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4:35pm

Thu June 25, 2015
Sports

EKU Continues Effort to Move to Higher Athletic Division

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Eastern Kentucky University officials have plans to move into a higher athletic division. EKU Board of Regents Chair Craig Turner says the goal is to move up to the Football Bowl Series. He says whether or not it happens this year is not the issue.  "I think the message is that we're elevating our athletic program, our expectations are higher and we assume we'll also have better results,” says Turner. “The more branding we can do for the university, this is just one of the other mechanisms to keep the university in the forefront." 

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2:16pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Sports

American Pharoah's Win Likely Could Impact Training Strategy

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The director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association expects horse racing trainers to take note of Bob Baffert's winning strategy. 

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5:54pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Sports

Teams from Across the Country in Kentucky for Beep Baseball Field Dedication

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The home of beep baseball is officially open and active this Memorial Day weekend. A one-of-a-kind playing field was dedicated Friday in Frankfort.  Beep baseball is a way of giving visually-impaired players more opportunities on the field. The modified game features a sound-emitting ball and buzzing bases. 

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11:53am

Wed April 29, 2015
Sports

Lasix Free Racing Debated Within Equine Industry

Horse in paddock at Keeneland
Stu Johnson WEKU News

    It's not likely to get much attention this week leading up to Derby, but there's a pending rule change that could someday transform the landscape of the horse racing industry. The new rule is not tied directly to training, purses, or gambling but it is a long debated issue.

Certain sights and sounds at the track are well-known and expected. But what many outside of the industry probably do not know is that about four hours before post time, most horses are administered a commonly used drug called Lasix.

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4:56pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Sports

Record 75 Horses Registered for the 37th Kentucky Rolex Three Day Event

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Equine competitors from around the world meet this weekend for the 37th time at the Kentucky Horse Park.  A record number of horses are registered for a record amount of prize money at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.

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5:12pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Sports

Western Suspends its Swimming and Diving Programs

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WKU is suspending its Swimming and Diving program for five years, effective immediately. The university informed the team members and coaching staff of the decision Tuesday morning.

The move comes after investigations by the Bowling Green Police Department and university uncovered evidence of violations of WKU’s Student Code of Conduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and Title IX Sexual Misconduct/Assault Policy.

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5:28pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Sports

New EKU Basketball Coach Says Up-Tempo is His Style of Play

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Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach says a 'family' approach is what he's bringing to his new job.  Dan McHale says he'll be fully engrained on campus and in the Richmond community.

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4:35pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Sports

New Head EKU Basketball Coach to Be Introduced Thursday

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Eastern Kentucky University's new men's basketball coach has a wide range of Kentucky-related experience. 

Dan McHale will be formally introduced tomorrow Thursday morning on the Richmond campus.

Dan McHale comes to EKU to head up the men's basketball team from Minnesota where's he's been an assistant to Richard Pitino.  The New Jersey native got his first coaching start as a staff assistant to University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino.  He also served as a student manager at UK for four seasons.

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5:37pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Sports

March Madness Can Bring On Unhealthy Stress

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March Madness may come to an end with the crowning of NC AA champions in men's and women's basketball, but the stress along the way can be significant for coaches, players, and even fans.  Georgetown College Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Carter says, usually, that stress is not lasting.  He cites the case of his wife, who, like University of Kentucky fans, felt the sting of a loss to Wisconsin.  "She's a die hard Arizona basketball fan," said Carter.  "I mean she was completely destroyed after Wisconsin beat them.  I mean, so much so, that she couldn't even function that night.  Bu

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9:14pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Sports

Stotelmyer: Neubauer Leaves Firm Foundation for Next EKU Basketball Coach

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Eastern Kentucky University is beginning the search for a new coach to head the men's basketball program.  Jeff Neubauer is leaving to take over as head coach at Fordham University.

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1:40pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Sports

Neubauer Leaves EKU to Take Head Coaching Job at Fordham

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Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach is taking a new job at Fordham University.  Jeff Neubauer exits EKU as the second winningest coach in the school’s history.

Neubauer came to the Richmond school in 2005 and in his second season guided the Colonels to an OVC crown and NC double A birth.  EKU returned to the Big Dance in 2014, losing in an opening round game to Kansas.  The 80 wins over the last four years at Eastern are the most ever during that period of time in school history.

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1:43pm

Sat March 28, 2015
Sports

Former University of Kentucky Athlete Named to Head EKU Athletics

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Eastern Kentucky University's new athletics director says raising money for all sports at the Richmond school is a priority.  EKU has named Steve Lochmueller to head Colonel athletics.

