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Keith Taylor: Kentucky’s ‘resume win’ over North Carolina first step in climb back to the top

Just maybe Kentucky’s win over North Carolina will help ease the pain of a season-opening loss to Duke. It remains to be seen, but every little bit helps as the Wildcats delve deeper into the season.   Sure, losing by 34 points to the Blue Devils wasn’t an easy thing to swallow, but Kentucky coach John Calipari and the players couldn’t dwell on the disappointing setback and give up hope on the...

Kentucky tops Tar Heels for first signature victory of the season in CBS Sports Classic in Chicago, 80-72

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got its first signature win of the season Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. The Wildcats defeated a ranked opponent for the first time this year with an 80-72 win over No. 9 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic. Kentucky (9-2) has won six of the last eight games between the two storied programs and the last three contest have been decided by single...

Kentucky Wildcats seek to boost its NCAA resume against No. 9 North Carolina in Chicago

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has yet to beat a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats will get a chance to boost their NCAA Tournament resume against No. 9 North Carolina Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago. In its last outing against a ranked foe, the No. 19 Wildcats (8-2) failed the test. In the worst setback of the John Calipari era, Kentucky dropped a humiliating 118-84...

Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for second time

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the second time this season, Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. Johnson led Kentucky with 24 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers in an 88-61 win over Utah last Saturday at Rupp Arena. It marked the third time this season Johnson has eclipsed the 20-point mark and is the Wildcats’ leading scorer, averaging...

Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson heats up from behind the arc to lead Wildcats to 88-61 win over Utah at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Quade Green announced he was leaving earlier this week, Kentucky lost its top 3-point threat. Freshman Keldon Johnson picked up the slack. The Kentucky freshman guard scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, and No. 19 Kentucky beat Utah 88-61. “I had some great practices this week,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to take what I can do in...

Keeneland enhances 2019 Spring Meet with earlier opening day, two new stakes races

Keeneland has announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open on April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes, both $100,000 turf sprints, to its schedule for a total of 18 stakes worth a season record $4.6 million in purse money. Topping the 16-day meet, to be held April 4-26, are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1),...

Newly-installed Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield names three new assistant coaches

Kentucky Today Louisville on Tuesday announced the hiring of three assistant coaches for Scott Satterfield’s football staff, two of whom had been reported earlier. The trio of new additions and their responsibilities: Bryan Brown, defensive coordinator; Frank Ponce, quarterbacks; and ShaDon Brown, safties. Bryan Brown had served in the same capacity at Appalachian State since 2017, coaching...

Jamie Vaught: Sharing memories of former Wildcats coach Joe B. Hall as he celebrates his 90th birthday

As you’ll recall, former Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He is a beloved celebrity in the Big Blue Nation. He was coaching the Wildcats when I was a student at the University of Kentucky back in the late 1970s. And, through my sportswriting career, I have lots of good memories of Coach Hall and interviewed him a few times. I’ll share some of my favorite...

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...