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2:22pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Sports

Three-Way Race Predicted in Bluegrass Stakes

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The maximum number of horses race Saturday in Keeneland’s Bluegrass Stakes.  Post positions in the prep race for the Kentucky Derby were selected today in Lexington.

Third from the inside, morning line favorite “Uncaptured” starts the betting at 7-2.  But, Keeneland Handicapper Mike Battaglia gave only a slight edge to the brown colt from Canada.  Battaglia also see contenders in two Kentucky-breds, Java’s War and Rydilluc.

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11:55am

Tue April 9, 2013
Sports

UofL Brings National Title Back Home to Kentucky

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After a season of some pretty bad basketball all around, this was 40 minutes of fun. After some ups and downs during the past 16 years, this was 40 minutes of Rick Pitino cementing his legend, becoming the first coach to win a national title at two different schools. After 12 months, it took just 40 minutes to bring the NCAA championship trophy right back to the commonwealth. Last year, Kentucky. This year, Louisville. Take that North Carolina. Take that Indiana. Take that all those other so-called basketball states. And Louisville had to earn the title, outlasting a young and talented Michigan team, superbly coached by John Beilein, that led the Cards by as many as 12 points in the first half before finally falling 82-76.

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2:15pm

Sun April 7, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals Advance to National Championship Game

The Louisville Cardinals advanced Saturday evening to the NCAA Tournament championship game, but not before getting a scare from the Wichita State Shockers. The overall No. 1-seeded Cardinals trailed by a point at halftime and through most of the second half to the No. 9 seed Shockers, but managed to come back as the game closed.

2:51pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals Earn a Spot in the Women's Final Four

The Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team pulled another upset Tuesday night to earn a spot in the Final Four. U of L topped the Tennessee Lady Vols 86-78 in Oklahoma City. In winning, the No. 5 seed Cardinals beat a better-seeded team for the third straight game—No. 4 seed Purdue, No. 1 seed Baylor and the second-seeded Tennessee.

1:37pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

WKU Joins Conference USA

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Old collegiate rivalries and new money drove the economic engine that pushed Western Kentucky University to seek an affiliation with Conference USA, WKU President Gary Ransdell said Monday. Ransdell said with the geography of the C-USA membership, student-athletes will experience less travel time, as will fans. “So much of this is positive for WKU,” he said.

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11:53am

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Lose to UConn in Elite Eight

The Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball team was lost their bid Monday for their first Final Four appearance. The No. 2 seed Wildcats lost 83-53 to the UConn Huskies in Bridgeport, Conn., ending UK’s most successful season in history with a 30-6 record and a second-place regular season finish in the Southeastern Conference.

4:30pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals' Kevin Ware has Successful Leg Surgery

Kevin Ware
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Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware had successful surgery late Sunday on his right leg broken during an Elite Eight game and is expected to remain in Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital until at least Tuesday, the university said. He's hopeful to return to Louisville mid-week and join the team for next weekend's Final Four in Atlanta, the university added.

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5:44pm

Wed March 27, 2013
Sports

U of L, UK Reach Women's NCAA Sweet Sixteen Round

The Louisville Cards and Kentucky Wildcats are both headed to the third round of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. Second-seeded UK advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 84-70 victory tonight over Dayton.     The Wildcats will face Delaware, a number six seed, Saturday in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

11:47am

Tue March 26, 2013
Sports

Cards, Cats Return to Action in Women's NCAA Tournament

The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky women’s basketball teams resume play tonight in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals advanced to the second round with a victory over MiddleTennessee State Sunday.  Fifth-seeded U of L takes number four Purdue at 7:00pm at the KFC Yum Center.

2:15pm

Sun March 24, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals Top Colorado State to Advance to Sweet 16

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team easily beat the Colorado State Rams on Saturday to advance in the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Cardinals expanded on a 14-point halftime lead to win 82-56 in Lexington's Rupp Arena—which some fans were dubbing "Russ Arena," in acknowledgment of Louisville star guard Russ Smith. Smith led the Cardinals with 27 points.

12:55pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Sports

Louisville Advances in NCAA Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals have advanced in the men’s NCAA tournament, easily winning their opener 79-48 over North Carolina A&T tonight in Lexington. Russ Smith led the Cards with 23 points and eight steals.    U of L, the tournament’s top overall seed, will face Colorado State Saturday in third round tournament action at Rupp Arena

5:12pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Sports

Looking for Corporate Basketball Fans

Downtown Lexington is often a hectic spot, particularly when there’s  a big game a Rupp Arena.  Events like this week’s N-C-double-A tournament are money makers for the hospitality industry.  But, it also offers ‘longer term’ economic opportunities.  Among the fans coming to Lexington for the national sporting event are likely numerous corporate leaders. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says it gives him a chance to sell the city to potential employers.

