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Billy Reed: We have no choice but to make best of it and hope that, in the end, coronavirus does not win

Broadway has gone dark, a couple of Disney theme parks have shut down, and professional sports leagues have ended their seasons prematurely. Even more concerning, hospitals are being overwhelmed, the airlines industry is on life support, the Stock Market is tanking, and our government seems completely befuddled by what to do about this worldwide scourge known as the Coronavirus. To the shock and dismay...

Jamie Vaught: Legendary UK star accomplished much, but never took Cats to Final Four

With Kentucky’s regular season ending this weekend with a Saturday afternoon contest with Florida in Gainesville, there has been lots of discussion about who is the top basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Many folks like Kentucky standouts Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards as among the leading candidates for the SEC Player of the Year honors. And that certainly reminds me about one...

Keith Taylor: Wildcats have history with Houston, defeated Cougars during early 80s glory days

Houston had it going on in the early 1980s and was a consistent national title contender. During a three-year span from 1982-84, the Cougars made three appearances in the Final Four and were national runner-up twice. Following a loss to Georgetown in the 1984 national championship game, the Cougars went into hiding and “Phi Slama Jama” became a thing of the past. Houston rarely lost during those...

Jamie Vaught: Despite early season setbacks, Cats rebound, make basketball in Kentucky fun again

UK Basketball is fun again. After that ugly season-opening loss to Duke in Indianapolis back on Election Day in early November, the Big Blue Nation suffered a horrible spell for nearly two months. The rabid fans had seen the Wildcats, a preseason No. 2 team behind Kansas, fall from grace. Kentucky was no longer a serious Final Four contender. Three days later, UK bounced back and defeated Missouri...

Keith Taylor: Final Four should be a fun event, even without Cats on the big stage

Kentucky isn’t in the Final Four this year. Neither is Louisville or any other instate school for that matter. However, that doesn’t mean college basketball’s final weekend won’t lack for excitement as four schools — two of them newcomers to the party — battle for the title this weekend. Defending national champion North Carolina, Oregon, Gonzaga and South Carolina will take the big stage...

Keith Taylor: North Carolina all that’s standing in the way of return trip to Final Four for Cats, Calipari

MEMPHIS — Kentucky coach John Calipari is along for the ride, a joyful journey that has his Wildcats within one game of reaching the Final Four for the third time in the past four years. In order to get one of four elusive tickets to the national semifinals next week in Phoenix, Kentucky will have to get past top-seeded North Carolina in the South Region finals Sunday in what figures to be another...

NCAA says future Final Four host cities must have LGBT inclusive non-discrimination laws

WASHINGTON – Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the NCAA will not host any future events – from Final Four championships to education conferences – in cities without LGBT inclusive non-discrimination laws. “The...

Jamie Vaught: Cal’s record-seeking Wildcats provided fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Despite a disappointing loss in the national semifinals, Kentucky provided its fans with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As many as seven Cats could leave early for the pros (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Just a few days after Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns graced the cover of Sports Illustrated with the Wildcats gunning to become college basketball’s first undefeated squad since 1976, UK’s...

Jamie Vaught: Cal's record-seeking Wildcats provided fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Despite a disappointing loss in the national semifinals, Kentucky provided its fans with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As many as seven Cats could leave early for the pros (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Just a few days after Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns graced the cover of Sports Illustrated with the Wildcats gunning to become college basketball’s first undefeated squad since 1976, UK’s...

Ashley Scoby: Looks can really be deceiving when seldom-used reserve Willis is involved

Derek Willis drives on Pikeville during an exhibition game prior to the season (UK Athletics Photo)   An online search for tweets about Kentucky forward Derek Willis yields some interesting 140-character bombs.   “Kentucky won by enough to have Derek Willis play!” “Wasted talent.” “Derek Willis doesn’t even look happy that they just won.”   [widgets_on_pages id=“Ashley”] For...

Ashley Scoby: Very superstitious, writing's on the wall, it's no wonder these Cats are 38-0

Devon Booker (left) likes to eat the same foods before games while Tyler Ulis wears only white shirts during shoot-arounds (UK Athletics Photo)   If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Since not a whole lot has been broken so far during Kentucky’s 38-0 season, which continues Saturday night against Wisconsin in the national semi-finals, several of the players have stuck to what’s worked when...

Ashley Scoby: Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall, it’s no wonder these Cats are 38-0

Devon Booker (left) likes to eat the same foods before games while Tyler Ulis wears only white shirts during shoot-arounds (UK Athletics Photo)   If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Since not a whole lot has been broken so far during Kentucky’s 38-0 season, which continues Saturday night against Wisconsin in the national semi-finals, several of the players have stuck to what’s worked when...

Cal adds third national Coach of the Year award of the season after AP's selection

John Calipari picked up his third Coach of the Year award of the season Friday following a vote of Associated Press writers (UK Athletics Photo / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)   Already named the National Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Sporting News, Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari picked up another prestigious honor for leading the...

Cal adds third national Coach of the Year award of the season after AP’s selection

John Calipari picked up his third Coach of the Year award of the season Friday following a vote of Associated Press writers (UK Athletics Photo / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)   Already named the National Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Sporting News, Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari picked up another prestigious honor for leading the...

UK soccer player Collier selected as one of four student-athletes to perform anthem

Current University of Kentucky women’s soccer player Kennedy Collier will be singing the national anthem prior to the national semifinal games at the 2015 Men’s Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday night.   She will be joined by three other student-athletes from the participating schools to make up the quartet performing the anthem.   UK soccer player Kennedy Collier...

Ashley Scoby: Badgers mirror Wildcats' calm, but both teams know when to flip the switch

Kentucky has been a loose team during its unbeaten run this season, but when Wisconsin met the media Thursday, they didn’t seem to be feeling any pressure either (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When Kentucky unleashed a full-court press against Bob Huggins’ West Virginia team that was known for its own press, the Wildcats were giving another team a taste of its own medicine.   Now, when 38-0...

Ashley Scoby: Badgers mirror Wildcats’ calm, but both teams know when to flip the switch

Kentucky has been a loose team during its unbeaten run this season, but when Wisconsin met the media Thursday, they didn’t seem to be feeling any pressure either (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When Kentucky unleashed a full-court press against Bob Huggins’ West Virginia team that was known for its own press, the Wildcats were giving another team a taste of its own medicine.   Now, when 38-0...

Ashley Scoby: For Lyles, trip to Indy for Final Four match with Badgers a dream come true

Trey Lyles cuts down the nets after Kentucky defeated Notre Dame in the Elite Eight to earn a trip to his hometown on Indianapolis for the Final Four (UK Athletics Photo / Chet White)   Long before he tweeted pictures of an NCAA regional trophy, before he tweeted about a snow day at UK and before he Instagrammed pictures of himself and his “brothers” going through the daily life of a Kentucky...

Kentucky finally flinches in title game but will be remembered for classic, clutch journey

Kentucky fell short in Monday’s title game but won’t be remembered for what it didn’t do. (Photo by Chet White of UK Athletics; courtesy of UK Athletics)   ARLINGTON, Texas — What could have been hung over Kentucky’s locker room like a storm cloud. The Wildcats had just lost in the national championship game, and only when Connecticut was up six and dribbling out the clock...

Dominique Hawkins on the verge of history after winning Sweet 16 and Mr. Basketball

Kentucky’s Dominique Hawkins, former Mr. Basketball and Sweet 16 champion from Richmond’s Madison Central, is one win away from joining an exclusive club of former state champions to win national titles at Kentucky. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Dominique Hawkins doesn’t keep a written log of how many points he gives up when John Calipari sticks him in to serve...