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Jamie Vaught: Book about Boston Celtics glory days brings back memories of UK great Frank Ramsey

I have just finished reading a remarkable and enjoyable basketball book about the glory days of the Boston Celtics and its primary stars Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. Titled “The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End,” the new 360-page hardcover (Penguin Press, $28) by Gary M. Pomerantz is definitely one of the best ones that I have read in a long time. Since the volume...

Seton Hall squeaks by UK Wildcats, going down to the buzzer, 84-83 at Madison Square Gardens

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Myles Cale hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to send Seton Hall to an 84-83 victory over ninth-ranked Kentucky Saturday at Madison Square Garden.   The Pirates (6-3) led 70-67 with two seconds remaining in regulation but Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson sank a half-court heave at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Johnson’s 3-point attempt at the end...

McDonald sets NKU career rebounding record, but Eastern Kentucky pulls out last-second 76-74 win

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter RICHMOND, Ky. — Drew McDonald is the new chairman of the boards at Northern Kentucky University, but the Norse’s all-time rebounding champion couldn’t prevent a buzzer-beating defeat on Saturday night. Nick Mayo hit a 12-foot baseline jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining to give Eastern Kentucky a 76-74 win over NKU in McBrayer Arena. The Colonels (6-4) survived a...

Ryle remains undefeated with win over Conner in showdown between top girls basketball teams

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle showed the confidence and composure you would expect from a veteran lineup and rallied to defeat Conner, 60-49, Friday in an early season showdown between the top two girls basketball teams in the Northern Kentucky preseason coaches poll. After falling behind 14-0 in the opening minutes, the top-ranked Raiders made a steady comeback to gain control...

Turfway Park selections for Saturday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 (Preview) Race 1 FOGGY KITTEN and LADY LEAH form a tough entry for the Ramseys. Either one is capable of winning but give the slight edge to FOGGY KITTEN off her Saratoga race. HOPE SO is a definite contender. Race 2 YOU’RE THE REASON had to need...

Thomas More women improve to 10-0 with 104-65 win; Illinois State defeats NKU, 58-53

NKyTribune staff Make it a perfect 10 — like in a 10-0 start — for the Thomas More University women’s basketball team. The Saints improved to 10-0 Friday night with a 104-65 win over Whitworth (Wash.) in the Kim Evanger Raney Classic at Walla Walla, Wash. Thomas More jumped out to a 36-7 lead after one quarter and completely dominated the entire game, finishing with seven players scoring in double...

Looking to bounce back, NKU (8-2) visits Eastern Kentucky (5-4) on Saturday night

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Less than 24 hours after his team suffered a 78-65 loss to the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University head coach John Brannen was asked what he’s learned about his 8-2 Norse. “I’ve learned this team is going to get it over a period of time,” Brannen said at the Wednesday media briefing. “It’s the job of the coach to rush the process. At the...

Turfway Park selections for Friday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 Race 1 NO APRES VOUS showed nothing in his debut but drops in for a tag and hooks a very weak field. COLEAQUILUS gets blinkers for the first time and could improve. NO PICTURE CHARLIE fits in here. Race 2 ENHANCED EDITION has raced mostly against tougher...

High school football coaches recognize outstanding players at annual Top 26 awards banquet

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Four high school football players who made college commitments before their senior seasons started were among the award-winners at the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association Top 26 banquet on Wednesday. Each of the 20 teams in the association select one player to receive an award and the coaches vote on six additional players to be honored for having...

Turfway Park selections for Thursday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Race 1 CONFISCATE has been off since August and doesn’t show any published works, but trainer Tony Hamilton has good numbers with runners coming off layoffs. This one takes the class drop and should be able to handle this field. SPIRIT HAWK is a lightly...

Prep Sports Notebook: Highlands boys basketball coach expected his team’s strong start

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After finishing the last eight seasons with a losing record, the Highlands boys basketball team is off to a 3-0 start that includes a stunning 57-51 win over defending state champion Covington Catholic on Tuesday. “Any win feels good, especially one against a program that’s had the success that they have had the last several years,” Kevin Listerman...

Turfway Park selections for Wednesday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Race 1 PERSONAL CAT won at this level two starts back and broke her maiden over this track back in March. Her best makes her a winner tonight. WOMAN OF LOVE has speed and the inside post. She is the one to catch. POMERA fits in here. Race 2 BOOM BOX takes...

NFL Fantasy Football Lister Week 14: The importance of being earnest about running backs

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Thanks to injuries, ineffectiveness, trades, suspensions and an epic contract holdout, this has been an especially rough season for running backs projected to be the featured guy on their respective NFL teams. The aches and pains, broken bones, broken wills, broken trust and boneheaded moves have had huge fantasy implications since training camp. It’s forced...

Cincinnati builds big halftime lead, coasts to 78-65 win over NKU on Tuesday night

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter It took 30 years for Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati to renew their rivalry on the basketball court. But the excitement lasted only 10 minutes Tuesday night as UC bolted out to a huge lead and coasted to a 78-65 win over NKU at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats (8-1) used a 14-0 run midway through the first half to turn a 13-all tie into 27-13...

NKU (8-1) squares off against Cincinnati (7-1) at Fifth Third Arena on Tuesday night

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter How much has the world changed since the last time Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati met in a regular-season men’s basketball game? Consider that the last time the two programs squared off in 1988: •Ronald Reagan was in his final two months as President of the United States. •Bon Jovi was atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with...