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5:22pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Sports

Keeneland's New Dirt Track Not Like Old One

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Early Thursday morning, six to eight horses worked over the new dirt surface.  Conversion of the main track from a synthetic polytrack surface to dirt began May 19th. At first glance, Keeneland's new track looks very much like the old one. Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the new track features a unique draining system.  "We feel that, when there's rain water, it will flow very quickly off the track toward the inside and outside rails and that will carry it away from the track and eliminate a lot of ponding," said Gregory.

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4:17pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Sports

UK Football Fans Face Construction Obstacles

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University of Kentucky football fans are facing a few challenges off the field before they see the first kicked off this weekend. 

UK and city officials have detailed several changes, many which are related to the stadium construction and renovation project.  Gates ten and eleven will be closed due to construction, so fans entering through the south side of Commonwealth Stadium will use gates seven, nine, 12, and 14. 

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10:43pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Sports

Expansion and Improvements Planned for EKU Athletic Facilities

Colonel Football Fan Day Event on Saturday
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Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is seeing a great deal of change around the Richmond campus.  Dan McBride is the newly named Senior Associate Athletics Director.  McBride says one of his primary duties is to oversee facility improvements.  "A big portion of my responsibilities now is gonna be dealing with the expansion at the baseball stadium, the expansion at the softball field, expansion at the football stadium.  I oversaw the installation of the new lights and the new floor in the coliseum.  The new lights at baseball and softball fields this year," said McBride.

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9:23pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Sports

Beep Baseball Complex Heading to Frankfort

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    A different kind of baseball game is coming to the region.  When baseball season begins next spring, a game designed for the visually impaired will be played in Frankfort.

A beep baseball complex is planned for a site near the Kentucky River.   The ball emits beeps as both the batter and fielders are blindfolded.

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5:43pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Sports

From the Raceway to the Waterway for Kentucky Racing Fans

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    This past weekend, Kentucky racing fans were focused on the Quaker State 400.  Attention shifts to the waterway this Fourth of July weekend.

Four different types of boats can compete in drag boat racing.  Kentucky Drag Boat Association President Roger Austin says thousands will be on hand this weekend to watch between 40 and 50 boats race at speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour.  "It will be wall to wall boats from 80-90 foot houseboats to 16 foot dinghies out there watching the boat races all up and down the side of a quarter mile," said Austin.             

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9:48am

Mon June 23, 2014
Sports

UK Awards Multimedia Rights to JMI Sports

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In one of the most valuable partnerships of its kind in college athletics history, University of Kentucky officials announced Monday that JMI Sports has been awarded UK’s athletics and campus multimedia marketing rights with a 15-year, $210 million agreement.

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4:40pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Sports

Keeneland Looks to be 2015 Host for Breeders Cup

It appears Keeneland race track stands a good chance of hosting the 2015 Breeders Cup World Championships.  Although not confirmed by the track or the Breeders Cup, reports in the Lousiville Courier Journal and Lexington Herald Leader cite sources saying the big time racing day is coming to central Kentucky.   Dan Metsger is the president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

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4:50pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Sports

World Equestrian Games Going to Canada

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The World Equestrian Games are not coming back to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2018.  Kentucky had put in a bid to again host the international equine competition four years from now.  The Canadian community of Bromont (BRO-mont)-Montreal has been named as the next site for the equestrian event.  Before learning of the final decision, during a visit to Lexington Monday, Governor Beshear indicated there had been some sponsorship issues.

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10:41pm

Fri June 6, 2014
Sports

Lots of Kentucky Support for California Chromes' Bid at Making History

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California Chrome is the talk of the sports world right now, on and off the horse racing track.  Industry leaders aren't the only ones thinking about tomorrow's Belmont race. 

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9:21pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Sports

Slow Derby is No Predictor of Saturday's Preakness

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The general manager of a long-standing training facility for thoroughbred horses anticipates this weekend's Preakness to be a faster race than the Kentucky Derby.  The Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington has been operating 44 years. 

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9:58am

Fri May 9, 2014
Sports

EKU and UK in Roundball this December

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Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky are slated to meet this December in regular season men's basketball action. 

Both schools were in St. Louis in March to play in the 2014 NC double A tournament. 

Eastern fought bravely against Kansas before losing by eleven.  UK beat Kansas State and Wichita State in its run to the championship game where the Wildcats lost to Connecticut. 

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6:55pm

Mon May 5, 2014
Sports

California Chrome's Long Road to the Triple Crown

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The story of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome continues to be written.  The easy winner, with far fewer dollars invested compared to a typical Derby champion, will head to Maryland to compete in the Preakness. 

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6:02pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Sports

Rolex Riders Hoping for a Trip to France

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    Most of the best equestrian riders in the world are in central Kentucky for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.  The competition carries extra significance this year.

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11:43pm

Sat April 5, 2014
Sports

Kentucky to Meet UConn in Final After Harrison 3-pointer defeats Wisconsin

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Kentucky’s party crashers are one win away from hanging their ninth national championship banner.

The No. 8 seed Wildcats defeated No. 2 seed Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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5:45pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Sports

Dirt Comes Back to Keeneland Along with Instant Racing at Two Lexington Tracks

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Central Kentucky's historic race track Keeneland is revisiting part of its history.  Track officials announced the poly fiber synthetic track will be taken up this summer and replaced with a dirt surface.

 Vince Gabbert, Keeneland C-E-O says the track surface has always been a 'journey, not a destination, with the regional circuit and where the horses come from and going to it just has become just absolutely paramount that we have to switch back to  dirt," said Gabbert.

