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The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Eastern Kentucky University open their regular seasons Friday in Richmond.  Both squads are hoping to build on last year’s successes.

The success of EKU’s women’s team last year came with a trip to the championship game in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.  For the men last season, a ranking of 18th nationally in scoring offense and hitting the century mark three times created excitement.

This weekend is not a typical homecoming at Eastern Kentucky University.  It’s not every fall the 2nd ranked team nationally provides the homecoming opposition.

Eastern Kentucky University welcomes its alumni back to the Richmond campus as the Colonels take on Jacksonville State on the football field.  EKU has won nine straight homecoming games, but tomorrow’s opponent stands out. 

EKU Seeking First Conference Win

Oct 7, 2016

Eastern Kentucky University returns to Richmond Saturday for its first home conference football game as the Colonels take on Southeast Missouri State. 

SMU is off to a 2 and 0 start in the Ohio Valley Conference while Eastern comes into the 6:00 pm contest looking for its first league win.  EKU has won five straight against the Redhawks. 

The Colonels go pink this weekend for the “Tackle Cancer Game.”  Donation buckets will be on the stadium concourse to raise money for the American Cancer Society. ​

Keeneland Unveils Gold Vase Milestone Trophy

Oct 6, 2016
Stu Johnson

This fall’s meet at Keeneland marks the 80th birthday of the historic Lexington race track.  The three weeks of horse racing include the introduction of a new gold trophy.

Along with a gold-plated cup, tray, bowl and pitcher is the latest addition, a vase.  It’s the next Milestone Trophy recognizing graded stakes wins at Keeneland. 

Yearlings Enter Sales Ring at Keeneland

Sep 12, 2016

Potential buyers will be eyeing hundreds of thoroughbred horses this week in Lexington.  The 73rd edition of the fall auction at what’s regarded as the primary international sales event begins Monday at the Keeneland race track.

EKU Opens Football Season Against Purdue

Sep 2, 2016

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels open up their football season in northern Indiana tomorrow.  It’s a return trip to West Lafayette to take on Purdue.  Four years ago, EKU took on the Boilermakers in the season opener, losing 48 to 6.    

The Colonels begin their 104thseason under the leadership of new head coach Mark Elder.  Eastern has fared better against Football Bowl Subdivision teams in recent years, beating Miami of Ohio in 2014 and losing in overtime to the University of Kentucky last year. 

UK, City Police Offer Game-Day Traffic, Security Suggestions

Aug 30, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

The start of the college football season in Lexington brings traffic and security suggestions from area law enforcement.  Officials with the University of Kentucky and the city of Lexington held a briefing Tuesday at Commonwealth Stadium.   UK Police Chief Joe Monroe urged fans to tailgate responsibly. He says that includes picking up trash in the lot. “Don’t engage in excessive drinking or behavior that is risky or offensive to the neighbors around you or small child who may be in the parking lots as well,” warnedMonroe.

Sand Sculpture Jumps to Debut at Ky. Horse Park

Aug 18, 2016
Stu Johnson


The 2016 International Hunter Derby Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park will feature more than 70 of the nation’s top equestrian riders and a first for this type of equine competition.   The course will include jumps over eight sculptures, made with 125 tons of sand. 

Local Expert Weighs in on Rio Attendance

Aug 8, 2016

Amidst issues such as the threat of Zika, theft, and corruption, the Rio 2016 Olympics are officially underway. A local expert has insight as to why many empty seats are attracting attention early on in the troubled city and country hosting the summer games.

Olympic Games Tend to Boost State Games Interest

Aug 1, 2016

    While the world’s best known amateur athletic competition is about to gear up, Kentucky’s long standing amateur sports event is winding down.  The Olympic Games carry an impact in the Commonwealth.

Lexington Tennis Tournament Director Calls Field Strongest Ever

Jul 29, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

Lexington and the University of Kentucky are hosting their 22nd professional tennis tournament this week.  The tournament director calls it the ‘strongest field’ in the tourney’s history.

