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Kentucky State Little League Baseball championship game results

Owensboro Southern poses with the state championship banner after defeating Lexington Eastern 8-3 in the 8-10 Year Old Kentucky Little League State Championship game on Wednesday evening in Middlesboro.  At Corbin, Warren County South defeated Fleming County 6-0 to win the 9-11 Year Old state title and at North Laurel, Lexington Eastern outscored Bowling Green East 11-8 for the 10-12 Year Old state title.                                                                                                     Photo by Ray Welch

HS Softball: Face protection now required for pitchers, 1st and 3rd basemen

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its first organizational meeting of the 2017-18 academic year July 14-15 at the Hotel Covington in Northern Kentucky. Over the course of its two-day meeting, the Board took a progressive step in the area of student-athlete safety by approving a recommendation from staff to mandate the use of face protection in softball for pitchers, first basemen and third basemen. The Board’s action, which follows the recommended use of protective headgear in July of 2014, makes Kentucky the first state to require face protection in high school softball, and continues the KHSAA’s willingness to be at the forefront in regards to player safety, as the Association implemented a pitch count in baseball one year before it was approved at the national level.

KY Afield Outdoors: Use the KY Fish & Wildlife website to find places to fish

Finding a place to catch largemouth bass, like this one from Kentucky Lake, or other fish species is much easier using the tools available free on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ website at www.fw.ky.gov. Lee McClellan Associate Editor, Kentucky Afield Magazine KDFWR

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 13, 2017) Two employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently used the department’s website at www.fw.ky.gov to glean information on catching saugeye.

They used the 5-foot contour maps on the “Find a Place to Fish” to study the bottom of Guist Creek Lake in Shelby County and determine a place to fish. They later fished those areas and caught their first saugeye.

“We trying to provide information on our website to make it easier for anglers to find places to fish and be successful,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “The “Find a Place to Fish” page allows anglers to sort by county, city, waterbody, access type or even species of fish.”

Many of the waterbodies detailed in the “Find a Place to Fish” page contain important fishing information, such as the 5-foot contour maps. “When you pull these waterbodies up, many of them have the location of fish attractors, species assessments as well as the contour maps. We have the contour maps for most of our smaller state-owned lakes as well as the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) lakes.” Continue reading

KY Afield Outdoors: Use the KY Fish & Wildlife website to find places to fish

Former Wildcat Jerry Bird passes away

CORBIN, Ky. – Jerry Bird, a former Kentucky men’s basketball player and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, died Sunday morning of natural causes in his hometown of Corbin, Kentucky. He was 83.

 

Bird, a Kentucky men’s basketball player from 1954-56, helped Kentucky to two Southeastern Conference titles in 1954 and 1955 and was a member of the 1954 team that went 25-0 and was crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

 

Bird was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 as a part of the hall of fame’s charter class. His No. 22 jersey is retired in the Rupp Arena rafters, which is considered to be the ultimate individual honor for a Kentucky Wildcat.

 

“Jerry Bird was Kentucky through and through,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “He was proud to be a Wildcat and is an important part of Kentucky basketball history. We offer our condolences to his family and friends.”

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Former Wildcat Jerry Bird passes away

UK great Babe Parilli passes away

Vito “Babe” Parilli Passes AwayCollege Football Hall of Fame QB Led UK to Orange, Sugar, Cotton Bowls

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Vito “Babe” Parilli, the quarterback who led the University of Kentucky football team to the Orange, Sugar and Cotton Bowls in the 1949-51 seasons and was eventually enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, has passed away at the age of 87.

 

“Babe is among the greatest legends of Kentucky athletics history,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “He was the quarterback for a golden era of Wildcat football and loved returning to Lexington for the team reunions. We are saddened by his passing and send our sympathies to his family and friends.”

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UK great Babe Parilli passes away

Basketball: USA U19 men now 5-0 after 81-59 win over Germany

Behind a defense that wreaked havoc in the second half, and a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double by Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.), the USA (5-0) battled its way to an 81-59 quarterfinals round victory over German (3-2) in FIBA U19 World Cup play Friday night in Cairo, Egypt.

With the win, the Americans advance to the medal round semifinals on Saturday and will face Canada (4-1) in a 2:30 pm EDT game. Canada earned its semifinal appearance by downing previously undefeated France (4-1) 73-67.  The other semifinal will feature Italy (4-1) versus Spain (5-0). The live stream of the USA-Canada game will be available on ESPN3 & the ESPN App.

“Here’s what happens – you have teams that are going to play with such high intensity and focus, it’s just can they do it for 40 minutes,” asked USA head coach John Calipari (Kentucky). “The way we are doing this, when we are playing 10 or 11 kids and they are playing 22 or 18 minutes, you just keep coming at people in waves.

