Sports - True Blue Site Sports - True Blue Site en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:07:35 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Ward Tops Witten In Three Sets Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:48:33 PM Ward Tops Witten In Three Sets

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After taking former Kentucky Wildcat Jesse Witten to a third set and winning his second round, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-2, Britain's James Ward still was not happy.

And neither was Witten.

Witten didn't like the officiating, and Ward, last year's winner, didn't care for the crowd, or the officiating.

The difference was, it seemed to penetrate Witten's skin a little deeper than Ward, who despite his distaste for the vocal crowd, kept his cool, picked up his serve and waited for his opponent to make the mistakes.

"When it is like that -- in your face on every point -- and people don't know what they are talking about, it can get very frustrating," said the 27-year-old Ward, referring to the reactions to the calls by some of the fans in the stands.

Despite the upheaval of the third set, the first two sets were filled with plenty of momentum shifts. Ward gave Witten far fewer looks at the ball than his previous opponent in the first round, Italy's Erik Crepaldi. He also anticipated Witten, neutralizing his trademark strength and accuracy. Witten couldn't get his serve under wraps, but neither could Ward until the last set. Both men had first-serve percentages ranging around the 50 percent mark, with Ward's a few percentage points higher.

Ward described his play in the beginning as "pretty shambolic." A trip to the dictionary found that he felt his game in the beginning was disorganized and chaotic. Witten might have said the same thing about his own third set or he might have said he ran out of gas.

"It's a lack of playing and a lack of conditioning," said the Bradenton, Fl., resident, who has been teaching tennis. "I can't get out there and expect to play perfect, but it was great to be able to compete with a guy who is 150 in the world."

Ward said Witten was able to find extra energy because of the crowd, but said he felt like he played the better game.


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Dean Wells Still Loves It When Kentucky Beats Louisville Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 5:00:16 PM Alan Cutler Dean Wells Still Loves It When Kentucky Beats Louisville

When Dean Wells came to Kentucky, he wasn't sure he was good enough to play at UK. After a great career at UK, he went on to have a terrific career in the NFL. Wells exceeded his expectations.

Three UK football greats, Wilbur Hackett, Warren Bryant and Dean Wells, were honored during Governor's Cup activities Tuesday night at the Derby Museum and Wednesday at the Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville.

Wells hasn't changed. He still loves it when Kentucky beats Louisville.

"Oh absolutely," says Wells. "I am a die-hard, passionate UK football and basketball fan now. So I savor the tail-gating, and I love the banter between fans and I'm not a fan of that other color."

Wells is from Louisville but grew up a huge UK fan. He also became the captain and an Academic All-American.  He started 77 of his 129 games in his 9-year NFL career. 

When it comes to memories at Kentucky, this is number one: Georgia has owned UK for what seems like forever so Doug Pelphrey's field goal to win the game 26-24 is a great memory, but also a painful one.

"It was fun, but then it wasn't fun because I was at the bottom of the pile. I'm a little claustrophobic. All of a sudden you see the highlight film and I'm trying to throw guys off of me," Wells said. 

Wells is modest and feels uncomfortable when you say he was a star. But he is quick to add he tried hard.

Wells was a star who always tried to do everything the right way.


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Hackett, Bryant, Wells Honored At Governor's Cup Events Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 4:59:10 PM Hackett, Bryant, Wells Honored At Governor's Cup Events

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Three University of Kentucky football greats, Wilbur Hackett, Warren Bryant and Dean Wells, were honored during Governor's Cup activities Tuesday night at the Derby Museum and Wednesday at the Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville.

Hackett was a three-year starting linebacker at Kentucky, earning Sophomore All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1968, honorable mention All-SEC as a junior and was Kentucky's Co-Most Valuable Player as a senior. One of the pioneers of integration in the SEC, in 1969 he became the first African-American team captain in any sport in SEC history. Hackett stayed close to athletics by becoming a baseball umpire and football game official, retiring recently after 15 seasons as an SEC football official. His officiating highlights included three SEC Championship Games, two Rose Bowls and a Fiesta Bowl. He is a member of the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and was UK's 2013 SEC Legend.

Bryant, who lettered from 1974-76 as an offensive tackle for UK, was a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp and American Football Coaches Association in 1976. The star offensive lineman, whose jersey is retired at UK, was also winner of the Jacobs Trophy in 1976, which honors the SEC's most outstanding blocker. Bryant was a three-time All-SEC selection and was named to the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger 25-year (1961-1985) All-SEC team. A first-round draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons in 1976, Bryant played in 104 career games in the NFL with the Falcons and the Los Angeles Raiders until his NFL career ended in 1984.

Wells was a four-year letterwinner at Kentucky from 1989-1992 playing outside linebacker, end and tackle. The native of Louisville, Ky., played in 43 career games for UK with 28 starts, totaling 206 tackles, 17 sacks and nine tackles for loss. Wells, who earned his undergraduate degree in the spring of 1992 and played the fall of 1992 as a graduate student, was only the second player in UK history to be named to the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll four seasons and was a member of the College Football Association Scholar-Athlete Team in 1992. His senior season, Wells posted five sacks in UK's victory over Indiana, which still stands as the most quarterbacks sacks in a game in program history. Wells had 10 sacks overall in 1992, which ranks third most in a single season in program history. Wells was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft and played in 129 career games with the Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, making 77 starts, in his nine-year pro career.

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Wildcats Honored For Academics By NABC Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 1:18:12 PM Wildcats Honored For Academics By NABC

Kansas City, Mo. - For the second-consecutive season the Kentucky men's basketball program was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for team academic excellence. 

The second annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics to recogne outstanding academic achievement, selected 125 colleges and universities with cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season.

