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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.