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Reading Lou Gehrig's letters to Earle Combs

Craig Combs, grandson to Yankees baseball player and EKU alumnus Earle Combs, reads letters written to Earle by fellow teammate Lou Gehrig when Earle suffered major injuries in July 1934 that hospitalized him for two months.

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The letters from Lou Gehrig that Earle Combs’ Kentucky grandson cherishes

When New York Yankees outfielder and Kentucky product Earle Combs crashed into an outfield wall chasing a hard-hit ball on July 24, 1934, it left him with a fractured skull and broken collarbone. Over the next months, as the Yankees engaged in an ultimately unsuccessful duel with the Detroit Tigers for the 1934 American League pennant, Combs was stuck in the St. Louis hospital. In that time, letters from Lou Gehrig were Combs’ lifeline to the Yankees. Combs’ family still cherishes those letters.

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Greg McElroy’s criticism of Kentucky’s Matt Elam went too far

SEC Network college football analyst Greg McElroy, the quarterback of Alabama’s 2009 BCS championship team, said Kentucky nose guard Matt Elam was “lazy, and as underachieving a player as I’ve seen in this league in some time.” The remarks raised a familiar issue: What level of media criticism is appropriate when directed toward college-age students?

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Could 2017 be Danica Patrick’s final race at Kentucky Speedway?

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s farewell due to his pending retirement is getting the prerace attention before the 2017 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, but Danica Patrick’s uncertain sponsorship and lackluster on-track results have many wondering if her time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series could be ending in 2017, too.

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Could legal betting on NASCAR races come to Kentucky Speedway?

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case in which the state of New Jersey is seeking to legalize sports betting. If the Garden State prevails, could it lead to pari-mutuel wagering on NASCAR races at Kentucky Speedway similar to what currently exists at horse racing tracks like Keeneland and Churchill Downs?

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Reading Lou Gehrig's letters to Earle Combs

Craig Combs, grandson to Yankees baseball player and EKU alumnus Earle Combs, reads letters written to Earle by fellow teammate Lou Gehrig when Earle suffered major injuries in July 1934 that hospitalized him for two months.
Marcus Dorsey mdorsey@herald-leader.com
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Reading Lou Gehrig's letters to Earle Combs

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 NASCAR season

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Brian Luftman of American Farm Investors

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