassi, the goat of a Davis Cup loss to Germany two years ago, had another opportunity to fail Sunday night. Same opposing team. Same opposing player. Different Andre. He beat Cart-Uwe Steeb, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, to give the United States a 3-2 semifinal victory over Germany in front of 11,546 Pirates clinch; Braves flinch i v fans at Kemper Arena. The defending champion Americans will take on France in the final beginning Nov. 29 in France. "Deep down this has got to be real sweet revenge for Andre," U.S. captain Tom Gorman said. "He got the monkey off his back." The Germans, who trailed 2-0 after Friday's matches, fought back to even the Pitcher Doug Drabek, center, clinched the National League fey' mm1"-1 ' - with Davis score at 2-2 Sunday afternoon when Mi chael Stich rolled to a suprisingly easy 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory against Jim Courier. That set up the decisive singles match between Agassi and Steeb the same player Agassi seemingly gave up against two years ago in Munich, the same player about he once said, "It's hard to get up for a guy like that." Agassi had no trouble getting up for this T7 4 The Associated PressGene J. is mobbed by teammates after the Pirates East title Sunday. If AVU MM M. V Reds can't stop skid BY ROB PARKER The Cincinnati Enquirer HOUSTON The cruel realities of a baseball season gone awry continued for the Reds Sunday. The Reds just can't seem to do much right. And, it seems, whenever they make a mistake, their opponent takes advantage of it and ends up with a victory. The lowly Houston Astros did just that in Reds' 4-1 loss Sunday. Reggie Sanders was picked off in a first inning, in which the Reds produced three straight hits, but no runs. It set the tone for the Reds' offense. Chris Sabo's throwing error opened the floodgates for the As- (Please see REDS, Page D-9) ' ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES The Pittsburgh Pirates earned a spot in the National League playoffs Sunday, while the Los Angeles Dodgers took a step toward joining Pittsburgh. The Pirates, defending East champions, clinched the division title with a 2-1 win against Philadelphia. "We want it all, we want the whole package," shortstop Jay Bell said. "We want the playoffs, the World Series. Last year, I think we thought we can do it. Now we know we can do it." In Los Angeles, struggling ace Ramon Martinez rebounded with a two-hitter, outdueling Atlanta's Tom Glavine in a 3-0 victory. The win moved the Dodgers lVi games ahead of Atlanta in the West. In Boston, closer Jeff Reardon blew his first save in a month in a 7-5 loss to the Yankees. Boston fell l'i games behind Toronto in the American League East. StoriesD-10. Puskar

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