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.
The University of Kentucky athletics department engaged in "reprehensible conduct" in revoking the university student newspaper's access to a basketball media event, a national journalism group said Tuesday. The letter from Associated Press Managing Editors to UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart was part of a wave of regional and national criticism heaped upon UK in the wake of a disagreement with the Kentucky Kernel over interview practices.
Kentucky Speedway and state officials unveiled their plans Tuesday to correct the traffic and parking problems experienced at last month’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Speedway Motorsports Inc., the company that owns the Gallatin County track, is investing an estimated $7.5 million. That amount includes the $1.5 million the speedway paid last week to acquire 142 acres of land across Ky. 35 from the track. The added land will allow the speedway to park about 10,000 more cars, general manager Mark Simendinger said. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet projects it will spend $3.6 million on road improvements to improve access to parking areas at the speedway.
University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says no one from the NCAA has interviewed assistant coach Clint Hurtt yet regarding allegations of rules violations during Hurtt’s time at the University of Miami. U of L said earlier this month it would comply with a request from the NCAA to talk to Hurtt. He’s named in a Yahoo Sports report on former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who says he provided improper benefits such as cash, meals and trips to football recruits.
What once was a sleepy resort on U.S. 31-W at the edge of Edmonson and Barren counties is quickly making a bang in the gun world and having an economic influence on the region. Park Mammoth Resort and its Rockcastle Shooting Center are on the radar of gun enthusiasts from across the country - and even the world, as evidenced by the AR15.com Rockcastle 3-Gun Pro-Am Championship held over the weekend. The match drew three major outdoors cable channels and interest from bloggers and Internet radio. Nearly 500 professional and amateur shooters from 43 states and four countries participated in the event.
High schools in Kentucky are protected with certain procedures to prevent and respond to concussions in high school sports. But when it comes to middle and elementary schools, decisions are left to local jurisdictions. “The high schools in our state have us to make rules, the middle schools and other levels don’t have anyone making those rules,” said Julian Tackett, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
Georgetown College Director of Athletics Brian Evans announced the new head men’s basketball coach Thursday afternoon. Four-year Tiger assistant to Happy Osborne, Chris Briggs, will immediately assume the leadership position. Briggs also served as a graduate assistant and student manager for UK coach Tubby Smith.
Bell County school officials have ended the tradition of having a minister lead prayer over the public-address system before high school football games because of a complaint from a Wisconsin-based group that promotes the separation of church and state. Friday's home game against Lexington Catholic was the first in decades that didn't include a prayer before the game, said Bell County Superintendent George Thompson.
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.