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Sports Notes: Cost of attendance stipend welcomed, but few think it changes minds

UK coach Mark Stoops says student-athletes will see their quality of life improve thanks to cost of attendance stipends (Jon Hale Photo)   Later this month, NCAA Division I scholarship athletes will find a little something extra in their bank accounts.   In addition to their allotted scholarship money, they will get a “cost of attendance” stipend. That amount will vary from school...

Sports Notes: Despite off-game, Towles' QB sneak the kind of play that can turn a season

Patrick Towles’ touchdown on a quarterback sneak just before halftime would be the final score of the game (UK Athletics Photo/Chet White)   No one’s saying Patrick Towles played his best in Saturday’s 17-7 win over Vanderbilt. Not Towles. Not head coach Mark Stoops. Not offensive coordinator Neal Brown.   And yet if there is one play that stands out, the kind of play a...

Sports Notes: Can Wildcats give Gators a run for their money? It's possible and here's how

A strong performance by the UK running game, including Boom Williams, would increase Cats’ upset chances at Florida (UK Athletics Photo by Chet White)   Two games, one a scintillating, feel-good victory to open the season, the other a “well, at least it was a win” showing that left fans and apparently more that a few players wishing for a better performance.   [widgets_on_pages...

Sports Notes: Former Lexington Catholic star Revere sneaking up on a batting title

Former Lexington Catholic star Ben Revere is at the top of the National League batting race entering play this week (Photo from Philly.com)   Don’t look now, but former Lexington Catholic star Ben Revere may be sneaking up on a batting title with the Philadelphia Phillies.   Revere, the top draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2007, made his Big League debut with the American League...

Former Kentuckian and Philadelphia Philly Ben Revere to speak at EKU Diamond Dinner

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder and former Richmond resident Ben Revere will be the featured speaker at the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team’s 13th annual Diamond Dinner at the Keen Johnson Building on Jan. 31, 2014.   Ben Revere led Lexington Catholic High School to a state championship in 2007. Revere was selected in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by...

Jon Hale: Chaz Roe's promotion latest sign that Lexington is becoming a baseball town

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A. J. Ellis and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere never played against each other in high school, but for at least one MLB game Lexington baseball fans had no trouble envisioning their hypothetical matchup on a Bluegrass State field.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In the second inning of the Dodgers and Phillies Sunday matchup, Ellis, a 1999 Paul...

Jon Hale: Chaz Roe’s promotion latest sign that Lexington is becoming a baseball town

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A. J. Ellis and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere never played against each other in high school, but for at least one MLB game Lexington baseball fans had no trouble envisioning their hypothetical matchup on a Bluegrass State field.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In the second inning of the Dodgers and Phillies Sunday matchup, Ellis, a 1999 Paul...

Woodford County pitcher Clinton Hollon drafted in second round by Toronto Blue Jays

Staff report   Woodford County High School right-handed pitcher Clinton Hollon became the earliest Kentucky high school MLB draft selection since 2007 when the Toronto Blue Jays selected him with the No. 47 pick in the second round Thursday.   Hollon was 9-1 with a 0.61 ERA in 10 starts as a senior according to Woodford County’s Max Preps website. He struck out 87 batters in 57 innings....

Opening Day marks start of 2013 MLB season for 18 players with Kentucky connections

The 2013 Major League Baseball season begins with 18 players with Kentucky connections on rosters.   See below for full list of the players with their MLB team and Kentucky connection below:   National League Collin Cowgill (Photo from New York Mets) A. J. Ellis C — PLD HS — Dodgers Austin Kearns OF — Lafayette HS — Marlins Ben Revere OF — Lex Catholic HS —...

Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for two pitchers

Staff report   Former Lexington Catholic High School outfielder Ben Revere has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies by the Minnesota Twins.   Ben Revere. (Photo from the Minnesota Twins) Revere boasts a .278 batting average in 254 career MLB games across three seasons. He has stolen 74 basses in his career and scored 127 runs. Revere, a speedy center fielder, has yet to hit a home run...

