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WKU Volleyball Coach Offers Life-Saving Promotion

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In the world of college athletics, you don’t have to look far to find promotions that are intended to fill seats.

John Calipari has made it an annual tradition to give two students who attend the Blue/White Game free tuition for the spring semester.  One student in the Rupp Arena stands this Thursday’s women’s basketball game against Virginia will receive spring tuition expenses from Matthew Mitchell.  There’s a promotion on Western Kentucky’s campus that is not meant to put people in the stands.

WKU volleyball coach Travis Hudson will pay for a semester of tuition to a student who can help one of his former players.  Shortly after finishing her All-American career at WKU, Alyssa Cavanaugh was diagnosed with leukemia.  In order to win the battle, Cavanaugh needs a donor for a bone marrow transplant.  A difficult task, Hudson took matters into his own hands.

“As I watched people walk in this building, I just had this overwhelming feeling in my heart that there’s 20,000 of those people walking around campus, and it’s so easy to find out if you’re a match. It’s so simple.

“If anybody on this campus — if any student on this campus who will take five minutes to register, and it comes back, and they happen to be the match for Alyssa Cavanaugh, their next semester of tuition on the Hill is on me,” Hudson told the College Heights Herald. “That sounds like a pretty good gig. I was a poor college student at one time.”

Hudson initially setup shop at four different sporting events across to sign up potential donors.  Now he’s taking the search to the entire Western Kentucky campus.  If they can’t find one on campus, he’s willing to take it across the country to ensure Cavanaugh finds a match.

Hudson’s heart-warming efforts to help a former player in their greatest hour of need are just one reason why we love sports.

If you’d like to help be a part of the solution, potential donors can begin the registration process with Be the Match here.    

[College Heights Herald]


UK Student who allegedly made up threats made media rounds prior to arrest

This morning, Haily Duvall, a 19-year-old University of Kentucky student, was arrested for spreading and reporting a fake threat against White Hall, a prominent classroom building on campus. Before the police discovered she made the false threats via SnapChat, Duvall did several interviews with local media, even telling the Kentucky Kernel that she had a test in that building today but felt UK should cancel classes and fully investigate the matter.

“It’s a safe or sorry thing. Would you rather ignore it, and then somebody get hurt? I definitely take it seriously. I’ve even encouraged fellow students, ‘Hey if you don’t feel safe, don’t go.'”

“Your life is worth more than 10 participation points,” she continued. “Or notes you can get from a fellow student. This should not be taken like a grain of salt; there should be some concern in this situation.”

[Kentucky Kernel]

Not the smartest criminal, Duvall didn’t stop there, even going on camera with WKYT.

“Definitely at first, I was like, yeah, no, this is one mad kid who probably failed an exam, but the more they came, once I was added on SnapChat by the person, I realized it was a little more severe than initially led on,” she said.

One of the threats Duvall allegedly created and spread on SnapChat said “White Hall is about to be white ashes along with every a**hole student in it.” Another said “Thirsty thursdays are about become ticking time bomb thursdays.”

Maybe you should have just taken the F on that test, Haily.


UK Police make arrest in connection with White Hall Classroom Building Threats

A UK student has been arrested after threats were aimed at the White Hall Classroom Building on Kentucky’s campus.

In conjunction with FBI officials, UK police arrested Haily Loriane Duvall, a 19-year old sophomore from Glasgow, Kentucky.  She has been charged with terroristic threatening 2nd degree and filing a false police report.  From UK:

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said Duvall was the person who originally contacted UK Police yesterday afternoon to report threats that were being distributed via Snapchat.

Monroe said that while safety officials never believed the threats were credible or substantive, making a threat such as this one is a serious offense.

White Hall is one of the most used classroom buildings on campus.  The home of many prerequisite underclassmen courses, most students have at least one or two classes in the north campus building during their first year of school.

For those who must attend classes at White Hall today, UK Police will “maintain a heightened presence” on campus to provide more reassurance after the arrest.