John Calipari's squad posted a 3.11 cumulative GPA. Calipari's squad has tallied a 3.0 GPA or better in six of the last seven semesters.

Three Wildcats, Tod Lanter, Sam Malone and Jarrod Polson, were named to the NABC Honors Court on Monday. Malone was the recipient of the Elite 89 award at the 2014 Final Four, which honors the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating in the Final Four.

Nine Wildcats were tabbed to various Southeastern Conference Honor Rolls this season. Dominique Hawkins, Dakari Johnson, Lanter, Marcus Lee, Brian Long, Malone, Polson, Alex Poythress and Derek Willis were all honored by the SEC.

Since Calipari's arrival, all nine players who have exhausted their athletic eligibility have graduated from UK including: Twany Beckham, Josh Harrellson, Ramon Harris, Jon Hood, Mark Krebs, Darius Miller, Polson, Perry Stevenson and Eloy Vargas. Furthermore, Patrick Patterson and Polson completed their degrees in just three years.

Kentucky was one of three teams from the SEC to earn recognition by the NABC for academic excellence, while a mere eight BCS-level institutions earned the honor.


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Alumni Game Tickets On Sale July 28 Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:16:13 AM Alumni Game Tickets On Sale July 28

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tickets for the 2014 UK Men's Basketball Alumni Charity Game, which will be held August 24 at 6 p.m. ET in Rupp Arena, will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m. ET. For the first time in three years, a team of UK pros will face a team of non-UK pros. 

All seats are reserved and priced at $101 (premium lower level), $31 (lower level), and $16 for premium upper level. Tickets can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.

You must be 16 or older to purchase tickets and children under the age of 2 get in for free with a paying adult.

Doors to Rupp Arena will open at 4 p.m. ET.

Set to tip off Sunday evening at 6 p.m. ET, the game will feature Wildcats currently or formerly playing professionally against non-UK players also either currently or formerly playing professionally. The Big Blue Nation will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to don the Blue and White against other elite talent. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm individual players participating in the exhibition game.


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Construction At Kentucky Football Stadium To Go On Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 9:10:20 AM Construction At Kentucky Football Stadium To Go On

(AP) - The $110 million construction project at the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium will continue through the upcoming football season with the goal of finishing renovations before the 2015 kickoff.

UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear says construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning.

Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely told the Lexington Herald-Leader that seating capacity will be down about 6,000 in 2014 compared with 2013 because of construction in the south upper deck.

The work will require some changes to the way fans enter Commonwealth Stadium on game days.

"Our event management team is working to clear up other logistical problems (before the season begins)," he said.

The Wildcats will kick off their 2014 season at home against Tennessee-Martin on Aug. 30.

Pear said good weather during late summer and fall would allow construction to continue through the season.

"Sequencing is important," Pear said. "Obviously, what we're trying to do is get a lot of good weather. The final home game for us this season will be Nov. 8, and we think we can manage about one more month of decent weather after the season ends. At that point, we're hoping what we're working on at that time will be closed (by a roof or glass)."

About 17 rows have been removed from the south upper deck, Neely said, in favor of a new structure that will rise above the upper deck and hold luxury suites, along with a new press box.

About 2,000 season ticket holders held seats in the removed area. Those holders were allowed to choose where they wanted to move. Commonwealth Stadium has a large enough allotment at the price range of the former seats that holders would not get priced out of tickets.

The student section will remain in the same location this season, Neely said. Plans for shifting students to the east end zone will be implemented in 2015, which coincides with Kentucky's goals of completion.

"What we're really targeting is 409 days (the Friday before the 2015 season begins)," Pear said. "Everything we accomplish along that way is progressing to that goal."


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Former Wildcat Standout Witten Defeats Italys Crepaldi Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:37:29 PM Former Wildcat Standout Witten Defeats Italys Crepaldi

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Former Wildcat and five-time All American Jesse Witten hasn't been on his college courts in eight or nine years. But he was glad to find Tuesday the magic was still there with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 victory over Italy's Erik Crepaldi.

Crepaldi moved through the qualifiers into the first round of the main draw of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships only to find his opponent to be a player who once lost to Novak Djokovic in the third round of the 2009 US Open in four sets.

Witten is a tennis legend around UK. In addition to his showing at the US Open, he is one of 15 players in the history of college players with four All-American singles titles, and he is one of six players to ever reach the NCAA singles finals as a freshman. Before entering his senior season at UK in 2004, he reached the finals at this tournament.

Crepaldi fought hard to try and neutralize Witten's power by moving him back and forth, a tactic that proved to be successful in the second set. The third set, though, Witten used his powerful serve, his uncanny ability to read the court and his ability to anticipate to shutout the 24-year-old.

Witten, who was on the tour for several years, now said he plays more for the joy.

"I don't think about game plans any more," he said. "For me it's about getting out there and having fun."

In the second set, Witten said his energy began to flag but the crowd's support got him back on his feet again and strengthened his determination to win.

"I love tennis, and I love competing, but it's tough being on the road 40 weeks a year," said the 31-year-old, who has moved back to Florida. "These guys who are playing every day have a big advantage."


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Annual Kickoff Luncheon Set For Friday, Aug. 1 At Noon Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:14:21 PM Annual Kickoff Luncheon Set For Friday, Aug. 1 At Noon

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The annual University of Kentucky Football Kickoff Luncheon has been set for Friday, Aug. 1, at noon ET inside the Hyatt Regency's Patterson Ballroom in Lexington, Ky. The event is presented by Kroger.

During the luncheon, attendees will hear from emcee and Voice of the Wildcats Tom Leach and second-year head coach Mark Stoops as they preview the 2014 season.

Fans interested in attending should make their reservations now as seating is limited. For reservations, contact Elizabeth Briggs at The deadline to reserve tables or seats is Friday, July 25.

