Art Lander’s Outdoors: January’s unseasonably cold weather created hunting and fishing opportunities

The calendar says we have turned the corner on Winter as today is day 50 of the 89-day season. But the big question is, “How much longer will the cold weather last?” Temperatures in January were below normal across Kentucky. When there was a snow cover, wind chills dipped below zero on several mornings. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that it was the coldest January 1-7 on record...

UK, LCC agreement keeps Wildcats in Rupp Arena through 2033 season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky isn’t leaving Rupp Arena anytime soon. The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Center Cooperation executed a “right of use agreement” that will keep the Wildcats at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season. The current lease expires at the end of the 2018 season, but the new deal means Kentucky will use Rupp Arena for men’s basketball and select events...

Tough road games await struggling Wildcats in final month of season

Kentucky’s Sacha Killeya-Jones battles two Tennessee defenders for a rebound in a 61-59 loss to the Volunteers earlier this week at Rupp Arena. Four of the team’s next seven games are on the road. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to being the cream of the crop in the Southeastern Conference. By this time of year, league foes are batting for the...

Stoops, Wildcats add four future prospects on yearly traditional signing day

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops added four players during the traditional signing day Wednesday. Overall, the Wildcats inked 20 future prospects. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky wrapped up its current recruiting class by adding four signees Wednesday, during the annual national signing day. The Wildcats inked three-star wide receiver Allen Dailey (Pinson, Alabama),...

Calipari takes blame as Tennessee completes rare sweep of Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly two decades since Tennessee swept Kentucky. The surging Volunteers achieved that feat for the first time in 19 years with a 61-59 win over the Wildcats Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (17-7, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) lost back-to-back games for the second time this season and struggled from the field against the Volunteers, who won their...

Calipari: Surging Tennessee will provide a tough challenge for Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will take on surging Tennessee Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats lost to the Volunteers a month ago in Knoxville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have its hands full coming off a disappointing 69-60 loss at Missouri when it hosts surging Tennessee Tuesday night. Although the Wildcats (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference)...

KHSAA partners with Kentucky Department of Agriculture to create Ag Athlete of the year Award

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has teamed with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to create new college scholarship opportunities for student-athletes involved in agriculture. As part of the 2018 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 (March 14-18), the KHSAA and the Department of Agriculture will award six $1,000 scholarships to three male and three female senior student-athletes,...

Wildcats fail to rally for third straight time in 69-60 loss at Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today One comeback was tough. Another rally was even tougher, but a third straight comeback proved to be impossible for Kentucky, which had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 69-60 loss at Missouri Saturday. The Wildcats (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) used two big second-half comebacks to defeat West Virginia and Vanderbilt during the past week, but couldn’t overcome...

Vanderbilt making an impact for Wildcats with his energy and versatility

Jarred Vanderbilt has made a difference for Kentucky since making his debut against South Carolina on Jan. 16. Vanderbilt is averaging 6.4 rebounds per game. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It doesn’t take much for Jarred Vanderbilt to make a difference when he’s on the court. “His energy is incredible,” Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee said Friday. “He’s...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Woodpeckers are a Kentucky native negatively impacted by invasive Starling

Woodpeckers are found throughout Kentucky, and are most abundant wherever semi-open forests or big trees are present. In winter, several species of woodpeckers often frequent backyard bird feeders, where they can be observed up close and photographed. Place trays on the ground filled with mixed bird seed that includes black oil sunflower seeds, and hang suet cakes in wire cage feeders, and it’s...

Freshmen Gilgeous-Alexander, Knox carrying the scoring load for balanced Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has proven he can take the lead when it comes to scoring. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also can take over the reins on offense when called upon. The two Kentucky freshmen have led the No. 21 Wildcats in scoring during the past two games, a sign the Wildcats (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) aren’t a one-dimensional team. .Knox scored a career-high 34 points...

Green’s layup gives No. 21 Kentucky 83-81 win over Vanderbilt in overtime

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had a hard time getting over its win over West Virginia and nearly had a costly letdown against Vanderbilt. Similar to an 83-76 win over Mountaineers last weekend in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, the No. 21 Wildcats had to overcome a big second-half deficit for an 83-81 triumph in overtime over the Commodores, who gained a dose of confidence of their own with an...

Jamie Vaught: Knox’s breakout performance at WVU gives Cats new hope for SEC Freshman OTY honors

Until freshman Kevin Knox’s phenomenal 34-point, seven-rebound effort in Kentucky’s stunning upset of then-No. 7 West Virginia last Saturday night, the Wildcats were in danger of not having an SEC Freshman (or Newcomer) of the Year only for the second time during coach John Calipari’s nine-year tenure at the University of Kentucky. As you’ll recall, the previous SEC Freshman (or Newcomer) of...

Surging Wildcats regain swagger, but Calipari doesn’t want Cats to become arrogant

Kevin Knox and the Wildcats will take on Vanderbilt in a 9 p.m. tipoff Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. Knox was named SEC Freshman of the Week Monday. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has regained its swagger, but John Calipari doesn’t want his team to become complacent following an 83-76 win at West Virginia that propelled the Wildcats back into the rankings. “You...

Kentucky ‘Knox’ off Mountaineers behind freshman’s monster night in Morgantown

Freshman Kevin Knox scored a career-high 34 points as Kentucky upended West Virginia, 83-76, in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday night. (UK Athletics photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox doesn’t mind trash-talking and was more vocal than normal during Kentucky’s first visit to West Virginia in more than four decades. “They were talking trash to us, so I had to go back at them,” Knox...

Kentucky seeks to regain respect against No. 7 West Virginia in SEC-Big 12 Challenge

Kentucky’ s Quade Green listens to Kentucky coach John Calipari during a win over Mississippi State earlier this week. The Wildcats play West Virginia in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge Saturday in Morgantown, W. Va. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Quade Green isn’t taking Kentucky’s first trip to West Virginia in more than four decades lightly. “We gotta win this game,”...

Gun Runner wins Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year; Frank Stronach receives Award of Merit

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Thursday evening that Gun Runner was voted the 2017 Horse of the Year at the 47th Annual Eclipse Awards Ceremony at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Images courtesy of NTRA Gun Runner was the winner of four Grade 1 races culminating with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Shelby County honors founder Squire Boone with statue

Squire Boone (1744-1815) was an explorer, long hunter, gunsmith, land surveyor, Revolutionary War soldier and the brother of legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone. Shelby County recently honored Squire Boone as the founder of their community with a bronze statue created by Louisville sculptor Raymond Graf. “From inception to completion, the project took over five years,” said Joseph Ruble, who came...

Calipari tweaks routine as UK gets back on track with win over MSU

PJ Washington scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-65 win over Mississippi State Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky didn’t play its best but did just enough to get back on track. The Wildcats (15-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 78-65 win over Mississippi State Tuesday night...

Vanderbilt hopes to bring a boost of energy to the court for struggling Wildcats

Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 27 minutes of action since making his debut in a 76-68 loss at South Carolina last week in Columbia. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt wanted to be cautious when he decided to make his return to the court after sitting out the first 17 games of the season because of a foot injury. “I...