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Coach’s son Brad Calipari pushed harder while playing for his dad at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari calls his coach dad and that’s the way John Calipari wants it to be as long as his son is playing at the University of Kentucky. “He tells me not to call him coach and he wants me to call him dad,” he said. “He pushes me hard and he pushes me harder than a lot of guys. He wants to see me to do well. He also knows I have made strides and how far I...

UK freshman Richards may have a love for soccer, but has developed a passion for basketball

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards is a huge soccer fan. “Growing up in Jamaica, basically that’s everybody’s sport and we are not really good at it, but everybody watches every regular-season game, like Madrid versus Barcelona and Chelsea versus Manchester United, those type of games,” he said. “We stayed up to watch (the games).” During his childhood, Richards thought he would...

Playing for ex-NBA star Hardaway helped P.J. Washington prepare for life as a Wildcat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today P.J. Washington was born in Louisville, but the Kentucky freshman doesn’t remember much more about his brief stay in the Bluegrass. “I was a little over three months old when we moved,” he said. “I don’t remember a lot about Louisville, other than being born there.I was just born in Louisville. That’s about it.” Kentucky newcomer P.J. Hardaway said playing...

Cats show toughness late, use fake punt, two late field goals to overcome gritty Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky drained the fuel tank and will spend the next two weeks refueling following a tougher-than-expected 40-34 win over Missouri Saturday night at Kroger Field. The Wildcats (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Tigers (1-4, 0-3) for the third straight time and pulled to within one game of bowl eligibility with six games remaining in the regular season....

UK ‘veteran’ Wenyen Gabriel changes mindset, overall focus heading into second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today This story is one of a series profiling the UK basketball team leading into Big Blue Madness on Oct. 13 Once he slowed down, Wenyen Gabriel finally caught his breath. The Kentucky sophomore forward learned to take life at a slower pace after enduing a roller-coaster ride last year, one that led to one breakdown after another. Wenyen Gabriel has wiped away thoughts of...

Hamidou Diallo has no regrets about staying in college, ready to lead young Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today This is the fourth in a series of stories and profiles taking a look at this year’s Kentucky men’s basketball team ahead of Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 13. Hamidou Diallo has no regrets on his decision to return to Kentucky and is ready to showcase his skills after sitting out during the second half of the season last year. “I’m ready, motivated and ready to...

Aware of his stature, Calipari doesn’t sway politics while in his seat as Kentucky coach

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories and profiles taking a look at this year’s Kentucky men’s basketball team ahead of Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 13. By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When it comes to social media, Kentucky coach John Calipari has more than one eye getting the lowdown on what he thinks. That’s before his thoughts land on Twitter, Facebook or any other social...

Calipari plans new wrinkles as young Wildcats prepare for ‘hard’ road this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows what he is getting into this season. Although the Kentucky coach is used to a roster stocked with newcomers, this time it’s different with no seniors and seven freshmen being counted on carry the load. Aside from sophomore Wenyen Gabriel, whom Calipari said is “playing way better” than he was a year ago and Hamidou Diallo, the team’s heralded...

Rosters released for 2017 UK Legends Charity Game — excluding current NBA players

Rosters for the 2017 UK Legends Game, which will be held Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena in conjunction with the UK Alumni Charity Game, were announced Monday. Twenty players are expected to suit up for the Legends Game at 7 p.m., with others, including current NBA players, playing in the UK Alumni Charity Game at 8 p.m. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm any current NBA players participating...

UK sophomore Killeya-Jones accepts invitation to Great Britain national team training camp

Kentucky basketball sophomore forward Sacha Killeya-Jones has accepted an invitation to attend Great Britain’s national training camp that will determine the team’s final roster for FIBA EuroBasket 2017. Killeya-Jones is eligible to play for Great Britain via his British-born mother, Ley. Killeya-Jones is one of 24 players selected to a preliminary squad for Great Britain’s senior men’s team....