Additional information includes:

Individual tickets cost $40 each and a table for 10 costs $400.

The event is on August 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET and will be in the Hyatt Regency's Patterson Ballroom.

Parking is complimentary in the High Street lot.

Business casual attire is appropriate.


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]]> Updates UK Practice Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:02:50 PM Updates UK Practice

The UK Basketball team is allowed two hours of team skill instruction per week this time of year. promised an update and it took place today. Not from Coach Calipari but editor, Eric Lindsey.

There were several bullet points but a few really stood out as I was reading it. Like, Alex Poythress is a more confident player than he has been the last two years and still show his athleticism. There was a story of him getting a rebound and putback over Karl Towns and Marcus Lee.

The best match-up to watch is Towns, who Lindsey says could be the best big man Coach Cal has ever had, go up against Dakari Johnson. He says Dakari holds his ground as Towns tries to make several moves that Coach Cal says worked in high school but won't against players in college.

Lindsey believes Tyler Ulis is going to be a fan favorite. Even at 5'9", he's learned how to get his shot off over much taller players. And, he's pesky on defense which will help Andrew Harrison improve as they go against each other every day in practice.

Derek Willis has added muscle and he's recently guarded three different position players in a practice. Taking on Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker at shooting guard, Poythress at small forward and Lee at power forward.

And, when shots stopped falling near the end of practice and obvious fouls weren't called, the teams started to get upset. Coach Cal said, "Ain't no time to be a baby.If you want to argue, that's fine because it's one less guy to worrty about. You'll sit.

That's just a sampling of the highlights from the Lindsey article. To read the entire practice report on click here.


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BBN Called Out To Pick A Song For 2014 Season Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:57:30 AM BBN Called Out To Pick A Song For 2014 Season

UK Football wants the BBN to be a part of the 2014 season by helping them choose a song to be played before opening kickoff on Aug. 30.

Eight players suggested a song each, and now it's up to the BBN to pick which one will kick off the season.

Here are their choices:

Bud Dupree - "Knuck If You Buck" by Crime Mob
Steven Borden - "Scatta" by Skrillex
Braylon Heard - "Who Run It" by Three 6 Mafia
Mike Douglas - "Head Bussa" by Lil Scrappy
Blake McClain - "Down" by C-Murder
Javess Blue - "Encore" by Jay-Z
Za'Darius Smith - "We Ready" by Archie Eversole
Jordan Swindle - "Returns A King" from the "300" soundtrack

CLICK HERE to vote!!!! 




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U of L Coach Asked About Coach Stoops Skipping Luncheon Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:23:29 AM U of L Coach Asked About Coach Stoops Skipping Luncheon

Ever since the UK and U of L football teams resumed their rivalry, the game has been the first or third game of the season. Because of that, a Governor's Cup Luncheon was always held in late July to give both coaches a chance to talk about the game that was soon to be played.

Now, the game is the last one on the schedule for both teams and UK Coach, Mark Stoops, is going to skip the luncheon this week. He says he doesn't want to devote a day to a game that is still going to be four months away from being played.

On Monday, Cardinals Coach, Bobby Petrino, was at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days. He was asked about Stoops decision to skip the event. "Well, I'll be there," Petrino said as the room filled with laughter. He went on to say, "No, I don't have any reaction to that at all. I'ts something that, when I came in, it was something we'd always done. I made a commitment to attend to it. So, we're going to go to the reception Tuesday night. Come out to the lunch on Wednesday."

The Governor's Cup luncheon is Tuesday in Louisville at the Hurstbourne Country Club.

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Quigley Falls In Tough Three Set Match Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:13:37 AM Quigley Falls In Tough Three Set Match

LEXINGTON, Ky. - What started out as mediocre tennis, turned into a full-blown, lengthy battle in the third set, with Australian James Duckworth often using his serve to dig himself out of many key points in the match against former Wildcat standout and wild card entry Eric Quigley to win 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5 at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships Monday.


Up 6-5 in the third set, with Quigley serving and the crowd chanting its support, Duckworth, last year's tournament runner up and this year's No. 6 seed, had to change tactics and dig deep to end the match with winners.


"It was tough playing in front of a home-town crowd, but I like playing in front of a lot of people," the 22-year-old Duckworth said. "They were cheering for him not against me."


Needless to say, Quigley was disappointed, but he enjoyed being back on the courts where he won four high school championships and garnered the "winningest" record in University of Kentucky Wildcat tennis history and playing in front of his home crowd.


"It was great to be back where I played so much in college and a junior," he said.


Quigley said he felt like he had chances, but Duckworth stepped on the gas toward the end to close the two-and-half hour match.


Both men came out looking nervous and tight but by the third set they seemed to have worked out their jitters, trading long service games, but with Duckworth collecting his game first to close out the match.



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Damien Harris Ready To Make His Decision Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:09:37 AM Damien Harris Ready To Make His Decision

Kentucky Football would love nothing better than to tweet out Yahtzee when Madison Southern's, Damien Harris, makes his college choice.

The number one running back in the country set a time table Monday night for his decision. Harris Tweeted out that he was going to narrow his list from eight to five schools on August 1st. That's right before the start of the Eagles high school season. Then, he will make his final decision known on December 13th. That is the weekend after the state finals.

Harris just visited UK last weekend and told LEX 18 Sports that UK was "making it real hard to say no."

Harris originally committed to Michigan but re-opened his recruiting. His current list of eight schools includes: UK, Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Notre Dame.

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Stoops Not Going To The Annual UK-Louisville Press Conference Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 21 Jul 2014 4:12:29 PM Alan Cutler Stoops Not Going To The Annual UK-Louisville Press Conference

Mark Stoops isn't going to be at the annual Governor's Cup Luncheon on Wednesday in Louisville.