[UK Now]


Rex Chapman, Mike Pratt to Expo Center: Ban racist items or remove our plaques

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Former Kentucky stars Rex Chapman and Mike Pratt are taking a stand against racism, calling for the Kentucky Expo Center remove their Hall of Fame plaques from Freedom Hall after Nazi and KKK memorabilia were sold there at a gun show this past weekend.

The exhibition commemorated National Gun Day and featured authentic Nazi Christmas ornaments, Ku Klux Klan robes, Gestapo uniforms and swastika shirts, many of which were sold on Saturday, the same day as the anti-Semitic attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed eleven people. Last week, another hate crime hit close to home as a white man killed two African Americans at a Louisville Kroger after first trying to break into a predominantly African-American church.

Yesterday, Chapman issued the ultimatum on Twitter, asking Kentucky Venues, which oversees the center, to guarantee such items will not be on sale again. Pratt backed him up:

Kentucky Venues issued this response:

[Newsweek]


WATCH: New Jersey mom who helped prevent mass shooting in Kentucky on Ellen

WATCH: New Jersey mom who helped prevent mass shooting in Kentucky on Ellen

Last week, we told you about Koeberle Bull, a New Jersey mother who helped derail a potential school shooting in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Yesterday, Bull and her family were invited on Ellen to tell the amazing story and Ellen surprised them by bringing Josh Satterly, the Kentucky State Trooper who responded to the report, on stage:

A quick refresher of the story because it truly is incredible: Bull received a Facebook message with racist comments about her and her biracial children from a man named Dylan Jarrell, whose Facebook profile listed him as a resident of Lawrenceburg, Ky. Sensing danger, Bull contacted the Kentucky State Police, who caught Jarrell backing out of his driveway wearing a Kevlar vest with a firearm, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, and a detailed plan of attack on local schools. He was arrested on two counts of second-degree “terroristic threatening” and one count of harassing communications.

On Ellen, Officer Satterly thanked Bull on behalf of the Kentucky State Police and invited her and her family to the Lawrenceburg Christmas Parade. Ellen also gave the family a trip to Fiji. Both great gestures for a woman whose actions should be an inspiration to us all.


New Jersey mom helps prevent a school shooting in Kentucky

A school shooting plot right here in Kentucky was stopped in its tracks thanks to a woman in New Jersey.

LEX18 has the story of Koeberle Bull, a mother of three with no connection to the Bluegrass; that is, until last week when Bull received a private Facebook message from a man she didn’t know, spewing awful and racist things about Bull and her children. The message came from a man named Dylan Jarrell, whose Facebook profile listed him as a resident of Lawrenceburg, Ky.

Jarrell’s messages prompted Bull to contact the Lawrenceburg Police Department, which then led to the arrest of Jarrell as he was backing out of his driveway. He was stopped with a gun, more than 200 rounds of ammo, a 100-round high capacity magazine, a Kevlar vest and a plan of attack on the Anderson County and Shelby County school districts. Police believe he was on his way to carry out the attacks at the time of his arrest.

If not for Bull’s call to local law enforcement from 700 miles away, police would not have known to stop Jarrell before it was too late.


WATCH: WKU Football Lost in the Wildest Way Possible

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It’s been a rough year for Bowling Green’s football team.  Saturday night perfectly encapsulated Western Kentucky’s 2018 football season.

While former head coach Jeff Brohm throttled No. 2 Ohio State, the 1-5 Tops were searching for their first C-USA win against 1-5 Old Dominion (yes, ODU’s only win before Saturday was against Virginia Tech).  A WKU win was all but assured when Western Kentucky scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:37 to play.  After that, chaos took control of the college football game.

Just like the Louisville basketball loss to Virginia, everything that had to go wrong to give ODU a chance to win in regulation went wrong.

A comedy of errors prevented Western Kentucky from beating Old Dominion, but they still almost beat Louisville at Cardinal Stadium.  People forget that.