“We don’t have any weak links on this team. We just don’t. What I’m seeing right now is us pressuring them, and at some point, they will back off. Now, they (Germany) went zone, and it was bang, bang, bang with 3s.” Continue reading

Basketball: USA U19 men now 5-0 after 81-59 win over Germany

Basketball: A dozen Wildcats in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League

Bam Adebayo, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress stood out in Orlando, Utah leagues

LAS VEGAS – The main event of the NBA Summer League, the Las Vegas league, tips off Friday with 12 Kentucky men’s basketball players on summer league rosters. No other college has as many players in the Las Vegas league as UK.

 

The dozen Wildcats will cover eight of the 24 teams in the league. The Las Vegas league will feature 67 games from Friday to July 17. Kentucky’s representation includes:

 

  • Brooklyn Nets – Archie Goodwin (2013)
  • Miami Heat – Bam Adebayo (2017)
  • New Orleans Pelicans – James Young (2014)
  • Philadelphia 76ers – Isaiah Briscoe (2016-17), Aaron Harrison (2014-15), Alex Poythress (2013-16)
  • Phoenix Suns – Tyler Ulis (2015-16)*
  • Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox (2017), Dominique Hawkins (2014-17), Skal Labissiere (2016)
  • Toronto Raptors – Mychal Mulder (2016-17)
  • Washington Wizards – Isaac Humphries (2016-17)

 

(*Ulis is listed on the Suns’ roster but is not expected to play due to offseason surgery.)

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Basketball: A dozen Wildcats in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League

EKU announces the 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame class

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2017 induction class features eight distinguished individuals and a team of distinction. The class will be enshrined inside the EKU Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The 2017 induction class includes: Evy Abell McKemie (volleyball, 1975-78), Michael Haney (men’s basketball, 2001-05), Elroy Harris (football, 1985-88), Brad Morris (men’s golf, 1998-02), Dallas Robinson (men’s track and field, 2003-06), Charlotte Sizemore (women’s basketball, 1997-02), Jessie Small (football, 1985-89), Guy Strong (men’s basketball & baseball, 1955, 1967-73) and the 1982 football team.

The activities begin with a luncheon at noon. The group will also be recognized during the Colonels’ football game against Tennessee State later that day at 6 p.m. Continue reading

EKU announces the 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame class

Basketball: USA U19 improves to 3-0 with win over previously unbeaten Italy

Brandon McCoy contributed 13 points and eight rebounds in the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team’s victory over Italy Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt.

 

 

CAIRO, EGYPT (July 4, 2017) – Powered by PJ Washington’s (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.) 20 points, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team finished off preliminary play with an exclamation point and defeated previously unbeaten Italy (2-1) 98-65 Tuesday night in Cairo, Egypt.

“I thought Italy played great, they hit a lot of shots at the beginning and that forces us to bounce back and play some defense more so than the first two games,” said Washington, who after three games leads the USA scoring averaging at 14.7 point per game while adding 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game. “I was just trying to get to the rack, just trying to be aggressive, just playing my game and I felt like it was working for me tonight.”

The win improved the Americans to 3-0 and earned them the Group D number one seed for the Round of 16.  The USA will next face Mali (0-3), the fourth-place finisher in Group C, on Wednesday with the game time TBA. Continue reading

Basketball: USA U19 improves to 3-0 with win over previously unbeaten Italy

Basketball: USA U19 team improves to 2-0 with 109-68 romp over Angola

Josh Okogie finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds and was one of two USA U19 World Cup players to record a double-double in the 109-68 win over Angola Sunday night in preliminary play in Cairo, Egypt.

 

  

CAIRO, EGYPT (July 2, 2017) – For the second night in a row, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (2-0) passed the centennial scoring mark, and in improving to 2-0 after posting a 109-68 romp over Angola (0-2), displayed balanced scoring and overwhelming athleticism during preliminary play at the FIBA U19 World Cup for Men on Sunday night in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Looking for its third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men, the United States has now won 20 straight games in U19 competition. The USA’s last setback was against Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.

 

With no games on the schedule for Monday, July 3, the USA men will close out preliminary play facing 1-1 Italy on July 4 (10:30 a.m. EDT).  By virtue of picking up wins in its first two games, the USA is assured of a number one or number two seed for the medal round of 16.

 

“I thought we made some strides. We’re defending a little bit better, we still have to talk more.  All I’m trying to get them to do is play with great pace and then if it’s not there, run something.  You know, just make a play,” stated USA head coach John Calipari.

 

“I keep telling them, ‘let’s play against ourselves, let’s not worry who’s out there. Let’s just keep seeing if we can execute better, if we can concentrate more, if we can talk more, so by the end of this we’re in pretty good shape and we’ll be a pretty good team.'”

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Basketball: USA U19 team improves to 2-0 with 109-68 romp over Angola