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Tiz the Law retakes lead in NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll; voting to be suspended amid COVID-19 cancellations

Of all the impressive statements made by the sophomore male class thus far in 2020, the emphatic victory by Tiz the Law in the March 28 Grade 1 Florida Derby may resonate the loudest during a most uncertain time as the bay colt again established a clear lead in the latest National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. After slipping to the No. 2 spot in the poll behind undefeated...

UK sophomore guard Rhyne Howard one of five named Wooden Award All-America live on ESPN

For the third time this postseason, University of Kentucky women’s basketball sophomore guard Rhyne Howard has been tabbed a first team All-America selection as the Wooden Award named the star to its All-America team Wednesday night live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. In March, Howard was named one of 15 players nationally to the Wooden Award National Ballot with the selection committee then selecting...

UK’s Stoops keeping focus on people, safety of players’ families during COVID-19 pandemic

With how quickly things were changing, University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops could see the writing on the wall. His team was in its final days in Lexington before spring break and news was breaking seemingly every 15 minutes. The remainder of spring practice had not yet been canceled, but Stoops had every reason to believe it would be. “We had a pretty good indication by the...

A third-generation EKU Colonel, Keeton Thornsberry writing his own story as track star in Richmond

Keeton Thornsberry ruined many family game nights. “Even as a kid — I couldn’t handle losing at Monopoly,” said Thornsberry, now an Eastern Kentucky University track star. His competitive nature, however, rarely allowed him to fail. Thornsberry was Notre Dame Academy’s fourth-grade Geography Bee champion, and he was the finest pickleball player in the entire neighborhood. So,...

Calipari says at least five players will enter NBA Draft, including SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is used to rotating rosters. The Kentucky coach is expecting more turnover next season. Calipari said he believes at last five players to declare for the NBA Draft, including Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley, along with Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery and Tyrese Maxey. “My guess is four to five guys would probably...

After enduring hard times growing up, family now defines former Mercer County star Trevon Faulkner

Family. In its simplest of definitions, a family is a group consisting of parents and children, sometimes also including grandparents or other close relatives. What’s missing from that overly-simplified definition is the importance of the bonds and support that develop between members of a family. For Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball player and former Mercer County High School star...

NKU basketball standout Kailey Coffey aims to use talents to give back to hometown of Russell Springs

It’s hardly news to hear that Northern Kentucky women’s basketball player Kailey Coffey is a top performer in the classroom, as the three-year starter is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. But what comes after her time at Northern Kentucky? Coffey is still deciding, but she knows that she wants to pursue a career as either a Doctor of Medicine...

Billy Reed: Through coronavirus lens, still seeing that compensation for college coaches is way out of line

As I’ve followed the scary Coronavirus story on TV and the internet, I’ve been looking for stories about how football and basketball coaches, both college and professional, and pro athletes have been stepping up to help fight the crisis. After all, entertainers in America – and I’m including rock musicians, movie stars, and TV personalities with the sports-world folks – are among the wealthiest...

Talented Georgetown trio of Coffey, Cowherd, Conway pick up NAIA All-America honors

For the past five seasons, Georgetown College men’s basketball fans have been able to enjoy the growth and progress of three special individuals. Each became the backbone of the very fabric of much success – including finishing back-to-back seasons as the overall No. 1 team in NAIA Division I. The 2019-20 season’s abrupt end not 24 hours after the release of the final poll and national...

Kentucky’s college basketball broadcasters can’t help but wonder what might’ve been in postseason

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tom Leach can’t help but wonder what would have transpired if the COVID-19 crisis didn’t bring sports to a sudden halt earlier this month. Like many in the sports profession, Leach was busy preparing for the postseason after calling Kentucky’s thrilling 71-70 comeback win at Florida on March 7 in Gainesville. By March 13, the season came to a screeching halt. Kentucky...

Calipari foundation working to help struggling Kentucky families during time of uncertainty

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is doing his part to help struggling families during the current coronavirus crisis that has crippled the state, nation and the world. The Calipari Foundation, the Kroger Company, and Fayette County Public Schools will be providing food for families based in 37 elementary schools through April 20 and said if they “need more, then we will do more — eight...

Jamie Vaught: Nearly 35 years later, Cotton Nash still gets autograph requests for Sports Illustrated cover

(Editor’s Note: For the next few months during our national crisis, longtime sports columnist Jamie H. Vaught will be writing about the ex-Wildcats who were featured in one of his first four books on UK basketball, using excerpts that were published in his out-of-print volumes. His latest book – fifth one in a series – was released in late February 2020.) Cotton Nash, a three-time All-American...

Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission sponsors referee, judge training April 18 in Lexington

The Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission (KBWC) is sponsoring a training session for referees and judge officials who work boxing and mixed martial arts competitions in the Commonwealth. The event takes place April 18 in Lexington. Boxing and MMA officials from every state are invited and welcome to attend. “The KBWC is excited to offer this inexpensive training opportunity for our boxing and...

Andrew Murphy named voice of Lexington Legends; St. Louis native to serve as media relations director

The Lexington Legends have announced Andrew Murphy will serve as their broadcaster and media relations director for the 2020 Season. Murphy, a native of St. Louis, is no stranger to the Bluegrass as he has spent the last four years studying business management and communication at the University of Kentucky. He first found a passion for calling games at the Legends’ own Whitaker Bank Ballpark, where...

UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard one of four finalists for Citizen Naismith Trophy

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday its four finalists for the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy, recognizing the most outstanding women’s college basketball player of the year, and University of Kentucky sophomore star Rhyne Howard has been tabbed to the exclusive list. Howard is looking to become the first Kentucky player to win the prestigious award while she is believed to be the first to...

EKU’s A.J. Lewis named to watch list for Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award

Before the collegiate baseball season ended, Eastern Kentucky University’s A.J. Lewis was named to the watch list for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, which honors the nation’s top NCAA Division I catcher. Lewis was the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference on the watch list. The award was previously known as the Johnny Bench Award. EKU has had a catcher on...

Billy Reed: In times like these, we really need baseball to lift our spirits — and there is a precedent

I am well aware that during this Coronavirus catastrophe, sports journalists are high on the list of unnecessary workers. Many of our most hallowed sporting events have been canceled or postponed. Without sports, who needs sports journalists? However, I am holding out hope that our government and major-league baseball can work out something soon to let the games on in, even in near-empty stadiums....

NBC Sports to partner with TVG for “Trackside Live” horse racing coverage on NBCSN, starts Saturday

NBC Sports will partner with TVG to bring more horse racing to more fans beginning this weekend as NBCSN simulcasts TVG’s Trackside Live on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 from 4-8 p.m. ET. Anchored by TVG host and NBC Sports reporter Britney Eurton, TVG’s Trackside Live provides fans with live horse racing from various tracks across the country. The biggest race of the weekend –...

SEC blows final whistle — officially cancels all of its remaining athletic events due to COVID-19 crisis

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference officially canceled all of its remaining athletic events Tuesday. The league announced all regular season conference and non-conference games, including spring football games and pro-day activities have been canceled because of “continuing developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).” “This is a difficult day for all of us,...

Authentic takes sole lead in NTRA top 3-Year-Old Poll; Midnight Bisou is still top thoroughbred

While a pair of his stablemates posted impressive on-track wins this past weekend, the Bob Baffert-trained Authentic scored a victory in his own right without leaving his stall as he gained the outright lead in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. NTRA Top 3-year-Old Poll (click to enlarge). The undefeated Authentic tied for the top spot with Tiz the Law...