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Jamie Vaught: Several preseason college basketball yearbooks picking UK as nation’s No. 1 team

If you’re like me as a college hoops fan, you certainly would look forward every fall when the popular college basketball yearbooks hit the newsstands or become available online. My love for preseason yearbooks began when I was a kid. I had to ask my mom or dad to buy a copy and they obliged. My first yearbook, I believe, was the one about major league baseball by Street & Smith’s,...

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher not surprised by Wildcats’ rise under coach Mark Stoops

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jimbo Fisher isn’t surprised Kentucky is one of the top teams in the nation this season. Fisher’s former defensive coordinator at Florida State — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops — has guided the No 13 Wildcats to a 5-0 start this season, including three consecutive victories in the Southeastern Conference. The fast start against league foes marks the first time Kentucky...

Stoops, Cats prep for first meeting against Texas A&M in 65 years

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t played Texas A&M in more than six decades. That will change Saturday when the two teams meet for the first time in 65 years. The last time the Wildcats played the Aggies came in 1953 when Texas A&M yanked out a 7-6 victory over a Kentucky squad coached by Paul “Bear” Bryant, who later went on to coach the Aggies before creating a legacy...

Keith Taylor: Unbeaten Wildcats happy to be 5-0 but still striving for perfection

Kentucky defensive players Derrick Baity (8), Lonnie Johnson (6) and Josh Allen (41) celebrate a big play during the Wildcats’ win over South Carolina Saturday night. (Kentucky Today, Bill Thiry)

Stoops, perfect Cats seek to keep streak going against Gamecocks

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last year’s win at South Carolina. The two teams will meet Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will attempt to knock down another proverbial door in front of an expected sellout crowd Saturday at Kroger Field. The 17th-ranked Wildcats,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The spotted (Kentucky) bass not recognized as a separate species until 1927

Once thought to be a hybrid between the largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, and easily confused with the largemouth bass in coloration, the spotted bass was not recognized by ichthyologists as a separate species until 1927. The spotted bass is one of four species of black bass found in Kentucky waters. All are members of family, Centrarchidae, which includes sunfish and crappie. Identification in...

South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp impressed with Kentucky’s ‘active’ defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Prior to becoming a head coach, Will Muschamp had a reputation as one of the top defensive coordinators in college football. Muschamp once coached defensive backs at Eastern Kentucky University before going on to LSU, Miami Dolphins, Auburn and Texas to serve as the top defensive boss at all four stops. Following a four-year stint as head coach at Florida, he returned...

Four graded stakes winners return to Keeneland October 5-7 for opening Fall Stars Weekend

Four graded stakes winners from Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Stars Weekend, including Suedois (FR), who took the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), are among the list of horses nominated to this year’s Fall Stars Weekend on Oct. 5-7, opening weekend of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet that runs through Oct. 27. Fall Stars Weekend features 10 stakes, nine of which are graded, worth $3.95 million. Five of...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: September is quota hunt application month for state’s public Lands

Now through the end of September, individuals can apply for deer, waterfowl, pheasant and sandhill crane quota hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at state wildlife management areas and other public lands. Deer hunts offered include a shotgun-only, youth-mentor hunt at the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Dec. 15-18. Several Kentucky state parks will...

UK coach Stoops not worried about team’s mentality following perfect start

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops isn’t worried about his team’s mental approach following a 28-7 win over Mississippi State last week that gave the No. 17 Wildcats their first ranking in more than a decade. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t worried about where his team is ranked. The Kentucky coach is more concerned about the Wildcats staying...

Newly-ranked Wildcats staying grounded, hungry despite ranking, perfect start

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is ranked for the first time in more than a decade, but that won’t change the Wildcats’ demeanor going into Saturday’s game against South Carolina. “We have to stay grounded and we absolutely will,” Kentucky senior right end C.J. Conrad said. “We wanted this, we wanted to change this program, but we are far from done and we’re going to keep this...

Jockey Perry Ouzts gets 7,000th career win, celebrates milestone with old friend at Belterra

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Fans didn’t have to wait long to see jockey Perry Ouzts get career win 7,000 at Belterra Park in Cincinnati Friday. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.1'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,...

Heisman Trophy talk? Snell letting his actions on the field speak louder than words

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If there’s a better running back in college football than Benny Snell, be more informative and get the word out. If not, there’s no need to provide proof. The University of Kentucky running back continues to show time and time again he’s one of the top rushers in the Southeastern Conference, if not in the nation. He’s the backbone of a Kentucky team that has won...

Kentucky keeps proving naysayers wrong, stays undefeated with upset win against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky keeps knocking down proverbial doors and the Wildcats busted through another opening with a 28-7 victory over Mississippi State Saturday night. Two weeks after ending a 31-game losing streak to Florida and defeating the Gators for the first time in Gainesville since 1979, Kentucky dominated the Bulldogs from top to bottom to win its first two Southeastern Conference...

Bulldogs will test progression of Kentucky’s improved defense

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Josh Allen walk off the field following last week’s win over Murray State last week. Allen and the team’s defense faces a tougher challenge this week against Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops can’t wait to see how much his defense has progressed going...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Some of the best fishing for smallmouth bass arrives with autumn, as waters cool

With the arrival of autumn, as water temperatures begin to decline because of cooler nights and shorter days, anglers turn their attention to smallmouth bass. The best fishing for this species of black bass is during the cool to cold weather months, when they tend to be shallower, and more active. One of four species of black bass found in Kentucky waters, the smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui)...

Big Blue Madness tickets to go on sale September 28; Television schedule, game times announced

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tickets for this year’s Big Blue Madness will go on sale at 10 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Memorial Coliseum ticket off on the Avenue of Champions. Tickets also will be online at Ticketmaster. Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will meet Big Blue Nation during Big Blue Madness on Oct. 12 at Rupp Arena. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) Big...

Keith Taylor: Stoops, undefeated Wildcats deserve to see more fans in the stands

It’s been more than a decade since Kentucky has beaten a highly-ranked team at Kroger Field. The last time the Wildcats notched a win over an opponent ranked in the Top 15 in front of the home crowd came in 2007 when Kentucky stunned LSU — ranked No. 1 at the time — 43-37 in triple overtime. One of the members from that squad – Jacob Tamme — will be on hand Saturday when the Wildcats play...

UK Notebook: Cats ranked No. 1 in Blue Ribbon Yearbook preseason rankings

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The college basketball preseason rankings are starting to come out and Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 10 by the magazine’s writers and editors for the past seven years. Kansas is ranked second behind Kentucky in the poll, followed by Gonzaga, Duke, Tennessee, Nevada, Virginia, Auburn,...

Stoops says Cats will have to ‘kick it up a notch’ against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took care of business against Murray State last week and to keep the pace going, Mark Stoops knows his team faces a tougher challenge Saturday against Mississippi State. “We’ve got to kick it up a notch,” Stoops said Monday. “(It’s a) big game with Mississippi State, so we’re excited and guys are ready to get to work on that.” The Bulldogs have...