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Associated Press names Frederick Douglass’ Jager Burton co-winner of Mr. Football title with Hergott

The Associated Press has announced that its members around the state have selected co-winners of the Mr. Football honor — Beechwood High School’s Cameron Hergott and Frederick Douglass’ Jager Burton. Jager Burton Hergott combined for 3,554 yards and 41 touchdowns, leading the Tigers to their first 2A championship after 14 1A titles. He threw for 2,467 yards and 26 TDs as Beechwood...

University of Louisville’s spirit squad brings home seventh consecutive cheer and dance national title

The University of Louisville spirit squads shone brightly at the 2021 NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer & Dance National Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida, with the Cardinals taking home two national championships. Louisville’s All-Girl team took top honors with its seventh consecutive national title, holding off Oklahoma State and Iowa State for the crown. The All-Girl squad has now won...

Coen has more than half of UK’s revamped football offense installed; Askew commits to Texas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen has been pleased with the way the Wildcats have picked up on his offensive schemes going into the final week of spring workouts. “I was just excited to see the guys run around and make plays,” Coen said Tuesday. “I think every receiver but one caught a pass. A lot of guys did some nice things. It was nice. We kept it pretty...

Keeneland cataloged 66 horses for its April Horses of Racing Age Sale on April 26

Keeneland has cataloged 66 horses for its April Horses of Racing Age Sale, to be held Monday, April 26. The sale, which will begin at 1 p.m. ET and be livestreamed on Keeneland.com, will be conducted as an integrated event, with live auctioneers at Keeneland and with horses presented for sale both physically at Keeneland and at off-site locations. Keeneland also will provide online bidding for buyers...

EKU softball pushes winning streak to 7 games with second straight conference sweep

The Eastern Kentucky University softball team pushed its winning streak to seven games with its second straight conference sweep with a 5-0 win over Tennessee State on Monday afternoon. Eastern Kentucky (25-9, 16-4 OVC) struck first in the bottom of the third inning and that was all pitcher Tori Peterson needed in the circle. Jaelyn Sanders started the scoring for the Colonels in the bottom of the...

Stoops pleased with team’s progress in learning new offensive scheme after first scrimmage of season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today As Kentucky enters its final week of spring workouts, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s progress learning and adapting to a new offensive scheme. “I feel like there’s definitely a lot to build on,” he said. “(I’m) really looking forward to challenging the guys to have a really solid finish to the spring here this week...

Girls Sweet 16: Sacred Heart Academy narrowly defeats Marshall County to capture 2021 title

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter For the fifth time in program history, the Sacred Heart Academy basketball team are the Queens of the Bluegrass after narrowly defeating Marshall County 49-47 in the Mingua Beef Jerky Girls Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena on Saturday evening. Controversy may surround the final moments of the title game with a non-call that left Lady Marshals...

Girls Sweet 16: Marshall Co. upsets Bethlehem 58-51; Anderson Co., Sacred Heart and Henderson advance

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Marshall County made all 10 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to upset Bethlehem 58-51 in the quarterfinals of the Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Sweet 16 Friday at Rupp Arena. “Don’t miss,” Marshall County’s Halle Langhi summed up what was going through her head when she attempted each of her six fourth-quarter free throws. Langhi would finish...

Girls Sweet 16: Russell, Marshall Co., Bethlehem, and Henderson Co. advance to quarterfinals Thursday

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Russell used a stringent defense to hold Dixie Heights to its second-lowest point total of the season to advance to the quarterfinals of the Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Sweet 16 by a final of 58-44. Russell used an 8-for-12 shooting performance in the first quarter to race out to a 19-15 lead. “I was really proud with how our girls shot in the first quarter,”...

Girls Sweet 16: Bowling Green tops Brossart, Sacred Heart defeats Knott Central and other day one action

By Chad Hensley KyForward Sports Reporter Bowling Green got a 15-point, 19-rebound performance from Lynkaylah James as the Purples defeated Bishop Brossart 50-48 in double overtime in the 2021 Mingua Beef Jerky Girls Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena. Neither team played particularly well and combined for 42 turnovers and a 32.9 percent shooting performance, but it was the Purples that...

