Louisville Continues Hot Streak, Dismantles South Florida 86 – 47

The No. 12 ranked Louisville Cardinals had to change their flight plans yesterday to get out of the ice

cold weather of Louisville. They flew into Tampa on a hot streak and left even hotter as they dismantled

the South Florida Bulls 86 – 47.

Louisville won their fourth consecutive game with hot shooting and stifling defense. The Cardinals shot

a blistering 52.2 percent from three point range making 12 of 23. They were 30 of 59 overall for 50.8

percent. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was once again excited about his team’s performance. “We have

now played four really good games in a row and our interior play is improving…” Pitino stated.

Wayne Blackshear came off of the bench for his third straight game to lead five Cardinal double figure

scorers with 16 points. He is averaging 16 points on 65.4 percent shooting over the past three games off

of the bench. He has been on fire from three point range shooting 64.3 percent on 9 of 14 shooting.

Blackshear looks more comfortable than ever in a Cardinal uniform coming off of the bench. He has

been much more confident with the ball in his hands and he has not been afraid to shoot the ball.

Defense has been the main issue with Blackshear. Foul trouble limited him in the early part of the

season. However, the past three games he has only committed six total fouls and has averaged 4.3


The Cardinals imposed their will early on and never let up the entire game. Their defensive pressure

never let up as they scored 35 points off of 23 South Florida turnovers. Louisville once again took care

of the ball committing only 10 turnovers. South Florida was held to 36.4 percent shooting overall and

made only 1 of their 8 three point shots.

Montrezl Harrell continues to improve each game as he had another double-double with 14 points

and 10 rebounds. His low post play over the past five games has been a much needed boost for the

Cardinals. He has four double-doubles in his past five games.

The Cardinals get eight days off until their next matchup against Cincinnati in the KFC Yum Center.

This is a huge matchup between the top two teams in the American Athletic Conference. The home

crowd will be strong as this will be the last matchup in the Yum Center between these two long-time

conference rivals.

Louisville guard Chris Jones is expected to return to the lineup against Cincinnati after missing the last

three games with an injury. It will be interesting to see if Pitino puts him back in the starting lineup or

brings him off the bench. Freshman Terry Rozier has played well in his absence and Louisville’s team

chemistry has never been better this season.

When asked about Chris Jones’ return to the lineup Pitino stated, “We play well with Chris as well. It’s

just that Terry understands Russ. Peyton understands Russ. Chris doesn’t totally understand Russ and

that’s what he has got to get.”

The truth is that Chris Jones is a vital part of the Louisville basketball team whether he starts or is

coming off of the bench. The Cardinals are on a roll. It is time to see if it can continue.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  ~Irish Proverb


We know that a good night’s sleep does wonders for both our mood and our energy level.  However, for some, that deep, restful sleep is elusive. Some have trouble falling asleep, watching the clock and anxiously calculating how much sleep they will get if they fall asleep now. Anxiety builds with each passing hour, making sleep even less likely.

Others fall asleep all right, but then find themselves waking a few hours later, finding it impossible to get back to sleep. They too worry about how little sleep they are getting, and how tired they will be the next day.

There are some things that can be done to increase the chances of a good sleep. These include eliminating caffeine (all day, not just in the evening), not doing mentally stimulating activities before bed, not watching television right up until bedtime, doing something relaxing such as a warm bath, yoga or meditation in the hour before going to bed.

It is also wise to park your worries at the door, before entering the bedroom at night. Lying in bed worrying or thinking about all you must do the next day is not conducive to drifting off.

The key element to a good night’s sleep is being relaxed. If you have ever fallen asleep on a beach you will recall that as a very deep sleep. The warm sun, fresh air and the sound of the waves induces a deep state of relaxation, so the body surrenders completely and sleep takes over.

Our busy lives make it less likely that we will be in a relaxed state when our head hits the pillow. We can train ourselves to associate sleep with relaxation. We can also learn to turn off our minds, take deep cleansing breaths, and to relax the individual muscles throughout the body. These are ways to ease ourselves into sleep.
If the stresses of life have caused us to forget how to sleep, it makes sense that we might have to teach ourselves how to do it. This is a much healthier approach than taking sleep medication, for medications may cause one to sleep, but without learning to do the relaxing things that are good not just for sleep, but for our overall wellbeing in general.




Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

Cheerleaders Claim 20th National Title; Dance Team Finishes Fifth

UK wins 15th national championship in 20 years

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Only for the Kentucky cheerleading team can one season without a national championship feel like a drought.

Last year, the cheerleaders were named runners-up to Memphis. On Sunday, UK returned to its familiar perch atop the world of college cheerleading.

