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.
It’s coming to the stretch drive in many college football leagues. That’s certainly the case in the Ohio Valley Conference. Eastern Kentucky University hosts Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon. Both teams come into the OVC contest with only one loss in the league. E-K-U head coach Dean Hood says no one team holds an advantage right now.
The Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball team has been tabbed pre-season to finish near the bottom of a new Ohio Valley Conference division. E-K-U’s women’s team, meanwhile, placed near the top of its division. The OVC is debuting its divisional format this season. The coach and media poll puts the Colonels fifth out of six teams in the East Division. Newcomer Belmont was picked to finish first in the East. Defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Murray State holds down the number one spot in the West Division.
The college football campaigns continue this weekend with another round of key matchups. Eastern Kentucky University rallied for a 42 to 28 victory at Tennessee Tech. Meanwhile, the only Ohio Valley Conference team to beat the Colonels, Tennessee State lost Saturday by three to Jacksonville State. Eastern comes home this weekend to take on Eastern Illinois.
ESPN will premiere a new sports series this fall focusing on the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. All-Access Kentucky debuts this month, according to a news release from UK, and will follow Coach John Calipari and his staff as they guide the new faces of the defending national champion Wildcats from Big Blue Madness to the start of the 2012 season. The multi-part series will consist of 30-minute weekly shows airing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Eastern Time with the first three episodes scheduled for Oct. 17, 24 and 31.
The weekend schedule doesn’t get any easier for two area college football teams. Eastern Kentucky University came from behind to win 28 to 16 over Tennessee Martin Saturday. The Colonels travel back to the Volunteer state this weekend to battle Tennessee State. The Tigers are undefeated at five and oh. The University of Kentucky, coming off a 21 point loss to South Carolina, stay home to host Mississippi State. The Bulldogs come to Commonwealth without a loss.
The childhood home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been purchased by a Las Vegas real estate investor. Last month, the single-story home in west Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood where Ali grew up was put up for sale. State lawmakers and Metro Council members had recently held a ceremony placing a historical marker in front of the house.
For the first time, Eastern Kentucky University and Purdue meet this Saturday on the football field. In other opening games recently, the Colonels have caused a few anxious moments for their opponents. EKU has fallen short in two of the last three years to teams, which were on paper, stronger. In 2009, Eastern lost to Indiana in Bloomington. Last year, in a real nail biter, the Colonels fell to Kansas State by three points. Eastern Coach Dean Hood says it’s important for his players to stay grounded
A new book about Kentucky’s minor league baseball teams is out. Written by journalist Katya Cengel, “Bluegrass Baseball” (University of Nebraska Press) is an intimate look inside the 2010 baseball season, starring Kentucky’s minor league teams: the Lexington Legends, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Florence Freedom and the Louisville Bats. The book documents the highs and lows of the players, groundskeepers, managers and fans of the game’s smaller outfits.
The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats open their football seasons against each other next weekend. UK and UL will battle for the Governor’s Cup Sunday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals are coming off two consecutive bowl appearances and were the Big East co-champions last season.
A reunion offers a time for reflection. Over the weekend, Americans who played basketball during the 1972 Olympics had that opportunity. They came to central Kentucky on the 40th anniversary of their controversial loss to a team from the Soviet Union. The Americans also reflected on the changes they’ve seen in the sport since they played the game. From its very beginnings, basketball has seen a lot of change, especially in its style. Mike Bantom, who came to the 1972 Olympic squad from Philadelphia, says in some ways it’s improved.
The 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team, which lost in a controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union, is holding a 40-year "Courage in Munich" reunion at Georgetown College this weekend. Former players were introduced at the Lexington Legends game on Thursday night and will participate in free public seminars at Georgetown on Friday to discuss the history and implications of that 1972 game, in which the U.S. refused to accept the silver medal.
Hall of Famer Arnie Risen, known as “Flash” and “Stilts” during his illustrious basketball career, died Aug. 4 in Beechwood, Ohio. Risen, who played basketball at Williamstown High School before playing in the NBA, was 87. He tried out at UK but then played for EKU before transferring to Ohio State where he became an All-American.
Pony and rider are both scrutinized in a national competition this week at the Kentucky Horse Park. The six day US Pony Finals has attracted some 500 ponies of all breeds. In addition to judging ponies on confirmation, handling, and jumping, U-S Equestrian Federation’s Helen Murray says riders are also graded. “So where as in the hunter championship, it was the pony that was being judged, on Sunday in the Pony medal championship, the riders and the kids’ equitation and their riding ability is what’s judged,” said Murray.
The Kentucky Cup Day of Champions card is once again a victim of the Thoroughbred industry’s economic struggle. In order to maintain daily purses, Turfway Park announced Wednesday it will cut all stakes from the fall schedule, including the Kentucky Cup card, when the track opens its 16-day fall race meet beginning Sept. 6.