June 30, 2009 3:45 p.m.
Great News for Bellarmine basketball!
BU's Fagbenle granted additional year by NCAA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 30, 2009)--The NCAA has informed Bellarmine University that it has approved a request for waiver and awarded men's basketball player Oladapo Fagbenle (Pronounced Oh-la-dop-oh Fah-bin-lay) another year of eligibility. The 6-9 center from London, England transferred to Bellarmine last year after playing at Campbell University.
Fagbenle spent four years at Campbell, but competed only two years. He red-shirted one year and an injury prevented him from competing another year.
Fagbenle was eligible for the waiver under NCAA Division II bylaw 220.127.116.11, which states "For a student-athlete who does not use a season of competiton during his or her initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment at any institution, a waiver may be granted".
"I'm very excited to be back with the team," said a jubilant Fagbenle who was notified by phone of the NCAA's decision while he was home in his native London. "I'm looking forward to reuniting with my teammates and finishing my master's."
"Everybody associated with Bellarmine is delighted with the NCAA's decision," said Bellarmine Men's Head Basketball Coach Scott Davenport. "'Dapo' gets the opportunity to complete his master's degree, and with his experience, he is a tremendous asset to the basketball team both on the floor and in the locker room."
Last season, Fagbenle started 31 games, logging an average of 18.1 minutes per game while scoring 4.6 points and pulling down 4.0 rebounds a contest. He also was the team leader in blocked shots with 25.
With Fagbenle's return, the Knights get back nearly everyone from last year's squad that went 26-7 and set a school record for most wins in a season. The only players not returning are Chartrael Hall and Tim Dearlove, who both graduated in May, and walk-on Kevin Cain, who elected to transfer in hopes of getting more playing time. Last year Dearlove was limited to just seven appearances due to multiple injuries, but Hall was a first team all conference and all region performer from his point guard position.
An important addition for the 2009-10 Bellarmine men's basketball team is 6-3 guard Chris Dowe, who was an All-Stater for Eastern High School in Louisville. The Knights also expect to get Steve Pogue healthy for 2009-10. The 6-5 guard/forward from Cincinnati, Ohio missed 20 games last year due to injury.
Other returnees include2009 GLVC Freshman of the Year Braydon Hobbs along with Justin Benedetti, Nick Holmes, Luke Sprague, Andrew Patterson, Kevin Allen, Forrest Smallwood, Mark Veith, Doug Davenport, and Andrew Parks.
June 29, 2009 6:43 p.m.
Kenny Perry is on a roll. Five wins in 12 months, over $3.9 million dollars already in 2009, #1 on the PGA Tour, and now he's moved up to #4 in the World Golf Rankings:
June 29, 2009 4:28 p.m.
Summer job for Samardo Samuels:
Samardo Samuels to Play for Jamaica National Team
University of Louisville sophomore forward Samardo Samuels will compete as a member of the Jamaican National Basketball team in the 20th Carribean Basketball Championship (CBC) to be held June 30 through July 4 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Team Jamaica will face Trinidad and Tobago in its opening game on Tuesday. The team is coached by Sam Vincent, former head coach of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats who played seven years in the NBA for Boston, Seattle, Chicago and Orlando.
Samuels, who hails from Trelawny, Jamaica, scored a game-high 21 points to lead Team Jamaica to a 107-56 victory over a team of NBL (National Basketball League of Jamaica) All-Stars last Friday in its final exhibition game. The Jamaicans beat that same NBL team last Tuesday 96-57 during its preparations for the upcoming tournament.
Samuels' 11.8 scoring average last season was the seventh-highest ever for a freshman at Louisville. He ranked 11th in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (1.3) and was seventh in field goal percentage (.578). A member of the BIG EAST All-Rookie team, he grabbed 4.9 rebounds a game and his 51 dunks were the second most ever in a single season at U of L. The Cardinals posted a 31-6 record last season, won the BIG EAST regular season and tournament championships and reached the NCAA Elite Eight.
The Jamaican team also features two other BIG EAST Conference players: Providence forward Weyinmi Efejuku of Providence and Rutgers guard Mike Coburn. Jamaica last won the CBC title in 2006. Team Jamaica will face The Bahamas on Wednesday before playing Barbados in it final group match on Thursday.
June 22, 2009 10:10 p.m.
Back from vacation.
Tonight at 11, hear what former U of L star Terrence Williams thought about working out for Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. TWill worked out with Gerald Henderson of Duke. It was their second workout together with Charlotte. The Bobcats have the 12th pick in Thursday nights draft. Most mock drafts have them taking Henderson. Williams and Henderson will both work out Tuesday for New Jersey. The Nets have the 11th pick.
We also caught up with former St. X star Chris Burke this afternoon. He was in town with Gwinnett, the Braves Triple-A affiliate. Burke has played for Houston, Arizona and San Diego in the last three years. He's trying to make it back to the bigs in the Braves organization.
June 11, 2009 7:10 p.m.
Huge racing day at Churchill Downs Saturday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Darren Rogers
ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEMENTS ACTION-PACKED RACING
ON REUNION DAY THIS SATURDAY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 11, 2009) - With five sensational graded stakes races cumulatively worth more than $1.2 million and a bevy of entertainment before and during the races, Saturday's popular Reunion Day program at Churchill Downs promises to be action packed on and off the racetrack.
