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Thirteen former UK players to play in Las Vegas Summer League, tips off today

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When the Las Vegas Summer League tips off today, 13 former Kentucky players will be part of the event.   The league will feature all 30 NBA teams, including a pair of International squads. Tyler Herro (Miami Heat) and Wenyen Gabriel (Sacramento Kings) are currently playing in the California League. Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs) is playing in the Salt Lake City...

Former UK guard Tyler Herro makes impressive start, scores 18 in first NBA Summer League Game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro was impressive in his professional debut. The former University of Kentucky guard scored 18 points and knocked down five 3-pointers on 10 attempts to lead the Miami Heat to a 106-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Summer League game. Herro wasn’t afraid to take shots, a trait that impressed Miami’s summer league coaching staff. Tyler Herro scored...

The Basketball Tournament Lexington Regional set to begin July 19 at Frederick Douglass High School

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Basketball Tournament schedule is all set. The $2 million tournament will tipoff with 64 teams in the mix, including eight squads in the Lexington Regional. The regional events will be July 19-21 and July 25-28 at various sites across the country. The 5-on-5 event will feature 60 players with NBA experience, 23 college alumni teams and more than 20 former Division...

Brad Calipari announces transfer plans, will finish two remaining years of eligibility at Detroit Mercy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari will finish his collegiate career away from home. Calipari, son of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, has decided to transfer to Detroit Mercy as a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Brad admitted the decision wasn’t an easy one. “It’s always been a dream of mine to make a major impact on the court on...

Former Highlands, UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen hospitalized with serious medical issues

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter Jared Lorenzen, a record-setting quarterback for Highlands High School and the University of Kentucky, was admitted to the hospital Friday with serious medical issues and placed in an intensive care unit. Jared Lorenzen A statement released by his family reads: “Jared is battling an infection, kidney and heart issues. He is fighting with everything he has...

UK Coach John Calipari doesn’t think the Wildcats series with Indiana will be revived any time soon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t interested in reviving the Kentucky-Indiana series any time soon. The Kentucky coach said the series remains on hold because his team’s schedule is “so locked in,” with little room for a home-and-home series possibilities on the Wildcats’ non-conference schedule. Kentucky is committed to the State Farm Champions Classic, the CBS Sports Classic...

Keeneland to award record $5.675 million in stakes purses during 17-day Fall Meet in October

Keeneland will offer a record $5.675 million in stakes purses during its 17-day Fall Meet from Oct. 4-26, which opens with the prestigious Fall Stars Weekend. Eighteen stakes, 10 of which are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races led by the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), are on tap with $50,000 purse increases slated for the Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) and Sycamore (G3) to increase the value...

Jamie Vaught: Despite key personnel losses from 10-3 team, UK football should remain competitive in SEC

After enjoying a remarkable 10-3 campaign in 2018, including a victory over Penn State in a New Year’s Day bowl, will the University of Kentucky football team continue its winning ways this fall? Yes, but the Wildcats likely will regress some after losing megastars Josh Allen and Benny Snell Jr. to the NFL. UK won’t win 10 games this time, but it should remain respectable with a forgiving schedule...

John Calipari surprised by Keldon Johnson’s slide in NBA Draft, has high hopes for Reid Travis

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was surprised Keldon Johnson slid down the charts during the NBA Draft last week. Johnson was the last of three former Kentucky players selected in the yearly draft last week and was chosen late in the first round as the No. 29 pick by the San Antonio Spurs. “They said he was a Top 10 pick when he left here and then a month and a half later he’s picked...

PJ Washington (Charlotte), Tyler Herro (Miami) are back-to-back picks in NBA Draft on Thursday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today As expected, PJ Washington was the first Kentucky player selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night at the Barkley’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Washington was taken as the No. 12 overall selection by the Charlotte Hornets. In somewhat of a surprise, Washington’s teammate Tyler Herro was selected next at No. 13 by the Miami Heat. Washington declared for the NBA Draft...

Former Murray State star Ja Morant makes history as overall No. 2 pick by Memphis Grizzlies in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ja Morant made history Thursday night. The Murray State University guard became the highest player drafted in Racers history when he was selected as the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. For Morant, the experience of being drafted among the top elite players in the country was a “crazy” experience. “Obviously...

Jamie Vaught: Latest Pete Rose book brings back pleasant memories of Roberto Clemente jersey

With another book about Pete Rose which came out earlier this month, it brought back a couple of old memories that I have with the former Cincinnati Reds star. One memory took place in 1968 when my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates and superstar Roberto Clemente visited the Reds for a weekend series at Crosley Field. Before going to the ballpark for Sunday’s game, my parents and I went for a breakfast at...

Bellarmine moving athletics to NCAA Division I status, joins Atlantic Sun Conference in 2020-21

The Atlantic Sun Conference announced Tuesday the addition of Bellarmine University into the league after a unanimous vote by the ASUN Presidents Council. The Knights, who will become a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference starting with the 2020-21 season, increase the league’s membership to 10 institutions. “The addition of Bellarmine University to the ASUN continues the rising trend...

Seeking the Soul re-enters NTRA Thoroughbred Poll, Bricks and Mortar holds top spot

Seeking the Soul’s victory in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs this past Saturday earned the Charles Fipke homebred a guaranteed spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and also allowed the bay horse to rejoin the top 10 in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Click to enlarge The 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul (IRE) was among the top ten when the first NTRA Poll of 2019 was...

Former UK basketball star Derek Anderson among six to be inducted into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Six individuals who have made outstanding contributions to sports – dating back nearly a century through recent times – have been selected as the 2019 class of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame fueled by the Kentucky Lottery. Comprising the 42nd KSHOF class are: Derek Anderson, a member of a University of Kentucky basketball national championship, 11-year NBA veteran and NBA champion; Deion Branch,...

Nick Richards up to the challenge of becoming top post player in nation after opting to return to UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards wants to get better and that’s the main reason he opted to return to Kentucky for a third season. “That’s one of the reasons I came to this school is to improve on my basketball skills and get ready for the next level,” Richards said. “I thought that coming back for an extra year would just benefit that.” Kentucky sophomore Nick Richards declared...

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Hawkins, Willis part of TBT Bluegrass Boys Squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well-represented in The Basketball Tournament next month. Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner. The Bluegrass Boys will compete with seven more teams...

Latest twist in topsy-turvy NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll has Maximum Security back on top

A historic disqualification may have denied Maximum Security his place in history as an American classic winner but the impression the colt left in the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby has allowed him to hold bragging rights as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll concludes for 2019. (Click for larger image) With poll newcomer Sir Winston pulling off the mild upset...

Tacitus, War of Will headline Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to conclude unusual Triple Crown season

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward Tactitus, third in the Kentucky Derby, is the 9-5 morning line favorite among 10 three-year-olds entered for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Preakness Stakes winner War of Will is second choice at 2-1. Previewing the race requires a brief recap of arguably the most talked first two legs of the Triple Crown since the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were inaugurated nearly...

Wildcat’s exhibition schedule to feature instate schools Georgetown College and Kentucky State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play a pair of instate schools before officially opening the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Wildcats will take on Georgetown College at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Kentucky State in a 7 p.m. contest on Nov. 1. Both games will be played at Rupp Arena and televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans offers a...