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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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11:23am

Fri October 7, 2011
Sports

Keeneland Kicks Off 75th Celebration

Keeneland Race Course

Thousands of race fans are brushing up on their handicapping and flipping through the Daily Racing Form for an October tradition in Lexington: the fall meet at Keeneland. Nine graded stakes races are slated for this weekend, including the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile and the Dixiana Breeder's Futurity. 

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10:21am

Fri October 7, 2011
Sports

Hated Dukie Returns to Rupp

If boos rain down on him in Rupp Arena later this month, former Duke All-American Christian Laettner will not ask for an umbrella. He's more likely to look upward, stretch out his arms and welcome the drenching. "I miss that," Laettner said Thursday of his role as villain in an upcoming charity game. "I'm 42. I'm getting that less and less. When you retire from the NBA, you don't get the yelling and booing as much."

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5:28pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Sports

Rupp Arena Hosts Exhibition Game

Rupp Arena is about to host another NBA-caliber exhibition game. Former UK great Jeff Sheppard on Thursday announced details of a Big Blue All-Stars versus the Villains basketball contest for Monday night October 24th. The Villains, a squad of professional players who once competed against UK will be coached by none other than former Duke dagger-thrower Christian Laettner.

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2:44pm

Sun October 2, 2011
Sports

When Your Business is DeMarcus Cousins, Business is Booming

Andrew Rogers is living the dream following and keeping up with friend DeMarcus Cousins in the NBA.
Victoria Graff The Winchester Sun

Every day, Andrew Rogers has to remind himself he’s not dreaming when he awakes. “Sometimes I sit back and think, ‘Am I really here or really there?’” he said. “It’s just so much fun.” The George Rogers Clark graduate serves as a manager for former University of Kentucky standout and Sacramento Kings standout DeMarcus Cousins and making sure his schedule is intact and performing other pertinent duties.

1:09pm

Wed September 28, 2011
Sports

Pre-Madness Madness

Tents have already sprung up outside UK's Memorial Coliseum for the annual Big Blue Madness ticket distribution which doesn't start until Saturday morning.

Dozens of diehard Kentucky Wildcat fans have already taken up temporary residence outside Memorial Coliseum for Big Blue Madness tickets.  Glen Mathis of Northern Kentucky is one of the many perennial campers.  "We've got tents and sleeping bags, a cooler with some drinks, cornhole boards and cornhole bags. We just plan to have a good time", he said.

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10:24am

Wed September 28, 2011
Sports

Oak Grove Football Team Takes Shape

Curtis Tate works out in the Oak Grove Community Center gym on Sept. 21. Tate was one of about 20 players hoping to make the team.
David Snow The Eagle Post

The Oak Grove Outlaws is developing into a real, live team, now that it has adopted a name and has begun to bring in players to work out in the off-season. The team will be a member of the Gridiron Developmental Football League. Thus far, the roster consists of 15 to 20 players from the area — some soldiers, some former players — willing to participate in semi-pro ball. The season begins in June 2012.

5:04pm

Fri September 23, 2011
Sports

UK Hoping To Stop Gators

The University of Kentucky football team returns to action tomorrow night, hosting 15th ranked Florida. UK has lost 24 straight to the Gators. Wildcats coach Joker Phillips doesn’t believe his team needs to play a perfect game to break the streak.

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1:18pm

Thu September 22, 2011
Sports

A Profile in Corn

Coach Cal was in South America with the Dominican Republic team when he got a text message that a Central Kentucky farm was mapping his face into a 10-acre corn maze. “My first reaction was, ‘Is my nose really that big?’” Calipari recalls. The University of Kentucky basketball coach’s response made corn maze designer Jack Lane a little nervous.

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4:03pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Sports

Wildcat-Cards Game Attracts ABC Agents

FRANKFORT – Enforcement officials from Kentucky’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) conducted a concentrated enforcement effort in areas adjacent to the campus of University of Kentucky on Saturday during the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville football game.