Inaugurated a decade ago, Reunion Day, who many have nicknamed "Stephen Foster Super Saturday," is a day-long celebration of the past and present with multiple stakes offerings centered around the track's signature event for older horses, the Grade I, $660,000 Stephen Foster Handicap.
The 28th running of the 1 1/8-mile test, which has helped crown Horse of the Year on four occasions, lured America's top older horse. Einstein, who sits atop the Week 15 NTRA Thoroughbred Poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, is the 2-1 morning line favorite for this year's marquee event and he'll make a run at history.
The 7-year-old horse will attempt to become the first horse to win three consecutive Grade I races on three surfaces and a millionaire three times over (the $396,924 first prize would boost Einstein's career earnings to $3,006,828). This year, he's won Santa Anita Handicap over the synthetic Pro-Ride surface and the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Kentucky Derby Day.
Einstein has a stiff challenge as the field of eight cumulatively boasts 21 graded stakes wins. Top opponents include international star Asiatic Boy-ARG, who'll make his U.S. debut in the Foster; multiple Grade II champ Arson Squad, who'll be ridden by Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez; and the flashy West Virginia invader Researcher, who'll be piloted by red-hot Calvin Borel.
Appropriately, the star-studded racing program will be accompanied by several special events for racing fans of all ages. They include:
- Between race salutes and trophy presentations to winning connections of this year's Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (the Oaks presentation will be after Race 4 at 2:21 p.m. and the Derby presentation will follow Race 5 at 2:53 p.m.), plus free autograph sessions with the Derby and Oaks victorious owners, trainers and jockey Calvin Borel;
- An appeara, nce by famed horse racing cartoonist Pierre "Peb" Bellocq, who'll be onsite to update his colorful Derby-winning jockey and trainer murals and sign purchased prints of those popular works;
- A special pre-race handicapping seminar and breakfast featuring a panel of horse racing experts;
- A free question and answer session with leading rider Julien Leparoux;
- Entertainment by The Stephen Foster Singers inside Gate 10 and live music by Artie Dean Harris in the paddock area;
- A petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and games for children at the track's Junior Jockey Club;
- A between-race $100,000 check presentation by Churchill Downs Incorporated to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for funds raised at this year's Kentucky Oaks (immediately after Race 6 at approximately 3:25 p.m.); and
- A special invitation-only "TwinSpires Day at Churchill Downs" in Skye Terrace 4 and Sections 115-116 for a select group of TwinSpires.com account holders.
Churchill Downs will open admission gates Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (all times EDT) with the first of 11 live races scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Early arrivals can take part in free autograph sessions and/or handicapping seminars.
Borel, who scored a rare Oaks-Derby sweep aboard Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively, will be available to sign free autographs from 11:30 a.m. to about noon on the second floor of the clubhouse in front of Peb's jockey mural. Meanwhile, Mine That Bird's trainer Chip Woolley and owners Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach and Rachel Alexandra's former trainer Hal Wiggins and former owners Dolphus Morrison and Michael Lauffer will sign from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and between 3-4 p.m.
&n, bsp; Customers also will have an opportunity to learn more about leading rider Julien Leparoux, the regular rider of Einstein. The 25-year-old Frenchman will be racing analyst Jill Byrne's special guest for Saturday's "Get in the Game" Handicapping Seminar. The half-hour session - free with general admission - will begin at noon in the paddock area and will feature informative and in-depth analysis of select races and other handicapping topics.
A more in-depth Reunion Day Handicapping Seminar that'll include race-by-race analysis of each Reunion Day stakes race will take place early Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Paddock Pavilion. For $15, fans will receive admission to the seminar and that afternoon's races, continental breakfast, a reserved box seat, an official program, a gift bag and an entry into a drawing for door prizes. The expert panel will feature top trainer Dale Romans, Daily Racing Form's Marty McGee, WHAS 84's Paul Rogers and Churchill Downs' John Asher and Jill Byrne.
There's also fun for the entire family. Patrons who enter through Gate 10 will be entertained by The Stephen Foster Singers as they perform the legendary works of the , famed composer who wrote "My Old Kentucky Home". Meanwhile, Artie Dean Harris will play live music in the paddock area between 1-5 p.m.
A petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and games for children aged 3-10 will highlight Saturday's activities at Churchill Downs' Junior Jockey Club located near the Guest Services Booth inside Gate 10. The Junior Jockey Club is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Churchill Downs' mascot Churchill Charlie will be on hand for photographs between 2-2:30 p.m. Coloring books, crayons, individual games and reading material are available as well.
Meanwhile, acclaimed Thoroughbred racing cartoonist Pierre Bellocq, better known to generations of horse racing fans as "Peb," will update his colorful murals that depict every jockey and trainer that hav, e won the Kentucky Derby. Peb will add Woolley to the trainer's mural and update Borel's image to reflect two victories as a jockey.
Between 1-2:30 p.m., Peb will be available for autographs and, for the first time, fans can purchase limited edition prints of his masterful trainer's mural at cost for just $10. Additionally, the first 100 who purchase the trainer's mural will also receive a complementary print of its 2005 companion piece, the jockey's mural.
