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WKU basketball fans who watch Saturday’s U.S.A-Mexico FIBA World Cup game will recognize one of the Mexican players from his time on the Hill.

Guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez played at WKU from 2005 to 2009, and was a key member of the Hilltoppers’ 2008 team that reached the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. Mendez-Valdez plays in a professional league in Mexico, and has been a key contributor to the country’s World Cup team.

The U.S. team went 5-0 in the tournament’s group stage, and is led by a group of NBA stars including James Harden, Derrick Rose, and former University of Kentucky standout Anthony Davis.

The U.S. takes on Mexico in the knockout stage of the FIBA World Cup Saturday at 9 a.m. central. The game is being televised on ESPN 2.

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WKU redshirt senior quarterback Brandon Doughty is being rewarded for his 569-yard passing performance Friday night against Bowling Green. 

On Monday, Doughty was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and National Offensive Player of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. 

Doughty threw six touchdown passes and no interceptions in the Toppers 59-31 win over the Falcons. His 569 yards passing fell just short of a Conference USA record in WKU's first game as a member. 

The Hilltoppers face Illinois on Saturday in Champaign, Ill.

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One game and WKU's quarterback is already in the Conference USA record books. 

Brandon Doughty threw a school record six touchdown passes Friday night leading the Hilltoppers football team to a 59-31 win over Bowling Green State in the season opener. The six touchdowns tied a Conference USA record and his 569 total passing yards was 23 short of the conference record. 

“I’ll be honest I didn’t really notice it until the fourth quarter," Doughty said of his performance. "They were trying to tell me and I just didn’t even want to know. I wanted to stay locked in and didn’t want to get too high on it. I just tried to play my game and was in a really good rhythm early."

The victory was the first for WKU's Jeff Brohm as a collegiate head coach. WKU has now won three straight home openers. 

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Tonight's season opening home football game for the WKU Hilltoppers might actually feel more like an away game for them.

Home or away, teams usually sequester themselves in a hotel the night before a game to get themselves focused and go over last minute details without distractions. But with thousands of Corvette enthusiasts in town for the 20th anniversary of the Corvette Museum this weekend, there were no available hotel rooms in Bowling Green.

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For the first time in 12 years, the WKU football team will be playing on a Friday night.  The Hilltoppers open their season this Friday, playing host to Bowling Green State.

First year head coach Jeff Brohm says his team is ready for the challenge of taking on last year’s Mid-American Conference champion.

“The fact that we’re playing a really good opponent is great for us. We get to see exactly where we stand right off the bat before we get into tough conference play for us,” said Brohm in his first Monday news conference of the new season.  “It’s an exciting time and definitely myself and all of our players will have nerves, but that’s part of it.”

Friday night’s game begins at 6:30 at L.T. Smith Stadium. It will be the first game for the Hilltoppers as members of Conference USA.  It will be the second matchup between WKU and Bowling Green State. The Falcons tripped up the Hilltoppers 41-21 in 2007 in Bowling Green, Ohio. 

The NCAA is moving to appeal a federal judge's ruling that would require the organization to allow colleges to compensate students who play football and basketball. Current and former students had sued on antitrust grounds over the use of their names and images for video games, TV programs and other commercial enterprises.

A judge gave the athletes a victory Friday — but the NCAA has a strong track record when it appeals.

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The WKU men’s basketball team will open its first season as a member of Conference USA with 18 league games, as well as home contests against Louisville and Belmont.

The Hilltoppers start the season at E.A. Diddle Arena Nov. 14 against Austin Peay, and will play home-and-home series against Conference USA opponents Marshall, Charlotte, Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic, and Florida International.

The rest of WKU’s first-ever Conference USA league schedule features home games against Texas-El Paso, Texas-San Antonio, North Texas, and Rice. The Hilltoppers will go on the road to take on Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Alabama-Birmingham, and Middle Tennessee.

You can see the entire 2014-15 schedule here.

WKU hosts Belmont Nov. 22, and the Louisville Cardinals Dec. 20.

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This week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville will likely be the last appearance in any of golf’s major competitions by Kenny Perry. The longtime Franklin, Kentucky resident is expected to begin focusing on the Champions Tour for golfers 50 and over.

Valhalla was the site of one of the biggest heartbreaks of Kenny Perry’s playing career.    He finished second in a playoff to Mark Brooks in the 1996 PGA Championship. But 12 years later there was triumph,  as Perry’s Ryder Cup team defeated the Europeans at Valhalla.

Now 54, Perry says he’s grateful for the chance to play in the PGA Championship a final time….in Kentucky. 

Perry spent about an hour signing autographs after his Tuesday practice round.     He says the attention is not a distraction from his preparations.   Perry joked that he hasn’t had to sign all that many autographs over the years.

“To me, it’s my way to say thank you for 30 years of support, thank you for your love and your compassion for me,” said Perry. “I enjoyed it, for me personally.  There were a lot of people yelling out where they were from---Glasgow, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky—just all these little towns that are around Franklin where I live”

Tiger Woods May Pull Out of Louisville Tournament

Aug 5, 2014

The agent for Tiger Woods says it's still too early for doctors to decide whether the 14-time major champion can compete in the PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville this week.

Woods withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational Sunday after jarring his surgically-repaired back while playing an awkward shot on the par 5 second hole.

The Bridgestone Invitational was only his third tournament since returning from a three month absence following back surgery in March.

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"It's an exciting time to be a Hilltopper."

That's how first year head coach Jeff Brohm started off WKU football media day inside Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium Saturday morning, just hours before the first of the team's 23 scheduled practices that afternoon.

Besides a new head coach, the third in the past three years, the Tops begin the season in a new conference, moving to Conference USA this summer after decades in the Sun Belt Conference. They finished 8-4 last year, their eighth season in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

"We're excited about joining the new conference," Brohm said, "It'll be a challenge for us and we'll have to earn respect but that's what college football is all about if you want to become the best."

Brohm said the team had a good summer working on strength and conditioning to get in the best shape possible so a lot of players can see game action on both sides of the ball and they can stay fresh. But right now, all the team is thinking about and working towards is the first game of the regular season.

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