Sports

2:14pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Sports

Fans are Lobbying for WKU Football

State Rep. Jody Richards knows a thing or two about lobbying. And about Western Kentucky University football, for that matter. As WKU football fans intensified a grass-roots effort Tuesday to send the Hilltoppers to a postseason bowl game for the first time since the school joined the ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision, Richards said the first key to successful lobbying is having a good case.

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10:19am

Mon November 28, 2011
Sports

KY Boy is National Cutting Horse Champ

At an age when many children are still mastering the art of walking, Matthew Dedden was riding a horse. Dedden, 13, has been riding since he was 2 and those years in the saddle paid off last month when he became the National Cutting Horse Association Junior World Champion. "That was my goal at the beginning of the year and it took a lot of work, but I got there," Matthew said. He is believed to be the first NCHA world champion at any level from Kentucky.

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7:02pm

Sat November 26, 2011
Sports

Eastern Falls in NCAA Playoffs

A field goal with one second remaining in the game lifted James Madison over Eastern Kentucky University in the Football Championship Series playoffs.  The 35 yard kick by J-M-U’s Cameron Starke into a stiff wind capped a comeback of 13 straight points.

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9:41am

Fri November 25, 2011
Sports

E-K-U at Home in the Playoffs

For the first time since 1994, Eastern Kentucky University is hosting a football playoff game.   One of the biggest challenges may be getting fans to the stadium.  Eastern takes on James Madison Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision contest.   The game kicks off just past noon in Roy Kidd Stadium.  Just down the road in Lexington UK will battle Tennessee in a season finale.  Colonel coach Dean Hood says Kentucky has been wonderful to Eastern in scheduling games and offering facilities.  But Hood admits the Big Blue is Eastern’s biggest enemy when it comes to attendance.

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9:55am

Fri November 18, 2011
Sports

Ohio Valley Conference Rejects NKU

Northern Kentucky University teams hits a snag in joining Division I when the Ohio Valley Conference declined Tuesday to invite NKU to join.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

A fear that Northern Kentucky University would be too powerful for other Ohio Valley Conference members will keep NKU out of that Division I conference, NKU said Thursday. NKU still says it should receive an invitation by the end of the year and be playing Division I sports by fall of 2012. After a four-year probation, that would make it eligible for the “March Madness” men’s basketball championship and other national tournaments. But the expansion to Division I won’t be in the OVC, leaving the Georgia-based Atlantic Sun and the Illinois-based Summit League as the top possibilities.

3:08pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Sports

UK Men's Basketball Signs Three Top Players

At the completion of the early signing period, UK men’s basketball has received national letters of intent from Willie Cauley, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress, three of the top players in the Class of 2012, head coach John Calipari announced.

4:55pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Sports

UK Women Picked Second in SEC Poll

For the second straight season, the University of Kentucky women's basketball team was picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference in a voting of the 12 league coaches, as announced by the league office Tuesday. The Wildcats finished 25-9 overall last year, 11-5 in SEC play, and advanced to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for the first time since the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.

4:49pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Sports

ESPN Names UK Players to All-America Team

UK men’s basketball sophomore Terrence Jones and freshman Anthony Davis were selected to the ESPN Preseason All-America team on Tuesday. Jones, the SEC media’s pick for league preseason Player of the Year, averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds last season helping guide the Wildcats to the Final Four.

10:00am

Mon November 7, 2011
Sports

OK Teen's Win Closes Out National Horse Show

Sarah Milliren of Sapula, Okla., finished the Alltech National Horse Show on Sunday with a commanding win in the ASPCA Maclay Championship, ending a week of competition that organizers say is sure to return to the Kentucky Horse Park next year.

10:17am

Fri November 4, 2011
Sports

Former UK Football Coach Leaving the State

After nearly a decade in Lexington, former University of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks and his wife have sold their home here, he said. "Karen and I have sold our house here in Kentucky and will really miss our neighbors and the fish pond," Brooks said on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, adding that the house was too big for the two of them. They will move to Oregon where they also own property.

