Kentucky uses own 3-point barrage to defeat Virginia Tech, 93-86

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Virginia Tech is one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation. Kentucky proved it can shoot behind the arc, too. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (9-1) made 11 3-pointers and defeated the Hokies at their own game with a 93-86 victory Saturday at Rupp Arena. Kentucky snapped Virginia Tech’s seven-game winning streak and held the Hokies to under 90 points for the fifth...

Wildcats to face first real test of season against high-scoring Virginia Tech Hokies

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have two options on the table when it takes on Virginia Tech Saturday at Rupp Arena. “We are at that stage with this team, we win or we learn,” Calipari said Friday. “That’s where we are. I’m not taking it any other way. We win or we’ll learn. And we are going to learn as individual players where guys are and as a team where we are.” Whether...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 2017-18 deer harvest update; 38 eastern counties impacted by EHD outbreak

With a month of hunting left in the 2017-18 deer season let’s take a look at the harvest, impacted somewhat by weather, and a severe outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in eastern Kentucky. The 16-day modern gun season, which ended on November 26, is deer season’s main event, and constitutes the bulk of the harvest. During the 16-day modern gun season, which ended on November 26, hunters...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky sophomore Benny Snell Jr. joins impressive list of Wildcat running backs

Over the years, Kentucky has had a good handful of All-SEC or All-American football standouts who are among the school’s career rushing leaders. Remember the glamorous Wildcat stars like Sonny Collins, Moe Williams, Rafael Little, Mark Higgs, Derrick Ramsey, George Adams, to name several? I have seen them all and they are among UK’s career leaders in rushing yardage with Collins, who played for...

Extra practice time allows Wildcats to prepare for Music City Bowl, brace for the future

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is not only busy preparing for the Music City Bowl, the Wildcats also have been bracing for the future during the past two weeks. The extra practice allotted for bowl preparation has given the Kentucky coaching staff an opportunity to build toward future, giving underclassmen a chance to shine behind the scenes. “These extra weeks of practice, instead of having...

NKU parlays tough defense, blistering shooting into 91-63 victory over EKU on Sunday night

By Don Owen KyForward reporter Often overlooked by college basketball fans in this age of 3-pointers and high-flying dunks, stingy defensive efforts are greatly valued by head coaches. John Brannen appreciates tough defense that plays with energy, and he had much to applaud Sunday night while watching his Northern Kentucky University squad totally dismantle Eastern Kentucky University, 91-63, at BB&T...

Diallo’s career-high 23 points lift Cats to 93-76 win over Monmouth at MSG

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had no trouble with Monmouth in the Citi Hoops Classic Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Hamidou Diallo scored a career-high 23 points to lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats (8-1) to a 93-76 rout of the Hawks at Madison Square Garden. The win increased the Wildcats’ streak to six games. Diallo, a native of Queens, New York, did most of his scoring in the second...

UK’s Diallo, Richards looking forward to returning home, playing in Madison Square Garden

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Hamidou Diallo is looking forward to returning home. So is Nick Richards. A native of Queens, New York, the Kentucky freshman forward will get a chance to play in front of family and friends when the eighth-ranked Wildcats take on Monmouth in a noon contest set for Saturday at Madison Square Garden. “It’s going to be great,” Diallo said. “I haven’t played there...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Red-tailed Hawk, Kentucky’s most conspicuous raptor

The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), a year-round resident, is perhaps the most conspicuous raptor in Kentucky. This large hawk, often observed paired up the late fall and winter, is one of six hawk species that nest in-state, including the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, and Northern Harrier. Beginning in November, local resident populations of Red-tailed...

Present and past: Calipari enjoys having former UK coach Joe B. Hall around program

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari always has someone watching his back and he doesn’t mind former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall lurking over his shoulder, especially behind the scenes. “He’s been a great supporter of mine,” Calipari said. “(I) love seeing him in the gym. Love hearing what his thoughts. I’ve been blessed that I’ve had guys that have never tried to overwhelm me...

Music City Bowl: Stoops seeks better postseason experience for Wildcats in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops plans to pay more attention to detail when Kentucky makes its second consecutive postseason appearance in the Music City Bowl later this month in Nashville. The Kentucky football coach said last year’s performance in the TaxSlayer Bowl — a 33- 18 setback to Georgia Tech — proved to be a learning experience, from preparation to the the final buzzer. Stoops...

Kentucky football team is eager for a shot at redemption in Music City Bowl

Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats will take on Northwestern in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is eager to get back on the field and redeem themselves following back-to-back blowout losses to end the regular season. “I just think we’re hungry as a team,” Kentucky senior wide receiver Charles Walker...

Nashville bound: Kentucky to play Northwestern in Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will take on Northwestern in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s bowl destination is set. The Wildcats will take on Big 10 member Northwestern in the Music City Bowl set for 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The Kentucky men’s basketball team plays Louisville at...

Kentucky coach John Calipari expecting more from his team following 79-70 win over Harvard

Kevin Knox scored 20 points in Kentucky’s 79-70 win over Harvard Saturday at Rupp Arena. Knox has scored double figures in every game this season and has scored at least 20 points in each of the last two games. (Jeff Houchin Photography) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows a good team when he sees one and the Kentucky coach isn’t sure what direction the Wildcats want to go nine...

Trainer Mike Maker gets career win 2,000 at Turfway Park Thursday with a horse owned by the Ramseys

Trainer Mike Maker scored his 2,000th career victory Thursday, as Tomahawk Kitten scored his first, cruising home a 4 1/4-length winner in the first race at Turfway Park. Maker (file photo) Fittingly, Tomahawk Kitten was bred and is owned by Maker’s longtime clients Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The 2-year-old colt sat off the pace down the backstretch of the one-mile maiden claiming race, swept five wide...

UK coach John Calipari focused on his own squad during rare six-day layoff

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats return from a six-day layoff and will take on Harvard Saturday at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari hasn’t had much time to prepare for Harvard. Although Kentucky got a rare break after playing seven games in a 17-day span, Calipari took the time to get to know his team better. “We’re probably experimenting...

UK freshman forward PJ Washington starting to feel more comfortable on the court

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington admitted his first seven games at Kentucky didn’t start off with a bang, but the freshman forward is optimistic he can build on recent performances against University own Illinois-Chicago and Troy going into Saturday’s contest against Harvard. “I started off pretty slow, but I feel like I’m picking it up,” Washington said Thursday. “I’m just...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Good weather forecast predicted for Kentucky’s late fall turkey season

A warming trend will create good hunting conditions for the opening weekend of Kentucky’s late fall wild turkey season. The second of two fall seasons open to hunting with shotguns, the seven-day season opens tomorrow, Saturday, December 2 and continues through Friday, December 8. The forecast is calling for above normal temperatures in Central Kentucky Saturday and Sunday, then a chance of rain...

UK coach John Calipari not worried about declining attendance at Rupp Arena this season

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will play five games during the next month, starting with Saturday’s game against Harvard set for 3:30 p.m. at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Attendance is down but John Calipari doesn’t think the trend will continue for the rest of the season. “This is a fun team to watch and I think people will — they...

Jamie Vaught: SEC Nation’s Laura Rutledge follows diverse background to become ‘rising star’ at ESPN

When ESPN sent a press release back in May to announce that Laura Rutledge has been selected as the new host for the popular SEC Nation program, it called her the rising star of the SEC Network. Rutledge has the background along with her previous experience to do her television job really well. The ESPN/SEC reporter graduated with a degree in broadcasting journalism at the University of Florida where...