Wildcats use big second-half comeback to fend off Utah Valley in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Pope was an integral part of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team and nearly orchestrated an upset of No. 5 Kentucky Friday night. The Wolverines (0-1) led by 12 points before the Wildcats rallied in the second half and escaped with a 73-63 victory in the season-opener for both teams. Hamido Diallo throws down a slam dunk during the second half of Kentucky’s...

Calipari wants young Wildcats to become more random, less fatigued going into season opener

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats open the season against Utah Valley State Friday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky reached the century mark in two of its three exhibition victories (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is in full teaching mode going into Kentucky’s season opener Friday night. Calipari wants the fifth-ranked Wildcats to become a “random”...

Bill Straub: Go figure (if you can) the double-talk that doesn’t want to add to deficit except for ‘tax cuts’

Our old friend, the Wonder Boy, Rep. Thomas Massie, has built a well-earned reputation as a budget hawk, voting, for instance, against a measure sending disaster aid to communities damaged by Hurricane Harvey because it added to the federal deficit. Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, has called adding to the national debt, which currently rests at $20.5 trillion, “lunacy’’ and that it “must...

Put some bounce in your opera (or opera in your bounce) with ‘Bounce: The Basketball Opera’

By William McCann Special to KyForward Balls float, players dunk, music soars, and the myth of Icarus’s fall into the sea is retold in a fresh new way in Bounce: The Basketball Opera. Opening on November 10 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church — just blocks from Rupp Arena — Bounce will introduce basketball fans to opera and maybe even some opera fans to the joys of basketball. Seated on bleachers...

Fans, handicappers, make the trip from Kentucky and throughout the region for Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – Kentucky was well-represented with owners, jockeys and trainers at the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar and some fans from the region also made their way out to California for horse racing’s big day. A group made the trip to Del Mar California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Pictured (l to r) Joyce Clark of Louisville, Blaine Morris...

Gov. Bevin issues strong statement on sexual harassment allegations, without mention of Hoover

Staff report Gov. Matt Bevin added fuel to the fire of sexual harassment allegations in Frankfort without mentioning House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s name. Bevin held a news conference on Saturday at the state Capitol and his communications office issued this statement late Saturday afternoon: “These alleged actions, which haven’t been denied, are reprehensible, indefensible and unacceptable....

Heartbreak: Kentucky’s late rally comes up short in 37-34 loss to Ole Miss

Kentucky’s C.J. Conrad makes a gain following a catch in a 37-34 loss to Ole Miss Saturday night at Kroger Field. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 6-3 on the season. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took a comeback for Kentucky to defeat Tennessee last week. The Wildcats couldn’t duplicate the feat again Saturday night. Mississippi quarterback Jordan Ta’amu’s 7-yard...

Early competition bringing out the best in young Wildcats during preseason workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Competition is a good thing and it’s bringing out the best in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green. The two Kentucky newcomers have been vying for the starting job at point guard during preseason workouts. Although Green is the favorite to succeed De’Aaron Fox, Gilgeous-Alexander has been building his own case behind the scenes, a process Wildcats assistant coach...

No. 5 Kentucky closes out exhibition slate with 106-63 rout of Centre College

Nick Richards grabs a rebound in Kentucky’s 106-63 win over Centre College Friday night. Richards finished with 17 points and made all six field goals and five of his free-throw attempts. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The next one counts. Kentucky wrapped up its three-game exhibition schedule with a 106-63 victory over Centre College Friday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats...

Chef John Foster: Herbs, an acquired joy of cooking; used fresh or dry, they matter (fresh is best!)

Let’s be honest here, no one expected snow to fall before Halloween. True, there wasn’t much in the way of accumulation, but the fact that it got cold enough to see the flakes fall literally sent shivers up my spine. I’m not ready yet to give up on fall and slog through an early winter, but as is always the case with Mother Nature, it seems she has other plans. Now we may be left with hustling...

