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Today's Sports

  • Ryan’s final Bears speech...

    In 1981, when the Chicago Bears fired head coach Neil Armstrong, many members of the defensive unit signed a letter to team owner George Halas asking that the Bears keep Buddy Ryan as defensive coordinator. Halas eventually hired Mike Ditka as the head coach but kept Ryan to run the defense.

    The night before Super Bowl XX, Ryan gave his final speech to the Bears. However, most of the team did not know he had accepted an offer to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles after the Super Bowl.

  • Remembering Buddy Ryan

     

    The greatest thing for me was the influence on the people around him.  Buddy had a tremendous influence on me beyond playing the game.  I knew that he cared about me I knew he was loyal.  I knew that he was trustworthy. There were just so many great qualities about him. But I knew that he demanded excellence of me. So when you know you have that standard and have to live up it every day.

    --Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary

    He was always really good to my son, Keith.

  • Ditka attends funeral, had...

    Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka was in Lawrenceburg last week to pay his respects to Buddy Ryan. Ditka attended the visitation, then attended the funeral mass at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church. Ditka left just before the service ended.

    It might have seemed unusual, given the public feud between Ditka and Ryan during the 1985 season.

    At least one former Bear believed the publicity about the coaches’ disagreements might have been overblown.

  • Little Leaguers capture district...

    Pitching, defense and timely hitting all came together as Anderson County claimed the championship of the Kentucky District 3 Little League Tournament for 9- and 10-year-olds last Tuesday at Legion Park.

    Anderson defeated Mercer County, 5-4, to win the title a first for Anderson in the youngest division of championship play in the state.

    However, it was a 12-run second inning against Lexington Eastern that might have signaled that the local team would be a threat to the title. Anderson held on to win 15-12 in a slugfest to advance to the championship game.

  • Herndon honored by Society of...

    Anderson News sports editor John Herndon was honored by the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at the group’s annual Metro Journalism Awards Banquet in Louisville last Thursday.

    Herndon won first place in three separate categories in the Non-metro/community newspaper division.

  • Lady Bearcats expect to be ‘...

    I can’t remember ever writing a column like this one in more than three decades at the keyboard, but that’s good.

    Or at least I think it should be new ground when I talk about the future of Anderson County High School softball.

  • Anderson softball’s leader of...

    OWENSBORO – The dateline for this story notes the city where the state high school softball tournament was being played last week, but it could just as well have been Lawrenceburg, Shelbyville, Taylorsville, Bedford or any other town where the Anderson County Lady Bearcats played this spring.

    Chances are their biggest fan was there.

    Well, if not the biggest fan, at least the most recognizable one.

  • Awareness changes but basics same

    To say baseball has changed is kind of like noting it’s been a while since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

    The Cubs seem to have their best shot in years in ending a drought of 107 years this year and the big reason is pitching. Lots of good pitching.

    But one statistic stands out when considering how pitching and an awareness of how the arm works has changed.

    Complete games. Once an indicator of a pitcher’s effectiveness, complete games at the major league level are almost a thing of the past.

  • Proper handling helps fish...

    By Lee McClellan, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

    Summer is arguably the most popular time to fish as muggy, hot days push people to the water for relief and relaxation.

    Many anglers, especially those who seek game fish such as black bass, trout or striped bass, release their catch.

  • Anderson native honored by NAIA...

    Campbellsville University’s sports information department claimed 10 Media and Publications Contests awards at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Information Directors Association Convention, according to a news release.

    Anderson County native Jordan Alves leads the department as the school’s sports information director.