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National Football League taking notice as Kentucky senior Josh Allen sets example for teammates

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Josh Allen’s decision to return for one last season is paying dividends and the Kentucky defensive end is earning praise from the National Football League for making the most of his senior campaign. “I was just talking to a couple pro scouts (last week) and they’re using him as a reference to other juniors across the country,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said....

Seton Hall squeaks by Wildcats, going down to the buzzer, 84-83 at Madison Square Garden

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Myles Cale hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to send Seton Hall to an 84-83 victory over ninth-ranked Kentucky Saturday at Madison Square Garden.   The Pirates (6-3) led 70-67 with two seconds remaining in regulation but Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson sank a half-court heave at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Johnson’s 3-point attempt at the end...

Kentucky senior Josh Allen receives Chuck Bednarik Player of the Year award from Maxwell Football Club

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky senior linebacker and consensus Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference added another top defensive honor on Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Allen was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in college football by the Maxwell Football Club. Kentucky defensive players Derrick...

UK’s Travis, Montgomery looking forward to return to MSG for Saturday’s contest against Seton Hall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery is looking forward to a return visit to Madison Square Garden. Montgomery’s high school team won in the Dick’s National Championship game and the freshman forward hopes the trend continues at the collegiate level when the No. 9 Wildcats (7-1) take on Seton Hall in a noon contest Saturday in New York City. I’m hoping to get another win,” he said....

Coach Chris Mack returns excitement to Louisville basketball, earns praise from Kentucky’s Calipari

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Chris Mack’s first Louisville basketball team is only seven games into the season, but he and the Cardinals have already attracted the attention of a notable peer. Kentucky coach John Calipari complimented Mack on his radio show Monday night and seemed to indicate that he has given some thought to Dec. 29, when UK will face UofL in the KFC Yum! Center. “Those...

University of Louisville set to name Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield as head football coach

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today As expected, Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield will be named today as the University of Louisville’s new football coach, according to multiple sources. He will replace Bobby Petrino, who was fired after the 10th game of the season when his team stood 2-8. Scott Satterfield will be introduced as Louisville’s new head coach on Tuesday afternoon. (Appalachian...

Kentucky to take on Penn State in Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 in Orlando in ‘huge, huge deal’ for program

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terry Wilson was elated when he heard about Kentucky’s bowl destination on his Twitter account on Sunday. “I was excited,” he said. “This is a huge, huge deal for this program and we’ve worked so hard to get to this situation that we’re in right now. Like Mr. (Mitch) Barnhart said we’re going to be thankful and we’re going to be grateful and we’re deserving...

Kentucky Wildcats fights to the finish to overcome gritty UNCG Spartans, 78-61, at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was in the fight of its life until the final 13 minutes. That’s all the time the Wildcats needed to overcome upset-minded UNCG Saturday at Rupp Arena. UK’s Keldon Johnson slams home a dunk as Kentucky wins over UNCG 78-61 (Photo by Bill Thiry) Kentucky (7-1) stretched its winning streak to seven with a 78-61 win in a game that lived up to the initial...

Jamie Vaught: Book about Boston Celtics glory days brings back memories of UK great Frank Ramsey

I have just finished reading a remarkable and enjoyable basketball book about the glory days of the Boston Celtics and its primary stars Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. Titled “The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End,” the new 360-page hardcover (Penguin Press, $28) by Gary M. Pomerantz is definitely one of the best ones that I have read in a long time. Since the volume...

‘Cats cruise to easy win over Monmouth as Herro scores 16 points in 90-44 victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was an easy night for Kentucky.   The 10th-ranked Wildcats (6-1) pushed their winning streak to six games with a 90-44 win over Monmouth Wednesday night, ending the opening month of the season on a high note after dropping a 118-84 loss to No. 3 Duke in the Champions Classic on Nov. 6 in Indianapolis. Tyler Herro scored 16 points to lead Cats past Monmouth. Tyler...

