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Quickley makes impression on Southeastern Conference; Calipari named top coach in SEC

Immanuel Quickley was named SEC Player of the Year and John Calipari took Coach of the Year honors as announced by the league Tuesday. (Photos by Tammie Brown/Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley’s transformation made an impression on the Southeastern Conference. Quickley was named the league’s Player of the Year Tuesday ahead of the conference tournament...

Kentucky coach John Calipari wants Ashton Hagans in ‘great frame of mind’ heading into SEC Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t worried about Ashton Hagans and the Kentucky coach expects to meet with the sophomore point guard soon to sort out their differences as the Wildcats prepare for the Southeastern Conference Tournament. “My hope is we’ll talk (Monday) or (Tuesday) and I think he’ll be fine,” Calipari said Monday during the SEC Teleconference. “Whether I start...

Preparations in full swing for annual $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park on March 14

The road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) runs through Northern Kentucky on March 14 when Turfway Park hosts its annual Derby prep race, the $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3). The signature race is one of 12 races on the day, including six stakes races. As Jeff Ruby Steaks day is the highlight of Turfway’s racing season, so the VIP tent is the centerpiece of the day itself. Situated...

Tickets for 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on sale Monday, safety measures, purses upgraded

KyForward staff The countdown is on: starting at 9:00 a.m. Monday you can get your tickets to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. Due to expected high demand, Those wishing to purchase  are encouraged to go to the Tickets section of the Breeders’ Cup website to browse available seating options so you are ready to purchase at 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday. It is recommended...

Billy Reed: After the most unconventional of college basketball seasons, I’m backing the Bears. Maybe…

This has been the most confounding college basketball season ever, a Las Vegas casino sort of thing in which Duke was stunned by Stephen F. Austin in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Kentucky found a way to lose to lowly Evansville in Rupp Arena, and Indiana stumbled on the historic day when Bob Knight put aside his animosity toward Indiana and appeared in Assembly Hall for the first time since the university...

Kentucky gets first lead late in second half to beat Florida 71-70 in stunning season finale in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky led just once against Florida. It was all the Wildcats needed to complete a regular-season sweep of the Gators. EJ Montgomery’s tip-in with 11 seconds remaining capped a second-half comeback by the Wildcats and lifted No. 6 Kentucky to a 71-70 victory over the Gators Saturday in Gainesville. Florida guard’s Andrew Nembhard’s desperation three at the buzzer...

Cats remain upbeat heading into Saturday’s regular-season finale against Florida Gators in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has gotten over its disappointing loss to Tennessee and the sixth-ranked Wildcats face a tough task in a bounce-back encounter at Florida in their regular-season finale Saturday in Gainesville. Kentucky (24-6, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) let a 17-point lead slip away in an 81-73 setback to the Volunteers earlier this week. The loss was a second-half meltdown...

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says Kentucky, Kansas still the top two teams in the country

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rick Barnes hasn’t changed his mind about Kentucky. Even after Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the sixth-ranked Wildcats Tuesday night, Barnes said Kentucky remains one of the top teams in the country as both teams prepare for the postseason, starting with next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville. Barnes said Kentucky and Kansas...

Jamie Vaught: Legendary UK star accomplished much, but never took Cats to Final Four

With Kentucky’s regular season ending this weekend with a Saturday afternoon contest with Florida in Gainesville, there has been lots of discussion about who is the top basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Many folks like Kentucky standouts Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards as among the leading candidates for the SEC Player of the Year honors. And that certainly reminds me about one...

Crushing loss to Tennessee at Rupp Arena deals blow to Kentucky’s tournament resume

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s loss to Evansville back in November haunted the Wildcats. A shocking 81-73 setback to Tennessee in the home finale Tuesday night dealt yet another blow to the team’s NCAA Tournament resume with one game remaining in the regular season. The sixth-ranked Wildcats (24-6, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) defeated Tennessee 77-64 on Feb. 8 in Knoxville but the...