Kentucky sophomore shortstop Ryan Ritter proving to be a force both at the plate and in the field

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today When Ryan Ritter joined the University of Kentucky baseball team this season after one year at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., 60 miles northwest of Paducah, he was considered an elite defender, with his offense hardly being given a second thought. But that is rapidly changing. The sophomore shortstop is proving he is pretty handy with a bat too, the latest...

Keith Taylor: Calipari used to one-and-done players, but not when it comes to transfers after one season

John Calipari is used to players taking the one-and-done route when leaving Kentucky. He’s just not accustomed to players throwing their names into the transfer portal after just one season. Earlier this week, guard Devin Askew announced plans to transfer to another program following a roller-coaster ride with the Wildcats this season. Askew probably should have waited another year before beginning...

Department of Agriculture, KHSAA honor 2021 Ag Athletes of the Year during sweet 16 Tournament

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles applauded six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture for being named the 2021 Kentucky High School Athletic Association-Kentucky Department of Agriculture Ag Athletes of the Year. “Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. They both teach the value of effort, discipline, and teamwork,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We are pleased...

Kentucky freshman Devin Askew opts to enter NCAA transfer portal, will finish college career elsewhere

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Devin Askew will finish out his collegiate career elsewhere after the freshman guard announced his plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal on Monday. Kentucky coach John Calipari talks with Devin Askew during a win at Tennessee last season. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) “I am thankful for the opportunity I had to play basketball at the University of Kentucky,”...

Rhyne Howard named first-team all-America by Women’s Basketball Coaches Association

University of Kentucky women’s basketball junior guard Rhyne Howard has completed the All-America grand slam after she was named a first-team All-America honoree Saturday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Saturday’s honor completes an unprecedented All-America grand slam for Howard, who becomes the first Kentucky player ever to earn first-team All-America honors from...

Highlands High School tops Elizabethtown 79-60 to win first KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 title

By Chad Hensley KyForward Sports Reporter Sam Vinson’s double-double and William Herald’s torrid long-range shooting propelled Highlands High School to its first-ever KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 title with a 79-60 victory over Elizabethtown in Rupp Arena. Vinson totaled 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe while also hauling in a game-high 14 rebounds en route...

Julien Leparoux scores 500th Keeneland victory; Spring Meet opens with trio of 3-year-old Stakes

Three Chimneys Farm’s homebred Twenty Carat swept to the lead at the top of the stretch and had plenty left in the tank to hold off even-money favorite Slumber Party by 1½ lengths to win the 36th running of the $150,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select for 3-year-old fillies Friday to highlight opening day of the 15-day Keeneland Spring Meet that runs through April 23.   Also capturing...

Ky’s competitive environment, Calipari’s reputation major factors in transfer decision for Kellan Grady

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kellen Grady is prepared for the next step in his collegiate career. Following a four-year stay at Davidson, Grady plans to pick up where he left off as a graduate transfer at the University of Kentucky next season. Grady scored 2,002 points in four seasons at Davidson which, he says, will be beneficial when he changes programs. “It was a memorable four years for me...

Turfway Park concludes meet with 36.5% increase in handle, $81.7 million; live racing moves to Keeneland

A stout 36.5% increase of all-sources handle, along with a rise in starters per race, topped Turfway Park’s 38-day Winter/Spring meet that opened Jan 1. and concluded Saturday. Turfway Park’s meet saw overall handle grow to $81.7 million, a $21.9 million increase from 2020. All sources handle per day was up 32.9%. The average field size topped 9.8 horses per race compared to 2020’s 9.7 starters...

Undefeated Essential Quality headlines field of nine for Saturday’s 87th Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland

Godolphin’s undefeated homebred Essential Quality, the champion 2-year-old male of 2020, is the 3-5 morning line choice in a field of nine 3-year-olds entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 97th running of the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. A major steppingstone for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) to be run May 1 at Churchill Downs,...