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Jamie Vaught: SEC Nation’s Laura Rutledge follows diverse background to become ‘rising star’ at ESPN

When ESPN sent a press release back in May to announce that Laura Rutledge has been selected as the new host for the popular SEC Nation program, it called her the rising star of the SEC Network. Rutledge has the background along with her previous experience to do her television job really well. The ESPN/SEC reporter graduated with a degree in broadcasting journalism at the University of Florida where...

Reds trade Phillips to Atlanta for pitching prospects; team will pick up almost all of his 2017 salary

Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations, General Manager Dick Williams Sunday announced the acquisitions of LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for 2B Brandon Phillips. “We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to our organization,” Williams said. “He excited our fan base and was an important part of several seasons of winning...

Former Lindsey Wilson slugger Osnowitz signs free agent pact with Braves farm team

Former NAIA All-American Mitchell Osnowitz signed a professional baseball contract with the Atlanta Braves organization (Photo from LWC Athletics)   Former Lindsey Wilson baseball standout Mitchell Osnowitz has signed a free agent contract with the Gulf Coast League Braves, a minor-league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves based in Orlando, Fla.   The 6-foot-5 Bloomington, Ill., native joins...

‘Mad Dog’ Greg Maddux, one of the best;
a Hall-of-Famer in baseball and in life

Editor’s note: The Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 announced in January included retired pitching great Greg Maddux. He, along with Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Boby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, will be inducted in July at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Here, former sportswriter Ryan Clark recalls the “unforgettable” time he spent with Maddux.   By Ryan Clark KyForward...

'Mad Dog' Greg Maddux, one of the best; a Hall-of-Famer in baseball and in life

Editor’s note: The Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 announced in January included retired pitching great Greg Maddux. He, along with Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Boby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, will be inducted in July at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Here, former sportswriter Ryan Clark recalls the “unforgettable” time he spent with Maddux.   By Ryan Clark KyForward...

Billy Reed: Way past time to change sports nicknames to reflect nation’s sensibilities

My grandfather taught me, when I was very young, to have a healthy respect for Native Americans. I never heard him use that term, of course. In the politically incorrect era of the 1950s, we simply called them Indians. I mostly saw them as the guys who always lost to Gene Autry or Lash LaRue at the cowboy matinees shown at the Trimble Theater in downtown Mt. Sterling.   My grandfather was fascinated...

Billy Reed: Way past time to change sports nicknames to reflect nation's sensibilities

My grandfather taught me, when I was very young, to have a healthy respect for Native Americans. I never heard him use that term, of course. In the politically incorrect era of the 1950s, we simply called them Indians. I mostly saw them as the guys who always lost to Gene Autry or Lash LaRue at the cowboy matinees shown at the Trimble Theater in downtown Mt. Sterling.   My grandfather was fascinated...

Recent draftees highlight Kentucky alumni on opening day rookie-league MiLB rosters

The rookie-level Appalachian, Arizona, Gulf Coast and Pioneer Leagues in Minor League Baseball begin their seasons Monday and Tuesday, which means a host of 2011 Kentucky baseball draftees are set to make their professional debuts. Check out a list of the Kentucky alumni — including some 2010 draftees who have yet to play this season — who will play in those leagues below: RHP Blake Perry —...

Atlanta Braves make Lexington pitcher
first Asbury College athlete to be drafted

Story by Jon Hale jon@kyforward.com Lexington native Gardner Adams dreamed of playing professional baseball when he graduated from Lafayette High School in 2007. But he knew his route to that dream would be more difficult than most since he would play collegiately at Asbury College, which had never had an athlete drafted by any professional sports league. Adams had listened to most of the 2011 Major...

Atlanta Braves make Lexington pitcher first Asbury College athlete to be drafted

Story by Jon Hale jon@kyforward.com Lexington native Gardner Adams dreamed of playing professional baseball when he graduated from Lafayette High School in 2007. But he knew his route to that dream would be more difficult than most since he would play collegiately at Asbury College, which had never had an athlete drafted by any professional sports league. Adams had listened to most of the 2011 Major...