"He didn't feel it was a good use of his time," says UK Spokesman Tony Neely.

With the game now being pushed back to Nov. 29 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium after being either the first or third game of the season, Stoops thought he could use the time to do his job as UK coach instead of spending a large part of the day attending a press conference for a game that won't happen for months.

Neely says that this is not news to the organizers of the event.

"We told them months ago," he said.

With Stoops decision, you have to wonder about the future of having a press conference in July for a game that won't be played until the end of the season.


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Trio Honored By NABC For Academic Achievements Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:25:34 PM Trio Honored By NABC For Academic Achievements

Kansas City, Mo. - Three University of Kentucky men's basketball players have been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for excellence in the classroom during the 2013-14 academic school year. Tod Lanter, Sam Malone and Jarrod Polson were all tabbed to the NABC's Honors Court on Monday.

In order to earn recognition on the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior, own a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year and must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.

Lanter is entering his senior campaign and third season with the Wildcats. He owns a 3.3 grade-point average and is majoring in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. He is a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Malone is a three-year letterwinner for the Wildcats and is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree. At the 2014 Final Four, Malone was the recipient of the Elite 89 award, recognizing the player with the highest GPA at the event. A business administration senior with an emphasis in marketing, Malone owns a 3.7 grade-point average.

Polson is a two-time selection to the NABC's Honors Court after earning the honor following his junior season as well. A graduate of Kentucky, Polson concluded his academic career with a 3.6 GPA. He earned a degree in business administration, also with an emphasis in marketing. Polson is a four-time honoree of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

All three NABC Honors Court selections played a part in UK's 3.11 cumulative GPA during the 2014 spring semester. It is the sixth time in the last seven semesters that John Calipari's squad has posted a 3.0 team GPA or better.


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Coal Magnate Bill Sturgill Dies At 89 Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:11:45 PM Coal Magnate Bill Sturgill Dies At 89

William B. "Bill" Sturgill, a former UK basketball player and board of trustees chairman, died Saturday at age 89.

Sturgill was also an important name in coal, tobacco and horses. He played basketball under Adolph Rupp in 1945 and '46.

The Floyd County natice also played a role introducing strip mining and reclaiming techniques, often criticized by environmentalists.

In 1989, he recommended Rick Pitino as UK men's basketball coach. 

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a private memorial service will be held Wednesday at Lexington's Second Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.


Read more here.  

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Jacksonville State Picked As 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Football Favorites Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:48:17 AM Jacksonville State Picked As 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Football Favorites

NASHVILLE - Jacksonville State has been picked the preseason favorite in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference football race in a vote of league head coaches and sports information directors. The Gamecocks, who have also been picked preseason favorites in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011, picked up 10 of the 18 first-place votes to top the poll.

The Gamecocks totaled 118 total points to out-distance two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois in the vote. The Panthers picked up four first-place votes and 110 total points in being picked second. Tennessee State picked up the other four first-place votes and was third with 107 points. Those three teams each qualified for and won games in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs last season. Eastern Kentucky was picked fourth (82 points) and was followed in the poll by UT Martin (79), Murray State (54), Tennessee Tech (48), Southeast Missouri State (34) and Austin Peay (16).

For the second-straight season Jacksonville State is under the direction of a new head coach as John Grass was elevated from the Offensive Coordinator position following the Gamecocks season that saw the team go 11-4 overall and advance to the FCS Quarterfinals. Grass brought an innovative offense with him to JSU, as the team set numerous school, OVC and NCAA records in 2013. This season the Jax State alum has 77 letterwinners returning, including nine offensive and six defensive starters. Among the returning players is Preseason OVC Offensive Player of the Year DaMarcus James.

James earned numerous All-American honors a year ago after rushing for a JSU record 1,477 yards and an OVC record 29 touchdowns. Also back is sophomore signal caller Eli Jenkins who was electric in leading the Gamecocks deep into the postseason; in three playoff games, Jenkins totaled 330 rushing yards and a touchdown and 362 passing yards and three passing scores.

Other JSU players selected to the Preseason All-OVC team included sophomore wide receiver Josh Barge (the team's leading receiver as a freshman), senior offensive linemen Max Holcombe and Blake Burks, senior defensive lineman Caleb Lawrence, junior defensive lineman Chris Landrum and junior punter Hamish MacInnes.

Despite the fact the team graduated Walter Payton Award winner Jimmy Garoppolo (a second round pick of the New England Patriots) and FCS ADA National Wide Receiver of the Year Erik Lora (an undrafted free agent signee of the Minnesota Vikings), the talent cupboard is far from bare for first-year head coach Kim Dameron. Dameron, who was most recently the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech and served as an EIU assistant coach back in 2000, has seven offensive and six defensive starters back from last year's OVC championship squad that was 12-2 overall and finished the season ranked fourth nationally. Among the returnees are eight players who earned Preseason All-OVC honors including junior running back/return specialist Shepard Little who was selected at two positions and who is on the Preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List.

Little rushed for 1,551 yards (seventh-most nationally) in his debut season with the Panthers while averaging 156.6 all-purpose yards/game (10th nationally). He scored 19 total touchdowns in 2013, including 15 on the ground, two on punt returns and two on receptions while also throwing a touchdown pass. Whoever takes over for Garoppolo at quarterback (either senior Andrew Manley or Kentucky transfer Jalen Whitlow) will have two Preseason All-OVC selections to throw the ball to in seniors Adam Drake and Jeff LePak. Drake caught 85 passes and scored 13 touchdowns a season ago while LePak added 51 grabs and eight scores; the team also returns Keiondre Gober who had 48 catches and nine touchdowns. Among the team's defensive returners are senior defensive back Jourdan Wickliffe (who had a team-best 91 tackles last season), senior linebacker Robert Haynes (79 tackles) and junior lineman Dino Fanti (team-high 14.5 tackles-for-loss in 2013).

