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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas returned to work today at Belmont Park, a day after he was taken to the hospital with a head injury. The 76 year old Lukas needed several stitches after one of his horses reared up and struck him in the top of the head.
Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another has captured the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, overtaking Bodemeister at the finish line to win the 137th Preakness Stakes. I’ll Have Another now has a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The final leg of the series is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks in New York.
The Big Blue Nation invaded the East Room of the White House Friday afternoon as President Barack Obama honored the 2012 National Championship team in front of a packed room filled with cheering fans, family members and friends. Obama especially commended the players' ability to play as a team and said because of that ability, they were able to "do something special right away."
In a last minute move to the finish I’ll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby, upsetting a top contender who held the lead most of the race. “It’s beyond belief,” said trainer Doug O’Neill after the race. “Somebody asked me earlier in the week what would it be like to win the Kentucky Derby. I used Bubba Watson’s quote when he won the Masters: I never dreamt this far. I never in a million years thought we could do this,” he said.
Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and assistant coaches Orlando Antigua, Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed multi-year contracts with the University of Kentucky, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Friday. “It’s rare, in this day and age, to be able to keep a staff together that has helped produce a national championship and back-to-back Final Four runs,” Barnhart said in a statement released by the UK athletics department. “We want to show them how appreciative we are of their hard work and dedication, and how much they mean to this program.”
It may not be the most stunning trophy in the sports world, but the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team isn’t shy about showing off its national championship trophy. Over the past month the wood and gold-plated trophy has been kissed by the players, sat in the Cincinnati Reds dugout, and this week a Lexington baker even made a cake that looks like the trophy. It's made stops across the state from Ashland to Paducah.
Bodemeister has been made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with Union Rags the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, Bodemeister was assigned the No. 6 spot at the post position draw today at Churchill Downs. Six horses have won from that position, the last being Sea Hero in 1993.
The University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team is heading to Washington D.C. to meet President Barack Obama this Friday. Kentucky won its eight national championships this year, and the presidential meeting is typical for NCAA basketball champions.
A series of records were broken during the spring meet at Keeneland Race Course. The Lexington facility set a record for largest single day attendance, and for largest amount ever wagered on a single race. "We’ve had a wonderful meeting attendance-wise. We have such great enthusiasm from our fans and we’ve had such wonderful community support that we’ve actually had record attendance,” said Amy Gregory, a spokeswoman for Keeneland.
Sometimes you have to look long and hard to find a positive story featuring a Kentuckian who does well on the national stage. We know there are heroes among us; however, the national media and entertainment industry seem to try hard to go out of their way to spotlight what’s wrong with our state and its inhabitants. For example, Anderson Cooper of CNN fame featured Kentuckians who believe in aliens on a recent show.
A win this weekend in Lexington’s Bluegrass Stakes could make Hansen a favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky-bred is considered the two-year-old champion, winning the Breeders Cup Juvenile, the Gotham and an Eclipse Award. Owner Kendall Hansen says his 6-5 favorite is ready to run.
The field is set for the 2012 Toyota Bluegrass Stakes and the post positions have been drawn. Two-year-old juvenile Hansen is favored to win the final prep race before the Kentucky Derby. The names were drawn Wednesday morning at Keeneland’s Limestone Café. 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen was picked first and will take position four in the $750,000 stakes race. Owner Kendall Hansen admitted, despite odds of 6:5, he’s nervous for his horse going into Saturday.
UK Wildcat fans showed no signs of slowing down Tuesday afternoon, as thousands welcomed home their NCAA champions with a sea of blue. With cameras in hand and adrenaline still running high, fans packed Rupp Arena for a glimpse of Coach John Calipari and his national champions Tuesday afternoon. Cheers erupted as the team’s tour bus pulled into the arena and the players emerged, many capturing video of the crowd on their own cell phones.
Gov. Steve Beshear today proclaimed Tuesday, April 3, as “Championship Day” in Kentucky, in recognition of the University of Kentucky basketball team winning the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball title. “Our state not only sent four teams to the tournament, but made up half of the Final Four and brought home the trophy,” the governor said in a statement released by his office. “The Wildcats have been the team to beat all season, and in last night’s game against Kansas, they proved once again that they’re the best team in the country.”
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A public celebration for the National Champion Kentucky Wildcats is planned for Tuesday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Hundreds of the Big Blue faithful lined up outside Rupp Arena in the early hours Tuesday to get the free tickets for the celebration. The Wildcats' plane is scheduled to touch down at Blue Grass Airport at around 3 p.m.
The University of Kentucky now has its eighth national championship in men’s basketball. UK was in control for much of the title game last night against Kansas. The Jayhawks cut the Wildcat lead down to five with about a minute and a half left in the game, but UK held on for an eight point win 67-59. Freshman sensation Anthony David pulled down 16 rebounds and had six blocks in winning the Most Outstanding Player Award.
It’s down to one game for the national championship tonight in New Orleans. The University of Kentucky goes for its eighth basketball title while Kansas University vies for its sixth. The two teams met back on November 15th in New York when the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks 75 to 65.
As the frenzy over the NCAA Final Four proves, many Kentuckians love college athletics. What they might not know is that taxpayers are picking up a large part of the tab. The state's eight public universities subsidize their sports programs with a total of almost $50 million a year from their schools' general fund budgets, which largely rely on state tax money and students' tuition and fees. Spending on athletics has remained strong despite nearly a decade of cutbacks in state funding, which have pushed much more of the financial burden of attending college onto students.
Gov. Steve Beshear and his family will travel to New Orleans for the NCAA Final Four, which begins with an historic matchup between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. This is the first time since 1991 that a single state has sent two schools to the Final Four.“It’s a thrilling time to be a basketball fan in the state of Kentucky, because no matter who prevails Saturday night, the championship game will feature a team from Kentucky,” Beshear said in a press release issued by his office.