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College Basketball – Louisville slips by Lipscomb 12-12-18

Louisville survives against Lipscomb – Photo by Mont Dawson

Louisville, Kentucky – December 12, 2018

Hunter Robinson – Bluegrass Sports Nation Louisville Basketball Columnist

 After a tough loss to the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington this past weekend the Louisville Cardinals return to the KFC YUM! Center looking to get back in the win column. Standing in their way are the Lipscomb Bisons. The Bisons come out of the Atlantic Sun Conference and into tonight’s matchup with an overall record of 7-2. Although they may not be the most recognizable game on the schedule, Lipscomb has solid wins on the season including a win on the road over 18th ranked TCU. Their pair of losses have both came from the Belmont Bruins, who year in and year out are one of the better mid-major teams in Division 1. Taking all this into account, the Card’s should be in for a battle tonight in the ‘Ville. Continue reading College Basketball – Louisville slips by Lipscomb 12-12-18

High School Basketball – WYMT Mountain Basketball Classic: Boys and Girls Champions are crowned

Girls Championship South Laurel Lady Cardinals defeat Clay County Lady Tigers 55- 44.  Boys Championship Clay County dethrones defending Champion Knox Central 65 -59

David Leveridge- Bluegrass Sports Nation High School Basketball Beat Reporter. – December 8th, 2018- Perry County Central John C. Combs Arena

The 32nd annual WYMT Mountain Basketball Classic has concluded with a full day of exciting basketball.  Today the tournament had consolation games for both the Boys and Girls and brackets, taking place earlier in the day.  Continue reading High School Basketball – WYMT Mountain Basketball Classic: Boys and Girls Champions are crowned

College Basketball – CARDINALS DEMOLISH CENTRAL ARKANSAS 86-41!!

Louisville, Kentucky – December 5, 2018
Hunter Robinson – Bluegrass Sports Nation Louisville Basketball Columnist.

The Louisville Cardinals returned to the KFC Yum! Center looking to make it three wins in a row. Standing in their way were the Bears of Central Arkansas. The Bears come in from the Southland Conference with a record of 3-4 on the season, with all 4 of those losses coming away from home. The Card’s come into tonight’s matchup with a record of 5-2 overall with both losses coming at neutral site matchups.

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College Volleyball – NCAA – TWO ROUNDS DOWN IN LEX-TOWN

UK advances with huge win. – Photo by Mont Dawson – BSN

December 1, 2018 – Lexington, Kentucky – BEN WHITE – Bluegrass Sports Nation Volleyball Contributor 

            NCAA Division 1 volleyball tournament came to Lexington this weekend for the first two rounds before heading into regionals! Due to the CATS marvelous undefeated run in their SEC conference this season, and their 23 game winning streak, they earned the right to host the fist two rounds in Lexing-town! Wow! What a weekend to be a CATS volleyball fan! Continue reading College Volleyball – NCAA – TWO ROUNDS DOWN IN LEX-TOWN

Pro Football – Bengals – Inefficiency, Ineptitude, and Injuries—By Dr. John Huang

Denver Broncos’ Phillip Lindsey scores in 1st half – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

(CINCINNATI, Oh.) – The last time A.J. Green was on the football field, the Bengals were 5-3 and still riding the coattails of a promising start to the season. Since that time, they’ve dropped four in a row, lost their starting quarterback to a thumb injury, and are barely staving off mathematical playoff elimination.

Against the Denver Broncos, the 7-time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver was back on the field—for just over a quarter. He had one catch for 7 yards…and then the unthinkable happened. A.J. Green left the game with a right foot injury. He was carted off the field, holding his head in his hands, as his helpless teammates, stumbled, bumbled, and fumbled their way to a 24-10 soul-sapping defeat. Cincinnati is now 5-7, with playoff hopes on life support after having lost six out of their last seven games.

