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Photo: Gary Hargrove
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There’s Just Something Special About High School Football

As the clock was counting down the last few seconds of today's 2A Kentucky State High School Football Championship game, I couldn't help but tear up. Not because my alma mater Mayfield High School would ultimately win the game. Not because it was our fourth championship in a row, 12th total. And, not because a lot of these players are friends with my nephews and I've watched them grow up. But, it was because of those who were sitting around me. Those who had been there years before. Those who I cheered for, cried with and celebrated alongside of. See, if you didn't grow up in a football town, you just don't get it. Let me try and explain. 

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Kentucky v UCLA
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Thin, Hampered UK Falls to UCLA 87-77

 

I wondered how a relatively young Wildcats squad would handle its first true road game, but it was really a combination of that jarring reality with a key injury in the first half that led to an impressive 87-77 UCLA win over a seemingly disconcerted Kentucky Thursday evening in Westwood.

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Louisville v Kentucky
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Kentucky May Not Be a ‘Football School’ But I’d Like to See Them in a Bowl Game

I'm sure most Kentucky fans thought THIS WAS THE YEAR! Football coach Mark Stoops had three recruiting classes and the 'Cats were BOUND to take that next step.

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Hoophall Miami Invitational - Kentucky v South Florida
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Owensboro’s Aaron Kizer Paints Extraordinary Portrait of UK’s Tyler Ulis

While University of Kentucky fans anxiously await any news about the health and eventual return to the court of sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis, they can feast their eyes on the work of someone ELSE who is extraordinary at what he does.

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Cincinnati v Kentucky
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UK Adds the No. 5, 6, and 7 Recruits to 2016 Class

It's been a good week for 2016 Kentucky basketball. In the past 7 days we've learned that UK will add the #5, #6, and #7 recruits to its 2016 class.

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State Farm Champions Classic Kentucky v Duke
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UK Guards Score 46, Lead ‘Cats to 74-63 Win Over Duke

Kentucky fans likely won't ever forget that 1998 Regional Final when the Wildcats came roaring back from 17 down to beat Duke on their way to the school's 7th national title.

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Gov. Beshear Orders Flags To Half-Staff In Honor Of Fallen Kentucky Officer

Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags be at half-staff at all state office buildings in Kentucky on Wednesday, November 11th. The order is in honor of Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis, killed on November 6th, in the line of duty. He died less than two days after he was shot while searching an apartment for a robbery suspect.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament - Louisville v Michigan State
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Evansville Native, Former U of L Star Kyle Kuric Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

Evansville native Kyle Kuric, the University of Louisville's leading scorer during its 2011-2012 Final Four season, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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The North American Championship Rodeo Coming To Louisville

Saddle up cowgirls and cowboys, the rodeo is coming to town! The North American Championship Rodeo is riding into Louisville with the North American International Livestock Exposition and WBKR has your chance to win tickets!

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Tennessee v Kentucky
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Tennessee Quizzes Vols Fans About Kentucky Ahead of Saturday’s UK Game

Tennessee visits Commonwealth Stadium Saturday in a game that Kentucky really can win. I mean they really can. And certainly they'll be energized after getting blown out at Mississippi State, right?

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Icemen via Twitter
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Evansville Icemen Hosting “Back To The Future” Night

The Evansville Icemen are back at The Ford Center Saturday night, hosting the Toledo Walleye. There was a great crowd on-hand for the season opener last weekend and it's sure to be the same for this game.

It's also "Back To The Future" night and the Icemen are celebrating with specialty jerseys for the game.

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Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets - Game Four
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Don Mattingly’s ‘An Intimate Evening with Friends’ Set for December 3rd at USI Theatre

One of Evansville's favorite sons, baseball legend, and  Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and his wife Lori will host Mattingly Charities' "An Intimate Evening with Friends Presented by United Companies" at USI Theatre December 3rd.

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