Friday, April 18 2014 1:48 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:48:32 GMT
Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter Thursday night for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in the Cardinals'More >>
Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter Thursday night for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in the Cardinals' 8-0 victory.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 1:47 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:47:58 GMT
Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday to avoid a sweep. Ryu (3-1) struck out three and walked one on aMore >>
Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday to avoid a sweep.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:56:35 GMT
Top-seeded Indiana won't have Andrew Bynum for its first-round series against Atlanta. Coach Frank Vogel said Thursday that he believes the Pacers' oft-injured center could still work his way back forMore >>
Top-seeded Indiana won't have Andrew Bynum for its first-round series against Atlanta.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:55:04 GMT
Western Kentucky's third straight spring with a different coach has at least included some familiarity. Rookie Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm hopes that knowledge of the team's personnel and his offensiveMore >>
Western Kentucky's third straight spring with a different coach has at least included some familiarity.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:52:38 GMT
Offensive lineman Joe Reitz has signed his qualifying offer with the Colts. Reitz was a restricted free agent. The team made the announcement Thursday. Reitz made three starts in 14 games last season.More >>
Offensive lineman Joe Reitz has signed his qualifying offer with the Colts.More >>
BOWLING GREEN, KY (AP) - Now that Bobby Petrino is back in the coaching ranks, he wants to make the most of his second chance.
Petrino was introduced Monday as Western Kentucky's
new head football coach. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April
for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following an accident in which
the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress as a
"At this point in my career, it's about getting
back and coaching players," Petrino said. "It just happened to open up
at a place we love.
"I hope it can be as long as possible."
Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas before he
was dismissed in the wake of the scandal. Petrino had an affair with
former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired
as a football assistant had gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said
initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to
"I'm going to be able to sit down with mom and dad
and the student-athlete and make them understand how this experience has
made me a better coach, a better person and will make me understand
their son better," Petrino said during a packed news conference at
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity I'll be able to give student athletes when they make a mistake."
Petrino is replacing Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become South Florida's coach.
Western Kentucky gave Petrino a 4-year deal with a
base annual salary of $850,000. If he terminates the deal at any time,
he must re-pay the university $1.2 million in six monthly payments
starting the month after he leaves.
Athletic director Todd Stewart knows he might get criticized for hiring Petrino.
He and Petrino had a long discussion over the
weekend about the coach's past. Stewart said Petrino was candid and
honest about his conduct and took responsibility for his actions. He
said Petrino's contrition convinced him to give the coach a shot.
"What it comes down is that he made a big mistake
and he acknowledges that and he's taken ownership of that," Stewart
said. "And he's paid a heavy price for it.
"But this is the United States of America, and
we're a country of second chances. I was confident after talking with
him and with other people that he deserved a second chance and we are
more than happy to give it to him."
Petrino, 75-26 overall as a college head coach,
said he is looking forward to "building on the foundation and standards"
that Taggart established.
Petrino had been looking to get back into coaching
since he was let go by Arkansas. His name had been recently mentioned in
connection with several openings, including Kentucky and Auburn.
He returns to the state where he successfully began
his head coaching career. Petrino coached at Louisville from 2003-06,
going 41-9 and leading the Cardinals to a 12-1 mark and their first-ever
BCS berth in the Orange Bowl in 2006.
Now that he's back in the state, the coach said he and wife Becky "consider this coming home."
While at Louisville, Petrino was offered an NFL job and he left the Cardinals to become coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
He had a brief 13-game stint in 2007 with Atlanta.
The Falcons stumbled to a 3-10 start before Petrino left for Arkansas,
announcing his departure to players in a four-sentence laminated letter
left at their lockers.
Arkansas had a losing record - 5-7 - in his first
season. But Petrino and the Razorbacks improved each after that. They
were to 8-5 in 2009, 10-3 with a Sugar Bowl appearance in 2010 and went
11-2 with a Cotton Bowl bid in 2011.
He takes over a 7-5 Western Kentucky team that's
headed to its first bowl appearance as an FBS school. The Hilltoppers
will play in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 against Central
WKU defensive coordinator Lance Guidry was named interim coach on Saturday and will coach the team in the bowl game.
Petrino will be hands-off until after the bowl game.
The new coach did meet with Hilltoppers players on
Monday afternoon. Petrino expects the program to consistently win
conference championships, bowl games and to compete for a BCS bowl
Stewart believes Petrino can take WKU to the next level.
"I'm confident that he'll be here for a while and
hope that he's here for a long time," Stewart said. "No one person is
bigger than the program, it's about the program. The important thing is
that the program continues to develop and get better and go to places
that its never been.
"You need a field general to give you the best chance to have that happen, and coach Petrino is the best one out there for us."
AP Freelancer Writer Brad Stephens in Bowling Green contributed to this report.
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Friday, April 18 2014 9:13 AM EDT2014-04-18 13:13:39 GMT
Indiana State Police arrested two Warrick County men Thursday afternoon after troopers say they were involved in an altercation at the Newburgh Walmart. ISP says 64-year-old Bennie Duvall, of Newburgh,More >>
Indiana State Police arrested two Warrick County men Thursday afternoon after troopers say they were involved in an altercation at the Newburgh Walmart.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:01:13 GMT
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and...More >>
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too...More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 1:36 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:36:27 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A 5-year-old child who was on a neighborhood sidewalk when they were hit by a driver who fled the scene has died. Louisville Metro Police Department Officer Carey Klain said theMore >>
Louisville Metro Police Department Officer Carey Klain said the child died at Kosair Children's Hospital Thursday evening after being hit by the vehicle in the 5500 block of Grandel Boulevard around 7 p.m.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:21:40 GMT
Crews respond to the scene of a house fire in Santa Claus, Indiana. Spencer County dispatch tells 14 News the home in the 900 block of South Snowball Lane was fully engulfed when firefighters arrivedMore >>
State Police tell 14News that a retired couple lived at the home. A woman, who is disabled, was smoking a cigarette when it dropped and started the fire.More >>