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11:34am

Mon September 19, 2011
Sports

UK Releases Televised Basketball Schedule

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program has released additional televised non-conference games for the 2011-12 season, including the annual Blue-White scrimmage and both exhibition games.  CBS Sports will televise five games, adding the North Carolina (Dec. 3) and Louisville (Dec. 31) games to the three UK conference games announced earlier.

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3:38pm

Fri September 16, 2011
Sports

Cats and Cards Renew Rivalry In Lexington

The annual battle for the Governor’s Cup is tomorrow  night in Lexington as U of L and UK square off for football bragging rights. Second year coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals are coming off a home loss to Florida International, a defeat he calls frustrating and disappointing.

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1:21pm

Fri September 16, 2011
Sports

Task Forces Launch Rupp Website

A new website is now online for Lexington's proposed Rupp Arena, Arts, and Entertainment District.  The city launched RuppDistrict.com Thursday. It has details of the arena task force appointed by Mayor Jim Gray to investigate whether the home of UK basketball should be renovated or replaced.

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9:14am

Thu September 15, 2011
Sports

Friends of Coal Sponsor UK-UofL Game

An offshoot of the Kentucky Coal Association will be the "signature sponsor" of the University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football game on Saturday. Friends of Coal has paid $85,000 to sponsor three athletic events this year, Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Bissett said. However, coal has turned into a highly controversial issue at UK. In addition to protests from students and professors, author Wendell Berry pulled his papers from the UK library system.

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10:35am

Wed September 14, 2011
Sports

UK Athletic Job Goes to AD's Daughter

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, left, talked with Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart during UK's game against Western Ketnucky University at LP Field in Nashville.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

A divided University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Tuesday narrowly approved hiring Kirby Willoughby, the daughter of UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, as a graduate assistant in the athletics department. The trustees voted by voice, and no individual votes were counted. When reporters polled trustees as they left the meeting, eight of the 19 who were present said they voted against the hire. Trustees James Stuckert, Pamela May and Sheila Brothers would not say how they voted.

11:03am

Tue September 13, 2011
Sports

AD's Daughter Up for UK Athletics Job

University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees will be asked Tuesday to approve a graduate assistant job in the athletics department for Kirby Willoughby, the daughter of UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. UK has an anti-nepotism policy that says no relatives of its administrative leadership team can be employed in a position within the officer's administrative area. However, the director of athletics is not among the positions specifically listed in the policy, which covers the provost, associate provosts, executive vice presidents, vice presidents and associate vice presidents.

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9:40am

Tue September 13, 2011
Sports

Panel: UK Wrong to Bar Student Reporter

Longtime prominent Kentucky sportswriter Billy Reed told University of Kentucky journalism students Monday that UK Athletics did a disservice to the university's mission in recently revoking the student newspaper's access to an invitation-only media event. The panel discussion that also included editors from the student newspaper was to include UK Athletics spokesman DeWayne Peevy, whose actions were at the center of the controversy that has drawn attention from national journalism groups. However, Peevy on Friday canceled his commitment to appear because UK Athletics was holding its weekly football news conference Monday.

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10:35am

Sun September 11, 2011
Sports

College Football: UK Wins; IU Still Winless

The Kentucky Wildcats defeated Central Michigan 27-13 Saturday in their college football season home opener.  The Wildcats trailed 13-6 at halftime but sprang to life with three second-half touchdowns, including an 87 yard run by freshman running back Josh Clemons.  Kentucky returns to action against U of L Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

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10:53am

Thu September 8, 2011
Sports

Turfway Finds Reason for Optimism

Trainer William Hall walks a horse after a morning workout in his barn at Turfway Park, Florence.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Turfway Park begins its Fall Meet today with reasons to be optimistic about its future. Turfway bucked a national trend with its 2011 Winter/Spring meet which experienced a 6.3 percent increase to on-track handle and a 3.3 percent bump in all-sources wagering. Instant Racing, a slot-machine-style wagering machine based on pari-mutuel wagering, was introduced in the state for the first time at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 2. Turfway Park will wait until outstanding court challenges are resolved before installing the new machines, but they would provide a new revenue source for the racetrack.

