Thousands take part in Lexington’s Midsummer Night’s Run

Joseph Mullen won his second consecutive Midsummer Night’s Run

Thousands took to the streets of downtown Lexington for Baptist Health Lexington’s A Midsummer Night’s Run presented by Quantrell Subaru. The exclusive downtown, nighttime race has become an event Lexingtonians and people from surrounding areas do not want to miss.


For the second straight year, Joseph Mullen was the overall winner with a time of 15:25. The top female finisher was 17-year-old Michaela Reinhart of Georgetown, crossing the line in 17:39.


Thirteen-year old Roman Schrader finished the One Mile Fun Run/Walk presented by State Farm Insurance first with a time of 5:52 and 13 year-old Mairanda Talbert’s time of 6:00 was the top female time.

Eleven-year old Ayanna Darrington claimed the title of the Fastest Kid in Town presented by Buchart Orthodontics.


All A Classic basketball tournament returning to EKU

The All A Classic State Basketball Tournament will return to the EKU campus after a six year absence while it was being played in Frankfort. This Pinnacle Sports photo was taken at EKU during the 2010 state tournament which was won by Shelby Valley.

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Kentucky All “A” Classic is coming back to Eastern Kentucky University.
Eastern hosted the small-school basketball tournament for boys’ and girls’ teams from 1991 to 2011. The Frankfort Convention Center has hosted the event the past six years.
The decision, which followed a meeting of the All “A” Classic Board of Directors, was announced on Saturday, Aug. 12, at a news conference at Alumni Coliseum, which will serve as the event venue.
“We are very pleased that the Kentucky All ‘A’ Classic statewide basketball tournament is returning to Richmond and EKU for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons,” said Stan Steidel, chair of the All “A” board. “The efforts of Eastern Kentucky University, the City of Richmond, Richmond Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce have made this event possible. The Kentucky All ‘A’ Classic is appreciative of this partnership, and we look forward to renewing our proud tradition in Richmond and EKU.”
The 120 smallest schools in the Commonwealth will vie to compete in the annual Classic. Thirty-two teams, cheerleaders, students, school personnel, fans and others will converge on Richmond for the five-day event, which next year will be held Jan. 24-28. It is expected to attract more than 30,000 to the EKU campus and surrounding communities.
“Eastern was proud to host the All ‘A’ Classic for 20 years, and we are excited to welcome the event back to our campus and community,” EKU President Michael Benson said. “Much has changed here since 2011, with many new facilities and upgrades, but what has not changed one bit is the friendliness and hospitality visitors have come to associate with EKU and Richmond. We look forward to once again rolling out the maroon carpet for our friends from all across Kentucky and showcasing all that our campus and community have to offer.”
Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes said: “The City of Richmond is thrilled to play host to the All ‘A’ Classic once again. This is one of those great town-and-gown relationships that works so well for our community. This tournament provides a great economic boost for our local businesses.”
The first Kentucky Class “A” Tournament was held at Holy Cross High School in Latonia in 1980, with eight teams participating. In 1981, it moved to Bellevue High School with 10 teams, all from northern Kentucky. The Classic went statewide in 1982, inviting six Class A schools from around Kentucky to complete with 10 northern Kentucky schools. In 1990, a statewide tournament featuring 16 boys’ teams competed in Lexington. The following year, the Classic expanded to include a field of 16 boys’ regional winners and four girls’ sectional winners competing in statewide finals. The event expanded to include eight girls’ teams in 1992, and the current format was adopted in 1993.
The All “A” Classic also features a cheerleading competition among the participating squads.

Basketball: Brad Calipari has successful trip to Croatia

AUG. 12, 2017

Sophomore averaged 14.3 points, 6.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds a game

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball sophomore Brad Calipari enjoyed a successful eight-day basketball trip to Croatia as a part of the Global Sports Academy.

The squad made up of 14 collegiate players produced a 3-1 record in its four outings in eight days.

Calipari was terrific averaging 14.3 points, 6.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds a game. He opened the week by scoring 17 points, dishing out seven assists and hauling in four rebounds.

His stat line for the second game included 13 points, six assists and two rebounds. In game three, he notched eight points, six assists and three rebounds. His most productive game came during the last outing of the trip. Calipari scored a trip-high 19 points and matched highs with seven assists and four rebounds. Continue reading

Basketball: Brad Calipari has successful trip to Croatia

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NFL: Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys suspended six games without pay

Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today by the NFL that he will be suspended without pay for the team’s first six 2017 regular-season games for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Over the course of the last year, the league conducted an extensive investigation. League investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Ms. Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016, and Mr. Elliott. The league also consulted with medical experts. League investigators examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications.

Pursuant to the Personal Conduct Policy, Commissioner Goodell sought the views of four external advisors (see below) to assist him in evaluating potential violations. These experts range in experience from law enforcement, judicial and public service, and other specialized subject areas.

The advisors participated in a meeting on June 26, 2017 in New York City with Elliott, who was represented by his legal team and the NFL Players Association. The group also reviewed the league’s investigative reports and materials, the expert medical reports, and multiple NFL Players Association submissions on Elliott’s behalf. Continue reading

NFL: Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys suspended six games without pay

EKU to unveil Roy Kidd statue on September 23rd

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University will unveil a statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday, Sept. 23.


The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels will be located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium.


Public viewing of the statue will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23.  The 2017 EKU football team will host Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m.


The statue was completed using private funds that have been donated specifically for the project over the last two years.


Kidd retired from his coaching duties at EKU, his alma mater, after the 2002 football season.  At the time he was the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history (FBS and FCS).  He coached the Colonels for 39 years, compiling a 314-124-8 (.705) overall record.

