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Sports Notes: Reds may be center of MLB universe again, but for much different reason

Home Run Derby champ Todd Frazier may be one of the last recognizable Reds on the roster when the July 31 trading deadline rolls around (Cincinnati Reds Photo)   It was just a week ago that Cincinnati was the center of the Major League Baseball universe, serving flawlessly and impressively as the host for the 2015 All-Star Game.   Hometown third baseman Todd Frazier rode a late voter wave...

Four men's signees, one women's signee named 2014 McDonald's All-Americans

Four Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s basketball signee will play in April’s McDonald’s All-American Game, the benchmark game to recognize high-school standouts. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   All four of John Calipari’s signees in the 2014 class will play in the McDonald’s game April 2 in Chicago. Point guard Tyler Ulis, shooting...

Best of Spring and Summer 2013 in sports: NIT loss to Robert Morris reviewed and more

To get you ready for 2014, we’re recapping the year that was in sports. We’ll start with reviewing the spring and summer of 2013 in one fell swoop. The year began with unusual turmoil at Rupp Arena, and it was evident when the ball dropped on Jan. 1. It was confirmed and the season was all but put to bed when Nerlens Noel tore his ACL in February. And then it was put to bed for good in...

Alex Poythress plans to carry forward lessons learned in up-and-down freshman season

On paper, UK sophomore Alex Poythress posted what most logical assessments would consider a successful debut collegiate season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Poythress faced comparisons to the plethora of freshmen who have starred at UK in the John Calipari Era and frustrated fans and coaches by disappearing for long periods of time after showing glimpses of his immense talent.   “He...

Alex Poythress plans to carry forward lessons learned in up-and-down freshman season

On paper, UK sophomore Alex Poythress posted what most logical assessments would consider a successful debut collegiate season.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Poythress faced comparisons to the plethora of freshmen who have starred at UK in the John Calipari Era and frustrated fans and coaches by disappearing for long periods of time after showing glimpses of his immense talent.   “He...

Former Wildcats, current NBA stars offer advice for John Calipari's next UK team

John Calipari and seven former Wildcats, including six NBA first-round picks, pose with campers Wednesday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Every fall a new group of UK men’s basketball players learns one cannot quite understand what to expect from being a Wildcat until he experiences it first hand.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, several former Cats in town this week for John...

Former Wildcats, current NBA stars offer advice for John Calipari’s next UK team

John Calipari and seven former Wildcats, including six NBA first-round picks, pose with campers Wednesday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Every fall a new group of UK men’s basketball players learns one cannot quite understand what to expect from being a Wildcat until he experiences it first hand.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, several former Cats in town this week for John...

Archie Goodwin drowning out criticism, looking to prove his talent in the NBA

Archie Goodwin knew his decision to leave UK after his freshman season for the NBA draft would not be a popular choice.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] After totaling more turnovers (101) than assists (88) and shooting 26.6 percent from three-point range and 63.7 precent from the free-throw line as a freshman, Goodwin saw his stock drop to where most draft analysts were projecting him...

On draft day, UK NBA prospects still face uncertainty about when names will be called

Four years ago, the University of Kentucky had never seen one of its players selected with the first pick in the NBA draft. On Thursday, the Cats will look for their third No. 1 pick in four years and second consecutive first selection.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Nerlens Noel has been projected as the No. 1 pick since the end of the college season, despite a torn ACL that cost him...

On draft day, UK NBA prospects still face uncertainty about when names will be called

Four years ago, the University of Kentucky had never seen one of its players selected with the first pick in the NBA draft. On Thursday, the Cats will look for their third No. 1 pick in four years and second consecutive first selection.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Nerlens Noel has been projected as the No. 1 pick since the end of the college season, despite a torn ACL that cost him...

John Calipari confident Archie Goodwin will
‘be fine’ with hard work as NBA prospect

Minutes after UK’s season-ending loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT, guard Archie Goodwin said any of the Wildcats would be “delusional” to consider leaving school for the NBA draft.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Less than two weeks later Goodwin declared for the draft.   Speaking at his first news conference since the end of the season this...

John Calipari confident Archie Goodwin will 'be fine' with hard work as NBA prospect

Minutes after UK’s season-ending loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT, guard Archie Goodwin said any of the Wildcats would be “delusional” to consider leaving school for the NBA draft.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Less than two weeks later Goodwin declared for the draft.   Speaking at his first news conference since the end of the season this...

Madison Central senior Dominique Hawkins joins UK’s top-ranked 2013 recruiting class

Staff report   The recruiting class that has been described by some as the greatest of all-time now includes the 2013 Mr. Kentucky Basketball.   Dominique Hawkins. (Image from iHigh stream) Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins announced his verbal commitment to UK Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the school. The announcement was streamed online by iHigh.   Hawkins, who is rated...

Madison Central senior Dominique Hawkins joins UK's top-ranked 2013 recruiting class

Staff report   The recruiting class that has been described by some as the greatest of all-time now includes the 2013 Mr. Kentucky Basketball.   Dominique Hawkins. (Image from iHigh stream) Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins announced his verbal commitment to UK Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the school. The announcement was streamed online by iHigh.   Hawkins, who is rated...

Alex Poythress latest Wildcat to announce return to school for 2013-14 season

Freshman forward Alex Poythress will return to the UK men’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season, head coach John Calipari announced Tuesday.   Alex Poythress. (Photo by Jon Hale) “I’m really happy that, after talking with his family and evaluating his options, Alex has decided to return for his sophomore season,” Calipari said. “Alex is a great kid with a lot of potential...

Cauley-Stein, Wiltjer to return to UK next season; Archie Goodwin enters NBA Draft

The 2013-14 UK men’s basketball roster is starting to take shape.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The second defection from the 2012-13 team was announced Monday with freshman guard Archie Goodwin’s decision to enter the NBA draft. Sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow announced Sunday that he was transferring to Georgia State.   While Goodwin and Harrow are leaving Lexington,...

Wesley Eversole: Cats must answer several questions before rebounding from NIT loss

Now that the University of Kentucky men’s basketball season has ended following a 59-57 loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, there are several questions that need to be answered before the Cats can move forward to the next season.   Ryan Harrow and Jon Hood look on from the bench as UK loses to Robert Morris in the NIT. (Photo by Jon Hale) The first...

With up-and-down season finished in NIT, Calipari, players give reasons for future hope

MOON TOWNSHIP, Penn. — A season that began with the Wildcats ranked No. 3 in both major polls, ended Tuesday with a loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT in a gym that sat just more than 3,000 people.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In a season where little went as planned and almost nothing went the way players and coaches hoped, a missed three at the buzzer ensured...

Wildcats will meet Vanderbilt for third time this season in SEC Tourney quarterfinals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If John Calipari needs help with the scouting report for UK’s quarterfinal Southeastern Conference opponent, there were plenty of Wildcat fans in Bridgestone Arena Thursday who would probably be willing to help.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Despite the Wildcats having a double-bye delaying their SEC Tournament debut until Friday, the stands at Bridgestone...

Wildcats will meet Vanderbilt for third time
this season in SEC Tourney quarterfinals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If John Calipari needs help with the scouting report for UK’s quarterfinal Southeastern Conference opponent, there were plenty of Wildcat fans in Bridgestone Arena Thursday who would probably be willing to help.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Despite the Wildcats having a double-bye delaying their SEC Tournament debut until Friday, the stands at Bridgestone...