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Sports Notes: Cost of attendance stipend welcomed, but few think it changes minds

UK coach Mark Stoops says student-athletes will see their quality of life improve thanks to cost of attendance stipends (Jon Hale Photo)   Later this month, NCAA Division I scholarship athletes will find a little something extra in their bank accounts.   In addition to their allotted scholarship money, they will get a “cost of attendance” stipend. That amount will vary from school...

Sports Notes: Cost of attendance stipend welcomed, but few think it changes minds

UK coach Mark Stoops says student-athletes will see their quality of life improve thanks to cost of attendance stipends (Jon Hale Photo)   Later this month, NCAA Division I scholarship athletes will find a little something extra in their bank accounts.   In addition to their allotted scholarship money, they will get a “cost of attendance” stipend. That amount will vary from school...

Sports Notes: With new season on horizon, Stoops, Cats starting back with clean slate

UK coach Mark Stoops is eager to get his team back on the field and prepare for the Sept. 5 season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette (UK Athletics Photo)   The wait is nearly over for Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats’ football squad.   The UK players report for fall practice on Aug. 6. The annual Media Day spectacle is set for Aug. 7 and Fan Day will be conducted on Aug. 8. Soon...

Sports Notes: With new season on horizon, Stoops, Cats starting back with clean slate

UK coach Mark Stoops is eager to get his team back on the field and prepare for the Sept. 5 season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette (UK Athletics Photo)   The wait is nearly over for Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats’ football squad.   The UK players report for fall practice on Aug. 6. The annual Media Day spectacle is set for Aug. 7 and Fan Day will be conducted on Aug. 8. Soon...

Lots of work done, much more left to do as New Commonwealth Stadium transforms

The new turf at Commonwealth Stadium has been installed, but work continues inside the facility (Jonathan Coffman Photos)   The media got an early look at the renovations in progress at the new Commonwealth Stadium Wednesday just 44 days before the first game of the 2015 college football season.   Senior associate athletics director for capital projects Russ Pear led about three dozen media...

Sports Notes: Reds may be center of MLB universe again, but for much different reason

Home Run Derby champ Todd Frazier may be one of the last recognizable Reds on the roster when the July 31 trading deadline rolls around (Cincinnati Reds Photo)   It was just a week ago that Cincinnati was the center of the Major League Baseball universe, serving flawlessly and impressively as the host for the 2015 All-Star Game.   Hometown third baseman Todd Frazier rode a late voter wave...

Sports Notes: Reds may be center of MLB universe again, but for much different reason

Home Run Derby champ Todd Frazier may be one of the last recognizable Reds on the roster when the July 31 trading deadline rolls around (Cincinnati Reds Photo)   It was just a week ago that Cincinnati was the center of the Major League Baseball universe, serving flawlessly and impressively as the host for the 2015 All-Star Game.   Hometown third baseman Todd Frazier rode a late voter wave...

Stoops says SEC relevance and a bowl game remain prime goals for Wildcats in 2015

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops told reporters during his SEC Media Days appearance that he expects to see improvement from the Wildcats in 2015 (UK Athletics Photo)   Facing reporters for the third time as Kentucky’s head football coach at the SEC Media Days Wednesday, Mark Stoops said he knows Wildcat fans expect his team to be better.   And, Stoops said, he expects his team will...

For the second time, Calipari forced to take to social media to deny interest in NBA position

For the second time in as many months, John Calipari used social media to deny interest in leaving UK to join an NBA franchise (Jamie Vaught Photo)   For the second time in as many months, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari has felt compelled to take to Twitter to deny rumors that he was considering a move to the NBA.   The latest rumor, reported on YahooSports.com Tuesday, had...

For the second time, Calipari forced to take to social media to deny interest in NBA position

For the second time in as many months, John Calipari used social media to deny interest in leaving UK to join an NBA franchise (Jamie Vaught Photo)   For the second time in as many months, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari has felt compelled to take to Twitter to deny rumors that he was considering a move to the NBA.   The latest rumor, reported on YahooSports.com Tuesday, had...

