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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...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Missouri’s Elk, Mountain Lion; Antlerless Deer Harvest Declines; Feral Hogs

Missouri’s elk herd may be hunted as early as 2020, according to a story posted July 18, on the Springfield News-Leader website. The herd was established in the southeastern corner of the state in 2011 when 108 elk were translocated from Kentucky. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) biologist Aaron Hildreth, said the new herd bounced back from the stress of relocation, and a sustained drought...

Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing; connections disappointed, but thankful

KyForward staff Undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Justify has been retired from racing. The announcement came Wednesday. Justify crosses the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the Kentucky Derby and begin his successful pursuit of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The undefeated colt was retired from racing Wednesday (Photo by Mark Hansel). “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just...

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...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Stick it to dangerous currents and uneven terrain with a wading staff

Those of us who wade rocky streams for smallmouth or tailwaters for trout sometimes bite off more than we can chew. An eddy on the other side of the stream looks inviting and the more you stare at it, the more you want to cast there. The only problem is a waist-deep run with strong current lies between you and the enticing water. You begin crossing the stream, but about halfway, the current begins...

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...

Alabama picked to win SEC; Cats predicted to finish fifth in East

Kentucky football coach addresses reporters during SEC Media Days earlier this week in Atlanta. The Wildcats were picked to finish 5th in the SEC East. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama again is the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide was picked to win the league title by media members during this week’s SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Alabama...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Black Rat Snake, common across Kentucky, helps control rodents

The Black Rat Snake, genus Elaphe, species obsoleta, but also referred to by some taxonomists as Pantherophis alleghaniensis, is one of Kentucky’s largest snakes. An article posted on the Live Science website explained the scientific name differences. Until the early 2000s, both Old and New World rat snakes were generally thought to belong to the same genus, Elaphe, according to Alan Savitzky,...

Former UK coach Tubby Smith tees it up in Barbasol Pro-Am in brief return to Bluegrass

Tubby Smith watches his tee shot from the No. 11 tee box during a Pro-Am event ahead of the Barbasol Championship Wednesday at Champions at Keene Trace. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NICHOLASVILLE (KT) — Tubby Smith was happy to be back in the Bluegrass even if it was for a brief period to time. “It was fun and we had a good time,” said Smith who played alongside...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky sophomore PJ Washington settling into role as one of the ‘old guys’ for Wildcats

In the one-and-done era, especially at Kentucky, PJ Washington is now considered one of the old guys. Even though the 6-7, 236-pounder from Dallas will be a sophomore, he will be expected to provide some guidance and leadership for UK’s 2018-19 squad which is loaded with a super crop of highly-regarded freshmen as well as a couple of key sophomore returnees Quade Green and Nick Richards. In addition,...

Barbasol Championship: LPGA star Lincicome set to compete in first PGA event

Brittany Lincicomi will become the fifth female to play in a PGA Tour sanctioned event when she competes in the Barbasol Championship set for this week at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (LPGA Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brittany Lincicome will be among the guys when the Barbasol Championship tees off Thursday at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Although a regular on...

Like always, Stoops, Wildcats enter season with a chip on their shoulder

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Mark Stoops accepted his first head coaching job more than six years ago at Kentucky, he had a chip on his shoulder. He still does. “I hope we have a chip on our shoulder no matter what we are rated,” Stoops said during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday. “That’s what I’m looking for. We do have a group that I like. I like their mentality and...

Truex, Jr. repeats as Quaker State 400 winner at KY Speedway, gains momentum as playoff approaches

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway The competition tried pit road strategy to get ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway because his car was too fast everywhere else. The ploy worked, but only temporarily. July 14, 2018: Martin Truex Jr wins the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. (HHP/Ashley R Dickerson) Dominant on 1.5-mile tracks last season, Truex Jr. returned...

Full field of 132 golfers are set to compete for Barbasol Championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The field is set for the Barbasol Championship. Davis Love III, Brittany Lincicome, and Billy Horschel will be among the 132 players who will be vying for the title when the event tips off Thursday and concludes on July 22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Hall of Famer Love III has won 21 times on TOUR including the 1997 PGA Championship, tops the field...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days ushers in talking season ahead of fall camp

Benny Snell will be among Kentucky’s three players who will attend Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Former University of Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier always had something to say during Southeastern Conference Media Days. For Spurrier, it was always talking season and one step closer to the season opener. Spurrier...

Louisville’s Rhodes buckles up home track victory in Camping World Truck Series race at KY Speedway

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway Ben Rhodes grew up wanting to race at the highest levels of NASCAR, so it helped that he lived relatively close to Kentucky Speedway. Louisville’s Ben Rhodes high fives Kentucky Speedway mascot Horsepower during driver introductions for the Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger is at left (photo by Mark...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Eastern Kingbird, a snappy dresser, aerial artist and migratory traveler

The Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) is a snappy dresser, an aerial artist that catches its prey on the wing, and spends the winter in tropical climes. Its demeanor and distinctive plumage are all business — upright posture, white shirt (breast), and dark suit — gray head, back, wings and white-tipped square tail. Coloration is similar to the Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), but...