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June 28, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
YOU HAVE TO LOVE a 21st Century player's ode to ABA hairstyles. Nerlens Noel, however, really would not have played well in the ABA where offense ruled. The freshman from Kentucky is a one-tool player whose tool changes games. If you are looking for a highly skilled big man like last year's Kentucky freshman star Anthony Davis, stop looking. Noel's offense is grabbing a missed shot and stuffing it. Or beating everybody down the floor and dunking it. He arrived in college with a limited offensive game and leaves the same way. The three best skills in college basketball last season were Ben McLemore's pure shot, Victor Oladipo's athleticism and Noel's defense.
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June 4, 2013
Center Karl Towns of Metuchen, N.J., has committed to Kentucky. The wrong university was listed in an article in Monday's editions.
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May 6, 2013 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Now that Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III has won the Kentucky Derby, it's time for the 62-year-old trainer to go after another race missing from his Hall of Fame resumé. Orb will follow up his win at Churchill Downs by running in the Preakness on May 18, giving the colt a shot at the Triple Crown. Orb arrived back at his home base in New York on Sunday, as did McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario. The trainer was still absorbing what had happened a day earlier. The colt extended his winning streak to five races, splashing through the slop to win the Derby by 21/4 lengths, giving McGaughey and Rosario their first Derby wins.
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May 5, 2013 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb was so far behind a wall of horses at the Kentucky Derby that even his jockey wasn't sure he could master the muddy track and make a run for the roses. "I was really far back," Joel Rosario said. "I said hopefully he can go faster than that. I was saying maybe I was too far back, but it was so easy. " The bay colt made it look that way Saturday, splashing through the slop to win the Derby by 21/2 lengths and giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the classic for 3-year-olds.
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May 5, 2013 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A trainer flooding the field with five horses. An African American jockey trying to make history, and a woman rider, too. Louisville coach Rick Pitino seeking a double - champions in racing and basketball. He's sure in the right place. The 19-horse field for Saturday's Kentucky Derby is balanced, with no definitive favorite. Orb is the prerace choice, just barely. Nearly overshadowed is his trainer, Shug McGaughey, who really, really wants this race. Doug O'Neill trying to win back-to-back.
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May 3, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
Download our bettors' guide and in-depth look at the Kentucky Derby here : LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The best way to understand a race is to envision how it will be run. I have decided that Goldencents is fast enough to clear Saturday's Kentucky Derby field in the first few hundred yards, set moderate fractions and be in front from start to finish. Whenever you can find a quality horse that possesses an attribute that is different from the other logical contenders, you have a live play.
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May 3, 2013 | By Travis Loller and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press
BURKESVILLE, Ky. - In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she stepped onto the front porch while cleaning the kitchen, "she heard the gun go off," a coroner said. In a horrific accident Tuesday that shocked a rural area far removed from the national debate over gun control, the boy had killed his 2-year-old sister, Caroline, with a single shot to the chest.
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May 2, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Derby post position draw draws a lot of scrutiny, but the reality is that nobody can predict what will go down in the first few seconds when the 20 stall doors open in the annual cavalry charge. And that matters more than the actual post positions. There is no better example than what happened to Union Rags last year when he got squeezed from his inside and outside and lost all chance to get a decent early position in a race where position is critical.
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May 2, 2013 | By Mike Farrell, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Normandy Invasion, runner-up in the Wood Memorial, is named for the pivotal Allied assault in World War II. Rick Porter, the colt's owner, decided he could do more to honor that effort than simply naming a horse. He has arranged for four veterans of that campaign to join him at the Derby. "Three of them were on the beaches for the D-Day invasion," said Porter, a Wilmington native who has two-second place finishes in the Derby with Hard Spun (2007) and Eight Belles (2008)
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May 2, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Todd Pletcher has won 2,500 races in the last 10 years. The horses he trains have accounted for nearly $200 million in purses during that time. He has accumulated somewhere around $20 million for himself. His horses are 1-for-31 in the Kentucky Derby. "I think a couple ways you can look at it," Pletcher said. "I think for one, people seem to think that I've been training for 50 years or something, when in reality I first got my license in '96 and I think we had our first Derby starters in 2000.
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