“When you finally hear second place called and then they call first place, it’s a lot of emotion, a lot of joy,” Jomo Thompson said via cell phone. “We just feel vindicated, especially after coming in second place last year. We wanted to make sure we got back to the top and we did that.”

UK won an unprecedented 20th national title at the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla., finishing ahead of second-place UCF. UK has now won an incredible 15 championships since 1995, only being dethroned five times during that span.

“I’m just fortunate to have been a part of this program for so long and I love UK,” said Thompson, the former UK cheerleader who has won eight national titles in his 12 years as head coach. “I love UK cheerleading. I’m just glad I’m here to experience it with the kids. We strive every day to be the best. It’s just a great thing that we’ve won so many times. It just speaks to the history and the tradition of winning and be the best.”

The UCA’s official Twitter account described the winning routine as both starting and finishing strong. Thompson saw much of the same, saying UK’s finals routine was even better than a solid one in Saturday’s preliminary round.

“I think they just really seized the opportunity,” Thompson said. “They didn’t let down. They didn’t take anything for granted. They just did a really good job of going out there and executing and bringing home number 20.”

The championship is the culmination of a year of hard work. UK didn’t drastically alter the formula that has led to so much past success, but a seven-member senior class was intent on going out the right way. Thompson said those veterans played an instrumental role in setting the tone for UK’s training.

“We just told the kids, ‘You want to make sure that you’re giving a hundred percent every time, even in practice, because you get one shot, one opportunity,’ ” Thompson said. “So you want to experience as many as things that can go wrong, encounter all those things in practice so if something like that happens at nationals, you’re ready for it. I thought they did a great job this year getting themselves prepared.”

The UK dance team also competed this weekend, turning in an impressive performance in the Division IA Hip Hop finals. UK came in fifth, an improvement from last year’s sixth-place finish. Head coach Dawn Walters reported the team posted a score of 93.2, its best ever.

“The girls had a lot of confidence today when we went out to perform,” Walters said. “They really went out there and had energy and excitement and the whole arena really went crazy when they were up there. Our degree of difficulty was higher this year than last year and we had a lot of group tricks. I think their confidence was the biggest thing this year.”

Harrell Leads Cardinals to Big Road Win Over Connecticut

The 18th ranked Louisville Cardinals came in to Saturday night’s game in Storrs against the unranked Connecticut Huskies in need of a signature win.  They accomplished that feat in a very tough and sometimes hostile Gampel Pavilion beating the Huskies 76 – 64.

Montrezl Harrell played perhaps his best game of the season getting his 4th double-double of the season.  Harrell scored 18 points, grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots.  Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been telling his young sophomore to play with more confidence.  Harrell took him to task hitting two 15 foot jumpers and a couple of hook shots in the post.

“I’m more comfortable.  It’s about getting reps up…different things to improve my game and improve my team”, Harrell said.

Two matchups were spoken about leading up to the game.  The matchup between UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville senior guard Russ Smith.  That matchup lived up to its billing as Napier scored 30 points and Smith 23 points.  The other matchup was Deandre Daniels and Harrell.  Daniels got in early foul trouble and never got into the flow of the game.  He finished with only 3 points and 4 rebounds.

Perhaps the most significant improvement in Louisville’s game was their ability to rebound the ball.  Louisville outrebounded UConn 45 to 30.  They won the rebounding battle for the second consecutive game.  “Every time we outrebound our opponents, we win 95 percent of our games”, said Pitino.

It has only been two games since Louisville’s loss to long-time rival Memphis, but you can sense the “unbridled enthusiasm” Pitino has asked his team to show.  This enthusiasm was on full display against the Huskies as the Cardinals trailed only once.  The team’s communication was better on offense and defense.

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie was ejected from the game with 13:02 left in the second half for arguing a no-call with a referee.  Wayne Blackshear made contact with Niels Giffey in front of the UConn bench and no foul was called.  Ollie went ballistic over the no-call and ran down the sideline to protest the call.  He was given his first technical for running down the sideline and the second for coming on to the court to protest the call.

Louisville made only two of the four technical free throws, but UConn was never able to get back in the game.  Louisville answered every UConn run to win its second consecutive game.

Louisville improved to 16 – 3 overall and 5 – 1 in the AAC.  UConn fell to 14 – 4 overall and 2 – 3 in the AAC.

Louisville returns to action Wednesday at 7:00 as they travel to South Florida to face the Bulls in an AAC matchup.

Andrew Harrison Leads Cats Over Vols

By: Tyrus York – Before Saturday, Andrew Harrison had never had a 20 point game. But when the Vols came to town, he poured in 26 against a strong, defensively sound Tennessee Volunteer team to lead the #12/13 Wildcats to a 74-66 victory.

