Rosters released for 2017 UK Legends Charity Game — excluding current NBA players

Rosters for the 2017 UK Legends Game, which will be held Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena in conjunction with the UK Alumni Charity Game, were announced Monday. Twenty players are expected to suit up for the Legends Game at 7 p.m., with others, including current NBA players, playing in the UK Alumni Charity Game at 8 p.m. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm any current NBA players participating...

Eastern Kentucky matchup with Hilltoppers on Sept. 2 to be available nationally on live stream

The Eastern Kentucky University football game at Western Kentucky University on Sept. 2 will be streamed live to a worldwide audience. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET and has been added to the nationwide streaming calendar of FloFootball.com. FloFootball.com is part of the FloSports network, which includes more than 20 sites focused on live and on-demand coverage of a range of sports,...

Petrino says Cardinals ‘focused on learning and getting better’ as fall camp wraps up

The loud cheers coming out of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday were not from all the touchdowns scored in the second scrimmage of fall camp, but from the joy of the University of Louisville football players, realizing that the grind of camp was over. With classes officially starting on Monday, the Cardinals completed camp with a 145-play scrimmage under intense heat on the field — and...

Tourists score early and often, five hits by Nevin key 17-8 decision over Legends

Tyler Nevin had five hits in five at bats to lead the Asheville Tourists to a 17-8 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday afternoon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Asheville scored three runs in the top of the first inning, aided by three Lexington errors. With two outs, Nevin tripled and scored when right fielder Khalil Lee committed an error on a fly ball hit by Vince Fernandez. A ground ball by Manny...

Time Change: Campbellsville University moves Homecoming kickoff to reflect ‘Finley standard time’

Finley Standard Time…. Football team members know what that means. Anyone who played for the Tigers from 1987 until 2002 knows the late football coach Ron Finley always gave a time for his players they would remember. With the 30th anniversary of Fighting Tiger football on the horizon, Vice President for Athletics Rusty Hollingsworth has announced the homecoming kickoff vs. Georgetown College on...

Lee’s monster walk-off blast leading off the 10th inning fuels Legends to 6-5 win over Tourists

Khalil Lee led off the 10th inning with a 420-foot home run to right center field, giving the Lexington Legends a 6-5 win over the Asheville Tourists Saturday night in front of 5,843 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Manny Olloque had two two-run doubles for the Legends, who held leads of 3-0 and 5-2 before the Tourists came back to tie the game at 5-5 with a run in the ninth inning. Lexington opened...

UK’s Stoops more upbeat about his Cats following second scrimmage of fall workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was more upbeat about his squad following the second scrimmage of fall workouts Saturday and likes the direction the team is headed going into the final week of camp. “I thought we had a really good solid week of practice this week, wrapping it up with a good, long scrimmage,” Stoops said Saturday. “I feel like we did some good things on both sides of...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Signs are positive for a better state dove hunting season this fall

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The morning fog we’ve seen a few times lately portends that fall hunting seasons are right around the corner. For many Kentuckians, the best time of year begins on Sept. 1, the traditional opener for dove season. Dove hunting is a social event as old friends reunite while standing on the edge of a field, telling stories and keeping their eyes peeled for incoming...

Legends get off to fast start, pound out season best 22 hits in 14-3 dusting of Tourists

The Lexington Legends scored six runs in the first inning and pounded out a season-high 22 hits on their way to a 14-3 win over the Asheville Tourists in front of 5,120 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Friday night. Khalil Lee had four hits for the Legends, including his team-leading 15th home run of the year, a 430-foot, two-run blast in the fourth inning. Lee had five runs batted in. Meibrys Viloria...

