Longtime Lexington Legends pitching coach, EKU star hurler Charley Taylor dies after cancer battle

Charley Taylor, who served as the Lexington Legends pitching coach for eight seasons, passed away Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. Taylor, a resident of northern Kentucky, served as a coach in professional baseball for 31 years. He was the Legends pitching coach from 2001 through 2008. He also held the title in 2009, but did not work with the Legends that year due to his illness. ...

Wildcat women ring up fourth straight SEC win, top Florida in annual Play4Kay Pink Game

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern UK Hoops is riding a four-game Southeastern Conference winning streak after defeating the Florida Gators 57-48 in UK’s annual Play4Kay Pink Game on Sunday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum. The Play4Kay Pink Game honors North Carolina Sate head coach Kay Yow, who battled and lost her life to breast cancer. During the final stages of her battle with cancer, Coach...

Louisville holds off Virginia Tech in wild one to post 1,800th victory in program’s 103 seasons

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points to lead No. 8 Louisville to a wild 94-90 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday, marking the 1,800th all-time victory for the Cardinals’ men’s basketball program. Louisville is 10th in the nation in all-time victories with a 1,800-897 record in 103 seasons. Louisville has produced winning seasons in 69 of the last 72 years, including winning 20 or more...

Keith Taylor: Fox, Cats get tough down the stretch to overcome gritty Bulldogs

ATHENS — Georgia threw its best punch at Kentucky, but the Wildcats fought back. Kentucky countered J.J, Frazier’s career-high performance with some clutch plays down the stretch and escaped with an exciting 82-77 triumph over the Bulldogs to complete a regular-season sweep Saturday night. De’Aaron Fox goes up for a shot in Kentucky’s 82-77 win over Georgia Saturday night in Athens...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: With water temperatures cool, the peak of float-and-fly fishing is upon us

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Although we’ve seen many warm fronts this winter with temperatures in the 60s just this past weekend, the water in our highland reservoirs is still cold. Water temperatures are in the high 40s in Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow and Laurel River Lake. Once water temperatures drop below 50 degrees for extended periods, threadfin shad begin to suffer from the cold...

Pitino has Vitale to thank for ‘Superman’ McMahon; King to miss Va. Tech game; Hicks’ return delayed

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–Just when Louisville’s basketball team was approaching full health, the No. 8/7 Cardinals (21-5, 9-4) suffered another blow on two fronts heading into Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-6) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the KFC Yum! Center. First, freshman small forward V.J. King suffered a thigh bruise in practice and will not play...

Facing tough road encounter at Georgia, Calipari not convinced Cats have fully regained their swagger

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer John Calipari hopes Kentucky regains its competitive edge going into Saturday’s showdown at Georgia. The 13th-ranked Wildcats (21-5, 11-2 Southeastern Conference) appear to have regained their swagger and have won three straight since a mid-season collapse that featured three losses in four games. The lone win during that stretch was a 90-81 overtime...

Richmond native Sebastian gets win at Turfway Park in first start as Thoroughbred owner

A little girl’s love of horses led to the winner’s circle decades later when the filly K Lyn Wins won the third race at Turfway Park Thursday, Feb. 16, giving Julie Sebastian her first win as a Thoroughbred owner with her first starter. “My aunt had a farm when I was a little girl, and I always wanted to take care of her horses and pet them,” Sebastian said. “It’s literally a dream come...

UK women hold off late rally by Arkansas to notch fifth SEC road win of the season

The Kentucky women’s basketball team placed four players in double figures as the Wildcats won their fifth SEC road game of the season by beating Arkansas 69-62 on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.   Sophomore point guard Taylor Murray had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Kentucky, while senior guard Makayla Epps added 14 points and four assists. UK senior Makayla Epps launches a...

Leading the Way: Nine former Wildcats participating in NBA All-Star Weekend showcase

The Kentucky men’s basketball team will make its annual presence felt at NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans with nine Wildcats participating the league’s showcase of talent. Headlined by three NBA All-Stars, more alumni than any other school, UK will touch nearly every part of All-Star weekend. The main event will be Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for the All-Star Game....

