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Today's Sports

  • Time for a change at UK - at...

    It’s time for a change for the University of Kentucky football team.

    No, not at head coach. I still believe Joker Phillips deserves at least one more year (a.k.a. the Steve Kragthorpe Lame Duck Season). However, I also believe that he needs to pull the trigger on a much-needed personnel decision. The Wildcats’ coach needs to bench junior quarterback Morgan Newton and put freshman Maxwell Smith under center for Saturday’s must-win game (kickoff is 3:30 p.m.) against Mississippi at Commonwealth Stadium.

  • U of L’s Heyman playing ‘big’...

    Dexter Heyman has always looked the part of big-time college football player.

    Now he’s playing that part too.

    Listed at 6 feet 3, 238 pounds, Heyman has always been a physical specimen since the day he arrived on the University of Louisville campus from Male High School. It took Heyman some time, though, to make his mark on the field for the Cardinals with only one start in his first two seasons.

  • He’s the center of attention for...

    Senior Joseph Fawns has been at the center of a lot of activity this season for the Collins football team.

    The offensive center/defensive lineman is a 6-foot, 280-pound immovable object on one side of the football and an irresistible force on the other side of it.

    Fawns (“Fawns” or “Fonzie” to most) is a big reason why Collins (8-2) has won six consecutive games heading into Friday night’s Class 4A first-round playoff game against Moore.

  • Rockets have the ball a lot but...

    The Shelby County football team dominated time of possession Friday night against South Oldham.

    However it was the Dragons who dominated most of the game.

    Capitalizing off several big plays – both on the ground and through the air - South Oldham built an 18-point halftime lead, then cruised to a 34-16 victory over the host Rockets on their Senior Night at Robert Doyle Stadium.

  • South Oldham beats Shelby County...

    The South Oldham football team rode several big plays to an 18-point halftime lead and cruised over host Shelby County 34-16 Friday night at Robert Doyle Stadium.

    The loss assured the Rockets of Class 5A, District 4's No. 4 seed in the state playoffs, which begin next weekend. Shelby County (2-8) will travel to unbeaten John Hardin (10-0) in the first round.

  • I still hate Christian Laettner...

    LEXINGTON - “I still hate Christian Laettner.”

    That’s what some t-shirts inside Rupp Arena read Monday night for Laettner’s appearance as coach of The Villains, who took on a group of former University of Kentucky “greats” (sorry I have to reserve judgment on DeAndre Liggins and Enes Kanter) known as the Big Blue All-Stars in a charity basketball game. 

  • He had a whiff of stardom

    The Texas Rangers or the St. Louis Cardinals would probably gladly take a pitcher like Charles Long.

    Someone who can throw a furious fastball and go the distance, and then some.

    Too bad the two teams in this year’s World Series teams didn’t have scouts in Cropper back in 1947.

    That’s when Long, now 88, struck out 29 Bagdad batters in an amateur game.

    “One coach told him he had the fastest ball he’d ever seen,” Long’s wife, Dorothy, said.

  • Playoff mess could be helped by...

    Shelby County football coach Todd Shipley hopes his team will pick up tonight against South Oldham where it left off last week against Bullitt East.

    That’s when the Rockets rolled up 29 consecutive points in the second half – their best half of the season – against the Chargers on their way to a 32-13 Class 5A, District 4 victory.

    “We eliminated the mistakes, we kept the ball off the ground, and we just played football,” Shipley said afterward.

  • Brown sails in to 2nd phase of...

    Shelbyville’s Brandon Brown made it through the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School last weekend.

    Brown, the money leader on the NGA/Hooters Pro Golf Tour this past season, tied for fifth-place in the event at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Fla. – one of six Q-school sites.

    Brown carded a 4-day total of 12-under-par 276, finishing just four shots behind co-medalists Andy Pope and Joey Lamielle. Twenty players advanced out of Lakeland.

  • Defenders defenseless against...

    The Bryan Station football team rolled into Shelbyville for Thursday night’s game against Collins in style – in three luxury buses.

    But it was the Titans who left tread marks on the Defenders.

    In its final regular-season game Collins ran roughshod over Class 6A Bryan Station, 56-13 at Robert Doyle Stadium.