Sports

10:14pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Sports

Churchill Downs, Jockeys Guild Agree on Deal

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.

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1:25pm

Sun January 1, 2012
Sports

Grueling Event Coming to Maysville

Participants in the October 2012 Tough Mudder competition at Big Rock Off Road Park will follow the trails and paths also used by ATVs and motorcycles at the park.
Terry Prather/The Ledger Independent

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.

7:36am

Tue December 13, 2011
Sports

Strong Staying in Louisville

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says he’s not interested in any other coaching jobs and wants to continue building the Cardinal program.   

Strong’s name has been mentioned for coaching vacancies at Texas A&M and Penn State.

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12:37pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Sports

Garrard Middle School Fencer Ranks Nationally

Star Wars lightsaber battles and other sword-fighting cinema helped spur Sawyer Cornett’s early interest in fencing. But the 11-year-old possesses the manners and maturity of a man at least twice his age. A man who would choose a “gentleman sport” over more popular alternatives. In short, Edmond Dantes without the goatee and vendetta. While his Garrard Middle School classmates make rugged tackles and scramble for basketballs, Cornett travels to Lexington several times a week to train with former Egyptian national fencing team coach Amgad Khazbak.

10:53am

Thu December 8, 2011
Sports

NKU Joins Atlantic Sun Conference

Northern Kentucky University will accept an invitation Thursday to join the Atlantic Sun Conference, putting NKU in Division I collegiate sports. NKU has scheduled a special Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss intercollegiate athletics. Spokesman Chris Cole would not confirm that the university would join the Atlantic Sun, but representatives from that league have been on the Highland Heights campus and have expressed interest in NKU before.

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10:45am

Sun December 4, 2011
Sports

Basketball Hall of Fame Seeking Exec. Director

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame is looking for a leader to shepherd its development. The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches is seeking an executive director to take the helm of the Hall of Fame, guiding fundraising and establishing it in Elizabethtown.

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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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