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Dedication ceremony for multi-purpose ‘Tom Ellis’ athletic field at Holmes High School set for Thursday

A dedication ceremony for the new multi-purpose athletic and activity field at Holmes High School is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the stadium, one day before the football team’s season-opening home game against Bishop Brossart. The first soccer games on the synthetic turf field will be played on Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The public is invited to the dedication ceremony for the $2.5 million...

Freedom on the verge of division title; could clinch at home this week against Rascals

The first-place Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, will host the River City Rascals for another key three-game series this week, beginning with a Wednesday doubleheader at UC Health Stadium. With a record of 54-31, the Freedom currently lead the second-place Evansville Otters by seven games, with third-place River City trailing Evansville by two games. As the West Division-clinching...

Keith Taylor: Cats are mature enough to handle more capacity, reach greater heights

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops isn’t worried about his team’s maturity level entering his fifth season at the helm and thinks the Wildcats are ready to take the next step up on the ladder of success. Coming off a 7-6 campaign and an appearance in the TaxSlayer Bowl, it’s easy to see why Stoops is so high on his much-more mature Wildcats. Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats are stressing...

Rosters released for 2017 UK Legends Charity Game — excluding current NBA players

Rosters for the 2017 UK Legends Game, which will be held Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena in conjunction with the UK Alumni Charity Game, were announced Monday. Twenty players are expected to suit up for the Legends Game at 7 p.m., with others, including current NBA players, playing in the UK Alumni Charity Game at 8 p.m. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm any current NBA players participating...

FC Cincinnati can’t overcome, suffers 4-0 loss to New York Reds Bulls II at MSU Soccer Park

FC Cincinnati was unable to overcome a pair of first-half goals in an eventual 4-0 loss to New York Red Bulls II Sat. afternoon at MSU Soccer Park. The loss is FCC’s (8-9-7) second straight in USL play as the team has been out-scored 9-0 in the last two league contests.   New York Red Bulls II got on the board in the 23rd minute as Noah Powder was bumped off the ball by Marco Dominguez in the FCC...

NKY Sports Hall of Fame will give two special awards during end-of-summer ceremony

The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will give two special awards during an end-of-summer ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Latonia American Legion Post 203 on Winston Avenue in Covington. John Boh will receive the Bill Cappel Volunteerism Award for helping organize Hall of Fame exhibits at Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park. He has also written several articles on local history, including...

Freedom drop game, series to Miners on the road; magic number to clinch division stays at five

In search of a series victory, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, saw an early two-run lead slip away in a 5-2 loss to the Southern Illinois Miners on Sunday at Rent One Park. Daniel Fraga led off the game for the Freedom (54-31) with a double to the left-field wall and advanced to third on a passed ball. After a popout, Andrew Godbold plated Fraga as the game’s first...

Ludlow senior celebrates return to quarterback position with 407 net yards in passing, rushing

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter One of the easiest decisions Greg Taphouse had to make when he became Ludlow’s head football coach earlier this year was returning Justin Blackburn to the quarterback position. Ludlow quarterback Justin Blackburn opened his senior season with a net total of 401 yards in passing and rushing. The new coach wanted the ball in Blackburn’s hands as much as...

UK’s Stoops more upbeat after second scrimmage of fall workouts, team going in right direction

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was more upbeat about his squad following the second scrimmage of fall workouts Saturday and likes the direction the team is headed going into the final week of camp. “I thought we had a really good solid week of practice this week, wrapping it up with a good, long scrimmage,” Stoops said Saturday. “I feel like we did some good things on both sides of...

Freedom shut out by Miners in pitcher’s duel, look to rebound and take series today

Managing just four hits and two walks at the plate, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, were shut out by the Southern Illinois Miners, 2-0, on Saturday at Rent One Park. Starters Steve Hagen (3-1) and Matt Parish (3-3) dueled throughout the evening, but the Miners (33-50) got the only run they would need on a solo home run from James Alfonso in the third inning, a towering...

NKU men’s basketball team honored with ImageMaker Award from NKy Chamber of Commerce

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce announced that the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team is the recipient of the Northern Kentucky ImageMaker Award, sponsored by Duke Energy. The ImageMaker Award is presented on special occasions to an individual or group or individual whose achievements have brought national or international recognition to the Northern Kentucky region. “It...

Freedom take series opener on the road against Miners, magic number to clinch division is five

A dramatic conclusion to Friday’s series opener at Rent One Park brought a 4-3 victory for the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, over the Southern Illinois Miners. With the Freedom (54-29) leading, 4-1, Pete Perez entered to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning and began by walking Anthony Critelli. A swinging strikeout preceded another walk to Ryan Sluder, and the Miners...

After shaky start, CovCath football team rolls to season-opening win in newly renovated stadium

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Dedication ceremonies for Covington Catholic’s newly renovated stadium on Friday created a party-like atmosphere before the football team’s season-opening game against Ryle. CovCath senior A.J. Mayer (No. 7) picks up yardage on a quarterback keeper in Friday’s season-opening home game against Ryle (Photo by Steve Dyer). When the visiting...

CovCath football team begins 50th anniversary season tonight with game in renovated stadium

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic will kick off the 50th anniversary season of its football program on Friday with a home game against Ryle at its newly renovated stadium. CovCath senior AJ Mayer will begin his third season as the team’s starting quarterback on Friday. (Photo by Bob Jackson) A ceremony to officially dedicate Dennis Griffin Stadium will begin at 7...

Kentucky’s defense focused on improving fundamentals, handling faster tempo

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although run defense is a priority, Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House wants to see his unit get better in every phase of the game. House said the improvement starts with the basic fundamentals and alignment and that’s an area the coaching staff hopes the Wildcats improve on during the last two weeks of camp. Kentucky practiced Friday morning and a second scrimmage...