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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Wild weather makes deciphering Spring white bass runs challenging

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward This spring seems like one long continuation of late winter. As soon as we get a warm day, the temperature plunges and we are back in February again. It even snowed on Monday of the third week of April. This up and down weather combined with cold rains has the spring fishing season behind by a few weeks. The spawning runs of white bass into the headwaters of reservoirs...

UK freshman Vanderbilt declares for NBA Draft, but holds off on hiring an agent

Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt has declared for the NBA Draft but doesn’t plan to hire an agent, leaving his options open to return next season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has decided to test the waters. The University of Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft Friday but has opted against hiring an agent and could possibly...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Hunters, anglers can never have too many tools for different outdoor chores

Hunters and anglers can’t have too many knives. It’s not about hoarding or collecting, but rather having the right tool for every job. We’re talking primarily about blades for eviscerating, skinning, and de-boning game, including shears and saws to aid in the butchering, and tools to scale, skin, and fillet fish. All these tools, and more, are needed for the wide range of outdoor chores. Here’s...

Gabriel declares for NBA Draft, but leaves door open for possible return

Wenyen Gabriel announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft on Wednesday. Gabriel doesn’t plan on hiring an agent and could return next season. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wenyen Gabriel has always wanted to play at the next level and will get a chance to test the waters. The University of Kentucky forward declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, but won’t retain...

Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo latest freshman to declare for the NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A year ago, Hamidou Diallo nearly left the University of Kentucky for the NBA. This time it’s for real. The 6-foot-5 freshman guard announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft and hire an agent Monday, ending his collegiate career with the Wildcats. Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo will enter the NBA Draft and plans to hire an agent, ending his collegiate career with the...

Rose, running backs shine in UK’s annual Blue-White scrimmage

A.J. Rose rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The quarterback race was the supposed to be the center of attention in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White game Friday night. The running backs stole the show, at least during the first two quarters. Benny Snell and...

NBA Playoffs to feature 13 former UK players spread among 7 teams

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well represented when the NBA Playoffs begin Saturday. Overall, 13 former players will compete in the postseason on seven different teams. New Orleans’ roster will feature five former players, led by Anthony Davis, followed by DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller and Rajon Rondo. Cousins is out because of an injury and will not compete in...

Art Lander’s Outdoors : The groundhog celebrated in folklore/hunted as a varmint because of crop damage

The groundhog (Marmota monax), a.k.a. the woodchuck, is celebrated in folklore as a weather prognosticator. Every February 2nd America’s most most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, delivers his annual prediction for the beginning of warm weather from Gobbler’s Knob, a hill outside of Punxsutawney, Pa., a small town 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The groundhog is a member of family Sciuridae,...

Stoops, Cats to use unique scoring format in annual Blue-White game

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude spring practice with the annual Blue-White game set for Friday night at Kroger Field. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will conclude spring workouts with the annual Blue-White game set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field. The blue team (offense) will take on the white squad, comprised of Kentucky’s defensive...

Two 5-star prospects, Montgomery, Hagans commit to Calipari, Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari received commitments from two 5-star recruits this week. E.J. Montgomery and Ashton Hagans announced plans to attend UK during the past two days. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Although Kentucky’s roster has dwindled significantly in less than a week, Kentucky coach John Calipari is reloading for next season and perhaps...

With Kentucky Derby on the horizon, Justify takes over top spot in NTRA Top 3-year-old pool

With the Kentucky Derby less than a month away, undefeated Justify has taken over the top spot in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll and will likely be favored in the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve after winning Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) by three lengths over Bolt d’Oro, who had topped the NTRA Top-3-Year-Old Poll for its first 10 weeks. The lightly raced...

Gilgeous-Alexander declares for draft, hires agent, ending his UK career

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander declared for the NBA Draft Monday on ESPN Sportscenter. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alkexander is going to the next level and won’t be coming back. Gilgeous-Alkexander became the second Kentucky to declare for the NBA Draft and hire an agent, joining Kevin Knox as the two of three players who have declared for the draft. PJ Washington...

UK coach Calipari grants sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones full release from scholarship

Kentucky forward Sacha Killeya-Jones was granted a full release from his scholarship on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Add Sacha Killeya-Jones to the list of players leaving the Kentucky men’s basketball team. Killeya-Jones, a sophomore, was granted a full release with no restrictions by Kentucky coach John Calipari on Monday. Killeya-Jones was a five-star recruit...

Snell, Kentucky offense ‘destroy’ defense in second scrimmage of spring workouts

Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats will compete in the Blue-White scrimmage set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell didn’t mince words when he described Kentucky’s defense following the team’s second scrimmage of spring workouts Friday. “They did horrible,” Snell said. “We destroyed them. I hope they never...

Kentucky standout Kevin Knox decides to hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Kentucky forward Kevin Knox has decided not to return to Lexington next season and will enter the NBA Draft in June. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox made his decision official Friday and will be entering the NBA Draft. Knox, the team’s leading scorer and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, plans to sign with an agent, ending his career at Kentucky....

Keeneland adjusts Spring meet opening day schedule in preparation for possible inclement weather

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Keeneland is adjusting the morning schedule for its Spring Meet opening Saturday to allow more time to prepare the facility for the afternoon’s race card. Keeneland will cancel Sunrise Trackside, its morning program for fans held during training hours. Additionally, gates will open Saturday at noon rather than the usual 11 a.m. Post time for the first race...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: As wet weather continues, monitor lake and river levels for fishing success

Our wet spring continues. Many of the state’s best fishing lakes are very high now, and localized flooding is likely to keep anglers off streams and rivers for some time. Tuesday’s wave of heavy rainstorms, on top of an already saturated ground, brought another surge of runoff. Since mid-March, lake and river levels have been going up and down dramatically. This unsettled weather pattern is driving...

Champion Good Magic is 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

E Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic, purchased for $1 million at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 94th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2). A total of 15 3-year-olds, including one also-eligible, was entered Tuesday for the 1 1/8-mile main track test that serves as a...

Lexington Legends 2018 opening day roster includes four of top five Kansas City Royals prospects

The Lexington Legends announce today the 2018 Opening Day roster. The roster includes 13 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and four outfielders. Four of the top five prospects in the Kansas City Royals organization will begin their 2018 campaign in Lexington. “The Legends are thrilled to have some of the top prospects in the Royals organization this season. We expect to have a competitive...

Stoops likes the way UK defense is progressing during spring workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops likes the way his team’s defense performed during Kentucky’s first full spring scrimmage Saturday at Kroger Field. Defensively, we have some guys that have played for a long time. I’d say the defense is ahead right now and really had a pretty solid day, as we should be. We have a lot of guys who have played a lot of football for a few years. Defensively...