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Jockey Robby Albarado lost his ride in the Kentucky Oaks, after being arrested on an assault charge this morning. Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman Carl Yates says Albarado was arrested at a local residence, several hours before he was slated to ride "Hard Not to Like" in the Oaks.

Indiana has decided it won't sign a new contract to play Kentucky in men's basketball, ending a rivalry that has been played every year since 1969. Hoosiers Athletic Director Fred Glass says the two schools couldn't agree on where the games should be played.

Former WKU defensive back Derrius Brooks has signed a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. Brooks wasn’t picked in last week’s NFL draft, but many players who aren’t drafted later sign free agent deals with teams of their choice.

The post positions and early odds are set for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.  The morning line favorite is Bodemeister, at 4 to 1, trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert. Bodemeister will run from post position six.

The post positions and early odds for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be set Wednesday evening at a Churchhill Downs ceremony. A maximum field of twenty will run on Saturday. A late entry is Optimizer, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas.

WKU Basketball Coaching Staff Complete

May 1, 2012

Kentucky native and 20-year coaching veteran Phil Cunningham will join the Hilltopper coaching staff as an assistant for the 2012-13 season.  WKU Head Basketball Coach Ray Harper made the announcement Tuesday.  The addition of Cunningham makes Coach Harper's staff complete.

Western Kentucky University has set kickoff times for its six home football games in 2012, the Athletics Department announced on Tuesday. Three contests will be 6 p.m. (CT) starts, including the season-opener against Austin Peay (Sept. 1) and a home date with Southern Mississippi (Sept. 22).

There's no such thing as an "off-season" for a college basketball coach. Michelle Clark-Heard is someone who knows this well. Clark-Heard is the head coach of the WKU women's basketball team. Since she was hired in late March, the Louisville native has been evaluating her roster, hiring assistant coaches, scouting potential recruits, and attending tournaments with traveling all-star teams.

Western Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard added a third signee during the spring period with the addition of Perry County Central guard Kendall Noble. Coach Heard says signing Noble was at the top of her to-do list.

A former University of Louisville track star won the Boston Marathon Monday. Wesley Korir won in a heat-slowed time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds. It was the second-slowest Boston race since 1985, as temperatures rising into the 80s slowed the leaders and may have convinced as many as 4,300 entrants to sit this one out.

Two WKU football players are recovering after being wounded by gunshots outside a bar. A statement from the school's athletic department says defensive lineman Tevin Holliman and defensive back Ricardo Singh were each hit once. their wounds are not considered life threatening. 

WKU guard Derrick Gordon says he's transferring from the school after leading the mens' basketball team in scoring and rebounding on their way to the NCAA tournament this season. Gordon says he wants to move closer to his family in New Jersey but not say what other schools he's considering. Gordon led WKU with 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game.

Last night’s championship basketball may have ended late, but that didn’t stop Kentucky supporters from getting up early to get tickets for this afternoon’s Big Blue celebration. Hundreds of fans lined up outside Rupp Arena for the free tickets, including Richie Donworth.

“My wife is an insane UK fan so I’m surprising her with these for later," said Donworth.

Donworth is a native of Ireland and has lived in Lexington for about 10 years. He says winning the title means a lot for the UK program.

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Two  former  WKU Hilltopper baseball players will be in uniform for the Bowling Green Hot Rods this season. The single a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays has announced that  Kes Carter and  Matt Rice are on the 2012 Hot Rods roster.

Carter is a left handed hitting outfielder from Brentwood, Tennessee  and Rice is a catcher who also

earned academic honors at WKU.  Opening Day for the Hot Rods this season is set for Thursday, April 5th.

WKU has a new women’s head basketball coach. Former WKU Player and University of Louisville assistant Michelle Clark-Heard was introduced Thursday afternoon as the new leader of the Lady Hilltoppers.

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