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Batt-N-Putt to remain open after failed sale

courier-journal.com — Wind howled by on a weekday afternoon as Norman Gagel, 83, knelt to mend a broken doorstop - a simple fix on a laundry list of repairs he's made in the 42 years since Batt-N-Putt opened. Baseball fast-pitch machines have broken down, arcade games have stopped working, parts of all kinds have needed to be replaced.
RT @bloosemore: After a failed sale to @ChickfilA, Batt-N-Putt's end is anyone's guess. "Can you answer how long am I going to live?" cjky.it/1l7dzbR

Donovan would be a great NBA coach, Rick Pitino says

courier-journal.com — Louisville coach Rick Pitino had a lengthy day of media obligations on Wednesday, including a stop on ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show in the morning. Here's the full audio from his appearance.
[new post] Rick Pitino says #Gators coach Billy Donovan would be perfect for the NBA but doesn't think he'd leave UF: cjky.it/RQbLK4

Ashley Judd: Mitch McConnell views like "Mad Men" story

courier-journal.com — WASHINGTON - Political activist and actress Ashley Judd, who briefly considered running against Sen. Mitch McConnell last year but has been mostly out of the spotlight since then, is raising money for a women's group by comparing the Kentucky Republican's views on women to an episode of "Mad Men."

Bob Blackburn staying on as Bullitt East boys’ coach

courier-journal.com — What was planned to be a one-year fix has turned into something more for Bob Blackburn. Bullitt East High School announced Thursday that Blackburn will return as its boys' basketball coach next season. When he came out of retirement to take the job last October, the school had planned to find a new coach for the 2014-15 season.
RT @kyhighs: Bob Blackburn to return as Bullitt East hoops coach, more coaching news from area: courier-journal.com/story/sports/p…
Bob Blackburn to return as Bullitt East hoops coach, more coaching news from area: courier-journal.com/story/sports/p…

Higlands water main break cuts service to homes

courier-journal.com — Water main break in Tyler Park beneath Baxter Avenue sends waterfall cascading into Tyler Park Jere Downs A water main break early Thursday afternoon collapsed part of the intersection at Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue, closing the crossing and sending water downhill and closing Tyler Park. Police were detouring traffic around the intersection.
Highlands water main break cuts service to homes. cjky.it/1gUDS01 /// Crazy waterfall over Tyler Park's Baxter Ave. bridge

Riderless horse causes some chaos and damage at Churchill Downs

courier-journal.com — The horse, a 2-year-old un-raced filly trained by Dallas Stewart, sustained an injury to its left front leg and will get treatment through antibiotics.
Scary video: Riderless horse causes some chaos and damage at Churchill Downs cjky.it/1hp2h1i via @courierjournal
RT @JonathanLintner: RT @courierjournal: Riderless horse causes some chaos and damage at Churchill Downs bit.ly/1iR0Xop via @utterback13
Saw this. Scary! RT@acewing: Video -- Riderless horse causes some chaos & damage @ChurchillDowns cjky.it/1hp2h1i via @courierjournal
Video -- Riderless horse causes some chaos and damage at Churchill Downs cjky.it/1hp2h1i via @courierjournal

Kentucky’s Reed is nation’s top slugger - and mound ace

courier-journal.com — Like Babe Ruth, who was both baseball's original home-run king and an ace on the mound, a slimmed-down A.J. Reed is doing something rarely seen in college baseball. The University of Kentucky star is the best hitter in the country and one of the top pitchers in the toughest conference in America.
So that was fun. Anyhow, A.J. Reed: real good at baseball. Read all about it. cjky.it/QJlrok
From @KyleTucker_CJ -- Kentucky's A.J. Reed is nation's top slugger — and mound ace cjky.it/1gVhGCJ via @courierjournal
Gary Henderson told Reed if he did what UK's coaches asked, he could be the best player in the country. He was right. cjky.it/QJlrok
"It’s incredible what he’s done. How could any player possibly have more value?" A look at A.J. Reed's crazy season: cjky.it/QJlrok
New Story || Kentucky baseball's A.J. Reed is a two-way star who might just be the best player in college baseball: cjky.it/QJlrok

April basketball live period begins Friday

courier-journal.com — College basketball's only live spring recruiting period runs Friday through Sunday, and coaches from across the country will be traveling to AAU and travel-club tournaments and camps to evaluate players. The premier events of the weekend are the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League session in Sacramento, Calif.; the adidas Gauntlet session in Dallas; the Under Armour Pitt Jam Fest in Pittsburgh; and the Under Armour Jayhawk Invitational in Olathe, Kan.

