Aug 13

Looking back: PGA a fun experience

Phil Mickelson was a crowd favorite at Valhalla Golf Course. Photo by Keith Taylor

Phil Mickelson was a crowd favorite at Valhalla Golf Course.

There’s something about covering a major golf championship, especially when it’s so close to home.
Last week, I had the opportunity to cover the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, marking the third time I’ve covered a major golf event at the course. I covered the PGA Championship in 2000, the Ryder Cup eight years later in 2008 before getting a second opportunity to cover the last of the four majors this season a week ago.
Unlike 2000, I knew my way around and what to expect when it comes to covering a major sporting event.
Some media outlets, the larger ones, are granted a pass to get inside the ropes, while others received a blue band to shoot photographs and had the same basic credentials as other outlets. I didn’t let the lack of an inside the ropes pass hinder my ability to get photographs of my favorite golfers, including winner Rory McIIroy, Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes and Tiger Woods. I worked my way around the course and got what I wanted. The management and PGA officials were very helpful and accommodating when it came to requests and questions.
There were several differences between this PGA event and the one that took place 14 years ago at Valhalla. Cell phone use for photographs were off-limits, while security was tighter than the pre-9/11 days.
Each time the event has been at Valhalla, a major star has won the title. Tiger Woods won it in 2000, while McIIroy laid claim to the title last Sunday. The course is beautiful and anyone who thinks Valhalla isn’t good enough to host a major championship needs to reconsider that very thought. Getting to and from the course wasn’t an issue and the folks were extremely nice and helpful.
The course held up well, especially with torrential rain at times, and was spacious for fans and the media alike. I can’t wait for another PGA Championship to come close to home again.

Aug 13

Tech corner: Back to school apps help students, teachers

It’s back to school time in the Clark and Madison County, and as students and teachers head back to class, there are many ways their smartphones can help them succeed. Some of these apps can be helpful to all of us—like the ones that help you find your car. These could be used at football games, shopping malls or the airport.

Studious and MyHomework Student Planner track your homework assignments and class schedules and allow you to set due dates and reminders. (Studious is for Android, Free.) (MyHomework Student Planner is for iOS and Android, Free.)

STUDYBLUE will help […] Continue Reading…

Jul 30

Tech corner: Verizon travel apps put fun back in vacation

Looking to get in one more road trip before school begins?
Road trips are a classic American past time. Whether it’s heading to the beach, a family reunion, or just crisscrossing the country, we’re sure to create lasting memories. One of my favorite things is a quick weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. We’ve been there twice this summer and spent a week in a cabin.
One thing that’s different from the trips I took when I was a kid is the addition of my Verizon Wireless Droid Maxx, which acts as a guide along the way, all with the help […] Continue Reading…

Jul 29

It’s time to start thinking about football

In four weeks, the Mark Stoops era enters its second season on Aug. 30 when the Wildcats take on Tennessee-Martin at Commonwealth Stadium. Until then several questions will remain to be answered.
Atop the curiosity list is who will be the team’s starting quarterback? The three-race between Patrick Towles, Drew Barker and Reese Phillips. The guess here is the race won”t be settled until the last week of preseason workouts unless one of the three players have shown significant progress during the summer.
* Speaking of the Skyhawks, former George Rogers Clark standout Corey Rogers is expected to see considerable playing […] Continue Reading…

Jun 17

Steps to watch the World Cup like a pro

It may not be the Olympics, but the World Cup provides a unique way to root for the United States in the dead of summer.
According to there are four easy steps to take in order watch the World Cup like a professional soccer fan.
* USA vs. Portugal (June 22, ESPN, 6 p.m.)
* Germany vs. USA (June 26, ESPN, noon)
* Brazil vs. Mexico (June 17, ESPN, 3 p.m.)
* Brazil vs. Cameroon (June 23, ESPN2, 4 p.m.)
* Spain vs. Chile (June […] Continue Reading…

May 08

Kentucky renews hoops series with Eastern Kentucky

It’s been more than seven years since the Kentucky men’s basketball team has played neighboring Eastern Kentucky University.
The two teams will meet on Sunday, Dec. 7 at Rupp Arena, marking the first time the two teams have played each other since Dec. 30, 2006 when the Wildcats got 25 points from Randolph Morris and defeated the Colonels, 78-65. Games times and television plans will be announced in the future.
Eastern won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and went 24-10 last season. The Colonels led Kansas with 8:55 left and trailed by five with less than three minutes remaining […] Continue Reading…

May 07

Cats to play UCLA in CBS Sports Classic

LEXINGTON – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program, along with North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, in conjunction with CBS Sports, has agreed to play in the inaugural CBS Sports Classic for the next three years, it was announced on Wednesday.
The event, pitting four of the winningest programs in college basketball history, will rotate through the cities of Chicago (2014), Brooklyn (2015) and Las Vegas (2016). All six games will be broadcast by CBS.
“This event will feature programs that represent 25 national championships, which is remarkable,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Not only that, some of the […] Continue Reading…

May 07

UK basketball assistant Payne gets new contract, title

Kenny Payne got a raise and a new title.
The University of Kentucky assistant men’s basketball coach signed a new two-year contract for $500,000 the school announced Wednesday. The deal includes incentives.
Kentucky coach John Calipari praised the work of Payne, a former standout at the University of Louisville.
“There not a better partner to work with to help these young men achieve their dreams,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a university release. “His feel for the game and the ability to develop players is second to none, I have all the confidence in the world that Kenny will make a […] Continue Reading…

May 06

Stoops gets an extension

Mark Stoops and his emphasis on recruiting is starting to pay off.
The second-year Kentucky football coach received a contract extension the school announced in a university release Tuesday.
The new deal extends Stoops’ current contract to June 30, 2019. Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said Stoops has earned an extra two years, giving him five more years remaining on his contract.
“We are excited about the enthusiasm and recruiting success that Mark and his staff have brought to our football program,” Barnhart said. “We had the nation’s second-largest increase in attendance last season and we have had the two largest spring-game […] Continue Reading…

Apr 28

Tech corner: Verizon increases network capability ahead of Kentucky Derby

If you’re going to the Kentucky Derby, Verizon Wireless has installed the same distributed antenna system used at Lucas Oil stadium during the Super Bowl to boost and increase network capability.
The enhanced high-speed internet boost will allow Verizon customers and users like myself to share pics and videos, tweet, email and call all day long from all around the track, even though an expected 160,000 people will be on site by the time the Derby race goes off. Even better news?
The upgrades at Churchill and around the city will remain in place after the derby.
In addition, Verizon is […] Continue Reading…

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