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Four EKU football players named preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference by HERO Sports

Four Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the HERO Sports preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team. Running back Alonzo Booth, offensive linemen Tucker Schroeder and Jackson Bardall, and linebacker Steven Crowder were the EKU players receiving the honors. Booth earned second team All-OVC honors from the coaches and communications directors last season. He was also chosen...

College Commonwealth Baseball Club to begin play at Whitaker Bank Ballpark next Tuesday (June 30)

Gov. Andy Beshear has given his approval, and baseball will be played at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in 2020. The first College Commonwealth Baseball Club game will be next Tuesday (June 30) at 5:30 p.m. Whitaker Bank Ballpark will host baseball games ranging from college wood bat games, to youth level tournaments. “We are extremely excited and ready for baseball to be back,” said Legends President...

Kentucky Wesleyan women’s basketball adds three recruits; Panthers posted 28-3 record last season

The Kentucky Wesleyan College women’s basketball team has added three recruits as Shaylee McDonald, Shiya Hoosier and Corina Conley have all made commitments to continue their careers in Owensboro. McDonald is a 5-foot-7 guard from Washington Courthouse, Ohio, and a graduate of Miami Trace High School. She is the two-time Frontier Athletic Conference Player of the Year and netted more than 1,000...

Now back on campus, Louisville’s Williamson understands importance of following virus protocols

By Kenny Klein University of Louisville University of Louisville forward Samuell Williamson is glad to be back on campus with his teammates, but he understands that everyone needs to continue to follow proper protocols and be cautious in this pandemic environment. “It’s (the virus) definitely something that’s always in the back of our heads,” said Williamson. “When we’re...

Louisville season opener against N.C. State moved to a Wednesday to avoid conflict with Derby Week

The University of Louisville’s season opener at home against North Carolina State will be played on a Wednesday (Sept. 2), moving from the previously scheduled Sept. 3 date. Vince Tyra, Louisville’s director of athletics, made the announcement on Monday. Because of the nationwide pandemic, the 146th Kentucky Derby Weekend, originally set for April 30 through May 2 in Louisville, was pushed...

Six Kentucky football players test positive for coronavirus antibodies after return to practice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky men’s basketball team will begin a COVID-19 screening process on Sunday before returning to activities prior to the July 4 holiday. The only staff personnel who will be present at the workouts will be the school’s athletic development and performance coaches “for the safety of student-athletes, including strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers...

WKU men’s golfer Linus Lo named to All-Conference USA second team; third Hilltopper to earn honor

Western Kentucky University men’s golfer Linus Lo has been named to the All-Conference USA second team. “Linus is one of the hardest workers I have ever had the pleasure to coach,” said WKU men’s golf head coach Chan Metts. “He is very deserving of being an All-Conference player. Especially looking at his fall season he set a program record for scoring average in a semester....

Billy Reed: As COVID-19 invades college football, can’t we just say health is more important than playing?

The latest information from the sports coronavirus front was a stunner: National runner-up Clemson announced that 23 football players had tested positive of the for the cunning disease. As fate would have it, the Louisville Cardinals are scheduled to play at Clemson on Saturday, Sept. 12. That would be the Cards’ second game of the season, following their season opener on Thursday, Sept. 3, against...

UK coaches have served as father figures to many players — on and off the court — for decades

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today College coaches are charged with more than just teaching their respective sports. They also serve as mentors to student-athletes, many of whom are thousands of miles away from home. Throughout history, the University of Kentucky has had some coaches who have served as a father figure to their players and juggled managing the team on and off the court and the field with...

Satterfield, Louisville football players slowly see normalcy returning as voluntary workouts continue

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield said on Wednesday that things are almost back to normal. Well, as normal as you can hope during a pandemic. More than half of the roster has returned to campus during the past two weeks, and Satterfield brought back his coaches on Monday in hopes to start the 2020 football season as planned. COVID-19...

Morehead State defensive standout named FCS preseason All-American by College Sports Journal

Opponents of Morehead State football became well aware of the dominance of defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. in 2019. After all, he led the Pioneer Football League in a pair of statistical categories — tackles for loss and sacks. His name is now recognized nationally as Taylor was tabbed to the FCS preseason All-America Team by College Sports Journal. A native of Washington, D.C., who transferred to...

Audubon Oaks becomes Kentucky Oaks points race, joins Ellis Park Derby on road to Churchill classics

Ellis Park not only has the $200,000 Ellis Park Derby as a qualifying race for the rescheduled Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby, but the track’s $100,000 Audubon Oaks is now a stop on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. Both stakes races are Aug. 9. Ellis Park’s 98th annual meet will run from July 2 through Aug. 30. This year’s Ellis Park Derby winner will receive 50 points, virtually ensuring a spot in the...

Louisville defensive back uses platform as Division I athlete to join in call for change in society

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville defensive back Anthony Johnson isn’t sitting idle when it comes to racial injustice and social issues within the community. The junior, who was a key component on the defense last season, is using his platform as a Division I athlete to provoke change, not only in the city of Louisville but nationally. He is back on campus and...

UK season opener against Eastern Michigan moved to a Thursday to avoid conflict with Kentucky Derby

University of Kentucky football will return a bit earlier than expected this fall, breaking out of the starting gate first on a holiday weekend that also includes the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. UK’s season opener against Eastern Michigan, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, has now been moved to Thursday, Sept. 3, at Kroger Field, athletics director Mitch Barnhart announced...

García-Palencia twins provide double impact for EKU track and field program as freshmen

Two of the most impressive Eastern Kentucky University competitors at the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships were freshmen from Spain. They share a last name. And were born two minutes apart. Emma and Pedro García-Palencia are fraternal twins – mellizos, in Spain. They were born prematurely, at seven months. Pedro had an issue with the umbilical cord, so a Cesarean...

University of Louisville AD Vince Tyra sees good chance of football season starting on time

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today In his latest update to the University of Louisville Athletics Association (ULAA) board of directors and the media last week, Vince Tyra indicated that there is growing optimism that the 2020 college football season will kick off on time. UofL’s vice president/director of athletics cited an anticipated move by the NCAA next week as a promising sign that the Cardinals...

Former LexCath football standout Wes Caldwell named athletic director at Highlands High School

Wes Caldwell has been named the athletic director at Highlands High School. He is currently the assistant athletic director at Lexington Catholic High School. Caldwell earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Middle Tennessee State University and his master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University. Wes Caldwell While attending Middle...

University of Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers calls 10th overall pick by Los Angeles Angels ‘surreal’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is how fast Reid Detmers’ life changed after his selection by the Los Angeles Angels in the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday night. While being interviewed by local media via a teleconference he missed a call from Mike Trout. Yes, that Mike Trout, the Angels’ eight-time MLB All-star and seven-time winner of the American League MVP Award. He of the...

UK punter Max Duffy named first-team preseason All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation

University of Kentucky senior punter Max Duffy has been named a first-team preseason All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He is one of 13 players on the preseason list who also earned Walter Camp All-America recognition in 2019. UK punter Max Duffy has been named a first-team preseason All-American.Duffy, a native of Perth, Australia, was an key player for the Wildcats in 2019. Kentucky...

WKU opener against UT Chattanooga moved to a Thursday night; Hilltoppers finished 9-4 last season

Western Kentucky Univesity has announced that the football team’s season opener has been moved ahead by two days and will be played on a Thursday night in Bowling Green. Originally scheduled for Sept. 5, WKU’s game against UT Chattanooga has been changed to Sept. 3. In addition, the kickoff time for the opener against the Mocs will be at 6 p.m. WKU posted a 9-4 overall record in 2019, including...