Louisville’s Ryan McMahon’s small stature eclipsed by his outsized value to Cardinals offense

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Listed at an unimposing six feet and with limited athletic ability, compared to his teammates and most opposing players, Ryan McMahon is nevertheless capable of having an outsized impact for Louisville’s basketball. He proved it Tuesday night in leading the Cardinals (4-2) to an 82-78 overtime upset win against No. 9 Michigan State in the raucous KFC Yum! Center....

Calipari wants players to take pride on defensive end of the court as Wildcats ready for Monmouth

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari doesn’t have a standard he wants his team to reach on defense. He simply wants Kentucky to embrace the process. “The standard defensively is to just be better than yesterday,” Calipari said Tuesday. “And then let’s look at the last game and then get better. We don’t stay in a stance, we don’t bounce, we don’t anticipate and we don’t play...

Louisville coach Chris Mack says Cardinals need to work on consistency, improve on the ‘little things’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today After getting almost unanimously favorable reviews for their performance in losing causes in the Big Apple over the weekend – okay, their coach wasn’t impressed, but that’s pretty much the norm so far – Louisville’s basketball players get a chance to impress the home folks in yet another game against a marquee opponent. UofL (3-2) will take...

Kentucky rips Louisville, 56-10, as sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson shines to deliver ninth win

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Rarely in the history of the Governor’s Cup has Kentucky had the luxury of being so comfortably ahead of Louisville late in the game that the coaches could play their second- and third-stringers. 
But that was the case Saturday night in Cardinal Stadium after Terry Wilson, Benny Snell Jr., Lynn Bowden Jr., A.J. Rose Jr. and the UK defense...

Keldon Johnson has career night for ‘Cats but win over Tennessee State ‘made it even better’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson carried the load for Kentucky Friday night but was happier the Wildcats finished off feast week with a 77-62 win over Tennessee State. The freshman guard scored a career-high 27 points, including 20 in the second for the 10th-ranked Wildcats won completed their third win in six days and recorded their fifth consecutive victory. “It felt pretty good,”...

Turfway Park set to open 43rd holiday meet on November 28; racing scheduled for New Year’s Eve

Kentucky’s year-round Thoroughbred racing circuit makes its annual stop at Turfway Park (“Turfway”) beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28, the start of the Northern Kentucky track’s 43rd holiday meet. Turfway will offer eight races nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, with first post at 6:10 p.m. ET. Racing is also scheduled for New Year’s Eve, a Monday, with post time at 1:10 p.m. Admission and...

Perimeter defense continues to be a point of emphasis for Calipari’s 10th-ranked Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson isn’t worried about Kentucky’s defense and said the Wildcats are making it a point to “get better each day.” “We’ve just got to keep striving and making improvements each day — going into each day so we can turn 24 into 30,” he said after Kentucky’s 87-74 win over Winthrop Wednesday afternoon. The main point of emphasis for the 10th-ranked...

UK Wildcats roll to fourth straight victory with win over Winthrop Eagles, 87-74, at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky enjoyed a feast on the hardwood before taking a day off for Thanksgiving, rolling to an 87-74 win over Winthrop in a matinee contest Wednesday afternoon at Rupp Arena. The 10th-ranked Wildcats (4-1) placed five players in double figures, led by PJ Washington with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kentucky has won four straight since dropping...

Kentucky freshman Tyler Herro hopes to see Wildcat’s find rhythm as season progresses

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky guard Tyler Herro hasn’t gotten into a groove behind the arc yet, but the freshman guard hopes the Wildcats will settle into a rhythm as the season progresses. “We’re just still trying to find our stroke,” he said. “Haven’t made many 3-point shots as a team and myself, really. But we’ll find it eventually. Just getting back to it and finding the...

Mark Stoops says records won’t matter when ‘Cats take on struggling Cardinals Saturday in Louisville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Louisville has struggled this season but Mark Stoops said that won’t matter when Kentucky takes on the Cardinals in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. “In a rivalry game, you can throw the records out the window,” Stoops said Monday. “We’re worried about ourselves and play the best football that we can.” Like Stoops, Kentucky...