Churchill Downs' rapid-fire stakes action on Saturday will commence in Race 7 at approximately 3:57 p.m. and will encompass the final five races on the program. The Stephen Foster, carded as Race 10, is scheduled for 5:29 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, Saturday's Louisville forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 84 degrees. There's a small 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.
For more information, call (502) 636-4400 or log onto churchilldowns.com.
June 11, 2009 3:15 p.m.
If you're one of those guys who is always ripping officials, here's your chance to take over:
The KFOA will conduct orientation meetings June 18th and 23rd at 7 p.m. @ Papa John's Stadium Complex in the North end of the stadi, um.
The meetings will provide detailed information on what it takes and how you can become a football official.
June 10, 2009 7:11 p.m.
The University of Louisville will officially introduce Ralph Willard as the associate coach of the mens basketball program on Friday at a 3 p.m. new conference. Willard, 63, is leaving his job as the head coach at Holy Cross to join his good friend Rick Pitino. The biggest story is that Pitino is expected to be available at the news conference. He has been noticably absent from the spotlight since news of the FBI investigation into an extortion attempt by Karen Sypher came to light this spring. U of L says that Pitino will answer questions about Willard and about basketball. There has been plenty of speculation that Willard could be an experienced fail safe should Pitino need to take a leave of absence to deal with his off the court issues.
I think that having an e, xperienced aide at his side is the right move for Pitino. He would never admit it, but there had to be somewhat of a fear on the part of his youthful staff last season to step up to him and contradict him. Willard has been through the wars, many with Pitino.
June 9, 2009 4:13 p.m.
Overbrook Farm release:
For Immediate Release
Overbrook Farm to Disperse Thoroughbred Stock
Lexington, Ky. (June 9, 2009)-Overbrook Farm, founded and developed by the late William T. Young into one of North America's most successful breeding establishments, announced today that it will completely disperse its Thoroughbred yearlings, breeding stock and the majority of its horses in training, beginning at Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
"Over a period of more than 30 years my father developed Overbrook Farm into one of the most successful and respected breeding operations in the world," said Bill Young Jr. "The decision to disperse is a personal one that came after a great deal of thought. I simply don't have the same passion for the Thoroughbred sport that my father did, despite my respect for the business."
Overbrook Farm, which is located outside of Lexington, bred, raced and has been the home of perennially leading sire Storm Cat, who was pensioned last year.
"The retirement of Storm Cat ended a phenomenal era at Overbrook," continued Young. "The dispersal will give buyers a unique opportunity to purchase families that previously have not been available commercially."
Overbrook has bred and raced a long list of champions, classic and Breeders' Cup winners including 1996 Kentucky Derby victor Grindstone and 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Cat Thief along with champions Boston Harbor, Flanders, Golden Attraction and Surfside. Overbrook also bred and raced dual classic winner Tabasco Cat, in addition to racing champion Preakness winner Timber Country and Belmont winner Editor's Note.
Overbrook received an Eclipse Award in 1994 as outstanding breeder. The farm has bred 113 stakes winners including 62 group/graded stakes winners--21 group/grade 1.
Approximately 200 horses will comprise the dispersal. It will include approximately 75 broodmares, 50 weanlings, 50 yearlings and 20 to 30 horses of racing age. Bill Young said Overbrook will continue to campaign a small racing stable under the direction of his son, Chris.
"Our goal is to lease the farm as a Thoroughbred operation," continued Bill Young.
The dispersal, with Eaton Sales as agent, will begin with the sale of yearlings at Keeneland's annual September Sale, which will start September 14. Weanlings, broodmares and horses of racing age will be sold during the November Breeding Stock Sale. The dispersal will continue during the January Horses of All Ages Sale.
"The late W. T. Young established a tradition of excellence at Overbrook," said Keeneland President Nick Nicholson. " Keeneland had the privilege of selling many sons and daughters of the great Storm Cat. Now we have the opportunity to offer our buyers horses from the outstanding Overbrook families."
For additional information contact Bill Young, Jr. at Overbrook Farm, 859 317-7242, or Jim Williams at Keeneland, 859 288-4220
June 8, 2009 9:18 p.m.
The Merkley Kendrick Jewelers All Star Football Camp is this Friday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Oldham County Youth Football Complex, 3785 Jones Drive, Buckner, Kentucky. Former U of L stars Kerry Rhodes and Michael Bush will be there along with former UK star Keenan Burton.
It is for kids ages 8 to 18 and is FREE. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 4, 2009 11:09 p.m.
U of L baseball will start Dean Kiekhefer in Friday nights Game #1 of their NCAA Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton. Ace Justin Marks figures to get the Game #2 start.
June 4, 2009 5:09 p.m.
A couple of things going on around town in the next week or so. Greg and Scott Scinta will be selling and signing their great print, "135 Kentucky Derby Winner since 1875" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th at the Churchill Downs gift shop.
Also, Michael Bush, Kerry Rhodes, and Keenan Burton are putting on a free camp for kids on Friday, June 12. It runs from 8 am-1 pm at the Oldham County Youth Football Complex in Buckner, Kentucky. The facility is located at 3785 Jones Drive.
June 2, 2009 11:47 a.m.
Congrats to U of L baseball team. Their games at Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regional are Friday at 10:30 pm on ESPN2, Saturday at 5 pm on ESPN, and, if necessary, Sunday at 10 pm on ESPN2. It is a best two out of three series with the winner going to Omaha for the College World Series.
