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Today's Sports

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ for July 27:

    During the series “Have Game, Will Travel,” I specifically asked nearly everyone I interviewed what happens when travel or club teams and school athletic teams have a conflict?  The reason I asked was that over 24 years in this business, I have heard complaint after complaint that coaches want their players to play their sport and their sport only. I have investigated several times and came up with nothing. Do I think it happens? Sure. But few will admit it.

  • Does road to college or pro...

    Everyone knows about World Wide Wes.

    At least everyone who is anyone in college basketball knows about William Wesley, maybe the most well-known powerbroker around AAU basketball.

    Kentucky Wildcat fans learned about Wes during the courtship that culminated in John Calipari's hiring in Lexington. While at Memphis, Calipari and World Wide Wes had a controversial relationship that centered on players such as Dajuan Wagner, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose ending up in the Tiger program.

  • COLUMN: Travel teams fueled by...

    Like most kids, I had big dreams.

    My backyard was unique in that it often transformed from the place I hated to mow to Crosley-Riverfront-Sugar-Memorial-Freedom Hall-Coliseum-Bowl-Stadium-Field.

    Someday within the space of an hour, that field was home to  a game-winning home run in the World Series, a 3-pointer giving the Kentucky Colonels an ABA title and a field goal propelling the Kentucky Wildcats to a Sugar Bowl championship.

  • Russell starts for victorious...

    LOUISVILLE – Anderson County basketball player Jacob Russell admits he hasn't been keeping up on his hoops skills this summer but he was still in the starting lineup for the East team in the East-West All-Star Classic held Saturday night at Bellarmine University.

    “I haven't been playing much basketball lately,” said Russell, a rising senior at Anderson who was all-state honorable mention in thrree sports as a junior. “They had a practice Thursday night, but I couldn't come because of football.”

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ for July 22:...

    Over the last three weeks, I have used the sports pages of The Anderson News to examine the travel team explosion in youth sports. These kind of teams have been around, it seems, forever in the form of American Legion baseball and a myriad of softball teams, fast-pitch and slow-pitch. There have been elite teams in practically all sports for many years, but it seems that over the past 10-15 years, there has been an explosion of growth and that players are starting younger and younger.

    I am not sure what to make of that.

  • Sports training injuries now...

    (Editor's note: Information contained in this article is intended to be general in nature. Athletes who suspect injury should always check with their medical professional for specific information and guidelines.)

    Chances are that you'll never see a pitcher's duel like the one Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn staged in San Francisco back on July 2, 1963.

    They kept battling for 16 innings before Willie Mays hit a one-out home run off Spahn to give the Giants a 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Braves.

    Sixteen innings and not a single pitch came out of the bullpen.

  • Cats aware of heat dangers as...

    As fall sports practice begins today for high school athletes, coaches and school officials are preparing to implement a new law aimed at reducing heat-related injuries.

    House Bill 383 requires the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the state Department of Education to increase sport safety. The bill was passed after the death of Pleasure Ridge Park football player Max Gilpin from an apparent heat stroke last August.

  • Lexington team ends local Little...

    (Editor's note: A slideshow of Little League District Tournament action can be found on the homepage.)

    HARRODSBURG -- The top seed in the District 3 tournament meant little for the Anderson County Little League 11- and 12-year-old all-stars Friday night.

    Third-seeded Western National of Lexington scored twice in the bottom of the first, then rolled to a 7-2 win in the tournament semifinals at Harrodsburg’s Anderson-Dean Park.

  • Changing the way kids play

    Editor's note: This story is part one of a three-part series titled "Have game, will travel."

    They come in all shapes and sizes. Some start young, others wait a while. Most are expensive and require a high level of commitment from a good number of people.

    Most of all they are changing the way games are being played by kids, some as young as first or second grade, all the way through high school and beyond.

  • COLUMN: Tragic Louisville case...

    It's so easy to point fingers.

    Especially when we have no explanation for something tragic, bizarre or both. We want to know. We analyze and try to find answers. Then when the answers we uncover don't add up, someone has to pay the price.

    Over the last 11 months, I, like just about anyone who has access to the Louisville media market, have been following the tragic case of Max Gilpin, the young man who played football at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville before his death last August.