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A record seven members of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team announced they will enter the NBA draft.

The seven were UK’s top scorers during their 38-1 season that ended last weekend with a loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four.

At a press conference Thursday in Lexington, Junior Willie Cauley-Stein, sophomores Dakari Johnson and Andrew and Aaron Harrison and freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker all said they’ve decided to turn pro.

“I mean, of course it was a tough decision for all of us,” Guard Aaron Harrison said. “But I think this is all of our dreams so we just want to chase our dreams, really.”

Coach John Calipari said he did not to try to convince anyone to stay or leave, but arranged meetings with the players, their families and NBA team officials early this week to discuss their pro prospects.

“I’m not convincing anyone to stay and I’m not pushing anybody out the door,” Calipari said. “This is their choice with their family.”

Karl-Anthony Towns could be the first player chosen overall on June 28. Cauley-Stein and Lyles could soon follow, with both projected as possible lottery selections. Booker is also a potential first-rounder, with the rest projected to go in the second.

Churchill Downs

The Run for the Roses is a few weeks away yet, but the solid gold trophy already awaits the owner of the horse that wins the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2 at Churchill Downs.

The trophy is made of 14-karat gold and was crafted by New England Sterling in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, for the 40th consecutive year.

The trophy arrived at Churchill Downs about 10 days ago aboard a Brinks truck. Three smaller sterling silver replica trophies will be presented to the Derby's winning trainer, jockey and breeder.

Not counting the jade base, the owner's trophy is 22 inches tall and weighs approximately 65 ounces. It is topped by a 14-karat gold horse and rider and has horseshoe-shaped wreath handles attached to its sides.

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WKU softball pitcher Miranda Kramer made program history this week when she became the first Lady Topper ever drafted by a National Pro fastpitch team.

Kramer was taken 6th overall in the draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

She leads the country with 13-point-8 strikeouts per seven innings and is tied for first with seven shutouts.

She’s third nationally in total strikeouts, fourth in hits allowed and tenth in Earned Run Average.

WKU has one former player in its history to play on a NPF team. Olivia Watkins, the NCAA stolen base leader last year, signed a contract with the Akron Racers in 2014.

KFC Yum! Center

Because melting snow and heavy rain have caused flooding around the Louisville waterfront, city officials are urging fans heading to the KFC Yum Center for NCAA Tournament games this week to arrive early.

“There are still a number of parking spaces that are flooded. A number of roadways that are blocked or closed and construction as well,” said Sandra Moran, Yum Center marketing director.

The parking garages underneath the arena and at the Galt House are open for business, she said. And if fans aren’t parking in either of those lots they should try to avoid west Interstate 64’s Third Street ramp, which reopened Tuesday after flooding, because traffic congestion is expected in that area, said Moran.

“Have a plan and look at a couple of different garages that you might try to park at because there will be limited space during the day with the business traffic that’s going to be downtown as well,” she said.

KFC Yum! Center

Fans heading to the KFC Yum Center in Louisville for NCAA basketball games are being urged to get their early.

Melting snow and heavy rain has caused flooding in areas around the Waterfront.

Yum Center director of marketing Sandra Moran says the parking garages under the arena and at the Galt House are open for business.

She says if fans aren’t parking there they should try to avoid I-64’s Third Street ramp because of congestion.

“Have a plan and look at a couple of different garages that you might try to park at because there will be limited space during the day with the business traffic that’s going to be downtown as well," urged Moran.

Four games are scheduled for Thursday, including the University of Kentucky’s opener against Hampton.

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The women will face the 5th seeded Longhorns in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division One Women's Basketball Championships Friday, March 20 at 4:00 CT at the Haas Pavilion at Cal in Berkley, CA.

The Lady Toppers ( 30-4 overall, 16-2 Conference USA ) were seeded 12th in the Albany Regional in this week's tournament after claiming the Conference USA regular season championship and tournament title. This will be their 18th NCAA tournament appearance.

WKU and Texas have met twice in the NCAA tournament; in 1985 and 1986.

The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

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What looked like a WKU Lady Hilltopper blowout turned into a nail biter Friday afternoon in Birmingham.

WKU led Old Dominion by 18 points at the half in their Conference USA semifinal, but had to withstand afurious second-half rally by the Monarchs to win by only two.

WKU senior Alexis Govan hit two free throws with six seconds left to give the Lady Toppers a 61-59 win, and send the team into Saturday's Conference USA championship game against Southern Miss, which defeated Middle Tennessee in the other semifinal.

The winner of Saturday's title game gets an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

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Update:

The WKU Lady Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the Conference USA semifinals Friday afternoon in Birmingham.

The game begins at 12:30 pm central. The winner goes on to play in the championship game Saturday, with the winner of that contest earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

WKU beat Charlotte 70-67 Thursday in the C-USA quarterfinals.  

