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Despite key losses on offense, Scott County looks to challenge Frederick Douglass for district title

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming prep football season for many programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward When looking up the word consistency in the Kentucky high school football dictionary, one program that will always be listed is Scott County. Each season, the Cardinals of head coach Jim McKee are tabbed as a serious challenger...

Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector delivers masterclass in Ellis Park Derby and is headed for Churchill Downs

JR Communications On Saturday evening, following a devastating performance at one of racing’s most historic tracks, the consensus within the Thoroughbred racing community was that the question of which horse would bear the burden of favoritism in the pandemic-delayed Kentucky Derby had been answered.  Barely 24 hours after Tiz the Law threw down the gauntlet with his sublime victory in the Grade...

Alabama, Ole Miss fill out UK’s 10-game football schedule; SEC sends Wildcats to Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has announced the remainder of its football schedule, and Kentucky will visit Alabama and also play host to Ole Miss as part of a 10-game slate this season. The season will begin on Sept. 26 and teams will play 10 games in a 11-week period through Dec. 5. “The two SEC announcements today – the medical protocols and the addition of two...

Prohibitive favorite Art Collector set to run against full field in Ellis Park Derby on Sunday

The field was set Thursday for Sunday’s first-ever Kentucky Derby prep staged at Ellis Park, with Keeneland’s Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass winner Art Collector heading the 13 3-year-old colts and geldings entered in the $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby. “It’s Art Collector and all the rest,” said trainer Tom Amoss, who will try to pull off the upset with Grade 3 Ohio Derby victor Dean Martini....

Louisville dismisses three men’s soccer players, suspends three others for team violations

By Stephen Williams University of Louisville Three members of the University of Louisville men’s soccer program have been dismissed from the team and three other team members have been suspended as a result of disciplinary measures related to events from last weekend. The three players being dismissed have each had prior team violations and were primarily responsible for organizing a party on...

Jones hopes to tune up Street Band in Sunday’s $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park

Street Band was one of the country’s top 3-year-old fillies last year. Trainer Larry Jones, also her co-owner and co-breeder, is still trying to see how that translates into her stature as a 4-year-old. Just matching last year is a lofty standard, with Street Band earning more than $1 million in 2019, including victories in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks, Grade 3 Indiana Oaks and Parx’s Grade 1...

Kentucky Derby contender Max Player to have hundreds of owners for Saturday’s Travers Stakes

SportBLX Thoroughbreds expects its Kentucky Derby contender, Max Player, could have more than 1,000 owners cheering the horse to win this Saturday’s Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course. The Linda Rice-trained son of Honor Code drew favorably in post 4 at the official post position draw and will be ridden by jockey Joel Rosario. Before Max Player’s impressive third in the G1 Belmont...

UK golfer Cullan Brown dead at age 20; battled osteosarcoma past year, inspired golf community

University of Kentucky men’s golfer Cullan Brown, who battled osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in his left thigh, died on Tuesday. He was 20. “Our hearts are simply devastated over the loss of our brother Cullan,” Kentucky head coach Brian Craig said. “I have personally never known a more special or amazing young man. He was simply the most gifted person I have ever coached....

Louisville football hits practice field for first time since March; Cardinals still waiting for ACC schedule

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville The long road back to practice ended on Tuesday when the University of Louisville football team hit the field for the first time since March. The Cardinals were in the midst of finishing their seventh spring practice when the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world and shut down not only college athletics, but the world’s economy. “It was a good first...

West Virginia transfer Brandon Knapper granted waiver by NCAA for immediate eligibility at EKU

Eastern Kentucky University basketball head coach A.W. Hamilton has announced that West Virginia transfer Brandon Knapper has been granted a waiver by the NCAA that makes him immediately eligible to compete. A 6-0 guard from Ontario, California, Knapper played the past two seasons at West Virginia. He appeared in 27 games for the Mountaineers last season, averaging 2.6 points and earning second team...

Radford transfer Carlik Jones brings experience, leadership and scoring ability to Louisville

By Kenny Klein University of Louisville University of Louisville guard Carlik Jones is ready to provide leadership, confidence and whatever is necessary to his new team as a graduate transfer for the Cardinals this season. While Jones was a prolific scorer and playmaker as a junior last season at Radford, he is clear on what his role with the Cardinals can be this year. “I’m just ready...

Billy Reed: Happy to debate facts vs facts with anyone, but to be clear — Adolph Rupp was not racist

Naively, I now realize, I thought I would never again have to write the column about whether Adolph Rupp was a racist. The facts simply do not support the notion that he was. Period. Yet once again, 43 years after his death, the legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach is being attacked by some opportunists who refuse to let the facts get in the way of their prejudices and perceptions. Inspired...

With Kentucky game nixed by SEC decision, Louisville faces non-conference scheduling dilemma

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference’s decision Thursday to play only conference football games this season leaves Louisville with a major hole in its schedule and athletics director Vince Tyra with another massive headache. Louisville was scheduled to host Kentucky in the annual Governor’s Cup game in the regular-season finale on Nov. 28. Now that game won’t happen...

Cayman Islands Classic relocates to Florida due to pandemic; WKU part of eight-team tournament field

The fourth annual Cayman Islands Classic, which includes Western Kentucky University, has been relocated to Niceville, Fla., in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Teams participating in the tournament with Western Kentucky are Kansas State, La Salle, Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.), Nevada, Northern Iowa...

SEC football teams to play league-only schedule starting Sept. 26; UK game with Louisville canceled

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference will be starting the season later and with a league-only schedule in football, the conference announced Thursday. The league presidents agreed to a 10-game model and Sept. 26 start in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has altered the fall sports scene. “This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational...

EKU baseball star A.J. Lewis signs contract with Colorado Rockies; Chicago native batted .451 in 2020

Eastern Kentucky University star catcher A.J. Lewis has signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies. “Being a professional baseball player is a dream come true,” Lewis said. Lewis was on the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year watch list in 2019 and 2020. He hit .303 with 45 runs scored, 10 doubles, nine home runs, a team-best 49 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases in 2019. EKU...

Kentucky baseball star T.J. Collett to return in 2021; senior takes advantage of NCAA eligibility relief

University of Kentucky senior first baseman T.J. Collett will return for the 2021 season, taking advantage of the NCAA’s ruling on eligibility relief for spring sports student-athletes whose season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He joins fellow senior Zeke Lewis in returning to Lexington for a final season. “Four years ago, (Big Blue Nation) welcomed me with open arms,”...

Starting dates for Kentucky high school fall sports pushed back to September due to pandemic

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter Starting dates for Kentucky high school football games and other fall sports competition were pushed back to September by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. During a virtual meeting that drew thousands of viewers, the KHSAA Board of Control voted in favor of changing the starting dates following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases around...

UK volleyball standouts Skinner, Stumler navigate challenging circumstances during pandemic

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people around the world do everything. And that includes college student-athletes, who had to stop in the middle of their regular schedules and adjust to the new way of the world. University of Kentucky volleyball senior Avery Skinner said that the changes that happened in the spring left herself, and the team, with...

Three Louisville standouts named to Maxwell Award watch list; Cunningham, Atwell and Hawkins honored

Three University of Louisville football players have been named to the watch list for the 84th Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Junior quarterback Micale Cunningham, junior wide receiver Tutu Atwell and sophomore running back Javian Hawkins have all been selected to one of college football’s most prestigious lists. Louisville quarterback...