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Former Wildcat Walter McCarty returns to Rupp, leads Evansville to stunning upset of No. 1 Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A week after Kentucky beat the No. 1 team, the Wildcats lost as the top-ranked team. Kentucky’s stay atop the Top 25 will last less than a week after the Wildcats dropped a stunning 67-64 decision to Evansville Tuesday night, ending the school’s 52-game winning streak against non-conference, unranked opponents. Much like their coach — Walter McCarty, who played...

Wildcats embrace top ranking, welcome former Ky. standout, Evansville coach Walter McCarty to Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley wasn’t surprised when Kentucky climbed to the top of the polls Monday. “We haven’t been No. 1 that long,” he said with a smile. “I think it’s been like 20 minutes. Still kind of getting adjusted. But I think we’ll have a good mindset. Coach does a good job of keeping us humble. We know we’re No. 1, but we know we’re not where we need...

Cats’ margin for error in final three weeks ‘extremely small’ after Saturday’s disappointing loss to Vols

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was still scratching his head Monday as he tried to analyze his team’s disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last weekend. The Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage but lost the battle of 50-50 balls and came up short on the goal line in the closing minutes against the Volunteers. “It was an extremely difficult outcome,” Stoops said Monday. “…...

Path to fourth straight postseason more difficult for Kentucky after crushing 17-13 loss to Volunteers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the postseason took a hit with a 17-13 loss to Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) have to win two of their last three games to reach the postseason for a fourth straight season. The Volunteers (5-5. 3-3) continued their recent surge by winning their fourth game in the last five games after starting the season...

Kentucky poised to take over top spot in college basketball rankings as they roll past EKU Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still riding high and showed no signs of a letdown with a 91-49 win over Eastern Kentucky in its home opener Friday night. Coming off a 69-62 win over top-ranked Michigan State, the second-ranked Wildcats started fast and never let up in winning their 12th straight home opener under John Calipari.  Kentucky is poised to take over the top spot when the Associated...

Just two games away from bowl eligibility, Stoops, Cats taking rest of the season one game at a time

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is two wins away from becoming bowl eligible with four games remaining. Instead of looking at the big picture, Mark Stoops is taking it one week at a time. “We look at it as the last stretch here with the four games and we’re worried about going 1-0, that is the big message for us,” the Kentucky coach said. “Let’s put everything...

Confident Wildcats ‘locked-in’ as they prepare for Friday night’s home opener against Eastern Ky.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina wasn’t surprised by Tyrese Maxey’s performance at Madison Square Garden earlier this week. “Tyrese is a big-time player,” he said. “The dude is a big-time shot-maker and everything that he does, he does well and he does it with a smile on his face that’s when you know he’s really playing.” Maxey came off the bench and scored 26 points to lead...

Wildcats drop top-ranked Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Tyrese Maxey’s big debut

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in college basketball history, the second-ranked team in the nation defeated the No. 1 squad to open the season. Kentucky erased the pain of last year’s embarrassing showing in the State Farm Champions Classic with a 69-62 win over top-ranked Michigan State Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats came into the contest ranked No. 2 in...

Stan Steidel made important contributions to Kentucky high school athletics during his lifetime

By Terry Boehmker Special to KyForward The sudden death of Stan Steidel on Monday will be sad news all across the state of Kentucky because of the impact he had on high school sports. For the last 29 years, he directed the All “A” Classic that gave young people in small schools from Paducah to Pikeville an opportunity to compete for state titles in several sports. Steidel never received a salary...

Calipari anxious to see how Wildcats will fare in blockbuster opener against Michigan State in N.Y.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari doesn’t know what to expect from his team when Kentucky opens the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. “This is so early in the season, I can’t predict what goes on,” he said Sunday. “They have a have a couple of veterans, but really their veteran quarterback (Cassius Winston) makes them go....