Sports Notes: Former Cat Reed, Legends' O'Hearn could soon find themselves moving

Lexington Legends first baseman Ryan O’Hearn led all Kansas City minor leaguers in batting average last year and he is the top home run hitter in the South Atlantic League this season (Erin Grigson Photo)   A pair of Class A first basemen with Kentucky ties are having a major impact on their respective teams through the first half of the Minor League seasons and are playing well enough that...

Sports Notes: Former Cat Reed, Legends’ O’Hearn could soon find themselves moving

Lexington Legends first baseman Ryan O’Hearn led all Kansas City minor leaguers in batting average last year and he is the top home run hitter in the South Atlantic League this season (Erin Grigson Photo)   A pair of Class A first basemen with Kentucky ties are having a major impact on their respective teams through the first half of the Minor League seasons and are playing well enough that...

Sports Notes: Maybe it's just the timing, but why isn't there more buzz about UK football?

Explosive running back Stanley Boom Williams is among several offensive stars returning for UK this season, yet there doesn’t seem to be much excitement about the football program heading into the summer (UK Athletics Photo)   Maybe it’s just the timing. Folks are concentrating on graduations and planning summer vacations. The official start of summer is still three weeks away and...

Sports Notes: Maybe it’s just the timing, but why isn’t there more buzz about UK football?

Explosive running back Stanley Boom Williams is among several offensive stars returning for UK this season, yet there doesn’t seem to be much excitement about the football program heading into the summer (UK Athletics Photo)   Maybe it’s just the timing. Folks are concentrating on graduations and planning summer vacations. The official start of summer is still three weeks away and...

Sports Notes: Despite conference upgrade to ACC, Louisville still hitting on all cylinders

Louisville’s baseball program, led by head coach Dan McDonnell, hasn’t missed a beat since joining the ACC this year (UofL Athletics Photo)   Those predicting a tumble for the University of Louisville’s baseball program following its move to the Atlantic Coast Conference this year couldn’t have been more wrong.   The third-ranked Cardinals picked up right where they...

Sports Notes: Despite conference upgrade to ACC, Louisville still hitting on all cylinders

Louisville’s baseball program, led by head coach Dan McDonnell, hasn’t missed a beat since joining the ACC this year (UofL Athletics Photo)   Those predicting a tumble for the University of Louisville’s baseball program following its move to the Atlantic Coast Conference this year couldn’t have been more wrong.   The third-ranked Cardinals picked up right where they...

Sports Notes: Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015 has Topper red tint

Former WKU basketball coach is one of three inductees with ties to the Hilltoppers among those going into the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame next month (WKU Athletics Photo)   When the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2015 next Tuesday at the KFC Yum Center, expect to see a lot of red in the crowd of on-lookers.   That’s because three of the seven newest members...

Sports Notes: Western Kentucky softball star Kramer has monster week, but modest record

Western Kentucky pitcher Miranda Kramer pitched a no-hitter against Charlotte last week and nearly had another against No. 17 Kentucky (WKU Athletics Photo/Megan Stearman)   Western Kentucky University senior pitcher Miranda Kramer had quite a week last week even though she only had a 2-2 record to show for it.   Kramer is 20-7 and the only active NCAA Division I pitcher with over 1,000 career...

Calipari expecting Poythress to return for his senior year, Lee to have breakout season

Marcus Lee (left) will shine with increased playing time next year, UK coach John Calipari said (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he expects injured junior forward Alex Poythress to return for his senior season and to team with fellow front-court man Marcus Lee to provide the Wildcats with the foundation for another highly ranked team next year.   Poythress, who...

Sports Notes: Murray State sharpshooter Payne has prominent position in NBA Draft

Cameron Payne, the OVC Player of the Year, is seen by many experts as a lock to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft (MSU Athletics Photo)   While Kentucky basketball fans continue to speculate about the upcoming NBA Draft and where their favorite former Wildcats may wind up, a couple of other players with Bluegrass ties figure prominently in most mock predictions.   According to...