Rainy weather drove competitors indoors at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships Thursday.  Some 150 men and women tennis players began the week Monday with hopes of advancing far enough to earn a ticket to the U.S. Open in a month. 

New Home for USEF Planned at Ky. Horse Park

Jul 26, 2016


The United States Equestrian Federation reaffirmed Monday the Kentucky Horse Park will serve as their National Headquarters.  A building will be constructed on the Horse Park’s property to house the headquarters permanently. 

The letter of intent, signed by both parties and presented by Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet begins a 40 year lease at the horse park for the US Equestrian Federation. 

EKU Colonels Voted 2nd in Preseason Football Poll

Jul 19, 2016
Stu Johnson
Stu Johnson-WEKU News

The Eastern Kentucky University Football Colonels have been picked to finish second in this year’s Ohio Valley Conference race. The rankings came during an annual pre-season event in Nashville.

EKU earned 100 points in the preseason poll, three more than third-place Eastern Illinois. 

Jacksonville State, coming off an appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision title game, picked up all 16 available first place votes. 

Three Colonels, offensive tackle Justin Adekoya, kicker Lucas Williams, and punter Keith Wrzuszcak are on the preseason all OVC team.  

State Lawmakers from 15 Southern States Tune-In for Coach Cal

Jul 12, 2016

It wasn’t a high ranking political official who garnered a great deal of attention during yesterday’s Southern Legislative Conference meeting in Lexington.  Instead, all eyes and ears focused on University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. 

Police Prepare for Traffic, Parking, and Security in Sparta

Jul 8, 2016

    The annual racing weekend at Sparta’s Kentucky Speedway will feature traffic flow on and off the race track.  It’s the moving of vehicles off track which has the attention of police and parking officials.

Ky. Racing Commission Committee Assignments Set

Jun 23, 2016


Officials with Kentucky’s Horse Racing Commission have announced committee structure and membership for the upcoming year. The commission executive director says the focus of committees won’t change significantly.

Lexington Photographer Keeps Her Lens Focused on Rodeo

Jun 16, 2016


Lexington’s second Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event is this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The Rotary Club-sponsored event is sure to catch the eye of one local photographer.

Undefeated Derby Winner Prompts Triple Crown Talk

May 11, 2016

Last year’s Triple Crown success of American Pharoah could cause increased interest in Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist’s chance of doing the same. 

Nyquist will enter the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, undefeated.  Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director Chauncey Morris says trainers can be “hyper competitive” and learn from each other,  “If they have a good horse, every trainer is going to look at the career trajectory of American Pharoah and see exactly how Mr. Baffert did it and try to recreate that with their own special horse.”

Charles Bertram

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The winner of the 142nd Kentucky Derby was the favorite Nyquist. Racing against 19 other horses Nyquist finished in front of Exaggerator. At 8-0 Nyquist is the eighth unbeaten horse to win the Derby.  

Nyquist was ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O'Neill.

The race was run in good conditions after a heavy rainfall about an hour before the race. It was seen by the second largest crowd ever at Churchill Downs, around 167,000.

Video courtesy of Lexington Herald-Leader/


Olympics Focus at ‘Three Day Event’

Apr 28, 2016

The Kentucky Horse Park is again hosting thousands of equestrian competitors and fans.  The 36th Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event runs through Sunday.  Event Spokesman Marty Bauman says the focus on dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping is even more keen this spring.  “And this year being an Olympic year we have added importance because this event will help determine which horses and riders will ride on the U.S. team at the Olympic Games at Rio this summer.”

Baffert Pulls 'Cupid' From Ky. Derby

Apr 18, 2016

Trainer Bob Baffert says Kentucky Derby contender Cupid has a breathing problem and won't be entered in the Derby field. 

Baffert's decision came two days after Cupid finished 10th in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. 
Cupid came out of the race with an entrapped epiglottis, and Baffert says the gray colt would have surgery to clear the breathing passageway. 
The issue is not considered serious. Baffert said Cupid "should be OK in a week" and would be under consideration for the Preakness on May 21. 