Jamie Vaught: Miss Basketball candidate Ally Collett looking forward to senior season at South Laurel

Ally Collett is a very personable athlete who wants to help her team flourish and give opponents a hard time on the hardwood floor. And the prep senior is actually a basketball superstar. Collett is ranked as the No. 1 girls’ player from the Class of 2020 in the state of Kentucky, according to a preseason Top 25 poll by Exposure2.0 and Pure Prospects. Ally Collett (Photo by Jamie H. Vaught) In a...

KHSAA announces 12-member class for the 2020 Hall of Fame set for May 30 in Lexington

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will induct its Class of 2020 into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame presented by Roberts Insurance on Saturday, May 30 at the Embassy Suites Lexington. This year’s 12-member class will be the 33rd inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class...

Kentucky’s Tyrese Maxey figures to take on bigger role as junior Nick Richards recovers from injury

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey didn’t start Kentucky’s exhibition opener against Georgetown College, but that doesn’t mean much moving forward. As Kentucky inches closer to the season-opener against Michigan State set for Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic, Maxey figures to play a bigger role as junior Nick Richards recovers from a foot injury he...

Lynn Bowden pleased with SEC Co-Player of the Week honor, but winning remains his main focus

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. doesn’t mind accolades, but he enjoys winning football games much more than individual honors. No one had more fun than Bowden after the receiver turned quarterback rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 21 carries, complete with two touchdowns, to lead the Wildcats to a 29-7 win over Missouri last Saturday night. The junior all-purpose player was named...

Cats lose Nick Richards to ankle injury, but have little trouble with Georgetown College in exhibition opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had no trouble with Georgetown College in the first of two exhibition games Sunday night. 
Although the Wildcats rolled past the defending NAIA national champions 80-53, the team’s roster dwindled after junior forward Nick Richards suffered a lower leg injury early the second half and didn’t return. Prior to the injury, Richards made all three of his attempts...

Lynn Bowden’s rain dance leads Kentucky to 29-7 victory of Missouri in wet one at Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not even a driving rainstorm could stop Lynn Bowden Jr.

 The Kentucky junior quarterback rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 29-7 victory over Saturday night. Bowden’s performance was impressive considering a steady rain that soaked  Kroger Field. 
 “What can you say about Lynn?” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “Amazing....

Kentucky expecting another close encounter with Missouri as Tigers make return to Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anytime Kentucky and Missouri meet on the gridiron it’s sure to be a close contest. It’s happened the last two times the two Southeastern Conference rivals have met, including last season when Terry Wilson’s last-minute touchdown pass to C.J. Conrad gave the Wildcats a 15-14 victory over the Tigers in Columbia. In a previous meeting two years ago in Lexington, Kentucky...

John Calipari’s Wildcats set to open exhibition play Sunday against Georgetown College

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari doesn’t mind giving state schools a helping hand. The Wildcats will play Georgetown College on Sunday, followed by a second and final exhibition matchup against Kentucky State on Nov. 1 at Rupp Arena. “Whoever we play we’re helping, the Kentucky coach said. “We’re helping that school. So part of what you’re doing is, who do you want...

Transylvania, Lexington Legends make Whitaker Bank Ballpark home venue for 2020 Pioneer baseball

The Transylvania University athletic department and the Lexington Legends baseball team has announced an agreement to make Whitaker Bank Ballpark the new home venue of the Pioneers baseball team for the 2019-20 season. Located on North Broadway just one mile from the Transylvania campus in downtown Lexington, the 6,994-seat home of the Class-A Lexington Legends baseball team will serve as the official...

Kentucky heads back to the drawing board at quarterback as Cats continue to struggle

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t sugarcoating his team’s quarterback situation. The Kentucky coach offered no hints Monday as to who will be the starter when the Wildcats take on Missouri Saturday at Kroger Field. Lynn Bowden made his second consecutive start at quarterback and managed 99 yards in a 21-0 loss to Georgia last weekend in Athens. Bowden has rushed for 295 yards in...