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On the brink of making history, Benny Snell puts Wildcats on his shoulders

Benny Snell cuts up with his teammates during Media Day earlier this month at Kroger Field. Snell is on the bring of becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell has already left a mark at Kentucky. He wants to leave footprints on the program by the time he leaves Lexington and that could be sooner rather than later as...

UK’s playmaker receiver Lynn Bowden is all business in fall workouts

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, left, shares a laugh with teammate Akeem Hayes, right, during media day earlier this month at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden was relaxed and cutting up with his teammates during media day earlier this month, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a laid-back approach going into his sophomore season with the Wildcats. “It’s...

Gran: Former walk-on receiver Bouvier most valuable player of Kentucky football training camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If training camp ended this week, David Bouvier would be considered Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player. Bouvier, a former standout at Lexington Catholic High School who earned a scholarship Monday night, has been one of the Wildcats’ most consistent receivers and it’s not even been close if you ask Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “You want to talk about...

Keith Taylor: Hype rises for Wildcats following impressive showing in Bahamas

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari likes the way his team performed in the Bahamas, but knows it’s only August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The hype is on. The Kentucky men’s basketball team provided a glimpse into what to expect this season during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas. The Wildcats won all four games and they weren’t...

Perfect Cats end Big Blue Bahamas tour with another blowout victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky concluded its Big Blue Bahamas Tour in impressive fashion with a 93-60 victory over Team Toronto Sunday at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. The Wildcats placed five players in double figures, paced by graduate transfer Reid Travis with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive end of the floor. The performance by Travis was his best outing of...

Impressive Wildcats hit century mark for third straight win in Bahamas Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hit the century mark and remained undefeated in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a 100-64 rout of Mega Bemax Saturday night at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. It marked the Wildcats’ third straight victory in the four-game tour, which concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday against Team Toronto. Kentucky coach John Calipari expected a close encounter against the Serbian...

Stoops disappointed in Kentucky’s first scrimmage of fall workouts

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops addresses reporters following Saturday’s scrimmage at Kroger Field. Stoops wasn’t happy with his team’s performance during the mock contest. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The first impression wasn’t a good one for Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops. Three weeks before the Wildcats kickoff the season against Central Michigan,...

Cats shoot lights out literally in second win of exhibition tour

Freshman guard Tyler Herro scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to an exhibition win over San Lorenzo Thursday night at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s second exhibition game at Imperial Arena in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour will be one to remember. The Wildcats defeated San Lorenzo De Almagro 91-68 Thursday night but...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

UK QB race heats up as Wilson, Hoak battling for starting job

Transfer Terry Wilson smiles during a photo shoot during the team’s Media Day last week at Kroger Field. Wilson is battling to become the team’s starting signal caller. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops may play two quarterbacks this season. He may stick to one signal caller depending on who emerges as the top quarterback during...

Cats depart for Bahamas, Calipari unsure what to expect during four-game exhibition tour

Reid Travis goes up for a layup during an open practice last week at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats departed for the Bahamas Monday and will play four games during the four-game exhibition tour. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t putting much pressure on his team during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas this week. The Kentucky coach wants...

Downing: Barbasol Championship ‘hits the mark” in Bluegrass debut

Despite heavy rains and strong thunderstorms, Champions at Keene Trace held up well during the Barbasol Championship last month. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite a soggy debut at Champions at Keene Trace, the Barbsol Championship was a success and officials expect the PGA TOUR event will improve in the future. “We controlled everything that we could control,”...

Adversity hits Stoops, Wildcats prior to the beginning of fall workouts

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops shares news of health issues that are affecting his team going into fall camp during the team’s Media Day Friday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In what was supposed to be day of celebrating the dawn of a new season, Mark Stoops is asking for thoughts and prayers for one of his players and one of his assistant coaches...

UK Notebook: In-state star Allen commits to Cats; Transy part of UK exhibition schedule

Dontaie AllenBy Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari picked up an instate commitment Thursday when Pendleton County standout Dontaie Allen verbally committed to play for the Wildcats. Allen confirmed his decision via Twitter on Thursday and said he will “rock Kentucky Blue.” Allen, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player, also received offers from Florida, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Saint...

Practice report: It’s easy to see why Calipari is so giddy about Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari instructs his team during an open practice Wednesday at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats are preparing for a trip to the Bahamas next week. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has spent more time with this Kentucky team than any other he has coached at Kentucky. In some ways, it’s been a throwback summer for the Kentucky coach...

Former Kentucky standout Kevin Knox impressed with Wildcats

Former Kentucky standout Kevin Knox gets ready to take a shot during an open practice at the Joe Craft Center Wednesday night. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox got his first glimpse of Kentucky’s basketball team next season and came away impressed. “(Tuesday) at practice they were going at it,” Knox said prior to making an appearance at the John Calipari...

Former instate star Damien Harris has no regrets on sticking with Alabama

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Damien Harris doesn’t regret returning to Alabama. Although Harris could have easily declared for the NFL Draft following his junior campaign, he wants to experience the college scene one more time. “I decided to come back because, for three years, I was very fortunate and blessed to be part of this program,” Harris said. “Everything we went through, winning the...

Close call: Merritt fends off his contenders to capture Barbasol Championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Troy Merritt didn’t lead the Barbasol Open from start to finish but did just enough to capture his second PGA TOUR victory. Merritt, tied with four others going into the final round, fired a 5-under-par 67 Monday at Champions at Keene Trace to win the event by one stroke over Billy Horschel, Richy Werenski, and Tom Lovelady. Several rain delays and other weather-related...

Barbasol Championship final moves into 5th day; Musselman, McDaniel cross finish line

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Heavy rains suspended play of the Barbasol Championship for more than four hours Sunday, forcing the finale to be extended at least for one more day. Overall, just 21 players completed the fourth round Sunday, including former University of Kentucky golfers Cooper Musselman and Chip McDaniel. Tournament leaders Robert Streb, Hunter Mahan, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt...

Four share the lead going into final round of Barbasol Championship

Former University of Kentucky golfer Chip McDaniel fired a 6-under-par 66 in the second round of the Barbasol Championships and made the cut in his professional debut. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Four players share the lead going into the final round of the Barbasol Championship at Champions at Keene Trace In Nicholasville. Robert Streb fired a 9-under-par 63 Saturday...