1 Murray State
The Ohio Valley Conference basketball power made its 12th NCAA
tournament appearance this year.
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The home of the annual International Bar-B-Q Festival is also
Kentucky's SI Sportstown for having the best community sports
3 Waltrip Brothers
Three-time NASCAR champion Darrell and younger brother Michael, a
two-time Daytona 500 winner, are from Owensboro.
4 Brad Wilkerson
The promising Expos centerfielder is from Owensboro.
5 Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers from Bowling Green won the Division I-AA football
championship in 2002.
6 Phil Simms
The CBS broadcaster and longtime Giants quarterback is from
Springfield and went to Morehead State.
7 David Akers
The Eagles kicker from Lexington has the NFL's second-highest
career field goal percentage (.830).
The Lexington race course has been the site of the world's most
expensive horse sales.
9 Austin Kearns
The 23-year-old Reds outfielder is from Lexington.
10 Tim Couch
The Browns quarterback from Hyden was the USA Today Offensive
Player of the Year in high school, starred at the University of
Kentucky and was the top pick in the 1999 NFL draft.
11 Brandon Webb
The Ashland native had the majors' sixth-best ERA (2.84) in 2003
as a Diamondbacks rookie.
12 Claiborne Farm
The Paris horse farm is the birthplace of Seabiscuit and the
burial ground of Secretariat.
13 Shaun Alexander
The Seahawks running back scored 110 touchdowns at Boone County
14 Allan Houston
The Knicks guard and two-time NBA All-Star is from Louisville.
The Louisville golf club has been the site of two PGA
championships and will host the 2008 Ryder Cup.
16 Chris Redman
The Ravens quarterback left his hometown school, Louisville, as
the alltime Division I-A leader in pass completions (1,031).
17 Louisville Little League
An all-star team from the Valley Sports American league won the
2002 Little League World Series.
Fans have filled this 19,000-seat arena so faithfully that the
Louisville Cardinals have been in the top 10 in college
basketball attendance for 22 consecutive years. The arena has
been good to the University of Kentucky too: The Wildcats won
their 1958 NCAA championship here.
19 Howard Schnellenberger
The current Florida Atlantic and former Miami, Louisville and
Oklahoma football coach is from Louisville and played football at
20 Louisville Slugger Museum
Hillerich & Bradsby, which dates back to 1884, runs this
attraction, where visitors can watch the world's most famous bats
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