Sports

7:30am

Mon October 22, 2012
Sports

Football Recap and 'Look Ahead'

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.

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12:47pm

Fri October 5, 2012
Sports

ESPN Announces 'All-Access Kentucky' Series

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.

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6:44am

Mon October 1, 2012
Sports

Football Road Remains Tough

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.

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4:01pm

Sun September 16, 2012

4:22pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Sports

Las Vegas Investor Buys Ali's Boyhood Home

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.

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12:43pm

Fri August 31, 2012

12:41pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Sports

A First for EKU and Purdue

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

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1:19pm

Tue August 28, 2012

4:25pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Sports

A Year in Kentucky's Minor League

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. 

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3:59pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Sports

Cats/Cards Renew Football Rivalry

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.

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11:45am

Mon August 27, 2012
Sports

The Evolution of Olympic Basketball

Bobby Jones, left, Tom Burleson and other members of the 1972 Olympic basketball team took in the atmosphere at the ballgame on Thursday.
Lexington Herald Leader

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.

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9:30am

Fri August 24, 2012
Sports

1972 Olympic Team Reunites in LEX

Bobby Jones, left, Tom Burleson and other members of the 1972 Olympic basketball team took in the atmosphere at the ballgame on Thursday.
Lexington Herald Leader

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.

3:24pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Sports

Former NBA, EKU Star Dies

Arnie Risen, a former NBA star and native of Grant County, died Aug. 4. Funeral services are Aug. 11.

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.

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3:15pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Sports

The Ponies Back in Town

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.

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3:09pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Sports

No Kentucky Cup Card at Turfway

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.

3:27pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Sports

Churchill Offers Top-Notch Guests New Venue

Churchill Downs officials have announced its $9 million renovation project to create "The Mansion" and will soon offer its preferred guests a chance to enjoy races in luxury. This is how significant the new space will be: The Mansion is pushing the Gold Room--which serves certain VIPs--down to floor two. But, given the Gold Room is expanding as well it’s not such a bad thing.

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5:07pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Sports

1972 USA Olympic Basketball Team Reuniting in Kentucky

Kenny Davis, captain of the 1972 USA Olympic Basketball Team.
Riley Guttman WEKU News

40 years after one of the most controversial sporting contests in Olympic history, members of the 1972 U-S-A basketball team will re-unite in central Kentucky.  The Olympic gold went to the Soviet basketball team in 1972.  Some 40 years later, the outcome of the game is still disputed in the United States.  At its finish, as the U-S team celebrated what it thought was a victory, the game clock was turned back and there was time for one more play. 

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11:29am

Mon July 23, 2012
Sports

Pre-Season OVC Pick is EKU's Colonels

A pre-season poll of football coaches names the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels as the favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference this fall.   E-K-U last won that honor in 2009l. The Colonels, who have won a record 21 O-V-C titles, received two-thirds of the first-place votes. Jacksonville State finished second, followed by Murray State and Tennessee Tech.  Eastern Kentucky last year had a six-and-two record in the OVC.  This fall, the Colonels returns 17starters.  Ten  were named to the 20-12 preseason All-OVC team.

1:03pm

Sun July 15, 2012
Sports

NCAA Turns Away Georgetown College

Georgetown College's application for membership to become a NCAA Division II member school has been denied, the school announced Friday. The decision was handed down by the NCAA's membership committee in a letter the school recieved Friday.

12:51pm

Sun July 15, 2012
Sports

Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class

Rex Chapman, who starred at Owensboro Apollo in the '80s, signed autographs Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown.
Jonathan Palmer/Lexington Herald-Leader

Wah Wah and King Kelly. Hagan and Haskins. Unseld and McDaniels. At exactly 6:37 p.m. Saturday evening, the door of a chartered bus opened outside a renovated movie theater. What walked out was a Dream Team of Kentucky basketball royalty. The new Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class Saturday night in the State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown. Of the 16 Kentucky high school basketball figures recognized, every living member of the class showed up.

