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A contract to bring a wide variety of sports championships to Bowling Green will continue for seven more years. The Conference is made up of universities from across the southern and midwestern United States. The new contract expires at the end of fiscal year 2025.

Bowling Green held 14 Mid-South Conference championships during the 2017-18 season. The Conference is adding women’s wrestling and men’s volleyball. Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward said in addition to the contract extension, the organization will move its office to Bowling Green, making Warren County its headquarters. He said Bowling Green is the perfect size and has a lot to offer student athletes.

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Western Kentucky University is mourning the loss of its men’s golf coach.

Phillip Hatchett was killed early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle with other cyclists on U.S. 68 in Logan County.

Hatchett was 55 years old.

Investigators in the Logan County Sheriff's Office have reported that 27-year-old Robert Stokes of Elkton, in Todd County, was driving west about 7:30 a.m. Sunday when he came upon the bicyclists in the emergency lane, also headed westbound.

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Justify has won the Triple Crown.

The Preakness and Kentucky Derby winner became thoroughbred racing’s 13th Triple Crown with a front-running victory in the Belmont Stakes.

American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015. It was the second Triple Crown for trainer Bob Baffert and the first for jockey Mike Smith.

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The city of Owensboro is unveiling the statue of native son Nicky Hayden on Friday, June 8, to honor the  international motorcycle racing champion known as "The Kentucky Kid," who died last year in a bicycle accident in Italy.

Hayden’s family had a dirt track on their property and he grew up riding and racing. He turned pro when he was 16, and that made him a rather unusual student at  Owensboro Catholic High School. The school’s assistant principal Kurt Osborne was a teacher when Hayden was in school.

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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify finished a final workout at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the Belmont Stakes and pursuit of a Triple Crown.

Trainer Bob Baffert watched the colt complete his workout with jockey Martin Garcia. Jockey Mike Smith will be back aboard Justify in the Belmont.

Justify galloped with about 100 spectators watching on the Churchill Downs front stretch and just as many on the backside.

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The University of Louisville has reached a $4.5 million settlement with former athletic director Tom Jurich, who was fired last year after two decades in the position.

Under the terms of the agreement, the university will pay Jurich within 10 days. The university also acknowledged that Jurich was entitled to benefits it promised him before his firing, agreeing to pay him an additional $2.6 million in deferred compensation and annuity payments.

Other benefits include medical coverage for him and his spouse until they qualify for Medicare, retired U of L employee benefits, and seat licenses for eight club level tickets with two priority parking passes to Louisville football and basketball games for 20 years.

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It could cost $1.4 billion but a group of investors interested in bringing an NBA team to Louisville says it remains committed to its goal. The group gave an update on the project to community members at the Louisville Forum Wednesday.

Former NBA player Dan Issel spoke at the forum, saying he and other investors have pooled more than $750,000 for the initiative and could invest up to $3 million. Issel said a team would bring money and positive influence to Louisville, and he wants Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials to voice support for the endeavor.

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Greg Collins was officially introduced as the 11th Western Kentucky University women’s head basketball coach Wednesday. He’s been a collegiate assistant coach for 16 years, including the last six seasons at WKU.

He said he worked closely with previous WKU head coach, Michelle Clark-Heard, and doesn’t expect to change much about the program. Collins said he stayed at WKU because he never wanted to bounce around from place to place.

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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team dropped a back-and-forth game with Utah Tuesday night in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Utah beat the Hilltoppers 69-64 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.  

WKU finishes the season with a record of 27-11. That’s the most wins for the team since the 2007-2008 season.

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The University of Louisville Athletic Association Personnel Committee and the U of L Board of Trustees will meet again Wednesday to consider the hiring of a new men’s basketball coach.

It’s being widely reported that the job will go to Chris Mack, the head coach at Xavier for the past nine seasons.

Mack would replace Rick Pitino as permanent coach. Pitino, along with athletic director Tom Jurich, was fired last fall amid allegations of recruiting violations.

David Padgett served as the interim coach over the past season.

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Western Kentucky University's Lady Hilltopper basketball team has a new head coach.

Assistant coach Greg Collins was promoted to the top spot Tuesday following the departure of Michelle Clark-Heard, who is the new head coach at the University of Cincinnati.

Collins has been an assistant at WKU for the past six seasons.

WKU is On to NYC After Beating Oklahoma State in the NIT

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Freshman Taveion Hollingsworth matched his career high with 30 points and Western Kentucky advanced to the final four of the NIT for the first time since 1948 with a 92-84 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers (27-10) made 15 of 18 free throws in the last three minutes to hold off the second-seeded Cowboys (21-15), who missed six of eight shots in the last two minutes.

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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team is on to the National Invitational Tournament quarterfinal round after winning consecutive NIT games for the first time since 1948.

The Hilltoppers won at Southern California Monday night, beating the Trojans 79-75 in Los Angeles. Senior forward Justin Johnson led WKU with 23 points and six rebounds.

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Justin Johnson had his fifth-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a 79-62 win over Boston College on Tuesday night in a first-round game of the NIT.

Taveion Hollingsworth added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Hilltoppers (25-10), a four-seed. Darius Thompson had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

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The Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team will find out Monday night who, when, and where it will play in the NCAA tournament.

The Lady Hilltoppers earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance after winning the Conference USA tournament championship Saturday.

Fans are invited to attend an NCAA Selection Show Watch Party with the team Monday at 5:30 pm at the Mister B’s location on Scottsville Road.

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