It's was cool seeing Muhammad Ali out at Jim Patterson Stadium on Monday night. I got to ride up on the elevator with him.
How about LeBron James? What was he thinking. Not shaking hands is bad enough, but not showing up for the post game interviews is unforgivable! That's part of the job. If you want all the glory and pub, you have to be willing to answer questions like a man. He could have at least sent the LeBron puppet.
I'll be cheering for Calvin Borel and Mine That Bird this weekend. I know that the race usually sets up for the speed, but I think this horse is improving and ready to run.
May 28, , 2009 3:31 p.m.
UK sues Gillispie.
May 27, 2009 11:56 p.m.
Response from UK on Memphis allegations:
----- Original Message -----
From: UK Athletics Assoc. - Main Media Dist. List
Sent: Wed May 27 22:47:21 2009
Subject: UK Media Advisory
In response to Memphis receiving a letter from the NCAA...
STATEMENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY First and foremost, there are no NCAA allegations against UK Head Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari. Coach Calipari was forthcoming with the University of Kentucky during the hiring process about any issues under investigation at the University of Memphis at that time.
It is normal procedure for the NCAA to ask a former coach to participate in a hearing. Therefore, Coach Calipari will participate as requested.
Coach John Calipari has received a letter from the NCAA stating that he is not at risk of being charged with any NCAA violations in this case.
This is a University of Memphis issue and the University of Kentucky will not comment any further.
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH JOHN CALIPARI "Even though I'm not at risk, I will fully cooperate with the NCAA hearing. Beyond that, I concur with the statement from the University of Kentucky and will have no further comment."
Associate AD / Media Relations
University of Kentucky
May 27, 2009 8:57 p.m.
Big news out of Memphis. The Memphis Commerical Appeal reports that the NCAA is investigating major violations involving the men's basketball program during the 2007-08 season. John Calipari is not named in the report, but the NCAA has requested that he attend a hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on June 6.
May 26, 2009 9:41 p.m.
Watching Cavs-Magic Game #4. The NBA Playoffs have been awesome. It's just frustrating, as a Nuggets fan, because Denver should at least be up 3-1.
UK finally announced some roster shake ups on Tuesday, with more to come. Jodie Meeks needs to realize that with one year in the dribble drive offense, and some time to work on his ball handling, he would greatly improve his NBA stock. He has until June 15th to withdraw from the draft. I'm sitting down with the three new UK assistants on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cardinal Caravan makes it's 2009 debut on Wednesday. Expected for the 11:30 a.m. stop in Owensboro are assistant hoops coach Walter McCarty, guard Kyle Kuric, and running back Victo Anderson. Expected for the 5:30 p.m. stop in E'town are V.P. of Athletics Tom Jurich, assistant hoops coach Steve Masiello and wide receiver Doug Beaumont.
Indiana makes a stop at Huber's Winery in Starlight on Wednesday night. I'll be there to talk with Tom Crean, Bill Lynch and A.D. Fred Glass.
If you have the chance get out to Jim Patterson Stadium for the NCAA Baseball Regional this weekend. The atmosphere will electric. I still say that the 2007 Super Regional was one of the best things that I have covered.
May 23, 2009 12:14 p.m.
UK defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon has been ruled ineligible for his senior season by the NCAA after he tested positive for a banned substance. He claims that it was a dietary supplement. While this is major news for the UK football progam, I think that the University let the hype get out of control. They called a press conference for 10 a.m. on the Saturday morning of a holiday weekend for this? A simple press release on Friday afternoon would have sufficed. First of all, that would have saved Jarmon the embarassment of the press conference, and if that was what his choice, they should have waited until Tuesday.
If it had to be done on Saturday for some reason, they should have released the information, giving media the choice to attend, if they deemed the news big enough to warrant such a dog and pony show.
It seems to me like an exaggerated sense of self-importance on UK's part. With a rabid fan base like theirs, information is at a premuim, and when you tease a HUGE story, you better deliver. Is losing Jeremy Jarmon a big deal? yYes it is. Is it big enough to warrant a press conference on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? NO.
Enjoy your holiday w, eekend, I hope nobody gets a hang nail.
May 22, 2009 7:17 p.m.
Central's Nathelie Zetrenne wins the state title in the 100 meter hurdles, video tonight at 11. Plus, we'll have the boys and girls 2-A 100 meter finals. On Saturday, UK basketball signee Jon Hood goes for the state title in the high jump, plus Butler's Chelsea Brown tries to add to her 10 state titles. She's the top qualifier in the 200 and 400 meters and in the 300 meter hurdleles.
I look for the Nuggets to win Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sa, turday night. Carmelo Anthony is proving to be one of the top 5 players in the league.
UK has called a 10 a.m. press conference for Saturday morning. The release says that the subject of the press conference will be revealed at the press conference. Huh, interesting.
Headed to Holiday World on Sunday, I hear great things about their roller coasters.
May 20, 2009 7:19 p.m.
Please joins us at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood for the 2009 Birdies for Babies Classic.
For more info : http://www.marchofdimes.com/kentucky/43395_55888.asp
May 20, 2009 12:58 a.m.