Jeff Driskel, replacing the injured Andy Dalton and making his first NFL start at quarterback, finished 25 of 38 for 236 yards with a touchdown and a pick and was sacked 4 times. Joe Mixon rushed 12 times for 82 yards, while Tyler Boyd led the team in receiving with 6 receptions for 97 yards. The Bengals beleaguered defense made an all-star out of Broncos undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay who ran wild for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns on the afternoon. Having 100 yards in penalties and three turnovers certainly didn’t help the Bengals’ cause, but when Green went down early in the second quarter, what little air the team still had was symbolically sucked out of the stadium.

I like A.J. Green. In the two years I’ve been covering Bengals Football, he’s always been professional, courteous, and fair in his dealings with me. Win or lose, it seems he’s always sitting for interviews and patiently answering questions. I’ve never seen him raise his voice or become irked by inane queries. In fact, he speaks so softly that you frequently must strain to hear him over the usual locker room chatter. His work ethic is relentless.

As the consummate teammate, Green spent the last four weeks encouraging his cohorts to stay like minded and focused. “I just tried to talk to some of the younger guys and the older guys just stay together, stop pointing fingers. Everybody can go down once you have a losing season and a lot of people start to point fingers,” he said. “For me, we all have to stick together. We are all in this together. We are all losing together. Nobody is winning. End of the day we just must go back to the drawing board and look ourselves in the mirror and go out there and practice hard. Try to do your job, that’s the biggest thing and everything else will take care of itself.”

Those are powerful words, especially coming from the lips of your best player. The fact that they’re so soft spoken belies their impact. Literally, everything about A.J. Green is impactful. After being chosen as a USA Today High School All-American receiver at Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina, Green continued his star-studded football career at the University of Georgia, where he attained college All-American honors before being selected as the fourth pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Bengals. Now in his 8th professional season, he’s had just over 600 receptions, is nearing 9000 receiving yards, and stands at the pinnacle of his profession.

AND NOW THIS HAPPENS. I know that injuries are part of the game, but A.J. Green deserves better. He’s spent his whole career laboring for a team mired in mediocrity and steeped in poor management decisions. Honors are nice, but you have to wonder what would happen if he played on a real contender. After losing in the first round of the playoffs during each of his first five seasons, the Bengals are now in danger of missing the playoffs altogether for the third year in a row. Despite a beautiful December afternoon with record-setting high temperatures, Paul Brown Stadium was only half filled. The “average Joe” fan is way past incredulous. Even the most hearty, supportive, and optimistic fans are voicing their doubts.

What happened to A.J. Green today was indicative of the Bengals’ season to date. The major difference is that his toe injury wasn’t self-inflicted. “We shot ourselves in the foot it seemed like with the penalties we had today,” Coach Marvin Lewis said in his postgame presser. “We took back offensive plays, offensive possessions, throughout the day. That really set us back on offense when we’ve had good positive plays…obviously we can’t drop a punt, and then we allow a 60-yd touchdown run. It boiled down quickly to about 3 plays in the football game.”

The Bengals’ woes lie much deeper than just failing to execute on 3 plays. I’m not sure what the quick fix is, but everyone’s tired of the constant inefficiency and ineptitude. Injuries to team-leading studs like A.J. Green only add fuel to the growing Queen City dumpster fire. For the Bengals’ sake, let’s all hope for a quick and complete recovery. After hitting rock bottom, it’s time to start putting the pieces back together again.

Dr. John Huang covers the Cincinnati Bengals for Bluegrass Sports Nation and Sports View America. If you enjoy his writing, you can read more at www.huangswhinings.com or follow him on Twitter @KYHuangs.

College Basketball – Wildcats Beat Spartans In Competitive Game

Lexington, KY – Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation Columnist
12-1-18

The Kentucky Wildcats (6-1) played the UNCG Spartans at Rupp Arena in their first ever meeting tonight. The Spartans looked like a tough opponent on paper. They won their last game against Greensboro College 111-33. They also gave the #23 LSU a good game losing in a small margin 97-91. It was evident that the Wildcats would have to play better defense they have been to beat an offensive oriented team like UNCG. Continue reading College Basketball – Wildcats Beat Spartans In Competitive Game