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EKU to unveil Roy Kidd statue on September 23rd

UK T&F assistant coach wins 400-meter hurdles world championship

LONDON – American Kori Carter – who serves as a volunteer assistant coach on the Kentucky track and field staff and trains under UK head coach Edrick Floréal’s tutelage having competed collegiately for Stanford – won gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships on Thursday.

Carter’s gold was the second of these World Championships by a Lexington resident non-UK alum hurdler that now works with the current Wildcats and trains under Floréal’s direction.

“This whole year all my coach and I have been talking about is being world champion,” Carter said. “I could barely sleep last night because that’s all I was dreaming of. I just envisioned coming out on top so I think believing you can do it before it happens is really important.

“When you work so hard and sacrifice so much for something, for it to pay off in the end is so satisfying,”

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod – who competed collegiately for Arkansas – won the 110m hurdles earlier this week. Continue reading

UK T&F assistant coach wins 400-meter hurdles world championship

KY High School Basketball HOF officially opens this weekend

Elizabethtown, KY – Aug. 9, 2017 – The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame (KHSBHF) will have its official opening for the public this Saturday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m. The facility, located at 212 West Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown, KY, will celebrate the Grand Opening event with several members of the Hall of Fame in attendance throughout the day.

The $1.75M facility highlights the legendary players and coaches of the first 100 years of High School basketball across the Commonwealth.

“The opening of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame culminates a tremendous coordinated effort from our Board of Directors, sponsor partners and our design partners Solid Light,” said KHSBHF Chief Operating Officer Paul Najjar. “The design team at Solid Light has turned an historic church into a shrine devoted to Kentucky high school basketball and the women and men who have made it an integral part of the cultural history and heritage of every city, town and community across the Commonwealth.”

Solid Light, a full-service exhibit and visitor experience design firm based in Louisville, worked directly with developers, architects and general contractors to bring the “Essence of the Game” and its vision to a refurbished 150-year-old historically-preserved church building in downtown Elizabethtown.

“We are thrilled to open our doors and give the great fans of Kentucky high school basketball this experience,” Najjar said. “Moving through the main gallery at a leisurely pace, one can reminisce about the all-time greats or get inspired by their awesome accomplishments on the court.”

After several years of research – which involved collecting, organizing and storyboarding historically-significant biographies, statistical data, audio files, images and memorabilia – Solid Light has put together a fitting representation of the rich heritage of high school basketball in Kentucky.

From paying tribute to the stories of its most revered players and coaches, to the inclusion of interactive and engaging elements for visitors, such as a “measure your vertical jump” section and a 12-minute feature film, the combined efforts of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and the Solid Light design team have brought the history of the game to life.

“It’s basketball night in Kentucky!” said Solid Light Owner/President Cynthia Torp. “Actual audio from real games in history – band music, radio announcers, cheerleaders, concession stands and much more – echo throughout the Hall from the moment guests enter. The whole experience has been tailor-made to capture the personal narratives of those who’ve shaped and maintained the spirit of high school basketball in Kentucky; from the pioneers who broke down boundaries during segregation and Title IX, to the coaches and players carrying the torch today.”

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout the remainder of 2017. Admission: Adults – $6; Senior Citizens – $5; Students – $4. Children 5 years old and under are admitted free of charge.

While waiting for the eclipse, check out the meteor shower

The Perseid shower:
See the lights in the sky
Not many of us will be privileged to travel into space, but we can enjoy the phenomenon of a meteor shower as it crosses the nighttime sky. Meteoroids are the debris flung from comets as they orbit the sun. Meteors are not matter themselves. They are the streak of light produced by the meteoroid as it reaches incandescence.
August brings a special show that will peak during the dark hours of August 9 to 13–the Perseids.
The Perseid meteor shower is so named because it appears to fall from the constellation Perseus that appears in the northeast sky in mid-August. This shower, which is produced by the space crumbs of the comet Swift-Tuttle, has been observed for almost 2000 years. The comet Swift-Tuttle takes about 130 years to make one trip around the sun.
The earliest recording of Perseid activity comes from the Chinese who documented the wonder in 36 AD. Some have referred to the Perseids as the “tears of St. Lawrence” since his feast day is August 10.
The best way to enjoy the Perseids is to leave the lights of the city and find a dark spot in a park or any safe area that is in the direction of the Perseus constellation. Make sure oncoming headlights will not ruin your night vision. Binoculars are not needed; your eyesight will be enough.
If you can’t manage your viewing on the magical night of the most activity, up to 60 meteors an hour, most viewers will be able to see at least a few from the beginning of the month.

Basketball: Brad Calipari on a basketball trip to Croatia

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball sophomore Brad Calipari is part of an eight-day basketball trip to Croatia with Global Sports Academy.

Calipari is one of 14 collegiate players on the Global Sports Academy roster that left Monday for Croatia. The team, coached by Bucknell assistant coach Joe Meehan, will play four games against professional teams from the region.

The 14 players on the roster come from 13 different schools, including Bucknell, Hofstra and Radford.

The team will take on Zadar, Sibenik, Kastela and Split. During the trip, Calipari and his teammates will also have the opportunity to attend cultural events and see historical sites in Croatia.

Global Sports Academy was incorporated in 1991 to create and arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels internationally. Promoting international goodwill and a better understanding between nations through sports is the major goal of the organization.

Calipari made 15 appearances in his freshman season, scoring eight points with three rebounds and two 3-pointers. He played in 12 of the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season and logged a career-high eight minutes vs. Cleveland State.