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Home sweet home: Kentucky football team set to play seven games at Kroger Field next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play seven home football games next season. The team’s schedule was released Wednesday and the Wildcats will take on Florida, LSU and Georgia in a three-game stretch during the first three weeks of October. The Wildcats played a full conference slate this past season and finished with a 5-6 mark, defeating North Carolina State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Just...

Kentucky, Florida tied at 243 donors each after first day of annual Big Blue Slam blood drive

With the overall series tied at six wins apiece, Kentucky and Florida continue a heated rivalry with this year’s Big Blue Slam. The two blood centers and fan bases are tied after the first day of the 2021 competition, with 243 donors each on Monday. Big Blue Slam is the annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators to see which fans can donate the most blood. The annual competition week goes...

Brooks has ‘fun’ in return to court as UK rolls to 76-58 victory over Florida in Gainesville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks just wanted to have fun in his return to the court Saturday and it showed. Brooks had a blast and so did his teammates as the Wildcats (4-6, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched their winning streak to three games with a 76-58 victory over Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. Keion Brooks dunks in the Wildcats’ win at Florida on Saturday. Brooks finished...

After rough start to season, UK takes perfect SEC record to Florida for Saturday showdown

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After a rough start to the season, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his team decided to start with a “clean slate” as the calendar flipped to 2021 and Southeastern Conference play began. So far, the plan seems to be paying dividends. The Cats are 2-0 to start conference play, with a pair of nail-biting wins under their belts. First, a double-overtime...

UK’s Brooks cleared to play Saturday at Florida; suffered foot injury during preseason workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky forward Keion Brooks’ last game was at Florida a year ago. Brooks will return to the lineup when the Wildcats take on the Gators on Saturday in Gainesville. Brooks, who suffered a foot injury during preseason workouts, was cleared to play on Thursday. Brooks missed the first nine games and is the team’s lone returning experienced scholarship...

Alabama, Ole Miss fill out UK’s 10-game football schedule; SEC sends Wildcats to Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has announced the remainder of its football schedule, and Kentucky will visit Alabama and also play host to Ole Miss as part of a 10-game slate this season. The season will begin on Sept. 26 and teams will play 10 games in a 11-week period through Dec. 5. “The two SEC announcements today – the medical protocols and the addition of two...

Jamie Vaught: Is another winning season on tap for UK football? Here’s my annual fearless forecast

For the last four years, the Kentucky Wildcats have played winning football on the field with a nice overall record of 32-20, including four bowl trips and a 16-16 mark in the Southeastern Conference. But will the Wildcats win again in 2020? Well, on paper, they should with several preseason All-American and All-Southeastern Conference standouts returning despite the departure of All-American Lynn...

WKU men’s golfer Linus Lo named to All-Conference USA second team; third Hilltopper to earn honor

Western Kentucky University men’s golfer Linus Lo has been named to the All-Conference USA second team. “Linus is one of the hardest workers I have ever had the pleasure to coach,” said WKU men’s golf head coach Chan Metts. “He is very deserving of being an All-Conference player. Especially looking at his fall season he set a program record for scoring average in a semester....

Pair of outstanding recruits from Florida to join talented Morehead State basketball in 2020-21

With a load of young talent set to return to the Morehead State men’s basketball program in 2020-21, the influx of new talent is superior as well. Johni Broome, a 6-foot-10 forward, and Drew Thelwell, a 6-foot-3 guard, recently wrapped up successful senior years leading their Florida high school programs. Broome, from Tampa Catholic, was named the Hillsborough County Player of the Year. He averaged...

Newton’s Attic provides remote learning STEM project kits, online lessons for home-bound students

Newton’s Attic, a local nonprofit, has developed mail-order project kits paired with both live and pre-recorded online lessons which can be followed at home in order to serve students and families whose schedules have been disrupted by school shutdowns in recent weeks. The first project available to the public was a laser-cut tabletop catapult. Kits are available online for order, and the recorded...

Kentucky gets first lead late in second half to beat Florida 71-70 in stunning season finale in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky led just once against Florida. It was all the Wildcats needed to complete a regular-season sweep of the Gators. EJ Montgomery’s tip-in with 11 seconds remaining capped a second-half comeback by the Wildcats and lifted No. 6 Kentucky to a 71-70 victory over the Gators Saturday in Gainesville. Florida guard’s Andrew Nembhard’s desperation three at the buzzer...

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...

UK’s Department of Veterinary Science responds to increases of Nocardioform placentitis reports

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky The 2019-2020 foaling season has seen an increase in reports of Nocardioform placentitis, both in cases submitted to the University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and in reports from equine practitioners in the field. Nocardioform placentitis is an equine placental disease affecting pregnant mares and their foals during pregnancy. UK’s VDL...

2019 Runhappy Eclipse Awards announced, Bricks and Mortar Horse of the Year, Champion Turf Male

KyForward staff   HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced Thursday that Bricks and Mortar, who was undefeated in six starts last year, was voted the 2019 Runhappy Horse of the Year at the 49th Annual Runhappy Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino...

Georgetown’s Nevills gets Eclipse Award for heartfelt story on the closing of Mount Pleasant Meadows

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Hallandale Beach, FL. – Joe Nevills of Georgetown, KY, was presented the Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary Writing Thursday for his entry “Biting The Dust: A Long Goodbye to Mount Pleasant Meadows,” written for the Paulick Report on July 22. Joe Nevills of Georgetown, KY, bloodstock editor for the Paulick Report, took home the 2019 Eclipse Award...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari set to begin second decade at UK helm; Gators will give Cats a run for SEC title

Yes, it’s hard to believe that John Calipari is beginning his second decade at Kentucky. Yes, it’s been that long since he arrived on campus in 2009 to take over the coveted head coaching job at UK. Despite the constant turnover of “one-and-done” standouts over the years, the 60-year-old Calipari once again is expected to have another very good basketball team in Lexington this winter with...

Kentucky falters down the stretch, can’t hold lead in tough loss to ninth-ranked Florida Gators

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ended a 31-game losing skid to Florida last season, but starting a streak of their own proved to be a difficult task for the Wildcats in a 29-21 setback to the ninth-ranked Gators Saturday night. Florida (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored 19 unanswered — all in the fourth quarter — after its starting quarterback Feleipe Franks went down with an injury...

Jamie Vaught: Cats should still fare well, despite loss of Wilson; Bob Stoops opens up about storied career

While it was heartbreaking to see quarterback Terry Wilson’s season-ending injury during Kentucky’s win over Eastern Michigan last weekend, I still think the Wildcats will be okay this season with backup QB Sawyer Smith, a graduate transfer from Troy who started the last seven games of the 2018 campaign, helping his team to a Dollar General Bowl victory, and earning bowl’s MVP honors. Before...

Kentucky QB Terry Wilson out for season with knee injury; Sawyer Smith to start against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky starting quarterback Terry Wilson will miss the rest of the season after tearing his patellar tendon in his left knee the school announced Sunday. Terry Wilson dances down the sideline against Eastern Michigan. Wilson suffered a knee injury in the third quarter and will miss the rest of the season. (Photo by Tammie Brown, Kentucky Today) Wilson...

LG&E, KY Utilities, KY Power, Duke Energy crews head south to help with hurricane power outages

(Note: Weather updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday) Crews from Louisville Gas & Electric, Kentucky Utilities and Kentucky Power are on their way to Florida to help with any outages that may result from Hurricane Dorian. The storm is headed to the southeast coast and residents are bracing for the worst. The crews from Kentucky will help with expected power outages wherever the storm makes landfall. The...