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John Calipari adds sharp-shooting guard to roster in Davidson graduate transfer Kellan Grady

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the fourth straight season, Kentucky will be adding a graduate transfer to the roster. The Wildcats announced the addition of Davidson guard Kellan Grady to the roster on Monday. Grady scored 2,002 points in his four seasons with the Wildcats and averaged 17.1 points per game each year. Grady will graduate from Davidson with a degree in sociology next month. Kellan...

Keeneland’s 2021 Spring Meet opens Friday and runs through April 24

Keeneland’s 2021 Spring meet opens Friday and runs through April 23, with no racing on Easter Sunday. First post every day is 1:05 p.m. The first two days of the Spring Meet will feature nine stakes worth a total of $2.5 million. According to Stakes Coordinator Tiffany Bourque, here are the prospective field for the races: Keeneland Spring Meet opens Friday. April 2 races. Entries taken Monday. $150,000...

Turfway closes meet as Like the King surges in the stretch to take 50th running of Jeff Ruby

M Racing Group’s Like the King surged in deep stretch under jockey Drayden Van Dyke to win Saturday’s 50th running of the $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (Grade III) at Turfway Park. Trained by Wesley Ward, Like the King received 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby for his victory in the 1 1/8-mile race over the synthetic Tapeta surface. Like the King was relegated to seventh in the early stages...

Billy Reed: A tribute to Howard Schnellenberger, the very image of the stereotypical coach, and great man

If I were making a movie and needed somebody to play a stereotypical football coach, I wouldn’t have gone to Central Casting. I would have sought Howard Schnellenberger, he of the gravelly voice, bushy mustache, and constant pipe-smoking. That was the man I met in 1984 when Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., who had gone to school with him at the University of Kentucky in the 1950s, was recruiting him to be...

Gretzky the Great likes new Tapeta synthetic surface and is going for the win in Turfway’s Jeff Ruby Steaks

By Jennie Rees KY HBPA Communications Trainer Mark Casse sent Gretzky the Great to Turfway Park to take advantage of the track’s new Tapeta synthetic surface. Now he hopes to take advantage of Turfway’s signature race, Saturday’s $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks, offering the maximum 100 points to the winner and 40 for the runner-up toward Kentucky Derby qualifying. With Churchill Downs having purchased...

Ky. Coach Mark Stoops elevates Steve Clickscale, Jon Sumrall with expanded defensive coaching rolls

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops has announced that defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale and inside linebackers coach Jon Sumrall have been elevated to defensive passing game coordinator and co-defensive coordinator, respectively. “Coach Clinkscale has had major input in our defensive scheme since his arrival here at UK,” Stoops said. “He’s not only had a major role in our...

Malik Williams’ decision to stay turns one-year gameplan at University of Louisville into five years

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This wasn’t what Malik Williams had in mind when he came storming out of Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a supremely confident blue-chip recruit for then-coach Rick Pitino eager to get his University of Louisville career underway. His plan was to hang around for a while and then wave goodbye for greener pastures. “Coming in as a 5-star recruit that...

Wildcats struggle from the field, fall Tuesday afternoon to Iowa 86-72 in NCAA’s second round

By Tim Letcher UK Athletics SEC Player of the Year Rhyne Howard scored 28 points, had eight assists and five rebounds but the fourth-seeded Kentucky women’s basketball team lost to fifth-seeded Iowa 86-72 on Tuesday in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Dre’una Edwards had 16 points and five rebounds for the Cats, while Jazmine Massengill had 10 points,...

COVID meant a year of upheaval for Kentucky’s high school sports — and it isn’t behind us yet

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has come and gone. While we suffered a year in upheaval — rules unclear and changing rapidly, no fans in the stands, players infected and more — it’s clear the pandemic isn’t yet behind us. For example, the 2020 KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 started on March 11 with all four games being completed....

Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy expects high-scoring Iowa to be a challenge for Wildcats in NCAA second round

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have its hands full when it takes on Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Tuesday. The fourth-seeded Wildcats (18-8) advanced following a 71-63 win over Idaho State Sunday in San Antonio, while the Hawkeyes, a No. 5 seed, easily disposed of Central Michigan, 87-72 in their tournament opener. Both teams are in the Riverwalk Regional. Kentucky’s...

