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The WKU football team is hoping to continue the momentum established last weekend when they host Southern Mississippi Saturday night. The Hilltoppers are 2-1 following their win at Kentucky, and a big crowd is expected to watch the first-ever meeting between WKU and the Golden Eagles from Conference USA.

When WKU beat Kentucky for the first time ever in football Saturday, the significance was not lost on Todd Stewart. He was part of the WKU athletics department when the Hilltoppers lost 26 straight games, including a winless 2009 season.

The worst thing you can say about Saturday night's win by WKU over Kentucky is that it was the second biggest victory in Hilltopper football history. The only competition for that distinction is the 2002 1-AA national championship game WKU won against McNeese State.

It wasn't easy, but the WKU Hilltoppers made history Saturday night, beating Kentucky on the football field for the first time. WKU blew a 17 point first half lead, but won the game in overtime in dramatic fashion, 32-31. Kentucky scored a touchdown on their first overtime possession, forcing WKU to do the same. After Hilltopper running back Antonio Andrews scored, WKU needed an extra point to tie and go into a second overtime. But Hilltopper head coach Willie Taggart rolled the dice and decided to go for a two-point conversion.

For the second straight weekend, the WKU football team will play on the road at an SEC team. The Hilltoppers travel to Lexington Saturday to take on the Kentucky Wildcats at 7 p.m. eastern time.

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The WKU men's basketball team will be without one of their top reserves this season. Sophomore Nigel Snipes suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Monday, and will miss the entire 2012-13 season. A statement issued by WKU Athletics says a full recovery is expected in time for the 2013-14 season.

A fan of Muhammad Ali has acquired an important piece of memorabilia: the boxing legend's boyhood home. Louisville realtor Dave Lambrechts told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss closed on the property the day before. He said Weiss paid $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang in a western Louisville neighborhood made up of mostly neat, modest homes.

The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches is asking Elizabethtown tourism officials to help market the state's new Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Association executive director Ken Trivette told the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention board the Hall will preserve the stories and contributions of coaches and players.

Lakeland Flying Tigers

Former WKU baseball standout Wade Gaynor hit the game winning home run this week in the Florida State League North Division Championship. Gaynor’s team, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, will  now advance to the Florida State League Minor League Championship.

When the WKU Hilltoppers take the field this Saturday, they'll do so in a place that has become the epicenter of college football greatness. The Alabama Crimson Tide are the defending national champions and boast the number one ranking in both major polls.

Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue is spending Tuesday on the campus of her alma mater, WKU. The former Hilltopper swimmer brought home a gold medal from the London games as part of the women’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay team.

Kevin Willis

The WKU Class of 2016 will hear from Olympic gold medalist and former Hilltopper swimmer Claire Donahue at the annual Freshman Assembly Tuesday evening.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Diddle Arena.  

All around the country, college football teams are holding their first summer practices for players this week--and WKU is no different. The Hilltoppers open their season September 1st against Austin Peay, but there are several questions to answer before the games begin.

She may not have been in the pool Saturday, but former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue will bring home an Olympic gold medal just the same.

Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue helped the United States 400 meter individual medley relay team advance to Saturday's finals by swimming in Friday's preliminaries. Donahue swam the butterfly leg of the race in 58.05 as the U.S. team clocked an overall time of 3:58.88, placing fourth in this morning's second heat and fourth overall.

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