Louisville Slugger Museum to open new Reds exhibit Monday, Jul 27 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is excited to announce a new special exhibition Cincinnati Reds Legends, that will run August 8th through November 1st, 2015.

The special exhibit, which will be displayed in the museum’s back gallery, is an art exhibit featuring the works of Chris Felix, Scott Hannig and Donnie Pollard specially created for the book Cincinnati Reds Legends, by author Mike Shannon.

Felix and Shannon will participate in a book signing and Q&A session to celebrate the opening of the exhibit, beginning at 1 p.m. on August 8th.

Johnny Bench

Ernie Lombardi

More than a dozen portraits of legendary Cincinnati Reds players from Ernie Lombardi to Johnny Bench to Ken Griffey, Jr. will be on display, as well as unforgettable representations of the Reds’ historic ballparks. There will also be a number of behind-the-scenes items from the artists, each of whom have been featured in exhibitions across the country, and contribute to the literary baseball magazine Spitball.

Ken Griffey Jr

In addition to the special exhibit, the museum will also premier a model of Great American Ballpark made of LEGO® bricks. The model was made by Jason Burik of Brick Model Design in Pittsburgh.



Louisville to Visit Dominican Republic in October Friday, Jul 24 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball team’s fall practice schedule will have a new look this year as the Cardinals will visit the Dominican Republic on Oct. 2-6.

The trip, which will coincide with the university’s mid-term break, will likely include 3-4 games against local academy and winter league teams while also offering community service opportunities for the players and coaches. The tentative game schedule for the Cardinals includes a matchup against the Escogido Lions of the Dominican Winter League at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic.

“This is a unique opportunity for the players, coaches, support staff and families in our program to visit the Dominican Republic, where the game of baseball is truly engrained into the culture,” said Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, who previously visited the country on a baseball/mission trip. “From a baseball perspective, it will allow our team to play against outside competition during a period of time where we would normally only have intra-squad scrimmages. It will also allow everyone in our program to use the game of baseball to help support and serve the needs of a financially strapped community while also growing as a team.”

Cardinal Baseball

This will be Louisville’s first international trip and will occur near the midway point of the team’s fall ball schedule. In preparation for the 2016 season, the Cardinals are slated to begin fall ball in early September, while the annual Pizza Bowl series will close the on-field work during the second half of October.

The Louisville baseball team will partner with SCORE International for its housing, transportation and community service work while on the ground in the Dominican Republic. SCORE International is a short term mission organization with extensive experience providing all-inclusive trips.

“This fall trip is something we’ve been planning for some time and we expect it to be a wonderful experience for our players, both on and off the field,” McDonnell said. “We know there may be some interest from fans to support our team by making their own plans to travel to the Dominican Republic, so it was important to us that we share the dates now so that anyone considering the trip can begin planning now.”

In its inaugural season in the ACC in 2015, Louisville set a conference record for league wins in a single season finishing with a 25-5 mark overall to win the Atlantic Division. Chosen as a national seed for the second time in school history, the Cardinals were 47-18 overall and ranked as highly as No. 8 following the season after advancing to their third straight NCAA Super Regional.

Petrino’s Cards Picked to Finish Behind Clemson, Florida State in Media Poll Wednesday, Jul 22 2015 

from GoCards.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division, according to a poll of 158 media members in attendance at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

Clemson, the preseason favorite to claim the ACC football championship, was also picked over three-time defending ACC champion Florida State to capture the Atlantic Division, while Georgia Tech was favored to repeat as the Coastal Division winner.

The Cardinals, who earned one first-place vote, finished with a 9-4 overall record in their inaugural season in the ACC in 2014, including a 5-3 league mark, and return 11 starters from a program that advanced to its fifth-consecutive bowl game. The team enters its sixth overall season under head coach Bobby Petrino, who boasts an impressive 50-13 mark at the helm of the program and is the 12th-winningest FBS college football coach with a 92-34 mark.

