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5 sports storylines to watch this week

Reds heading for home: Cincinnati returns to Great American Ball Park after a tough road trip that saw them lose four of five and get outscored 24-7 entering Sunday’s game. Cincinnati hosts the Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins in a pair of three-game sets this week, then conclude the homestand with three more against the Chicago Cubs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) goes against the Phillies’ Cliff Lee (2-0) on ESPN at 7 p.m. Monday.

Field of dreams: As the NFL draft nears, the Cincinnati Bengals host its annual workout for local players at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday. Teams are permitted to hold workouts for players who played their high school and/or college football in the team’s metro area. Among those attending are Miami wide receiver Andy Cruse and cornerback D.J. Brown and Ohio wide receiver Bakari Bussey. Both Brown and Bussey played at Lakota West.

Sharks continue playoff push: The top two teams in the Continental Indoor Football League collide when the Dayton Sharks and Erie Explosion meet 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hara Arena. It’s the final regular-season home game for Dayton. Both entered Sunday’s games 7-0 and ranked atop the CIFL in both offense and defense. The Sharks lead the league with 55.4 points per game and are second with 26.0 points allowed. The Explosion are second in scoring at 54.7 points and first in points allowed with 23.8.

CBC clash: One of the better high school baseball battles takes place not once, but twice this week. The Tippecanoe Red Devils (10-1) and the Tecumseh Arrows (8-2) play two with Tecumseh hosting on Monday and Tippecanoe hosting on Wednesday. Both games are 5 p.m. Tipp features a three-headed pitching staff of Steve Calhoun (3-0, 1.34 ERA), Ben Hughes (2-0, 0.00) and Cole Quillen (1-1, 1.17). They’ll deal with slick fielding Tecumseh shortstop Tony Evans, whose hitting .379 with 16 RBI.

Cross-town rivalry resumes: Wright State hosts Dayton in a baseball rematch from Feb. 18, a 5-1 win by the Raiders. The Raiders enter Sunday with a 16-17 record. WSU’s Kieston Greene is second in the Horizon League with a .363 average and four home runs. The Flyers, 7-23-1, are led by Aaron Huesman who ranks among UD’s leaders in most offensive categories including his team-leading .344 average.

— Greg Billing

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