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Kentucky heads back to the drawing board at quarterback as Cats continue to struggle

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t sugarcoating his team’s quarterback situation. The Kentucky coach offered no hints Monday as to who will be the starter when the Wildcats take on Missouri Saturday at Kroger Field. Lynn Bowden made his second consecutive start at quarterback and managed 99 yards in a 21-0 loss to Georgia last weekend in Athens. Bowden has rushed for 295 yards in...

John Calipari’s Wildcats will open season against Michigan State Nov. 5 as No. 2 team in AP Top 25

With a mix of talented newcomers and experienced veterans, the Kentucky men’s basketball team will begin the season among the preseason top five in the Associated Press Top 25. The Wildcats, the preseason Southeastern Conference favorites, will open play as the No. 2 team in the land and face preseason No. 1 Michigan State on Nov. 5 in Madison Square Garden in New York. The Spartans begin the...

Campbellsville women picked to win Mid-South Conference title; Lindsay Wilson voted third in poll

KyForward Staff Campbellsville University has been selected to win the Mid-South Conference women’s basketball title in 2019-20 by the coaches in their preseason poll. The Tigers picked up 64 total points and eight of the nine first-place votes. Campbellsville won the Mid-South Conference regular-season title in 2018-19 with a 14-0 record and went on to capture the tournament championship as...

Kentucky drops 10th consecutive setback to Georgia Bulldogs in rainy Athens, 21-0

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky just can’t seem to get over the proverbial hump against Georgia.   The Wildcats (3-4, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) dropped their 10th consecutive setback to the Bulldogs with a 21-0 loss Saturday night in Athens. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops fell to 0-7 against Georgia, despite several close calls in the past few years. The shutout loss was the first for a Kentucky...

Sestina brings energy, experience to the court in debut during Wildcats’ Blue-White scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina didn’t know what to expect when he arrived at Kentucky, but the graduate transfer made himself right at home in his first unofficial contest at Rupp Arena Friday night. Sestina scored 22 points to lead all scorers in the team’s annual Blue-White scrimmage that attracted 13.574 attendees. Although an experienced collegiate player, Sestina still experienced...

Now at Western Kentucky, former NKU hoops standout Williams aims for C-USA title — and more

By Don Owen Special to KyForward The what-ifs concerning Northern Kentucky University basketball last season inevitably focused on the shocking transfer by Carson Williams the previous spring. A crowd favorite inside BB&T Arena for two seasons, not to mention a member of the Horizon League’s All-Freshman squad in 2016-17, Williams’ unexpected departure left many NKU followers pondering: •...

UK freshman Johnny Juzang is a shooter who’s looking to be an all-around player for the Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Johnny Juzang is a shooter and he’s not afraid to admit he has a feel for making shots. “I’ve always had kind of a touch. I’m not saying that to (push) myself up, but I’ve always had the touch and it’s something that I definitely work on extensively,” he said. “It’s something that I work on a lot.” Juzang turned in an impressive...

Jamie Vaught: UK sophomores Hagans, Howard will be key to success of respective teams this season

Ashton Hagans, in my opinion, is the most important player for the Kentucky Wildcats this season. As a valuable point guard on the hardwood floor, Hagans runs the show. The 6-3 sophomore from Cartersville, Georgia, will keep things going smoothly with his leadership. And Hagans sure can play sticky defense, creating chaos on his opponent. Last season, he was named SEC’s Co-Defensive Player of the...

John Calipari’s Wildcats favored to win Southeastern Conference title in poll of league’s media members

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday in a poll conducted by the league’s media members. The Wildcats were picked to finish ahead of Florida, LSU and Auburn. Tennessee was fifth, followed by Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt. Kentucky coach John Calipari says...

Stoops’ Wildcats finished celebrating end of three-game slide, turn attention to test against Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is finished celebrating the end of a three-game losing streak and the Kentucky coach has shifted his attention to 10th-ranked Georgia. “It’s (the win) very short-lived with the great challenge that we have this week, going on the road and playing Georgia,” he said. Stoops attributed his team’s 24-20 triumph over Arkansas that ended a three-game slide...

Wildcats go to Lynn Bowden in come-from-behind win over Razorbacks to end three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops put the ball in Lynn Bowden’s hands and the Wildcats ran with it, ending a three-game losing streak with a 24-20 win over Arkansas Saturday night. Stoops and his staff made the decision to make a switch at quarterback to give Sawyer Smith more time to heal in preparation for the remainder of the season. Bowden, who also fielded a punt return, rushed for...

Veteran forward Nick Richards excited for upcoming season, ready to step into leadership role for Cats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards is more than excited about the upcoming season than his first two seasons with the Wildcats and his goals haven’t changed, either. “One of the goals when I came in was to win a national championship, and that’s one of my goals this season,” he said. “I don’t feel any pressure at all. I know I have a good team that’s behind me. I know I can...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari set to begin second decade at UK helm; Gators will give Cats a run for SEC title

Yes, it’s hard to believe that John Calipari is beginning his second decade at Kentucky. Yes, it’s been that long since he arrived on campus in 2009 to take over the coveted head coaching job at UK. Despite the constant turnover of “one-and-done” standouts over the years, the 60-year-old Calipari once again is expected to have another very good basketball team in Lexington this winter with...

Three Brown trainees headline field for Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland

OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc, winner of the Del Mar Oaks (G1), tops a field of nine 3-year-old fillies for Saturday’s 36th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1). Contested at 1 1/8 miles on the Keeneland turf course, the stakes will go as the ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. post time on the 10-race program. First post time is 1:05 p.m. (Photo from Keeneland) Cambier Parc is one...

Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey going after his piece of the bone against veteran Ashton Hagans

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is always smiling but don’t let that grin fool you. Although an upbeat and personable player, the freshman guard hasn’t backed down from anyone on the team, especially veteran sidekick Ashton Hagans. “It’s like two dogs and one bone,” he said. “Two pit bulls going at it … that’s how I describe it. We’re both very competitive and we don’t...

Rupp Arena unveils new upper arena chair-back seating ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A sea of blue is now deeper at Rupp Arena. On Tuesday, the upper arena chair-back seats were unveiled ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness.  Chair-back seats have replaced bleachers in sections 211 through 217 and sections 228 through 234.  Bleachers will remain in sections 218 – 227 and 235 – 244. Rupp Arena’s new capacity is now 20,545 for basketball,...

Stoops, Wildcats eager to get back on the field, end three-game slide as they face Razorbacks Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A bye week did Kentucky some good last week. Coming off three consecutive losses, including a 24-7 loss at South Carolina nearly two weeks ago, the Wildcats took advantage of an open date to get healthy for the remainder of the season, a stretch of games that includes five home contests, including a regular-season finale against instate rival Louisville. “We needed...

Blue Prize takes Juddmonte Spinster for Second Year to earn return trip to Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) ran down odds-on favorite Elate in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the 64th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares by a half-length before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 10,303. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV and ridden by Joe Bravo, Blue Prize earned a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run...

UK Basketball: Immanuel Quickley becoming ‘that guy’ for Wildcats and the transformation is evident

One of an occasional series of profiles on the UK men’s basketball team. By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley has changed and that transformation has been evident during preseason workouts.   “Immanuel (Quickley) is not even the same player,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “I had someone come in and watch us practice and say, ‘he’s not even the same guy.’”   Following...

Six Grade or Group 1 winners highlight Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland

Six Grade or Group 1 winners, including Suedois (FR) and NextShares — the past two victors of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile — are among the 14 horses and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 34th running of the prestigious race. The $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile serves as the centerpiece of a blockbuster 11-race program Saturday that features five graded stakes, three...