Keith Taylor: Once thought to be out of the lottery, Adebayo could be a first-round sleeper choice

Bam Adebayo isn’t considered a lottery pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, but could very be a sleeper choice in the first round. Adebayo, who averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game for Kentucky last season, worked out for the Charlotte Hornets Sunday. Adebayo played at High Point Christian Academy in North Carolina. During his workout with Charlotte Sunday, Adebayo showcased his shooting from...

Wildcats take on Ohio in NCAA Tournament opener; regional also features Indiana, NC State

Top-seeded Kentucky will open the NCAA Tournament at home against No. 4 seed Ohio University on Friday afternoon as the first game of the Lexington Regional, it was announced on Monday. No. 2 seed Indiana and No. 3 seed North Carolina State will square off in the nightcap at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch for the Wildcats and Bobcats is noon ET and the game will be aired on ESPNU. Indiana and N.C....

Kentucky sophomore shortstop Reed earns first-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition

Kentucky’s sophomore shortstop Katie Reed was named to the 2017 All-Southeastern Conference first team as part of three award-winning players for the Wildcats by the league office on Wednesday. Reed joins Bailey Vick and Alex Martens, who were named to the All-Freshman Team for the 2017 season. Vick was also named to the All-Defensive Team. Katie Reed (UK Athletics Photo) The first team honor for...

Kentucky rolls past LSU to take 5th SEC series of year; Softball squad sweeps Missouri

Justin Lewis and the Kentucky defense stayed steady behind a relentless offense as the No. 10 Wildcats took their fifth Southeastern Conference series of the season, defeating No. 8 LSU 10-2 on a cloudy, windy day at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The Cats (28-13, 12-6 SEC), winners in six of the last eight games, retain their two-game lead over Florida in the SEC East with 12 conference games remaining....

Wildcat senior Hawkins visits elementary, middle school students in return to his hometown

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BEREA — Dominique Hawkins returned to his hometown Friday. The University of Kentucky senior guard and Madison Central graduate visited four Madison County schools — Kit Carson, Kingston, Daniel Boone and Madison Middle — as part of the #KyBoysTour along with classmate Derek Willis. Derek Willis, left, and Dominique Hawkins, right, sign autographs...

UK football team enters new phase of Stoops era — fifth-year coach ready to put foot on the gas

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky has entered a “new phase” of the Mark Stoops era. Going into his fifth season as coach of the Wildcats, Stoops has a better idea of what to expect from his team when Kentucky opens fall camp. He and his staff had fewer question marks following spring workouts, giving the coach even more optimism for next season. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops...

Top shooter: Kentucky guard Malik Monk captures prestigious Jerry West Award

Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk has already rewritten the Kentucky record books as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. He now owns the official designation as the top shooting guard of the 2016-17 college basketball season with the awarding of the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.   Monk was announced as the 2017 winner during ESPN’s College Basketball Awards Show...

UK announces two-year contract extensions, pay increases for both Calipari and Stoops

Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and football head coach Mark Stoops have each agreed to two-year extensions to their respective contracts, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Wednesday. The amendment to Calipari’s contract extends his deal from March 30, 2022 to March 30, 2024. Calipari’s total guaranteed compensation – including base salary, media/endorsement...

It’s Cats vs. Norse: UK, Northern Kentucky University paired in NCAA tourney first round

By Glenn Osborne KyForward managing editor John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats, fresh off an SEC tournament championship win over Arkansas, will meet Northern Kentucky University Friday in first-round NCAA tournament play in Indianapolis. The Norse are making their first appearance in the NCAA tourney in their first year of eligibility. The No. 8 Wildcats, winners of the SEC regular season and...

SEC Tournament: Improved Arkansas welcomes rematch against top-seeded Kentucky

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer De’Aaron Fox has scored 48 points in two SEC Tournament games (Bill Thiry Photo) NASHVILLE — Back in the day, Arkansas and Kentucky were the top dogs in the Southeastern Conference. On Sunday, the two teams will meet for the league title for the second time in the past three years. The Wildcats (28-5) rolled to a 97-71 victory over the Razorbacks...