We will hear from John Wall Wednesday at five and six. UK is now the #1 team in the FOXSports.com 2009-10 preseason rankings. It's amazing that John Calipari was able to convince both Wall and Eric Bledsoe to come to Kentuck, y.
Rachel Alexandra returns to the track on Wednesday morning at around 6:15 a.m. and we'll be there. We'll also check in with Mine That Bird trainer Chip Woolley.
My Nuggets outplayed the Lakers for most of the game, but made too many mistakes down the stretch. Hopefully they'll bounce back in Game #2 on Thursday night.
May 18, 2009 5:21 p.m.
Tickets now available for St. X-Trinity football game. https://www.saintx.com/page.cfm?p=479%20
How about Rachel Alexandra? Wasn't that fun to watch on Saturday. Earlier this afternoon I talked with jockey Mike Smith, who confirmed to me that he will ride Madeo in the Whittingham Stakes at Hollywood Park on June 6. In other words, he won't be riding Mine That Bird in the Belmont Stakes. If Rachel Alexandra doesn't run, will Calvin Borel be back up on the Derby winner? I would think so.
By the way, Go Nuggets! In the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1985, I say they win it in six.
May 14, 2009 10:32 p.m.
I&, #39;m hearing that Clay Moody will be the new boys basketball coach at Christian Academy, and that John Kelsey will be the new athletic director at Male High School.
John Wall continues to waver.
May 13, 2009 10:14 p.m.
John Wall down to three schools: UK, Duke and Miami.
May 13, 2009 4:47 p.m.
There is a new "Through the Years" Trinity football print that goes on sale on Friday. You can get more info at smashgraphix.com
May 12, 2009 5:21 p.m.
I was out at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning as Mine That Bird left for Baltimore. Bob Baffert pulled up on his pony, Leo, just as the trailer pulled around to the front of the barn. Chip Woolley says his truck gets about eight miles a gallon, but that they should be able to make the trip without having to stop too many times. When they do stop to eat, they open the back window so the Derby winner can get some fresh air.
The trailer carrying General Quarters to Pimlico was involved in a minor accident when the driver, reportedly, missed the turn into the stable area at the track. General Quarters was unharmed and is in his stall.
Monday night I hosted t, he Sports Trivia and live auction benefitting Juvenile Diabetes at Lake Forest Country Club. There were some sports legends on hand, including Mudcat Grant and Fergie Jenkins.
March of Dimes Charity Golf Tournament
Please join us on June 8th at Bardstown Country Club for the March of Dimes Birdies for Babies Classic. The co, urse is owned by my former high school buddy Chris Osborne and his wife, Allison. Their daughter Caroline was born premature and they remain grateful for all the help they received from the March of Dimes. The Osborne's donate the course, the food and the prizes, so the charity gets all of the proceeds. Each team is paired up with a pro.
For more info : http://www.marchofdimes.com/kentu, cky/43395_55888.asp
May 8, 2009 10:36 p.m.
What a day! First Rachel Alexandra is running in the Preakness, Calvin Bore,, l will ride here instead of Derby winner Mine That Bird, then Patrick Patterson announces that he is returning to UK.
We headed out to Churchill Downs in the pouring rain hoping to catch up with Calvin after the third race this afternoon, but were told that he would not be commenting. Luckily, Darrin Rogers of Churchill Downs set us up with a quick interview with Jerry Hissam, Calvin's agent. He just read a statement, but it was great, because it gave us something to put on the air. Then we headed over to the backside, dodging some flooding issues on the way, and talked with Mine That Bird trainer Chip Woolley. I know he looked a little rude in his post race interview on NBC, but he has been great in my dealings with him. I think he was sick of talking about driving all the way from New Mexico with his horse, but if it was $50,000 to fly, can you really blame him?
John Asher joins me in studio tonight for Riders Up. We'll take one more look at Kentucky Derby 135, and Connie Leonard watches the race with Calvin Borel.
I'm hearing that if Rachel Alexandra gets into the Preakness, Mike Smith will ride Mine That Bird.
Speaking of Rachel, she's supposed to work at Churchill at around 6:20 a.m. Sunday morning.
May 7, 2009 11:50 p.m.
Is it news that Yahoo Sports! is speculating that Rick Pitino could be a candidate for the Sacramento Kings head coaching job? In the article, the owner of the Kings is quoted as saying that they haven't talked to Pitino. Is this news, or is it rumor?
Tell me what you think. I elected not to do this story, because I could not confirm that there was any truth to it. I feel like our job is to report the news, not report rumors that could be news. I know the line has been blurred in the last few years.
May 6, 2009 5:49 p.m.
Great Derby recap by Steve Haskin
May 6, 2009 5:16 p.m.
I was back at Churchill Downs this morning, talked with Chip Woolley for awhile. Also had the chance to talk with Dale Romans, who will run Derby Trial winner Hull in the Preakness and Tom McCarthy, who will send General Quarters to Baltimore.
A big signing today for the Cats., Eric Bledsoe can play. He already has a college body and is an excellent passer. Hear more from him at kentuckysportsmedia.com, Greg Gorham does an informative interview with the newest Cat.
April 30, 2009 3:00 p.m.
