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Kentucky adds University of Alabama-Birmingham and Marshall to non-conference basketball schedule

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s non-conference basketball schedule is almost complete. The Wildcats added the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Marshall to the slate it was announced Tuesday by the school. Kentucky will host the Blazers on Dec. 6 and Marshall on Dec. 29. Coach John Calipari shouts instruction in Kentucky’s win over UAB last year. The Wildcats will play the...

Eddie Sutton lived ‘full life’ amid triumphs, troubles; short tenure at UK rocked by 1989 recruiting scandal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Sutton’s short tenure at the University of Kentucky was rocked by a recruiting scandal that brought the state’s flagship school to its knees. The Wildcats eventually recovered from the disaster and Sutton also found success after resigning as coach of the Wildcats following the 1988-89 season. Those ups and downs followed Sutton at Oklahoma State and his ability...

Six Kentucky football players test positive for coronavirus antibodies after return to practice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky men’s basketball team will begin a COVID-19 screening process on Sunday before returning to activities prior to the July 4 holiday. The only staff personnel who will be present at the workouts will be the school’s athletic development and performance coaches “for the safety of student-athletes, including strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers...

UK coaches have served as father figures to many players — on and off the court — for decades

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today College coaches are charged with more than just teaching their respective sports. They also serve as mentors to student-athletes, many of whom are thousands of miles away from home. Throughout history, the University of Kentucky has had some coaches who have served as a father figure to their players and juggled managing the team on and off the court and the field with...

Carol Barr, wife of Rep. Andy Barr, passes away at home; coroner rules heart valve dysfunction

Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr passed away suddenly Tuesday at the family home in Lexington. 
“During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven,” a statement released from Barr’s office said Tuesday night.  She was 39. Andy and Carol Barr The Fayette County Coroner’s...

Southeastern Conference to move forward with football media days using virtual format

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference is moving forward with its annual Football Media Days but will feature a different format this year. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the league announced Wednesday it will go the virtual route instead of a three-day event originally scheduled for July 13-16 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The dates and times will be announced...

Mitch Barnhart says safety will be top priority as UK’s student-athletes return to campus Monday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s first priority will be safety when student-athletes return to campus Monday, says Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. Kentucky will follow the recommendations outlined by the Southeastern Conference’s Return to Activity Medical Guidance Task Force. The university will ensure that proper protocols are in place when players start arriving on campus, the AD...

Off the sidelines, Mark Stoops, UK players march against racial injustice as part of the solution

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer. The Kentucky coach and members of his team, along with Courtney Love, a former player and director of player development at Kentucky, marched in a protest against racial injustice and police violence Friday in downtown Lexington. “Generally speaking for seven years, I have played things pretty tight to the vest...

Calipari atop New York Knicks’ coaching wish list? UK mentor unlikely to consider NBA opening

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s name has surfaced yet again as a potential candidate for the head coaching job with the New York Knicks. If the past is any indication, the Kentucky coach won’t walk away easily or at all. However, Calipari is a longtime friend of Leon Rose, who was recently hired as the Knicks’ team president. Rose’s first priority is hiring a coach and it’s...

Stoops trusts Wildcats staying focused during pandemic; hoping for full roster on campus in July

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops doesn’t have the capacity to keep an eye on each and every member of his team but trusts the Wildcats are doing what it takes to stay focused amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “(In) talking with our coaches, I know that some of our players are doing that and getting on the phone and challenging their teammates and checking in with their...

Kentucky, Notre Dame to resume basketball rivalry this season; Irish to visit Rupp Arena on Dec. 12

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has renewed its rivalry with Notre Dame on the basketball court. The two storied programs agreed to a three-year contract beginning on Dec. 12 when the Wildcats host the Irish at Rupp Arena. The two teams will play a neutral-site contest in 2021, with the Wildcats traveling to South Bend to conclude the series in 2022. The two teams played each other in 2015,...

Calipari: UK basketball players to be in ‘pretty good bubble’ upon return to campus in June

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari expects things to be different, much different, when players return to campus for voluntary workouts in less than two weeks. The Southeastern Conference paved the way for players to return to campus on June 8. It will mark the first time students have been allowed on campus since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the SEC...

Richmond course set to host mini-PGA Tour event this week; three-day tournament begins Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Professional golf is returning to the Bluegrass this week in Richmond. The Bull at Boone’s Trace will play host to an “Unbridled Tour” event presented by Republic Bank Tuesday to Thursday. The three-day tournament will be the first state sporting event since COVID-19 shutdown sporting events regionally and nationally in March. “A mini-tour event offers the perfect...

UK’s Barnhart says ‘safety’ major priority as SEC gives green light to campus workouts starting June 8

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has given member institutions the green light to allow student-athletes back on campus beginning June 8. University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said the school will work with local and state officials to make a final determination when student-athletes can return to the school and resume voluntary workouts under “strict...

John Calipari disappointed London matchup with Michigan postponed, but pleased that series saved

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will have to wait two more years to see the Queen. The Kentucky coach was disappointed after a three-game series against Michigan was postponed Wednesday. The Wildcats were scheduled to take on the Wolverines in the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase in December but the series was put on hiatus because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m disappointed...

Coach John Calipari, former Kentucky players brace for a very different kind of NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will be keeping a close eye on the NBA Draft. Calipari has five players from last year’s Kentucky squad — Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, and EJ Montgomery — who have declared for next month’s draft. Although Calipari’s players have fared well in the draft, this one will be much different because of the COVD-19 pandemic. Coach...

Calipari says being intimidated by Michael Jordan ‘an understatement’ while coaching in NBA

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The “Last Dance” has captivated and fulfilled the nation’s thirst for sports, and Michael Jordan’s career has been well-documented during the weekly ESPN special that ends this Sunday night. The 10-part series profiled Jordan’s 15-year career in the NBA, a television biography that chronicled his six NBA championships as a member of the Chicago Bulls and sprinkled...

Former basketball standouts Turner, Mercer among six selected for induction into UK Hall of Fame

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wayne Turner won two national championships at Kentucky and was one of six former student-athletes named to the school’s 2020 Hall of Fame class on Thursday. Turner played in 151 games in his career with the Wildcats and was a member of the 1996 and 1998 national championship teams. Turner also was a member of the 1997 national runner-up squad and scored 1,170 points...

Brad Calipari returns to Rupp Arena, but this time to play against Kentucky in Detroit Mercy uniform

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari will play against his dad for the first time next season. Calipari, a graduate senior at Detroit Mercy, will make a return trip to Rupp Arena, this time as a player when the Titans meet Kentucky on Nov. 13 in Lexington. The contest is part of the Bluegrass Showcase, featuring the University of Richmond and Hartford. Brad Calipari (left) will play against...

Legendary Madison Central High School baseball coach Don Richardson dead at age 88

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A legendary figure in Kentucky high school sports has passed away. Longtime and retired Madison Central High School coach Don Richardson died Saturday at the age of 88. Richardson served as baseball coach at Madison Central for 35 years and compiled a 952-157 mark. In addition, he was named the top coach in the state in 1982 and 1983 after guiding the Indians to a perfect...