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Billy Reed: Ali’s old ‘Rope-a-Dope’ strategy works again, this time Louisville’s the victim

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For the longest time on this chilly October night, it looked as if the biggest game ever played in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium had been scripted by the University of Louisville drama school.   The Cardinals were not only holding …

With Cats’ football program on the upswing, Barnhart announces new extension for Stoops

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  University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops’ contract has been amended to extend through the 2019 season, UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Friday.   The new agreement extends the term from June 30, 2019, to June …

Wildcats enjoy successful Senior Night, record sixth straight win with decision over Alabama

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  Kentucky’s women’s soccer team finished off the regular season with its sixth consecutive win Thursday, a 2-1 decision over Alabama on Senior Night at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.   Sophomore Kaitlin Miller scored her first-career goal …

No. 2 Seminoles overcome early Louisville advantage, roll Cards to keep title hopes alive

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  Louisville jumped out to a 21-0 lead over No. 2 Florida State Thursday, but the Seminoles rallied behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to take a 42-31 win at Papa John’s Stadium.   Winston threw three touchdown passes to …

NKU’s Hamblin earns first-team All-Conference, Freshman of Year honors

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  A pair of Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer players have been honored by the Atlantic Sun Conference for their performance during the 2014 season, the league office announced.   Macy Hamblin was voted the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the …

Ashley Scoby: For UK’s Dupree, getting that first road win equals a rowdy plane trip home

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  Bud Dupree has had a few too many quiet plane rides in his lifetime – or at least in his career at Kentucky.   Since he arrived at UK, Dupree – and the rest of his senior class – …

Louisville trails Duke, North Carolina in preseason Atlantic Coast Conference poll

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  The University of Louisville men’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to a vote of media in attendance at the league’s annual “Operation Basketball” on Wednesday, trailing Duke and North Carolina.   …

Championship for 3-year-olds could also be on the line in $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic

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  When post positions were drawn Monday afternoon for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, longshot Prayer for Relief drew the inside position.   And no doubt, a prayer for relief is exactly what the connections of …

No. 18 Wildcats continue volleyball roll with fifth consecutive victory, top Volunteers, 3-0

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  Senior Lauren O’Conner had 19 kills for the second consecutive match to lead the No. 18 Kentucky volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-18) victory over Tennessee Wednesday night at Memorial Coliseum.   The Wildcats (18-4, 9-2 Southeastern …

Ashley Scoby: Mitchell may be changing his approach, but core principles remain firm

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  Matthew Mitchell is the same coach he’s always been: loud, exuberant, passionate and someone who relates well to his players.   He also pushes hard, and that’s something that won’t change this year: Point guard Jen O’Neill said Mitchell …

EKU road warriors seek to keep pressure on in OVC race, face last-place Tennessee State

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  Eastern Kentucky will try to keep the pressure on Jacksonville State in the Ohio Valley Conference football race Saturday when the Colonels travel to Tennessee State for a 3 p.m. matchup with the Tigers.   The Colonels, ranked 16th …

Blue Raiders post highest football ranking; UPIKE’s Jackson Offensive Player of Week

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The Lindsey Wilson football team moved up to No. 11 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced, the highest national ranking in the history of the Blue Raiders’ program.   Lindsey Wilson, coming off a …

Brown sees improving UK running game as critical factor as Missouri looms on horizon

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  One of the major focuses for Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown heading into this week’s game at Missouri was improving the running game.   After the Wildcats opened the year with at least 230 rushing yards in three of …

Transylvania women favored to win third straight Heartland Conference hoops title

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  Transylvania University has been voted the favorite to capture the 2014-15 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball championship after the Pioneers received seven of the ten first-place votes in the HCAC Coaches Preseason Poll and collected 97 points in …

Northern kicks into high gear in late going, posts comeback volleyball win against EKU

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  Jayden Julian led three Northern Kentucky University hitters in double-figures with 17 kills as the Norse came from behind to defeat in-state rival Eastern Kentucky, 3-1, (17-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18) Tuesday night.   Keely Creamer added 14 kills and …