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Donovan Agrees to 5-year, $27.5 Million Deal

Posted: 06/01/2007 - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando Magic are betting that Billy Donovan can build another powerhouse in Florida. The Magic hired the Gators' coach Thursday and were to introduce him at a news conference Friday. Donovan agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract, an official in the NBA told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been completed.

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Donovan Makes it Official

Posted: 06/01/2007 - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Billy Donovan found the opportunity too good to resist: a big payday, a promising team and a job close to home.

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Lucas Reconsidering College Choice

Updated: 06/01/2007 - Gator signee Jai Lucas is re-thinking his decision about where he wants to play college basketball.

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Horsemen Have New Quarterback

Posted: 05/31/2007 - In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, the Lexington Horsemen will start Harry Lewis at quarterback Saturday night against the River City Rage.

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Street Sense Out of the Belmont

Posted: 05/31/2007 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will skip the Belmont Stakes so trainer Carl Nafzger can prepare his colt for the Travers Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic later this year. Nafzger said he talked to owner James Tafel for two hours Wednesday night before deciding against a rematch with Preakness winner Curlin in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

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SEC Coaches Nix Spring Football Signing Period

Updated: 05/31/2007 - Destin, Fla. — If SEC football coaches have any say, college football will stick with one national signing period for high school recruits. The idea of adding an early signing period, which has gained steam in other conferences, was shot down in a 9-3 vote by SEC coaches Wednesday.

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UK - South Carolina on ESPN

Updated: 05/30/2007 - LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky’s football game at South Carolina on Oct. 4 will kick off at 7:30 p.m., ESPN announced today.

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EKU's Korir Named OVC Male Athlete of the Year

Updated: 05/30/2007 - BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- The Ohio Valley Conference announced today that Eastern Kentucky University senior cross country All-American Jacob Korir has been named the 2006-07 OVC Male Athlete of the Year. He will receive his awards from Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, OVC Commissioner, at the League’s annual Honors Luncheon on June 1 in Nashville.

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State Now Tracking Thoroughbred Injuries

Posted: 05/30/2007 - LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Just over a year after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro shattered his leg in the Preakness, 30 racetracks across the country are set to launch a program to record on-track injuries to horses.

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Marquise Hill's Death Ruled Accidental Drowning

Updated: 05/30/2007 - The death of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill, who fell off a jet ski in Lake Pontchartrain, was ruled an accidental drowning on Tuesday.

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Kragthorpe Dismisses Two Cardinals

Posted: 05/30/2007 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville football coach Steve Kragthorpe says two players have been dismissed from the team. The coach announced today that cornerback Lamar Alston and defensive end Jonathan Holston were dismissed.

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UK Athletes Move on the NCAA Track and Field Championships

Posted: 05/30/2007 - LEXINGTON, Ky. - Five Kentucky individuals and the men’s 4x400 relay team are headed to the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the NCAA announced Tuesday evening. The NCAA Championships take place June 6-9 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif.

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Nafzger Will Decide Thursday on Street Sense, Belmont

Posted: 05/30/2007 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense put together a solid work on Wednesday at Churchill Downs according to trainer Carl Nafzger, and a decision on whether the colt will head to the Belmont is expected on Thursday.

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Former Harrodsburg Star Signs with CFL

Updated: 05/29/2007 - RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Eastern Kentucky University football standout Patrick Bugg recently signed a multi-year contract with the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Rookie camp begins on Wednesday, May 30, with official training camp to start on Sunday, June 3.

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Tubby to the Rescue

Posted: 05/29/2007 - Oxxford, makers of the hand-made suits, should design a stylist new cape for a man I'm calling SuperrrrTubby. A crying baby on an airplane was no problem for passenger Orlando Smith, even in first class. "Tubby Smith is an absolute class act, a kind and gentle soul," wrote Troy Alexander, after flying from Detroit to Minneapolis on a Sunday NWA flight recently with the new U basketball coach.

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Reds' Hamilton Begins Rehab

Posted: 05/28/2007 - Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 29), Cincinnati Reds outfielder Josh Hamilton will join Class AAA Louisville on a rehabilitation assignment. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 22 with gastroenteritis (inflammation or infection of the gastrointestinal tract).

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Mears Pulls Upset in Coca-Cola 600

Updated: 05/27/2007 - Casey Mears shunned a late fuel stop and drove on to victory in the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Mears won for the first time in 156 Nextel Cup races.

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Franchitti Wins Indy 500

Updated: 05/27/2007 - Dario Franchitti, the husband of Ashley Judd won a rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 Sunday. The race was stopped after 166 of 200 laps. Franchitti is the first Scotsman to win the Indy 500 since Jimmy Clark in 1965.

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UK 4x100 Relay Knocks Off No. 2 LSU

Posted: 05/26/2007 - COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Kentucky men’s 4x400 relay knocked off second-ranked LSU Saturday for the first time in NCAA Mideast Regional history and five additional Wildcats qualified for the upcoming NCAA Championships to highlight a stellar final day at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium on the campus of the University of Missouri.

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Blackwelder Tabbed as New UK Women's Golf Coach

Posted: 05/25/2007 - LEXINGTON, Ky.—One of the most successful women’s golfers in school history, Myra Blackwelder, has been named women’s golf coach at the University of Kentucky, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced Friday. Blackwelder a 1978 graduate of Kentucky, replaces Stephanie Barker as the seventh coach in school history and third in UK varsity annals.

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UK Volleyball's Recruiting Class Ranked 8th Best

Posted: 05/25/2007 - LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky volleyball program had one of its best seasons in 2006 and looks to continue that tradition in the upcoming year. The 2007 recruiting class for third-year head coach Craig Skinner has been named the eighth best in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.

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UK Signee Arrested

Updated: 05/25/2007 - A University of Kentucky football recruit appeared in court on Friday after being arrested on burglary charges earlier in the week.

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