It's our busiest time of the year at WAVE. I got to work at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday for the post position draw and didn't leave until 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The sports department is responsible for writing and editing pieces on all 20 horses in , the Derby field. The saving grace is that we have photojournalist Lee Holeman, who does not miss a horse on the track at Churchill Downs.
It's time for my Derby picks. After carefully reviewing the past performances, I am sticking with I Want Revenge to win the race. I like the fact that he is two-for-two on real dirt and that he overcame a bad break and being boxed in down the lane in the Wood Memorial. I will complete my trifecta with Friesen Fire and Musket Man. My biggest bet is usually a $1 trifecta box on four horses. It costs $24. I'll throw in Papa Clem with the other three and hope to collect big money.
Don't forget we will have coverage all day on Friday and Saturday from Churchill Downs in HD. I'll be anchoring from the first turn and also in the paddock on both days.
April 25, 2009 12:40 a.m.
I'll admit I put off the Facebook thing for as long as I could, and after finally getting on, I'm not that impressed. That said, Twitter is addictive. It's perfect for me, because I can check every once in awhile for updates. Follow me at KentTaylorWAVE
April 24, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Getting ready for the 2009 debut of Riders Up. John Asher of Churchill Downs joins me in studio to talk about Kentucky Derby 135. We'll take a look at a few of the top contenders and give you our top three choices and a longshot.
Kenny Perry is still in contention heading to the weekend in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He is five shots behind leader Jerry Kelly.
I'll be out at Churchill Downs at 7 a.m. for our Balloon Race-Mini Marathon show. It figures to be a busy day with the two Godolphin horses working as well as Illinois Derby champ Musket Man.
April 22, 2009 3:38 p.m.
Back from vacation and back to a busy week. We were live on Monday at the KDF Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Did you see that 66-foot putt by Jim Pariobek to win it? It was amazing. On Tuesday, after a busy morning at Churchill Downs, we were live at the Water Tower for the KDF Celebrity Hole-in-One. Congrats to Patrick Potter of 5/3 Bank, he picked up a check for $200.90 for The First Tee of Louisville courtesy of the Robby Albarado Foundation.
The big news today is that it looks like Xavier Henry is headed to Kansas. The Henry's have called a press conference for Thursday.
Also, Kentucky will take on Connecticut in the SEC/Big East Invitational on December 9, in Madison Square Garden.
Indiana will host Maryland on December 1, in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge.
Plus, the rosters were announced today for the Kentucky Boys All-Stars. Area players include C.J. Penny of Anderson County, Corey Jackson of Shawnee and Ridge Wilson of Central. Find out more info about the series at www.kyallstars.com.
My current Kentucky Derby Top Three: 1. I Want Revenge, 2. Friesan Fire, 3. Dunkirk (Subject to change daily)
April 15, 2009 8:20 a.m.
I am on vacation this week, so this is probably it for my blogging. Congrats to chief photographer Reid Olson on our A.P. Award for the sports special "Victory for Valhalla." Hopefully it is the first of many awards for what turned out to be a quality show.
If you're a golfer, here's your chance to play in the Robby Albarado Foundation celebrity golf tournament:
April 8, 2009 2:10 a.m.
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - U of L managed to keep it close for the first few TV timeouts, but their inability to convert in the paint cost them. UConn built a decent halftime lead and then when U of L's field goal extended to 9:28, the game was over. The Cards did prove that they could hang with the Huskies, and even with Angel McCoughtry and Candyce Bingham, the future looks bright. I think that it takes a committment from the University to compete at that level, and U of L has that.
Jeff Walz is hot and heavy after the #1 junior college player in the country and he will make major headway on the recruiting front in the next few months. The exposure that the Cards got over the past few weeks will prove to be priceless.
We enjoyed the ride, now it's on to the Kentucky Derby.
Don't forget WAVE 3 and WAZOO are televising the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic on Saturday night. Our pregame special begins at 6:30 p.m.
April 7, 2009 5:44 p.m.
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - Sitting in our satellite truck waiting to do yet another live shot. Over the last three weeks, I have filled up one hour and 40 minutes on a file tape.
The Cards just need to maintain a safe distance tonight, don't fall behind early, and the longer they hang in it, the more they will start to believe. It is however, a tall task. UConn has won 29 of it's 38 games by 30 points or more and nine by 40 points or more.
We will have a live report tonight at 11 with highlights and post game reaction.
April 6, 2009 1:36 a.m.
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - The U of L women will play for a National Championship! Down 11-0 and by 12 at the half, the Cards opened the second half on a 15-1 run to take the lead and then held on for a 61-59 win. Angel McCoughtry, Candyce Bingham and Dez Byrd all came up big, but they couldn't have survived without huge contributions from Keisha Hines and Becky Burke.
The Cards are now 34-4, and those 34 wins are a new school record, for any basketball team, men's or women 's. The 1980 National Champs were 33-3 and the 2005 Final Four team finished 33-5.
I know that #1 UConn beat the Cards twice by a total of 67 points, but I also was in Rupp Arena in 1985 when Villanova upset Georgetown, so anything is possible.
April 5, 2009 11:24 a.m.
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - It's GAME DAY in St. Louis. There is a pep rally at the Union Station Marriott at around four o'clock this afternoon. That's where the team is staying and will be getting on the bus.
