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Former basketball standouts Turner, Mercer among six selected for induction into UK Hall of Fame

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wayne Turner won two national championships at Kentucky and was one of six former student-athletes named to the school’s 2020 Hall of Fame class on Thursday. Turner played in 151 games in his career with the Wildcats and was a member of the 1996 and 1998 national championship teams. Turner also was a member of the 1997 national runner-up squad and scored 1,170 points...

UK Sports Notebook: Cats host Union in exhibition; football lands three on academic team

The No. 17/18 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play host to Union University in its lone exhibition game of the season on Sunday at 5 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. Admission to the game is free. The game will be live streamed on the SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas calling the action. SEC Network+ is available through WatchESPN. The game can also be heard live...

No let up for former UK star Reed; All-American leads Minor Leagues in homers

A.J. Reed put the finishing touches on a breakthrough year, capping off his regular season with a Minor League-best 34 home runs and 127 RBIs as well as topping all systems in slugging percentage (.612), OPS (1.044) and runs scored (113) (MiLB.com Photo)   A.J. Reed’s pursuit of the 2015 Minor League home run title is complete. The chase of his season’s ultimate goal is just getting...

Former UK Player of the Year Reed continues to lead all Minor Leagues in homers, RBI

Former UK All-American A.J. Reed has a total of 33 home runs this year, two more than any other Minor League player (Houston Astros Photo)   With one week of games left in the 2015 Minor League Baseball season, four sluggers are making a push for the annual Joe Bauman Home Run Award, presented by Musco Sports Lighting, including former University of Kentucky All-American A.J. Reed.   The...

Sports Notes: UofL athletics may be betting that some recruits will want to see the money

Louisville’s athletics department announced that its cost of attendance scholarship was among the most generous in the nation (UofL Athletics Photo)   Most schools from the so-called “Power Five” conferences downplayed the impact that new cost of attendance scholarships would have on recruiting, particularly in football.   The prevailing argument seemed to be that a player...

Sports Notes: With new season on horizon, Stoops, Cats starting back with clean slate

UK coach Mark Stoops is eager to get his team back on the field and prepare for the Sept. 5 season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette (UK Athletics Photo)   The wait is nearly over for Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats’ football squad.   The UK players report for fall practice on Aug. 6. The annual Media Day spectacle is set for Aug. 7 and Fan Day will be conducted on Aug. 8. Soon...

Sports Notes: Former Cat Reed, Legends' O'Hearn could soon find themselves moving

Lexington Legends first baseman Ryan O’Hearn led all Kansas City minor leaguers in batting average last year and he is the top home run hitter in the South Atlantic League this season (Erin Grigson Photo)   A pair of Class A first basemen with Kentucky ties are having a major impact on their respective teams through the first half of the Minor League seasons and are playing well enough that...

Sports Notes: Former Cat Reed, Legends’ O’Hearn could soon find themselves moving

Lexington Legends first baseman Ryan O’Hearn led all Kansas City minor leaguers in batting average last year and he is the top home run hitter in the South Atlantic League this season (Erin Grigson Photo)   A pair of Class A first basemen with Kentucky ties are having a major impact on their respective teams through the first half of the Minor League seasons and are playing well enough that...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK slugger A.J. Reed getting his confidence back in Astros' chain

A.J. Reed, UK’s consensus Player of the Year last season, is playing for the Astros’ High A affiliate in California this year (UK Athletics Photo)   It wasn’t just too long ago when A.J. Reed was the face of college baseball.   A 6-4, 240-pounder from Terre Haute, Ind., Reed made the national headlines in 2014, powering the Kentucky Wildcats with his hitting and pitching...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK slugger A.J. Reed getting his confidence back in Astros’ chain

A.J. Reed, UK’s consensus Player of the Year last season, is playing for the Astros’ High A affiliate in California this year (UK Athletics Photo)   It wasn’t just too long ago when A.J. Reed was the face of college baseball.   A 6-4, 240-pounder from Terre Haute, Ind., Reed made the national headlines in 2014, powering the Kentucky Wildcats with his hitting and pitching...

