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2:38 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

A close up of the Brazuca ball in NASA's Ames Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. Smoke highlighted by lasers visualizes air flow around the ball.
NASA's Ames Research Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:45 am

While many millions are enjoying the drama of the World Cup, a handful of scientists are keeping their eyes very closely on the ball.

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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.
Credit WKU Athletics

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
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.

Sports
11:33 am
Mon May 19, 2014

California Chrome To Run In Belmont, Nasal Strips And All

California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the Preakness Stakes on May 17 in Baltimore.
Jim Dietz Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 2:16 pm

California Chrome will be able to race after all.

There had been some doubt about whether the winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and the Preakness would compete in the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horseracing's Triple Crown.

The thoroughbred has run and won his last six races wearing equine nasal strips. It was uncertain whether the stewards who oversee the June 7 event in New York would allow the strips, out of concern they offer the horse an unfair boost.

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Sports
8:08 am
Wed March 19, 2014

There's A Reason They Call It Madness

Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:28 am

More than any other nation, America is awash in teams. There are the pro teams, the college team, the high school team, the fantasy teams.

Well, at a certain point, something has to give — and apparently, the team sport that's given way the most is men's college basketball.

Yes, college hoops has its fleeting moment in the vernal equinox. It's fun. You make out brackets — but it's not like other sports where you're familiar with the principals.

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Sports
9:07 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Louisville's Strong to Texas? Cards Coach Interviews with Texas AD

Louisville coach Charlie Strong has interviewed for the coaching position at the University of Texas.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong has interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Texas.

The Austin American-Statesmen confirms that Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson interviewed Strong at an undisclosed location Tuesday. Strong has been rumored as a possible coaching candidate at Texas after the school announced Mack Brown would not return next season as head coach following 16 years in Austin.

Officials at the University of Louisville, however, say they never granted Texas permission to speak to Strong about their opening.

A Texas spokesman says their athletic director won’t release any names related to their search until a decision is made.

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Sports
1:55 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Cardinal Star Behanan Dismissed from School for Rules Violation

Junior power forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the University of Louisville.

A basketball star from last season’s national champion Louisville Cardinals has been kicked out of school.

U of L head coach Rick Pitino announced Monday that junior power forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the program for an undisclosed violation of university policy. Pitino said he was told Sunday night that the university was dismissing Behanan.

While saying Behanan is a “terrific young man in many respects”, Pitino added that he and athletic director Tom Jurich “had gone to the mat” for Behanan following his recent month-long suspension from the team for undisclosed violations of rules.

Behanan was a Cincinnati native who played his senior year of high school at Bowling Green High. He averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds a game during Louisville’s 2013 national championship season.

Sports
2:35 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

WKU Turns the Ball Over Often Early, Fades Late Against Tennessee

WKU couldn't overcome seven turnovers in their loss against Tennessee Saturday.
Credit Megan Stearman

In the end, WKU's success against the SEC only went so far.

Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton returned interceptions for touchdowns Saturday as Tennessee scored after each of Western Kentucky's five first-quarter turnovers in a 52-20 victory.

Following last week's win over Kentucky in Nashville, Hilltopper fans were primed for a second straight win over an SEC team.

That won't happen when you give the ball away like WKU did in Knoxville.

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Sports
10:42 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Hardin County Football Star Receives Nearly 200 Letters from UK--in One Day

John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam

It’s not uncommon for college coaching staffs to send scores of letters to top high school prospects they are recruiting.

If the number of letters sent by Kentucky coaches to one Hardin County prospect is any indication, the Wildcats REALLY want to land the services of the 360-pound defensive tackle.

The Courier-Journal reports John Hardin’s Matt Elam received 182 recruiting letters from UK Monday. Elam said he was home when the mail carrier called him out to her truck to see the crate of letters the school had sent him.

Elam is storing all of his college recruitment letters in his size 16 shoe boxes. So far he’s filled up ten and he says the 182 letters Kentucky yesterday will take up half of an eleventh box.

Elam is also being recruiting by Louisville, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.

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