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Former instate star Damien Harris has no regrets on sticking with Alabama

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Damien Harris doesn’t regret returning to Alabama. Although Harris could have easily declared for the NFL Draft following his junior campaign, he wants to experience the college scene one more time. “I decided to come back because, for three years, I was very fortunate and blessed to be part of this program,” Harris said. “Everything we went through, winning the...

Alabama picked to win SEC; Cats predicted to finish fifth in East

Kentucky football coach addresses reporters during SEC Media Days earlier this week in Atlanta. The Wildcats were picked to finish 5th in the SEC East. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama again is the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide was picked to win the league title by media members during this week’s SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Alabama...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days ushers in talking season ahead of fall camp

Benny Snell will be among Kentucky’s three players who will attend Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Former University of Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier always had something to say during Southeastern Conference Media Days. For Spurrier, it was always talking season and one step closer to the season opener. Spurrier...

Former Kentucky Athletics Director C.M. Newton dies at age 88

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky athletics department lost an icon Monday night when former Athletics Director C.M. Newton died at age 88 following a long illness. Newton coached at Transylvania, then went to Alabama and closed out his collegiate coaching career at Vanderbilt. Following his stint with the Commodores, took over the helm of the athletics department at Kentucky,...

SEC Tournament: Gabriel goes off on Tide, leads Wildcats to title game

Wenyen Gabriel hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Kentucky to an 86-63 win over Alabama in the SEC semifinals Saturday. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — Wenyen Gabriel couldn’t miss and Kentucky reaped the benefits. Gabriel set a school record for most 3-pointers made in a Southeastern Conference Tournament game with seven and also set a new...

Despite four-game losing streak, Calipari hasn’t given up on Kentucky’s season

Kentucky guard PJ Washington slams home the ball during the Wildcats’ 76-66 loss at Auburn earlier this weekend. The Wildcats host Alabama at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mired in a four-game losing streak, John Calipari hasn’t given up on the season. Neither have his players. “Let’s use this as fuel (and) have it make us stronger,”...

Alabama, Georgia early favorites to compete for SEC crown, Cats picked fifth in Eastern division

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama and Georgia are the preseason favorites to compete in the Southeastern Conference championship game this season. The Crimson Tide were chosen by media members to win the Western division title and capture a fourth straight conference championship. Alabama was followed by Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Nick Saban and the...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days provides talking points for the upcoming season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The start of the college football season is less than two months away, but “talking season” for the Southeastern Conference is already under way. The league’s annual media days began Monday in Hoover, Alabama and the conference will undoubtedly boast of its past successes on the national scene. Although Alabama is the cream of the crop, the Crimson Tide has been...

SEC Tournament: Fox leads the way, Monk follows as Cats escape Tide to reach finals

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Kentucky is back in the Southeastern Conference finals. The top-seeded Wildcats earned a ticket to the league championship game with a 79-74 victory over Alabama Saturday. Kentucky takes on Arkansas in a 1 p.m. tipoff Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. Kentucky carries a 10-game winning streak into the conference finale and seeking its third straight...

Akhator scores career-high 29 points to lead Kentucky past Alabama in SEC matchup

Kentucky forward Evelyn Akhator had a career-high 29 points, and added a season-high 15 rebounds, as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Alabama 71-54 on Thursday night at Coleman Coliseum.   For Akhator, the senior from Lagos, Nigeria, it was her ninth double-double of the season and the 22nd of her two-year career with the Wildcats. She hit 12 of her first 13 field goals, and finished 12-of-14...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky gives effort, but lacks discipline in 34-6 loss to top-ranked Alabama

TUSCALOOSA — Kentucky came into its second road game of the year with a different mindset than it did three weeks ago after a 45-7 loss at Florida. The difference was noticable against top-ranked Alabama Saturday night, especially in the first quarter. The Wildcats (2-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) used a field goal and forced a fumble in the first quarter that caught the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0)...

Stoops hopes Wildcats avoid Florida repeat in second road encounter of season at Alabama

Mark Stoops hasn’t forgotten about Kentucky’s last road game but hopes the Wildcats learned a lesson from a dismal showing in Florida nearly three weeks ago. “We have to learn from previous mistakes and the last time we went into a tough environment, we didn’t respond very well,” Stoops said Thursday. “Hopefully we’ll handle that better. Hopefully, we learn from that Florida game and...

Keith Taylor: UK shelves ‘Air Raid’ in favor of running game anchored by vet Williams and newcomer Snell

If it’s not broke don’t fix it. That’s the approach Kentucky’s offensive coaching staff has taken during the past two weeks with the emergence of freshman running back Benny Snell, who has teamed with veteran Stanley “Boom” Williams to give the Wildcats a potent 1-2 punch in the backfield. Kentucky freshman running back Benny Snell has scored five touchdowns in the past two games for the...

Keith Taylor: Stoops admires Saban, top-ranked Alabama, but more concerned about Wildcats

Kentucky isn’t ignoring Alabama, the Wildcats are just more concerned about themselves going into Saturday’s contest against the top-ranked Crimson Tide. “We’re going to get back to work and we’re going to worry about ourselves,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “I want to see us continue to worry about us, continue to (make) progress and continue to improve in the areas we need...

SEC Media Days: Alabama, Tennessee top picks in conference, UK predicted to finish 4th in East

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BIRMINGHAM — The votes are in and Alabama is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title. The Crimson Tide was chosen to win the Western Division, while Tennessee is the early favorite to capture the Eastern Division title. Although Alabama is the favorite, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said earlier this week the team has some challenges...

Kentucky baseball team manages just three hits in SEC tournament loss to Alabama

Sophomore shortstop Riley Mahan had a pair of hits, including an RBI double, but the Kentucky baseball team lost to Alabama 5-2 in the first round of the SEC Tournament Tuesday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Sophomore first baseman Evan White hit his fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. It’s White’s second-longest streak of the season, trailing...

Kentucky set to take on Alabama in Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament

With the bracket officially set for the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, Kentucky will face Alabama on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Alabama. Kentucky (32-24 overall, 15-15 SEC) and Alabama (31-24, 15-15 SEC) tied for eighth place in the overall league standings. UK is slotted as the No. 8 seed and Alabama at No. 9 because the Wildcats won two out of three games...

UK baseball team takes pair from Missouri to end regular season, Alabama next up in SEC tourney

With the bracket officially set for the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, Kentucky will face Alabama on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Alabama. Kentucky (32-24 overall, 15-15 SEC) and Alabama (31-24, 15-15 SEC) tied for eighth place in the overall league standings. UK is slotted as the No. 8 seed and Alabama at No. 9 because the Wildcats won two out of three games...

Nunley makes history in loss to Alabama; UK baseball team tops Arkansas to salvage series

Senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley became Kentucky’s most tenured pitcher in program history on Sunday afternoon throwing her 900th career inning, surpassing prior record holder Keary Camunas (1997-2000) for the most innings thrown all-time in a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Alabama on Sunday. Nunley becomes just the ninth player in the Southeastern Conference ever to throw 900 innings in a career. Nunley pitched...

UK softball on brink of series sweep at No. 8 LSU; Wildcats’ baseball team takes pair from Alabama

Behind a complete-game shutout from junior pitcher Meagan Prince and a clutch two-out two-RBI single from senior Maisie Steed, the No. 15 Kentucky softball team clinched a series win on the road in Baton Rouge for the first time in program history, as the Wildcats downed the No. 8 Tigers, 3-0. Prince got the win with another impressive performance in the circle, moving her record to 15-2 on the season....