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EKU completes McBrayer Arena renovation, including first new floor in a half century


  It took nearly the entire summer to complete, but the new court inside Eastern Kentucky University’s McBrayer Arena is finished and being used by the school’s varsity student-athletes.   New lighting, more attractive louvers and new basketball goals have …

UK freshman Towns sees action against Team USA, but won’t travel to Spain for World Cup


By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns played 10 minutes for the Dominican Republic National team in its 105-62 loss to Team USA Wednesday in Madison Square Garden, but he won’t be accompanying them to the …

Cats’ Gilliland first women’s soccer player
to capture preseason All-American honors


  University of Kentucky women’s soccer player Arin Gilliland was named a preseason All-American by Soccer America, making her the first player in program history to earn that distinction.   Gilliland was honored as an All-American for the 2013 season …

Lindsey Wilson volleyball squad enters season with program’s highest NAIA national ranking


  For the third consecutive season, the Lindsey Wilson volleyball program begins the year ranked in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced.   The Blue Raiders start 2014 ranked No. 10, nine spots higher …

Wildcats bounce back after lethargic practice session; Stoops sees improvement on defense


  At this stage in preseason camp, it is typical for young players to begin to hit the wall with physical and mental fatigue.   So after Kentucky had a practice that left room for improvement on Tuesday evening, the …

Legends spot Shorebirds early 4-0 lead,
then stage 16-hit comeback in 14-6 victory


Dex Kjerstad drove in five runs and the Lexington Legends overcame an early Delmarva lead with a 16-hit attack to post a 14-6 win over the Shorebirds Wednesday night.   Kjerstad and Mauricio Ramos each homered for the Legends and …

UK Athletics Hall of Fame inductees for
2014 include Bogans, Moore, Etcheberry


  Six University of Kentucky greats will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in late September, headed by men’s basketball star Keith Bogans, football linebacker Marty Moore, and former track and field coach Pat Etcheberry.   The …

UK summer baseball league wrapup: 21 Wildcats play, five recognized as All-Stars


A total of 21 Kentucky baseball standouts concluded their 2014 seasons by playing in collegiate summer leagues, with Zach Arnold, Kyle Barrett, Marcus Carson, Kyle Cody and JaVon Shelby each earning all-star accolades during the year.   Zach Arnold: Played …

Petrino says Cardinals could alternate Gardner, Bonnafon at quarterback spot


  With less than two weeks to go before the 2014 opener, the University of Louisville football team received a cruel joke with one of its most hot and humid practices of fall camp.   After a mild summer, Mother …

Former Eastern Kentucky standout guard Jones signs pro contract to play in Sweden


  Former Eastern Kentucky University guard Jaron Jones has signed to play professionally in Europe for the Solna Vikings in Sweden.   This is the second European team Jones has played for. In the summer of 2012, he signed to …

Lindsey Wilson women, men both earn No. 3 ranking in NAIA Coaches Preseason Top 25


  Both the Lindsey Wilson men’s and women’s soccer teams are ranked third in their respective NAIA Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 polls.   The Blue Raiders’ women’s team received 496 points. Defending champion Concordia (Ore.) sits atop the poll with …

Towles says he’s both relieved and excited
to earn UK starting quarterback assignment


After Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops tabbed sophomore Patrick Towles his new starting quarterback after a four-way competition throughout the spring and preseason camp, Towles had one person he needed to tell first – his dad.   UK video with …

Throwing error in the bottom of the 10th
lifts Legends to 5-4 victory over Shorebirds


A two-out throwing error by Delmarva shortstop Jared Breen allowed the winning run to score as the Lexington Legends got by the Shorebirds 5-4 in 10 innings Tuesday night.   It was the second game in a row the teams …

Louisville men favored to capture ACC
Atlantic Division soccer championship


  Entering its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Louisville men’s soccer team was chosen on Tuesday as the favorite to win the Atlantic Division by the league’s head coaches.   Reigning national champion Notre Dame was tabbed …

Sports Notes: Calipari says challenging Bahamas schedule just what Cats needed


  A few final thoughts about what we learned during Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas eight-game exhibition tour last week:   Why was it called a tour when all the games were played in the same gym in Nassau? And kudos …