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Calipari happy for four NBA draftees, disappointed Gabriel not chosen

Kentucky coach John Calipari was happy to see four of his former players selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari felt a mixed bag of emotions after watching the NBA Draft unfold Thursday night on Brooklyn, New York. Four of his former players — Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The American Goldfinch, male turns bright yellow as days lengthen in spring

Adult males turn a bright yellow in what seems like just a matter of days as if they were blooming wildflowers, when the days begin to lengthen in spring. The American Goldfinch undergoes two molts a year. It sheds and re-grows most of its feathers before the onset of cold weather, then sheds and re-grows all its feathers, excepts for its wings and tail, in the spring. (Photo provided) The American...

Ex-Cats hit jackpot: Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lottery picks in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox heard the boos after he was taken as the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York, but didn’t seem to mind the jeers moments after he was chosen by the New York Knicks. Many Knicks fans in attendance were chanting for Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri, who was later chosen as the No. 14 pick by the Denver Nuggets. Kevin Knox was chosen...

Ex-UK standout Woodyard, coach Guy Morriss to be inducted into Kentucky Pro Football HOF

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wesley Woodyard and Guy Morriss will join an elite class Friday night when both players are inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame at the Lexington Opera House. Woodyard, currently a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, was one of Kentucky’s top defensive players during the Rich Brooks era and was part of two teams that posted back-to-back eight-win seasons...

Graduate transfer Reid Travis looking forward to fresh start at Kentucky

Reid Travis was one of the top players in the Pac-12 last year and will play at Kentucky next season as a graduate transfer. (Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Reid Travis long to make a decision on his future. Travis, one of the top players in the Pac-12 during the past two years, announced he will attend Kentucky as a graduate transfer next season to pursue...

Anthony Davis, Jacob Tamme newest members of UK Athletics HOF class

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anthony Davis made a lasting impact during his short career at the University of Kentucky. Davis helped lead the Wildcats to their eighth national title in 2012 and will also be among six newest inductees into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Davis, a six-year NBA veteran and currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, owns the school record...

UK coach Calipari still getting a feel for where his players will land in the draft

Kentucky coach John Calipari is still getting a feel as to where his players will land in the NBA Draft set for Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t sure if all of his players will get chosen in the NBA Draft Thursday night and is still in the process of figuring things out. “There is a lot of interest in a lot of...

Hall of Fame football coach Bobby Bowden still sharing his faith to the world

Retired Hall of Fame football coach Bobby Bowden discusses his faith Sunday at Eastside Community Church in Richmond. Bowden won two national championships at Florida State. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Bobby Bowden is still spreading the gospel. During his coaching career that spanned more than six decades at Samford, West Virginia and Florida State, he never wavered...

Highly-touted guard Hagans reclassifies, signs with Calipari, Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans couldn’t wait to play for Kentucky and is expected to be on campus this week. Hagans reclassified to the Class of 2018 and signed a financial aid agreement to play for the Wildcats. Hagans was scheduled to graduate next year, but opted to graduate high school earlier than expected to “see my dream of playing for coach (John) Calipari and the Big Blue...

Despite LaSalle rumors, Quade Green never considered leaving Kentucky

Kentucky sophomore guard Quade Green said he never considered transferring to LaSalle. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Quade Green never considered leaving Kentucky. Although it was heavily rumored that Green would be transferring to another school following his first season with the Wildcats, he squashed the suggestion that he would be leaving for LaSalle or any other...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s semi-aquatic turtle population highest in western streams

On a warm, spring day, it’s not unusual to see a row of semi-aquatic turtles basking in the sun on a log floating in a pond, small lake, stream, or wetland. A few species are found statewide, but the highest populations are in western Kentucky. Anglers are probably most familiar with the largest of these turtles. The Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), found in waterways throughout the...

PJ Washington has no regrets about returning, ready to lead Wildcats

Kentucky forward PJ Washington talks to reporters during a media session Thursday at the Joe Craft Center. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington has no regrets about coming back to Kentucky. “It feels great (to be back) and I wanted to be here,” Washington said Thursday. “I wanted to be here and if I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t be here. Being back...

Greater Ashland Tennis Association announces US Open Wild Card Challenge involvement

The eyes of the tennis world will focus on Ashland, Kentucky on July 22-29 during the BRAIDY INDUSTRIES $60,000 USTA PRO CIRCUIT WOMEN’S TENNIS CLASSIC. Tournament chairman Dr. Jack Ditty has announced that this year’s tournament will take part in the US Open Wild Card Challenge and will be live streamed on the internet. The Ashland, KY tournament will be one of three tournaments which will decide...

Justify unanimous choice in final 2018 NTRA top 3-year-old, thoroughbred for all ages polls

The unbeaten chestnut colt Justify, whose 16-week epic journey from unraced maiden to Triple Crown winner has expanded the conventional thinking as to a Thoroughbred racehorse’s capabilities, was a unanimous choice atop the year’s final NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography) Trained by Bob Baffert for owners China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing, and Head...

LPGA star Brittany Lincicomi is approaching the Barbasol Open like ‘any other event’

Brittany Lincicomi will become the fifth female to play in a PGA Tour sanctioned event when she competes in the Barbasol Championship set for July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (LPGA Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not many women have played on the PGA Tour and it’s been a decade since Michelle Wie competed in the John Deere Classic. Brittany Lincicomi will become the...

Justify wins the Belmont Stakes and captures the Triple Crown, cementing Mike Smith’s legacy

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify took the Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park Saturday, securing U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and giving Hall-of-Fame jockey Mike Smith one of the few prizes that had eluded him in his illustrious career. The backdrop for Justify’s win in the Belmont Saturday was much different from his win in the slop five weeks...

Former UK women’s basketball coach DeMoss, standout Barry set for HOF ceremony

Former UK women’s basketball coach Mickie DeMoss will be inducted into the Women’s College Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday night in Knoxville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former University of Kentucky women’s basketball coach Mickie DeMoss will be inducted into the Women’s College Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee. Former...

C.M. Newton left a lasting impact on former Vanderbilt star and Mr. Basketball Phil Cox

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Phil Cox has never forgotten the impact C.M. Newton made on his life during his collegiate playing career at Vanderbilt. “Coach Newton was a true gentleman and a very caring individual,” said Cox, who currently serves as middle school principal in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. “Coach Newton took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to participate as...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: No songbird more visible in greening landscape of spring than Indigo Bunting

In the greening landscape of spring, no bird is more visible than the Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea). The vibrant, cerulean blue plumage of the male seems almost out of place, as if it belongs on some resident of a tropical rain forest. In fact, this diminutive insect and seed-eating bird in the Cardinal family, Cardinalidae, may mingle with exotic, colorful birds during its annual southward migration...

Triple Crown on the line as undefeated Justify faces nine in Belmont; here is a breakdown of the field

By Liane Crossley Special to NKy Tribune Three years ago, thoughts of a Triple Crown seemed virtually impossible after nearly four decades without a winner, but American Pharoah proved the dream could become reality. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography)  Now Justify stands ready to join the elite 12 Triple Crown winners or add his name to a long list of Thoroughbreds who won two of the three...