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What the Turtleneck edges out Galapa-GO! to take 2020 Kentucky Turtle Derby title

What The Turtleneck won the 2020 Kentucky Turtle Derby Saturday, beating out Galapa-GO! in a wire-to-wire finish. Rocket To Nowhere finished third, rounding out the top three. In what should have been the actual Kentucky Derby on this First Saturday in May, Old Forester, the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby held the Kentucky Turtle Derby tonight instead. There’s history behind the Kentucky Derby...

Williams’ return to Louisville for senior season prompted by cancelations of ACC, NCAA tourneys

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Malik Williams was wavering between testing the NBA waters for this year’s draft or definitely returning to Louisville for his senior season. The abrupt end of the college basketball season made his decision for him. “It was something I thought about throughout the entire year, being a junior and looking forward to taking that next step,” Williams said...

Former Kentucky defensive standouts Calvin Taylor, TJ Carter sign NFL free agent deals

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Calvin Taylor Jr. will be joining a couple of his former teammates after signing a free agent contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. The former University of Kentucky defensive tackle played in 40 career games for the Wildcats and started the past 22 contests. Taylor collected 85 tackles during his career, including 16.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, five pass...

With shortened MLB draft, Louisville baseball coach lobbies for expanded rosters at collegiate level

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is always an unsettled time of the year for University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell, trying to manage his roster for the next season while making educated guesses about which of his current players will be drafted and leave school, and who among talented high school recruits will chose professional baseball over college. Only this time it’s even...

Former Western Kentucky center Chris Marcus passes away at 40; led nation in rebounding in 2001

Former Western Kentucky star center Chris Marcus passed away last week in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. He was 40. One of the most dominant Hilltopper big men ever, Marcus was chosen last year as one of the 15 finest players in program history as a representative of the WKU All-Century Team. Former WKU center Chris Marcus passed away last week at the age of 40. (WKU Athletics photo) He received Associated...

UK softball standout Autumn Humes to return in 2021; using extra year granted by NCAA

University of Kentucky softball standout Autumn Humes on Tuesday announced her plans to return to the Wildcats for 2021. Humes was a senior in 2020, but with the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, the Arkansas native has decided to play for Kentucky again in 2021. Humes has appeared in 90 games for the Wildcats during her career as a pitcher and designated player. Humes this past season...

Mark Stoops says former Kentucky standout Lynn Bowden is ‘right fit’ for Las Vegas Raiders

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops expects Lynn Bowden to provide the same excitement for the Las Vegas Raiders that he gave Kentucky during the past three seasons. “I think he’ll be a great fit,” Stoops said. “The fan base will be energized by him and he’ll feed off that. I think coach (Jon) Gruden is a good fit for Lynn because I know (Jon) and I think the way he can relate...

UK’s Stoops hopeful college football season will start on time, wants fans in the stands this fall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is proceeding with caution. The University of Kentucky football coach is hopeful the college football season will start as usual and won’t be delayed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many professional football teams in various states have taken steps to begin preparing for the upcoming season, and Stoops thinks some form of normalcy will resume in the near...

EKU’s Abbott a ‘Jacob’ of all trades on the baseball diamond; has played eight different positions

When Jacob Abbott took the mound on a cool February night in Baton Rouge, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team led 11th-ranked LSU, 2-0, in the bottom of the ninth. There were two outs. And two runners on. Cade Doughty, LSU’s highly touted leadoff hitter, stepped to the plate. He represented the winning run for the Tigers. The atmosphere was tense. Abbott fell behind early – two balls,...

Calipari, Wildcats begin season against Kansas in State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 10

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will open the college basketball season against Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 10 at the United Center in Chicago. The contest will be the fourth meeting between the two collegiate powerhouses in the four-team event. The Wildcats are 5-4 in the yearly classic and defeated Michigan State to open the season last November. Kentucky beat Kansas...

