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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Elk herd doing great; plenty of opportunities for hunters

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  By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   FRANKFORT, Ky. – Elkhorn Creek in central Kentucky, the city of Elkton in Todd County and Elkhorn City in Pike County are modern day reminders of the elk that inhabited Kentucky when …

Record crowds, $1 million Toyota Blue Grass purse highlights for Keeneland Spring Meet

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  Keeneland successfully concluded its 2015 Spring Meet on Friday, yielding a number of positive results: consecutive Saturdays of near-record crowds that contributed to the track’s fourth-highest Spring Meet attendance and a blockbuster opening Saturday which featured both the $1 …

Calipari expecting Poythress to return for his senior year, Lee to have breakout season

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  Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he expects injured junior forward Alex Poythress to return for his senior season and to team with fellow front-court man Marcus Lee to provide the Wildcats with the foundation for another highly ranked …

Kentucky native Whitaker returns home to join Mitchell’s UK Hoops coaching staff

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Kentucky native and former Dayton assistant coach Camryn Whitaker has been hired as an assistant coach for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced.   Whitaker, who hails from Cynthiana, Ky., returns to the Bluegrass …

Set the date: Wildcats travel to Louisville for baseball clash with third-ranked Cardinals

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  Kentucky and No. 3 Louisville has rescheduled its midweek tilt at Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium for Tuesday, April 28.   The first game of the UK and Louisville series was originally slated for April 8 in Louisville but heavy …

Innovation Economy takes first start of year in Whitey Purse; Rosario scores 2,000th win

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  Making his first start of 2015, Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Innovation Economy won the $62,000 Whitey Purse before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 12,111.   Friday is closing day of Keeneland’s 15-day Spring Meet. The featured race …

West Virginia slams Legends in doubleheader sweep, pushes Lexington loss streak to six

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  Jerrick Suiter’s run-scoring single gave the West Virginia Power a 3-2 eight-inning win over the Lexington Legends in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday night in Charleston and the Power completed the sweep with a 5-2 victory in …

Levin’s final-round 68 fuels EKU women
to OVC Championship, into NCAA tourney

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  Behind Sofie Levin’s final round 4-under 68, the Eastern Kentucky women’s golf team overcame a 4-hole deficit entering the final round on Wednesday to win the Ohio Valley Conference Championship by one shot at the par-72, 6,050-yard Hampton Cove …

Willard named to Pitino’s UofL coaching staff; Cards add nation’s No. 4 scorer Lee to roster

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Ralph Willard, whose 39 years of coaching experience include 19 as a collegiate head basketball coach, has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball staff as assistant coach to Cardinals’ head coach Rick Pitino.   Willard replaces Wyking Jones, who …

Record book gets a rewrite as Wildcats, Nunley best Western in extra innings

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  University of Kentucky junior pitcher Kelsey Nunley tossed nine scoreless innings in the circle to become the school’s all-time leader in wins, while the Wildcats rallied for an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Kentucky …

Big stretch run by Meri Shika powers narrow victory in $62,000 Betz Purse at Keeneland

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  Stella Perdomo’s Meri Shika charged down the stretch to win the $62,000 Betz Purse for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, by a neck before a Wednesday afternoon Keeneland crowd of 9,877.   Trained by Roger Attfield and ridden …

Defending champion Fox-Pitt, Phillips among impressive entries for Rolex Three-Day Event

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  Defending champion William Fox-Pitt and Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of England, head an impressive list of entries set to compete in the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park April 23-26.   A …

Hernandez powers Legends to early lead, but unearned runs the difference as Drive rallies

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  Derek Miller’s two-out, two-run double gave Greenville the lead in the top of the seventh inning, and the Drive went on to a 7-3 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday, completing a three-game series sweep.   The Legends took …

Weather-related delays push back opening of state’s Hatchery Creek project to next spring

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  The Hatchery Creek Stream and Wetland Restoration project just below Wolf Creek Dam at Lake Cumberland is nearing the half way point to completion after the exceptionally harsh winter and wet conditions this spring prompted some delays in the …

Motion seeking third straight victory in Friday’s $150,000 Bewitch at Keeneland

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  Trainer Graham Motion will seek his third consecutive victory in the $150,000 Bewitch when he sends out Augustin Stable’s Kitten’s Point in the 54th running of the 1½-mile stakes on the Keeneland turf course on Friday, closing day of …