LEXINGTON – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is set to face a 2011-12 schedule that features three nonconference opponents who finished last year ranked in the top 20, 18 home games – including one in Rupp Arena – and a pair of games on ESPN2, UK head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Tuesday.
By Janet Patton, Lexington Herald Leader & Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio
Kentucky Downs will open its gambling room with 200 instant racing machines on Sept. 1, the Franklin track announced Monday. A brief opening ceremony is planned at 10 a.m., then it is off to the historical races. Instant racing allows players to bet on previously run races; the games are designed to mimic electronic slots or video lottery terminals and appeal to bettors who wouldn't necessarily be drawn to traditional pari- mutuel wagering.
Georgetown College head basketball coach Happy Osborne resigned Saturday to become assistant basketball coach at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., a NCAA Division I school. His office was cleared, and Osborne said he planned to go to Cookeville Sunday. “I’ve got to get out of here,” Osborne told the News-Graphic in an exclusive interview. “If I stick around until Monday or Tuesday, I’ll never leave.”
The University of Louisville says it is cooperating with an NCAA request to speak with assistant football coach Clint Hurtt about alleged recruiting violations during his time at the University of Miami. Hurtt (pictured) is named in a Yahoo Sports investigative report this week on former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who has admitted providing cash, meals, prostitutes and the use of his yacht to recruits.
The North Oldham County Little League team will play the last game of the regional finals against Hamilton, Ohio this Saturday. If they win, they’ll head to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series. The team is staying at the central division Little League Headquarters in Indianapolis, said manager Brad Bates.
Centre College is moving forward with plans to locate two new sports fields on land once occupied by some agricultural landmarks. In the last several months, the college has acquired the former Boyle County Stockyards and Farmers Tobacco Warehouse No. 1 sites. Michael Strysick, Centre’s director of communications, said plans include a multipurpose field that could serve as a playing surface for sports, including field hockey and lacrosse, on the corner of Dillehay and Hope streets.
When Daniel Cowan was a soccer player at George Rogers Clark High School, suffering a concussion was just par for the course. “Back then, it was just sit out of practice a couple days and you’re good to go. You might miss one game. It wasn’t a big deal,” Cowan said. Now Cowan is in a different position, coaching the GRC boys junior varsity soccer team, and concussions, he said, are something that he and coaches in all contact and collision sports are taking much more seriously.
The University of Kentucky's Darius Miller will represent the United States in the 2011 World University Games. Miller was named to the 12-member men's basketball team Wednesday following six days of tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado.
College football fans will have a voice this year in the selection of a player to receive the Paul Hornug Award. The national award, created last year by the Louisville Sports Commission to recognize the most versatile player in college football, is named for the Louisville native who excelled at several positions for Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers.
Many young horse riders are getting their first taste of the big time this week at Kentucky Horse Park. Trailers line the parking lots, colorful golf carts decked out in U.S., Canadian, and Mexican flags speed by, and spectators brave the summer heat for a glimpse at the young talent. It's early afternoon and 17-year-old Talia Hershaft just finished a solo ride in front of the judges.
Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Wednesday that The Kentucky Derby Festival will add another week to its schedule. It’s called Give a Day and for one week before Thunder Over Louisville it asks individuals, businesses and non-profits to volunteer their service throughout the week.
The NFL lockout officially ended Monday, which means the Cincinnati Bengals are returning to Georgetown for their pre-season training camp. "I'm sure the city in general has just breathed a sigh of relief," Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney said. "If they didn't come, it would have been a huge hit for the college. Not only the revenue, but the recognition of having Georgetown's name on the national spotlight."
While the NFL owners and players continue to work on a labor agreement, Georgetown College was preparing as if the football season will go on as scheduled. Developments Thursday indicated an agreement could be reached soon that would allow the Cincinnati Bengals to hold its training camp at Georgetown College, just as the team has for the past 15 years. The camp is an important money-maker for the college, and the owners' lockout of the players has put that in jeopardy.
University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips is confident he has the offensive arsenal needed to take on the SEC this season. The Wildcats no longer have Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb to run and catch the ball, but Phillips says his team has worked through transitions before.
A national survey measuring horse racing bettors' satisfactions with their tracks puts all Kentucky thoroughbred tracks in the top 20 nationally with Keeneland and Churchill Downs capturing the top two spots. Ellis Park was seventh and Turfway Park was eighth.
Horse racing in Kentucky may be hurting, but it's not done fighting yet. The sport took an important step toward financial survival Thursday after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the first expanded gambling at a state horse track. Kentucky Downs, a track on the Tennessee border, had requested permission to implement a game called Instant Racing, in which players bet on past horse races using slot-like machines. “This was a big step in moving instant racing toward Ellis Park,” owner Ron Geary said Thursday.