Veteran Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn thinks UK women’s basketball is on the right track

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward Intern The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is nearing the final games of its season and sits fourth in the SEC standings, one game behind Texas A&M and one game ahead of both Missouri and Tennessee. Lin Dunn, a Hall of Fame coach who came out of retirement to serve as a UK assistant coach this season, is “very optimistic” about the progress the...

Coming off bye weekend, UK women seek third straight victory in SEC road encounter at Arkansas

Fresh off back-to-back Southeastern Conference wins and its lone bye weekend of the season, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak Thursday as it travels to face Arkansas at 8 p.m. “We have a tough game ahead of us tomorrow night at Arkansas, it has always been a difficult place for us to earn a victory. This will be a very tough game for us. They...

Back in the Bluegrass: Former EKU coach Dean Hood joins Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky

Dean Hood, a familiar name for football fans around the Commonwealth, returns to the Bluegrass to join Mark Stoops’ staff as the special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach, it was announced Wednesday. Hood spent 13 years at Eastern Kentucky in Richmond, Kentucky, including eight seasons as the head coach from 2008-15.   “I could not be more excited to have Coach Hood join our staff,”...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Don’t forget the squirrels — Kentucky hunting season’s last hurrah

A still afternoon is the ideal time to enjoy a few hours in the woods squirrel hunting. The season will be over soon, so don’t pass up the opportunity, especially when temperatures moderate. There are plenty of squirrels in Kentucky’s woodlands, and bag limits are generous. Kentucky’s fall 2016-17 squirrel season ends Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is six squirrels. There’s a higher percentage...

Keith Taylor: Transformed by reboot, Cats put together complete game in easy win over Vols

Malik Monk scored 20 points in UK”s win over Tennessee Tuesday night at Rupp Arena (Tammie Brown Photo) Kentucky is back to having fun again. Three weeks since an 82-80 setback to Tennessee that led to three losses in four games and forced John Calipari to go into reboot mode, the Wildcats returned to form in a dominating 83-58 win over the Volunteers Tuesday night. The Wildcats (21-5, 11-2 Southeastern...

Jamie Vaught: Despite limited playing time, Mulder becoming a productive performer for Cats

Unlike the 2015-16 campaign which saw Mychal Mulder play in a very limited role at Kentucky with a total of 90 minutes in the Tyler Ulis-led backcourt, the 6-4 senior guard has become a very productive performer for the Wildcats this winter despite his recent illness which forced him to miss four games. Mulder, a former junior college All-American from Vincennes (Ind.) University who transferred to...

Snider’s return a success as No. 8 Cards pull away from Syracuse with late run in overtime

Louisville scored 10 consecutive points in overtime, including five straight by Anas Mahmoud, to outlast Syracuse 76-72 on Monday night. John Gillon sent the game to overtime for Syracuse on a 3-pointer with 40 seconds to go in regulation that tied the score at 58. The Orange took a 63-61 lead on two free throws by Andrew White, but Louisville scored the next 10 points to take control and hold on. Tyler...

Previous loss to Vols a moment of growth for Cats, who seek better outcome in rematch

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Although Tennessee handed Kentucky its first Southeastern Conference setback of the season last month, it turned out to be a learning experience. At the time, the Wildcats (20-5, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) were on a roll and had won their first seven conference games following a 73-70 loss to instate foe Louisville. The Volunteers not only ended Kentucky’s...

Construction on new stadium forces Colonels to move first baseball series to Whitaker Bank Ballpark

As construction continues on the new Earle Combs Stadium, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team announced on Monday it will move the first home series of the season to Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. The series against Oakland University is still set for Feb. 24-26, but the game time for the Friday game has been moved up to 2 p.m. The Saturday game is still set for 2 p.m., and the Sunday...

Reds trade Phillips to Atlanta for pitching prospects; team will pick up almost all of his 2017 salary

Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations, General Manager Dick Williams Sunday announced the acquisitions of LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for 2B Brandon Phillips. “We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to our organization,” Williams said. “He excited our fan base and was an important part of several seasons of winning...