Tennessee State has improved its win total in each of Rod Reed's first four seasons, reaching 10 overall wins and a playoff berth a season ago. The team was 6-2 in OVC play and earned an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs, shutting out Butler 31-0 in the first round to snap the OVC's 19-game postseason losing streak. Now in his fifth season as head coach Reed returns 58 players from last year's team including six offensive and six defensive starters. The defense should once again be solid after ranking sixth nationally in total defense (296.9 yards/game) and scoring defense (18.1 points/game) and ninth nationally in turnovers gained (31) last season.

That defensive unit is led by reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year Anthony Bass who was also tabbed this year's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year; in 2013 Bass had 34 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss, 10.0 sacks, four pass breakups, six quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick and a safety. Also back is senior defensive back Daniel Fitzpatrick who was named the National Defensive Back of the Year by the FCS ADA a season ago. Fitzpatrick led all Division I players (FBS or FCS) with eight interceptions as a junior and is on the Preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. The offense will be led by senior quarterback Michael German who missed the beginning of last season but worked his way back in the lineup before the end of the season. In seven games German completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,168 yards and 13 touchdowns without throwing an interception.

Eastern Kentucky continued its streak of never being picked lower than fourth in the OVC preseason poll by being tabbed fourth this season after a 6-6 season in 2013. This year Dean Hood's squad returns six offensive and six defensive starters including 2013 OVC Freshman of the Year Devin Borders. Borders caught a team-best 34 passes for 509 yards and six touchdowns last season and also blocked five kicks on special teams, the most blocked kicks by any player at the FCS level during the season. The Colonels will also be stout at the running back spot, as they return sophomore JJ Jude (who rushed for 637 yards and six scores a year ago) and welcome Kentucky transfer Dy'Shawn Mobley who rushed for 300 yards on 43 carries (7.0 yards/carry) in the SEC last year. Defensively senior defensive back Brandon Stanley returns after leading the team with 61 tackles a year ago. The Colonels have a tough schedule that sees them playing just one home game over the first six weeks of the season.

Jason Simpson enters his ninth season at UT Martin, making him the longest tenured active coach in the league. Simpson has won 48 OVC games in his first eight years with the program; prior to his arrival UTM had managed just 37 total OVC wins in the previous 14 years (under five different head coaches). Simpson guided the team to a 7-5 record a season ago behind a two-quarterback system that featured now junior Jarod Neal and rising senior Dylan Favre. The duo combined for 2,610 passing yards and 18 touchdowns last season and will each see action once again this season. That duo will have four returning offensive line starters to protect them including senior Charles Sweeton who was a Preseason All-OVC selection. On the defensive side of the ball senior linebacker Tony Bell is one of 20 players nationally on the Preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. In earning multiple All-American honors a year ago Bell had 80 tackles, an OVC-best 15 tackles-for-loss and 10.5 sacks while being named National Defensive Player of the Week twice during the season.

Murray State returns seven offensive and six defensive starters from last year's team that was 6-6 overall and 4-4 in OVC play. The Racers offense put up 29.8 points and nearly 400 yards of total offense per game a season ago but do have spots to fill at quarterback and wide receiver. Despite the departure of All-American Walter Powell to the NFL, MSU does return the quartet of junior wideouts in Jeremy Harness, Paul Rice, Nevar Griffin and Janawski Davis who combined for 122 catches a season ago. The quarterback race is a battle between redshirt sophomore KD Humphries, senior Parks Frazier (666 yards and four touchdowns last season) and senior CJ Bennett, who transferred from South Alabama.

Tennessee Tech head coach Watson Brown begins his eighth season in Cookeville and 30th overall as a head coach in 2014. The 2011 OVC Coach of the Year has 49 returning letterwinners from last year's squad that won its final two games of the season. Among the returning players are two Preseason All-OVC selections in senior linebacker Tra'Darius Goff and senior defensive back Marty Jones. Goff led the team with 101 tackles a season ago while also registering 8.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Jones was second on the team with 98 stops while also netting 5.0 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. The team returns two quarterbacks in senior Darian Stone (1,008 passing yards and four touchdowns and a team-best 523 rushing yards and seven rushing scores) and sophomore Jared Davis (935 passing yards and 9 touchdowns). Both will see action on the field this season with Stone taking on the new hybrid QW position that will highlight his versatility on the wing.

Southeast Missouri begins the Tom Matukewicz Era this season as Coach "Tuke" was named the 13th head coach in program history in December after spending the last two seasons at Toledo after stints at Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois. The Redhawks return nine offensive and eight defensive starters from last season's team. Among the returning players is Preseason All-OVC wide receiver selection Paul McRoberts who had a breakout campaign in 2013. After hauling in 11 catches for 138 yards as a freshman, McRoberts increased his total to 44 catches for 646 yards and nine touchdowns a season ago. Also returning is junior running back DeMichael Jackson who rushed for 977 yards and four touchdowns a season ago. Defensively Austin Black was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award (given to the top freshman in the FCS) in 2013 after registering 52 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks in 12 games.

Austin Peay begins the second season under head coach Kirby Cannon in 2014. Cannon returns 40 players from his first year in Clarksville including four offensive and three defensive starters. Overall the team will be young as 43 of the team's 93 players are freshmen. Among the players to watch this season are senior defensive back Johnathan Shuler and sophomore linebacker Antonio Turner. Shuler led the team with 76 tackles last season while Turner was second on the squad with 67 stops, despite missing two games. The team will play the season in the newly renovated Governors Stadium which underwent a 19 million dollar renovation in the offseason.