A personal memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry, ‘master of sales party,’ who died Tuesday

In May of 2012, our then-regular columnist Robert Treadway wrote a terrific series of columns on the Kentucky horse industry as he lived it and remembered it. Among those was this memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry. We are sharing it in the wake of Tom Gentry’s death on Oct. 31 at age 80. He was an owner, breeder, consignor and racing official over a long and celebrated career. He is...

Freshman guards Green and Gilgeous-Alexander giving Wildcats potent 1-2 punch in backcourt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari thought he had one true point guard on his squad this season. As it turns out, he has two players capable of leading the charge on offense with the recent emergence of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Before the preseason workouts even began, Calipari penciled in Quade Green as the only player on the roster capable of handling point-guard duties. Behind the scenes,...

Bill Straub: Scott Pruitt and the EPA he is leading is not protecting the environment for the long term

Anyone clinging to the notion that Belle Brezing is the most notorious prostitute ever produced by Lexington isn’t paying attention to the antics of Scott Pruitt, top dog at the Environmental Protection Agency. While it can be argued that the services provided by Ms. Brezing and her employees did little real harm to the denizens of Fayette County and those visiting town for the races back in the...

Kentucky home sales down in September, but remain positive for the first three quarters

Kentucky saw home sales decrease in September, but remained positive for the first nine months of the year. Total home sales in September were down 4.6 percent, reaching 4,602 in 2017 versus 4,823 in 2016. For the quarter, homes sold hit 14,860 this year, slightly above the 14,777 sold in 2016. Year-to-date, home sales are still on a record breaking pace with a 3.1 percent increase, with 40,809 homes...

UK QB Stephen Johnson banged up but expected to play against Ole Miss Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Stephen Johnson is banged up but Mark Stoops expects his starting quarterback to be back in the pocket when the Wildcats take on Ole Miss Saturday. “He definitely is very sore,” Stoops said. “I saw him Sunday. He was beat up. He was beat up pretty good. Johnson injured his shoulder in the third quarter but later returned and scored the decisive touchdown on on...

Wildcats pull away from gritty Morehead State late in charity encounter

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky didn’t reach the century mark, but the Wildcats claimed their second exhibition victory of the young season with a tougher-than-expected 92-67 win over Morehead State Monday night in the Kentucky Cares Classic. Net proceeds from the contest benefitted those affected by hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico, and recent wildfires in California. The proceeds will...

Kentucky Horse Park, CP National Horse Show to host dinner honoring racehorse Man o’ War

The Kentucky Horse Park and the CP National Horse Show have partnered to offer a special dinner honoring the legendary racehorse Man o’ War on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. The Man o’ War Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Gracie Street Garden. Featuring a night of Kentucky Proud dishes, craft beer and cocktails, and premium seats to view the...

36th Annual Kentucky Book Fair moving to Kentucky Horse Park on Nov. 18; Kids Day on Friday

Kentucky Humanities will present the 36th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on November 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the seventh annual KBF Kids Day on Friday, November 17, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Both events will be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Sponsors for the event include Face It, Lindsey Wilson College, Spalding University, Morehead State University, Berea College, Eastern Kentucky...

Kentucky rallies for rare 29-26 victory over rival Tennessee to reach bowl eligibility

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell fumbled the ball away in his first carry against Tennessee Saturday night. He more than made up for the miscue, rushing for season-high 180 yards and three touchdowns in an 29-26 triumph over Tennessee. The victory gave the Wildcats their second over the Volunteers in the past six years. Kentucky ended a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 10-7 win here...

Timing, price awareness critical to marketing state’s 2017 grain crop; keep an eye on South America

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Grain markets this fall are suggesting producers should store their corn and soybeans. The question is whether storage is going to pay off. “As fall progresses, producers need to know their break-even price, have patience and watch the local markets for advantageous situations to sell stored grain,” said Todd Davis, agricultural economist...