Matt Bevin endorsed legalized cock fighting at rally

courier-journal.com — U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Bevin was in attendance at a cock fighting rally last month when an organizer said the the sole purpose of the event was to legalize the blood sport, but said he was thinking about his own speech and wasn't paying attention, according to a report on WAVE.

USDA punishes slaughterhouse accused of abuses

courier-journal.com — Without inspectors, Brooksville Meat and Fabrication Center in Bracken County cannot get a USDA stamp of approval on meat processed for commercial sale. That limits the ability of the meat to be sold at markets. Federal regulators have indefinitely removed their inspectors from a mom-and-pop slaughterhouse in Northern Kentucky cited for repeated violations of failing to quickly and humanely kill cattle and pigs for market.

Tyler Ulis now 5-stars in final Rivals rankings

courier-journal.com — University of Kentucky basketball signee Tyler Ulis moved up 12 spots and added a fifth star to his rating in the final Rivals150 rankings for the Class of 2014, which was released Thursday. Ulis is now ranked the No. 3 point guard nationally, behind SMU signee Emmanuel Mudiay (No.
RT @SteveJones_CJ: No. 30 Shaqquan Aaron, No. 33 Quentin Snider, No. 54 Jaylen Johnson, No. 74 Chinanu Onuaku in final Rivals rankings cjky.it/1gUeWpf
Louisvillians D'Angelo Russell No. 18 and Kelan Martin No. 139 in final Rivals rankings. cjky.it/1gUeWpf via @courierjournal
No. 30 Shaqquan Aaron, No. 33 Quentin Snider, No. 54 Jaylen Johnson, No. 74 Chinanu Onuaku in final Rivals rankings cjky.it/1gUeWpf
Tyler Ulis now 5-stars, No. 21 in final Rivals rankings for 2014. Karl Towns up to No. 5. cjky.it/1gUeWpf

High school notebook: Eastern Relays draw 4 No. 1 teams

courier-journal.com — Four Kentucky track and field teams ranked No. 1 in their classes will highlight the 29th annual Eastern Relays this weekend at the University of Louisville's Cardinal Park. The boys' field will include St. Xavier, No. 1 in Class 3-A, and Bishop Brossart, tops in Class A.

Map: Highlands boil-water advisory area

courier-journal.com — This map shows the borders of the boil-water advisory issued for the Highlands. For more on what to do if you live in the advisory area, click here

Kentucky Derby

courier-journal.com — Larry Collmus looked through his binoculars and saw mostly mud. On the first Saturday of May 2013, a splattered colt was charging through the slop at Churchill Downs, gaining ground with each stride but leaving its jockey's helmet and silks nearly smudged beyond recognition.
Column on long career and short-term memory of Churchill Downs' new track announcer, Larry Collmus. #KyDerby cjky.it/1ht0t2R

Juco QB Pat Thomas signs with Louisville

courier-journal.com — The University of Louisville football team added immediate depth to its quarterback ranks on Thursday afternoon with the commitment of junior-college player Pat Thomas, a member of the 2014 class who will be on the team next season.
Pat Thomas on 5-star Jovon Robinson: "We both left amazed at the city, the support that the city gives to the Cards" cjky.it/1gV642S
Pat Thomas knows Will Gardner is now No. 1, "but it's been told to me that I will have the opportunity to compete." cjky.it/1gV642S
Juco QB Pat Thomas had ACL surgery in Feb. but expects to be ready by fall camp. Had a physical on his UL visit cjky.it/1gV642S
Juco QB Pat Thomas: I just felt I would thrive in the system." cjky.it/1gV642S via @courierjournal
Lots of quotes from junior-college QB Pat Thomas after signing with Louisville cjky.it/1gV642S via @courierjournal
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