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4:15 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Yarmuth and Barr Bet Local Bourbon on UK-UL Game

The two Congressmen who represent the districts that are home to the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are betting on their basketball teams with another Kentucky tradition...bourbon.

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville and Republican Andy Barr of Lexington said they're wagering locally distilled Kentucky bourbon on Friday night's Sweet 16 game between the two schools, whose teams also happen to be the two most recent NCAA champions.

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4:39 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Derby Trophy Delivered to Churchill Downs

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With Kentucky Derby 140 less than six weeks away, the solid gold trophy that the owner of the winning 3 year old will receive is being delivered to Churchill Downs in Louisville.

The trophy is 22 inches tall with a 14-karat gold horse and rider atop it and horseshoe-shaped wreath handles. It sits on a jade base and weighs about five pounds. It'll be unveiled at the track Tuesday.

Churchill Downs says the company that makes the trophy began work on it in November. The process takes about 2,000 hours.

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8:49 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Covington Catholic Goes to Overtime to Win 2014 Sweet 16 Championship

Kentucky's 2014 Boys' basketball champion will be crowned Sunday in Lexington.
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Update at 3:42 pm:

Covington Catholic is the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Boys' Sweet 16 title after beating Scott County 59-51 in overtime.

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Bowling Green High School's bid to play in the 2014 boys' high school basketball championship came up short Saturday, as the Purples fell to Covington Catholic in the semifinal round.

Covinton Catholic won the game 81-68 at Lexington's Rupp Arena.

Earlier Saturday night, Scott County beat Trinity 62-56 in the other semifinal.

Scott County and Covington Catholic face each other Sunday at 2 p.m. eastern for the state championship.

It's a big day for basketball in the Bluegrass State. At the same time the high school title is being decided, the UK Wildcats will be playing No. 1 seed Wichita State in the NCAA tournament. The winner of that game will play the Louisville Cardinals Friday in the Sweet 16.

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7:45 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Lady Toppers Season Ends With Loss To Baylor in NCAA Tournament

WKU's hopes of upsetting No. 2 seed Baylor in the NCAA Tournament opener fell short Saturday evening.  

Facing the Bears on their home court in Waco, Texas, WKU managed to stay close, trailing by just six at the half.  But Baylor, led by Odyssey Sims and Nina Davis, pulled away late in the second half for an 87-74 win. Davis had 32 points in the game; Sims scored 31. 

With the loss, WKU's ten-game winning streak and season came to an end, following the team's Sun Belt Conference title.

WKU was led in scoring by Chastity Gooch, who poured in 23.  Kendall Noble contributed 21 in the loss and Bianca McGee added 18.  

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11:35 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Bardstown, Bowling Green, and Hopkinsville Among Eight Teams in Action Friday at Sweet 16

Update at 3:21 pm:

Scott County beat Johnson Central 64-55 Thursday.

Update at 1:34 pm:

Trinity beat Hopkinsville 74-56 Thursday. The Shamrocks now advance to one of the two Saturday semifinal games.

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The field has been cut in half at the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16.

Friday features four quarterfinal matchups at Rupp Arena, with the winners facing each other in two Saturday semifinals. The state champ will be crowned Sunday afternoon.

Here is Friday's schedule, with all times eastern:

Trinity 74, Hopkinsville 56  FINAL

Scott County vs. Johnson Central  1:30 pm

Bowling Green vs. McCracken County  6:30 pm

Bardstown vs. Covington Catholic  8:00 pm

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5:10 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Returning to Her Home State, Injury Will Keep Govan Sidelined For NCAA Tournament Game

Lady Toppers' guard Alexis Govan pictured earlier this season in a game against Louisville.
Credit WKU Athletics

The WKU Lady Toppers first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament since 2007-08 is made even more remarkable when you considered that it has happened without one of the team’s scoring leaders. 

Junior guard Alexis Govan  has been sidelined since December 21st with a stress fracture of the leg and likely won’t play until next season.  Despite her injury, Govan remains upbeat. She’s been cheering on teammates from the bench and says she's looking forward to the team’s trip to Waco.

“It’s going to be fun. Texas is a great place for Western to play and we’ve had some success there, so everybody knows that we have to be up and be positive. It’s a big game and a big opportunity,” said Govan.

The trip to Texas will be a trip home for Govan, a San Antonio native.  WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard says the team misses her presence, and her 16 points per game, but the good news is Govan’s injury won’t likely require surgery.

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8:52 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Bowling Green, Bardstown, Wayne County Hope to Advance Thursday in Sweet 16

The 2014 Kentucky boys' basketball champion will crowned Sunday at Rupp Arena.
Credit KHSAA

Update at 9:49 pm:

Bardstown beat Pleasure Ridge Park 75-70 Thursday night.

Update at 12:43 pm:

McCracken County beat Wayne County Thursday afternoon, 81-74.

Original post:

Three teams from our listening area put their dreams of a state basketball championship on the line Thursday in Lexington.

It's day two of the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 tournament, with Bardstown, Bowling Green, and Wayne County hitting the Rupp Arena court in first-round contests.

Here is Thursday's schedule, with all times eastern:

Wayne County vs. McCracken Co.  12:00 pm

Bowling Green vs. Knott County Central  1:30 pm

Bardstown vs. Pleasure Ridge Park  6:30 pm

Clay County vs. Covington Catholic  8:00 pm

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2:55 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Hopkinsville Advancing, Owensboro Going Home After Sweet 16 First Round

Update at 9:54 p.m.:

Here are the other results from Wednesday's first-round Sweet 16 games in Lexington:

Johnson Central 58  Campbell County 56

Scott County 77  Fleming County 66

Johnson Central, Scott County, Hopkinsville, and Trinity are advancing to the quarterfinals following their opening round wins.

Original post:

Hopkinsville is advancing in the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 basketball tournament.

The Tigers beat South Oldham 83-63 Wednesday afternoon in the opening game of the state championship.

Tournament favorite Trinity beat Owensboro in the second game 55-41.

Bowling Green, Bardstown, and Wayne County are among the teams playing first-round games Thursday at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

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8:08 am
Wed March 19, 2014

There's A Reason They Call It Madness

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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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4:29 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Lady Topper Signee Ivy Brown Named Kentucky Miss Basketball

LaRue County's Ivy Brown named "Miss Basketball"
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WKU signee Ivy Brown has been named Kentucky's 2014 Miss Basketball, an award given annually to the state's top female high school player.

The naming marks the first winner of the award to sign with the WKU program out of high school since all-time leading scorer Crystal Kelly in 2004. Brown chose WKU over Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Tennessee Tech.

Brown  led LaRue County to a 24-7 record this season, including wins in 10 of the final 11 games of the season and an appearance in the Fifth Region Championship game. She averaged 24.4 points and 12.6 rebounds a game for the Lady hawks as a senior.

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