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Louisville walk-on eager to prove himself

By Paul SykesMichael Stewart drew interest from several colleges as a high school player, including Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Centre and others but he wanted to play football at the University of Louisville, taking a chance as a walk on.Stewart, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound standout offensive lineman from Seneca, is joining U of L this fall as a preferred walk on, a player promised a...
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June 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Outside shots in the Kentucky Derby

By Paul SykesNo fun betting favorites in the Kentucky Derby. They disappoint more often than not.Animal Kingdom, last year’s winner, went off at 20-1 odds. Though this was his first race on dirt, the winner had an easy trip, paying $43.80, $19.60 and $13 for a $2 bet.Here are a few “live” outside shots that could reward their backers.Take Charge Indy (15-1) — Won the Florida...
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May 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Shelby Harper makes waves

by Paul SykesShelby Harper is always ready, never knowing if her name will even be called.Lately, it hasn’t been often. Two minutes in the last two games. But when Jeff Walz called her number with 11 minutes left against South Florida on Wednesday, the 5-foot-4 junior responded with six points, six rebounds and a lock down defense on USF’s scoring machine.“I knew we needed...
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January 12, 2012  |  Discuss

A belch for the Belk Bowl

by Paul SykesMaybe it’s the age factor. Maybe it’s standing in 30 m.p.h. winds and 40 degrees temperatures. Maybe it’s the fact that the Belk Bowl was essentially a home game for North Carolina State and backed up by the droves of Wolfpack football fans who just drove in for the day, spent the night and left the next morning.Whatever it is, this University of Louisville fan...
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December 29, 2011  |  Discuss

South Florida hex needs to end

By Paul SykesTime to let bygones be bygones.Charlie Strong has the chance to do what no Louisville head football coach has yet accomplished. Beat South Florida at South Florida. His success in doing this might just well depend on how the Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels handles an injured shoulder.Without the speedy signal caller, the Bulls have an offense about as productive as a...
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November 25, 2011  |  Discuss

Lady Cards look lost in loss

by Paul SykesWith three starters out of action …The University of Louisville women spent the first four minutes of the game against Texas A&M trying to figure out what to do with the round thing they called a basketball.The Lady Cards couldn’t shoot it,  couldn’t pass it, catch it and, at times, seemed to want nothing to do with it. On national TV (at times, great coverage...
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November 16, 2011  |  Discuss

West Virginia thrives on offense, UofL on defense

Editor’s note: Pay attention, the writer has been on target this season.by Paul SykesThe scoreboard operator at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown has a full time job when West Virginia (6-2) takes the field for football.In eight games, the Mountaineers have put 309 points on the board this season and allowed opponents 209 points. Six times the WVU squad has scored over 30 points...
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November 03, 2011  |  Discuss

West Virginia needs to get a grip … soon

Admit it, West Virginia, you have a problem.We recall being warmly greeted by a WVU fan shortly after arriving in Morgantown for the Louisville-West Virginia football game in 2005, he and his party falling over themselves at the hotel to make us feel at home. Asking about our family, offering to carry our luggage, inviting us to join them for breakfast. Wow, I thought, these people...
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November 01, 2011  |  Discuss

Two-faced Syracuse arrives for All Hallows weekend

By Paul SykesSo which Syracuse football team should the University of Louisville expect this Saturday in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium?The one that spanked WVU by 20+ points last week? Or the one that lost to USC by 21, Rutgers by three and barely squeaked by Rhode Island by seven?At 5-2, the Orange don’t exactly strike fear into Cardinal fans. They won’t put up 49 points on...
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October 28, 2011  |  Discuss

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