Terry Wilson out, but quarterback depth not an issue for Wildcats as they open spring practice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terry Wilson is nearly fully recovered from his knee injury, but the Kentucky quarterback won’t be participating when the Wildcats open spring practice Tuesday. Wilson injured his knee last September and will continue to get back into playing shape as well as Nik Scalzo, who also suffered a knee injury last year and didn’t play his freshman campaign. “Terry Wilson...

SEC title in hand, Wildcats still have plenty to play for; Immanuel Quickley makes history

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has secured the Southeastern Conference title and will be the top seed in the league tournament, but the Wildcats have plenty to play for during the final week of the regular season. Kentucky, which climbed to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, hosts Tennessee on Tuesday and closes out the regular season at Florida Saturday in Gainesville. The Wildcats...

Keeneland, Churchill Downs reinforce commitment to safety with racing and training reforms

Keeneland and Churchill Downs have jointly announced major changes in racing and training policies to strengthen safety protocols at both race tracks. Reforms include mandatory veterinary inspections prior to workouts and race entry and enhanced reporting and transparency requirements for trainers and attending veterinarians with regard to the fitness of horses to work and race. These reforms also...

Lexington Legends to rebrand as Kentucky Beer Cheese for three days during upcoming season

For three days this season, the Lexington Legends will rebrand themselves as the Kentucky Beer Cheese. The team’s name change will take place with specialty jerseys and hats Aug. 13 through Aug. 15. Beer cheese is a huge culinary staple in the Bluegrass state. “The Beer Cheese industry is massive and has always enjoyed having a home in Kentucky after it was birthed in Clark County,” said...

Wildcats capture 49th Southeastern Conference title; NCAA resume gets boost after topping Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky captured is 49th Southeastern Conference title Saturday, a feat that likely will boost the team’s NCAA Tournament resume nearly two weeks until Selection Sunday. The No. 8 Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) ended a rare two-game losing streak to Auburn with a 73-66 victory, securing a top seed and a double-bye for the league tournament that begins March 11 in Nashville....

Billy Reed: Covington’s Tom Thacker earned his place in basketball history; UC was just the beginning

In the late 1950s, a lot of young black athletes in and around Cincinnati were excited by the exploits of baseball player Frank Robinson, the Cincinnati Reds’ first African-American superstar, and basketball player Oscar “The Big O” Robertson, the 6-foot-5 star of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats who was considered the best player in the nation. Billy Reed is a member of the U.S. Basketball...

Road to the Derby: Gary West’s weekly rundown of the top 20 prospects 146th Kentucky Derby

By Gary West Thoroughbred New Service (Number, Horse (Trainer), Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds, Earnings, Sire) 1. Dennis’ Moment (Dale Romans) 4-2-0-0 $167,800 Tiznow Dennis’ Moment worked an easy half-mile in 48.05 seconds Sunday at Gulfstream Park in preparation for his seasonal debut in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. And he galloped out strongly, reportedly getting five-eighths in 1:01.42. So what...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky has all the right tools in place to be a serious national title contender

What will it take for Kentucky to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament? It obviously takes luck, skill and a lot of talent to win it all and the Wildcats have a team that’s capable of going all the way this season. It’s too early to make a projection simply because there are three more games left in the regular-season, not to mention the Southeastern Conference Tournament, but it’ safe to say...

Storm the Court, Mr. Monomoy among nominees to Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass

Champion Storm the Court and recent Risen Star Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) winner Mr. Monomoy, the leading point earner on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), are among the 136 3-year-olds nominated to the 96th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 4, the opening Saturday of Keeneland’s Spring Meet. This marks the 25th season Toyota has sponsored the race. Click here...

Immanuel Quickley picks up where he left off, scores 30 to lead Wildcats over Texas A&M

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley picked up where he left off and turned in another impressive performance for Kentucky on Tuesday night. Quickley, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, scored a career-high 30 points to lead the No. 8 Wildcats to a 69-60 win over Texas A&M at College Station. “I was a little hot, I guess,” Quickley said. “My teammates were finding...