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May 1, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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May 1, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
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.
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April 7, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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)
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
April 3, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Here are my suggestions as you get set to watch Kentucky try for 40-0 at the Final Four. Ignore the slogans: "one and done," "succeed and proceed," "players' first program. " Forget what you remember of John Calipari at Massachusetts. Don't get caught up in the morality play that some of these players are not really students or at least not for long. Look at college basketball at the top levels in 2015 the way it should be looked at - as a big business. The Kentucky coach recognized that when he got the highest-pressure job in the game and created a model that is built for short-term students and long-term success.
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March 31, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - Jerami Grant almost witnessed his older brother, Jerian, slay the Goliath of college basketball. Jerian Grant, a senior guard at Notre Dame, misfired on a last-second three-pointer Saturday night as Kentucky escaped with a 68-66 victory in the Midwest Regional final at Quicken Loans Arena. With the 76ers in town for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jerami Grant attended the regional final with his family. Former NBA player Harvey Grant is their father. The rookie forward out of Syracuse said the atmosphere made him miss college ball a little bit. He was swept away by the intensity of the crowd and the players and how hard the teams were playing.
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March 20, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SEEMS LIKE everybody is in Kentucky's corner. Yesterday Larry Brown, whose SMU Mustangs are playing in the Big Dance today, hinted that Kentucky will win the national championship, while President Obama picked the Wildcats outright. Brown told Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio that he thinks Kentucky "would make the NBA playoffs in the East [Division]. " That ought to instill lots of confidence in his team if, by some crazy chance, it meets Kentucky in the title game. Obama didn't hint at anything.
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March 20, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
KENTUCKY opened as 32-point favorites against Hampton. Vegas Vic has them at 34. By the time the game starts tonight (9:40, CBS), the line could be 35. It's Vic's highest spread total since Duke was a 34-point favorite against Alabama State in 2004 and covered it with a 96-61 win. Yep. The Dookies were laying 34 and won by 35. In the SEC semifinals this year, Kentucky was favored by 24 1/2 over Auburn and won by 24 (91-67). In the conference title game, the Wildcats beat Florida by 25. They were 13 1/2-point favorites.
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March 18, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
CLICK HERE to download Dick Jerardi's 2015 NCAA tournament bracket in .pdf form. I THOUGHT last year's tournament was wide-open. I did not think it was so wide-open that Connecticut was going to win. I would have gone 15 deep before even considering the Huskies. I do not think this tournament is open at all. I do think there are a few teams that could beat Kentucky. I just don't think any will actually beat the Wildcats. I have seen 40-0 since about mid-January. I still see it. This tournament is really top-heavy.
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