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6:55am

Fri November 4, 2011
Sports

Breeders Cup Competition at Churchill

 

The 28th Breeders’ Cup Championships get underway today at Churchill Downs. The event includes 15 races over two days, featuring some of the world’s top thoroughbred champions. Breeders’ Cup President Craig Fravel says one of this year’s big story lines is the return of Goldikova, the six year old Irish mare seeking a fourth straight Cup victory.

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1:32pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Sports

Nicholasville Rider Takes on World's Best

Christina Kelly on her horse, Camirage, on a friend's farm on Walnut Hill Rd. in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, October, 27, 2011. She will ride this horse in the upcoming National Horse Show in Lexington.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

When show jumper Christina Kelly rides in the National Horse Show this week, she might be competing with a home-field advantage. Kelly, 18, lives with her parents in Nicholasville. She has competed several times at the Kentucky Horse Park, including in the Alltech Arena. The high point of her summer was the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, which was in August.

9:04am

Tue November 1, 2011
Sports

Georgetown College Stays Away from NCAA Division 3

NCAA Division 3 is out, but apparently a move to NCAA Division 2 remains an option for Georgetown College's sports program. The Georgetown College Board of Trustees met Friday and Saturday, and much of the discussion centered on the school's athletic affiliation. On Friday the trustees requested that President Bill Crouch analyze the data provided by an exploratory committee on a potential move to NCAA D3 before even hearing the committee's recommendation.

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3:51pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Sports

National Horse Show at Horse Park

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

Vendors are readying their displays and decorators are setting out the finishing touches at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena.  This Wednesday, the National Horse Show will open for the first time in Lexington. For decades the event was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City before moving to Wellington, Florida and Syracuse, New York. 

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3:32pm

Sun October 30, 2011
Sports

Georgetown College Discontinues Athletic Affiliation Change

Georgetown College Board of Trustees on Saturday voted to discontinue further consideration of a change in athletic affiliation from NAIA to NCAA Division III.

10:06am

Wed October 26, 2011
Sports

Possible New Overseers for UK Athletics Department

UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart listened Tuesday as the board of trustees proceeded with a plan to have a trustees' committee, rather than the UK Athletics Association, oversee school sports.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees took another step Tuesday toward moving oversight of the athletics department from the UK Athletics Association to a committee of trustees. Without any discussion, trustees accepted a first reading of regulations that would put athletics under the supervision of a new committee of the board made up of five trustees and as many as three outside members.

11:24am

Tue October 25, 2011
Sports

Despite Handicap, Teen Plays for Taylor County

Jay Gaines has been facing challenges all of his life. Gaines was born with one arm and one leg, but he continues to have big dreams, and he is making them come true as a member of the Taylor County High School football team. Active is the word many people who know Jay would use to describe him. Taylor County High School head football coach Eric Graves said he has been impressed, and amazed, since seeing Jay on the football field.

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11:05am

Tue October 25, 2011
Sports

Curses, Villains Again Beat ex-Cats

Part pickup basketball game. Part trade show. Light-hearted fun. An old psychic wound re-opened. That's what Monday's charity game at Rupp Arena — won by the Villains over the Big Blue All-Stars 152-149 in overtime — felt like.

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4:08pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Sports

UK Picked by Media to Win SEC

LEXINGTON – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team was picked by the media to win its 45th Southeastern Conference championship this season as announced by the SEC on Monday. Each SEC school selected media members that cover their team and additional media from across the nation were selected by the conference office to form the voting panel. 

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4:00pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Sports

UofL Player Recovering From Broken Neck

Doctors at Jewish Hospital say injured U of L football player Anthony Conner could be released as early as this week. Conner suffered a broken neck during Friday’s win over Rutgers. A senior cornerback from Houston, Conner missed last season with a knee injury; he had worked his way into a starting job this year.

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1:04pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Sports

Frankfort Brothers Bond Through Go-Kart Racing

Jason Dunn, 26, right, and his younger brother, Brandon, 21, have been racing go-karts professionally since the early `90s.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

A couple of Frankfort brothers have been racing go-karts around the south and Midwest since 1993. The Dunns have won numerous races behind the wheel of a go-kart – which has an engine similar to a lawnmower with five horsepower but can reach speeds of more than 100 mph – throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and other states. The brothers have missed Christmas or Thanksgiving almost every year to compete on the track.

