Notes and links for a Saturday morning:
– Let’s open with a goodbye. Yesterday was the last day at the Herald-Leader for my colleague and friend Chip Cosby, our football beat writer since 2000. To celebrate his new job at cn/2, there was a small get-together last night at Ramsey’s on High Street in downtown Lexington.
Ok, so it wasn’t so small. Joker Phillips was there. Rich Brooks was there. Jennifer Palumbo from Fox-62 was there. Kent Spencer and Dan Rieffer from from WTVQ were there. (And that was just while was there.) Chip always knew how to bring out the star power. Good luck to him in his new job.
– There’s a Kentucky vs. Louisville matchup today. It’s in tennis. UK beat Cleveland State 4-0 in yesterday’s first round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center. Louisville blanked Cornell 4-0. The two teams have not met since 2005.
“I think it’s great,” UK Coach Dennis Emery said of Saturday’s matchup. “It just is such a good opportunity for all of us to showcase what we have in the state. We have two very good programs. Had Louisville gone to Texas A&M or something, there wouldn’t be the same sense of excitement. So I think it’s a great opportunity for both of us.”
Meanwhile, Louisville’s No. 1 player, Austen Childs, hurt his shoulder in Friday’s match.
Today’s match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
– Kentucky baseball held off Georgia 7-4. The Cats backed ace pitcher Alex Meyer with four runs in the first inning. All seven of the Cats’ runs came with two outs. Thomas McCarthy had three hits. Meyer gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings. The Cats are now 6-19 in SEC play, and take on the Bulldogs at 4:30 today at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
– Joey Votto came through. The reigning NL MVP had the big hit in the 10th as the Reds beat the Cardinals 6-5 at GABP. The home team trailed 4-0 after six and 5-4 going into the bottom of the ninth. Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes:
Just another win? Not to Joey Votto, whose 10th-inning walk-off single lifted the Reds to a 6-5 win over NL Central rival St. Louis on Friday night. The Reds moved within a half-game of the Cardinals for the division lead, with St. Louis in town through Sunday. While some Reds have said the Cardinals are just another series, Votto said it does indeed mean more to win such a game against high-profile St. Louis.
“Of course, yeah,” Votto said. “Certainly. They’re the No. 1 team in our division. Whether or not you want to use the word ‘rivalry,’ they’re a very tough team for us to face on a consistent basis. I have nothing but respect for that team, and I think that’s the way we feel in general in this clubhouse.”
Standing Room Only tickets left for today’s 4:10 p.m. game.
– Interesting that Belmont is moving from the Atlantic Sun to the OVC. It will start play in basketball in 2012-13 season. Joe Biddle of the Tennessean writes on the challenges the Bruins will face in their new league.
– Jodie Meeks is back in school, according to WLEX-TV.
– Kentucky Sports Radio says “no thanks” to Tony Woods.
– Glenn Logan of A Sea of Blue writes on NCAA enforcement.
– DeAndre Liggins is doing a signing at Lexington Sports Cards today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– We have a game seven in the NBA playoffs. Memphis beat the Thunder last night to force a deciding game Sunday at 3:30 in Oklahoma City on ABC. The Miami-Chicago Eastern Conference final starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday on TNT.
– In case you missed it, Jeff Goodman has officially left Fox Sports for cbssports.com. That beefs up CBS’ college basketball coverage on the web, teaming Jeff with Gary Parrish. Looks like the ESPN vs. CBS basketball web war is on.
– And yesterday was the last day for Brett Dawson at the Courier-Journal. In case you missed that, Brett is going to be running the Kentucky site for Rivals. So the Rivals vs. Cats Pause web war is on. The Cats Pause split from Rivals on April 1.
– Media Approval Ratings will take the weekend off, but be back with new candidates next week.
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