As the NBA lockout nears the two week mark, players, managers and owners are no longer in talks about their franchises. For over thirty years, Louisville attorney J. Bruce Miller has been in talks to bring an NBA franchise to the city. But his latest attempt will most likely be his last. Bruce Miller’s law office is a hybrid of two of his fascinations: Greek culture and professional basketball. Behind his desk sits a model of the Parthenon. Strewn around his office he has basketball jerseys and other basketball paraphernalia. Miller has white hair and speaks with a slight southern twang. When I spoke to him, he was wearing an NBA lapel pin on his suit.
A University of Kentucky cheerleader was seriously injured in Rhode Island on Thursday when he fell 44 feet while teaching a gymnastics class. His father credits his training in tumbling with saving his life. Dylan Smith, 19, had been tumbling when "he kinda lost his balance" at the end of a series of moves and landed against a door that had been nailed shut, his father, Hugh Smith, said in a telephone interview. The door, on the fourth or fifth floor of the building, led only to open air. It gave way, and Dylan Smith fell out backward, Hugh Smith said.
The Kentucky Speedway offered tickets to future NASCAR races to thousands of fans who missed Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series race because of massive traffic jams that ensnared them for hours outside the racetrack. The ticket offer came Monday as a top Kentucky state lawmaker called for legislative hearings and Gov. Steve Beshear said he’ll assemble a team to explore the cause of hours-long gridlock that tarnished what should have been a triumphant day for both the track and the state.
Kentucky Speedway, which is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Monday issued the following statement regarding the fan experience at Saturday’s “Quaker State 400.” Kyle Busch won the 2011 Quaker State 400. “To those fans that were not able to attend the Quaker State 400, we offer our sincerest apologies,” said Mark Simendinger, general manager, Kentucky Speedway. “We’d also like to apologize to all of our fans who endured challenging conditions during our event weekend. As we said earlier, we’re committed to working with NASCAR, state and local officials and traffic experts to address Saturday’s traffic issues to ensure that we never have this type of experience again.”
The NBA lockout is in its second week, and players are not working. And one Kentucky-based company is looking to hire the Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade. Amid the lockout, Dwayne Wade tweeted a question. He asked if anyone was hiring. It was probably a joke, but as it turns out, there is at least one company who would like to hire the shooting guard.
Thousands of Saddle-bred Horse Enthusiasts are at the Red Mile in Lexington this week for the 75th Annual Junior League Horse Show. Alice Dearborn is serving as this year's event chairwoman: "We are the largest outdoor saddle-bred horse show in the world. What makes us so unique is that a group of women who don't really know a lot about horses put on this world class event."
Gov. Steve Beshear said Sunday he will work with officials at Kentucky Speedway to address the traffic flow and parking problems that plagued Saturday's Quaker State 400. A bottleneck traffic jam at Interstate 71's Exit 57 onto Ky. 35, the road that runs past the track, left thousands stuck in traffic for six hours in many cases and ultimately too late to see the race.
The mass traffic congestion entering Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 on Saturday was the dominant story of the first Sprint Cup race in Sparta. Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger talked about the issues that caused the traffic jam. Question: Were you expecting people to have so much trouble getting into the track?
Kyle Busch’s mastery of NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series continued Thursday night when the Cup star racked up his fifth series win of the season during a green-white-checkered finish in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. As is typically the case whenever Busch ventures into the Truck ranks, his No. 18 Toyota pretty much had its way with rivals as it picked its way through the field.
Kentucky’s first Nascar Sprint Cup Race isn’t until Saturday. But, the racing frenzy is being felt far ahead of the competition and far away from the northern Kentucky track.
It wasn’t the roar of the nascar vehicles that race car fans heard in the parking lot.. It was the sound of idling trucks that transport race cars as they waited Wednesday in a Lexington parking lot. Daytona, Florida native Ron Utter works on the cars and drives the truck which holds the Toyota driven by Tony Raines. Utter says actual race cars rarely leave their trucks…and are only seen at the track.
They say life's pretty sweet in Hershey, Pa., but the Fletcher families - three brothers and their kin -- chose to spend this week, beginning Tuesday, camping out at the Kentucky Speedway. "It's your inaugural race" in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series, the top tier of stock-car racing, said Ann Fletcher, explaining why this is the one Sprint Cup race the Fletcher clan intends to visit in 2011.
Emma Talley has her tee times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open - and the Caldwell County golf phenom could be getting some face time on Golf Channel this week. Talley, who was scheduled to fly to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday and play practice rounds Tuesday and Wednesday, is set to tee off at 9:06 a.m. CDT in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.
This July Fourth marks the 100th anniversary of a baseball milestone. In 1911, Cubans Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida became the first Latino players for the Cincinnati Reds. The two are sometimes called the first Latino players in the major leagues, but that depends on the definition of major league baseball.