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Extra practice time allows Wildcats to prepare for Music City Bowl, brace for the future

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is not only busy preparing for the Music City Bowl, the Wildcats also have been bracing for the future during the past two weeks. The extra practice allotted for bowl preparation has given the Kentucky coaching staff an opportunity to build toward future, giving underclassmen a chance to shine behind the scenes. “These extra weeks of practice, instead of having...

Defensive standout on Conner football team taking part in junior firefighter training program

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Matt Campbell worked hard to earn a starting spot on the Conner football team’s defensive front line this year and finished with 56 tackles, including six quarterback sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery. Last week, Campbell received a Top 26 Award at the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association banquet for his achievements, but the 6-foot-2,...

NKU parlays tough defense, blistering shooting into 91-63 victory over EKU on Sunday night

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Often overlooked by college basketball fans in this age of 3-pointers and high-flying dunks, stingy defensive efforts are greatly valued by head coaches. John Brannen appreciates tough defense that plays with energy, and he had much to applaud Sunday night while watching his Northern Kentucky University squad totally dismantle Eastern Kentucky University, 91-63, at...

Prep Sports Notebook: Top-ranked basketball teams on opposite sides of Ohio River face off this week

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The top-ranked boys’ and girls’ high school basketball teams in Northern Kentucky preseason coaches polls have home games against the top-ranked Division I teams in Cincinnati this week. CovCath senior guard C.J. Fredrick, right, is averaging 22.7 points and six assists after his team’s first three games. On Tuesday, Covington Catholic...

TMC women cruise to easy victory; IU Hoosiers use second-half rally to defeat NKU women; TMC men win

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Thomas More College opened the game with a 45-8 spurt and rolled to an 86-28 win over Chatham University in a women’s basketball contest Saturday at the Connor Convocation Center. TMC’s Madison TempleMadison Temple scored 18 points and collected four steals for Thomas More, which improved to 8-1 overall, 4-0 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Temple, who...

Diallo’s career-high 23 points lift Cats to 93-76 win over Monmouth at MSG

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had no trouble with Monmouth in the Citi Hoops Classic Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Hamidou Diallo scored a career-high 23 points to lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats (8-1) to a 93-76 rout of the Hawks at Madison Square Garden. The win increased the Wildcats’ streak to six games. Diallo, a native of Queens, New York, did most of his scoring in the second...

After 25-year series hiatus, NKU plays host to EKU at 6 p.m. Sunday at BB&T Arena; coaches show Monday

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter It’s been 25 years since Northern Kentucky University and Eastern Kentucky University have met on the basketball court, but the series hiatus will end Sunday at 6 p.m. when the Colonels visit BB&T Arena for an in-state showdown with the Norse. NKU and Eastern Kentucky have not played since Dec. 2, 1992, when the Colonels posted an 81-71 victory against the Norse...

Holmes boys’ basketball team shows mental toughness in 81-79 overtime win against Newport

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Last season, the Holmes boys’ basketball team had a 5-6 record in games decided by eight points or less, so winning an overtime battle against Newport, 81-79, on Friday was a positive step for the Bulldogs. “I’m very, very pleased because we could’ve folded in overtime,” said Holmes coach Mike Listerman. “We gave up the...

UK’s Diallo, Richards looking forward to returning home, playing in Madison Square Garden

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Hamidou Diallo is looking forward to returning home. So is Nick Richards. A native of Queens, New York, the Kentucky freshman forward will get a chance to play in front of family and friends when the eighth-ranked Wildcats take on Monmouth in a noon contest set for Saturday at Madison Square Garden. “It’s going to be great,” Diallo said. “I haven’t played there...

Turfway Park selections for Saturday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Selections for Saturday, Dec. 9 RACE 1 DANCE EVEN has been running well and should get a good trip from his outside post. He drops back in for a tag and looks best at this level. DR SPAULDING also takes the class drop. He stopped badly last out but will be tough to beat with Ouzts picking...

Edgewood native Thelen plays key role for top-ranked Penn State volleyball program

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Having already won an NCAA Division I-record seven national championships in volleyball, top-ranked Penn State is positioning itself to add yet another trophy to that impressive collection later this month. One of the key performers for Penn State is senior Heidi Thelen, a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame Academy and a starting right-side hitter for the Nittany Lions. Penn...

Music City Bowl: Stoops seeks better postseason experience for Wildcats in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops plans to pay more attention to detail when Kentucky makes its second consecutive postseason appearance in the Music City Bowl later this month in Nashville. The Kentucky football coach said last year’s performance in the TaxSlayer Bowl — a 33- 18 setback to Georgia Tech — proved to be a learning experience, from preparation to the the final buzzer. Stoops...

Turfway Park selections for Friday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Selections for Friday, Dec. 8 RACE 1 I MISS YOU didn’t show much last out at Churchill but drops to the bottom and gets blinkers tonight. She figures to win this one with Sarvis back aboard for Matt Hebert. PAMPERED VOW exits the same race as the top pick. She stopped badly in...

Turfway Park Selections for Thursday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Selections for Thursday, Dec. 7 RACE 1 TALIAFERRO COUNTY drops to a career low claiming level and has run well over this track in the past. She appears to be in a good spot to pick up the win. SONDER figures to make the lead and if she gets loose she could be tough to catch. UNCLE TOMMY...

Present and past: Calipari enjoys having former UK coach Joe B. Hall around program

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari always has someone watching his back and he doesn’t mind former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall lurking over his shoulder, especially behind the scenes. “He’s been a great supporter of mine,” Calipari said. “(I) love seeing him in the gym. Love hearing what his thoughts. I’ve been blessed that I’ve had guys that have never tried to overwhelm me...