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11:12pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Sports

NCAA Tournament Impact on Eastern Kentucky University

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Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team, along with its coaches and many fans are back in Richmond after a trip to St. Louis.  The Colonels exerted a solid effort against Kansas before coming up short in their one NCAA contest.  But, the March madness appearance is expected to have lasting impacts on and off the court.

NCAA Impact on a school like EKU

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12:28pm

Sat March 22, 2014
Sports

EKU Colonels Head Home As UK Wildcats Advance in NCAA Tourney

EKU Senior Glenn Cosey sparked the upset-minded Colonels early with four first-half three-pointers at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis
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The University of Kentucky Wildcats are staying in St. Louis for the weekend for another game in the 2014 NCAA tournament.  It took some doing, but UK held fast in beating Kansas State by seven.  Eastern Kentucky University, meanwhile, brought a yeoman's effort against number-two-seeded Kansas before falling 80-69. 

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12:25am

Fri March 21, 2014
Sports

EKU Colonels, UK Wildcats to Begin NCAA Tourney Play

Colonels Take to the Court for Practice
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The long wait for the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team is about over.  The Colonels get their shot in the NC Double-A limelight Friday.

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5:33pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Sports

NCAA Tourney Brings Out Scamming Threat

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With March Madness comes the frenzy for basketball fans to find tickets and make plans to follow their favorite teams.  It's also a time when scammers focus their attention on taking advantage of those zealous fans.

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7:01am

Mon March 17, 2014
Sports

Kentucky Teams Ready for Tourney Play

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It's the E-K-U Colonels and the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NC double A basketball tournament this Friday in St. Louis.  Eastern Kentucky University learned who would be its opponent Sunday night.

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10:14am

Fri March 14, 2014
Sports

Fans to Celebrate Colonels' OVC Victory at NCAA Selection Party

Corey Walden cuts down the championship net.
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WEKU's Bryan Bartlett reports on the upcoming 2014 NCAA Selection Party for OVC Champions, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.

Fans of the Ohio Valley Conference basketball champions, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, will gather this weekend in Richmond to celebrate the victory and to find out who the team plays first in the Big Dance. 

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11:08pm

Sun March 9, 2014
Sports

Eastern Kentucky University Men's Team, Fans Await NCAA Basketball "Big Dance'

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T he Eastern Kentucky University's men’s team is going to this year's NCAA basketball tournament.  The Colonels captured their sixth Ohio Valley Conference title Saturday with a 79-73 victory over Belmont University. 

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5:09pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Sports

EKU Men's Basketball to Meet Southeast Missouri State in OVC Tourney

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Eastern Kentucky University’s first contest in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament will likely have both teams recalling their previous match just over a month ago.  

 The E-K-U men's team takes on Southeast Missouri State Thursday evening in Nashville.  Last month, the Colonels’ Glenn Cosey hit a 40-foot bank shot with time running out to secure a one point Eastern win. 

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11:31am

Wed November 27, 2013
Sports

Skiing Weather Moves Into West Virginia

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Snow is arriving in West Virginia just in time for the opening of the state's ski season. Snowshoe Mountain is opening its 40th season Wednesday with at least three lifts and about 10 trails in operation. Winterplace Ski Resort announced Wednesday that it's opening on Friday, two weeks earlier than planned, because of natural snow and good snowmaking conditions.

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4:16pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Sports

Another Record Setter at Keeneland

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The racing fans keep coming to Lexington’s historic Keeneland track.  The just completed fall meeting was another record breaker. Keeneland set attendance records for the fourth consecutive race meet.  On-track fans totaled more than 266 thousand, a two and a half percent increase over a year ago.  Average daily attendance was up by the same amount.

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10:00pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Sports

Borel Suffers Broken Leg in Fall at Keeneland Race

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Hall of fame jockey Calvin Borel is recovering  after a serious spill during an afternoon race at Keeneland Wednesday.  The Lexington-Herald Leader reports the 46 year old rider suffered a broken leg after being thrown off ‘Sonic Dancer’ in the sixth race at the Lexington track.  Borel was also displaying symptoms of a concussion. 

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5:31pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Sports

Jockey Calvin Borel Injured During a Race at Keeneland

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Veteran jockey Calvin Borel has been injured during a race this afternoon at Keeneland.  The outgoing rider was unseated from Sonic Dancer shortly after the start of the sixth race Wednesday.  Keeneland Medical Director Barry Schuman released a statement.  In it, he said Borel was “stable, somewhat alert and suffering the effects of a sports concussion.  He was complaining of pain in his left leg but he was able to move it. He was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for further evaluation.”

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4:59pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Sports

E-K-U Coaches Say Team's Personality is Evident

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Good sound comradery can go a long way to help achieve success on the basketball court.  Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer says it’s one of the strengths of this year’s squad.

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10:33pm

Tue October 22, 2013
Sports

E-K-U Men's Basketball Team Picked to Win the East

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The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels are being picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference East Division this basketball season.  The men’s team returns four starters and 13 overall from a squad which won a school record 25 games a year ago.  Guards Glenn Cosey and Corey Walden were selected to the preseason All-OVC team.  Southeast Missouri and Murray State tied for the top spot in the west division. 

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4:15pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Sports

New App, Expanded Tailgating For Keeneland's Fall Meet

Racing at Keeneland last spring.
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Jockeys at Keeneland may be in high demand.  The fall meet opens Friday afternoon at the Lexington race track.  And, riders will likely spend the next couple weeks signing a lot of autographs.


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