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Art Lander’s Outdoors: A bowhunter’s gear wish list as Kentucky’s archery season for deer approaches

With Kentucky’s 143-day archery season for deer opening in about two weeks, bow hunters are getting their gear ready and honing their shooting skills. The season dates are September 1, through January 21, 2019. The archery industry cranks out improved, high-quality gear every year, but some products stand the test of time. Do you have an archery gear wish list? Here’s some new products, and one...

UK’s playmaker receiver Lynn Bowden is all business in fall workouts

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, left, shares a laugh with teammate Akeem Hayes, right, during media day earlier this month at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden was relaxed and cutting up with his teammates during media day earlier this month, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a laid-back approach going into his sophomore season with the Wildcats. “It’s...

Gran: Former walk-on receiver Bouvier most valuable player of Kentucky football training camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If training camp ended this week, David Bouvier would be considered Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player. Bouvier, a former standout at Lexington Catholic High School who earned a scholarship Monday night, has been one of the Wildcats’ most consistent receivers and it’s not even been close if you ask Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “You want to talk about...

Keith Taylor: Hype rises for Wildcats following impressive showing in Bahamas

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari likes the way his team performed in the Bahamas, but knows it’s only August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The hype is on. The Kentucky men’s basketball team provided a glimpse into what to expect this season during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas. The Wildcats won all four games and they weren’t...

Perfect Cats end Big Blue Bahamas tour with another blowout victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky concluded its Big Blue Bahamas Tour in impressive fashion with a 93-60 victory over Team Toronto Sunday at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. The Wildcats placed five players in double figures, paced by graduate transfer Reid Travis with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive end of the floor. The performance by Travis was his best outing of...

Pony Club Team to compete at 2018 USEF Pony Jumper Championships in Lexington

Four members of the United States Pony Clubs make up the team representing Pony Club at the 2018 USEF Pony Jumper Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park Aug. 7-12, including two from Lexington. The event is held in conjunction with the USEF Pony Finals and presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. Pony Club members from all over the country have been vying for a spot on the team for the past year. Team...

Impressive Wildcats hit century mark for third straight win in Bahamas Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hit the century mark and remained undefeated in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a 100-64 rout of Mega Bemax Saturday night at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. It marked the Wildcats’ third straight victory in the four-game tour, which concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday against Team Toronto. Kentucky coach John Calipari expected a close encounter against the Serbian...

Stoops disappointed in Kentucky’s first scrimmage of fall workouts

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops addresses reporters following Saturday’s scrimmage at Kroger Field. Stoops wasn’t happy with his team’s performance during the mock contest. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The first impression wasn’t a good one for Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops. Three weeks before the Wildcats kickoff the season against Central Michigan,...

Jamie Vaught: Game-by-game forecast for the University of Kentucky 2018 football schedule

Are you ready for the college football campaign to kick off? Well, I am. Here’s my annual game-by-game forecast of UK’s 2018 schedule. • CENTRAL MICHIGAN (Sept. 1, Lexington): The Chippewas, who are coming off an 8-5 mark last fall, have been showing up for post-season bowl parties five times in the last six years. However, since Central Michigan has lost several key players, the Chippewas...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Fall squirrel season; summer grilling and smoking; spring-assisted pocket knives

Kentucky’s squirrel season is the longest hunting season on the fall calendar. Opening day is a week from tomorrow, on Saturday, August 18. The 2018-19 season is 194 days long, and continues through November 9, closes for the opening weekend of gun season for deer, then re-opens November 12, and continues through February 28, 2019. The daily bag limit is six squirrels. Squirrels are the most stable...

Cats shoot lights out literally in second win of exhibition tour

Freshman guard Tyler Herro scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to an exhibition win over San Lorenzo Thursday night at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s second exhibition game at Imperial Arena in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour will be one to remember. The Wildcats defeated San Lorenzo De Almagro 91-68 Thursday night but...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

UK QB race heats up as Wilson, Hoak battling for starting job

Transfer Terry Wilson smiles during a photo shoot during the team’s Media Day last week at Kroger Field. Wilson is battling to become the team’s starting signal caller. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops may play two quarterbacks this season. He may stick to one signal caller depending on who emerges as the top quarterback during...

Cats depart for Bahamas, Calipari unsure what to expect during four-game exhibition tour

Reid Travis goes up for a layup during an open practice last week at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats departed for the Bahamas Monday and will play four games during the four-game exhibition tour. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t putting much pressure on his team during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas this week. The Kentucky coach wants...

American Baseball Coaches Association names UK 2018 Team Academic Excellence Award winner

The University of Kentucky baseball team received a 2018 Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association, it was last week. The Wildcats are the only Southeastern Conference program to earn the distinction for the 2017-18 academic year. The ABCA honors teams that post a cumulative grade-point average over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire academic year. Nearly 300 programs...

Downing: Barbasol Championship ‘hits the mark” in Bluegrass debut

Despite heavy rains and strong thunderstorms, Champions at Keene Trace held up well during the Barbasol Championship last month. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite a soggy debut at Champions at Keene Trace, the Barbsol Championship was a success and officials expect the PGA TOUR event will improve in the future. “We controlled everything that we could control,”...

Adversity hits Stoops, Wildcats prior to the beginning of fall workouts

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops shares news of health issues that are affecting his team going into fall camp during the team’s Media Day Friday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In what was supposed to be day of celebrating the dawn of a new season, Mark Stoops is asking for thoughts and prayers for one of his players and one of his assistant coaches...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Asian long-horned beetle threatens maple trees, other hardwoods in Kentucky

An Asian insect pest, which threatens maple trees and other hardwoods in North America, has been found on Kentucky’s doorstep. Multiple infestations of the Asian Long-Horned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) were found beginning in 2012 in southern Ohio’s Clermont County, just east of Cincinnati. An Asian insect pest, the Asian Long-Horned Beetle, which threatens maple trees and other hardwoods...

UK Notebook: In-state star Allen commits to Cats; Transy part of UK exhibition schedule

Dontaie AllenBy Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari picked up an instate commitment Thursday when Pendleton County standout Dontaie Allen verbally committed to play for the Wildcats. Allen confirmed his decision via Twitter on Thursday and said he will “rock Kentucky Blue.” Allen, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player, also received offers from Florida, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Saint...

Keeneland catalogs 4,538 yearlings for September sale, including first yearlings of American Pharoah

Keeneland announced today that 4,538 yearlings have been cataloged for the 75th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world’s most important sale of Thoroughbreds, to be held Sept. 10-23. The auction, which attracts major buyers from around the world, produces horses that compete at the highest level of racing led this year by Triple Crown winner Justify and four-time Grade 1 winner Monomoy...