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Lexington Catholic, Scott County, Frederick Douglass to battle for 11th Region boys hoops championship

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The start of the delayed 2020-21 boys basketball season finally tips off Monday, and the 11th Region is stocked with talented teams. Lexington Catholic, Scott County and Frederick Douglass all appear primed to contend for the 11th Region championship. Henry Clay could face a major rebuilding season after losing 11th Region Player of the Year Marques Warrick,...

Allen gets his chance, delivers big as Kentucky defeats Mississippi State in double overtime

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dontaie Allen got his shot and he delivered for Kentucky. The former Pendleton County High School standout and Kentucky Mr. Basketball scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-73 win over host Mississippi State in double overtime Saturday night in Starkville. The performance by Allen, which included seven 3-pointers in 11 attempts, also a career-high,...

Kentucky edges North Carolina State in TaxSlayer Gator Bowl for third straight postseason victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A long and unprecedented season didn’t come to an end without a dose of adversity for Kentucky. The Wildcats (5-6) overcame a late surge by North Carolina State and held on for a 23-21 victory over the Wolfpack in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Saturday in Jacksonville. The Wildcats used a solid running game, directed by recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Vince...

Howard collects double-double as No. 13 UK women defeat No. 10 Arkansas 75-64 in SEC showdown

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Rhyne Howard scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat No. 10 Arkansas 75-64 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. Howard made nine of her 17 shots from the floor, including four of seven from behind the arc, and added two of three from the line for her 24 points. She added four assists and a blocked...

UK eager for fresh start in games that ‘truly count’ as Southeastern Conference play begins on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will get a fresh start when it opens the Southeastern Conference portion of the schedule Saturday at Mississippi State. “These are the games that truly honestly count, in my opinion, to build on to when we get into March Madness, winning the league and things like that,” Kentucky freshman Isaiah Jackson said. “We had a good week of practice this whole week....

Louisville strengthens offensive line for 2021 with addition of Virginia Tech transfer Bryan Hudson

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville Bryan Hudson, a 2019 second team Freshman All-American, has joined the University of Louisville football team as a transfer from Virginia Tech, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Wednesday. Hudson joins the Cardinals after playing in 19 games, including 12 starts during his two-year career with the Hokies. Bryan Hudson has transferred from Virginia...

Calipari says Allen to get his turn to ‘shine’ in SEC opener at Mississippi State on Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball and Pendleton County High School standout Dontaie Allen has played just five minutes in the past four games but that could change Saturday. 
Kentucky head coach John Calipari hinted Allen would play more minutes in the Wildcats’ Southeastern Conference opener Saturday at Mississippi State and “now it’s his turn to shine.” “He...

Stoops has no regrets as Kentucky prepares for N.C. State in Gator Bowl on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops isn’t second-guessing his team’s decision to compete in the postseason this year. “For the program, coaches, for all of us, it’s easy to want to do those things and talk about many years later,” Stoops said. “I would not do that at the expense of our players’ mental health. I wouldn’t do it. I absolutely...

WKU volleyball legend Alyssa Cavanaugh dead at age 24; earned All-America honors four times

Former Western Kentucky University volleyball standout Alyssa Cavanaugh died on Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was 24. A four-time All-American during her career from 2014-17, Cavanaugh is one of the most decorated players in WKU program history. Alyssa Cavanaugh “It is with profound sadness that we deal with the loss of Alyssa Cavanaugh,” WKU head coach Travis Hudson...

Keith Taylor: After six consecutive losses, struggling UK needs to find way out of dark tunnel

Let’s face it. This hasn’t been a fun season for Kentucky coach John Calipari, no matter how he tries to convince you otherwise. It’s been a struggle and it’s been real. It’s been more than three decades — 1988-89 — since the Wildcats have lost six straight games. You would have to go back even further to 1911 before you discover a Kentucky team that lost six of its first seven games...

