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Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead says Wildcats, Bulldogs not desperate, but both need a win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead thinks Kentucky isn’t the same team without Terry Wilson but he was impressed with backup quarterback Sawyer Smith’s performance against Florida last week. “He is a little bit different from the Terry Wilson kid,” Moorhead said earlier this week. I think (Smith) is a little more passer than a runner but is a guy who can beat...

Kentucky moves past disappointing loss to Gators, set sights on Saturday’s matchup with Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has already moved past Florida. The next step is getting his players focused on the first road game of the season. “That’s a big focus this week,” Stoops said Monday. “I talk about each situation every week and moving on to Mississippi State, we don’t have much time to dwell on (the loss). Next man up, the next battle, the next punch...

Mark Maynard: Make room for yet another chapter in Kentucky football’s book of heartbreak

Kentucky wrote another chapter in its Book of Heartbreak on Saturday night. The Wildcats can make Stephen King novels look like children’s books. This one stung, just like all the others. Starring in a recurring role of protagonist was the Florida Gators, who woke up behind a backup quarterback to pull the rug out from under the Wildcats one more time. What once looked like certain rush-the-field...

Kentucky’s annual NBA Pro Day to be televised on SEC Network; Sestina, Roper in Leadership Council

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The sixth-annual University of Kentucky men’s basketball Pro Day is set for Oct. 6 at the Joe Craft Center and will be televised on the SEC Network. The event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will feature scouts from all 30 NBA teams in attendance for the yearly event. Seth Greenberg and Jimmy Dykes will call the practice session which will feature a combine-style workout...

Noted pass rusher Xavier Peters cleared to play, giving Kentucky a boost on defensive side of the ball

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took a while, but Xavier Peters got the answer he was looking for on Tuesday. The Kentucky outside linebacker and Florida State transfer was cleared to play this season and will have four years remaining. Peters appeared in two games with the Seminoles last year and preserved a season of eligibility. Xavier Peters was cleared to play for the Wildcats Tuesday and will...

Lawmakers grill University of Louisville hospital representative over proposed loan in Monday hearing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Members of a legislative committee peppered a representative from University of Louisville Hospital with questions about the proposed $50 million in state funds to help U of L buy Kentucky One Health, which includes the Jewish Hospital system. 

Tom Miller, CEO of University of Louisville Health, appearing before the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee on Monday,...

Paper recycling service may return to Central Ky. communities as City of Lexington issues RFP

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Efforts to re-establish paper recycling in a dozen Central Kentucky counties has taken a step forward with the announcement last week that the City of Lexington has posted a request for proposals, or RFP, to businesses that may want to provide the service. Changes in the global marketplace for recycled materials forced the Lexington Recycle Center to temporarily suspend...

Wildcats top Eastern Michigan 38-17; quarterback Terry Wilson a concern after third quarter knee injury

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops got the start he wanted against Eastern Michigan on Saturday night, but it took a while for the Wildcats to put the Eagles away in a 38-17 victory. Just two years ago Eastern Michigan fought Kentucky from start to finish, with the Wildcats escaping with a 24-20 triumph. This time it wasn’t even close, in fact, the lopsided margin could have been more if...

Regional university partnership offers new options for students in Southeastern Kentucky

EKU President Michael Benson and Somerset Community College President Carey Castle sign a memorandum of agreement. (EKU photo) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s regional public universities have now joined forces to offer classes at the new University Center of Southern Kentucky, located on the campus of Somerset Community College. The University Center of Southern Kentucky, or UCSK,...

