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Five-run first inning rally, stout relief effort by Martin fuels Kentucky past Morehead State

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  Storm Wilson smashed his first home run of the year and Taylor Martin fired 2.2 shutout innings in relief for his first career decision, leading Kentucky to a 9-4 win over Morehead State Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   …

Freeman’s 30-foot bank shot at buzzer halts Murray State’s bid in NIT, record season

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  The record-breaking 2014-15 season for the Murray State Racers came to an end Wednesday in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals on a buzzer-beater to the Old Dominion Monarchs 72-69 at the Constant Center in Norfolk, Virginia.   Down by …

UT Martin ends Colonels’ post-season run with last-second game-winning jumper

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  Eastern Kentucky fell victim to a game-winning three-pointer, falling to UT Martin, 70-69, Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) at McBrayer Arena.   With 3.3 seconds to play, UT Martin (21-12) guard Marshun Newell hit …

Jamie Vaught: Even better than advertised, Wildcat guard Ulis returning to home state

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  Some random March Madness jottings:   – Even though Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis was a McDonald’s All-American who played at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago, the 5-9 freshman is returning to his home state of Ohio this weekend when …

Ashley Scoby: Floreal’s dance moves have become part of Wildcats’ pregame ritual

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  Every team has its tics, its superstitions, its rituals. For the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, their’s is EJ Floreal.   No one remembers how it started, or which game it preceded. But somebody on the team pushed Floreal in the …

Murray State will try to seal NIT trip to
the Garden with win over Old Dominion

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  A trip to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals will be on the line Wednesday when the Murray State Racers travel to Norfolk, Virginia, to tangle with the Old Dominion Monarchs (6 p.m. CT, ESPN2) from the Ted Constant Center. …

Pikeville’s high-scoring Manigault earns NAIA D-I Men’s Basketball Player of Year honor

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  Kenny Manigault is the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, becoming the first player in University of Pikeville history to earn the honor, officials from the national office announced.   Manigault, K.K. Simmons and Macari Brooks …

Coming off strongest performance of the year, Pitino’s Cardinals appear to be over the hump

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   By Russ Brown Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has mentioned a couple of times this season that early in his career he got some useful advice from one of his mentors, Hubie Brown. …

Campbellsville’s bid for NAIA Championship winds up one game short after finals loss

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  Campbellsville has used its size and depth all year to take advantage of smaller opponents but the Lady Tigers met their match in the NAIA National Championship game Tuesday.   The Tigers came up one game short, finishing NAIA …

Ashley Scoby: In the midst of a down streak, Booker due for yet another breakout stretch

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In basketball, the worst part about shooting is its streakiness.   But the best part about shooting? Its streakiness. No matter how up and down it may be, one piece holds true: The “up” streak always comes back around eventually. …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Shunned by some, ‘low tech’ cane poles never go out of style

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  There was a time when youngsters were introduced to fishing with a cane pole, a can of squirming red worms and a farm pond full of eager bluegills.   Cane poles were used a lot by crappie anglers too. …

Billy Reed: UK’s quest for ninth national title not the only thing drawing tourney viewers

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  Even the inevitability of Kentucky’s ninth NCAA championship has not diminished interest in this year’s basketball tournament, and the reason has nothing to do with mesmerizing coaches or players.   It’s gambling.   I’ve read estimates that $2.5 billion …

After win over top-seed Freed-Hardeman, Campbellsville women a game away from title

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  For the first time in Campbellsville University athletics history, a team is heading to an NAIA national championship game after the Lady Tigers’ women’s basketball squad upended No. 1 Freed-Hardeman University in the NAIA Fab Four 56-52 Monday night. …

Big series with Bulldogs lifts UK outfielder Kyle Barrett to SEC Player of Week honors

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  After helping lead Kentucky to a series win over No. 20 Mississippi State, Kentucky junior centerfielder Kyle Barrett has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office.   A native of Douglasville, …

Colonels face Ohio Valley rival Tennessee Martin in CIT quarterfinal round Wednesday

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  To make it to the final four, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will have to get by Ohio Valley Conference foe University of Tennessee at Martin in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) at McBrayer …