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Givens, former Cats recall 1978 title run, prepare for 40-year reunion

Jack Givens shares a laugh Thursday during a press conference featuring members of the team’s 1978 national championship team. The team will be honored during Saturday’s game against Missouri at Rupp Arena. (Keith Taylor Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly four decades since Jack “the Goose” Givens got loose and carried Kentucky to its fifth national championship...

Raptors’ Casey, Celtics’ McCarty will coach former Wildcat greats in annual UK Alumni Charity series

Some of the greatest players to put on a Kentucky uniform will be back in action for the UK Alumni Charity Game on Friday in Rupp Arena. Former Wildcat stars Derek Anderson, Keith Bogans, Ramel Bradley, Rex Chapman, Erik Daniels, Tony Delk, Jamaal Magloire, Mychal Mulder and Antoine Walker are all confirmed for the main event of the UK Alumni Charity Series. Current NBA players will also play in...

Host of fan favorites fill rosters for annual UK men’s basketball charity game Aug. 25

Some of Big Blue Nation’s favorites will don “Kentucky” across their chest once again for the annual UK Alumni Charity Game. On Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena, fans will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to come through the UK men’s basketball program when Kentucky hosts the 2017 UK Alumni Charity Game. This year’s event will feature two games, with a Legends Game starting at 7 p.m....

Former UK All-American Witten among qualifiers for main draw of Kentucky Bank Championships

Former University of Kentucky All-American Jesse Witten (USA) booked his spot into the main draw of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships on Sunday with a thrilling three-set win over Mark Verryth (AUS) dominating the third set to book his ticket into Monday. The top seed, Christopher Rungknat (INA) also began his run towards the title on Sunday with a convincing 6-0, 6-4 win over wild card entry...

Jamie Vaught: UK-Kansas series has featured some memorable encounters over the years

Kentucky and Kansas have battled numerous times over the years. But I only remember a couple of UK-KU matchups really well prior to last Saturday night’s showdown between traditional powerhouses. The rest of the encounters in the series, for the most part, have been a blur, but I unfortunately do recall watching undermanned Kentucky’s horrible 150-95 loss at Lawrence on television during coach...

Former UK All-American, Morehead State head coach Macy joins basketball staff at Transy

Kentucky basketball legend Kyle Macy has joined the Transylvania University men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach, Transylvania head coach Brian Lane announced on Monday. Macy joins Lane’s four-man coaching staff as the Pioneers prepare for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Kyle Macy (Transy Athletics Photo) “I am thrilled that Kyle is joining my staff,” said Lane....

Jamie Vaught: Return of SEC Tournament in 1979 still provides lots of memories of Cats’ valiant run

There have been numerous flashbacks or memories in the past SEC men’s tournaments, but the 1979 tourney in Birmingham, Ala., will always be a special one to me for three reasons. — It marked the renewal of the conference tournament after an absence of nearly three decades. The last league tourney had taken place in 1952 in Louisville where Adolph Rupp’s Wildcats defeated LSU 44-43 in...

Poythress becomes first Wildcat to earn Academic All-America status in 21 years

Kentucky senior men’s basketball player Alex Poythress has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Second Team. He is the first Wildcat to take home the honor since Mark Pope in 1995. Poythress is the 12th different Kentucky player to earn Academic All-America honors in program history, joining legends such as Louie Dampier, Larry Conley, Dan Issel,...

Tennis championships turn blue in Big Blue Night featuring former Wildcat sportsmen

Wednesday, July 23, is Big Blue Night at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, starting at 6:45 at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.   Former UK player Jesse Witten plays tonight in Big Blue Night. (Photo provided) The evening’s events will feature former Wildcat standout Jesse Witten playing last year’s tournament champion James Ward of Great Britain. In addition,...

Where Are They Now: ’79-’82 ‘Cat Bo Lanter following entrepreneur path to F5 STRONG

Former University of Kentucky Basketball player Bo Lanter has started F5Strong, a sportwear line. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Bo Lanter is a born entrepreneur. He exhibited his entrepreneurial spirit early on when he left the Midwestern State University basketball team in 1978 after his freshman year, having decided he would take his chances as a walk-on for the University...

LaVon Williams: From UK NCAA title team to folk artist renown, he finds his true calling

LaVon Williams exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center. (Photo from Folk Art Center)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Skill with a round ball was the ticket to a college education for LaVon Williams, as it was for many young black men in the 1970s. He was good at it, no doubt. An All-American basketball star at Manual High School in Denver, he was recruited to Joe B. Hall’s University...

LaVon Williams: From UK NCAA title team
to folk artist renown, he finds his true calling

LaVon Williams exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center. (Photo from Folk Art Center)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Skill with a round ball was the ticket to a college education for LaVon Williams, as it was for many young black men in the 1970s. He was good at it, no doubt. An All-American basketball star at Manual High School in Denver, he was recruited to Joe B. Hall’s University...

UK basketball celebrities face off in match at Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships

A quartet of University of Kentucky men’s basketball celebrities tried their hands at a different sport Tuesday evening.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] None of the four will have to worry about trading in their sneakers for a tennis racket any time soon.   Playing before the night matches at the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships at UK’s Hillary J. Boone Tennis Complex,...