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Garcia pours in 20 points, NKU women coast to 78-35 win over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday night

NKyTribune staff Freshman guard Carissa Garcia scored a career-high 20 points as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team coasted to a 78-35 win over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday night at BB&T Arena. Garcia buried four shots from 3-point range and added three steals as NKU improved to 15-10 overall, 9-5 in Horizon League play. The Norse held UIC (3-23 overall, 2-13 Horizon League)...

Mike Battaglia’s 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, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 RACE 1 STOCK CHAIN has shown big improvement in his last two races over the Turfway Poly. He rates the slight edge with Lezcano back aboard for Jose Fernandez. OUT OF THE BLUE was a length behind the top pick last out after being bothered badly leaving...

Don Owen: Seeking a national title, unbeaten San Diego State desperately needs a loss — just ask NKU

Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t be writing about San Diego State unless the Aztecs were playing Northern Kentucky University on the basketball court. But this is the exception since San Diego State is unbeaten (25-0) and ranked No. 4 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Aztecs are seeking their first-ever national championship and are the only remaining unbeaten college basketball...

Kentucky uses another second-half rally to complete sweep of Vandy in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE, Tenn. (KT) — Comebacks are customary when Kentucky plays Vanderbilt no matter the circumstances. The Wildcats did it again Tuesday night at Memorial Gymnasium. Kentucky rallied and notched its third consecutive victory and 11th in its last 13 contests with a 78-64 win over the Commodores. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) outscored...

9th Region champion will close out first round of Sweet 16 boys state basketball tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The winner of the 9th Region boys basketball tournament will play the final first-round game in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 state tournament at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Rupp Arena. The 9th Region champion will play the 12th Region champion in that first-round game, according to state tournament pairings decided in a televised draw conducted on Tuesday. CovCath...

Billy Reed: Knight, walking slowly, needing help with his balance, was (sort of) back at IU’s Assembly Hall

So here came Bob Knight, making the journey he had made hundreds of times. Except this time, it was different. His nose as red as his Indiana sweater, Knight now is an old man who walks slowly and needs help with his balance. He now is controlled instead of always being in control. He looked a bit uncertain about what he was walking into. This was at halftime of Purdue’s visit to IU’s Assembly...

NASCAR announces changes to Hall of Fame nominating and induction processes

Following the recent induction ceremony and on the cusp of a new racing season NASCAR has announced changes to the Hall of Fame nomination and induction processes. The changes include reducing the annual number of inductees from five to three and splitting potential nominees into two ballots – one for contemporary stars and one for the sport’s pioneers. Starting with the upcoming Class of 2021,...

NKU notebook: Students show up in full force on Saturday for Homecoming game, but will they return?

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter An impressive turnout by students and alumni at Saturday night’s Homecoming game resulted in a crowd of 6,231 at BB&T Arena for Northern Kentucky’s 84-65 win over Detroit Mercy. It marked the largest crowd of the season for NKU, which improved to 18-7 with the victory. The turnout also caused mixed emotions for Norse senior guard Tyler Sharpe. “The crowd at...

Campbell County wins another close scoring race for first place in Region 6 wrestling tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Campbell County wrestlers won four matches in the championship finals of the Region 6 tournament and finished on top in the team standings by just six points on Saturday at Ryle High School. The Camels entered the championship round with a 10-point lead in the standings and ended up taking the regional team title by a slim 248-242 margin over second-place...

Tate, Faulkner combine for 40 points, NKU rolls to 84-65 win over Detroit Mercy on Saturday night

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Statistics should confirm what a basketball coach already knows, so Darrin Horn wasn’t surprised to see the impressive numbers produced by Jalen Tate and Trevon Faulkner on Saturday night. Tate and Faulkner combined for 40 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists as NKU routed Detroit Mercy 84-65 in front of a Homecoming crowd of 6,231 at BB&T Arena. Tate dominated...

Ryle’s smothering defense fuels 28-point win over Notre Dame in 9th Region girls basketball showdown

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Don’t let their 14-11 record fool you. The Ryle Raiders have the talent to make it back to the Sweet 16 girls state basketball tournament and defend the state title they won last year. If the Raiders continue to play smothering defense and share the ball on offense like they did in a 66-38 home court victory against Notre Dame on Saturday, it will...

Cats win over Tennessee’s Volunteers in Knoxville, 77-64, thanks to memorable play by Johnny Juzang

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE (KT) — Kentucky’s seven-man rotation expanded after Johnny Juzang made a case for himself for more valuable playing time following a memorable performance against Tennessee Saturday afternoon. Juzang scored a career-high 13 points to lead the 15th-ranked Wildcats to a 77-64 win over the Volunteers, giving Kentucky its first victory at Thompson-Boling Arena...

Immanuel Quickley, Wildcats aim to re-write recent history Saturday against Volunteers in Knoxville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley doesn’t mind playing road games and expects Kentucky to feel at right at home at Tennessee Saturday. As for Thompson-Boling Arena, Quickley said the venue is “one of my favorite places to play” because of the similarity to Rupp Arena and the crowd noise. He added that trying to prove people and teams wrong is a big motivating factor when playing...

Mike Battaglia’s 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, FEBRUARY 8, 2020 RACE 1 NO NAY ALWAYS makes her U.S. debut for Wes Ward after an even effort in Ireland back in May. She faces boys tonight but drops in for a tag and Ward should have her ready to go. HYDROGEN showed promise in his first two races for Bob Baffert...

Campbell County claims area’s first team title in girls bowling with comeback wins in final three matches

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Campbell County claimed Northern Kentucky’s first state championship in girls high school bowling on Friday after coming from behind to win its final three matches in the 16-team tournament bracket at Executive Strike & Spare in Louisville. The Camels, coached by Josh Hitt, lost their first game in the quarterfinals and fell behind 2-1 in the semifinals...