PGA Tour returns to Kentucky for first time in 58 years with relocation of Barbasol Championship

With new host facility Keene Trace Golf Club serving as the backdrop and Gov. Matt Bevin heading a delegation of state and local dignitaries who joined PGA TOUR executive Andy Pazder, it was announced Wednesday that the 2018 Barbasol Championship will become Kentucky’s first PGA TOUR tournament in decades, come next July 16-22. The fourth-year event will be contested on the Arthur Hills-designed...

Phipps Stable’s Browse sweeps to win in featured Mulholland Springs Purse at Keeneland

Phipps Stable’s homebred Browse swept to the lead in midstretch and cruised to a 1½-length victory over Sensitive to win Wednesday’s featured $69,000 Mulholland Springs Purse for fillies and mares before a crowd of 10,219. Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Browse covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:44.44. Browse was the third winner of the afternoon for Ortiz. Browse...

University of Louisville cuts ties with Jurich; Pitino subpoenaed by grand jury

By Russ Brown Kentucky today Concluding a historic and monumental three days for the University of Louisville, the school’s board of trustees fired long-time and highly-successful athletics director Tom Jurich Wednesday afternoon. On Monday, the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) fired men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino in the face of an FBI investigation into corruption...

Kentucky Cares Classic features UK, Morehead State in exhibition benefiting disaster relief effort

In light of recent disasters around the country, UK Athletics will play a small part in helping those affected by adding a third men’s basketball exhibition game to Kentucky’s 2017-18 schedule. The NCAA has granted a special waiver for the Wildcats to host Morehead State. UK will host the Eagles – coached by former Kentucky staff member Preston Spradlin – for the inaugural “Kentucky Cares...

Total of 27 University of Kentucky players make NBA rosters, leading all college basketball programs

Kentucky’s unprecedented success with helping players reach the NBA has surpassed a new level of extreme. As the 2017-18 NBA season begins Tuesday, a whopping 27 players on NBA opening-day rosters played and finished their college basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, the nation’s most prolific NBA player-producing program in the country. UK’s 27 players are once again far and away...

Wildcats media choice to win SEC title; Diallo, Knox picked for preseason all-conference teams

The Kentucky men’s basketball program finds itself in familiar territory under the direction of ninth-year head coach John Calipari. UK is faced with replacing more than 90 percent of its scoring and 85 percent of its rebounding, yet a select panel of media voted the Wildcats to win their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. Should Kentucky achieve that standard,...

Keith Taylor: Pitino’s stunning fall from grace at Louisville no cause for celebration

I feel for Rick Pitino. I really do. Never mind he’s now the former coach at Louisville, Kentucky’s main rival in the Bluegrass. Never mind the fact that he led the University of Kentucky from probation to jubilation. Never mind that he’s a Hall of Fame coach who won’t be able to leave his profession with dignity, because of a recent recruiting scandal that ultimately cost him his job. Pitino’s...

Barn Notes: Fault headlines overflow field entered in Friday’s Pino Oak Valley View at Keeneland

Agave Racing Stable’s Fault, winner of the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington prior to finishing a close third in the Sands Point (G2) at Belmont, tops a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and one also-eligible entered Tuesday for Friday’s 27th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3). The Pin Oak Valley View, run at 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course, will go as the ninth race on Friday’s...

Eastern Kentucky hopes to continue domination of Tennessee Martin in Homecoming matchup Saturday

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team will host the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday for Homecoming. The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live free video broadcast is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com. The Alumni Coliseum parking lot serves as the staging area for the Homecoming...

Petrino, Cardinals hope to regain early rhythm with ACC road match with Florida State

Heading into the last half of the season, the University of Louisville football team is looking to find the rhythm it had in getting off to a 4-1 start and hopes to regain it at Florida State this weekend. After two consecutive losses, the Cardinals are heading to Tallahassee, Fla., to face the Seminoles in a key game for positioning in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Opening the season in the top five...

Doctor’s Orders: Stoops says his Wildcats are rested and healthy heading into second half

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is finally healthy and rested up for the next six weeks. “It’s been a good off week,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday during his weekly press conference. “Our players needed it. We added some rest. (We) got healthy, we were able to do some self-scout (and) get ahead on Mississippi State.” Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops said his team got...

Last Promise Kept captures Sunday’s featured Claiborne Farm Purse at Keeneland

Tim Turney’s Last Promise Kept rallied from far off the pace to win Sunday’s featured $67,000 Claiborne Farm Purse for fillies and mares by a half-length over La Sola Ranger before a crowd of 13,544. Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Florent Geroux, Last Promise Kept covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:45.58. Sunday’s triumph was the second in three career starts for Last Promise...

Wildcats’ volleyball team takes down top-ranked Florida on the road for historic victory

For just the third time in Southeastern Conference history two top-10 ranked teams squared off. The No. 8 Kentucky volleyball team exited Gainesville, Florida, with more than just a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16) win over No. 1 Florida as a number of program records fell in the process. For the first time in Kentucky volleyball history, the Wildcats topped the top-ranked team in the country. It...

La Coronel holds off Daddys Lil Darling to win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland

John C. Oxley’s La Coronel went to the front soon after the break and then held off a late bid from Daddys Lil Darling by a half-length to win the 34th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 29,636. The figure marked the second-largest Fall Meet attendance in Keeneland history. Trained by...

Jackson rallies Cards in late going, but it’s not enough as Boston College hangs on for 45-42 victory

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Once again, Lamar Jackson couldn’t rescue the University of Louisville’s sagging football team. Or more accurately, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner couldn’t overcome another disappointing performance by the Cardinals’ helpless defense in a wild shootout. Jackson engineered a fourth-quarter rally that produced three touchdowns, 14 unanswered points...

Stoops, Wildcats hit reset button during bye week, get ready for second half of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has been hitting the reset button during Kentucky’s lone bye week of the season this week. “This is the only time during the season that you really can sit back and look at the whole season. And so we did go back and we do self evaluation and see all the things we’re doing good and self-scout ourselves,” he said. “See what we’re doing good, what...

Rapper Drake returns to Big Blue Madness as Calipari, Wildcats usher in another new season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stage is set and Kentucky is ready to step into the limelight. The Wildcats officially ushered in the new season with the annual Big Blue Madness Friday night, introducing the men’s a women’s basketball teams to thousands of fans. Many of those in attendance filled the street and lot surrounding Memorial Coliseum, known as “Tent City” earlier this month to...

Morticia spookily good while winning 21st running of Buffalo Trace Franklin County at Keeneland

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia swept past the pace-setting Kasuga in the upper stretch and had more than enough left to turn back Justa Lady and post a half-length victory in the 21st running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares before a sun-splashed Friday afternoon crowd of 17,546. Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Jose Lezcano, Morticia covered the 5½...

UK walk-ons Pulliam, David living the dream, take their roles seriously with Cats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dillon Pullium is living the dream. Pullium, one of two wall-ons on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, knows the special feeling that comes from playing for the Wildcats. Pullium, a Cynthiana native, enjoyed a standout career at Harrison County High School and fulfilling a childhood dream as he completes an engineering degree. Dillon Pulliam grew up a Kentucky Wildcats...

Return of preseason All-American Alexander lifts Cardinals’ spirits heading into matchup with BC

Every football program needs a ray or two of sunshine now and again. For the Louisville football team, it’s coming in the form preseason All-American Jaire Alexander and one unusual element: rain. The Cardinals are coming off a tough loss at NC State, with a stout defensive team in Boston College in waiting. Louisville has spent plenty of time since the Thursday night contest watching film and working...