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Bowling Green East falls to Road Island bringing end to World Series run; Compliment out in first round

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today It was a tough day for Kentucky’s boys of summer on Little League’s grandest stage. Bowling Green East fell 6-1 to Rhode Island in an elimination game of the Little League World Series and Ashland’s Cash Compliment bowed out in the first round of the first-ever Little League Home Run Derby. Cash Compliment (Photo by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today) Nevertheless, the...

Coaches and players agree Kentucky’s defense failed to meet standard after first fall camp scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and defensive coordinator Brad White were on the same page following Kentucky’s first scrimmage of fall camp and both agree significant improvement must be made before the season opener in less than three weeks. “It was not a good performance by the defense,” White said Thursday. “No one is going to make any excuses about that....

Calipari, Wildcats welcome junior ‘gym rat’ Riley Welch to roster; third walk-on to join team this year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s basketball roster expanded on Thursday. Riley Welch, a 6-foot guard, has joined the team, giving the Wildcats three walk-ons this year. Welch, who played at UC Irvine and College of the Desert, has enrolled as a junior and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Brennan Canada and Zan Payne also are walk-ons. Riley Welch (Photo from Kentucky Today) “I...

Murray State selected preseason volleyball favorite in Ohio Valley Conference; Morehead State voted third

Murray State has been picked to win the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference volleyball title in a vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The Racers picked up 12 first-place votes and 228 points, while Austin Peay earned six first-place votes and 212 points to be selected to finish second. Morehead State was selected to finish third, picking up five first-place votes and 207 points,...

Kash Daniel’s passion, drive an inspiration for his Kentucky Wildcats teammates, including offense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kash Daniel’s desire to succeed is well-documented and his passion for football has rubbed off on the rest of his teammates and his enthusiasm is comparable to Benny Snell. “He’s a lot like Benny, but on the defensive side,” Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez said. “He’s a cool dude.” Like most players, Daniel listens to music as part of his pre-game...

Kentucky High School Athletic Association makes changes to state’s high school football playoff rules

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Some changes are in store for the 2019 high school football season playoff system in Kentucky. Members of the Board of Control for the Kentucky High School Athletics Association earlier this year stopped the practice of having district first- and second-round playoff games being played between schools of different districts. Kentucky high school football will undergo some...

Kentucky running back A.J. Rose confident Wildcats can pick up in backfield where Benny Snell left off

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops knows you can’t replace Benny Snell but hopes Kentucky can achieve the same goals in the backfield this season and beyond. Snell was the showcase running back in Kentucky’s offense during the past three years but both parties have moved on as Snell ushers in his professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Wildcats have three candidates — A.J....

Battle of the Bluegrass football rivalry renewed: EKU to meet WKU in 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium

The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced Monday. The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024, at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The most recent meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. Eastern held Western at bay for much...

Former WKU receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers coach and Louisville native Darryl Drake passes away at age 62

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, a former Western Kentucky University football player and coach, passed away Sunday morning at age 62 in Latrobe, Pa. The Steelers did not disclose a cause of death and canceled their training camp practices on Sunday and Monday. “We are all saddened to learn of the passing of Darryl Drake,” said Todd Stewart, WKU’s director of...

Louisville volleyball star McHenry named to preseason All-ACC squad; Cards picked third in poll

University of Louisville senior outside hitter Melanie McHenry headlines the list of preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball stars, and the Cardinals have been chosen third in the preseason poll of the ACC coaches. McHenry led Louisville with 383 kills last season and was named honorable mention All-American. She enters her senior year with 1,131 career kills. Melanie McHenry Louisville...

Kentucky’s Brad White brings business-like approach to first year as Wildcats’ defensive coordinator

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It has been all business for Kentucky’s defense during the first week of fall workouts. Brad White, Kentucky’s third defensive coordinator under Mark Stoops, has brought a business-like approach to the field. White’s background has been mostly at the professional level and is instilling the same principles to the Wildcats’ defense. “What he brings to the table...

Defending OVC men’s basketball champion Murray State to face rugged schedule in 2019-20

After two outstanding seasons in which the Murray State men’s basketball team won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and put the program into the national spotlight, the Racers will play a rugged 2019-20 schedule. Matt McMahon enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Racers. Murray State will play several road...

Live in Lou named title sponsor of Louisville Cross Country Classic — the nation’s largest college meet

The Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) has announced that Live in Lou – the talent attraction initiative of Greater Louisville Inc. – has been named title sponsor of the Louisville Cross Country Classic, the largest college cross country meet in the United States. LSC owns and operates the prestigious meet that has been held annually at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park since 2001. The 18th annual...

University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says philosophy more about team than scheme

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Gran’s first season as offensive coordinator at Kentucky proved to a learning experience for the longtime coach. “I learned more that year about humility,” Gran recalled last week. “It’s about team. It’s about wins. Is it not still about winning the game?” Although he had coached in the Southeastern Conference, including a stints at Ole Miss,...

EKU football standout Aaron Patrick named preseason All-American by national publication

Eastern Kentucky University defensive lineman Aaron Patrick has earned a spot on the Phil Steele preseason All-America team, the publication announced Wednesday. Patrick, a redshirt senior, is listed by Steele as a first-team All-America selection. EKU’s Aaron Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game last season. He finished with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and...

Lindsey Wilson, Campbellsville voted co-favorites in Mid-South volleyball poll; Thomas More tabbed sixth

(Image from Mid-South Conference) KyForward staff Lindsey Wilson College and Campbellsville University were selected as the co-favorites in the Mid-South Conference preseason volleyball poll, which was released on Wednesday. Thomas More was picked sixth in the poll. The Saints, who posted a 33-4 record last season and advanced to the regional finals while competing at the NCAA Division III level, are...

Lexington native Kiefer completes ‘Lee-Peat’ with third straight Pan Am Games gold medal in fencing

Lexington native Lee Kiefer has dominated the Pan American circuit in a way no one else has. At just 25 years old, Kiefer’s career has been nearly unblemished in the region and she made history again on Monday, becoming the first fencer from any nation and in any weapon to win three straight individual Pan American Games titles, winning gold in Lima, Peru, after titles in Toronto in 2015 and...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, a seasoned veteran, is the centerpiece of Wildcats’ offense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Who is the best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference? If you ask Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, Terry Wilson is atop the list of signal-callers in the league. “He’s looking like the best quarterback, hands down,” Bowden said. That’s mainly because Wilson has found a comfort zone and knows what to expect going into his senior campaign with the Wildcats. He’s...

UK’s new-look offense to strive for more balance; Wildcats must replace seven offensive starters

When the University of Kentucky offense takes the field in 2019, the team will have a much different look about it. While the Cats will have four starters returning, a big part of the UK attack from recent years will be missing. The biggest missing piece from the last three seasons is Benny Snell Jr., who became the school’s all-time leading rusher during his career in Lexington. Over the past...

UK football team enjoys successful Fan Day on Saturday, welcoming huge crowd for annual event

The University of Kentucky football team enjoyed another successful Fan Day on Saturday, welcoming a huge crowd for the annual event. “Man, that was a fantastic turnout this morning for Fan Day,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “It’s great to see them all out there and for our players to see that. Hopefully, we got everybody accommodated and got all the signatures we could get.” UK’s...