Legends to offer fan scavenger hunt to celebrate opening of 2018 individual ticket sales March 1

The Lexington Legends play their eighteenth season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in 2018 as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals starting April 5. Guarantee yourself a seat at your favorite game(s) this season when individual game tickets go on sale Thursday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. Fans may purchase individual game tickets for the 2018 season in person at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark Box Office, over the...

UK will conduct internal probe of basketball allegations released in Yahoo report

Former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo was linked to a report that he received a loan from a sports agency. Adebayo played for one season at UK and is now with the Miami Heat. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the board of trustees on Friday morning that the school will conduct an internal investigation and will cooperate with...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The American Robin, migratory songbird and harbinger of spring

In folklore, the American Robin is symbolic of impending warmer weather and is believed to be a harbinger of Spring. The sight of “robin redbreast” on suburban lawns after the retreat of a snow or cold snap in February or early March, is happy news in the waning days of winter. With the advance of cold weather robins begin to feed heavily on fruits, mainly wild berries such as the berries on holly...

Givens, former Cats recall 1978 title run, prepare for 40-year reunion

Jack Givens shares a laugh Thursday during a press conference featuring members of the team’s 1978 national championship team. The team will be honored during Saturday’s game against Missouri at Rupp Arena. (Keith Taylor Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly four decades since Jack “the Goose” Givens got loose and carried Kentucky to its fifth national championship...

Wildcats have slow start but finish fast in comeback win at Arkansas; final score 87-72

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s not how you start but how you finish and Kentucky finished strong in an impressive 87-72 win at Arkansas Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena.   The loss snapped the Razorbacks’ four-game winning streak and gave the Wildcats their second consecutive victory. Kentucky also moved one step closer toward securing a bye for next month’s Southeastern Conference Tournament...

Jamie Vaught: Maria Taylor makes transition from All-SEC athlete to ESPN, SEC television personality

Maria Taylor is a likable television personality. If you are a sports fan, you should know or recognize her. Taylor is the one with a dynamic personality and a friendly smile, appearing as a studio host and reporter on ESPN and SEC Network. And it helps that Taylor has a very good background in athletics. During her younger days in middle Georgia, she was a two-sport standout in volleyball and basketball...

WKCTC Kam Challenge basketball game Feb. 24 to honor former Stars player Kam Chumbler

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will again recognize one of its own with this year’s Kam Challenge basketball game at 2 p.m. February 24 in the college’s Haws Gym. Kam Chumbler (Photo from WKCTC) The Kam Challenge is in memory West Kentucky Stars basketball player and high school basketball star, Kam Chumbler who died tragically in 2015. Many of his former teammates and coaches...

Win a relief for Cats, but surging Arkansas will provide another challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today What a difference a win made for Kentucky. “The whole mood changed the day after the win (over Alabama),” Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel said. “It felt like we haven’t gotten a win in forever. Now it’s time to put a winning streak together.” The Wildcats’ 81-71 win over Alabama last Saturday snapped a rare four-game winning streak and was Kentucky’s first...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Kentucky announces updated 2018 fishing regulations effective March 1

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward A reduction in the statewide daily creel limit from 30 fish to 20 fish for crappie highlights the new fishing regulations for 2018. The regulations go into effect March 1. “Anglers requested this regulation,” said Ron Brooks, director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The amount of hours spent crappie fishing and the...

Vanderbilt gives UK spark as Cats beat Alabama to end losing skid

Jarred Vanderbilt scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Kentucky’s 81-71 win over Alabama Saturday at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Avery Johnson didn’t leave Jarred Vanderbilt’s name off the scouting report. The Alabama coach made sure the Crimson Tide knew all about Kentucky’s freshman forward and his capabilities. “We...

Despite four-game losing streak, Calipari hasn’t given up on Kentucky’s season

Kentucky guard PJ Washington slams home the ball during the Wildcats’ 76-66 loss at Auburn earlier this weekend. The Wildcats host Alabama at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mired in a four-game losing streak, John Calipari hasn’t given up on the season. Neither have his players. “Let’s use this as fuel (and) have it make us stronger,”...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Motorists, dog owner’s beware, skunk mating season a stinky proposition

Driving rural backroads or busy highways through wooded suburbs, motorists are likely to see skunk carcasses in the road this time of year. The reason is simple — it’s mating season, and skunks, particularly males, are roaming around in search of mates. The nocturnal mammals aren’t that fast or agile and have predominately black fur, so they get run over unintentionally on dark roadways....

Turfway Park to celebrate history during ‘Latonia Days’ Feb. 23-24 with special events and stakes

Turfway Park will celebrate its long and colorful history Feb. 23 and 24 with Latonia Days, two days of storytelling, special guests, memorabilia displays, films and photos. The event supports the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which assists riders who sustain catastrophic on-track injuries. “We’re proud of our history and our place in Kentucky’s racing heritage,” said Turfway Park general...

Kentucky drops fourth straight setback in 76-66 loss at No. 10 Auburn

Kevin Knox scored 19 points in Kentucky’s 76-66 loss to No. 10 Auburn Wednesday night. The loss was the Wildcats’ fourth setback in a row. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The slide continues for struggling Kentucky. The Wildcats (17-9, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) suffered their fourth consecutive loss with a 76-66 loss to No. 10 Auburn Wednesday night. Kentucky hasn’t...

University of Kentucky alumna ‘sleighs’ expectations, becomes first black female skeleton Olympian

By Whitney Harder University of Kentucky It was September when she first touched a skeleton sled out of curiosity. September 2017, that is. As in … five months ago. Before then, she had never heard of the sliding sport where an athlete hurtles head-first down a frozen track. This month, University of Kentucky alumna Simidele “Simi” Adeagbo makes history as Nigeria’s first female...

Jamie Vaught: Celebrating Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship team as Feb. 24 reunion approaches

One of my favorite basketball teams at the University of Kentucky is the 1977-78 squad which won the school’s fifth national title. And it happened while I was a student reporter at UK. I have many stories about the 1978 Wildcats, who finished with a 30-2 mark, and several of them have been published in my UK basketball books and newspaper columns over the years. With the forthcoming reunion of...

Struggling Wildcats look to ‘steal one’ from conference leader and surprising Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky doesn’t see Auburn as an obstacle, but rather as an opportunity to get back on track. The Wildcats (17-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) take on the Tigers (22-3, 10-2) Wednesday, the team’s third road game in the past four games. Kentucky is coming off an 85-74 loss at No. 21 Texas A&M and have lost three straight games for the first time in the...

All ‘A’ Classic at Eastern Kentucky University records highest attendance for tournament since 2008

The recent All “A” Classic at Eastern Kentucky University recorded a total attendance of 38,201, the highest number for the annual event since 2008. The statewide basketball tournament for small schools returned to the Richmond campus this year after six years at the Frankfort Convention Center. EKU hosted the tournament from 1991 to 2011. Attendance at the nine sessions of the tournament ranged...

UK drops out of Top 25 for second time this year, return to rankings will be a challenge for Cats

Kentucky coach John Calipari said his team is playing for March, despite a three-game losing streak. The Wildcats play at league-leading Auburn Wednesday. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the second time this season, Kentucky fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll and a return to the rankings before the postseason begins will be a hard task for the Wildcats. Kentucky (17-8,...

Calipari ‘not cracking’ as struggling Wildcats move past rare three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has never lost three straight games under John Calipari. The trend came to and end following Kentucky’s 85-74 loss at Texas A&M. A preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference title, the No. 24 Wildcats 17-8, 6-6) slid into a four-way tie for fourth place with Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Arkansas in the current league standings. Despite...