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For the first time in program history, the Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team will run this weekend in the NCAA National Championships. 

EKU Basketball Colonels Take on SEC's Ole Miss

Nov 13, 2017
Stu Johnson

Fresh off a come-from-behind win Friday in Texas, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team faces a taller task Monday night in Mississippi. 

EKU sports fans lady weekend experienced both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team has been projected to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. 

Pre-season rankings and player recognitions came Tuesday during the conference Media Day event.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We apologize for the error in the original headline for this story, mis-identifying Jacksonville State University as "Jackson State." (JEH 10/18/17)

Athletics Departments at Eastern Kentucky University and Jacksonville State are both apologizing for a weekend halftime incident during the football game in Alabama. 

It involved EKU football players and JSU band members.

Stu Johnson

The start of the 2017 fall meet at Keeneland also signals the beginning of a new social media service to offer pre-race betting advice.  Racing at the historic Lexington track begins Friday and runs through October 28th.

Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach's attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal today that Louisville has "effectively fired" Pitino.

Keeneland Officials Pleased With Yearling Sales

Sep 26, 2017

Keeneland officials are hailing the 12-day September yearling sale as a major success. 

The globally-recognized fall bidding brought prices not seen in almost a decade.

Statue Honors Former EKU Football Coach Roy Kidd

Sep 25, 2017
Stu Johnson

A bronze likeness of the man who helped create a football tradition at Eastern Kentucky University now overlooks the field in the stadium that bears his name. 

The statue of former EKU Coach Roy Kidd was unveiled Saturday.

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Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat has died at the age of 95. Chenery passed away Saturday in Boulder Colorado following complications from a stroke.

Fall Yearling Sale Getting Underway at Keeneland

Sep 11, 2017

For almost three-quarters of a century Keeneland has been auctioning off horses in the fall. 

The September yearling sales is regarded globally as the premiere sales event.

EKU Football Colonels Face UK

Sep 8, 2017

For the second time in two years, but only the fifth time ever, Eastern Kentucky University battles the University of Kentucky on the football field. 

The two teams, separated by just 27 miles, meet up Saturday in Lexington.

Richmond will once again host Kentucky’s All A basketball tournament next year.  

The five-day competition the last week of January focusing on small high schools will be held at Eastern Kentucky University. 


Stu Johnson

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels face tough challenges in opening the 2017 football season. 

Games against two in-state schools are first and second on this fall’s schedule.

Transylvania University is the first school in Kentucky to offer women’s collegiate triathlon as a varsity sport. 

Transy Vice President and Athletics Director Holly Sheilley says it’s an emerging NCAA sport made possible with a $70,000 grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation.

Red Mile Track Open for 143rd Year of Racing

Jul 28, 2017
Stu Johnson

It’s year 143 for Lexington’s historic Red Mile harness race track. 

A leader in the horsemen’s organization sees continued growth in purses and race dates.

The Eastern Kentucky University football team is picked preseason to finish fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference. 

The rankings emerged during this week's annual OVC media day in Nashville.

EKU Football to Benefit From Largest Gift Ever

Jul 16, 2017

A member of an Eastern Kentucky University championship team a half century ago has made the largest single gift commitment ever to the school’s football program.

The $250,000 will go to help equip an expansion at Roy Kidd Stadium. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced he is suing Gov. Matt Bevin over a recent executive order that reorganized several education boards.

The announcement comes after the attorney general previously threatened to sue Bevin over the actions and after the governor changed his executive order late last week.

Beshear said that despite Bevin’s changes, “there are still significant constitutional and legal violations.”

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The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes is this Saturday.  Twelve horses will compete for the third leg of this year’s Triple Crown series.  


WEKU’s Stu Johnson has been wondering, “What will the horses be thinking in the gate, at the quarter, and down the stretch?”  

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Competitors from as far away as Washington state, Minnesota, and Massachusetts faced steamy Bluegrass conditions over the weekend as they battled in the Ultimate National Championships. College division three ultimate disc title winners were decided at the Kentucky Horse Park.


Bluegrass Ultimate

Flying discs will fill the air in high numbers this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park’s polo fields. 

Some 750 players from across the country will gather for the national Division three College Ultimate Championships.

The University of Kentucky's newly renamed Kroger Field will host high school state championship football games in 2017 and 2018.

The school and the KHSAA on Wednesday announced the Gridiron Bowl's move from Western Kentucky's Houchens Stadium in Bowling Green after eight years. The early-December games for six classifications will be played on the Wildcats' 61,000-seat home field for the first time since 1976. Lexington was the finals' original home, with contests at Stoll Field from 1959-66 and 1968-72.

Also, Kentucky's girls' Sweet 16 basketball tournament will return to Northern Kentucky's BB&T Arena next year before moving to Lexington's Rupp Arena for 2019 and 2020.

Students from across the U.S. are expected to arrive in Kentucky this week to participate in a national archery competition.

Lexington Rotarians Get Derby Advice

May 5, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington's Rotary Club held its annual pre-Kentucky Derby meeting Thursday. 

Attendees at the midday event received an update from the head of Keeneland which, this year, included a newcomer.

Keeneland President Bill Thomason offered a recap of the track's just-completed spring meet, then turned his attention to Saturday’s Run for the Roses.  

Stu Johnson

For some four decades competing horses and riders from around the world have been coming to the bluegrass in the springtime.  This weekend is no exception with the Rolex Three Day Event being held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Harry Connick Jr. to Sing National Anthem at Kentucky Derby

Apr 12, 2017

Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer Harry Connick Jr. will sing the national anthem at the Kentucky Derby next month. The jazzman, actor and former "American Idol" judge will perform the anthem in the Derby Winner's Circle at Churchill Downs on May 6.   

Keeneland Unveils Bonus Program for Yearling Sale

Apr 12, 2017
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While Keeneland's spring race meet continues for the rest of April, the historic track is putting the focus on another of its functions.  Officials at the Lexington facility Wednesday  unveiled what they are calling "major enhancements" to this year's yearling sale.     

Irap Wins Bluegrass Stakes, 100 Points for Derby

Apr 9, 2017
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Long-shot Irap won the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes for his first career victory and 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby, holding off Practical Joke by three-quarters of a length Saturday as favorite McCraken made a late charge at Keeneland.


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Lexington’s Keeneland race track will welcome patrons to its spring meet today.  During the month of April visitors can experience expanded walking tours of the historic facility.  

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A state panel is working to better determine how various drug compounds might affect horses involved in racing. The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council Tuesday gave its support for screening limits.