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Barbasol Championship: Cabrera, Goosen added to growing field

Brooks Downing has been pleased with the commitments the Barbasol Championships has received ahead of the PGA TOUR event set for July 19-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The list of participants for the Barbasol Championships is growing going into the final three weeks of preparation for the PGA Tour event. The initial field...

John Calipari is taking his time getting a feel for the Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari likes the way his team has bonded during the past two weeks ahead of an overseas trip to the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — John Calipari is taking his time getting to know his team. The Kentucky coach thinks he’s “got a good group” one that has about a month to prepare for an overseas trip to...

NASCAR’s Quaker State 400 coming up on July 14 — and KyForward is offering you some free tickets

NASCAR Weekend is coming up at Sparta’s Kentucky Speedway — and we’ve teamed up with the Speedway to offer you some free tickets for the Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Quaker State 400 presented by WALMART is recognized as one of the best battles on the NASCAR circuit. It returns for the seventh time to the Speedway this year. As they say, “The Best...

Finally healthy, Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker ready to compete next season

Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker has fully recovered from a knee injury and hopes to be one of the team’s main contributors next season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jemarl Baker experienced something new in his first season at Kentucky. The sharp-shooting guard from Los Angeles not only had to deal with being away from home but also deal with a torn left meniscus...

Officials more optimistic about state retirement systems during oversight board appearance

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite studies showing they are among the worst-funded pension programs in the nation, officials with some of the state’s retirement systems gave an optimistic outlook during appearances before the Public Pension Oversight Board this week. David Eager, executive director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems or KRS, told the panel on Monday that while they forecast that...

Former UK star, assistant coach Dwane Casey tabbed NBA Coach of the Year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky standout and assistant coach Dwane Casey received one of the highest honors in the NBA Monday night. Casey was named the NBA Coach of the Year after guiding the Raptors to a 59-23 record and a berth in the playoffs. The record was the best in the Eastern Conference but the Raptors fired Casey after dropping a series to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern...

PGA golfer Davis Love III commits to play in Barbasol Championship

Davis Love III has committed to play in the Barbasol Championships set for next month at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (PGA Tour Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The field is shaping up for the Barbasol Championship. Davis Love III committed to play in the event set for July 19-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in. Nicholasville. Love, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has posted...

Calipari happy for four NBA draftees, disappointed Gabriel not chosen

Kentucky coach John Calipari was happy to see four of his former players selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari felt a mixed bag of emotions after watching the NBA Draft unfold Thursday night on Brooklyn, New York. Four of his former players — Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and...

Ex-Cats hit jackpot: Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lottery picks in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox heard the boos after he was taken as the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York, but didn’t seem to mind the jeers moments after he was chosen by the New York Knicks. Many Knicks fans in attendance were chanting for Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri, who was later chosen as the No. 14 pick by the Denver Nuggets. Kevin Knox was chosen...

Ex-UK standout Woodyard, coach Guy Morriss to be inducted into Kentucky Pro Football HOF

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wesley Woodyard and Guy Morriss will join an elite class Friday night when both players are inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame at the Lexington Opera House. Woodyard, currently a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, was one of Kentucky’s top defensive players during the Rich Brooks era and was part of two teams that posted back-to-back eight-win seasons...

Graduate transfer Reid Travis looking forward to fresh start at Kentucky

Reid Travis was one of the top players in the Pac-12 last year and will play at Kentucky next season as a graduate transfer. (Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Reid Travis long to make a decision on his future. Travis, one of the top players in the Pac-12 during the past two years, announced he will attend Kentucky as a graduate transfer next season to pursue...

Anthony Davis, Jacob Tamme newest members of UK Athletics HOF class

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anthony Davis made a lasting impact during his short career at the University of Kentucky. Davis helped lead the Wildcats to their eighth national title in 2012 and will also be among six newest inductees into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Davis, a six-year NBA veteran and currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, owns the school record...

UK coach Calipari still getting a feel for where his players will land in the draft

Kentucky coach John Calipari is still getting a feel as to where his players will land in the NBA Draft set for Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t sure if all of his players will get chosen in the NBA Draft Thursday night and is still in the process of figuring things out. “There is a lot of interest in a lot of...

Halters Worn by American Pharoah, other notable thoroughbreds among items in CKRH online auction

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; his sire, Pioneerof the Nile; and grandsire, Empire Maker, are among the exciting Thoroughbred racing-related items in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 37-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The online auction is part of...

Constance Alexander: Pulitzer Prize-winning musical ‘Next to Normal’ explores bipolar disorder

Demi Lovato, Russell Brand, Carrie Fisher — even adorable girl-next-door-who-happens-to-be-host-of-ever-popular CBS Sunday Morning, Jane Pauley – admit to bouts of bipolar disorder. Others in the spotlight have gone public with their struggles, and awareness of various mental disorders are discussed more openly now than they were a few years ago. But while the glitterati appear on talk shows...

William E. Groves Construction in Madisonville presented Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited William E. Groves Construction in Madisonville today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 507,834 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. Nemes “On behalf of Governor Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I want to congratulate William E. Groves Construction on this remarkable achievement,” Labor Secretary...

Health-conscious pastors setting good examples for their flocks

By Roger Alford Kentucky Today With a new-found passion for competing in triathlons, Pastor Wes Fowler is enjoying his best physical condition since college. Mayfield First Baptist Church Pastor Wes Fowler, left, and his wife, Tara, pose for a photo before the start of a triathlon they competed in. The Fowlers are among a growing number of church leaders who are setting good examples in the area of...

SmartHealth: Summer hit without much warning this year, so staying hydrated is more critical than ever

By Nathan Skaggs St. Elizabeth Healthcare This year in the Tri-State area, it feels like we skipped spring and went straight to summer. Without a gradual warmup for our bodies to get used to, it’s more important than ever to focus on staying hydrated as the temperature continues to climb. Whether you are training for a marathon, playing a round of golf or sitting by the pool, it’s also important...

Bluegrass Community & Technical College’s North American Racing Academy part of Justify’s story

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) North America Racing Academy (NARA) students can now boast of having worked with racing greatness early in their careers. Mussad on Justify in Late 2017 (provided photos) NARA graduates Austin Motley and David Mussad, while working for trainer Rodolphe Brisset at Keeneland in 2017, were involved in the early training of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify....

Secretary of State Grimes and DHS conduct cybersecurity seminar for Kentucky attorneys

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Department of Homeland Security conducted a cybersecurity seminar Friday for Kentucky attorneys at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual conference. “I am proud of the relationship my office has built with the Department of Homeland Security as a key partner in election security,” Grimes said. “Like election officials, law firms...