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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels have fallen from the ranks of the undefeated, but not without a battle. Eastern trailed number ten Illinois by four points at the ten minute mark, but the Fighting Illini pulled away the last few minutes to win 66-53 at Assembly Hall. Illinois remains undefeated. E-K-U now carries a nine and one mark into a Wednesday night contest at North Carolina A and T.
The Daily News has learned from a Western Kentucky University source that former Louisville, Arkansas and Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino will be announced as WKU's head coach at 4 p.m. today at the Jack Harbaugh Club at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
LEXINGTON – D.J. Eliot, who played a key role in the dramatic defensive turnaround at Florida State under Mark Stoops, has joined Stoops’ Kentucky staff as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, the new UK head coach announced Thursday.
New UK head football coach Mark Stoops signed a ball for 7 year old Leighton Harris, on Sunday December 2, 2012 in Lexington.
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Kentucky's new football coach already has a posse. "Stoops' Troops" is the fastest-growing student group on campus, President Eli Capilouto said as Mark Stoops was formally introduced to the Big Blue Nation during a Sunday news conference in Nutter Field House. Stoops, defensive coordinator at Florida State for the past three seasons, agreed last Monday night to take over the UK program and was named to the post Tuesday.
Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team will try this week to best a record set in the mid 1960’s. That’s the last time the Colonels won more than seven games in a row. E-K-U has opened this season with seven straight wins, the latest, a frantic last second win over Western Carolina Saturday night 72-70. Tuesday, Eastern goes on the road for the first time this season with a game against North Carolina Central.
The University of Louisville will leave the Big East Conference and join the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to ESPN. U of L would become the sixth former Big East school to leave for the ACC, according to ESPN.com. The sports network reports ACC presidents and chancellors voted to add U of L Wednesday morning to replace Maryland which had announced its departure for the Big Ten in 2014.
LEXINGTON – Mark Stoops, who oversaw dramatic improvements as defensive coordinator at Florida State and Arizona, and has turned FSU into one of the nation’s top defenses, has been named head football coach at the University of Kentucky, UK director of athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Tuesday.
The College basketball season doesn’t take much of a break over the Thanksgiving Holiday. It’s also a busy week ahead for area teams. Eastern Kentucky University beat Norfolk State by 24 points Saturday night. E-K-U takes on Delaware State in another home game Wednesday night. The University of Kentucky ran past Long Island University Brooklyn Friday. The Wildcats travel to South Bend Indiana for a run in with Notre Dame Thursday.
It’s very likely many athletes in Kentucky high schools are not aware of a 1972 educational amendment which changed the face of athletics. A panel discussion in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Title Nine ruling was held Wednesday at Midway College. The landmark legislation banned sex discrimination in schools for both academics and athletics.