Ky. coach Mark Stoops hoping Cats can avoid past mistakes in Saturday’s matchup against E. Michigan

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Eastern Michigan visited Kroger Field, the Eagles took Kentucky down to the wire before the Wildcats escaped with a 24-20 triumph. Mark Stoops wants to avoid a repeat performance Saturday night. “They gave us one heck of a game a couple of years ago, so we know they’re another good football team from the (Mid-American Conference) — very well-coached,...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson taking major leap forward two games into his junior campaign

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terry Wilson’s leadership showed in Kentucky’s opener last week, a sign the veteran quarterback has taken a leap forward in his overall game. The junior quarterback threw for 246 yards, including a 40-yard strike to Ahamd Wagner and two touchdowns against Toledo, but more importantly showed poise and composure, especially in times of adversity. “I’m encouraged...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says Wildcats have plenty to build on with Eastern Michigan looming

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops didn’t expect a perfect game in Kentucky’s season-opening 38-24 win over Toledo but the Kentucky coach knows his team has plenty to build on moving forward. “Obviously in game one, you look around the country and there’s a lot of mistakes going on and a lot of things happen in week one, so it’s good to get that game under the...

Kentucky’s gubernatorial race could determine the future of push for expanded gaming in the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Expanded gaming, including legalizing casinos and sports wagering, is likely to come up again during the 2020 General Assembly, but how hard it will be pushed depends on who wins the Governor’s race this November. Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, sponsored a bill during this year’s session to legalize sports wagering, but it did not receive a committee hearing in the...

As fall football camp comes to a close, Wildcats’ defense competing with a new sense of urgency

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today After a lackluster performance in the first scrimmage of fall camp, Kentucky’s defense took a step forward and has been in the upswing for the past two weeks. “As a whole (on) defense we’ve picked it up,” Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White said Thursday. “We felt the urgency a little bit. We did some things in the second scrimmage that were better, we...

Keith Taylor: With Marty Brennaman set to retire, it’s hard to imagine listening to the Reds without him

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today I can’t remember the first time I heard Marty Brennaman on the radio. He’s been calling Cincinnati Reds baseball games almost all of my life and is among the best in the business. He will finish his 46th season next month and bid farewell to the booth. That’s a lot of baseball, not to mention a ton of memories. I remember when I was young, I began listening to Reds...

Kentucky State Fair to require adult supervision after incident involving teens causes panic over weekend

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today An incident involving a group of teens on Saturday night that evoked panic among fairgoers has prompted policy changes at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Beginning Wednesday, anyone under 18 entering the Kentucky State Fair after 6 p.m. will have to be accompanied by an adult, according to a new policy announced Monday afternoon. Kentucky State Fair announced...

Bowling Green East falls to Road Island bringing end to World Series run; Compliment out in first round

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today It was a tough day for Kentucky’s boys of summer on Little League’s grandest stage. Bowling Green East fell 6-1 to Rhode Island in an elimination game of the Little League World Series and Ashland’s Cash Compliment bowed out in the first round of the first-ever Little League Home Run Derby. Cash Compliment (Photo by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today) Nevertheless, the...

Labor secretary says 1,074 teachers violated the law during ‘sickouts’ but will not face fines, this time

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Labor Secretary David Dickerson announced Friday that no fines will be levied against teachers for protesting pension legislation considered during the 2019 General Assembly that resulted in at least 10 districts being forced to cancel classes due to teacher shortages.
 
The “sickouts” hit Jefferson County Public Schools, the state’s largest district with...

Calipari, Wildcats welcome junior ‘gym rat’ Riley Welch to roster; third walk-on to join team this year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s basketball roster expanded on Thursday. Riley Welch, a 6-foot guard, has joined the team, giving the Wildcats three walk-ons this year. Welch, who played at UC Irvine and College of the Desert, has enrolled as a junior and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Brennan Canada and Zan Payne also are walk-ons. Riley Welch (Photo from Kentucky Today) “I...

Rick Pitino’s attorney wants more information; UofL board of trustees were asked about payments

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The fallout continued Wednesday from the bombshell revelation that a University of Louisville board of trustees member may have been a key figure in the sex parties. And it isn’t likely to die down anytime soon. For starters, Rick Pitino’s attorney in his suit against U of L, filed a motion to “explore David Grissom’s claim” that a trustee...