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5:23pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cards Begin NCAA Title Quest in Lexington

U of L Senior Guard Peyton Siva
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With the number one overall seed, a Big East Tournament title and a nine-game winning streak on its resume,  the University of Louisville begins play in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament tomorrow  in Lexington.  The Cards take on North Carolina A&T, which defeated Liberty in Tuesday’s play-in game.  It was the Aggies’ first-ever NCAA tournament victory.

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10:27am

Wed March 20, 2013
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Season Ends for UK Men's Basketball Team

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The season is over for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. The top-seeded Wildcats were defeated 59-57 tonight by Robert Morris University in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.

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6:51am

Wed March 20, 2013
Sports

Brown Outs to Fade Away This Spring

A new strategy in Lexington should eliminate ‘brown outs.’  To save money on staff, the city occasionally takes fire trucks out of service.  It now has plans to temporarily restore some overtime pay and hire new employees.  As a result, Assistant Fire Chief Harold Hoskins says they should have enough personnel to fully staff those trucks.  “By the time that second class graduates from recruit training in November, mid November, we’re hoping before Thanksgiving, then our staffing numbers should be up enough to where we’ll be able to staff all our companies without overtime.  So, between now and Thanksgiving we’re looking at overtime to fill the gaps,” said Hoskins.

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6:47am

Wed March 20, 2013
Sports

The Bouncing of the Ball This Week

College tournament basketball is off and running this week.    For the first time in 68 years, Eastern Kentucky University has won a post season tourney game.  E-K-U got a hard fought 69-62 victory over Gardner Webb last night in Boiling Springs North Carolina.  The Colonels are competing in the College Insider dot com tournament.  Eastern will learn later today who will be their next opponent.

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2:54pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Sports

Nate Silver Says Louisville Cardinals Have Best Chance of Winning NCAA Tournament

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Five Thirty Eight's Nate Silver is famous for accurately forecasting presidential elections, but he also correctly picked the 2012 NCAA men's basketball champion—the Kentucky Wildcats. This year, Silver is forecasting that the Louisville Cardinals have the best chance of winning the NCAA Tournament, though he cautions that they're not overwhelming favorites.

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6:21am

Mon March 18, 2013
Sports

March Madness Across Kentucky

Men’s March Madness on the basketball court officially starts Tuesday, but Sunday night’s NC double A selections certainly set the stage for the next few weeks.  Kentucky schools found out last night who they play in three different post season tournaments.  The University of Louisville is the overall number one seed in the NC double A tournament.  The Cardinals Thursday take on the winner of Liberty-North Carolina A and T play-in game.

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4:26pm

Sun March 17, 2013
Sports

Louisville Cardinals Win Big East Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team won the Big East Tournament on Saturday—and likely a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And possibly the No. 1 overall seed. U of L defeated the Syracuse Orange 78-61 in the final Big East Tournament before the conference's seven Catholic universities split and several other teams leave as well, including the Cardinals in 2014.

10:09am

Mon March 11, 2013
Sports

Madison Central Fans Share in Team's Triumph from Lexington to Richmond

Fans lined Main Street in Richmond on Sunday night to welcome home Madison Central High School's basketball team after it won the state championship earlier in the day in Rupp Arena.
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After a day that Madison County basketball fans will never forget, they came together to celebrate the boys who gave them something to remember. A huge crowd turned out to cheer the new state high school basketball champions at Madison Central High School on Sunday night. Fire trucks paraded the team and cheerleaders down Main Street, which was lined with fans, then brought the team to the packed school gym.

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7:59am

Mon February 25, 2013
Sports

Regular Roundball Season Wrapping Up

The regular season wraps up this week for the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels.  And E-K-U will be looking to rebound after a 22 point loss in a bracketbuster contest at Valparaiso Saturday.  Eastern travels to Tennessee Tech Thursday and then Tennessee State Saturday.  The University of Kentucky looks to continue the momentum of a weekend overtime win over Missouri this week.  UK hosts Mississippi State Wednesday.  University of Louisville beat Seton Hall 79-61 Saturday.

