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First-year head coach Mike Woolf begins preseason practice with Campbell County football team

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Mike Woolf conducted his first preseason practice as a head football coach on Tuesday morning at Campbell County High School. It was a light workout with players wearing helmets and no pads, but the new coach set the tone for his team. “The first thing I said to them this morning is our season depends on us being focused right now and how hard we...

NKU men’s basketball to host three-day tournament in November, will feature NCAA Tourney squads

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter It’s a guessing game for Northern Kentucky University fans at the moment, but the Norse men’s basketball team will be hosting a three-day tournament at BB&T Arena this November. The others teams involved? That’s where the guessing begins. NKU head coach John Brannen recently said in an email to boosters that among the Norse home games is “our first multi-team...

SEC Network to televise UK’s four exhibition games in the Bahamas

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will play four exhibition games in the Bahamas next month and each encounter will be televised by the SEC Network. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor)

Hunter Mahan and two with state ties added to Barbasol Championship field

Hunter Mahan has committed to play in the Barbasol Championship next week. Mahan was a member of the U.S. team that captured the Ryder Cup title at Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville in 2008. (PGA TOUR Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The list of participants for next week’s PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship keeps growing and includes several players with ties to the Bluegrass State. Derek Fathhauer,...

NASCAR’s Rhodes wraps up campaign to honor first responders with fundraiser in hometown of Louisville

NASCAR Truck Series driver and Louisville’s own Ben Rhodes will be back home and racing at his favorite track at the Kentucky Speedway in the Buckle Up 225 on July 12. Rhodes (provided photo) Rhodes has also headed up the “All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway” promotional campaign. In the four weeks leading up to the race, Rhodes has been on a media tour promoting the race and recognizing...

Swimmer Hunter Eudy of Independence brings home two bronze medals from Special Olympics USA Games

Swimmer Hunter Eudy of Independence closed out the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Wash., in style, claiming his first individual medal of the Games and setting a new personal record in the process. Hunter Eudy Eudy swam the 50-meter backstroke in :44.48, and he out-touched fourth-place finisher Stephen Espinoza of Southern California by just three-hundredths of a second. Eudy’s Kentucky...

Lake Erie Crushers rally late to post 8-7 win over Florence Freedom on Sunday

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter The Lake Erie Crushers snapped a seven-game losing streak by rallying for an 8-7 win over the visiting Florence Freedom on Sunday. A big defensive play in the top of the ninth inning keyed the win, as Lake Erie’s Aaron Hill threw out Florence’s Caleb Lopes at the plate after a double by Skyler Ewing. The Crushers executed a perfect relay from the deep left-field...

Frank Ramsey ‘a true Wildcat and a true champion’ dies at the age of 86

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON — The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program is mourning the loss of one of its most legendary players. Frank Ramsey, a key contributor on Kentucky’s 1951 national championship team and a standout on the 1954 squad that went 25-0 and declined an invite to the NCAA Tournament, died at age 86 Sunday of natural causes at his home in Madisonville....

After 30-year series hiatus, NKU to battle Cincinnati in men’s basketball this season

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter The last time Northern Kentucky University squared off against the University of Cincinnati in a regular-season men’s basketball game, Jane Meier was just four months into her job as the Norse’s athletic director. “That was an eternity ago,” Meier joked when told the last meeting between the two programs happened on Nov. 27, 1988. Jane MeierThe NKU/UC series...

Kraus tosses six-hit shutout, Brower drives in two runs as Freedom defeat Crushers, 4-0

NKyTribune staff Jordan Brower was 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs as the Florence Freedom began a three-game road series against the Lake Erie Crushers with a 4-0 victory Friday night. Florence pitcher Jordan Kraus tossed a six-hit shutout and finished with seven strikeouts. He also allowed just one walk and lowered his season’s earned run average to 3.70. Xavier Turner added two hits and scored...

Former Kentucky standouts set to compete in NBA Summer League at Las Vegas

Kentucky coach John Calipari will be watching many of his former players, including Isaiah Briscoe, compete in the NBA Summer League that began Friday and concludes July 17 in Las Vegas. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well represented in the growing NBA Summer League this year as 14 former Wildcats will take part in the event that began today and concludes...

Hill homers twice, Wild Things avoid sweep with 12-4 win over Freedom on Thursday night

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter Mike Hill blasted a pair of homers and drove in four runs as the Washington Wild Things coasted to a 12-4 win over the Florence Freedom on Thursday night at UC Health Stadium. Hill — who now has 10 homers this season — went 4-for-5 and scored three times for the Wild Things, who avoided a sweep in the three-game series with the victory. The Freedom had posted...

Thomas More sports find temporary sanctuary in American Collegiate Athletic Association for 2018-19

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Thomas More College has a new conference — but only for a year. The American Collegiate Athletic Association announced Thursday that it has added Thomas More as a full member for the 2018-19 academic year. The Saints will join eight other schools — including members in seven states, ranging from New York to California — and compete in eight sports at the NCAA Division...

Brower’s RBI single in 10th inning lifts Florence Freedom past Washington Wild Things, 9-8

NKyTribune staff Jordan Brower’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Florence Freedom a 9-8 win over the Washington Wild Things on Wednesday night at UC Health Stadium. Jimmy Heck led off the 10th with a single and advanced to third base on a double by Keivan Berges. One out later, Brower singled to drive in Heck with the winning run. Brower was 3-for-6 with two RBI. Berges...

Around the links in Northern Kentucky: Squires receives confidence boost from runner-up finish

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Austin Squires’ runner-up finish Sunday following the match-play final at the weeklong 109th Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship was undeniably bittersweet. But it came with so many positives that it completely annihilated the doldrums he found himself in at the end of his University of Cincinnati junior golf season. “I didn’t really...