Only an injury could slow Spalding as he extended his surge in UofL win over St. Francis

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Ray Spalding’s junior season got off to a rocky start, but since then he’s looked like a different player, one that should be a major force for Louisville’s basketball team all season in a variety of ways.

 In No. 19/18 UofL’s opening 72-61 win over George Mason, Spalding was barely a factor offensively, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting,...

Tough day at the office for Stoops, Wildcats in Governor’s Cup loss to rival Louisville

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-17 loss to Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a bad day at the office for Mark Stoops. Although sitting through Kentucky’s 44-17 loss to rival Louisville made his day one to forget, his troubles began late Friday night when senior Nick Hayes sent a...

Wildcats not satisfied, yearning for more going into home finale against rival Louisville

Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson will be among 25 seniors who will be honored prior to Saturday’s home finale against rival Louisville in the Governor’s Cup. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite posting its best back-to-back finish in the Southeastern Conference in nearly two decades, Kentucky isn’t satisfied and is yearning for more going into Saturday’s...

Art Lander: Predators of the night, Kentucky’s most common owls; have incredible hearing, acute vision

They are predators of the night. Most active from twilight to dawn, they are able to locate prey in darkness because of their incredible sense of hearing and acute vision. Owls have large, forward-facing eyes and a facial disk that acts as a parabolic reflector, enabling them to precisely locate sounds. Some species have asymmetrical ears that aid in homing in on these sounds. Soft plumage makes them...

Richards pours in 25 points and grabs 15 rebounds to lead Wildcats past Fort Wayne

Nick Richards scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Kentucky past Fort Wayne Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time this season, Kentucky built a big lead and didn’t back down, cruising to an 86-67 win over Fort Wayne Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. Nick Richards paced Kentucky (5-1) with 25 points and 15 rebounds,...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops still wary of Louisville despite Cardinals’ struggles this season

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude the regular-season against instate rival Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If you ask Mark Stoops, Louisville remains one of the top teams in the country. Although the Cardinals bring a 7-4 mark into Saturday’s Governor’s Cup showdown against the Wildcats, Stoops...

UK coach John Calipari still looking for 40-minute effort following 70-62 win over Troy

Hamidou Diallo goes up for a shot in Kentucky’s 70-62 win over Troy Monday night at Rupp Arena. Diallo finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a tale of two halves for Kentucky in its 70-62 win over Troy Monday night. Yearning for a complete game from his eighth-ranked Wildcats, John Calipari was all smiles as Kentucky scored a season-high...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Conditions are ideal across the state for opening of waterfowl seasons

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The outlook for the upcoming waterfowl hunting seasons looks as promising as any seasons in recent memory. “It is shaping up to be a phenomenal year,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We are still at all-time highs for duck numbers with as many breeding ducks as we’ve ever had. It’s...

Wildcats can’t contain Georgia backfield in 42-13 loss to seventh-ranked Bulldogs

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats take on Louisville Saturday in Lexington (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Chubb and Sony Michel rushed for 238 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 7 Georgia to a 42-13 win over Kentucky Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) clinched the Southeastern Conference Eastern division title and will take on the winner of next week’s...

No. 7 Kentucky overcomes another slow start to hold off gritty East Tennessee State, 78-61

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells instructions to his team during a 78-61 win over East Tennessee State Friday night at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got back on track, but it wasn’t easy. Coming off a 65-61 loss to No. 4 Kansas in the Champions Classic earlier this week, Quade Green scored a career-high 21 points to lead the seventh-ranked Wildcats to...

Smart, No. 7 Georgia expecting a tough, physical encounter against Wildcats

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to Georgia Saturday when the two SEC East rivals meet in Athens. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kirby Smart has taken note of how the atmosphere has changed at Kentucky. Although Georgia yanked out 27-24 victory over the Wildcats on a last-second field goal at Kroger Field last year, Smart...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 2017 deer season update, opening weekend gun season harvest fifth highest

Heading into the second week of Kentucky’s 16-day modern gun season for deer, now’s a good time to update the harvest reports for the 2017 season and take a look at recent trends. Here’s an overview of how the season has progressed so far: Since archery season opened on September 2, bow hunters in Kentucky have bagged 14,475 deer (Photo by Art Lander Jr.) • Since archery season opened 75...

UK coach Calipari likes his team’s ability to fight and aggressiveness despite early shortcomings

Kevin Knox drives to the basket in Kentucky’s loss to Kansas earlier this week. The Wildcats take on East Tennessee State Friday night at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows more about his team after the seventh-ranked Wildcats won two or three games in a five-day span to open the season. Although the Kentucky coach doesn’t have all of his offensive...

Campbellsville University chosen to host 2017 NCAA Victory Bowl; Tigers making third appearance

For the second time in program history, Campbellsville University football has been selected to host the NCCAA Victory Bowl. The Tigers will welcome Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Saturday afternoon at noon at Finley Stadium. Campbellsville hosted its first NCCAA Victory Bowl in 2011, where it captured the bowl title. This is the Tigers third all-time appearance in the NCCAA Victory...

Jamie Vaught: Twice the fun seeing double on UK Dance squad; and some favorite sports books

When I was a little kid growing up in Kentucky, I remember seeing pictures of twins cheering for UK during the early 1970s. And I’m referring to the daughters of ex-Wildcat basketball standout Dale Barnstable who were easy to spot on the floor or on the field as Patricia and Priscilla “Cyb” Barnstable were identical blondes. Later, the TV actresses were also known for Wrigley’s chewing...

Kentucky takes No. 4 Kansas down the wire in 65-61 loss to Jayhawks in Champions Classic

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky gave No. 4 Kansas all it could handle before the Jayhawks escaped with a 65-61 victory in the annual State Farm Champions Classic in Chicago Tuesday night. The loss was the first of the season for Kentucky, which won its first two games by a combined margin of 14 points, including a 73-69 victory over Vermont Sunday. Kentucky trailed 61-59 with 33 seconds remaining,...

Stoops pleased with Kentucky’s progress in bounce-back games this season

Kentucky’s Denzil Ware was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, following his performance in a 44-21 win at Vandy last weekend. (Chet White|UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has never had an issue with his team’s performance coming off a loss this season. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 in bounce-back games with a 44-21 win over Vanderbilt last weekend. “When asked...

Calipari predicts Champions Classic showdown with Kansas will be ‘hard game’ for Wildcats

P.J. Washington and Kentucky will take on Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday night in Chicago. Washington had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-69 win over Vermont Sunday. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t sure if his team will be ready for the big stage when Kentucky takes on Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday...

UK student-athletes break, tie records for graduation success rate in annual NCAA report

University of Kentucky student-athletes broke one school record for graduation rate and tied another in the annual report issued this week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR), a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2007-08 through 2010-11, was 85 percent. That broke last year’s school record of 82 percent and continued UK’s...

Kentucky learns another lesson ahead of showdown against Kansas

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells instructions to his team during a win over Vermont Sunday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats take on Kansas Tuesday in Chicago. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has more of an idea what to expect from Kentucky after the Wildcats defeated their first two opponents in a pair of closer-than-expected contests over the weekend. Kentucky held off...