James Pennington joins KyForward.com team as sports editor, succeeds Jon Hale

Staff report   James Pennington, a lifelong Lexingtonian, is joining the KyForward team as sports editor, bringing “equal parts knowledge of and passion for Central Kentucky sports” with him.   James Pennington He succeeds Jon Hale who has been sports editor since KyForward’s inception. Hale will join the staff of The Cats’ Pause.   “We are losing a member of the family...

James Pennington joins KyForward.com
team as sports editor, succeeds Jon Hale

Staff report   James Pennington, a lifelong Lexingtonian, is joining the KyForward team as sports editor, bringing “equal parts knowledge of and passion for Central Kentucky sports” with him.   James Pennington He succeeds Jon Hale who has been sports editor since KyForward’s inception. Hale will join the staff of The Cats’ Pause.   “We are losing a member of the family...

Jon Hale: Chaz Roe's promotion latest sign that Lexington is becoming a baseball town

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A. J. Ellis and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere never played against each other in high school, but for at least one MLB game Lexington baseball fans had no trouble envisioning their hypothetical matchup on a Bluegrass State field.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In the second inning of the Dodgers and Phillies Sunday matchup, Ellis, a 1999 Paul...

Jon Hale: Chaz Roe’s promotion latest sign that Lexington is becoming a baseball town

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A. J. Ellis and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere never played against each other in high school, but for at least one MLB game Lexington baseball fans had no trouble envisioning their hypothetical matchup on a Bluegrass State field.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In the second inning of the Dodgers and Phillies Sunday matchup, Ellis, a 1999 Paul...

Jon Hale: Anthony Davis earns my vote for 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

When you think about the past year in Kentucky sports, it’s likely the first image that jumps to mind is the Wildcats’ run to the program’s eight national championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But which face from that memorable season stands out above the rest?   That’s the question I posed to myself when assembling my ballot for the 2012 Lexington...

Jon Hale: Anthony Davis earns my vote
for 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

When you think about the past year in Kentucky sports, it’s likely the first image that jumps to mind is the Wildcats’ run to the program’s eight national championship.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But which face from that memorable season stands out above the rest?   That’s the question I posed to myself when assembling my ballot for the 2012 Lexington...

Jon Hale: If the name is Hatfield or McCoy,
there’s more to feud than Hollywood version

What is the significance of a name?   That’s a question I’ve been pondering recently as Hatfield and McCoy hysteria took hold in the wake of the History Channel miniseries that shattered viewing records for ad-supported cable television.   Why should the KyForward sports editor be so concerned with a 150-year-old feud and its modern retelling?   Because my middle name is...

Jon Hale: If the name is Hatfield or McCoy, there’s more to feud than Hollywood version

What is the significance of a name?   That’s a question I’ve been pondering recently as Hatfield and McCoy hysteria took hold in the wake of the History Channel miniseries that shattered viewing records for ad-supported cable television.   Why should the KyForward sports editor be so concerned with a 150-year-old feud and its modern retelling?   Because my middle name is...

Jon Hale: Unlikely rise to prominence makes Josh Harrellson state's top 2011 sports figure

What image comes to mind when you think of the 2011 Kentucky sports year?   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Is it Matt Roark being lifted off the field after the University of Kentucky football team finally took down Tennessee? Is it Brandon Knight sending the Wildcats to the Final Four? Is it the Kentucky Derby or maybe the NBA draft?   Or maybe, like me, when you think about the...

Sports Notes: Cost of attendance stipend welcomed, but few think it changes minds

UK coach Mark Stoops says student-athletes will see their quality of life improve thanks to cost of attendance stipends (Jon Hale Photo)   Later this month, NCAA Division I scholarship athletes will find a little something extra in their bank accounts.   In addition to their allotted scholarship money, they will get a “cost of attendance” stipend. That amount will vary from school...

