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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.   He succeeds Jon Hale who has been sports editor since …

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 …

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.   But which face from that memorable season stands out above …

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 …

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


  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 …

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


  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, this is just one lesson among many learned from Kentucky basketball.   By Michael Stamper …

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


  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 teammates …

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


  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 …

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 …

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


  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.   …

UK’s Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins named to USA Basketball’s 28-man roster


  Former Kentucky standouts Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins have been named to the 28-man initial Team USA basketball roster for 2014-16, the pool from which 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and, more importantly, the 2016 Olympic teams will be …

Kentucky still fighting through slow starts nearly two-thirds through the regular season


  Somehow stammering in the first five minutes of games lately hasn’t cost Kentucky a game—not directly, anyway—and even though the No. 14 Wildcats long since identified that slow starts are one of their biggest problems, they haven’t quite found …

Report: Louisville set to hire Bobby Petrino, longtime Kentucky foil, to return to Cardinals


  Former Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky football coach Bobby Petrino—a constant thorn in the side of both Kentucky and especially its fans—will be announced as the new Louisville coach Thursday, Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde reported Wednesday afternoon.   Petrino …

Best of Fall 2013 in Sports: Air Raid returns, and Calipari’s big freshmen debut at Rupp


To get you ready for 2014, we’re recapping the year that was in sports, and here is the second installment: fall 2013. New things, exciting things, were happening at Commonwealth Stadium with Mark Stoops’ debut and the return of the …

Best of Spring and Summer 2013 in sports: NIT loss to Robert Morris reviewed and more


To get you ready for 2014, we’re recapping the year that was in sports. We’ll start with reviewing the spring and summer of 2013 in one fell swoop. The year began with unusual turmoil at Rupp Arena, and it was …

In the spirit of the holiday season, Kentucky gave away its preparation time for Louisville


Some unforeseen circumstances—and some completely, well, foreseen—have led Kentucky to this: Its No. 18 ranking the week of Christmas is not what it was expecting, and its three losses in its three biggest games to date are not what it …

Analysts mull whether Kentucky’s rivalry
with Louisville is best in college hoops


By Ryan Clark KyForward correspondent   The Best.   I remember when I first heard it said. It was Clark Kellogg, analyst for CBS Sports, and I was talking to him at the Yum! Center in Louisville. We were chatting …

Foot Health: Stress fractures, especially
in athletes, can ‘bench’ longer if ignored


By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Are stress fractures serious?   What do track and field athletes, gymnasts, dancers, tennis players and basketball players all have in common? I’ll give you a hint – Yao Ming and Anthony …

Women’s hoops climb back into top five following third straight win over Louisville


  Matthew Mitchell has turned Kentucky’s women’s basketball program from an SEC afterthought to a weekly fixture in the top 10 of national polls. Even then, the Wildcats’ win over Louisville on Sunday launched them into the upper echelon of …

Senior DTs Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph: On two brothers’ final game together at UK


  Rarely during their playing careers at Kentucky did anyone see Donte Rumph and Mister Cobble without one standing next to the other, and that’s no mistake. Yes, they both play defensive tackle and line up next to each other …