January 29, 2016 |
MOBILE, Ala. - If talent trumped everything, and the Eagles had a chance to take Noah Spence 13th overall in this year's first round of the NFL draft, they'd probably do it. Spence is a 6-2 1/2, 254-pound edge rusher with rare strength, aggressiveness, flexibility and speed. He showed that for two seasons at Ohio State and then again this past season, after transferring to Eastern Kentucky, where he managed 11.5 sacks and was Football Championship Subdivision defensive player of the year.
December 10, 2015 |
LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari's office in the $30 million Joe Craft Center is tiny, smaller than the old office Phil Martelli had at Saint Joseph's. A new, larger office is being constructed behind a false wall, just steps away. The Craft Center, which houses the Kentucky basketball offices and a practice court, is attached to Memorial Coliseum, where Adolph Rupp's teams played. It is surprisingly less extravagant than some of the hoops palaces that have been built on other campuses.
June 16, 2015 |
John S. Carroll, 73, of Lexington, Ky., a former editor at The Inquirer who rose to become one of the leading journalistic figures of his day, inspiring prize-winning stories at four daily newspapers, died Sunday. His family announced Mr. Carroll's death at his Lexington home of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare degenerative brain disorder. He had been ill since January. "John was a visionary as an editor: He always saw forests - the big picture - when many of us were lost in the trees," said Inquirer Editor William K. Marimow, who was a friend of his. "John was a superb colleague," Marimow said, "a great listener and a spellbinding storyteller who loved the rhythms and cadences of the newsroom and enriched the lives of all of us who worked with him. " Mr. Carroll cut his teeth on the night shift in 1972, after being drawn to Philadelphia by Inquirer Editor Eugene L. Roberts Jr., a friend and mentor.
May 5, 2015 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - His two Kentucky Derby horses had been off the track and back in their stalls for an hour Wednesday morning. The day's work was done, but Bob Baffert was not inclined to leave, so the Hall of Fame trainer held court for a good hour. Even as the listeners dissipated to just a handful, Baffert kept talking, with or without questions. He was reliving his training life generally, his Derby life specifically - Cavonnier's nose loss in 1996 when he was sure he would never get another chance, the three wins in six years from 1997 to 2002, the terrible disappointment with Point Given in 2001.
May 4, 2015 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Everybody at the Daily News has Stan Hochman stories. Mine, naturally, involves the racetrack. I met Stan at the 1984 Preakness at Pimlico. I was covering horse racing for an eight-month-old all-sports paper in Baltimore, my hometown. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was the perfect place to learn and make mistakes because nobody noticed for a very simple reason: Nobody was buying the paper. It was right after the Preakness post-position draw. I was asking questions/making suggestions to John Parisella, who trained a longshot named Fight Over.
May 1, 2015 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When you have a contender, the longer the Kentucky Derby post-position draw goes with your horse either not having a number or the 1 post not having been assigned, you get nervous. Bob Baffert was nervous for several long minutes late yesterday afternoon in the Aristides Room at Churchill Downs. And then he wasn't. Favored American Pharoah drew the 18 post, second choice Dortmund got the 8 and now Baffert, who trains them both, just has to wait until 6:34 p.m. Saturday.
May 1, 2015 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - If you do not have a betting interest in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, root for International Star. With 20 horses come 20 stories about the people who are around the horse. None is better than the story of Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the husband and wife team for 57 years who decided late in life to chase a horse racing dream and have beaten the odds in every way but one. The Ramseys grew up in Artemus, Ky. (pop. 500), down in the southeastern part of the state. Ken was a truck driver, which he parlayed into owning a trucking company followed by a real estate business and a bunch of cell towers.
April 8, 2015
THE UNIVERSITY of Kentucky's near-perfect season crashed with a loss to the University of Wisconsin, followed by punk behavior by Kentucky players - plural. Having their 38-game winning streak snapped was bad, but the Wildcats' reaction was worse. At a post-game news conference, Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison, with his hand over his mouth (but sitting before a live microphone), muttered "F--- that n-----" directed at Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky. Harrison is black, Kaminsky is white.
April 7, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - There was not much to analyze in Game 1 of the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium. Game 2 will be talked about as long as the NCAA Tournament is played. It had just about everything, including an upset by a "team" in every sense of that word of a team that was just two wins from a magical perfect season. Wisconsin 71, Kentucky 64. I thought the game was over when Kentucky went up, 60-56, and had the ball with 6 minutes left. Wisconsin, showing that its nation's-best offense was ridiculous even against the nation's-best defense (1.6 points per possession in its first 15 possessions, 2.0 in its first eight of the second half)
April 5, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - You know the world is spinning wildly out of control when Duke is on the undercard and Mark Emmert is on the right side of history. That is the backdrop to tonight's Final Four - college basketball's most successful program of the last 30 years relegated to warmup act for college basketball's most successful program ever, and the NCAA president a voice of reason in the debate around Indiana's capital on the now-revised "religious freedom" law that was devised by minds that needed opening.