Sports Notes: Cost of attendance stipend welcomed, but few think it changes minds

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UK coach Mark Stoops says student-athletes will see their quality of life improve thanks to cost of attendance stipends (Jon Hale Photo)   Later this month, NCAA Division I scholarship athletes will find a little something extra in their bank accounts.   In addition to their allotted scholarship money, they will get a “cost of attendance” stipend. That amount will vary from school...

Wildcats will open The New CWS against Louisiana Lafayette under the lights

Kentucky’s first three games this fall will be played under the lights at The New CWS (Jon Hale Photo)   The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have announced broadcast selections and game times for the first three weeks of the 2015 football season, including Kentucky’s season opener and grand opening of The New CWS against UL Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 5.   Kentucky will begin...

Daily Yonder: Getting along in house divided and other lessons learned from Ky. basketball

Kentucky cheerleaders, players and Coach Adolph Rupp watch Texas Western receive the NCAA championship trophy in 1966. The historic game pitted an all-white Kentucky team against the underdogs, Texas Western, which had an all-black starting five. (Photo from Rich Clarkson)   In a nation divided, an in-state sports rivalry teaches a husband and wife how to get along. For a UK fan from Eastern Kentucky,...

The last link to Gillispie, Wall and Cousins, Jon Hood celebrates Senior Night

Kentucky’s Jon Hood, who has had more NBA-bound teammates than anyone in college basketball history, plays his final game at Rupp Arena on Tuesday. (File photo by Jon Hale)   No college basketball player has ever had more esteemed teammates than Jon Hood. The fifth-year senior, who will play in his final game at Rupp Arena on Tuesday and earn his first career start, has 16 former Kentucky...

John Calipari following upset: 'If you don't hold guys accountable, you lose your team'

John Calipari is not deflecting after Kentucky’s pair of losses last week. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky coach John Calipari began to own up to Kentucky’s shortcomings on Monday, in a news conference usually held to preview the next day’s game but instead used to ask Calipari questions about how the Wildcats lost to South Carolina on Saturday, why Calipari was ejected with...

John Calipari following upset: ‘If you don’t hold guys accountable, you lose your team’

John Calipari is not deflecting after Kentucky’s pair of losses last week. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky coach John Calipari began to own up to Kentucky’s shortcomings on Monday, in a news conference usually held to preview the next day’s game but instead used to ask Calipari questions about how the Wildcats lost to South Carolina on Saturday, why Calipari was ejected with...

In win, John Calipari finds a way to cool Marshall Henderson, NCAA’s Vlad Guerrero

No. 18 Kentucky found its response Tuesday to Marshall Henderson: It, in its own way, turned his approach around on him. Henderson is not one afraid to throw anything toward the basket, so the Wildcats reciprocated and threw everything back at him. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   It worked, ultimately, because Kentucky won 80-64. Henderson had 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting (including...

In win, John Calipari finds a way to cool Marshall Henderson, NCAA's Vlad Guerrero

No. 18 Kentucky found its response Tuesday to Marshall Henderson: It, in its own way, turned his approach around on him. Henderson is not one afraid to throw anything toward the basket, so the Wildcats reciprocated and threw everything back at him. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   It worked, ultimately, because Kentucky won 80-64. Henderson had 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting (including...

Kentucky’s flaws as apparent in Baton Rouge as its dominance was on last trip in 2012

Twenty games into its season, John Calipari’s team is sputtering. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky’s visit to LSU on Tuesday was its first in two years. Below is a brief tale recounting the two trips. The contrast is as stark and jarring as this segue, which will not be forced any further. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats fell asleep near the end of...

Kentucky's flaws as apparent in Baton Rouge as its dominance was on last trip in 2012

Twenty games into its season, John Calipari’s team is sputtering. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Kentucky’s visit to LSU on Tuesday was its first in two years. Below is a brief tale recounting the two trips. The contrast is as stark and jarring as this segue, which will not be forced any further. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats fell asleep near the end of...