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Kentucky softball team falls to No. 1 Oregon in Game 2 of Super Regionals

University of Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson goes over the batting order prior to the Wildcats’ 6-1 loss to Oregon Friday night in Eugene. (UK Athletics Photo) Top-seeded and No. 1 Oregon used a four-run fourth inning to spark its offense and even the Eugene Super Regional softball series at one game apiece with a 6-1 win over No. 16 Kentucky on Friday night at Jane Sanders Stadium in...

Rupp Arena downsizing, adding more chair-backs, club seating to upper level

More chair-back seating will be added to the upper deck of Rupp Arena after next season, part of ongoing renovations to the structure. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rupp Arena is downsizing in capacity but not in upgrades. The school unveiled details on planned renovations to the structure, which will bring the total capacity down from 23,500 to 20,500 after chairback...

Cheek powers Kentucky past Oregon in Super Regional opener

Members of the Kentucky softball team celebrate a win over Oregon early this morning (UK Athletics Photo) The No. 16 Kentucky softball team exploded for nine runs on 10 hits against the best pitching staff in the PAC-12 to take game one of the Eugene Super Regional 9-6 over the No. 1 Oregon Ducks on Thursday night at Jane Sanders Stadium. With the Game 1 win, Kentucky is now just one game away from...

Keven Moore: Avoid tragedy of driveway accidents; proceed with caution and heed these tips

One of the most horrific, unthinkable accidents that can happen to a child can take place less than a few feet from your very own front door. Run-over accidents in your driveway occur too often and are devastating to families, as 70 percent of the time, they involve another family member at the wheel. The Internet is full of tragic stories of the pain and grief. The heartbreaking part of this is...

Kentucky takes on underdog role against Oregon in Super Regional

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hopes to continue its postseason momentum against top-seed Oregon in the Super Regionals set for Thursday-Saturday in Eugene. The Wildcats rolled to wins over the University of Illinois-Chicago and a pair of victories over Notre Dame in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. The opener is set for 9 p.m. Thursday...

Zan Payne to play for father Kenny Payne and Calipari at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Another coach’s son has officially joined the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Zan Payne, son of Wildcats associate head coach Kenny Payne, has decided to join the team as a walk-on after scoring more than 1,000 points during his prep career at Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington. Zan Payne The 6-foot-4 Payne averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds...

No mercy: UK softball team sweeps 3 games to reach Super Regionals

Members of Kentucky’s softball team celebrate after the Wildcats defeated Notre Dame 8-0 in six innings to advance ti the NCAA Super Regionals next week at No. 1 seed Oregon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky went undefeated in the first three games of the NCAA Tournament and will compete in the NCAA Super Regionals next week against top-seeded Oregon in Eugene. Kentucky,...

Kentucky’s PJ Washington making an impression in NBA Combine

PJ Washington has enjoyed a pair of successful performances in the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington is undecided on whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return for a second season. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington did nothing but help himself during the NBA Combine this week in Chicago. Washington scored 24 points in two 5-on-5 scrimmages and figures...

Kentuckian Gina Haspel confirmed as first woman director of the CIA; Senate vote is 54-45

Staff report Kentuckian Gina Haspel, 61, has been confirmed as the first woman director of the CIA, confirmed by the Senate on Thursday. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president’s nominee for Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel: “Yesterday, the Intelligence Committee took an important step toward confirming Gina...

Pitching, defense a key for Kentucky softball team in NCAA Tournament

Grace Baalman will anchor the Kentucky pitching staff in this weekend’s Lexington Regional at John Cropp Stadium. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When it comes down to it, pitching and defense win championships and Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson hopes the Wildcats have enough experience to make a serious run in the NCAA Tournament. “The postseason is about pitching and defense,”...

Calipari, Wildcats schedule rare home-and-home series with Utah

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and Utah haven’t played in more than a decade. That will change in December. The two schools have agreed to a home-and-home series, with the Utes visiting Rupp Arena on Dec. 15. Kentucky will visit Utah the following season, with the two foes playing at T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 21, 2019. Three days later, Kentucky will take on Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic...

Bill Straub: Forget fair play, forget the ABA, just squeeze those questionable judges through

For reasons inexplicable, Democrats have never taken the appointment of federal judges as seriously as Republicans, who understandably place that particular task atop their priority list. Given the opportunity to secure control over one of the three branches of government – albeit one that is supposed to be non-partisan – is a prospect any politician with a lick of sense should jump on. But former...

Calipari, Barnhart saddened by passing of former SEC commissioner Mike Slive

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Kentucky coach John Calipari counted former Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive as one of his closest friends and said he was largely responsible for his hiring at Kentucky in 2009. “Obviously, Dr. Lee Todd and Mitch Barnhart made the decision to hire me, but my friend, guardian, and mentor Mike Slive was instrumental in me becoming the coach at Kentucky...

UK forward Jarred Vanderbilt withdraws from NBA Combine

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has withdrawn from the NBA Combine and is considering his future options. Vanderbilt announced the news on his Twitter account late Tuesday night. “I’ve decided not to attend the NBA combine,” he said. “I’m still weighing my options and working my way through the decision process. Appreciate the continued support.” Vanderbilt played in 14...

Cats officially add E.J. Montgomery to its newest incoming class

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky officially added its newest recruit Monday. E.J. Montgomery, one of the top players in the current graduating class, was added to the roster after signing his letter-of-intent to play for the Wildcats next season. Montgomery verbally committed to play at Kentucky last month. “I hope our fans understand just how good EJ is and how excited we are to have him,”...

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...

Chef John Foster: Now serving local tomatoes, remarkably, and they are full of flavor and texture

It never ceases to amaze me when every spring for several years now, I’m serving local tomatoes in the same week that I’m planting tomatoes in my garden. Remarkable really when you think about how long our growing seasons have stretched, even in the last few years. While these tomatoes are not as full and ripe as the ones in July and August, they are a burst of color and a flavorful addition...

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...