Legends to unveil new logo, team colors and uniforms
The Lexington Legends announced Thursday that the minor league baseball team will unveil a new logo, colors and uniforms during a downtown event next week.
The changes are designed to line up with the franchise's recent announcement that it was changing affiliations from the Houston Astros to the Kansas City Royals starting in 2013.
"This truly is an off-season of change around the ballpark with our new affiliation," said Legends General Manager Seth Poteat. "We're thrilled with the new color scheme and logos and feel all of our fans are going to love the new look of their Legends."
On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Legends' mascot, Big L, will rappel from the 410-foot tall Lexington Financial Center wearing the team's new uniform.
Big L is scheduled to begin his descent at 4:45 p.m.
The Legends will have a display near the Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park during the "Thursday Night Live" event and will give out free T-shirts displaying the team's new look.
A limited number of new Legends on-field caps will be available for purchase online after the unveiling at lexingtonlegends.com and at the Legends Locker merchandise store at Whitaker Bank Ballpark beginning Friday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.
The rappelling event, called "Brave the Blue" in reference to the blue building, is a fundraiser for the Bluegrass Council, Boy Scouts of America.
League, players 'not speaking the same language' in lockout talks
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received three counterproposals from the players' association on Thursday and left the negotiating table "thoroughly disappointed."
No new talks have been scheduled, and the possibility of a full hockey regular season is quickly shrinking.
The players' association offered multiple options in response to the NHL's offer on Tuesday that called for an 82-game season and a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues between owners and players.
Bettman said that proposal was the "best that we could do" and added that the two sides are still far apart.
"None of the three variations of player share that they gave us even began to approach 50-50, either at all or for some long period of time," Bettman said.
"It's clear we're not speaking the same language."
Tebow at running back? It could happen
Tim Tebow might add a new job title to an already-lengthy list.
The do-it-all backup quarterback could see time at running back in the New York Jets' banged-up backfield Sunday against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
"That's a possibility," coach Rex Ryan said Thursday. "The thing about Tim — with him being a football player like we've always talked about — by playing quarterback, he knows all the positions. So, can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end or whatever?
"I think the answer is yes."
An accidental heroin overdose killed Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a coroner said Thursday. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said a toxicology test confirmed the presence of heroin in Garrett Reid's body. Investigators revealed they found a used syringe and spoon in his room, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many of them unopened.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left Thursday's practice after turning his right ankle but expects to play on Sunday against Cincinnati. Roethlisberger says he stepped on a teammate's foot while dropping back to pass but insisted he is fine. He spent the latter portions of practice in the training room but was with the rest of the team when the locker room was open to the media afterward.
Davis leads Hornets scorers in loss
Devin Harris scored 14 points, including nine in Atlanta's 21-1 run to open the second half, and the Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-68 in a pre-season game on Thursday night. Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall draft pick, led the Hornets with 19 points, including 15 in the first half.
Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and handed out five assists in 23 minutes, and the Miami Heat beat the Detroit Pistons 105-78. Greg Monroe scored 15 points for Detroit, which missed 18 of its first 22 shots. Ex-Cat Brandon Knight added 12 for the Pistons.
Paul Pierce scored 18 points despite briefly leaving with an ankle injury, and the Boston Celtics spoiled the Brooklyn Nets' return to national TV with a 115-85 exhibition victory. Courtney Lee also had 18 for the Celtics in a rematch of the Nets' 97-96 victory in Boston two nights earlier.
Cauley shares lead at McGladrey
Bud Cauley has the same good vibes at Sea Island, even if the stakes are different this time.
The McGladrey Classic is where Cauley did well enough to secure his PGA Tour card. Now he's after his first win, and Cauley took a big step Thursday by overpowering the course for an 8-under 62. It was his best score on the tour, and it gave him a share of the lead with Marco Dawson.
Spain's Alejandro Canizares and New Zealand's Michael Hendry each shot 7-under 65 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Perth International. Canizares had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Lake Karrinyup, and Hendry put together five birdies on his second nine.
Hamlin gets 'bell rung' in crash
Championship contender Denny Hamlin said he felt dizzy and had his "bell rung" after a hard crash during full-field testing Thursday at Kansas Speedway.
Hamlin was going 202 mph over the repaved surface of the 1.5-mile tri-oval when he clipped the rear of his No. 11 Toyota on the wall entering Turn 1. Hamlin's primary car for Sunday's race shot toward the apron and Hamlin over-corrected, sending it into the outside wall.
U of L women picked third in Big East
Connecticut is back on top of the Big East women's basketball pre-season poll. UConn received 12 of the 15 first-place votes from the coaches Thursday.
Notre Dame, which has lost in the national championship game the past two years, received the other three first place votes. Louisville was picked third.
The last word
Playmaking wide receiver Josh Gordon wasn't on Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress' radar when he was taken in the NFL supplemental draft, though Gordon has three touchdowns in the past two games.
"I got off a cruise boat and somebody said, 'We signed Josh Gordon.' I said, 'Who's Josh Gordon?' Honestly."