Sports

6:50am

Mon December 17, 2012
Sports

EKU Loses Battle Against Illinois

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.

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2:07pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Sports

WKU to Name Bobby Petrino as Football Coach

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.

5:10pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Sports

UK Names D.J. Eliot as New Defensive Coordinator

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.

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2:32pm

Mon December 3, 2012
Sports

Stoops Brings Championship Aspirations to UK

New UK head football coach Mark Stoops signed a ball for 7 year old Leighton Harris, on Sunday December 2, 2012 in Lexington.
Credit Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader

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.

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7:56am

Mon December 3, 2012
Sports

EKU Seeks Eighth Consecutive Win

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.

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12:27pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Sports

U of L to Join Atlantic Coast Conference

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.

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3:40pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Sports

Mark Stoops Named UK Head Football Coach

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.

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6:48am

Mon November 26, 2012
Sports

Post Thanksgiving Round Ball

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.

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6:48am

Thu November 8, 2012
Sports

Title Nine-Forty Years Later

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.

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4:58pm

Sun November 4, 2012

9:40pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Sports

E-K-U and E-I-U in a Key Matchup

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.

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12:50pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Sports

EKU Preseason Rankings in New OVC Format

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.

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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.

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