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 of some great travel apps.
Here are some suggestions to download for your next trip:
Roadside America: This one makes sure you don’t miss out on all those crazy roadside attractions! It will show you where you can see a giant twine ball, crazy museum or hilarious statue, and get you back on track to your destination. (iPhone app, $2.99)
Food Tripping: It helps you find alternatives to fast food places by showing you where to find local grocery stores, restaurants, even farmer’s markets. So you’ll eat like a local, and discover great places that may be off the beaten path. Believe me, some of the best foods are found in local establishments. (iPhone & Android, free)
Critter Cruise: Don’t leave the kids out of the fun. With this app, they can navigate their own road trip, while learning at the same time. Critter Cruise allows children to explore the U.S. and Canada by reading about some of the most famous roadside attractions and get quizzed in math and language arts along the way. (iPhone & Android, free).
I personally like the Food Tripping app, giving me a chance to explore restaurants that make each town we visit special.
These apps can also be used in day-to-day life or on a quick Saturday day trip around the state. I downloaded the Food Tripping app and have already referenced it to find a new local spot to eat! Let us know what fun apps you’re using this summer.

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 slingbox.com 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…

Apr 04

Succeed, proceed

During a Final Four press conference Friday ahead of his team’s national semifinal game against Wisconsin, Kentucky coach John Calipari offered this quote after he was asked about possibly rephrasing “one-and-done.” The following was Calipari’s response.

“It’s the elephant in the room that we don’t need to talk about. Every player that I’ve recruited, and they will tell you, I say the same thing, Don’t plan on coming to school for one year. You make a huge mistake. But if after one year you have options, that will be up to you and your family. You plan on being in [...] Continue Reading…

Mar 28

Leader of the pack? UK or UL?

Tonight’s epic battle between successive NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion teams – the University of Louisville Cardinals and the University of Kentucky Wildcats – will determine which of these two locomotives is the lead engine on a Paducah & Louisville Railway train until the two teams meet again on the gridiron this fall. The locomotives, decked out to celebrate the state’s leading basketball teams, are positioned nose-to-nose at the P&L rail yard in Louisville today. (Photo: Bonnie J. Hackbarth)

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