Ashley Scoby: Well-intended Sportsman of the Year Award could use some modernizing

A.J. Reed, the latest Sportsman of the Year, had the best season of any UK baseball player in history. He was also the 32nd male in 34 years to win (UK Athletics Photo)   Last week, Kentucky baseball player AJ Reed was – deservedly – named the Lexington Herald-Leader’s 2014 Sportsman of the Year. He had one of the best years in UK sports history and will go down as one of the best baseball...

Ashley Scoby: Well-intended Sportsman of the Year Award could use some modernizing

A.J. Reed, the latest Sportsman of the Year, had the best season of any UK baseball player in history. He was also the 32nd male in 34 years to win (UK Athletics Photo)   Last week, Kentucky baseball player AJ Reed was – deservedly – named the Lexington Herald-Leader’s 2014 Sportsman of the Year. He had one of the best years in UK sports history and will go down as one of the best baseball...

Future UK scholarships to cover full cost for student-athletes; Reed is Sportsman of Year

Beginning this fall, UK student-athlete scholarships will cover the full cost of attending college (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky’s athletics department will soon award scholarships that include the full cost of attendance for student-athletes on all 22 Wildcat teams beginning with the 2015-16 season, athletics director Mitch Barnhart said Wednesday.   “We are pleased to include...

Sports Notes: NBA Draft watching becoming favorite summer pastime for Wildcat fans

No college coach has enjoyed as much success as John Calipari in getting players drafted into the NBA and no one is really close (Photo from UK Athletics)   Watching the NBA draft has become a new Kentucky tradition during John Calipari’s five years as head coach. Basketball fans use their idle time between the Final Four and the late June draft to speculate about how high their favorite...

UK's A.J. Reed adds more hardware to his trophy case with 2014 John Olerud Award

Kentucky’s A.J. Reed continued to sweep all of college baseball’s individual awards, winning the John Olerud Award Friday (Photo from UK Athletics)   In the midst of seeking to become just the third unanimous national player of the year in Southeastern Conference history, Kentucky’s AJ Reed has been named the winner of the 2014 John Olerud Award, given annually to the nation’s...

Wildcats' A.J. Reed named Player of Year by American Baseball Coaches Association

A.J. Reed was named National Player of the Year and a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Austin Cousino earned his second consecutive Rawlings Golden Glove Award (Photo from UK Athletics)   Two-way Kentucky star AJ Reed has been named National Player of the Year and first-team All-America, Austin Cousino earned his second consecutive Rawlings Golden Glove...

Wildcats' Reed adds Dick Howser Trophy to list of national Player of the Year awards

Kentucky star A.J. Reed added the Dick Howser Trophy to his list of national Player of the Year awards (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky junior pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed, who enjoyed possibly the greatest individual season in UK history this year, is the 28th recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, as college baseball’s Player of the Year. The presentation...

UK's Reed named All-American by Baseball Writers Association, signs pact with Astros

Baseball America College Player of the Year A.J. Reed has been named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (Photo from UK Athletics)   The 2014 Baseball America College Player of the Year, Kentucky’s A.J. Reed has been named a first-team All-America as the utility player, it was announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.   Reed,...

Baseball America selects Kentucky star Reed as College Baseball Player of the Year

A.J. Reed was named College Player of the Year by Baseball America. He is seeking to become just the third SEC performer to be named a consensus Player of the Year (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky junior left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed has been named the College Player of the Year, it was announced by Baseball America on Wednesday.   Reed, the NCAA leader in homers (23), slugging...

Kentucky's Reed adds another honor: NCBWA's District III Player of the Year

UK’s A.J. Reed was named District III Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (Photo from UK Athletics)   The Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Year, Kentucky junior A.J. Reed has been named the District III Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.   Reed,...