Beechwood quarterback Cameron Hergott named Kentucky Mr. Football by KFCA on Sunday

By Don Owen KyForward sports editor Beechwood senior quarterback Cameron Hergott has been named Kentucky Mr. Football by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association. Beechwood’s Cameron Hergott rushed for 1,078 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. (Photo by Dale Dawn) Hergott led Beechwood to the Class 2A state championship this season and a 10-2 record. He passed for 2,467 yards and 26 touchdowns...

Billy Reed: In the merry spirit of Christmas, I can only say the UK-UL game was only a bit better than I expected

Staying in the merry spirit of Christmas, I am determined to write something nice about the Kentucky-Louisville game in the KFC Yum! Center. So here it is: It was better than I expected. Not by much, mind you, but it a bit. The Cardinals won, 62-59, because it was better-coached and has a guard combination, sophomore David Johnson of Louisville Trinity High and Carlik Jones, a transfer from Radford,...

Louisville holds off Kentucky for 62-59 win, sends Wildcats (1-6) to sixth consecutive defeat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The struggles continued for Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats suffered their sixth consecutive setback with a 62-59 loss to rival Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals ended a three-game losing streak to Kentucky and held off a late surge by the Wildcats, who edged the Cardinals a year ago in an overtime thriller at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (1-6) trailed 60-59...

Louisville looks to end rivalry skid against Kentucky, extend Wildcats’ early-season woes on Saturday

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today During his media teleconference Thursday morning, Kentucky head coach John Calipari told reporters that he had talked to Louisville coach Chris Mack and offered to postpone Saturday’s game instead of playing in a mostly empty KFC Yum! Center. 
The suspicion was that Calipari had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, and further investigation revealed that was...

Jamie Vaught: Struggling UK might have found permanent solution at point guard in Davion Mintz

With its slow start this season, the University of Kentucky has been struggling to find a reliable point guard who can fit in and take charge without making too many turnovers. But the very young Wildcats may have found a permanent solution to their point guard dilemma this past weekend when graduate transfer Davion Mintz emerged and turned in a solid performance during his team’s 75-63 loss to North...

Despite 1-5 start, Calipari still having fun; UK eyes turnaround against rival Louisville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari insists he’s still having fun as he navigates through a rare five-game losing streak to open the season. “I want to have fun doing this,” he said. “That’s the secret sauce in what we do. Yeah, I’m aggressive and I hold them accountable at a high standard, but I’m having a ball and I think they can feel that....

NBA opening-night rosters feature 31 former UK standouts; Davis looks to lead Lakers to repeat

By Eric Lindsey University of Kentucky Amid all the changes to the NBA schedule and the uncertainty over the last year, one thing remains a constant in the professional ranks: No other program prepares its players for the NBA quite like the University of Kentucky. As the 2020-21 NBA season began Tuesday night, a staggering 31 players on NBA opening-day rosters (including two-way and inactive lists)...

Cumberlands standout guard Tevin Olison named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

University of the Cumberlands guard Tevin Olison has been named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week. Olison averaged 27 points, 5.5 rebounds, four assists and three steals per game last week as the Cumberlands posted a 1-1 record. He scored 14 points with four rebounds and four assists in the Patriots’ 76-75 loss at Campbellsville. University of the Cumberlands guard Tevin Olison averaged...

Calipari asks Fletcher to step away from team, evaluate future at UK and ‘get his priorities in order’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is used to players leaving his program. It’s happened more than once. One of his current players — freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher — has a decision to make after Calipari advised him to “take some time and step away from the team” on Monday. “He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities...

Western Kentucky pulls out 73-71 road victory at Alabama on goaltending call in final minute

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University made a loud statement this weekend with a road victory at Alabama of the Southeastern Conference. In a contest that seesawed back and forth through 14 lead changes and 18 ties, Western Kentucky pulled out a 73-71 win over Alabama at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa. Alabama’s Alex Reese (3) drives past Western Kentucky defender Carson Williams (22) during...