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Nationwide Series visits Sparta on Saturday

Posted: 06/13/2008 - SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Maybe it's only fitting that in the middle of horse country, the longshots have come up big at Kentucky Speedway. The 1.5-mile tri-oval in northern Kentucky has developed a reputation for producing unlikely winners during the Nationwide Series' annual visit. David Gilliland picked up his first career win at the track in 2006 and Stephen Leicht raced to victory lane last year.

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Carroll, Cowgill pick up more All-America honors

Posted: 06/13/2008 - LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sawyer Carroll and Collin Cowgill have earned their fourth All-America selection, as Baseball America tabbed Carroll to the first-team and Cowgill to the third-team, it was announced on Thursday.

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Curlin set to run in Saturday's Stephen Foster

Posted: 06/13/2008 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A week ago, with Big Brown on the cusp of the first Triple Crown in 30 years, Curlin trainer Steve Asmussen said he'd be curious to see how the current Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion would stack up against the 2007 Horse of the Year.

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Phillips Leads Reds Over Cards

Updated: 06/13/2008 - CINCINNATI (AP) - Brandon Phillips' day off did him a lot of good. Phillips hit a three-run triple in Cincinnati's four-run seventh inning and the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Thursday night. The Reds second baseman was in a 2-for-18 rut after Cincinnati's 7-2 loss Tuesday to St. Louis, prompting manager Dusty Baker to rest him Wednesday. "I don't like them, but it paid off," Phillips said about days off. "I think it really helped me out. I really didn't do anything yesterday. I felt like I had a lot of energy. It paid off." Cincinnati put together the winning rally against relievers Mark Worrell (0-1) and Randy Flores. David Ross hit a one-out double and Andy Phillips walked. Flores replaced Worrell and got Corey Patterson to ground into a fielder's choice before issuing walks to rookie Paul Janish and Ken Griffey Jr. to force in the go-ahead run. "The walks were out of character," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "We weren't aggressive like we usually are." Brandon Phillips followed with his fifth triple of the year, a drive down the right-field line that got past a lunging Ryan Ludwick and bounced into the corner. "I was looking for a ball to drive," Phillips said. Jared Burton (3-1) struck out two in 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the Reds, who ended the Cardinals' four-game winning streak. The Reds had lost seven of their last 10 games. Joel Pineiro allowed two runs and three hits over five innings in his first start for St. Louis since May 20. Pineiro was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game after being sidelined with a strained right groin. "Obviously, you want to put zeros up there, but with not pitching in 21 or 22 days, it was good," Pineiro said. Pitcher Bronson Arroyo's third-inning single was the Reds' only hit off Pineiro before Edwin Encarnacion led off the fifth with a double off the left-field wall. Encarnacion advanced to third when Pineiro's errant pickoff attempt went into center field and scored on David Ross' suicide squeeze. "David's a good bunter," Baker said. "He works at it. He got the sign. That's what baseball's all about - getting the sign and executing." Arroyo followed with a homer into the left-field seats, the first home run by a Reds pitcher this season and the fourth of his career. Two were against Baker's Cubs team in 2006, Arroyo's first season with the Reds. "I was like, 'Yeah, man,"' Baker said. "I remember the two he hit previously against me. He finally got one for me." "Once a year, I get lucky," Arroyo said. "I hope I'm able to say that for the next 10 years. I remember looking over at Dusty after that second one (in 2006) and seeing him shaking his head." Arroyo allowed just two hits and one walk in six scoreless innings before his forearm started cramping up after the sixth inning. The gametime temperature was 85 degrees, and it never dropped below 80. "I haven't had that before," Arroyo said of the cramps. "I was depleted. I was sweating more than I had all year. I felt like I'd given Dusty all I had to give. I felt like I wasn't going to be able to give him any more quality innings." The Cardinals tied it in the seventh, taking advantage of Encarnacion's throwing error on Rick Ankiel's grounder to third. Troy Glaus followed with his eighth home run of the season. Notes: Reds OF Jay Bruce didn't start but hit for Burton in the eighth and doubled to right. He stayed in to play left field in the ninth. Bruce started each of his first 16 games with Cincinnati. ... The Cardinals made room for Pineiro on the active roster by placing 1B Albert Pujols on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Wednesday, with a strained left calf. ... The Reds announced that former major league pitcher Jerry Walker had been hired as a special assistant for player personnel for general manager Walt Jocketty. Walker, who pitched for three teams in eight years from 1957 through 1963, spent 13 years working for St. Louis when Jocketty was the Cardinals general manager.

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Curry hired at Georgia State

Posted: 06/12/2008 - ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State has its first football coach and, at 65, Bill Curry has a new job. Curry, the former coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky who spent the last decade as a football commentator for ESPN, said Thursday he's ready for a new challenge after receiving a 5-year contract.