“Top Chef Kentucky” looks like something you should watch

The popular TV show “Top Chef” released its first look at its 16th season, which was shot right here in the Bluegrass. The show spent time in places like Lexington, Louisville and on Lake Cumberland earlier this spring, and will feature celebrity guest judges, including John Calipari, in its competitions.

Get a sneak peek at what’s ahead in the trailer that was released today:

The season premieres Thursday, December 6, at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.


Want to own one of Colonel Sanders’ suits?

Want to own one of Colonel Sanders’ suits?

Colonel Harland Sanders is a Kentucky icon. Now, you can own one of his trademark white suits.

Dick Miller, Sanders’ former driver and travel companion, is putting some of the Colonel’s personal items bestowed to him up for auction, including the suit, a watch, belt buckle, Stetson hat, state-issued drivers license and credit cards.

Photos from Heritage Auctions

Miller, who met the Colonel by chance while picking up KFC takeout, drove for him from 1970 until his death in 1980, even driving the hearse to his final resting place in Cave Hill Cemetery. After that, he worked at the KFC Headquarters for 28 years.

The auction starts on October 15. If you have your heart set on the suit, you better start saving; the last Colonel Sanders suit that went up for auction sold for over $4,000.

[WDRB]


Of course this is the most popular soda in Kentucky

The website “Eat This, Not That!” found the most popular soft drink in each state across America, from the big brands like Coca-Cola and Pepsi to the regional brews like Cheerwine and Delaware Punch (which is popular in Louisiana, surprisingly). Kentucky’s most popular soft drink may surprise you, too — that is, if you’re expecting it to be Ale-8-One.

Believe it or not (and I wholeheartedly believe it), Mountain Dew is the sugary drink of choice across the Bluegrass. In fact, Kentuckians buy more cases of Mountain Dew than any other state in the country.

Kentucky – Mountain Dew

The Midwest and South love their Hulk-hued beverage, and Kentucky reigns number one when it comes to sales. Bluegrass State dwellers buy the most cases of Mountain Dew per capita compared to any other state, according to a Beverage Digest report. (Eat This, Not That!)

I once drank 24 cans of Mountain Dew in one night in high school, but have since given it up because it’s so bad for you. Outside of the occasional Diet Coke in the UK press box, you’ll rarely catch me drinking any soft drinks these days.

And I’m not alone, either. Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi saw a decline in volume last year. But here in Kentucky, Mountain Dew is still king.

Speaking of that, do people still spread that lie about Yellow 5 and its effect on men? I remember hearing it all the time back when I was addicted to Dew. Just wondering. Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day.


Longshots Rule Saturday at Keeneland

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Knicks Go captures the Breeders’ Futurity at 70/1 for trainer Ben Colebrook’s first Grade 1 victory. Photo courtesy of Horse Racing Nation.

Knicks Go paid $142 to win for his Breeders’ Futurity victory, and Next Shares returned bettors $48.80 on $2 win wagers to fuel an all-stakes pick 5 that paid out over $130,000 for the fifty cent minimum bet at Keeneland on Saturday.  In the midst of the hysteria, we were able to identify two profitable plays as Positive Spirit finished second in the 5th race and Golden Mischief took the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.  The positive returns on those two wagers covered most of the losses on the exotic plays, and we finished the day down $11.50, which leaves a net loss of $10 thus far for the meet.  Sunday’s card offers three more stakes races, all of which are Win and You’re In preps for their respective Breeders’ Cup divisions.

Sunday, October 7th – Race 6, the Indian Summer

Chelsea Cloisters will most likely go favored in this prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.  She blew away a maiden field over the main track here in the spring and then shipped across the pond where she disappointed as the favorite in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.  Wesley Ward ran her back in 13 days off that poor effort, and she yielded in the late stages to finish in the runner-up spot in the Group 3 Prix du Bois at Deauville.  Most recently, she was second past the wire again back in the states at Saratoga behind her stablemate Stillwater Cove.  The daughter of First Samurai has the speed to set the pace from her rail draw, and she has an experience edge on most of the field.  She is the one to beat.  All About It made a very strong run from just off the pace to miss by a neck in his debut at Saratoga.  Fog of War, the winner of that race, came back to take the Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine in his next contest.  All About It adds lasix for his second trip to the post and looks like a very formidable challenger in this spot.

