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Northern Kentucky bowlers sweep single titles in state high school tournament for the first time

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Mirena Combs Newport senior Mirena Combs put her name in the record books by winning the girls singles title at the state high school bowling tournament on Thursday in Louisville. Combs became the first Northern Kentucky girl to win a state championship trophy in bowling and the first Newport athlete to win a state title in an unclassified sport in more...

NASCAR announces competition updates, including changes to DQ procedures, to kick off 2019 season

NASCAR has announced several initiatives and procedural updates for the 2019 season, which officially opens this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with a Sunday double-header — Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award Qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. Among the announcements made was NASCAR’s plan to move its thorough post-race inspection to the race track immediately following...

Update: Turfway Park cancels Thursday live racing card, remains open for simulcast wagering

With heavy rain expected, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Thursday, Feb. 7. The facility remains open for simulcasting. Turfway Park provides expert sections for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Turfway expects to resume live racing, with it’s Dollar Friday promotions tomorrow (Feb. 8). For more information and a complete live racing schedule, go to www.turfway.com .

NKU plays host to Detroit Mercy, freshman scoring sensation Davis (27.1 ppg) on Thursday night

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter When Northern Kentucky University plays host to Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. Thursday at BB&T Arena, take note of how many shots Titans scoring machine Antoine Davis launches. It’s likely going to be a bunch. NKU head coach John Brannen (right) and junior guard Tyler Sharpe (15) will attempt to contain Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis on Thursday night. (Photo by...

Cats get physical with South Carolina, coast to ninth straight victory with 76-48 win Tuesday at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An overwhelming favorite, Kentucky didn’t overlook South Carolina and coasted to a 76-48 win over the Gamecocks Tuesday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats notched their ninth straight victory, including eight straight Southeastern Conference victories since dropping a 77-75 loss to Alabama in the league opener on Jan. 5 in Tuscaloosa. Kentucky (19-3, 8-1) improved to...

Former Florence Freedom player Steve Delabar ‘ready to move on’ from pro baseball to coaching

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Former Florence Freedom baseball player Steve Delabar said Monday night during a Canadian podcast that he is ready to move on from his playing days in order to concentrate on coaching the game at the high school level. Delabar, 35, is one of four former Freedom players who played at the Major League Baseball level along with fellow pitchers Chris Jakubauskas (2003...

Prep Sports Notebook: Showdown between district basketball rivals will draw statewide attention

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Last weekend, Lauren Schwartz became the all-time leading scorer for the Ryle girls basketball team and helped the Raiders win the prestigious Louisville Invitational Tournament for the first time. That’s the latest addition to an impressive list of accomplishments that’s sure to get Schwartz a standing ovation Friday when she’s introduced on Senior...

Late 3-pointer lifts Illinois-Chicago past NKU, 69-67, on Sunday afternoon

NKyTribune staff CHICAGO — A lost weekend for Northern Kentucky University on the basketball court has suddenly made the chase for the Horizon League regular-season championship a lot more interesting. Going into the weekend, NKU owned a two-game lead in the Horizon League standings and appeared on the verge of running away with the title. After suffering a 69-67 loss at Illinois-Chicago on Sunday,...

Gordon, Penske, Roush among five legends inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

Five of NASCAR’s legendary competitors – three drivers and two owners – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday. The Induction Ceremony took place in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center. Davey Allison, Jeff Gordon, Alan Kulwicki, Roger Penske and Jack Roush comprise the 10th Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame – now home to 50 inductees. A...

Cats snap back, rally to beat Florida Gators in Gainesville Saturday, 65-54; big second half

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky knows what it takes to win on the road and rallied to beat Florida Saturday. 
The seventh-ranked Wildcats used a big second half to hold off the hosts and escaped with a 65-54 victory over the Gators. Kentucky posted its eighth-straight win, including its last four on the road and has limited its last eight foes to less than 60 points. Immanuel Quickly drives...

Iva earns first black type win in Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park

All Iva needed was room to run, and when jockey Julio Garcia found it for her, the filly dug deep through the stretch to score by 1 ¼ lengths in Friday’s $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park. Iva (4) and jockey Julio Garcia power past Workaholic to take the Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park. Credit: Coady Photography Workaholic was second, half a length ahead of Malibu Party in...

Draud drains 3-point shot Beechwood needed to break long losing streak against CovCath

Beechwood basketball fans rush the court to celebrate with players after their team’s first win over Covington Catholic in 10 years. (Photo by Dale Dawn) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Sophomore guard Scotty Draud’s game-winning shot on Friday could boost the image of the Beechwood boys basketball program to new heights. With six seconds left, Draud drained a 3-point goal from...

Turfway Park selections for Saturday

Turfway Park provides expert picks to the Northern Kentucky Tribune during the live racing meets. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2: Race 1 CRESCENT WARRIOR has been a runner-up at this level in his last two and appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win tonight. PRIVATE GALAXY showed big improvement last out and figures to be the main competition. GO CHIVA GO is a contender. Race 2 BEACH HUT overcame...

IUPUI halts NKU winning streak at six games with 83-77 triumph on Friday night

NKyTribune staff INDIANAPOLIS — All of a sudden, IUPUI is arguably the hottest basketball team in the Horizon League. No one at Northern Kentucky University is going to argue with that point after what happened Friday night. Camron Justice scored 26 points as IUPUI snapped NKU’s six-game winning streak with an 83-77 victory over the Norse at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Jaguars — who knocked...

Turfway Park selections for Friday

Turfway Park provides expert picks to the Northern Kentucky Tribune during the live racing meets. Tonight’s picks supplied by Bret Battaglia. Race 1 FUN SUCKER didn’t show much on the dirt at Mahoning in her last start but ran two solid races here at Turfway before that one and could score here with the switch of surfaces tonight. BELLA KRISTINA was second-best against many of the same fillies...