2014 OVC Preseason Football Predicted Order of Finish
1. Jacksonville State (10 first-place votes) - 118
2. Eastern Illinois (4) - 110
3. Tennessee State (4) - 107
4. Eastern Kentucky - 82
5. UT Martin - 79
6. Murray State - 54
7. Tennessee Tech - 48
8. Southeast Missouri - 34
9. Austin Peay - 16


Jacksonville State senior running back DaMarcus James was named the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Tennessee State senior defensive end Anthony Bass was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of by the league's head football coaches and sports information directors.

Eastern Illinois and Jacksonville State each had eight Preseason All-OVC selections to lead all teams. Tennessee State had six picks, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin had two apiece while Eastern Kentucky and Southeast Missouri each had one. Returning players who were first-team All-OVC selections last season (10 in total) were automatic selections to the preseason team this year. The squad also included nine players who were second-team picks in 2013. Of the 28 total selections, 20 were seniors, six were juniors and two were sophomores.

The offensive unit was led by James who earned All-American honors last season after rushing for a JSU record 1,477 yards and scoring an OVC record 29 rushing touchdowns in leading the Gamecocks to the FCS Quarterfinals. He is joined at the running back position by Eastern Illinois junior Shepard Little who rushed for 1,548 yards and 15 touchdowns in helping his team to the OVC title and FCS Quarterfinals. Both James and Shepard are on the Preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List released by the Sports Network in early July. Two quarterbacks are on the squad in Tennessee State senior Michael German (84-of-140, 1168 yards, 13 TDs) and Jacksonville State sophomore Eli Jenkins (74-of-124, 887 yards, 3 passing TDs; 953 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs). The wide receiver picks were Eastern Illinois senior Adam Drake (85 catches, 1305 yards, 13 TDs), Southeast Missouri junior Paul McRoberts (44 catches, 646 yards, 9 TDs) and Jacksonville State sophomore Josh Barge (58 catches, 885 yards, 2 TDs) while the tight end selection was EIU senior Jeff LePak (51 catches, 723 yards, 8 TDs). The offensive line included Jacksonville State senior Max Holcombe, Eastern Illinois senior Collin Seibert, Jacksonville State senior Blake Burks, Tennessee State senior Robert Myers and UT Martin senior Charles Sweeton.

Bass was named OVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 after registering 34 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss, 10.0 sacks, four pass breakups, six quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick and a safety in leading the Tigers into the second round of the FCS Playoffs. It marks the second-straight year a TSU player has been named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year (Stephen Godbolt III earned the honor in 2013). Bass is joined on the defensive line by Eastern Illinois junior Dino Fanti (45 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks, 3 FR), Jacksonville State senior Caleb Lawrence (46 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 QBH) and JSU junior Chris Landrum (38 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 4 QBH). The linebacker selections included Tennessee State senior Nick Thrasher (110 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 3 FF, 3 FR), UT Martin senior Tony Bell (80 tackles, 15.0 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 8 QBH, 3 FF, 3 FR), Eastern Illinois senior Robert Haynes (79 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 FF) and Tennessee Tech senior Tra'Darius Goff (101 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR). The defensive back choices were TSU seniors Daniel Fitzpatrick (75 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 8 INTs, 8 PBU) and De'Ante Saunders (39 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 4 INTs, 9 PBU), Eastern Illinois senior Jourdan Wickliffe (91 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 3 INTs, 8 PBU, 4 FF) and Tennessee Tech senior Marty Jones (98 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FR).

Specialists selected to the preseason team included Eastern Kentucky senior kicker Andrew Lloyd (8-of-10 FGs, 19-of-19 PATs), Jacksonville State junior Hamish MacInnes (42.9 yards per punt, Long of 86, 18 of 50-plus yards) and EIU's Little, who was selected as a return specialist (20.0 yards/kick return, 23.5 yards/punt return, 2 TDs) in addition to being a selection at running back.

2014 Preseason All-OVC Football Team
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: DaMarcus James (RB), Jacksonville State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Bass (DL), Tennessee State

QB - Michael German, Tennessee State
QB - Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State
RB - DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State
RB - Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois
WR - Adam Drake, Eastern Illinois
WR - Josh Barge, Jacksonville State
WR - Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri
TE - Jeff LePak, Eastern Illinois
C - Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State
OG - Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois
OG - Blake Burks, Jacksonville State
OT - Charles Sweeton, UT Martin
OT - Robert Myers, Tennessee State

DL - Anthony Bass, Tennessee State
DL - Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois
DL - Caleb Lawrence, Jacksonville State
DL - Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State
LB - Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State
LB - Tony Bell, UT Martin
LB - Robert Haynes, Eastern Illinois
LB - Tra'Darius Goff, Tennessee Tech
DB - Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State
DB - Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois
DB - Marty Jones, Tennessee Tech
DB - De'Ante Saunders, Tennessee State

K - Andrew Lloyd, Eastern Kentucky
P - Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State
RS - Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois


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Former Wildcat in KY Bank Tennis Tournament Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 20 Jul 2014 9:02:52 PM Former Wildcat in KY Bank Tennis Tournament

Former University of Kentucky standout Eric Quigley will face last year's runner-up James Duckworth of Australia Monday evening at 7:30 in the first round of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships at UK's Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.


Quigley, a 25-year-old PeeWee Valley, Ky., native, was a five-time All-American at UK who has been playing the pro-circuit the past two years. Duckworth is a seasoned professional player, who took No. 14 Richard Gasquet of France to five sets before losing in the first round of Wimbledon last month.


"It should be a good match," said Dennis Emery, special assistant to UK's athletic director and Quigley's former coach. "Quigley has had a productive month and should be coming in with some momentum and confidence."