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9:49am

Thu September 8, 2011
Sports

Rupp Task Force Discusses Future UK Venue

 

The decision of whether to renovate Rupp Arena or build a new home for the Kentucky Wildcats is still far off, but members of the arena task force heard some initial thoughts today from the recently-chosen master planner. Gary Bates of the architecture firm Space Group is familiar with downtown Lexington. He once taught at UK’s College of Design. At today’s meeting of the Arena, Arts and Entertainment District Task Force, Bates said preserving Rupp Arena’s atmosphere is a top priority.

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6:22am

Mon September 5, 2011
Sports

Issues Off the Field

Coaches at the collegiate level have responsibilities that extend beyond instructing players on the x’s and o’s of their specific sport.  Coaches are asked to help mold and shape the character of team members.  Eastern Kentucky University football coach Dean Hood admits that comes with challenges.

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10:18am

Fri September 2, 2011
Sports

UK, UofL Win Football Openers

The Kentucky Wildcats opened their 2011 football season with a 14-3 victory over Western Kentucky last night in Nashville. UK notched the win despite struggling offensively for most of the game. Meanwhile, the University of Louisville Cardinals defeated Murray State 21-9 tonight in the football season opener for both teams.

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5:06pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Sports

EKU Opens Before Big 12 Sellout

#16 T.J. Pryor Position: Quarterback Height: 6-2 Weight: 181 Class: Redshirt Freshman Hometown: Louisville, Ky. High School: Ballard
EKU Athletics

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels head west to take on a different breed of Wildcat Saturday.  Eastern goes up against Big-12 foe Kansas State Saturday night. Kansas State was eight and six last year, beating the likes of UCLA and Texas.  EKU finished last season with four straight wins. So, Colonel coach Dean Hood says a ‘huge upset’ is always ‘in play’.

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4:30pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Sports

Kentucky Downs Gambles on Instant Racing Slot Machines

Robin Harden (from left), Felecia Hudson and Janelle Barany, all of Bowling Green's Sun Suites Salon and Spa, play the new instant racing games Wednesday at Kentucky Downs in Franklin.
Miranda Pederson The Daily News

Today, and even the next few weeks, won’t be the measure of success for instant racing at Kentucky Downs, which launched today. It could be a month or more before track officials have a handle on how much interest is generated by the $3 million investment Kentucky Downs made in its facility, according to President Corey Johnsen. With just 200 instant racing terminals and a capacity of about 1,000 people on the first floor of the facility, Johnsen doesn’t want Kentucky Downs to be overrun with patrons until employees have had time to make sure everything is operating smoothly.

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10:02am

Thu September 1, 2011
Sports

Famed Thoroughbred Gets 2nd Farewell

In life, Hall of Fame thoroughbred Noor always seemed to play second fiddle to Seabiscuit, both owned by Charles Howard. But Noor finished ahead of Seabiscuit on Tuesday, becoming the first Hall of Fame racehorse to be re-interred at a special memorial garden set up at Old Friends thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown.

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7:33am

Thu September 1, 2011
Sports

Kentucky's Football Season Opens

The University of Louisville Cards open their 2011 football season this evening, hosting Murray State. Second-year coach Charlie Strong says this is a young team, but he’s pleased with how the more experienced players have stepped forward in practice.

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4:34pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Sports

UK Athletics Spanked over Reporter Ban

The University of Kentucky Athletic Department is again at odds with the school’s newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. A Kernel reporter called two walk-on basketball players to confirm they were joining the team. Afterward, he reportedly sought further comment, which UK officials say violates the school media guide. It says all requests for comments from players should go through the school’s public relations staff to prevent players from being bombarded by questions.

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4:26pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Sports

Opponents say Instant Racing a Felony

As a western Kentucky horse track prepares to implement instant racing Thursday, a conservative policy group is announcing its latest attempt to stop the effort. The Family Foundation says Kentucky Downs is violating the state's gambling law by moving forward with instant racing, which allows players to bet on previously run horse races using a video terminal that looks like a slot machine. 

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