Wager: $5 exacta box with Chelsea Cloisters and All About It; $1 trifecta box with Chelsea Cloisters, Credit Swap, and All About It

Race 8, the Bourbon Stakes

Fourteen juveniles head to the post to challenge for a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in the Grade 3 Bourbon.  War of Will led deep into the stretch and just missed victory by a half length in the aforementioned Summer Stakes in his last start.  Though still a maiden, he certainly deserves a long look in here based off that effort.  Henley’s Joy is 2 for 2 after breaking his maiden at Ellis Park and taking the Kentucky Downs Juvenile for Mike Maker.  Tyler Gaffalione stays aboard the son of turf stalwart Kitten’s JoyConcrete Rose earned a solid 82 Beyer figure for her debut victory over good turf at Saratoga in which she bested next-out winner Introduced by a length and 3/4 on the line.  Tracksmith was a mere head behind Henley’s Joy at Kentucky Downs.  Mick’s Star is bred for the lawn and has two blow-out victories at Indiana Downs to his credit.

Wager: $0.50 trifecta box with War of Will, Henley’s Joy, Concrete Rose, Tracksmith, and Mick’s Star

Race 9, the Spinster

Eskimo Kisses put forth a career best effort when dominating the Alabama at Saratoga in her last go.  She cuts back in distance for this Breeders’ Cup Distaff prep and owns two second place finishes over the Keeneland surface.  Blue Prize will take some money as she has won her two most recent outings, both in graded stakes company at Churchill Downs.  However, Julien Leparoux, the winning pilot in her Locust Grove victory in Louisville three weeks ago, chose to ride Talk Veuve to Me this afternoon.  The daughter of Violence set a fast pace and faded badly to finish 4th, beaten 7 lengths by Eskimo Kisses in the Alabama.  She has been training well at Keeneland since, and she will appreciate the turn back to 9 panels today.  Her tactical speed will give her the jump on the major competition.

Wager: $15 WPS on Talk Veuve to Me

Best of luck to everyone, enjoy another beautiful (and HOT) day at Keeneland.  You can follow me on Twitter @chadlashbrook.


Breeders’ Cup Preps Highlight Keeneland Fall Stars Weekend

Keeneland’s fall meet opens this weekend with three excellent cards anchored by 10 stakes races that serve as important preps for next month’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.  Friday’s card features the Grade 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes, a Win and You’re In event for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, along with the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades, which offers the winner a free ticket to the Juvenile Fillies at Churchill on Friday, November 2nd.  Despite the continuing summer weather, most pools closed about a month ago, so make every effort to get out and enjoy some outstanding racing this weekend.

Promises Fulfilled takes the G1 Allen Jerkens at Saratoga. Photo courtesy of Bloodhorse.

This column has traditionally provided a simple summation of mostly stakes races with general opinions on how the race might unfold and who the primary contenders might be.  Several readers have reached out and requested more straight forward wagering opinions.  So, for this meet, I will be keeping a bankroll with specific bets for each day the column runs.  Maximum bankroll per day will be $100.  Ask and you shall receive – we’ll see how this goes.  Wager at your own risk.

