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.
The University of Louisville/University of Kentucky rivalry will reach new heights Saturday night when the Cards and the Cats clash in the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. Some are calling it the biggest sporting event in the commonwealth’s history. This has the feel of a Kentucky Derby week, with the national media lens on Louisville and Lexington, focused not on thoroughbreds, but on what makes this basketball rivalry so intense.
Historically, celebrations following big University of Kentucky tournament games have straddled the line between celebrations and civil unrest, and Saturday's historic game against rival University of Louisville has the potential to draw the biggest — and rowdiest — crowd ever. In anticipation of thousands of people spilling into the streets and drunken celebrations that often include the burning of couches, officials from Lexington and UK held a news conference Wednesday to discuss plans to prevent injuries and property damage following Saturday's Final Four matchup. The game will mark the first time in NCAA history that two Kentucky universities have faced off in the Final Four.
Championship-level celebrations often have a way of getting out of hand, and city, county, and campus authorities say they have a plan in place to make sure the Wildcat faithful show their team spirit in a safe and respectable manner.UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says it will take a team effort to stop revelers from engaging in dangerous behavior.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented his Lexington counterpart with a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon today as part of a friendly wager on who will win the Final Four matchup between U of L and UK. Fischer says Lexington Mayor Jim Gray needs to brace himself for a loss in New Orleans. “I think later this week you all need to be focused on starting to medicate yourself because there’s going to be a huge disappointment in Catland come Saturday.”
Three Kentucky teams and the Indiana Hoosiers return to action tomorrow in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. The Murray State Racers take on Marquette at 5:15pm at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville.That’s also where the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats play their third round game. UK takes on Iowa State at 7:45pm. The Louisville Cards face New Mexico at 9:40pm in Portland, Oregon and the Indiana Hoosiers meet Virginia Commonwealth at 7:10pm in Portland.
Three of the four Kentucky teams in this year’s N-C double A basketball tournament are moving forward with games tomorrow. The University of Kentucky proved too much for Western Kentucky University, winning going away last night 81-66. UK takes on Iowa State, who knocked out defending N-C double A champion Connecticut last night. Murray State defeated Colorado State 58-41 before a vocal crowd in Louisville. The Racers now face Marquette Saturday. The Golden Eagles were a 20 point winner over Brigham Young. The University of Louisville Cardinals got a seven point win over Davidson in the west region. The Cards take on New Mexico Sat, who beat Long Beach State by 13.
The men’s NCAA basketball tournament gets into full swing tomorrow, with four Kentucky teams and the Indiana Hoosiers taking the court. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers hope to extend their surprising post-season run with a victory against top-seeded Kentucky at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. Tipoff is 6:50pm. Western freshman forward George Fant says he’ll be ready for the Wildcats.
Marcey Bronczyk was beaming and breathless Monday afternoon as she stood outside the ticket booth at Memorial Coliseum. Bronczyk, 53, and her son Chris Bronczyk, 24, both University of Kentucky students, had just won the right to buy tickets to the UK men's basketball team's opening-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Louisville.
Louisville and Kentucky both begin play next weekend in the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. The pairings were announced tonight. The seventh seeded Cardinals will take on number ten seed Michigan State Saturday in College Park, Maryland. UK is a number two seed and will face 15th-seeded McNeese State Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Tickets for the NCAA Tournament games at Louisville’s Yum Center are hard to come by and as Alan Lytle reports, that could open the door to a variety of scam artists. Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky says it’s a good idea to do some checking on who’s selling before you start buying.
UK freshman Anthony Davis was named the Sporting News 2012 College Basketball Player of the Year on Tuesday. And teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was named to the Sporting News Second Team. Rounding out the first team along with Davis were Draymond Green of Michigan State, Isaiah Canaan of Murray State University, Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.
A state historical marker that will eventually be placed at the childhood home of Muhammad Ali was unveiled today. The bronze marker is currently on display at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage. It will be moved to the west Louisville home in the spring.
E.A. Couch, who was among the starting five of the 1956 Carr Creek basketball team that won the state high school championship — and who played for legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp — died Wednesday at his home in Paintsville after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 75. "He was an excellent ball shooter. A fine gentleman," said Freddie Maggard of Corbin, a guard on the 1956 Carr Creek team.
Starting tonight in Nashville, tournament play begins in the Ohio Valley Conference. Three Kentucky teams are vying for the OVC title. This year’s competitors include frontrunner Murray State, the veterans of Morehead State, and Eastern Kentucky University, which just squeaked into post season play. EKU goes into the OVC tournament, fresh off a victory over Eastern Illinois. Colonel’s coach Jeff Neubauer says that must-win game had a tournament feel. “I think it could be good thing when you stare the end of the season right in the eye and then play really well, I think that can be really healthy for a basketball team,” said Neubauer
Kenneth Faried never took the easy path. Raised in Newark, N.J., Faried could have fallen into the traps — drugs, gangs — that snare too many young people who grow up in the grittiest American cities. He didn't. When he chose to leave Newark to play college basketball in small-town Kentucky at Morehead State, Faried could have given in to the homesickness that overwhelmed him at first. He didn't.
If you're trying to sell one of those Anthony Davis "wingspan" posters on an Internet auction site or anywhere else, the University of Kentucky has a message for you. Stop it. The university is "in the process" of issuing a cease-and-desist order to people attempting to sell the popular posters that depict the shot-blocking forward with his arms outstretched over 10 basketballs, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said Thursday.
Heading into another full weekend of college basketball, there are no undefeated teams in Division One-A. Murray State suffered its first loss of the season last night at home at the hands of Tennessee State 72 to 68. Murray was the last remaining no-loss team before last night’s tight contest. It’s a big weekend for a number of schools including Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville.
Aiming to promote the newest Camry, Toyota will return to Super Bowl Sunday advertising this weekend for the first time in three years, and the automaker has turned to its workers in Georgetown to help. Among Toyota's advertisements during Super Bowl coverage will be one that features the Scott County plant and eight of its workers, and showcases Kentucky's role in building the vehicle that has been the best-selling car in America for 10 years straight and 14 of the past 15 years. The Camry has been assembled in Georgetown since the plant opened in 1988.
The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the country every year. People tune in for a variety of reasons – the game, the commercials or the halftime show. This year when the New England Patriots play the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, Hardin County residents will have another reason to watch the game. Former Elizabethtown standout Brandon Deaderick is a starting defensive lineman for the Patriots.
Tonight, a national award will be presented to college football’s most versatile player. It’s called the Paul Hornung Award, named for the Kentuckian who excelled at several positions during Hall of Fame careers at Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers in the 1950s and 60s. For Hornung, this Super Bowl week also stirs some memories from his NFL playing days.
The Jockeys’ Guild says it has reached a multi-year agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated to continue annual payments to the guild, but details of the agreement are being kept quiet. The Jockeys’ Guild held a press conference last year requesting CDI continue its $330,000 contributions, which help the guild subsidize health insurance and disability benefits for members.
It is marketed as "probably the toughest event on the planet," and it's coming to Maysville. In October 2012, Big Rock Off Road Park in Mason County will host a Tough Mudder competition. The site is the only location in Kentucky selected to host one of the grueling events, which has the potential to bring 6,000 to 8,000 people to the area for two-days of competition.