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UAB cruises to 37-14 win over WKU; No. 4 Notre Dame slips by Louisville, 12-7, in defensive battle

Alabama-Birmingham dominated Western Kentucky in all three phases of the game en route to a 37-14 victory over the visiting Hilltoppers on Saturday at Legion Field. UAB (4-1 overall, 2-0 Conference USA) outgained WKU (1-4, 1-2 C-USA) 358-250 and scored three offensive touchdowns. The UAB defense forced four turnovers and had five sacks, while the special teams unit blocked a punt that was returned...

Billy Reed: Joe Morgan, first of Big Red Machine to pass away, was ‘manager on the field,’ likeable guy

And then there were seven. The starting eight players for the Cincinnati Reds’ back-to-back World Series champions of 1975 and ’76 – the “Big Red Machine” – are still revered as legends 44 years later. The Reds still sell paraphernalia with their names on it. It’s almost as if time stopped for the Reds when the last out was made in their ’76 World Series sweep on the New York Yankees. Every...

UK defense dominant, Wildcats crush Tennessee in 34-7 blowout; first triumph in Knoxville since 1984

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE — The University of Kentucky football team accomplished a rare feat by defeating Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, and and it wasn’t even close. For the first time since 1984, UK left Knoxville with a 34-7 victory, bringing an end to a 17-game losing streak at Neyland Stadium and handing the 18th-ranked Volunteers their second straight setback. Tennessee...

Stoops hopeful Kentucky can ‘put it all together’ against Tennessee in pivotal SEC battle

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is hopeful Kentucky can strike a balance when the Wildcats square off against Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville. The Wildcats (1-2) used a stellar defensive performance to hold off Mississippi State 24-2 last weekend, picking up the slack from the offense, which managed just 157 yards against the Bulldogs. In a 42-41 overtime loss to Ole Miss the previous...

NCAA selects Transylvania as host for 2023, 2024 Division III golf national championships

The NCAA announced Wednesday it has selected Transylvania University to host a pair of upcoming national championship tournaments. Both the 2023 Division III Men’s Golf National Championship and 2024 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship will be held at the Keene Trace Golf Club in nearby Nicholasville. Wednesday’s announcement culminated a long bidding process that...

UK basketball coaching staff says Wildcats ‘extremely disciplined in their day-to-day lives’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is a big believer in team bonding but had to find an alternative because of the ongoing pandemic. Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus said the team’s ability to bond together as a group took a hit during the past three months, especially on the basketball court and “common areas.” Joel Justus “You lose team meals...

Georgetown (Ky.) favored in Mid-South Conference preseason poll; Cumberlands voted second

Georgetown (Ky.) has been tabbed the favorite to win the 2020-21 Mid-South Conference men’s basketball regular-season title, according to the league coaches. The Tigers earned a total of 118 points and nine of the 12 first-place votes. Georgetown captured both the Mid-South Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2019-20, finishing with an overall record of 30-2. Georgetown features...

Creighton graduate transfer Mintz says choosing UK ‘one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Davion Mintz isn’t looking back on his decision to play one more season of collegiate basketball for the University of Kentucky. It didn’t take the Creighton graduate transfer long to get used to his new surroundings earlier this summer. “I immediately thought after a few weeks that this is one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life,” he said....

UK hopes ‘change up’ will bring different result in Knoxville against Volunteers on Saturday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Kentucky has played Tennessee in football more times than any other opponent, with the border rivals having met on 115 occasions. In fact, only two Southeastern Conference rivalries have been played more often: Auburn has played Georgia 124 times, and Ole Miss has squared off against Mississippi State on 116 occasions. Tennessee leads the series with UK by a 81-25-9...

Satterfield frustrated by losses, but it’s not all ‘doom and gloom’ as Louisville meets No. 4 Notre Dame

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is nothing new for Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield, but that doesn’t make it any easier to handle. “We’ve been here before. It’s not any fun, believe me,” Satterfield said Monday afternoon. He was referring to the Cardinals’ current three-game losing streak, which is looking suspiciously like four in a row considering...

