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UK sophomore guard Rhyne Howard one of five named Wooden Award All-America live on ESPN

For the third time this postseason, University of Kentucky women’s basketball sophomore guard Rhyne Howard has been tabbed a first team All-America selection as the Wooden Award named the star to its All-America team Wednesday night live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. In March, Howard was named one of 15 players nationally to the Wooden Award National Ballot with the selection committee then selecting...

PJ Washington (Charlotte), Tyler Herro (Miami) are back-to-back picks in NBA Draft on Thursday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today As expected, PJ Washington was the first Kentucky player selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night at the Barkley’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Washington was taken as the No. 12 overall selection by the Charlotte Hornets. In somewhat of a surprise, Washington’s teammate Tyler Herro was selected next at No. 13 by the Miami Heat. Washington declared for the NBA Draft...

University of Kentucky football to open 2019 season with noon contest against Toledo on Aug. 31

With football season just a few short months away, ESPN has announced the first three weeks of its 2019 college football slate. The Wildcats open the 2019 season with three straight home games and look to use the momentum created last year from their win over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl. The 10-3 record was Kentucky’s best season in 41 years and only the third 10-win season in school...

Jamie Vaught: UK hoops rivalry with Tennessee has produced numerous memorable battles

Over the years, there have been numerous memorable Kentucky-Tennessee basketball battles. In this heated rivalry series, UK fans will remember UT coaches or stars like Ray Mears, Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Rodney Woods, Dale Ellis, Don DeVoe, to name several. They all gave Kentucky coaches Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall plenty of disappointments. Both of them had a hard time competing against Mears,...

Jamie Vaught: SEC Nation’s Laura Rutledge follows diverse background to become ‘rising star’ at ESPN

When ESPN sent a press release back in May to announce that Laura Rutledge has been selected as the new host for the popular SEC Nation program, it called her the rising star of the SEC Network. Rutledge has the background along with her previous experience to do her television job really well. The ESPN/SEC reporter graduated with a degree in broadcasting journalism at the University of Florida where...

Pitino maintains innocence in interview with ESPN analyst Bilas, says board action was hasty

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A defiant Rick Pitino spoke candidly with ESPN’s Jay Bilas in a taped interviewed aired late Wednesday night. It was the first public comment for the Hall of Fame coach since being fired Monday as the University of Louisville basketball coach after a 16-year tenure that included winning the 2013 national championship. Louisville has been named as part of the FBI’s...

Jamie Vaught: Outspoken Finebaum has become the unofficial voice of the Southeastern Conference

Paul Finebaum? Heard of him? The name should be familiar, especially if you’re a Southeastern Conference fan. He is all over the airwaves as a colorful and controversial broadcaster on the SEC and ESPN networks with strong opinions on many issues. And he tours with the SEC Nation, the traveling pregame show that is shown live from a different campus on Saturdays, previewing college football games...

Louisville freshman linebacker Etheridge becoming pivotal piece of nationally ranked defense

For seven-consecutive seasons, Louisville’s defense has ranked in the top-25 nationally. Breaking into the lineup, given the success over that span, is an all but easy task. Dorian Etheridge, however, has shown that he is anything but a standard freshman. When he took the field in the season opener against Purdue, he became the first true freshman to start at linebacker since James Burgess during...

So far, so good: Petrino excited about Cards’ prospects following first full week of practice

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today So far, so good. That sums up coach Bobby Petrino’s feelings about his University of Louisville football team after the first full week of practice. “I like what I see,” Petrino said during the team’s annual Media Day Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. “I see a group of guys who are in really good condition, the best shape we’ve...

EKU football game at Jacksonville State to be ‘Game of the Week’ on ESPN3 on October 14

Eastern Kentucky University’s football game at Jacksonville State University will air live on ESPN3 on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Ohio Valley Conference announced on Friday.  The game is part of the league’s eight-game football “Game of the Week” package.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive...

Jamie Vaught: Cats’ star Evan White among large group of SEC performers hoping to be called in draft

During my early days in the 1960s and 1970s, there wasn’t a lot of media coverage in college baseball. It wasn’t easy to find articles or information about SEC baseball, including the Kentucky Wildcats. You really had to look for them hard. Remember, we didn’t have Internet during those days, either. In addition, cable television didn’t really explode in many areas until late 1970s and ESPN...

Guinness Book of World Records representative to be at Rupp Saturday looking for new loudness mark

Under the spotlight of arguably the best nonconference college basketball game of the 2016-17 season, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance at Saturday’s Kentucky men’s basketball game vs. Kansas to gauge if the Big Blue Nation can set a new record for loudest indoor crowd cheer. UK Athletics and UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center are joining forces...

Billy Reed: Words come up short when it comes to superlatives for Louisville-Clemson grid showdown

Here we are, mere hours away from the Louisville football team’s visit to Clemson, and I have a serious problem. I used up almost all my adjectives and superlatives on the Cards’ historic 63-20 humiliation of Florida State. I ordered a new batch from the U.S. Postal Service, but they won’t be here until Monday, the same day The Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader will be coming out with their game...

ESPN College GameDay: Here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning to be on the scene

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot visits the University of Louisville for this weekend’s game featuring the Cardinals and No. 2 Florida State at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The location for the ESPN College GameDay set will be on the lawn in front of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, outside the northeast corner of the stadium. Lines are expected to form for fans...

Cards hope to seize their big moment, beat ‘Noles and get on path to ACC championship

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–It’s a game that has it all, a stadium full of appealing storylines: Two top-10 teams, explosive offenses, fast, efficient defenses, Atlantic Coast Conference and national championship implications, two of the best, if not THE best, young quarterbacks in the nation, a national TV audience (ABC). And in case you hadn’t heard, ESPN’s...

Petrino excited for ‘Noles, GameDay, but doesn’t want his Cards paying attention to hype

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — As a child, University of linebacker Keith Kelsey can remember sitting on his father’s lap and watching a video from his dad’s days as a linebacker for the University of Florida in the mid-to-late 1990s, and one replay particularly stands out. It was in 1997 when Tennessee met Florida in Gainesville. The Gators were ranked No. 1,...

UofL’s Jackson earns second straight Player of Week Award; ESPN’s GameDay coming Saturday

For the second-straight week, University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Cardinals ‘ Louisville’s 62-28 win over Syracuse on Friday night. Jackson followed up on his week one heroics by accounting for an ACC-record 610 yards from scrimmage — rushing for 199 yards and a school...

Jamie Vaught: Big Blue has featured role in ESPN sportscaster Spake’s personal highlights reel

With her job as one of the more respected sideline reporters, Shannon Spake has been covering lots of UK basketball games on national TV lately. If you watch sports, especially on ESPN, you’d certainly know who she is. Spake does an admirable job and has worked with the sports network since 2006. You may remember I did a column about the reporter early last year — January 2015 —...

Will He Stay or Will He Go? Pitino says anything is possible when it comes to his future at Louisville

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — As his University of Louisville basketball team heads into its final two games this week, speculation continues to swirl about whether Rick Pitino’s 15th season as the Cardinals’ head coach will be his last. That, of course, is because of the ongoing investigations into the sex-for-pay scandal that has already resulted in UofL initiating...

Former Louisville basketball recruit tells ESPN 'It was like I was in a strip club'

ESPN reported that five former UofL players and recruits told its reporters that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010-14 that included strippers paid for by Andre McGee, a former graduate assistant and director of basketball operations for head coach Rick Pitino (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Former escort Katina Powell finally...