Andrew Harrison lead a balanced attack against Tennessee
Andrew Harrison lead a balanced attack against Tennessee

Tennessee came into Rupp Arena knowing that they had to keep Kentucky off the glass for a chance to win.  They accomplished that goal, winning the rebounding battle 39-24, and by dominating the offensive glass 20-7.

But it was the guard play of the Harrison twins, especially Andrew who notched his career high that catapulted the Wildcats to victory.  Aaron was very impressive as well, adding 14 points of his own.

Julius Randle entered beast mode in the first half after Kentucky got off to another slow start.  The Vols took an early 6-0 lead before Randle answered with Kentucky’s first 5 points of the game.  Randle would go on to finish the half with 16 points, and the game with 18 total.

To give you an idea of just how dominant Tennessee was in the paint, Randle collected only 2 rebounds for the entire game. The Vols also outscored Kentucky in the paint 38-26.

Johnson would finish the game tied with Aaron Harrison for a team high 4 rebounds.  He also contributed 4 points, but his effectiveness won’t show up in the box score.  The telling stat for Johnson were his 16 minutes of action, nearly equaling Willie Cauley-Stein’s 19.

Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes turned in a great performance in this game, going for a double-double in the first half, eventually finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds.  Stokes along with Maymon were too much for the Cats in the paint for a majority of the game, but Kentucky found a way to win despite losing in every way down low.

After trailing most of the first half, a James Young 3 put Kentucky up by 2 just before halftime.  Kentucky briefly lost that lead in the second half before stretching out to an 11 point lead to never look back.  Struggling to get anything going in the paint, Kentucky was able to knock down crucial jumpers, including 7-16 from the 3 point line to get things rolling and get the “W”.

It would be a crime to not mention maybe the most surprising stat of the game, and that was Kentucky’s 23-24 from the foul line.  The 95.8% clip is the best percentage the Cats have produced all season from the charity stripe.  Be sure to listen to Coach Cal’s comments after the game to learn the secret of the dramatic turnaround.

For the first time since 1953 these two teams will only be meeting 1 time in the regular season, meaning there will be no rematch in Knoxville.

Kentucky will be back in action on Tuesday night at 9pm as they take on a surprising Texas A&M team in Rupp Arena.

Perry County Deputy Jailer Arrested For Official Misconduct

(Hazard, KY) – On Friday, January 17, 2014, Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations Branch, assisted by troopers with KSP Post 13 in Hazard, arrested Deputy Jailer Bruce Campbell, 27, of Hazard, on a charge related to the introduction of contraband material into the Kentucky River Regional Jail, in Hazard.
Deputy Jailer Bruce Campbell - Photo Courtesy of LEX18
Deputy Jailer Bruce Campbell – Photo Courtesy of LEX18
The investigation stemmed from a complaint from jail officials that an employee was suspected of being involved in bringing contraband into the detention center.  The initial investigation resulted in the execution of an arrest warrant at Campbell’s residence in Perry County.
Bruce Campbell was charged with one count of Official Misconduct 1st Degree, and was lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.  Further charges and arrests are likely, pending further investigation by KSP detectives.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 17, 2014) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announced the arrest of a Johnson County man on multiple counts of possessing child pornography. Kevin King, 22, was arrestedWednesday afternoon by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department following an indictment obtained by General Conway’s Cybercrimes investigators.

Man arrested for Child Pornography
Man arrested for Child Pornography

The indictment is the result of an investigation that began in December 2012. Investigators with the Cybercrimes Unit, along with deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant at King’s home. A forensic exam on computers taken from the home discovered more than 3,000 images depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

King is charged with four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony. Each count is punishable by one to five years in prison.

A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit

Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit’s investigative efforts have also resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate.

For additional information on General Conway’s efforts to protect Kentuckians from Internet predators, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s “Cybersafety in Kentucky” page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit theCyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.


You can follow Attorney General Conway on Twitter @kyoag, visit the Attorney General’s Facebook page or view videos on our YouTube channel.

Blackshear Helps Louisville Roll Past Houston 91 – 52

Louisville coach Rick Pitino wanted three things from his team for the rest of the season. He wanted his team to show “unbridled enthusiasm”. Not only enthusiasm from the players, but from the coaches as well. He wanted the Cardinals to stop thinking they are like last year’s championship team. Finally, he wanted Wayne Blackshear to step up his game.

Photo by Jason Sheehan
Photo by Jason Sheehan

Pitino saw all three of these goals achieved tonight as the Cardinals rolled past the Cougars 91 – 52.

