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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.