UK offensive lineman Stenberg ‘pumped’ after selection by Lions in fourth round of NFL Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Logan Stenberg didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. The University of Kentucky offensive lineman was selected as the 121st overall pick by the Detroit Lions. The Lions have selected seven former Kentucky players, including Larry Warford in 2013. “(I’m) pumped,” he said in a tweet after getting drafted. “Go Lions.” UK’s...

Billy Reed: Hard to take, but coronavirus is victor on first Saturday in May; there’s an at-home party

The Kentucky Derby has been a big part of life ever since I covered my first one on May 7, 1966. The winner on that warm, breezy afternoon was Kauai King, who went wire-to-wire for owner Mike Ford and trainer Henry Forrest. In the jockeys’ room after the race, I heard winning rider Don Brumfield of Nicholasville, Ky., proclaim himself to be the “happiest hillbilly hardboot in the world.” I was...

Viva Las Vegas: UK’s Bowden to begin NFL career with Raiders after being drafted in third round

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Las Vegas rolled the dice on Lynn Bowden Jr. Friday night. The University of Kentucky standout was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders. Bowden was the 80th overall selection and third pick of the draft by the Raiders. Bowden said it was a great time “to be alive” on his twitter account. “(I’ve) been waiting on...

Western Kentucky adds JUCO standout Osawe, CORE4 Academy star Milton for upcoming season

Western Kentucky University has added junior-college basketball standout Kevin Osawe and CORE4 Academy star Kylen Milton for the 2020-21 season. Osawe, a 6-foot-6 forward, will have two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Vincennes (Ind.) University. Milton, a 6-foot-5 guard originally from Conway, Ark., averaged 23 points per game during a 2019-20 post-grad season at CORE4 Academy...

Former Lafayette High School standout Jedrick Wills Jr. becomes first state player selected in NFL draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jedrick Wills Jr. became the first state player taken in the NFL Draft Thursday night when the Cleveland Browns selected the former Lafayette and University of Alabama standout as the 10th overall selection. Wills (6-foot-4, 312 pounds) started the past two seasons at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, including 28 consecutive games. Wills was the second offensive lineman...

Louisville offensive coordinator excited for standout tackle Mekhi Becton’s NFL Draft night

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville Junior offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is special. Just ask University of Louisville offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford. If anyone knows special offensive linemen, it’s Ledford, who has had a propensity of producing some of the top offensive linemen in the college game. If Becton is drafted on Thursday night, Ledford has the...

Jamie Vaught: Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Pelphrey appeared Vanderbilt-bound until UK called

(Editor’s Note: For the next few months during our national coronavirus crisis, sports columnist Jamie H. Vaught will be writing about the ex-Wildcats who were featured in one of his first four books on UK basketball, using excerpts that were published in his out-of-print volumes. His latest and fifth book, titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey,” was released in late February...

John Calipari adds Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin, plans to ‘chase greatness’ at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari officially added another transfer to his roster Monday. Rhode Island forward Jacob Toppin will join Kentucky this fall and will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season because of NCAA transfer rules. Toppin, brother of Dayton standout Obi Toppin, averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. He chose to transfer...

Louisville standouts Jazmine Jones, Kylee Shook selected in WNBA Draft by New York Liberty

University of Louisville women’s basketball standouts Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook were selected in back-to-back picks by the New York Liberty in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Jones went 12th overall and was the final pick of the first round, while Shook went 13th. Jones is the fourth UofL player to be selected in the first found, joined by Asia Durr, Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry. Louisville standouts...

EKU men’s basketball adds five players to roster; Colonels look to contend for OVC crown next season

Eastern Kentucky University head coach A.W. Hamilton has announced the addition of five players for next season. The five signees are Devontae Blanton, Matt Cromer, Cheikh Faye, Brandon Knapper and Cooper Robb. Blanton is a 6-foot-6 wing out of powerhouse St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. A four-year starter at St. Edward, Blanton scored 1,000 career points and helped...