Defensively, Louisville returns four starters from a unit that ranked top-10 nationally. Senior linebacker James Burgess and senior defensive end Sheldon Rankins headline the group, with both earning preseason accolades. Burgess was tabbed to the Butkus, Nagurski, and Lombardi Award lists, while Rankins was named to the Lombardi, Nagurski, and Bednarik Award watch lists.

Offensively, the team begins the season with six returning starters – including quarterbacks Reggie Bonnafon and Will Gardner. Arguably the team’s top performer from the unit is running back Brandon Radcliff. The junior played in all 13 games last year, compiling 737 yards and 12 touchdowns, and 5.1 yards per carry average.

Louisville opens the 2015 season against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Atlanta, Ga., at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

In the Atlantic Division preseason voting, Clemson received 101 first-place votes and finished with 1,032 total points. Florida State received 56 first-place votes and placed second with 992 points, while Louisville had one first-place vote and was third in the voting with 746 points.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a true freshman last season, was voted the 2015 ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

Georgia Tech was selected the likely Coastal winner by 96 voters and finished with 991 total points, followed by Virginia Tech with 44 first-place votes and 841 points. Miami received seven first-place votes and was third in the voting with 632 total points.

Charities to Benefit from New Makers Mark-Breeders Cup Deal Wednesday, Jul 22 2015 

The two brands aim to raise $1 million to benefit Breeders’ Cup Charities

LEXINGTON – The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international event, and Maker’s Mark®, the original premium bourbon, have announced a new partnership that will aim to raise $1 million for charity over the next three years. Beginning with the 32nd Breeders’ Cup World Championships taking place October 30 and 31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., the two iconic brands will collaborate on a limited-edition collection of Maker’s Mark bottles, each of which will feature a previous Breeders’ Cup champion. The proceeds from these bottles will be donated to various local and thoroughbred-industry charities through Breeders’ Cup Charities, the official charity outreach program of Breeders’ Cup. In addition to the special bottles being created, Maker’s Mark will also be featured in a signature cocktail at the racecourse and for all of the major Breeders’ Cup parties and hospitality events throughout the week, including Taste of the World and the Finish Line Celebration Party.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership with Maker’s Mark,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “We reached out to Maker’s Mark on the very day we announced this year’s World Championships would be at Keeneland because of the brand’s roots here and the esteem in which Maker’s Mark is held all over the world. That makes them a perfect partner, and it’s a milestone for the Breeders’ Cup, illustrating the evolution of the event.”

The five limited-edition Maker’s Mark bottles will represent AP Indy, Cigar, Lure, Personal Ensign and Zenyatta and be colored in the silks their respective jockeys wore during their illustrious careers. Three of the bottles, AP Indy, Lure and Personal Ensign, will be released this fall, just before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at a ticketed event held at Keeneland on Thursday, October 29.

The event, titled Champions for Charity, will be held in the VIP Maker’s Mark Bourbon Lounge at Keeneland, an upscale area designed to be the go-to, on-site social locale at the track during the week. Attendees at the event will have the opportunity to bid on the bottles through a silent auction, with 100% of the donations going to the following organizations through Breeders’ Cup Charities: Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, The Lexington Cancer Foundation, Inc.®, The Race for Education, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and University of Kentucky® Markey Cancer Center Foundation.  The fourth bottle featuring Zenyatta will then be released in 2016, and the fifth featuring Cigar in 2017. To further personalize the bottles, connections to the five champions will pre-sign each of their respective bottles. To attend the party with the auction of the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup-themed bottles, please visit www.BreedersCup.com/ChampionsForCharity or contact (859) 514-9428.

“This is a great partnership all around for us,” said Maker’s Mark Chief Operating Officer Rob Samuels. “When my grandparents created Maker’s Mark, Keeneland was their first customer and many of their friends were in the thoroughbred industry. So we’ve always had a soft spot for charities connected with the sport. And what an honor to be part of such a prestigious event as the first Breeders’ Cup ever to take place at Keeneland.”