3:45pm

Thu July 12, 2012
Sports

LPGA and Kentucky Officials Talk of a Tour Stop

It seems Kentucky’s interested in hosting a professional women’s golf tournament and the L-P-G-A is interested in coming to Kentucky.  Ally Kicklighter is senior communications coordinator for the Ladies Professional Golf Association.  “On the LPGA level, we’re always looking for different markets and always looking for opportunities for more tournaments,” said Kicklighter.  Matt Sawyers is a deputy secretary in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet.  “Well yes, there is interest in bringing an LPGA tour event here,” said Sawyers.

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2:25pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Sports

UK Opens Basketball Season Out-of-State

LEXINGTON – Kentucky has announced its 2012-13 men’s basketball non-conference schedule. The schedule features a season-opening game against Maryland on Nov. 9, opening the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a part of the Barclays Center Classic, followed by a Nov. 13 matchup against Duke in the Georgia Dome in the Champions Classic.

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4:30pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Sports

16 Named to Basketball Hall of Fame

Harlan High School's Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones
Kentucky HS Basketball Hall of Fame

The newly-established Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will induct its first class Saturday. The inaugural class has 16 members---players and coaches from the 1940s through the 1990s. The class includes Louisville Male High School’s Darrell Griffith and Seneca’s Wes Unseld, both of whom would go on to play for the University of Louisville and in the NBA.

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11:41am

Sun July 1, 2012
Sports

Brad Keselowski Wins Quaker State 400

Brad Keselowski flies the American flag in celebration of his victory in the Saturday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
Patrick Reddy/The Kentucky Enquirer

Brad Keselowski stretched his fuel Saturday at Kentucky Speedway and pulled away to win the Quaker State 400 in a backup car. Driving his third race in as many sultry nights at the 1.5-mile track, Keselowski showed no signs of fatigue by taking his No. 2 Dodge to victory lane for a Sprint Cup Series-leading third time this season.

11:37am

Sun July 1, 2012
Sports

Track's Speedy Solution Impresses Race Fans

Police direct traffic at Kentucky Speedway's north entrance. Traffic was flowing smoothly with no apparent delays
Patrick Reddy/The Kentucky Enquirer

A steady stream of traffic moved smoothly into the Kentucky Speedway all day Saturday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 – a sharp contrast to last year’s inaugural race, where mismanaged and inadequate parking resulted in hours-long traffic jams that caused more than 10,000 fans to miss the race entirely.

9:55am

Fri June 29, 2012
Sports

Six From UK Taken In NBA Draft

Anthony Davis

All six members of the national champion University of Kentucky men’s basketball team who declared for the NBA draft were chosen last night, including four in the first round of 30 picks.  It was the first time that six players from a college team were selected in a single draft.

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4:40pm

Thu June 28, 2012
Sports

Churchill Downs Revises Racing Schedule

The final three days live racing for the Churchill Downs spring meet will be held Friday through Sunday, but under a revised schedule. High temperatures around the 100 degree mark forced Churchill Downs to cancel its Thursday racing card.   Spokesman Darren Rogers says it was just the 18th time in the track’s long history that the races were called off.

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10:30am

Thu June 14, 2012
Sports

Kentucky Bans Race Day Use of Anti-Bleeding Drug

Kentucky will be the first horse-racing state to ban race-day use of an anti-bleeding drug known as Lasix, also known by its generic name of furosemide. The ruling by the state's Horse Racing Commission would ban of the use of furosemide in some upper-level stakes races beginning in 2014. And it would apply to the Kentucky Derby the next year.

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2:28pm

Fri June 8, 2012
Sports

No Triple-Crown Winner this Year

 

Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another has been scratched from tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes. Trainer Doug O’Neill says he pulled the colt from the race after he showed early signs of tendonitis in his left front leg.    O’Neill told radio talk show host Dan Patrick that he’s not sure how I’ll Have Another was injured, but he’s not taking any chances by running him Saturday.

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3:59pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Sports

I'll Have Another Favored in Belmont

Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another is the 4-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner leads a 12 horse field.    He’ll run from post position No. 11, which is fine with trainer Doug O’Neill.

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