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10:20 am
Tue July 15, 2014

WKU Athletics Now Calls Conference USA Home

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WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart speaks about the move to Conference USA.

After 32 years as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, WKU has now officially become a member of the newly re-aligned, 14 member Conference USA. It's a move Athletic Director Todd Stewart has been working toward for several years, but even he admits it's a high-risk, high-reward situation.

Stewart spoke with Joe Corcoran about leaving the comforts of the Sun Belt for the new challenges ahead.

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9:27 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Gloves Used by Muhammad Ali in Famous Bout to Be Auctioned Off

The boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in one of his most famous fights are being sold at auction. The Louisville native—then known as Cassius Clay—wore the gloves in 1971 during the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier.

The gloves will be up for bidding July 31 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. When the gloves were auctioned in 2012, they  sold for nearly $386,000.

Ali used the gloves in what was called the “Fight of the Century.” Ali and Frazier were both undefeated heading into the event at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Frazier knocked Ali down and won a 15-round decision.

Sports
11:31 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hilltoppers Officially Make Move to Conference USA

Tuesday marks the first day for WKU as a member of Conference USA.  The conference includes universities in 10 states and includes Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP and UTSA.

The move follows more than 30 years for the Hilltoppers as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. 

Conference commissioner Britton Banowsky will be in attendance at a Conference USA kickoff party, tonight at 6-4-3 restaurant at Hitcents Park Plaza in downtown Bowling Green.

Sports
5:42 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Kentucky Proud Foods on the Menu at Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky grown food will be served up at Kentucky Speedway for the auto race on Saturday. State agriculture commissioner James Comer says "Kentucky Proud" foods will be served to fans at Saturday's Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and for the remainder of the racing season at the track in Sparta.

Comer says the partnership with the Speedway brings the "Kentucky Proud" program to a wider audience.

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Sports
9:35 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Future WKU Hilltopper Named Kentucky's Co-Mr. Baseball for 2014

A former Henderson County star and future WKU Hilltopper has been named Kentucky’s co-Mr. Baseball.

Third-baseman and outfielder Kaleb Duckworth recently graduated from school after hitting for a .450 average, with 40 runs scored and 35 runs batted in. Duckworth is sharing Mr. Baseball honors with Devin Hairston of Tates Creek, marking the first time there has been a tie for the award.

Duckworth led the Henderson County Colonels to back-to-back state semifinal appearances in 2012 and 2013. He committed to play his college baseball at WKU following his junior season, when he led the state in home runs and stolen bases.

Duckworth was also recently named Kentucky's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year.

Sports
2:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Crystal Kelly, Ron Bevars Among KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Crystal Kelly during her playing days at WKU.
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A former WKU basketball star is being honored for her prolific high school career.

Crystal Kelly is a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, which was announced Sunday.

Kelly was named Kentucky’s Ms. Basketball in 2004, after leading Sacred Heart to three straight state championships. Kelly went on to become WKU’s all-time women’s leader in points and rebounds, and was taken by the Houston Comets in the 2008 WNBA draft.

Another member of the KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is Ron Bevars, who coached at North Hardin High School in Radcliff for 38 seasons. Bevars retired in 2013 after racking up 805 wins, the fourth-most in Kentucky high school basketball history.

Bevars led North Hardin to three Sweet 16 semi-finals appearances, and lost the 1982 state championship on a half-court, game-winning buzzer-beater by Laurel County’s Paul Andrews.

Sports
5:46 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Female Defensive Back Signs To Play Football At Campbellsville University

Shelby Osborne signs a letter of intent to play football for Campbellsville Univesrity
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Shelby Osborne, a Jeffersonville, Indiana native who played defensive back for her  high school football team, has signed on to play NAIA collegiate football this fall. 

Osborne committed this week to play football at Campbellsville University in Taylor County. It’s believed she’ll be the first female to play on the defensive side of the ball at the college level since mid-1990s when Joyce Muntari played linebacker for two junior colleges.

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Sports
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Derby Winner Draws Number Two Post for Belmont Stakes

California Chrome on Kentucky Derby day.
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California Chrome is the 3 to 5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown champion.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Belmont Park. Eleven Belmont winners have come out of that post, the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994.

Trainer Art Sherman says he’s happy with the draw.

"It gives you a chance to see who’s going to have the speed and where you’re laying going into the first turn," explains Sherman.

Wicked Strong is the 6 to 1 second choice and drew post No. 9.  The colt finished fourth  in the Derby and sat out the Preakness.

Tonalist was made the third betting choice at 8 to 1 odds and will break from the No. 11 post.

Eleven horses are entered in the Belmont Stakes.

Sports
11:46 am
Wed June 4, 2014

WKU Adds Alabama To 2016 Football Schedule

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The WKU Hilltoppers have added another SEC opponent to their 2016 football schedule.

The school’s athletic department announced Wednesday the ‘Toppers will be taking on Alabama on September 10, 2016 in Tuscaloosa. 

The two teams last met in 2012, when the Crimson Tide blanked WKU 35-0 en route to a national title that year.  Also in 2016, the Hilltoppers will face Vanderbilt as the Commodores become the first SEC team ever to visit L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

Sports
3:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Henderson County Star Named State's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year

A WKU-bound high school senior has been named the Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year.

Henderson County third baseman and outfielder Kaleb Duckworth is batting .447 with seven home runs, 35 runs batted in, and 38 stolen bases. The Gatorade player of the year award is given annually to a player who demonstrates athletic excellence, academic accomplishments, and exemplary character.

Duckworth, who has a 3.8 G.P.A., will enroll in WKU this fall.

Duckworth and his Henderson County High School teammates are taking on Christian County Tuesday in the semifinals of the Second Region Tournament.

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