How about Michigan State. Six days after they upset the U of L men, they knock off UConn in the Final Four. North Carolina will be a heavy favorite on Monday night, but don't count out the Sparty's.
April 4, 10:30 p.m.
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - U of L had an open practice this afternoon at the Scottrade Center. Around 500 fans waited in line for up to three hours for a post practice autograph session. Oklahoma's roster is full of big names. Everybody knows about the Paris sisters, daughters of DeSales grad and former San Francisco 49er Bubba Paris, but they also have Akeem Olajuwon's daughter and Ben Roethlisberger's sister. I'll have a story on those three on Sunday at six. The Cards are playing up the "NO RESPECT" card, we'll see if they can maintain the momentum into the National Title game on Tuesday night.
April 3, 2009 11:41 a.m.
LOUISVILLE, KY - Finally got a day off on Thursday. Now I'm headed to St. Louis for the Women's Final Four. Look for my live reports beginning this afternoon.
By the way, I'm still in mourning over the Jay Cutler situation. I have been a huge Broncos fan for over 25 years, they finally get a decent quarterback, for the first time since the greatest quarterback in N.F.L. history retired, and they trade him away. It's a shock to the system.
April 1, 2009 11:15 p.m.
What a sports day! John Calipari officially introduced at 9:30 a.m., the U of L women and their trip to the Final Four celebrated at a pep rally at 4th Street Live! at 5:30 p.m. It has been an action packed few weeks in the sports world here in Kentuckiana.
I couldn't get in a question during this mornings news conference, but I did manage to talk with Coach Calipari briefly afterwards. I got my main question answered. There was a story about Memphis in "The Sporting News" this week and Coach Cal had an unbelievable streak going. I checked with him to see if it was still alive. He told me that it had recently ended. For 123 straight days he had run four to four and a half miles on the treadmill at a 42 to 44 minute pace. That's 123 straight days! Not bad for a guy with an artificial hip. It makes you feel bad about the excuses that we make about not working out.
Anywho, I think the Cats could be landing some big name recruits in the next few weeks. I'll keep you posted. By the way, I am headed to St. Louis for Women's Final Four, our live reports begin on Friday.
March 31, 2009 10:36 p.m.
Back in Louisville, live at the top of the 11. It's finally official, a press conference has been called for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Coach Calipari is expected to land in Lexington any minute.
Watch WAVE 3 Wednesday for coverage of the press conference and reaction from current UK players.
March 31, 2009 5:55 p.m.
Sitting outside Craft Center waiting for official announcement from UK. WMC-TV in Memphis is reporting that a plane chartered by UK is headed to Memphis. Calipari has talked with Larry Brown, his former boss at Kansas and with Philadelphia in NBA and with former UK head coach Joe B. Hall.
I'll be live again at around 6:20 in sports with more sound from Coach Hall and from U of L head coach Rick Pitino.
March 30, 2009 4 p.m.
John Calipari will be the new head coach at the University of Kentucky. Coach Cal is expected to sign a contract that will pay him $40 million dollars over six years, making him the highest paid coach in college basketball. He was 137-14 in his last four seasons at Memphis, leading the Tigers to the 2008 National Championship game, where they fell in overtime to Kansas. Calipari lost to UK in the 1992 Sweet 16 and in the 1996 Final Four with UMass.
March 30, 2009 12:17 a.m.
John Calipari has emerged as the frontrunner for the UK head coaching job. The Memphis head coach has expressed an interest in the job. I didn't think that he would be a legitimate candidate because of some prior problems with the NCAA, but I guess if UK officials are able to get the answers that they are looking for for Calipari concerning those transgressions, his on the court record speaks for itself. He was a free throw away from winning the 2008 National Championship and has resurrected the Memphis program into a yearly contender.
Before taking over at Memphis, Calipari was the head coach for the NBA's New Jersey Nets and at Massachusetts. He led the Minutemen to the 1996 NCAA Final Four, losing to Rick Pitino and Kentucky in the semifinals.
March 28, 2009
U of L's 103 points in Friday nights 103-64 win over Arizona were the most scored by a Cards team in an NCAA tournament game. It was also the Cards largest margin of victory in an NCAA game. Rick Pitino is now 9-0 in the Sweet 16. All 13 Cards who played, scored.
U of L now faces #2 seed Michigan State Sunday at 2:20 p.m. in the Midwest Region final. The Cards are 8-2 all-time in regional finals, and both losses have come to North Carolina. If the Cards win, Pitino will join Adolph Rupp and Denny Crum in third place, all-time, with six Final Four's.
I did ask Rick Pitino after Fridays game about Billy Gillispie. You can see and hear his answer on wave3.com.
Hopefully the UK coaching search will be a quick one. Names that I have heard here in Indy include Thad Matta, Tom Izzo and Travis Ford.
March 25, 2009
Did Billy Gillispie coach his final game at UK on Wednesday night? That remains to be seen, but it seems obvious at this point, that Billy G is not a good fit in Lexington. While it may be his dream job, in terms of basketball, it's doesn't appear to be in his wheel house in terms of terms of outside responsiblities. Billy strikes me as a guy who would love to be locked up in the Craft Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for 365 days a year, to focus on coaching his team. Maybe with a few forays to the race track. But, when it comes to meeting with the media and entertailning boosters, I get the impression, he'd rather leave than be forced to fulfill those obligations.
