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Kentucky takes two of three from Bulldogs in final stand at ‘The Cliff’

Cliff Hagan turns the final card during the final regular-season game at Cliff Hagan Stadium Sunday. The Wildcats lost the finale, 18-8, but took two of the games from the Bulldogs over the weekend. (UK Athletics/Noah Richter) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An era came to an end for the Kentucky baseball team Sunday. The Wildcats (33-18, 13-14 Southeastern Conference) played their final regular-season...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Strength, flexibility training in offseason is key to bowhunting into 60s and beyond

Senior archers have the advantage of experience. Over the years they have learned when, where and how to hunt and have a good understanding of the details that often make the difference between arrowing a deer and coming home empty-handed. But with age, the physical demands of bow hunting get more challenging, especially the heavy work like putting up treestands and dragging a harvested deer out of...

Kentucky baseball ends era with its last regular-season series at ‘The Cliff’

Cliff Hagan Stadium has been home for the Kentucky baseball team for the past 50 years. The team’s final regular-season series at the venue will be Friday-Sunday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An era will come to an end this weekend for the Kentucky baseball team. The Wildcats will bid farewell to Cliff Hagan Stadium when the Wildcats play host to Mississippi State...

Former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis keeps turning heads in NBA

Anthony Davis enjoyed a successful fifth season with New Orleans and averaged double figures in points and rebounds. (New Orleans Pelicans Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Durant wasn’t surprised with the way former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis performed in the Western Conference semifinals. The Golden State Warriors standout and Davis played on the same U.S.A. men’s basketball team...

Former UK guard Amber Smith takes on new role with Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky women’s basketball team will have more stability in the future after two assistant coaches signed extensions and two others were re-assigned. Amber Smith, a former standout is now an assistant coach, while former assistant Lin Dunn has been named special assistant to the head coach. Dunn has spent the past two seasons in her current role, while Smith, a...

Five Kentucky players receive invite to participate in NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Five Kentucky players who have declared for the NBA Draft were among the invitees who will attend the draft combine later this month in Chicago. As expected, Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PJ Washington, Jared Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo were invited to attend the five-day event. Wenyen Gabriel wasn’t on the list of invitees. Yahoo Sports released the draft...

Justify delivers stirring victory as the favorite in rain-soaked 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify did not disappoint as the favorite in the 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, sloshing though the slop to score an impressive win in the most exciting two minutes in sports. Jockey Mike Smith raise his arms to the heavens as he guides Justify to the Winner’s Circle following his victory in the 144th Kentucky Derby (photos by Mark Hansel). Justify...

Kentucky Oaks Day: Great racing, disputed finish in feature (Monomoy Girl wins) and some perspecive

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor The 144th Grade I Kentucky Oaks was a thrilling renewal of the classic race that saw morning line favorite Monomoy Girl battle longshot Wonder Gadot the length of the stretch. Eventual winner Monomoy Girl is barely visible inside Wonder Gadot (#5). The two fillies engaged in a hotly contested stretch duel in the 144th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks at...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The distinctive Five-lined skink, a harmless, beneficial lizard found statewide

They are reptiles, with long tails, distinctive coloration as juveniles, and a carnivorous appetite. Hint: it’s not a snake. The Five-Lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus) is a lizard, one of five species of skinks found in Kentucky. Secretive, like most reptiles, the Fine-Lined Skink spends most of its time crawling under rocks, leaf debris or woodpiles, but on a warm spring day, the distinctively-marked...

UK linebacker Denzel Ware plans to transfer following early graduation

Denzil Ware announced on social media that he will be transferring following early graduation this weekend. Ware will complete his eligibility as a grad transfer. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be without one of its top defensive players next season. Senior linebacker Denzel Ware announced on social media he plans to leave following graduation and transfer to another...

Kentucky Derby puts Bluegrass State back in national spotlight

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It only takes two minutes to conclude one of the most exciting moments in sports. For the 144th time in history, a field of 20 horses will compete in the Kentucky Derby, an event that puts Kentucky in the national spotlight. The yearly “Run for the Roses” is the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown in 1977 and American Pharaoh...

Kentucky Derby Field: Baffert’s Justify the morning line favorite for Saturday’s 144th Run for the Roses

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward Undefeated Justify is the morning-line favorite at 3-to-1 for Saturday’s 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Twenty-one Thoroughbreds have been entered in the 1 ¼-mile race for three-year-olds with a post time of 6:50 p.m. NBC television coverage begins at 2:30 with pre-race broadcasting starting at noon on NBCSN. Justify (Photo...

UK’s Kevin Knox considered one of the top wing players in NBA Draft

Kevin Knox will be one of the Top 20 picks in next month’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn. Knox has already received an invite to the NBA Combine that will be held ahead of the draft. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has already received an invite to this month’s NBA Combine and will be considered one of the top wing players available in this year’s draft set...

Retiring television sports personality Alan Cutler will be missed on the UK beat

WLEX-TV Channel 18 sports personality Alan Cutler will retire from broadcasting after covering the Kentucky Derby this week at Churchill Downs in Louisville. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alan Cutler is one of the top television personalities in Kentucky. He’s also my friend. Cutler, who will retire after covering the Kentucky Derby for WLEX Channel 18 this week, is...

Keeneland concludes 2018 Spring Meet with all-sources wagering of more that $157 million

Keeneland closed its 2018 Spring Meet on Friday with near-record all-sources wagering on Keeneland of more than $157 million, highlighted by an all-time single-day handle record on Toyota Blue Grass Day and driven by full fields of quality horses and competition among the nation’s top owners, trainers and jockeys. All-sources wagering on Keeneland racing totaled $157,172,604 for the 16-day Spring...

Mendelssohn gaining momentum in NTRA top 3-year-old poll as Kentucky Derby draws near

Media voters appear to be coming around to UAE (G2) winner Mendelssohn, the only 3-year-old to move up in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll just 12 days out from the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). With the final prep races run two weekends ago, this week’s rankings were determined without any new race results and could foreshadow which likely Derby entrants will garner...

Stoops adds former UK quarterback Maggard, Franks to support staff

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced five changes to his support team in Friday, including the addition of former Wildcats quarterback Freddie Maggard. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops enhanced his support staff with five staff changes, including two new hires on Friday. Stoops promoted Dan Berezowitz to chief of staff. Berezowitz...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: With elk restoration in Kentucky completed, harvest management begins

This is the second article in an occasional series on elk in Kentucky. From 1997 through 2002, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife employees live-trapped 1,547 elk from wild herds in Kansas, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, and North Dakota, and transported them by truck to eight stocking sites in Harlan, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Martin, Perry and Pike counties. With stocking completed, the harvest...

Former Owen Co. star, Kentucky Mr. Basketball Carson Williams to finish college career at WKU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Carson Williams will finish out his collegiate career at Western Kentucky University. Carson Williams The former Owen County High School standout played the past two seasons at Northern Kentucky University and averaged 12 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season. Williams was named the Horizon League’s All-Freshman team during his...

Recovering from surgery, UK coach John Calipari hasn’t read commission’s report

Kentucky coach John Calipari underwent minor surgery Tuesday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t making a judgment call on a report released Wednesday by the Commission on College Basketball calling for the end of the one-and-done era and banning cheating coaches for life. “I really haven’t had time to look at the commission’s recommendations, yet,”...