Beyond the fundraising bottle event and being involved with all the week’s activities, Maker’s Mark will also be promoting the Breeders’ Cup in various off-premise market locations. As part of the multi-year partnership, Maker’s Mark also will be closely involved with the World Championships when it returns to Santa Anita in 2016 and for its debut at Del Mar in 2017.

Seve Ghose Named Metro Parks Director Wednesday, Jul 22 2015 

Citing his innovative approach, vision and leadership in managing and maintaining park facilities and programming, Mayor Greg Fischer today named Seve Ghose as the new director of Metro Parks and Recreation.

Ghose speaks at a news conference

Ghose speaks at a news conference

Ghose is currently deputy superintendent of the Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield, Oregon, overseeing a system of 43 parks/natural areas, numerous trails and sporting facilities. He is also a former parks director of the City of Davenport, Iowa and has worked in a leadership role in the park system in Portland, Oregon — an Olmsted Park system.

“Louisville is known nationwide for its rich parks history,” Fischer said. “Seve’s innovative approach, strategic thinking and ability to engage the public in healthy activities will build on the legacy of Olmsted, continue the development of the Louisville Loop and protect our green space for future generations.

In his current role, Ghose created 1Pass, a $50 pass for anyone under 18. Students get unlimited summer access to park facilities and programs – a bowling alley and roller skating rink, the local museum and free rides on public transit. In its first year, 1,030 passes sold as part of a broader strategy to promote health and wellness. He also recruited a semi-pro soccer team to play in a park facility and extended community center hours around the clock to meet user needs.

“Louisville is a dream community for a parks enthusiast,” Ghose said. “It is an honor to be selected by Mayor Fischer and to work with a talented Metro Parks and Recreation team, their board, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the Parklands of Floyds Fork.”

Ghose will begin his new role September 1.

Louisville’s Churchill Downs Releases Official Logos for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 142 Tuesday, Jul 21 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – Churchill Downs Racetrack today unveiled the official logos for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 142. The logos were designed by SME, a New York-based marketing agency that has developed the official Derby and Oaks marks since 2007. The 142nd running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands will take place on May 6 and 7, 2016, respectively.

For the Kentucky Derby 142 logo, Churchill Downs and SME chose a 1920s-inspired design to evoke the glamour of Derby’s past and present and capture the mystique of winning America’s Greatest Race. The simple identity of the jockey silks icon around the horseshoe rose and numeral 142 offers classic sophistication. The font chosen for the word “Kentucky” is reminiscent of movie title cards from the 1920s to reinforce the vintage look. The more contemporary font used for the word “Derby” provides balance to the composition and completes the logo. For the 142 event mark, a traditional color palette in classic Derby red and gold is accentuated with an energetic forest green and a strong foundational charcoal gray.

“We explored a number of graphic paths for the 142 logo and our collaborative process established a vintage treatment that harkens back to racing’s past,” said Ed O’Hara, Senior Partner at SME. “This year’s mark features a classic jockey icon similar to those found in racing programs, while the negative space under the arms is a subtle nod to the iconic twin spires of Churchill Downs.”

   The Kentucky Oaks 142 logo continues the horseshoe imagery established two years ago that features the stargazer lily and the number of years the race has been run. The use of pink in the design reflects the Oaks Day “Pink Out” theme and Churchill Downs’ continued commitment to generate awareness regarding breast and ovarian cancer education.

The logos will be used on a wide variety of Kentucky Derby and Oaks merchandise, including apparel for the whole family, the iconic silver Mint Julep cups, glassware, jewelry and other collectibles and gift items. Women’s and men’s T-shirts featuring the logo are available now at KentuckyDerbyStore.com. Additional official merchandise will be available online, at Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Louisville International Airport, the Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop and other retail outlets in time for the holidays.


Louisville Bats to Host First-Ever 80s Night Monday, Jul 20 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Tease your hair, put on some shades and, like, totally, get pumped for the first-ever 80’s Night at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday, July 30! Enjoy a pregame 80’s cover band (M80’s), $1 beer from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, 80’s themed sights and sounds during the game & more.