Wildcats use solid defense, balanced scoring to seal 71-63 win over Idaho State in Sunday’s NCAA opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky survived its first test in the NCAA Tournament and is still dancing after opening weekend. The Wildcats (18-8) advanced to the second round of the Big Dance with a 71-63 win over Idaho State Sunday in San Antonio. “We earned a ticket to the NCAA Tournament and we’re trying to enjoy the ride,” Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy said. “… at the end of the day,...

Billy Reed: March madness indeed; pushing for last place in the NCAA pool — what about you?

It’s hardly a surprise that the madness this March is wilder than ever. The season was screwed up badly by the Coronavirus pandemic, so it stood to reason that the NCAA Tournament would be more unpredictable than ever. But North Texas 78, Purdue 69? Who saw THAT coming? I paid my money and entered the NCAA pool in which I’ve participated for years. My expectations weren’t high because I haven’t...

Morehead State sets sights on upset in NCAA Tournament opener against West Virginia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Morehead State went dancing, the Eagles pulled off a first-round upset with a shocking upset over Louisville. A decade after eliminating the Cardinals from the NCAA Tournament, Morehead State is back and will be making its eighth appearance. The No. 14 seed Eagles will take on third-seeded West Virginia at 9:50 p.m. Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium In Indianapolis. Morehead...

Elzy says team is in a good frame of mind entering Sunday’s first round of women’s NCAA tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kyra Elzy isn’t worried about her team’s mindset going into the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats (17-8) have lost three of their past five games but more than a week following a 77-66 loss to Georgia in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals, Elzy said her squad is mentally prepared to start dancing. “We have had some of our best practices of the year,” she said....

Jamie Vaught: Despite Wildcat’s absence, March Madness still offers some fun with Ky. connections

Over the years, the men’s NCAA Tournament party, popularly known as the Big Dance, usually has invited the Kentucky Wildcats as a very important guest. But that isn’t the case this time as the 9-16 Wildcats suffered one of their worst hoops seasons in school history. Fortunately, if you are a true fan, 2021 March Madness will still be fun as the 68-team event will have some UK flavor as well as...

Coach Mark Stoops wants team to ‘use time wisely’ as the Wildcats begin spring workouts Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has time on its hands as it begins spring practice. The Wildcats will have five weeks to install a new system implemented by offensive coordinator Liam Coen. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Coen has already “implemented some things for them,” but added there’s “a great deal to go through.” The Kentucky coach said the staff and players will need to “use...

University of Kentucky wins 2021 NCAA Rifle National Championship to claim school’s third title

After not getting a chance to put the finishing touches on its impressive 2020 season, the University of Kentucky rifle team claimed its unfinished business Saturday as it won the 2021 NCAA Rifle National Championship as Wildcats finished gold and silver in air rifle inside Converse Hall in Columbus, Ohio. This is the third national title for head coach Harry Mullins and the Kentucky program. The Wildcats...

Billy Reed: A year unlike any other, Selection Sunday is here and NCAA title is truly up for grabs

Back in the day, Selection Sunday was a big deal because I would finally learn where I would be going to begin covering the NCAA tournament for The Courier-Journal, Sports Illustrated, or The Lexington Herald-Leader. Once the field and bracket were announced, all of us involved with college basketball would talk to our administrators about where we should go. Then, with the help of our travel department,...

Keith Taylor: Nothing ever worked well in Kentucky’s rare losing season — when all was far from normal

What went wrong for Kentucky basketball this season? Several factors could be taken into consideration regarding the team’s first losing season since the end of the Eddie Sutton era. 
The Wildcats concluded a 9-16 campaign following a 74-73 loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday. The loss marked the first time Kentucky had more losses...

Morehead State’s Johni Broome named finalist for 2021 Kyle Macy National Freshmen of the Year

By Matteo Vallejo Morehead State Athletics Morehead State’s Johni Broome has been named a finalist for the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year Award by CollegeInsider.com. On top of this honor, he was named to the site’s Freshmen All-America team, earning yet another honor to what has been a historic first season for the Plant City, Fla native. The Kyle Macy Award, which is presented...