Their match will be followed by last year's singles winner, James Ward of Great Britain, taking on 17-year-old American Jared Donaldson. The young Rhode Island native is coming off of three consecutive Future titles this year and is ranked 343. As a 16-year-old he advanced to the finals of USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., and to the third round in qualifying for the 2013 US Open.

Donaldson has developed his game in a less-than-traditional manner. His father wanted him to learn to structure points, so they moved to Argentina for two years in his mid-teens to play on the red clay.

"Playing on the clay teaches you patience and to slow down and construct a point rather than just playing offense," said Tom Gullikson, USTA lead national coach, men's tennis. "I think he has a bright future on the ATP tour. He certainly is one of the top 17-year-olds in the world."

He will face stiff competition in Ward, currently ranked 152. Ward became the first Englishman since 1973 to make the main draw at the French Open, losing in the first round to No. 19 Tommy Robredo in four sets.

The No. 2 singles seed, 26-year-old Peter Polansky of Canada, will face Aussie Matt Reid Monday evening at 7:30. Polansky, who is ranked 133, returns to Lexington as the doubles champion from last year's tournament, where he and countryman Frank Dancevic won in straight sets. Polansky has earned 13 singles titles and seven doubles titles. Reid, 24, is ranked 234, has won six singles titles, including the Burnie Challenger in January.

Another match of interest Monday evening is Americans Rhyne Williams and Chase Buchanan. Williams, a 23-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., comes from a tennis family; his mother played for the University of Tennessee, as do both of his sisters. He also played for UT for two years and was a two-time All-American and 2011 NCAA singles finalist. Ranked as high as 114 in 2013 and currently 201, his best finish to date was a singles championship in the Challenger of Dallas in 2013.

Williams is starting his hunt for the USTA wild card into the US Open at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, which leads off a series of Challenger tournaments in which American players can earn points toward a lone wild card.

Buchanan, 23, is from Columbus, Ohio, and is ranked a near-career-high 189. Just last month he made it to the semi-finals in singles in Manta, Ecuador, and then took the doubles title there with partner Peter Polansky. Buchanan, a five-time All-American who played at Ohio State, was also half of the Campbell/ITA National Doubles Team of the Year with partner Blaz Rola.

Local Women Out in First Round of Qualifying; Muhammad Upsets Top Seed


All three local players in the women's qualifying draw were knocked out in the first round after going up against formidable opponents in the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships.


Tangerine Manning of Lexington played Petra Rampre from Slovakia. The No. 2 seed in qualifying, Rampre defeated the 42-year old Manning, 6-1, 6-0. Junior player Madeline Rolph duked it out with Marina Shamayko of Russia. Rolph, a rising senior from the Sayre School in Lexington, is one of the top juniors in the state. However, the up-and-comer fell to Shamayko 6-2, 6-1. University of Kentucky Wildcat Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff played American Alexandra Mueller and had to shake off some nerves in the first set and brought a lot more fight to the second. The Wildcat still lost to Mueller, 6-1, 6-3.


In the women's qualifying rounds, American Asia Muhammad upset No. 1 seed Shuko Aoyama, 6-2, 6-2. She will face American Jennifer Elie Monday at 10 a.m. in the next round.


Muhammad, who last played in the Lexington Challenger in 2011, said she was here trying to qualify for a wild card spot in the US Open.


"I executed my game plan, which is to play aggressive and try to come forward," she said. "... I think playing indoors helped; I like playing indoors." Muhammad is the sister of Shabazz Muhammad, who plays for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.



American Evan King Topples No. 1 Seed in Men's Qualifying


American Evan King took a big step forward, beating No. 1 seed Filip Peliwo, a 19-year-old from Canada who last year won the junior singles championships at the US Open and Wimbledon and was the No. 1 junior in the world.

King had an easier time in the 6-2, 6-3 match against Peliwo than he had defeating UK Wildcat Alejandro Gomez in three sets Saturday. A former player for Michigan, King was a three-time All-American who set a record there for combined singles and doubles titles.


"I was able to play more relaxed today because I was almost out of it yesterday," said King, who has faced Peliwo before, coming out on the losing end, 7-5, 7-5. "And we knew each other's games so there were no surprises."


Next King faces Erik Crepaldi, 24, a lefty from Vercelli, Italy, who is coached by his father. Crepaldi's ATP ranking peaked at 416 earlier this year.


Richard Gabb, a 22-year-old from Great Britain, defeated 16-year-old American Stefan Kozlov in a third set 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Gabb now faces American Raymond Sarmiento, who has played in three of the four junior grand slams. He played at the University of Southern California, where his team won three national championships, before turning pro.



Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center

Lexington ,KY

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Indoor


Sunday July 20 - RESULTS

Women's Singles - Qualifying First Round

(2) Petra Rampre, SLO, def. WC-Tangerine Manning, USA, 6-1, 6-0,

(8) Chiaki Okadaue, JPN, def. Liudmila Vasilyeva, RUS, 6-1, 6-4,

Ashley Weinhold, USA, def. Denise Muresan, USA, 6-1, 6-1,

(7) Marina Shamayko, RUS, def. WC-Madeline Rolph, USA, 6-2, 6-0,

Emily Webley-Smith, GBR, def. Danielle Lao, USA, 6-3, 6-3,

Alexandra Mueller, USA, def. Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff, FRA, 6-1, 6-3,

Justyna Jegiolka, POL, def. Marcela Zacarias, MEX, 6-1, 6-2,

Jennifer Brady, USA, def. Isabella Holland, AUS, 6-4, 7-5,

Asia Muhammad, USA, def. (1) Shuko Aoyama, JPN, 6-2, 6-2,

Jennifer Elie, USA, def. Natalie Pluskota, USA, 6-2, 6-3,

Kristie Ahn, USA, def. Kateryna Yergina, UKR, 6-2, 6-3,

Sherazad Reix, FRA, def. (6) Riko Sawayanagi JPN, 6-0, 6-2,

Carol Zhao, CAN, def. Amy Bowtell, IRL, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3,