The Bats take on the Charlotte Knights.

m80_logoThe first 1,500 fans will receive a throwback Louisville Redbirds team card set! Receive $3 off the price of admission when wearing Redbirds attire or your favorite 80’s band t-shirt! Game time 7:05 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm.



Louisville’s Male High School Football Teams Wins National Tournament Monday, Jul 20 2015 

From USA Today

Louisville, Ky., – Male from Louisville, Ky., won the National Select 7 on 7 Championships on Saturday in Alabama, to become the first team from Kentucky to take the crown since the event began in 2001.

The double-elimination tournament field began with 32 teams from 13 states, including multiple state champions.

Host Hoover, which had won four consecutive games to emerge from the losers bracket, needed to beat Male twice to win the title. In the first game, Hoover snapped Male’s five-game winning streak with a 27-24 victory to force the winner-take-all finale. But Male bounced back to win that game 20-16.

male bulldogs

Male jumped to a 12-2 lead early and then pushed the advantage to 20-10 with a score with 1:30 left. Hoover answered to cut the margin to 20-16 with 40 seconds remaining. The Bucs could get no closer.

Male advanced out of the winners bracket with a 35-20 victory against Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.).

Hoover was the top seed entering Saturday’s action after going undefeated in Friday’s pool play.

Miss Kentucky Katie George Comes Home Without The Crown Monday, Jul 13 2015 


Miss Kentucky Katie George, who also happens to be University of Louisville’s volleyball captain, was a guest on The Rusty Satellite Show, shortly after winning the Miss Kentucky crown. Here’s a link to Rick Redding’s January 29th episode:  http://rustysatelliteshow.com/multitasking-with-holly-houston-katie-george-on-winning-a-beauty-pageant/

Louisville, Ky., – Katie George won the first pageant she had ever entered, which happened to be the Miss Kentucky USA competition. The University of Louisville Volleyball standout entered her second-ever competition this week. That happened to be the Miss USA pageant Sunday night.

Katie George

Unfortunately, she didn’t win. She had made it all the way to the top 15 contestants, and later, fans voted her to the top 11 before eventually leaving the stage.

Oklahoma’s Olivia Jordan was eventually crown Miss USA.




Louisville’s Mangok Mathiang Led World University Games in Rebounding Monday, Jul 13 2015 

GWANGJU, South Korea — University of Louisville forward/center Mangok Mathiang completed his participation with his Australian team in the 2015 World University Games on Monday as Australia (5-3) finished 10th in the international event.
Mathiang led the 23-team event in rebounding and finished tied for eighth in scoring, producing five double-doubles.  He started all eight games for Australia, averaging 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field (46-of-82, fourth-best in the World University Games) and adding seven blocked shots.  His top scoring effort was 23 points against Chinese Taipei and his best rebounding game was 17 against the home nation Korea.
Mathiang totaled 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots as Australia fell 81-72 to Serbia in its final game of the event on Monday.  Australia’s 10th place finish was its second-best possible finish after missing the medal round after emerging as the No. 3 team out of Pool C.  The USA won the gold medal with an 84-77 double-overtime victory over Germany.
Mathiang was born in Sudan, Africa, but lived in Melbourne, Australia before moving to the United States in 2010 to attend prep school.  Last season at Louisville, he started all four of the Cardinals’ NCAA Tournament games and helped UofL post a 27-9 record, reaching the NCAA  Elite Eight for the fifth time in the last eight years. An All-ACC Academic team selection, Mathiang averaged 2.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and was sixth in the ACC with 46 blocked shots last season. The Cardinals’ 2015-16 team co-captain and a rising junior, he hit the game-winning jumper with 2.7 seconds remaining in Louisville’s 59-57 victory over No. 2 Virginia in the regular season finale.
Former Cardinal Luke Hancock had been the last UofL player to participate in the World University Games, averaging 10.8 points and 3.0 rebounds for the USA squad in the 2013 games played in Kazan, Russia.
Mathiang’s participation is also part of the ACC Worldwide initiative that seeks to further the conference’s member institutions internationally through promotion, marketing and athletic competition.

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