10:10am

Mon October 24, 2011
Sports

Reflections on 75 Years of Keeneland

Keeneland Horse Park

For 75 years, the park-like ambiance of the Keeneland race track in Lexington has attracted visitors and horse racing fans from across the globe. The central Kentucky atmosphere also has an effect on horsemen. With the fall meet in full swing, Brenna Angel reports on what keeps trainers and jockeys coming back to Keeneland.

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9:57am

Fri October 21, 2011
Sports

UK Trustees May Dissolve Athletics Association Board

Oversight of athletics at the University of Kentucky would move from the UK Athletics Association to a committee of the UK Board of Trustees under a proposal approved Thursday by a special committee of trustees. That proposal was unanimously approved by the committee, which was created by board Chairman Britt Brockman to study how the university oversees athletics. He formed the committee shortly after former President Lee T. Todd Jr. gave Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart a contract extension and a raise without consulting the Board of Trustees or the UKAA Board.

12:14pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Sports

Bengals Return to Georgetown Camp Unlikely

Georgetown College’s 15-year relationship with the Cincinnati Bengals appears to nearing its end. In an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer posted on the Bengals’ website Friday night, President Mike Brown said the team is considering keeping the training camp closer to home.

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12:11pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Sports

IndyCar star Touched Kentuckian's life

Dan Wheldon, reigning Indianapolis 500 champion, recently took contest winner Trey Taylor, 8, of Clifton, on a $500 IZOD shopping spree at the Florence Mall Macy's. Trey also spent time with Wheldon at the IndyCar series race at Kentucky Speedway.
IndyCar

Meeting an Indianapolis 500 winner would be an unforgettable experience by itself, but Trey Taylor got to do more than shake Dan Wheldon's hand or ask for an autograph. The spunky 8-year-old from Clifton won a Sept. 30 shopping spree with the 2011 Indy 500 winner at the Macy's in Florence Mall, and a couple days later met with Wheldon at Kentucky Speedway before the IZOD IndyCar Series race. Tears welled in Trey's eyes Sunday when his parents somberly broke the news that Wheldon had been in a serious crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and did not survive.

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4:54pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Sports

Calipari Talks Up Team During Annual Media Day

Kentucky Coach John Calipari took questions for three quarters of an hour Thursday as part of the annual UK Basketball media day. Calipari was asked about a variety of topics ranging from coaching philosophy, leadership amongst the players, and always having a young team; some of whom may only play one season for the Big Blue.

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10:45am

Thu October 13, 2011
Sports

Ellis Park Plans to Open in January with Slots

If the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approves -- and there appear to be no reasons it wouldn't -- Ellis Park will reopen for simulcasting on Jan. 1 and stay open year-round as Instant Racing machines are installed early in 2012. The Henderson track also will have no overlap with Churchill Downs for its live race meet, which would encompass 30 race dates from July 1 through Labor Day. Churchill did not ask for the July 4 holiday when it made its presentation to the racing commission in Lexington.

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4:48pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Sports

UK Coach Pokes Fun At Louisville During Tipoff Lunch

Some of Kentucky Coach John Calipari's remarks at the annual UK Tipoff Luncheon in Louisville will likely ruffle a few Cardinal feathers. Coach Cal told the 800 or so attendees at a downtown hotel there's no question where the basketball capital of the state is located.

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10:33am

Tue October 11, 2011
Sports

B'Ball Hall of Fame Plan for E-Town

Creation of a Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in Elizabethtown took a pivotal step Monday. Elizabethtown City Council entered a memorandum of understanding with the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, outlining the roles and responsibilities of both parties in creating the hall of fame. The city under the agreement will loan the KABC $25,000 that would be matched by the organization as seed money to start the project.

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4:33pm

Fri October 7, 2011
Sports

U of L, UK Back In Action This Weekend

The University of Louisville football team is on the road this weekend at North Carolina. The Tarheels are off to a 4-1 start. U of L is 2-2 after last week’s home loss to Marshall, a defeat that Coach Charlie Strong called “unacceptable.” “We’ll just see where we are,” Strong said this week. “We’ll see if we can bounce back from losing here to going on the road. It’s really going to see what the character of the football team is and just exactly what we’re made of.”

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