According to Pat Forde at espn.com, an announcement on Gillispie's future is not expected until Friday at the earliest.
March 24, 2008
U of L head coach Rick Pitino is 8-0 in regional semifinal games. He faced Arizona in 1997 in the National Championship game in Indianapolis. I asked him where that loss ranked, was it one of his most disappointing? He said that he thought that that was one of his best coaching jobs, getting that team back to the Final Four, and that he felt like they got the most out of that season.
March 23, 2009
U of L's open practice is Thursday from 2:10-3 pm. Arizona practices from 12-12:50 pm. We'll be there with live reports from Indy at six.
March 23, 2009
On to the Sweet 16. For the 17th time in school history, U of L is in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The Cards play #12 seed Arizona on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The U of L fan headquarters in Indy is Jillian's downtown.
By the way only four other U of L teams have won 30 games in a season, 1980 (33-3) NCAA Champs, 1983 (32-4) Final Four, 1986 (32-7) NCAA Champs, and 2005 (33-5) Final Four. Not bad company, once again, all four have their pictures in the media guide.
Don't forget about the open practice in Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday, it should be around noon or 1 p.m. It might be worth the drive just to check out the new stadium. Plus, I think they're putting the court in the middle of the football field, the same set up that they'll use for the Final Four in Lucas Oil in 2010.
March 22, 2009
DAYTON, Ohio - The Cards bracket is starting to look favorable. Both #4 Wake Forest and #5 Utah were knocked out in the first round. U of L could make it all the way to the Elite Eight without facing a team seeded higher than 9th. Wouldn't it be interesting if Rick Pitino faced Arizona in Indianapolis? Remember, it was those Wildcats who beat his UK team in the National Championship in Indy in 1997. Siena is experienced and has been in this position before, losing in the second round to Villanova in 2008. I think that U of L will be exploit their advantage in the post. Both Samardo Samuels and Earl Clark should be able to get some easy baskets in the paint. The big question is if the Saints can withstand the pressure. Siena plays it's five starters all at least 29 1/2 minutes. Andre McGee told me on Saturday that playing in the NCAA tournament as a senior is different because he realized that his next loss will end his college career.
How about Western Kentucky? Orlando Mendez-Valdez was amazing. I thought I saw one referee who was trying to give Ken McDonald a timeout with 0.9 seconds left, but then when the mayhem started after the buzzer, I guess he just walked off the court. I think that he was the ref that McDonald ran after. It's quite an achievement for the Toppers to make two straight tournament runs, with two different head coaches and two completely different teams. With A.J. Slaughter and Steffphon Pettigrew back next season, maybe another run is possible.
Congrats to Central on their runner-up finish in the Kentucky Boys' Sweet 16. Not bad for a team that started the season 0-8. Football stars Ridge Wilson and Tim Patterson have helped the Yellow Jackets make a historic run over the last two years. Back-to-back 3-A State Championships in football and back-to-back trips to the Sweet 16.
March 21, 2009
It wasn't pretty, but the most important thing for U of L is that they survived and advanced. We'll be headed over to UD Arena this afternoon for a press conference with both the Cards and Siena. How about that Siena-Ohio State Friday night? I was able to make it back into the arena after our 11 o'clock live shot just in time to see the final minute of regulation and the two OT's.
Thanks to Fridays win over Morehead State, the Cards are now 29-5, just the sixth 29-win season in U of L history. The others, 1948 (NAIB National Champs), 1980 (NCAA National Champs), 1983 (NCAA Final Four), 1986 (NCAA National Champs), and 2005 (NCAA Final Four). All five of the other teams to reach 29 wins have their team pictures in the media guide.
By the way, the game time for the U of L-Siena game is around 5:20 p.m. Sunday.
March 18, 2009
I finally had a chance to fill out a bracket today. Here are my Final Four picks:
I know it's a reach, especially considering that Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell has never even won an NCAA tournament game, but I really do consider each game based on match-ups. In the end I have Pitt winning the national title, squeaking by the Cards in the title game.
By the way, Terrence Williams is on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the third straight week. He is featured prominently in their annual Where's Waldo NCAA tourney issue. Coach Pitino also made it, in his white suit. I was also told by U of L's Kenny Klein to expect an article in SI on the U of L women's team.
March 14, 2009
After looking over the RPI and the conference standings and pairing that with the most the important factor, the eyeball test, I have come up with my predictions for the top 16 seeds in Sundays N.C.A.A. Tournament. My four #1 seeds are: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Connecticut. I predict that U of L, as the Big East regular season champ will be seeded higher than Connecticut. I think the Cards will be in the Midwest Region, because the regional is in Indianapolis and they will help fill out Lucas Oil Stadium. First and second round games in Dayton are a possibility, but don't be surprised if it's Kansas City.
Here are the rest of my top 16 seeds:
1. North Carolina, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Villanova, 4. Xavier
1. Pittsburgh, 2. Duke, 3. Missouri,, 4. Washington
1. Louisville, 2. Michigan State, 3. Wake Forest, 4. Gonzaga
1. Connecticut, 2. Memphis, 3. Kansas, 4. Syracuse
That's my shot at it. We'll find out for sure Sunday night at 6 p.m. Let me know what you think.
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