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12:38pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Sports

Pioneers in Women's Sports at UK Honored

When A'dia Mathies pulls up for a 15-foot jump shot, the sharpshooting guard on the University of Kentucky women's basketball team is living out Sue Feamster's legacy. Feamster was the first head coach of the UK women's team — and UK's first women's athletics director — after federal legislation referred to as Title IX revolutionized the opportunity for girls and women to take part in sports at all levels of education. At halftime of the Kentucky-Georgia women's basketball game Sunday, that first class of coaches received an award named, appropriately enough, the Susan B. Feamster Trailblazer Award. It was all part of a celebration of Alumni Day, National Girls and Women in Sports Day and an observance of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

12:40pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Sports

Louisville's Cyclo-Cross Elite Championship Races Moved to Saturday

The best of the best cyclo-cross racers will now race Saturday after it was determined that Louisville's Eva Bandman cyclo-cross course could potentially flood Sunday from water levels in the Ohio River. "The projections are by Sunday that Beargrass Creek will come over its banks and flood the lower part of the course," said Karl Schmidtt, executive director of Louisville Sports Commission.

10:36am

Fri February 1, 2013
Sports

Louisville Hosts Cyclo-Cross World Championships this Weekend

Competitors in a men's category race in the 2013 National Cyclo-cross Championships in Bradford, England, this month. The sport requires riders to traverse mud and sand on off-road courses peppered with obstacles.
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While many Americans will be tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday, there's another big sports competition this weekend: the Cyclo-Cross World Championships. This weekend's event, in Louisville, Ky., marks the first time in its 60-year history that the world championships will be held outside of Europe. Cyclo-cross, a grueling sport requiring riders to traverse mud, sand and other obstacles, is growing rapidly in the U.S. And the fans can be a bit crazy. At the 2012 Louisville Derby City Cup, hundreds of people — some in costumes — packed onto the course to cheer the riders on.

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6:51am

Mon January 28, 2013
Sports

Roundball Update

The aim for the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels will be to bounce back this week.  E-K-U lost its first home game of the season Saturday to league leading Belmont 85 to 74.  This Thursday Eastern travels to UT-Martin.  The University of Kentucky Wildcats got a five point win over L-S-U Saturday.  This Tuesday night UK takes on the SEC leader Mississippi in Oxford.   University of Louisville dropped its third straight game, losing to Georgetown 53-51 over the weekend.  U of L hosts Pittsburg tonight.

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7:51am

Mon January 14, 2013
Sports

EKU Meets a New Opponent in Nashville

Eastern Kentucky University takes an unblemished league record into yet another tough sports atmosphere Thursday.  EKU, coming off a seven point win Saturday over rival Morehead State, battles newcomer Belmont in Nashville this week.  Belmont is also four and oh in the Ohio Valley Conference, winning the last three games by 30 points or more.  For the first time in 34 years, Eastern is four and oh in the OVC.

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6:55am

Thu January 10, 2013
Sports

EKU Pulls Off Unlikely Upset

For the first time since 2007, the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels have beaten Murray State in Murray.  E-K-U went into the Ohio Valley Conference contest as a heavy underdog, but jumped out to an early lead.  Eastern scored 24 straight points in the first half and held a 14 point lead at half.  Murray mounted a furious comeback to trim the lead to five late in the game, but E-K-U pulled back out and won 77 to 65.

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7:02am

Mon December 31, 2012
Sports

A Return Home for EKU and UK

It’s back to more regular intensity games this week for a few Kentucky college basketball teams.  Eastern Kentucky University comes home Thursday to open conference play against Eastern Illinois.  The Colonels fought hard against Big 12 foe West Virginia before falling 74-67 Sunday in Morgantown.  After being down by as much as 16 points in the second half, E-K-U took a brief lead at the five minute mark.  The long awaited rivalry contest between the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville is over for another year.  In the end, Louisville pulled out a three point victory of UK in the Yum Center.

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6:01pm

Fri December 28, 2012
Sports

U of L, UK to Clash in Louisville

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats square off tomorrow in their annual regular season basketball battle. U of L has lost four straight to the Wildcats, including their Final Four matchup back in March in New Orleans, but the Cardinals are back this season with an experienced team and bring a 11-1 record and number four ranking to the game.

5:12pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Sports

Mixed Martial Arts Events Drop in Kentucky Following New Regulations

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After ranking fourth in the nation for the number of Mixed Martial Arts or MMA events held statewide in 2011, Kentucky has seen a significant drop in the number of fight cards this past year. Officials say the drop is likely due to economic factors but some say new regulations enacted by the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority--which has regulated the sport since 2007--are the cause.

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