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UK golfer battles bone cancer: ‘He and God are going to whip this thing over the next year’

Cullan Brown, a Kentucky sophomore men’s golfer who has been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in his left thigh, has made an impression not only with his golfing abilities but also with his faith. 
Brown, a member of Hebron Baptist Church, announced Saturday he has withdrawn from Kentucky and will not compete during the 2019-20 season to focus the year on his health. 
Brown was diagnosed...

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Hawkins, Willis part of TBT Bluegrass Boys Squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well-represented in The Basketball Tournament next month. Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner. The Bluegrass Boys will compete with seven more teams...

University of Kentucky alumnus Ed Berry turns passion for football into successful business career

Rebecca Longo University of Kentucky University of Kentucky football alumnus and now successful businessman Ed Berry did not always envision that he would end up where he is today. With a dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL), he got his start playing football at a very young age. Little did he know, his future career would grow from this passion. Competing on the gridiron was always...

Jamie Vaught: It’s OK to be disappointed by UK’s loss to Auburn, but stop whining about John Calipari

Interestingly, a small bunch of so-called “Monday Morning” coaches in the Big Blue Nation as well as some opinionated media folks have been complaining and howling about basketball coach John Calipari and his favored Kentucky Wildcats for failing to make a coveted trip to the 2019 NCAA Final Four after Sunday afternoon’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Auburn. Sure, we are saddened with the painful...

Kentucky by Heart: James Duane Bolin pens first in-depth, critical biography of ‘Baron of the Bluegrass’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist There was a day when collegiate basketball in America was “just a sport,” when college gyms were marginal — often smaller and less attractive than those of today’s high schools — and most followers did so from sources via radio, newspapers, and information from friends. No cable TV, no ESPN, no 24-hour coverage… and March Madness as we know...

Jamie Vaught: Cal’s gesture an honorable one, Pitino should be recognized for accomplishments at UK

Rick Pitino was nowhere to be seen in the Big Blue Nation last month when UK basketball coach John Calipari reached out to the former Wildcats boss for the celebration of UK’s 1993 Final Four team’s 25th-year anniversary held in Lexington. It was Pitino who took that team to the school’s first Final Four trip in nearly 10 years. But Pitino — who in 1989 took over the Kentucky program in...

Jamie Vaught: Looking ahead to 2019 after ‘Amazing Cats’ add exclamation point to outstanding season

Before New Year’s Day in 2019, like many fans, I only saw ONE great UK football team during my career as a sportswriter. But that statement changed after the 16th-ranked Wildcats ended their stunning 2018 campaign with an exciting 27-24 victory over No. 12 Penn State on Tuesday in a sunny Citrus Bowl in Orlando, finishing with an amazing 10-3 mark, including three wins over nationally-ranked teams...

Jamie Vaught: Sharing memories of former Wildcats coach Joe B. Hall as he celebrates his 90th birthday

As you’ll recall, former Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He is a beloved celebrity in the Big Blue Nation. He was coaching the Wildcats when I was a student at the University of Kentucky back in the late 1970s. And, through my sportswriting career, I have lots of good memories of Coach Hall and interviewed him a few times. I’ll share some of my favorite...

Big Blue Crush update: Kentucky still trails Tennessee by 296 — with just two days to go

At the midway point of the 31st annual Big Blue Crush, Kentucky still trails Tennessee, 1,820 to 1,551, but there are still two days left for the Big Blue Nation to roll up its sleeves. “Even though the Vols are leading, we know this competition isn’t over with yet,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “A good response tomorrow and Friday could...

Perfect Cats end Big Blue Bahamas tour with another blowout victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky concluded its Big Blue Bahamas Tour in impressive fashion with a 93-60 victory over Team Toronto Sunday at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. The Wildcats placed five players in double figures, paced by graduate transfer Reid Travis with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive end of the floor. The performance by Travis was his best outing of...

Impressive Wildcats hit century mark for third straight win in Bahamas Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hit the century mark and remained undefeated in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a 100-64 rout of Mega Bemax Saturday night at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. It marked the Wildcats’ third straight victory in the four-game tour, which concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday against Team Toronto. Kentucky coach John Calipari expected a close encounter against the Serbian...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

SEC Network will televise all four of Kentucky’s August exhibition games from the Bahamas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky basketball never stops even during the off-season. All four of the team’s games in the Bahamas will be televised by the SEC Network next month it was announced by the school Tuesday. In the opener on Aug. 8, Kentucky will take on the Bahamas National Team at 7 p.m. The Wildcats also will play San Lorenzo De Almagro at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 before taking a one day...

John Calipari is taking his time getting a feel for the Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari likes the way his team has bonded during the past two weeks ahead of an overseas trip to the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — John Calipari is taking his time getting to know his team. The Kentucky coach thinks he’s “got a good group” one that has about a month to prepare for an overseas trip to...

Kentucky Blood Center wins 30th-annual Big Blue Crush with largest victory in competition’s history

Kentucky has won the 30th annual Big Blue Crush, 2,540 to 1,787, which is the largest margin of victory in the history of the competition. “Thank you, Big Blue Nation,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “Because of your generosity, we have once again beat Tennessee, but, more importantly, we have a strong blood supply heading into the holidays....

Kentucky men’s basketball schedule times, broadcast destinations now complete

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Times and television destinations for the Kentucky men’s basketball television schedule were completed and announced on Wednesday. The Wildcats will play Utah Valley, East Tennessee State, Troy, Fort Wayne and UIC on the SEC Network, while the game at Monmouth will be televised at noon on ESPNU. All of Kentucky’s men’s basketball games will be televised not only...

Keith Taylor: Resilient Wildcats proved they can shot take a shot to the gut, then fight right back and win

The culture is changing at Kentucky and it’s all for the better. Even when things looked bleak after South Carolina opened the game with Jake Bentley’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel Saturday night, the Wildcats didn’t flinch and recovered from the Gamecocks’ quick strike to go on to defeat the Gamecocks 23-13. Mark Stoops and Mitch Barnhart were all smiles after Kentucky’s win...

Keith Taylor: Former UK star, analyst Larry Conley says Calipari’s success not a surprise

Former Kentucky standout and retired television analyst Larry Conley likes the job John Calipari is doing at Kentucky   October has arrived and that means basketball is just around the corner.   The excitement for the upcoming season started building last week when Big Blue Nation began camping out at Memorial Coliseum to obtain tickets to this year’s Big Blue Madness slated for Oct....

Keith Taylor: Former UK star, analyst Larry Conley says Calipari's success not a surprise

Former Kentucky standout and retired television analyst Larry Conley likes the job John Calipari is doing at Kentucky   October has arrived and that means basketball is just around the corner.   The excitement for the upcoming season started building last week when Big Blue Nation began camping out at Memorial Coliseum to obtain tickets to this year’s Big Blue Madness slated for Oct....

Keith Taylor: Stoops wants a ‘good, clean, hard-fought’ game against instate foe EKU

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad scores his first collegiate touchdown in the Wildcats’ 21-13 win over Missouri last week. The Wildcats host Eastern Kentucky Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (Photo by Tammie Brown)   Mark Stoops is focused on football and not what transpired off the field between members of his team and Eastern Kentucky University. The Kentucky coach wants no part of any confrontations...