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5:06pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Sports

98th Kentucky High School Basketball Tourney Tips Off

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Thousands of basketball fans are converging on downtown Lexington this week for the annual high school state tournament. It might be a brand new experience, or a lifelong experience for attendees. 

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2:59pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Sports

Obama Predicts Kentucky Will Win NCAA Tournament

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President Barack Obama is predicting that Kentucky will remain undefeated and take home the title in the NCAA Tournament.

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4:15pm

Fri January 30, 2015
Sports

Eastern-Morehead Rivalry Renewed This Weekend

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As the college basketball season moves into February, the conference schedule beginning to heat up. E-K-U, Morehead, and Murray are all battling for a spot in March’s OVC tournament.

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4:25pm

Thu January 8, 2015
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EKU Athletic Director Steps Down

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Eastern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Mark Sandy is stepping down from his current post to take a similar position at Ball State University.

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1:09pm

Wed January 7, 2015
Sports

Boxing Great Muhammad Ali Released from Hospital

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A family spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital after recovering from a severe urinary tract infection.

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5:23pm

Tue December 30, 2014
Sports

EKU Wins on Last Second Shot at Coppin State

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The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels got a last second win Tuesday.  The winning basket came from an EKU junior playing in his hometown.  Back in Baltimore, Colonel guard Denzel Richardson hit a three pointer with less than a second to lift EKU to a 66-63 win over Coppin State.  Eastern’s Corey Walden tied his career best with a game high 33 points.  As the clock wound down, Walden was under the basket, but couldn’t get a shot off.  So, he found Richardson in the corner for the game winner.  EKU moves to seven and five on the year.  The Colonels return home this Saturday for the final

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8:47am

Mon December 22, 2014
Sports

EKU Takes to the Court Monday After Historic Win at Miami

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Coming off one of their biggest wins in team history, Eastern Kentucky University takes to the court Monday night, again in Florida. 

The EKU men's team handed 18th ranked University of Miami a 28 point loss Friday night.  It was their first win over a top 25 team in more than a half century.  In 1959, the Colonels defeated number seven North Carolina State by two points.  Tonight Eastern will go up against Florida Atlantic in Boca Rotan.  Tip-off is set for 7pm.  

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10:58pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Sports

New Bill Would Enhance Safety for Fast Pitch Softball Players

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Members of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly will be asked to toughen safety standards for girl's high school fast pitch softball.  The proposed measure would require the pitcher, plus players at first and third base to wear protective masks. 

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2:41pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Sports

UK Ally Oops Its Way Over EKU

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A substantially undersized Eastern Kentucky University Colonel team fought valiantly Sunday night, but it wasn't enough to keep up with number one Kentucky.  UK beat EKU 82-49 before a full house at Rupp Arena.  After the game, Eastern Coach Jeff Neubauer  gave high praise for UK's defensive effort.  "Our team, I told them, they were just guarded by the best defensive team in the modern era of college basketball. And I'm not exaggerating a little bit when I say that," said Neubauer.

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12:13am

Fri December 5, 2014
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EKU Colonels Prepare for Matchup Against No. 1 Kentucky This Weekend

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Eastern Kentucky University heads into Rupp Arena Sunday night for an appointment with No. 1 ranked Kentucky.  EKU's head coach says his team's style won't change for the highly anticipated matchup.

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11:51pm

Thu November 27, 2014
Sports

EKU Host Opening Round Game in FBS Playoffs

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The Eastern Kentucky University football Colonels will go after their first playoff victory in 20 years Saturday.  EKU plays host to Indiana State at Roy Kidd Stadium.  Eastern comes into the Football Championship Series playoff game at nine and three while Indiana State finished the regular season seven and five. 

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10:29pm

Sun November 9, 2014
Sports

Student Organization Proposes Beer Sales at Select EKU Sporting Events

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Eastern Kentucky University administrators are considering whether to allow beer sales at some school athletic events. The request comes from EKU's student government association. SGA President Kyle Nicholas says he envisions a designated courtyard site within the football stadium for beer sales. "Right now, there's a lot of people who stay at the tailgate during the game.  They don't make their way into the stadium.  They either stay out there or they leave to go home or go out to a bar.  So, this is something to just bring people in," said Nicholas.

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11:17pm

Sun November 2, 2014
Sports

EKU Opens Season Play This Week

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The Eastern Kentucky University basketball Colonels hit the hardwood Friday night for their first contest of the season. EKU enters this season as the defending Ohio Valley Conference Champion.

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12:00pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Sports

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sales Underway

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While many horse racing fans eagerly await early October for Keeneland's fall meet, horse sellers and buyers will stay busy for the next two weeks.  The annual September yearling sales event gets underway Monday.

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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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