Friday, October 5th – Race 8, The Grade 2 Phoenix Stakes

A six horse field will line up for this 6 furlong opening day fall meet staple, but only half of them appear to be viable contenders.  Limousine Liberal will take plenty of money, and deservedly so, as he is closing in on the $2 million earnings mark for his career.  He finished a hard fought 3rd behind the re-opposing Whitmore last out in the Forego at Saratoga.  Just prior to that, he defeated Whitmore at Belmont.  Both those races were run at 7 furlongs, which is Limousine Liberal’s preferred distance.  He is only 3 for 11 going 3/4 of a mile and just 1 for 6 at Keeneland.  He has burned money in his last two efforts over the Keeneland strip, finishing 2nd as the favorite in the Commonwealth Stakes this past spring, and 3rd in this race last year as the public’s choice.  Whitmore won this race last year, by a nose, and enters this off a strong victory in the aforementioned Forego following two near misses at Belmont.  Promises Fulfilled is a 3yo making his first start against elders in this spot.  On the same day Whitmore won the Forego, Promises Fulfilled won the Allen Jerkens over the same track in identical time.  The son of Shackleford is the preferred choice in this spot because he has a distinct pace advantage.  He will set the pace from his rail draw, and may face only modest pressure from Distinctive B.  Six furlongs may ultimately prove to be his ideal distance, and he proved he can handle a tepid pace and still finish strong in his two races at Saratoga.

Wager: $35 Win and Place on Promises Fulfilled

Race 9, The Grade 1 Alcibiades

This mile and a sixteenth test for 2yo fillies drew an overflow field of 16, 14 of which will start.  Restless Rider will likely go favored based on her runner-up finish in the Spinaway at Saratoga and an 11 length victory in the Debutante at Churchill.  Like many of these, this will be her first trip around two turns, and I’m more apt to take a wait and see approach on whether she will handle the added ground or not.  Into Trouble has two very professional victories to her credit and certainly ought to be respected in her first two turn trip.  Lady TNT owns two runaway victories following a debut where nothing went right for her.  She went straight to the front and never looked back in both those wins, and she will likely look to do the same here.  Distance is certainly a question as she has not been further than 6 furlongs and her sire Justin Phillip earned his keep around one turn as well, but trainer Joe Sharp boasts a solid 23% winning percentage when stretching runners out.  Catherinethegreat has thus far sandwiched two very impressive outings with two very subpar efforts.  She had a rough trip when 9th beaten 14 lengths in the Spinaway.  She adds blinkers for this and comes in with the fastest of 113 half mile works over the track this past Saturday.  Like Lady TNT, she has the speed necessary to gain a forward placing and negate potential traffic issues from the outset.  Chocolate Kisses is one of only two fillies in the race to have competed at this distance before, and she’s done it twice.  She broke her maiden over firm turf at Saratoga and then took the show spot over yielding ground in the PG Johnson.  Shifting back to the dirt may suit her well, and she has proven stamina.

Wager:  $0.50 trifecta box w/ Restless Rider, Into Trouble, Lady TNT, Catherinethegreat, and Chocolate Kisses

Best of luck to all who choose to get involved on opening day.  Check back in this spot tomorrow for Saturday’s column.  You can follow me on Twitter @chadlashbrook.


Kentucky’s Depth Chart pre-Mississippi State

Kentucky’s Depth Chart pre-Mississippi State

Kentucky’s game vs. Murray State yielded a few changes on this week’s depth chart.

AJ Rose is now No. 2 at running back behind Benny Snell, shedding the “or” between his name and Sihiem King’s. Freshman Allen Dailey passed sophomore Isaiah Epps to become the No. 2 option at the “Z” wide receiver spot behind senior Dorian Baker. Dailey was one of the highlights of Kentucky’s win over Murray State, catching two passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. 


Lexington Catholic Football is No. 2 on the SportsCenter Top 10

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One Kentucky high school football team shined under the brightest national spotlight last night.

If you tuned into SportsCenter Friday night or Saturday morning, you saw Lexington Catholic High School.  A tipped Lexington Christian pass was dug like a volleyball before John Martin Simms picked off the pass.  It’s easy to understand why it was the No. 2 play in America.

Lexington Catholic quarterback and UK legacy recruit Beau Allen threw for 362 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Knights to a 54-13 victory over LCA.