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Turfway Park selections for Friday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. FRIDAY, JANUARY 18: Battaglia Race 1 FOREVERINYOURFAVOR was a game maiden winner last out and a repeat of that one could be good enough to win again. LADY RUBI ran poorly as the favorite last out but is capable of rebounding tonight. ONLY PRAISE ME fits in here. Race 2 FEROCIOUS TIGER...

Sharpe, McDonald combine for 42 points as NKU posts 91-76 win at Cleveland State on Thursday

NKyTribune staff CLEVELAND — Northern Kentucky University wasn’t about to forget last season’s upsetting experience at Motor City Madness. That meant trouble for Cleveland State on Thursday night when the Norse visited the Wolstein Center. Drew McDonald finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and six assists as NKU posted a 91-76 victory at Cleveland State, avenging its shocking loss to the Vikings...

New format approved for Kentucky high school football playoffs will be implemented next season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Two changes in the Kentucky high school football playoffs were approved at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control meeting on Wednesday and will be implemented next season. Teams in the same district will now play each other in the first two rounds to reduce travel expenses. In the third and fourth rounds, teams will be seeded according...

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, JANUARY 17: Race 1 ROGUE TOO and CROSSING ALASKA form a very strong entry for James Chapman and Rowling Oaks Farm. ROGUE TOO appears to be the better of the two but either one is capable of winning tonight. FLION LYNN LION comes off a game maiden win but would have...

Fantasy Football Lister: Top quarterback, tight end risers and fallers for the 2018 regular season

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor As suggested in this space the past few weeks, it can be instructive to compare preseason player expectations with final season results before moving on to the fantasy offseason. It’s never too early for serious fantasy team owners to begin stockpiling helpful info for the following year. Deciding who are risers and fallers at the various positions is a helpful...

Walton-Verona claims 8th Region All “A” Classic boys basketball title for third consecutive year

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona won the 8th Region All “A” Classic boys basketball tournament for the third straight year with a 47-32 win over Gallatin County in the championship game on Tuesday at Trimble County. Dieonte Miles (File photo by Dale Dawn) Senior center Dieonte Miles had a big night for the Bearcats, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and...

Harsh lesson from last March learned, NKU begins road trip Thursday night at Cleveland State

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter A harsh lesson delivered last March should prevent Northern Kentucky University from overlooking Cleveland State on the road this Thursday night — even if the Vikings are winless (0-6) in Horizon League play. The lesson learned by NKU? Try Cleveland State’s shocking upset over the top-seeded Norse at Motor City Madness, a setback that denied NKU a shot at earning...

Newport edges Beechwood, 53-52, in opening game of 9th Region All “A” Classic boys tournament

Beechwood players foul Newport forward Tahj Harding as he drives to the basket in the final second of the 9th Region All “A” Classic game. (Photo by Dale Dawn) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Senior forward Tahj Harding made a free throw with 0.8 seconds left to give his team a 53-52 win over Beechwood in the opening game of the 9th Region All “A” Classic boys basketball...

Kentucky Enforcers semi-pro basketball team to play home games at TMU’s Connor Convocation Center

Thomas More University and the Kentucky Enforcers have announced that TMU’s Connor Convocation Center will be the official home of the semi-professional basketball team’s upcoming season. The Kentucky Enforcers begin the 2019 season on March 16. “The Kentucky Enforcers are proud to announce the partnership with TMU,” said Kentucky Enforcers head coach Dustin Driskell. “We are so excited...

UK freshman Hagans finally understands role for the Wildcats; Calipari hoping rest of team can learn theirs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans finally knows his role. John Calipari wants the rest of his team to define their purpose. The Kentucky coach has been spending his spare time focused in his team in an effort to get each player to reach the next proverbial level. “How do I help individuals get better and how do I help them buy into their role like Ashton has bought into his role?” Calipari...

Scott basketball teams advance to Kentucky Class 2A state tournament after playing in sectional finals

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Scott girls basketball team won big and the boys team lost in overtime in the Section III finals of the Kentucky 2A Championships on Monday at Mason County Fieldhouse. The Eagles routed Mercer County, 69-33, to take the girls sectional title. In the boys final, Bourbon County made six free throws in the final seconds of overtime to pull out a 78-73 win...

World champion swimmer among latest inductees into N.Ky. Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Emily Brunemann Klueh, a world champion swimmer who graduated from Notre Dame Academy, will be one of seven new inductees into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Villa Hills Civic Club. Emily Brunemann Klueh In 2013, Klueh became the first American to win a gold medal in the 10-kilometer distance event on the...

Holy Cross girls recover from poor shooting first half to win 9th Region All “A” Classic title game

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Home court advantage was a non-factor for Holy Cross in the first half of the 9th Region All “A” Classic girls basketball championship game on Saturday. The Indians missed 22 of 28 field goal attempts in their own gym and trailed St. Henry, 34-28, at the halftime break. Everyone in the Holy Cross locker room at halftime knew what it would take for them...

Looked ‘ugly’ early, but ‘Cats roll up their sleeves to win against Vandy 56-47 at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s a trend Calipari would like to see come to an end sooner rather than later. For the second straight game, the Wildcats fell behind early and rallied to beat a Southeastern Conference opponent. Kentucky (12-3, 2-1) overcame a 16-4 deficit and outscored Vanderbilt 28-17 in the second half to defeat the Commodores 56-47 Saturday night.  Similar to its last outing,...

Don Owen: A win over Wright State is always sweet, but NKU gained much more on Friday night

Be honest if you’re a fan of Northern Kentucky University basketball, especially if you remember the games in cozy Regents Hall. Don’t pretend to be that all-knowing sports aficionado, or equipped with some seventh sense about college hoops. Did you ever really think you’d see the day when NKU and Wright State — a pair of one-time rivals at the NCAA Division II level — were squaring off...