Nick Maronde, Collin Cowgill are latest Lexington high school alumni on MLB rosters

Lexington sports may be known primarily for horse racing and UK basketball, but the city’s growing baseball reputation was further cemented Saturday with the addition of two local high school graduates’ to Major League rosters.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Following the expansion of MLB rosters on Saturday, the Los Angeles Angels promoted Lexington Catholic High School...

Bryan Station pitcher named Mr. Baseball

Staff report   For the third time in four years, a UK baseball signee has been named Mr. Baseball by the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association.   Bryan Station High School senior right-handed pitcher Ryne Combs, who will play college baseball at UK, received the award Tuesday. Current UK sophomore second baseman J. T. Riddle was named Mr. Baseball in 2010, and junior catcher Luke...

MiLB roundup: Revere called up by Twins

The three Kentucky Minor League Baseball teams combined for a 2-1 record on Thursday, but one of the states former alumni returned to a MLB roster. You can see those stories and more below in the daily MiLB roundup:   The Lexington Legends tallied just one hit in a 5-0 loss to Kannapolis. The Legends’ only hit came on a single from second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. in the sixth inning....

MiLB roundup: Snodgrass continues to shine

The three Kentucky Minor League Baseball teams combined for a 2-1 record Wednesday, and one of the states former high school pitchers continued to make a case for breakout player of the year. You can see those stories and more below in the daily BluGrass Baseball MiLB roundup:   The Lexington Legends pounded out a season-high 17 hits in a 13-7 win versus West Virginia. Third baseman Matt Duffy...

MiLB roundup: Revere tallies three hits

The three Kentucky Minor League Baseball teams combined for a 2-1 record Tuesday, and two Kentucky alumni posted three-hit efforts. You can see those stories and more below in the daily BluGrass Baseball MiLB roundup:   A three-run first inning was all the support Lexington Legends left-handed pitcher Luis Cruz and two relievers needed in a 3-0 win versus West Virginia. Cruz surrendered five hits...

MiLB roundup: Chris Rusin earns fourth win

Rain showers that blanketed the state Sunday wreaked havoc with the three Kentucky Minor League Baseball teams’ schedules, but several of the state’s top alumni were in action, including one pitcher who continues to make a strong impression in AAA. You can see those stories and more below in the daily BluGrass Baseball MiLB roundup:   The Lexington Legends series finale versus Hagerstown...

MiLB roundup: Snodgrass earns fourth win

The three Kentucky Minor League Baseball teams combined for a 2-1 record Friday, and one of the states best alumni returned to Lexington. You can see those stories and more below in the daily BluGrass Baseball MiLB roundup:   You can see the recap of the Lexington Legends 4-3 win versus Hagerstown here. (Box Score)   The Bowling Green Hot Rods pounded out 17 hits in a 6-3 win versus Lansing....

MiLB roundup: Ben Revere tallies three hits

The three Kentucky Minor League Baseball teams combined for a 1-2 record Thursday, but one of the state’s AAA players posted a strong performance in his quest to return the majors. You can see those stories and more below in the daily BluGrass Baseball MiLB roundup:   The Lexington Legends rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to open their four-game homestand with a 6-3 win versus...

MiLB roundup: Cowgill's hitting streak ends

The two active Kentucky Minor League Baseball teams combined for a 1-1 record on Wednesday, and one of the state’s best hitters saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end. You can see those stories and more below in the daily MiLB roundup:   The Bowling Green Hot Rods could not overcome an early 6-0 deficit in a 7-3 loss to Lansing. Second baseman Ryan Brett was 2-5, and designated hitter...

MiLB roundup: Cowgill tallies three hits; Paxton, Maronde post excellent starts

The three Kentucky Minor League Baseball teams combined for a 1-2 record Thursday, but several of the state top prospects posted excellent performances. You can see those stories and more below in the daily BluGrass Baseball MiLB roundup:   Greenville scored three runs in the seventh inning to send the Lexington Legends to a 5-3 loss. Legends third baseman Matt Duffy was 3-4 with three doubles...