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BLUE BLOOD BATTLE
Basketball heavyweights Kentucky and Kansas collide in New Orleans
Kentucky coach John Calipari shares a laugh with a reporter Sunday at a news conference before the NCAA basketball championship game. With him were UK players, from left,
Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller. The Wildcats face the Kansas Jayhawks tonight in New Orleans’ Superdome. SCOTT UTTERBACK/THE COURIER-JOURNAL
Calipari tones down UK rhetoric
NEW ORLEANS — When the University
of Kentucky men’s basketball team last
played in the NCAA championship game,
its quick return after playing in three finals in a row
Crawford withviewedin 1996 and ’98
Instead, the program’s
wait to return has seemed
Tonight, it ends.
Three years and one day
after taking over as head
coach, John Calipari will
lead the Wildcats (37-2)
into the championship
game against Kansas (32-6) at 9:23 p.m. in
the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
In Big Easy, fans
hang on to dream
It’s a heavyweight meeting of the two
winningest programs in college basketball, but UK won a meeting between the
two 75-65 on Nov. 15 in Madison Square
Garden after leading by as many as 17 in
the second half.
UK’s season began with bombast. During a Big Blue Madness speech, Calipari
told fans that his program would “once
again redefine college basketball.” Behind
him, inside a graphic of the words “The
Kentucky Effect,” the number 8 was notso-subtly superimposed.
No. 8, of course, would mean NCAA
championship No. 8 for UK.
But the closer the Wildcats have gotten
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» Anthony Davis’ next challenge: KU’s
Thomas Robinson. Sports, C1
» U of L team welcomed home. A7
» Lexington authorities brace for more
rowdiness tonight. B6
By Antoinette Konz and Jason Riley
NEW ORLEANS — It has been on their
minds since mid-October — and now the
dream of seeing their team back in the
NCAA men’s basketball championship
game is about to come true for the large
contingent of University of Kentucky fans
who traveled to the Big Easy for the final
“This is it, this is the moment we’ve all
been waiting for,” said Lisa Carlisle, a diehard UK fan from Owensboro.
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2012 KENTUCKY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Budget OK’d but many bills were left to die
By Joseph Gerth
FRANKFORT, Ky. — With state lawmakers ready to move onto the truly important
issues, like basketball, the 2012 session of
the Kentucky General Assembly essentially ended Friday with a whimper.
Gone were the fireworks that have
closed recent sessions with vast disagreements over spending. And neither side
walked out before the legislature had finished its primary responsibilities, includ-
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ing passing a budget.
Friday was the last real working day of
the General Assembly. Legislators will return April 12 to give them a chance to override any gubernatorial vetoes, but aren’t
expected to do much more than that.
Still, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said
the session’s success will hinge upon what
happens in two weeks, when the legislature still might complete work on a road
plan and Stumbo’s priority of House Bill 4,
which would crack down on doctors who
over-prescribe pain medication.
“There are still some loose ends out
there, and I’m hopeful they can still be resolved,” he said.
But some will tell you that just because
the legislature doesn’t pass something, it
doesn’t mean it failed.
Controversial abortion legislation died
in a House Committee, as it often does. The
House killed a bill that would have essentially allowed AT&T and other telephone
companies to stop offering basic land-line
service in much of the state.
A constitutional amendment to allow
casino gambling failed to get out of the
Senate, and a plan to bring the University
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WEATHER | B2
The Courier-Journal will
publish a combined oneedition newspaper Tuesday
morning in order to give all
of our readers the NCAA
championship game story.
of Pikeville into the state-supported system died in the House.
Several oddball pieces of legislation
survived the legislative gantlet. When legislation becomes law 100 days from now,
coal truck drivers will have their own appreciation day, Confederate soldiers will
no longer be able to draw Kentucky pensions and it will be a crime to release wild
hogs in the state.
Indiana: Partly sunny
today and tomorrow
with scattered showers
and storms. Partly
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