Kentucky’s defensive preparations focused on improving fundamentals, handling faster tempo

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although run defense is a priority, Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House wants to see his unit get better in every phase of the game. House said the improvement starts with the basic fundamentals and alignment and that’s an area the coaching staff hopes the Wildcats improve on during the last two weeks of camp. Kentucky practiced Friday morning and a second scrimmage...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Changes to Kentucky’s bear season reflect expansion of population

Major changes were made to this year’s black bear hunting season to reflect expanding bear populations throughout Eastern Kentucky. In 2017, for the first time, the state’s two distinct bear populations will be managed in three zones. There will be a new muzzleloader season in the 22 counties of Zone 3, and nonresidents may now buy permits to hunt bears. “Bear populations have been expanding...

Davila, Watson combine to stop Power on two hits, Legends roll to 9-0 victory

Lexington starter Garrett Davila and reliever Nolan Watson teamed up for a two-hit shutout as the Legends blanked the West Virginia Power 9-0 Thursday night in Charleston. Angelo Castellano had three hits for Lexington, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Vance Vizcaino and Michael Gigliotti also had three hits in the game. The Legends opened the scoring in the top of the second inning...

EKU athletics adding new Bluegrass RV zone for this season’s football tailgating

Eastern Kentucky University athletics will be adding the new Bluegrass RV Zone to its football tailgating experience for the 2017 season, Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller announced. The Bluegrass RV Zone is designed to provide Colonel football fans a unique and unforgettable tailgating experience. Located in the lower Alumni Coliseum lot and just steps away from Roy Kidd Stadium, the Bluegrass...

New coordinator Sirmon seeks to put some ‘magic’ back in Louisville’s defensive set

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today At first glance, the University of Louisville football team’s defense enjoyed a successful season in 2016. After all, the Cardinals finished No. 14 nationally among the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense, allowing 322.2 yards per game. The defense was also far above average in stripping the football and intercepting passes, forcing 25 turnovers,...

Presale underway now for University of Louisville single-game football tickets

A presale for University of Louisville season ticket holders began on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for three-game packages and a limited number of single-game football tickets to five of the Cardinals’ six home games Season ticket holders were notified of the presale as well as a special promo code via email. The public can purchase available three-game packages and single-game tickets starting on Aug. 22...

Legends snap nine-game losing streak, knock off West Virginia 9-3 behind Eckert

Travis Eckert pitched six shutout innings and Gabriel Cancel hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning as the Lexington Legends rolled to a 9-3 win over the West Virginia Power Wednesday night in Charleston. The win ended the Legends losing streak at nine games. The Legends scored two runs in the top of the second inning. Joe Dudek drew a leadoff walk. An infield single by Manny Olloque...

Wildcats will face Monmouth in inaugural Citi Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden

The Citi Hoops Classic, featuring the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team coached by John Calipari, will face Monmouth, coached by King Rice, in the inaugural Citi Hoops Classic on Dec. 9, 2017 at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. “We’re excited to launch the series at iconic Madison Square Garden,” said Tad Ehrbar, Citi SVP of Entertainment & Sports Marketing....

Kentucky’s freshman receivers pushing veterans for playing time in fall camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A year ago, it was Benny Snell who made an immediate impact upon his arrival in the Kentucky backfield. Although no running backs have made the same impression during fall camp, a core of freshman wide receivers have been impressive during the first two weeks workouts. Newcomers Lynn Bowden, Isaiah Epps, Josh Ali, Clevan Thomas and Javonte Richardson have caught the attention...

Hilltoppers set for battle against Villanova in first round of Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament

The Western Kentucky Hilltopper men’s basketball team will face 2016 national champion Villanova in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis, tournament officials announced. WKU will take on the Wildcats at 1:30 p.m. CST Wednesday, Nov. 22. The entire bracket was released for the eight-team tournament, which takes place Nov. 22-24 at Atlantis Paradise Island in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Villanova...

West Virginia rallies for game-winner in bottom of the ninth, sends Legends to ninth straight loss

Ryan Nagle’s sacrifice fly drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the West Virginia Power edged the Lexington Legends 3-2 Tuesday night in Charleston. The Power jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After leadoff hitter Adrian Valerio reached on an error by first baseman Manny Olloque, Clark Eagan walked and Oneil Cruz singled, loading the bases. Valerio scored on...