“Our enthusiasm was off the charts and we were ready to play the moment the ball went up”, Pitino said after the game. The most significant showing was that of junior Wayne Blackshear. Coming off the bench for the first time this season Blackshear led Louisville with a career high 23 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He tied his career high with making 5 of his 6 three point attempts. He not only scored the ball, but also led Louisville with 7 rebounds.

Photo by Jason Sheehan
Photo by Jason Sheehan

Pitino wanted to bring Blackshear off of the bench because of his propensity to get into early foul trouble through Louisville’s first 16 games. Pitino saw him being more valuable later than early in the game. Pitino said of Blackshear’s early foul trouble, “what happens is you lose your aggressiveness”.

Tonight Wayne was aggressive in every facet of the game which will be key to Louisville’s success the rest of the season.

Louisville used unbelievable three point shooting in the first half to put the game out of reach early. The Cardinals scorched the nets in the first half making 11 of 15 three pointers for 73.3 percent. They were 21 of 30 overall for 70 percent in the first half.

The Cardinals solid passing led to their great shooting getting open looks the entire night. They assisted on 23 of their 34 field goals. Pitino was pleased with 23 assists and only 9 turnovers.

Terry Rozier started in place of injured guard Chris Jones. He struggled shooting the ball, but led the Cardinals with 8 assists while committing just one turnover. Pitino said after the game that Jones will not be back for Louisville’s next game Saturday against Connecticut.

Houston fell to 10 – 7 on the year with tonight’s loss. They have played tough against two of the conference leaders beating Connecticut and losing to conference leader Cincinnati by just one point.

They were outplayed and outmatched from the start against the Cardinals. TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Louisville has a short time to get ready for their next game. They travel to Storrs to face Connecticut Saturday evening at 9:00. They will be facing one of the nation’s best backcourts in Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. It has always been a tough and exciting matchup when the Cardinals and the Huskies meet up. Saturday’s game should be no different.

Arlie Howard Obit

Arlie Howard - Photo submitted by Breathitt Funeral Home
Arlie Howard – Photo submitted by Breathitt Funeral Home

Arlie Howard, 74, Jackson passed away Monday. He was a member of the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Blanton and Lou Vernie (Manns) Howard, two brothers, French Howard and Raymond Howard, two sisters, Freda Howard and Media Howard.  He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Howard of Jackson; three sons, Arlie Blanton “AB” (Gail) Howard of Jackson, Cecil Lloyd (Darlene) Howard of Jackson, French (Bonnie) Howard of Jackson; three daughters, Mary Lou Collins of Jackson, Karen Sue (Paul) Collins of Jackson, Betty (Bob) Abner of Jackson; two special great granddaughters, Erica Paige Hounshell of Jackson, Karanda Lourose Hounshell of Jackson; two sisters, Joyce Spicer of Jackson, Josie Morris of Jackson; special friend, Wayne Baker of Jackson; 29 grandchildren, host of great grandchildren; host of nieces, nephews, many friends and neighbors. Funeral services Friday, Jan. 17, 11AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Sallee and Rev. John Abner officiating.  Burial in the Howard Family Cemetery at War Creek.  Serving as pallbearers – grandsons and serving as honorary pallbearers – Rick Fugate, Wayne Baker, Ronnie Combs, James Trent, Darren Baker, George Watts and a host of other friends.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

You Should Never Give Up On Your Dreams

What if all the things we have ever dreamed of were sneak previews of what is possible for us? I often wonder how many visions never materialize, simply because we eliminate them before they have the slightest chance of growing into reality. Yet, so many of the things we have accomplished may once have seemed impossible.

Sunshine - Photo by Ron Hamblin
Sunshine – Photo by Ron Hamblin


How many children, in moments of frustration while learning to ride a bike, conclude that they just cannot do it. Parents urge them to be patient and keep trying, so indeed, they eventually see they can do it. As children, we probably all had moments when we thought we could not swim, could not hit the ball, or could not learn to read. Encouragement from others helped us to overcome those limiting beliefs, which we can see now, were false. I believe we are all capable of doing many, many things, and would do them, if we did not first talk ourselves out of them.


Just for fun, try this experiment. Think of something you have always wanted to do. Sit down with a friend or two or three. Ask them to talk you into trying it, brainstorming all of the ways you could make it happen. You could each take a turn, playing with concept of ‘doing your dream.’ Your dream might be as basic as learning to draw or sing, or as complex as going back to school to earn a degree. It might involve traveling, starting a business, or raising consciousness about an issue that is important to you. You never know what might happen. Perhaps you will find that the thing you thought was impossible, is actually as easy as riding a bike, once you get the hang of it. And remember, none of us gave up on learning to master that bike, just because we fell off a few times.

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

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