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Carroll, Cowgill receive more All-American honors

Posted: 06/11/2008 - LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For the first time in the 104-year history of the Kentucky baseball program, two UK players – outfielders Sawyer Carroll and Collin Cowgill – have been named first-team All-America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced on Wednesday.

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Rondo nursing sprained ankle

Posted: 06/11/2008 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn't practicing because of a left ankle bone bruise.

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Horn grants scholarships to USC walk-ons

Posted: 06/11/2008 - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina basketball coach Darrin Horn has granted scholarships to walk-ons Branden Conrad and Robert Wilder. Conrad, a 6-foot-2 guard, played in 10 games last season. He had transferred from Navy, then sat out a season before getting his chance to play. Wilder, a 6-foot-1 guard, played in six games for the Gamecocks last season.

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Carroll one of 8 finalists for national award

Posted: 06/11/2008 - LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior Kentucky outfielder Sawyer Carroll has been named one of eight semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award, the College Baseball Foundation announced.

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Curlin owners threatened with contempt of court

Posted: 06/10/2008 - COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge threatened to charge lawyers and witnesses in a high-profile fraud trial with contempt of court on Tuesday after jurors said they thought parties in the case were following them and eavesdropping.

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Lofton honored by SEC

Posted: 06/10/2008 - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Tennessee guard Chris Lofton is the recipient of the Southeastern Conference's inaugural Sportsmanship Award.

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Darius Miller invited to USA tryouts

Posted: 06/10/2008 - Headlined by nine returning USA Basketball veterans, including two starters from the Nike Hoop Summit Junior National Select Team, 25 of the nation's top-18-and-younger prep sensations are set to attend the 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Trials, July 1-3 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The 25 athletes, born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, will compete for one of 12 roster spots on the 2008 Men's U18 National Team. Athlete selections for the USA Basketball Trials were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim.

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EKU's Friedrich earns All-American honor

Posted: 06/10/2008 - RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University junior left-hander Christian Friedrich has been named a first team All-Ping! selection by Ping! Baseball. Friedrich finished his junior season with a 5-1 record while ranking second in the nation in ERA (1.43) and hits allowed per nine innings (4.41). He also ranked eighth nationally with 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

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Carroll, Cowgill pick up more All-American honors

Posted: 06/10/2008 - LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sawyer Carroll and Collin Cowgill have each been named All-America by Rivals.com, with Carroll a first-team selection and Cowgill a second-team honoree, it was announced on Tuesday morning.

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Junior Hits 600th Home Run

Posted: 06/09/2008 - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th home run on Monday night, completing his long ascent and becoming the sixth player in history to reach that milestone.

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Changes In WKYT's Sports Lineup

Posted: 06/09/2008 - WKYT management announced a change in the station's sports lineup following the resignation of sports anchor Drew Deener. Beginning June 23, Rob Bromley and Brandon Fisher will anchor sports during the evening newscasts on WKYT .

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The Question Remains: What Happened To Big Brown?

Updated: 06/08/2008 - The morning after the Belmont Stakes, Big Brown stopped to pose for photographers as if he had won the Triple Crown. Everyone except the horse knew otherwise. Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was a no-show, leaving questions and few answers about what happened to Big Brown in Saturday's 1½-mile Belmont.

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Big Brown's Triple Crown Bid Spoiled By Da' Tara

Updated: 06/08/2008 - Big Brown failed in his bid to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he finished dead last to Da' Tara, the longest shot on the board, in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

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Former Cat McCutchan joins UK staff

Posted: 06/07/2008 - LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky center Matt McCutchan has rejoined his alma mater as a graduate assistant coach. McCutchan will work with the offense, and his duties include analysis of opponent film, preparing scouting reports, conducting “self scout” of UK tendencies, overseeing the offensive scout team, and assisting with on-campus recruiting. He also will help coach the Wildcat offensive line.

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Cohen introduced as new MSU coach

Posted: 06/07/2008 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - New Mississippi State athletic director Greg Byrne unveiled his first hire Saturday, introducing John Cohen as the Bulldogs' new baseball coach to dozens of cheering fans in Starkville.

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Seven Wildcats taken in MLB Draft

Posted: 06/07/2008 - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A school-record seven Kentucky players and nine signees were selected in the 2008 MLB Draft, including a program-high four in the first 10 rounds, held on Friday and Saturday.

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Cohen officially named MSU coach on Saturday

Posted: 06/06/2008 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - John Cohen will be returning home to Mississippi State as its new baseball coach. A spokesman confirmed the hire to The Associated Press late Friday afternoon after Cohen resigned at Kentucky. Mississippi State will hold a news conference Saturday to introduce its new coach.

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