UK coach Mark Stoops says Josh Paschal’s leadership giving Wildcats a big lift on defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hasn’t been surprised by Josh Paschal’s leadership this season. “He is an amazing individual,” Stoops said Monday. “… Josh has been through some tough situations and to see him come out on the other side is also inspirational.” Nearly two years removed from a cancer scare, Paschal had an interception and just missed scoring a touchdown...

Marshall remains unbeaten with 38-14 victory at Western Kentucky in C-USA showdown

Marshall built a 28-0 halftime lead Saturday night and coasted to a 38-14 win over Western Kentucky in a Conference USA showdown in Bowling Green. Brenden Knox scored three touchdowns in the first half for the unbeaten Thundering Herd (3-0, 1-0 C-USA) and finished with 107 yards rushing on 15 carries. Knox opened the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run just 38 seconds into the game. He added two more...

Billy Reed: The ‘fellowship of the miserable’ is watching to see what’s next for Stoops

After the Kentucky Wildcats posted another of their signature come-from-ahead losses a week ago yesterday, this time a 42-41 overtime defeat to an Ole Miss team they led by 14 in the third quarter, the fan base spent the week moaning, groaning, finger-pointing, whining, and lamenting their historic bad luck. But I liked the Wildcat fan who found a silver lining in the debacle. He said he didn’t mind...

UK defense shuts down Mississippi State Air Raid attack in 24-2 victory on Saturday night

KyForward staff The University of Kentucky defense literally intercepted a victory Saturday night against Mississippi State’s vaunted Air Raid offense. UK picked off six passes — including an 8-yard interception return for a touchdown from Jordan Wright in the fourth quarter — during a 24-2 victory over Mississippi State at Kroger Field. The Wildcat defense intercepted Bulldog starting quarterback...

Western Kentucky plays host to unbeaten Marshall in Conference USA showdown on Saturday night

Western Kentucky University plays host to unbeaten Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bowling Green. The Thundering Herd enter that contest with a 2-0 record, while WKU is 1-2. Marshall freshman quarterback Grant Wells, who has generated considerable buzz with his play through two games, is 27 for 48 for 470 yards and four touchdowns against one interception. He also has 12 carries and 73 yards with...

Louisville offense on hot seat as Cards seek complete performance on road against Georgia Tech

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Going into the season, if there was one area on the University of Louisville football team that appeared to be sound and poised for another big year it was the explosive offense, which returned 10 starters from a unit that finished in the top 30 nationally in total offense, scoring and rushing. It was the defense that was considered suspect, and those doubts looked legitimate...

Frederick Douglass to meet Lexington Christian in mythical city championship showdown on Friday

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An improbable meeting between Frederick Douglass and Lexington Christian is set to take place on Friday for what many are hailing as the mythical city championship in Lexington. A tweet by William Warfield on the PrepSpin Twitter account on Oct. 1 saying he would love to see the “dream match” was a precursor to the game finally being scheduled — thanks...

Despite 0-2 start, Stoops working to build on positives as UK prepares for Mississippi State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky While an 0-2 start is not what Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and his team were hoping for, it’s also not as bad as it might seem to those who have only seen the team’s scores without watching the games. Stoops and his staff are not searching for a lot of answers. They feel like the Cats are close and that once they get some things cleaned up, the...

Louisville coaches encouraged by defensive improvement; Cardinals prepare for Georgia Tech

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Louisville’s struggling football team will try to snap a two-game losing skid when it meets Georgia Tech on Friday in Atlanta, but coming off back-to-back defeats to Miami (Fla.) and Pittsburgh, at least the Cardinals have one aspect of their situation to feel upbeat about. 
Courtesy of the only bright spot in last week’s 23-20 loss to the Panthers, Louisville...

WKU pulls out 20-17 win at Middle Tennessee State; Houston Baptist holds on for 33-30 win at EKU

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University began Conference USA play on Saturday by pulling out a 20-17 road victory at Middle Tennessee State. WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome threw two touchdowns passes, including an 11-yard scoring toss to Joshua Simon for a 20-10 lead with six minutes left in the game. Middle Tennessee (0-4) responded by scoring a touchdown with 2:07 remaining, but WKU recovered...