Post Positions Drawn for Bluegrass, Ashland Stakes

Apr 5, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The 2016 spring meet at Keeneland opens this weekend with two high profile races. Post positions were drawn Tuesday for the Bluegrass and Ashland Stakes. John Servis is the trainer for horse Cathryn Sophia in the $500,000 Ashland Stakes this Saturday, “If she can get the job done here then I think that will certainly give her a lot more confidence going into the Oaks. It will give me a lot more too, I can tell you that.”  

EKU Announces Plans for Football Stadium Upgrades

Mar 30, 2016

Work is expected to begin this summer on a $10 million upgrade to Eastern Kentucky University’s Roy Kidd Football Stadium.  In addition to 3,000 new bleacher seats, the facility will also feature a new locker room, equipment room and game day training area.  EKU Deputy Athletics Director Matt Roan says total capacity will be about 15,000.  “It’s one thing to have a stadium that holds 40,000 people, but it’s a quarter of the way full," Roan said.

EKU Stays Undefeated at Home

Dec 29, 2015

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team kept its perfect home record intact with a win over Manhattan Tuesday.  It came in part because of a quick Colonel start to the game.

EKU Men Lose-EKU Women Win-WKU Takes Bowl

Dec 22, 2015

    The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels have found playing on the road a tough task so far this season.  The men’s team fell to one and six away from home following an 84 to 59 loss to West Virginia Monday Night.  It was a better day for the EKU women’s team and the Western Kentucky football team.

EKU led early in its game with the mountaineers of the Big 12 conference.  But, a 40 to eight run for West Virginia to close out the first half was something Eastern could never recover from in the second half. 

WKU Women Top EKU in Re-Newed Rivalry

Dec 16, 2015
EKU Athletics


The renewed in-state rivalry between Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University has resulted in victories for the Hilltoppers in both men’s and women’s basketball.  The Lady Tops bested the Lady Colonels last night in Bowling Green 76 to 60.

It was a game in which EKU battled back to come from behind, but not far enough.  The Lady Colonels got within two at ten to eight, but then Western scored ten straight points and lead by 14 at the half.  In the second half, EKU kept coming, but couldn’t draw closer than ten points behind. 

New EKU Football Coach Praises Colonel Program

Dec 10, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University’s new football coach is expressing appreciation for what he calls a ‘storied program.’  Former University of Tennessee tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Mark Elder was introduced Thursday afternoon on the Richmond campus.  “I am humbled to walk the same path as some unbelievable coaches that have been here at Eastern Kentucky before,” said Elder.

EKU Falls to UK in Rupp

Dec 9, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky met for the 12th time on the basketball court last night.  And, for the 12th time, the Wildcats came out the victor.

UK jumped out to a sizeable 12 to 2 lead early in the game.  Eastern fought back to close within one at just under 14 minutes in the first half before trailing by 14 at the break.  The Colonels would whittle the Wildcat lead down to six in the second half but a big burst of scoring by Kentucky down the stretch made the final score 88 to 67. 

EKU and UK Meet in Rupp Tonight

Dec 9, 2015


Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky will meet on the basketball court tonight.  It’s the 12th meeting for the Colonels and the Wildcats. UK comes into the game again as a heavy favorite.

EKU travels to Rupp Arena sporting a seven and two record.  UK is seven and one, coming off a ten point loss to UCLA.  The Colonels are ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense and in field goal percentage.  The Wildcats, with another strong freshman class, were ranked first nationally before losing last week. 

UT Special Teams Coordinator Named as EKU's New Head Coach

Dec 8, 2015


Eastern Kentucky University has hired a new head football coach.  The new Colonel Coach comes from the University of Tennessee.

EKU will formally introduce Mark Elder as its new football coach on Thursday.  Elder has served as UT’s tight end coach and special teams coordinator since 2013.  He comes to Richmond as the 14th head coach in program history. Dean Hood was relieved as coach of Eastern in late November after eight years at the helm.