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Bellarmine Knights – A Few Days Later

First of all, if you missed it, here is the celebration from Knights Hall held on Tuesday evening, March 29, 2011. If you didn’t hear the throb of BTO’s “Takin’ Care of Business” or “I Got a Feeling (Tonight I Gonna Be a Good Night”) from Black Eyed Peas echoing from the campus speakers at dusk, you had to be a couple of zip codes away. A few steps up the concrete ramp and the generator-like hum was revealed as I looked out upon wall to wall bleachers filled with fans. A platform with the NCAA trophy in the center,…


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DaMarcus Smith Denied Release from UCF

DaMarcus Smith is starting to look like the prodigal son. Smith asked Coach George O’Leary for a release from his letter of intent to the University of Central Florida. Smith was originally committed to the University of Louisville, but in a now infamous turn of events reconsidered announcing that he signed with the Knights. O’Leary denied Smith’s request today, saying “the big thing is you sign a legal document and that’s what it is – a legal document. I’ve never in all my coaching given a release to an NLI and I’m not about to start. And he knew that….


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Meet Another ‘Invisible Bicyclist’ – Alan Sweeny II – car-free and loving it

Alan couldn’t have picked a harder time to go car-free. He admits the past winter’s weather was a big challenge, but he has made a game of it. “It’s really not that bad. In fact, it’s rewarding. Every time I get to work it’s a fun to look back at what I went through to get there,” he said. Overcoming the elements gives him a sense of victory.


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Houston, We Have Your Cliches

I watched three late local newscasts last night, and wondered what would have filled the time if it weren’t for UK’s big victory in Newark and the Bellarmine victory celebration on Sunday morning. This week, get set to endure plenty of cliches about Houston and aerospace, as Fox41’s Bennett Haeberle did leading off the newscast: “Houston, We Have Liftoff.” The UK and Bellarmine stories took what seemed to be half the newscasts. It’s the one time during the year that local on-air types are seen in a different city, and that sports bars are the focus of live shots.  Two…


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Bellarmine Knights–Wide Awake on Sunday Morning

There I sat in my pajamas on a cold Sunday morning. The snow was still on the car tops and lawns. All local news channels were a-buzz with Bellarmine and the homecoming that awaited at Knights Hall shaping up to be a high-five tear-jerker. I had already gotten all misty when I heard about the championship win of 71-68 yesterday while at the gym. I just stood there in front of the screen with several others when a woman exclaimed, “We won!!! Well, who could that be? It’s March, after all. The “we” was Bellarmine University. Taking the men’s division…


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Here We Go. . . Cats

I love those Bud Light “Here We Go” spots airing during the NCAA Tournament games. You know, these ones. . . So here we go with a roundup of a huge hoops weekend. Here We Go to Houston: Wow. This has been quite a run for this Kentucky team, the one that lost six road games in the dismal SEC, the one whose membership in that league may have gotten it a #4 seed instead of a 2, the one who few experts thought would get past Ohio State. But now they’re headed to Houston and will face Connecticut, the…


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Lady Cards Bow Out to Gonzaga, 76-69

  After digging themselves an early hole, the Cardinals weren’t able to claw back to overtake the Bulldogs in their Sweet 16 matchup. In a home game for Gonzaga, Louisville wasn’t able to find its stride until the second half. Freshman Shoni Schimmel, the proclaimed female Jimmer Fredette, missed 12 of her first 13 shots and couldn’t find her groove until late in the game. For the first time in the tourney she played like a Freshman.   The Bulldogs are the lowest seed to ever make the elite 8 in NCAA Women’s history, but boast the highest scoring offense…


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Bellarmine Knights Advance to Division Two Title Game

The Louisville area may still have some basketball silverware headed this way. Bellarmine led by Coach Scott Davenport defeated Minnesota State University Mankato 81-74 last night to stake their claim in the championship. Bellarmine is ranked number two in Division two and will now face the Brigham Young University-Hawaii Seasiders Saturday night. (Are there really enough mormons in Hawaii to start a BYU campus there?) Bellarmine has been crashing the top tiers of DII basketball for a few years now but this is the Knights’ first opportunity to win a National Championship. The Knights took down Mankato with 53% shooting…


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Schimmel and Lady Cards Stun Xavier, 85-75

Shoni Shimmel is the Jimmer Fredette of Women’s Hoops. The freshman phenom Shimmel had a career high 33 points to lead the Cardinals to their third ever NCAA Sweet 16.  Louisville stormed back in the final eight minutes of the game, holding Xavier to five minutes without a field goal. The Lady Cards even forced six turnovers in six straight Musketeer possessions. Schimmel’s effort was the coming out party for Louisville’s latest superstar. Her athleticism and raw talent mirrors that of former Louisville All-American Angel McCoughtry. Schimmel’s turn around jumper to bring the Cards level with Xavier was nothing short…


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No Excuses for Bonehead Committee Picks

Here’s Billy Reed’s logical suggestions for fixing the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It makes a lot of sense. So, of course, none of this will happen. By Billy Reed Ordinarily I’m not a critic of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament committee. I don’t always agree with their selections and seedings, but I can usually see their logic. This year, though, the committee did such a lousy job that it deserves the beating it has been taking in the media. There was no justification whatsoever for Florida getting a No. 2 seed and Kentucky a No. 4; for the Big…