Maria Sanchez, USA, def. Chiara Scholl, USA, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1,

Jacqueline Cako, USA, def. (3) Sanaz Marand, USA, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6,

(5) Samantha Crawford, USA, def. Anamika Bhargava, USA, 6-3, 6-3


Men's Singles - Qualifying Second Round

Marcos Giron, USA, def. Blake Mott, AUS, 6-4, 6-2,

(3) Jordan Thompson, AUS, def. Gonzalo Escobar, ECU, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2,

Mackenzie McDonald, USA, def. Tigre Hank, MEX, 6-2, 6-2,

Evan King, USA, def. (1) Filip Peliwo, CAN, 6-2, 6-3,

Erik Crepaldi, ITA, def. Sekou Bangoura, USA, 6-1, 6-4,

(2) Yoshihito Nishioki, JPN, def. Dennis Nevolo, USA, 7-6(4), 6-3,

Raymond Sarmiento, USA, def. Dennis Novikov, USA, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4,

Richar Gabb, GBR, def. Stefan Koslov, USA, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.


Monday July 21 - SCHEDULE

Women's Singles - Qualifying Second Round

Stadium 1 - Starting at 10:00a.m.

Asia Muhammad, USA, vs. Jennifer Elie, USA, followed by,

Emily Webley-Smith, GBR, vs. Crawford, USA.


Stadium 2 - Starting at 10:00a.m.

Ashley Weinhold, USA, vs. (7) Marina Shamayko, RUS, followed by,

WC-Jennifer Brady, USA, vs. Sherazad Reix, FRA.


Court 3 - Starting at 10:00a.m.

(4) Justyna Jegiolka, POL, vs. Alexandra Mueller, USA, followed by

Jacqueline Cako, USA, vs. Carol Zhao, CAN.


Court 6 - Starting at 10:00a.m.

WC-Kristie Ahn, USA, vs. (8) Chiaki Okadaue, JPN, followed by,

(2) Petra Rampre, SLO, vs. Maria Sanchez, USA.


Men's Singles - Qualifying Finals

Stadium 1 - following the previous match, but not before 1:00p.m.

(3) Jordan Thompson, AUS, vs. Marcos Giron, USA.


Stadium 2 - following the previous match, but not before 1:00p.m.

Evan King, USA, vs. Erik Crepaldi, ITA.


Court 3 - following the previous match, but not before 1:00p.m.

(2) Yoshihito Nishioka, JPN, vs. Mackenzie McDonald, USA.


Court 6 - following the previous match, but not before 1:00p.m.

Raymond Sarmiento, USA, vs. Richard Gabb, GBR.


Men's Singles - Main Draw First Round

Stadium 1, following Pro-Am, but not before 6:30p.m.

(6) James Duckworth, AUS, vs. WC-Eric Quigley, USA, followed by,

WC-Jared Donaldson, USA, vs. (5) James Ward, GBR.


Stadium 2, following Pro-Am, but not before 6:30p.m.

Matt Reid, AUS, vs. (2) Peter Polanksy, CAN.


Court 6 - following Collarini/Gomez vs. Jenkins/Singh

Rhyne Williams, USA, vs. Chase Buchanan, USA


Men's Doubles - Main Draw First Round

Court 6, not before 6:00p.m.

Andrea Collarini, ARG, and Emilio Gomez, ECU vs. Jarmere Jenkins, USA, and Sanam Singh, IND.


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Local Women Out in First Round of Qualifying Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 20 Jul 2014 4:55:22 PM Local Women Out in First Round of Qualifying

All three local players in the women's qualifying draw were knocked out in the first round after going up against formidable opponents in the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships.


Tangerine Manning of Lexington played Petra Rampre of Slovakia. The No. 2 seed in qualifying, Rampre defeated the 42-year-old Manning, 6-1, 6-0. Junior player Madeline Rolph duked it out with Marina Shamayko of Russia. Rolph, a rising senior from the Sayre School in Lexington, is one of the top juniors in the state. However, the up-and-comer fell to Shamayko 6-2, 6-1. University of Kentucky Wildcat Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff played American Alexandra Mueller and had to shake off some nerves in the first set and brought a lot more fight to the second. The Wildcat still lost to Mueller, 6-1, 6-3.


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ESPN's "Car Wash" With SEC Football Coaches Sports - True Blue Site Sat, 19 Jul 2014 9:11:32 PM ESPN's

ESPN's "car wash" with all SEC football coaches will begin on Monday, July 21.
The term "car wash", in this case, refers to the guest appearing on multiple programs and platforms(more than 25 different shows and writers across ESPN's television, radio and digital media platforms) over one day at ESPN's headquarters in Connecticut.
Outlets include College Football Live, SportsCenter, First Take, SportsNation, Highly Questionable, Numbers Never Lie and E:60 on television; ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning, SVP & Russillo, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Sedano & Stink, The Freddie Coleman Show, The Dan LeBartard Show and College GameDay Radio; and interviews for multiple SEC Network programs, including SEC Film Room and The Paul Finebaum Show.
Here's the list of coaches and what day they will be appearing on ESPN's family of networks:

Monday, July 21

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
Guz Malzahn, Auburn
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
Les Miles, LSU
Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Mark Richt, Georgia
Mark Stoops, Kentucky

Tuesday, July 22

Bret Bielema, Arkansas
Butch Jones, Tennessee
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
Will Muschamp, Florida
Nick Saban, Alabama
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M


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