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Bill Straub: The Theater of the Absurd as poor Mitch keeps getting understood perfectly for plain-speaking

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has spent so much time backing-and-filling over the past few days that he could have sailed halfway around the world by now. Ask him how it tastes to eat crow and he’ll be obliged to tell you, “Tastes like chicken.” The Louisville lawmaker caused an uproar on Monday, spilling over into Tuesday, after issuing a statement all but ordering his longtime...

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...

UK freshman guard Boston trying to stay positive through struggles as Cats prepare for LSU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brandon “BJ” Boston is doing all he can to get back on track. The Kentucky freshman guard has been spending extra time in the gym after coming off the bench for the first time in his career earlier this week in a 63-62 loss at Georgia. He was working out past midnight Friday with teammate Cam’Ron Fletcher. “Basketball is really all that’s on my mind, so it’s...

Calipari discouraged after watching Kentucky drop 63-62 buzzer-beater at Georgia on Wednesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was down after watching his team’s 14-game winning streak against Georgia end Wednesday night in Athens. The Wildcats (4-9, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) led by one with three seconds remaining, but P.J. Horne’s basket on an out-of-bounds play with 1.3 ticks left lifted Georgia to a 63-62 triumph over the struggling...

Calipari frustrated as Kentucky switches to desperation mode going into game at Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is frustrated and admitted he’s not happy with the way his team is playing going into Wednesday night’s contest at Georgia. “There is a frustration out there, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s unacceptable where we are right now — unacceptable,” Calipari said Tuesday. “I’m trying to figure out everything...

Kentucky electric cooperative line technicians assisting in Georgia after Hurricane Zeta destruction

For the third time in six weeks, dozens of Kentucky electric cooperative line technicians are headed south to assist in power restoration. Hurricane Zeta knocked out power to nearly 2 million homes and business across five states.
 
Nearly 50 employees from six electric cooperatives in Kentucky are deploying to three sister co-ops in northern Georgia that requested their help. South Kentucky RECC...

U.S. Department of Justice data reveals Kentucky continues to struggle with high imprisonment rates

New data from the federal agency charged with tracking criminal justice statistics around the nation again highlights Kentucky’s grim per capita imprisonment rate. For the second year in a row, Kentucky had the seventh-highest ranking in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics Prisoners in 2019 annual report released on Oct. 22. The Commonwealth’s...

Stoops considering quarterback options to jumpstart UK offense against No. 5 Georgia on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky could be making a change at quarterback when the Wildcats play host to No. 5 Georgia on Saturday afternoon. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is considering his options following the Wildcats’ 20-10 loss at Missouri, a letdown that came on the heels of a 34-7 win at Tennessee the previous week. Backup quarterback and Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood...

Missouri ends Kentucky series dominance, cruises to 20-10 victory over Wildcats on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops was nearly speechless after watching his team’s disappointing 20-10 loss at Missouri on Saturday. “It’s really difficult to put into words because it’s been a long time since we’ve had a game like that,” Stoops said after his team dropped to 2-3 this season. “We were beaten in every area and no ifs and or buts. They kicked...

UK, Stoops hit reset button after historic victory at Tennessee, set sights on talented Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops didn’t waste any time forgetting about Kentucky’s first road win over Tennessee since 1984. Less than 24 hours following the rare and exhilarating 34-7 victory over the Volunteers in Knoxville, the UK head coach was already looking ahead to Saturday’s contest at Missouri. “We enjoy a victory for less than 24 hours, depending on what time you play,...

Keith Taylor: Football is back, and it looks like a break-even season for UK against tough SEC

Kentucky will step into unchartered water and right into Southeastern Conference play when the season kicks off this Saturday at Auburn. After weeks and months of debate, the Wildcats will join the rest of the league and provide a dose of normalcy as the nation recovers from a pandemic that has crippled sports and society as a whole since March. What remains to be seen is if the conference can complete...

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...

Georgetown College alum Will Runyon helping others find hope in difficult times as hospital chaplain

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has proven difficult for all, but while the disease has proven devastating and incredibly worrying for everyone, it has shined a light on many local heroes who continue to work hard in the fight against this disease. Health care workers, first responders, grocery store workers, and so many other essential employees have worked diligently to be a beacon of hope during...

With family looking on, Ashton Hagans puts on a show as Wildcats complete sweep of Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans always seems to turn it up a notch against Georgia. With several of his family members in attendance, including his mother, Hagans scored 23 points and just missed a double-double with nine assists to lead No. 15 Kentucky to an 89-79 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night to complete a regular-season sweep. “It’s always good to go against my home state...

Ashton Hagans listed day-to-day as he returns to home state in Tuesday night matchup with Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans is returning to his home state, but it’s not known whether he will even play when No. 14 Kentucky takes on Georgia Tuesday night. Hagans suffered an apparent low ankle sprain in the Wildcats’ 71-59 win over Missouri last weekend in the team’s Southeastern Conference opener. Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus said Monday Hagans is listed day-to-day. “We...

Kentucky heads back to the drawing board at quarterback as Cats continue to struggle

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t sugarcoating his team’s quarterback situation. The Kentucky coach offered no hints Monday as to who will be the starter when the Wildcats take on Missouri Saturday at Kroger Field. Lynn Bowden made his second consecutive start at quarterback and managed 99 yards in a 21-0 loss to Georgia last weekend in Athens. Bowden has rushed for 295 yards in...

Stoops’ Wildcats finished celebrating end of three-game slide, turn attention to test against Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is finished celebrating the end of a three-game losing streak and the Kentucky coach has shifted his attention to 10th-ranked Georgia. “It’s (the win) very short-lived with the great challenge that we have this week, going on the road and playing Georgia,” he said. Stoops attributed his team’s 24-20 triumph over Arkansas that ended a three-game slide...

Jamie Vaught: UK football has tough act to follow, but look for Wildcats to finish 8-4 with another bowl trip

The football Wildcats from Lexington will have a very tough act to follow this fall. That’s after we saw a historical campaign by the 2018 University of Kentucky squad, which came up with the school’s best season in 41 years as the Cats posted a remarkable 10-3 record — including a New Year’s Day bowl victory over Penn State. Kentucky also finished with a winning league mark of 5-3 for the...

Jamie Vaught: Despite key personnel losses from 10-3 team, UK football should remain competitive in SEC

After enjoying a remarkable 10-3 campaign in 2018, including a victory over Penn State in a New Year’s Day bowl, will the University of Kentucky football team continue its winning ways this fall? Yes, but the Wildcats likely will regress some after losing megastars Josh Allen and Benny Snell Jr. to the NFL. UK won’t win 10 games this time, but it should remain respectable with a forgiving schedule...

UK’s Ashton Hagans scores career-high 23 points as Cats top Georgia Bulldogs Tuesday night in Athens

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans had a career night in a return to his home state. The Kentucky freshman guard scored a career-high 23 points to lead the 12th-ranked Wildcats to a 69-49 win over Georgia Tuesday night in Athens. Hagans, Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball last season, de-committed from the Bulldogs after a coaching change last spring and chose to sign...