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The WKU Lady Hilltoppers enter their first-ever Conference USA basketball tournament this week as the team to beat.

They won the conference regular season crown, and they boast the league’s Player of the Year, Chastity Gooch, as well as Conference USA Coach and Defensive Player of the Year winners.

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The WKU women’s basketball is heading into their postseason conference tournament with some major individual awards to go along with their number-one seeding.

Conference USA announced Monday that WKU senior Chastity Gooch was named Player of the Year, after averaging over 17 points and 7 rebounds a game.

Sophomore Kendall Noble was named conference Defensive Player of the Year after setting a WKU record for steals in a season.

Michelle Clark-Heard was named conference Coach of the Year for leading the Lady Hilltoppers to a 27-4 record.

The awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches, a media member representing each school, and each school’s sports information director.

WKU plays Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament, against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Charlotte and Marshall.

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WKU’s upcoming football season features road trips to Vanderbilt, Indiana, and LSU.

The Hilltoppers’ 2015 schedule includes eight Conference USA games, with five of those contests at home. WKU kicks off the season September 5 in Nashville, against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The team’s home and league opener is the following week against Louisiana Tech.

See the entire WKU 2015 football schedule here.

WKU returns 17 starters from last season’s team that finished 8-5, including a win in the Bahamas Bowl.

One of those returnees is quarterback Brandon Doughty, who led the nation in passing yards and touchdown passes last season.

Bowling Green will be the host of the tournaments for the next five years in a partnership announced at the Bowling Green Ball Park Wednesday morning. The city will host eleven tournaments this year and as many as 15 beginning next year.

The conference will also hold at least six league meetings in Bowling Green throughout the year.

The NAIA conference includes Campbellsville University, Lindsey Wilson College and the University of Pikeville as well as schools in five other states. They'll kick off the partnership February 6th and 7th wil the conference bowling tournament at Southern Lanes in Bowling Green

Conference commissioner Eric Ward said they were afraid the championships might fall under the public's radar in a city larger than Bowling Green. He said the conference was looking for a neutral site that was big enough to handle several tournaments back to back or even at the same time at different facilities.

He also said they wanted a site with a variety of things for players and fans to do when their team isn't playing.

Amy Cardwell with the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau estimates each tournament will bring about 250 participants to the city and twice that many family and fans.

Muhammad Ali Back in Hospital for "Follow Up Care"

Jan 16, 2015

A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great is back in the hospital for follow-up care related to a urinary tract infection.

Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell said Thursday that the former heavyweight boxing champion was admitted to an undisclosed hospital earlier this week. He says Ali is expected to be released Friday.

Ali was initially hospitalized on Dec. 20 for what turned out to be a severe urinary tract infection. That hospitalization ended last week.

Gunnell says Ali hopes to celebrate his 73rd birthday on Saturday at one of his homes with family.

WKU Athletics

The WKU Lady Hilltopper basketball team has been playing a prominent role in area elementary and middle schools over the past several weeks. Thursday’s game between the WKU Lady  Toppers and Florida Atlantic is the fourth annual “Spread the Red Education Game”, and will be attended by all third-through-eighth graders in Bowling Green city schools, and seventh grade students from Warren County public schools.

For the past month, teachers have been incorporating statistics and biographical information about the players and teams into math, geography, reading, and history lessons. 

“And  bigger picture, there’s a learning component in terms of the career opportunities, and just the overall experience of being able to come up to the university and hopefully inspire our kids to want to aim high,” said Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton.

Bowling Green Schools Superintendent Joe Tinius embraces any opportunity to get young students on a college campus. He says it will be many students’ first time attending an event at WKU.

No Rest For Olympic Gold Medalist Claire Donahue

Jan 9, 2015

There's no rest for the weary for WKU Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer Claire Donahue. She and her coach Bruce Marchionda are just back from the World Games, where she scored another medal, but her real goal is the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Joe Corcoran caught up with Claire and her coach about what her life's like now and what'll it be like for the next year and a half.

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WKU’s all-time leading scorer is having his basketball jersey number retired later this month.

The school announced Thursday that Courtney Lee’s #32 jersey will be retired January 22 during WKU’s game against Texas-El Paso. Lee will become just the tenth person affiliated with the WKU men’s basketballteam to have his jersey retired, joining names such as coach E.A. Diddle, and players Jim McDaniels, Clem Haskins, and Darel Carrier.

Lee played at WKU from 2004-to-2008, scoring 2,238 career points—equaling McDaniels for the most points all time. The Indianapolis native led the Hilltoppers to an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance and 29-win season his senior year, while averaging over 20 points a game.

Lee was taken in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He has played for five different teams, and currently averages 11 points a game for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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