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The unpredictable, and usually inaccurate, crystal ball has been wiped clean and after the dust has cleared somewhat here's what might happen locally, state-wide and nationally in the 2008 sports year.
Louisville wins 63-62 over Kentucky in a battle of unranked basketball teams in Rupp Arena. . .San Diego, Jacksonville, the New York Giants and Washington post first-round wins in the NFL play-offs. . . Ohio State upends LSU in the national title football game. . . The top six in the final poll are Ohio State, Southern Cal, LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma and Missouri. . . University of Kentucky head football coach Rick Brooks is named the Herald-Leader's Kentucky Sportsman of the Year. . . J.B. Holmes finishes in the top 10 at the Sony Open. . . New England downs Indianapolis while Dallas bests Green Bay in the NFC and AFC championship games. . . The Bardstown boys and Green County girls win Fifth Region All "A" hoop titles. . . New England upends Dallas 31-24 in the Super Bowl. . . The Cincinnati Reds trade Homer Bailey.
Jimmie Johnson earns the pole but Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Daytona 500. . . Perry Thomas inks a player from the Lexington Herald-Leader's Best in the Bluegrass class for Campbellsville University football. . . Marvin Lewis makes four changes on his Cincinnati Bengals' coaching staff.
Adair County's boys' and Marion County's girls' teams repeat as 20th District basketball champions. . . Campbellsville University's men win the Mid-South Conference Basketball Tournament in Pikeville. . . Fifth Region basketball titles go to North Hardin's boys and the girls from Central Hardin. . . Louisville gets a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament while Kentucky is seeded 11th. U of L goes 1-1 while UK loses its first game . . . State basketball titles go to the boys and the Lexington Catholic girls. . .The U of L women win their first two basketball games at nationals. . . Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA make the NCAA Men's Final Four.
Four scholarship basketball players transfer from the University of Kentucky. . . Kansas and Connecticut earn NCAA men's and women's basketball championships. . . Darius Miller of Mason County and Fern Creek's Monique Reid are named Kentucky's Mr. and Miss Basketball. . . Louisville's Brian Brohm goes to Baltimore while Andre Woodson goes late in the first round of the National Football League Draft. . . Taylor County's boys' team and the Marion County girls take Heartland Athletic Conference tennis titles.
War Pass wins the Kentucky Derby while Pyro claims the Preakness. . . Indian Blessing is first at the Kentucky Oaks. . . Terrence Williams and Derrick Caracter declare for the NBA Draft. . . Taylor County's baseball and softball teams claim district titles.
The San Antonio Spurs edge the Detroit Pistons four games to three to repeat as NBA champs. . . Elizabethtown downs Taylor County in the Fifth Region Baseball Tournament while Central Hardin is tops in Fifth Region softball. . .Tale of Ekati clips Kodiak Kowboy to triumph at the Belmont. . . B&C/Miken wins the 29th Annual H&W Softball Classic at Veterans Memorial Park. . . The Kentucky All Stars, coached by Campbellsville's Tim Davis, stay within double digits of Indiana in the game in Louisville.
North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is the first pick in the NBA Draft. . . U of L's Terrence Williams and Derrick Caracter are mid-second round NBA draft picks as are UK's Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley. . . Roger Federer rolls again at Wimbledon. . . Tony Stewart wins the all-star race at Charlotte.
Taylor County begins the high school gridiron season with a 35-28 triumph at home over Monroe County. . . Captain L captures the 35-and-older Men's State Tournament. Lexington Christian scores last to upend visiting Campbellsville 35-34. . . Tim Tungate wins for the third time this season at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown. . . Harlan Gaskins is first in the Senior Duffers while Mike Newton and Carolyn Whitlock take the top spots in the regular Duffers and Lady Duffers. . .Matt Kenseth triumphs at Bristol. . . W.D. McCubbin, Jason Ford and Larry Milby win in the Miller Park Tennis Classic.
A late field goal propels Campbellsville past Taylor County in the Battle of the Birds. . . Perry Thomas' first game as head coach at Campbellsville University turns out victorious for the Fighting Tigers. . . Steve Kragthorpe gets some of the doubters off his back with a 42-28 victory for Louisville over Kentucky in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Taylor County defeats Campbellsville for the 18th District Tournament volleyball crown. . . Taylor County's boys' and girls' soccer teams win a game in the district tournament. . .The Detroit Tigers down the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
Campbellsville and Taylor County make the play-offs with the Eagles earning three home play-off games and the Cardinals winning two post-season tilts. . . Campbellsville University goes 4-6 in Perry Thomas' first season at the helm. . . Jeff Gordon edges Tony Stewart in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. . . Taylor County's Chase Cox and Darren Ballou of Adair County sign NCAA Division 1 letters-of-intent. . . Tim Tungate, Johnny Wheeler and Jason Keltner finish 1-2-3 in Late Model points and Elliott Despain is first in Modifieds at Bluegrass Speedway.
Louisville St. Xavier running back Deuce Finch is named Kentucky's Mr. Football. . . Louisville beats Kentucky twice in the same calendar year with an 83-77 win in Freedom Hall. . .Kentucky, 6-6, accepts a bid to the Liberty Bowl while Louisville, 8-4, is goes to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. . . Rich Brooks resigns as UK's head football coach after Joker Phillips accepts and then declines the head position at Cincinnati when Brian Kelly moves to the Big 10. . . U of L defensive coordinator Ron English gets a head coaching job.