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WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni to add John Asher, Dr. Jack Britt, Travis Hudson this fall

The longtime face and voice of the Kentucky Derby, a leader in agriculture and education, and the coach of Lady Topper volleyball will join the 29th class of Western Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. John Asher, Dr. Jack Britt and Travis Hudson will be inducted during WKU’s 2020 Homecoming Celebration. The Hall of Distinguished Alumni is presented by Franklin Bank &...

UK volleyball standouts Skinner, Stumler navigate challenging circumstances during pandemic

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people around the world do everything. And that includes college student-athletes, who had to stop in the middle of their regular schedules and adjust to the new way of the world. University of Kentucky volleyball senior Avery Skinner said that the changes that happened in the spring left herself, and the team, with...

Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler helping patients in California as occupational therapist

By Matt Schabert Morehead State University You might call Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler adventurous. Since her days as an Eagle, Schuler has lived in her hometown of Louisville, then in Texas and now nearly 2,500 miles away in Monterey, Calif. Her new adventure is one Schuler says she has strived for her entire life, and it was similar life experiences that led her to the field of occupational...

UK volleyball coach excited about athletic ability of incoming recruiting class — ranked No. 1 nationally

University of Kentucky volleyball head coach Craig Skinner and his staff have assembled the nation’s top recruiting class, according to PrepVolleyball. The Wildcats nabbed four of the nation’s top 27 recruits, a recruiting haul that Skinner believes can do big things in Lexington. “There is a great amount of respect for our class coming in by some of the volleyball media,” Skinner...

After ‘up and down year’ freshman year, Louisville’s Johnson excited about upcoming season

By Kenny Klein University of Louisville University of Louisville guard David Johnson reflected on his freshman season and spoke about what he needs to improve upon during an off-season news conference with local media. “I think it was a pretty up and down year,” said Johnson about his freshman year. “I started off kind of doing okay and then I went into a little slump. Then I had...

Williams’ return to Louisville for senior season prompted by cancelations of ACC, NCAA tourneys

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Malik Williams was wavering between testing the NBA waters for this year’s draft or definitely returning to Louisville for his senior season. The abrupt end of the college basketball season made his decision for him. “It was something I thought about throughout the entire year, being a junior and looking forward to taking that next step,” Williams said...

Murray State endows Coach Cal Luther Scholarship; honors longest-tenured men’s basketball coach

Murray State University has fully endowed the Coach Cal Luther Scholarship that will help fund higher education opportunities for future Racers in honor of former men’s basketball coach and director of athletics Cal Luther, who led a transformation of Murray State athletics for nearly three decades. The Coach Cal Luther Scholarship was established as an endowment by gifts to the Murray State University...

Billy Reed: We have no choice but to make best of it and hope that, in the end, coronavirus does not win

Broadway has gone dark, a couple of Disney theme parks have shut down, and professional sports leagues have ended their seasons prematurely. Even more concerning, hospitals are being overwhelmed, the airlines industry is on life support, the Stock Market is tanking, and our government seems completely befuddled by what to do about this worldwide scourge known as the Coronavirus. To the shock and dismay...

Billy Reed: After the most unconventional of college basketball seasons, I’m backing the Bears. Maybe…

This has been the most confounding college basketball season ever, a Las Vegas casino sort of thing in which Duke was stunned by Stephen F. Austin in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Kentucky found a way to lose to lowly Evansville in Rupp Arena, and Indiana stumbled on the historic day when Bob Knight put aside his animosity toward Indiana and appeared in Assembly Hall for the first time since the university...

Crushing loss to Tennessee at Rupp Arena deals blow to Kentucky’s tournament resume

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s loss to Evansville back in November haunted the Wildcats. A shocking 81-73 setback to Tennessee in the home finale Tuesday night dealt yet another blow to the team’s NCAA Tournament resume with one game remaining in the regular season. The sixth-ranked Wildcats (24-6, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) defeated Tennessee 77-64 on Feb. 8 in Knoxville but the...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky has all the right tools in place to be a serious national title contender

What will it take for Kentucky to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament? It obviously takes luck, skill and a lot of talent to win it all and the Wildcats have a team that’s capable of going all the way this season. It’s too early to make a projection simply because there are three more games left in the regular-season, not to mention the Southeastern Conference Tournament, but it’ safe to say...

University of Kentucky softball’s season comes to an end as Wildcats fall in shutout loss to Huskies

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end early Sunday morning. The Wildcats failed to score for the second straight game against No. 3 Washington as the Huskies completed a sweep with a 5-0 win in the best of three Super Regionals to advance to the College World Series. Kentucky ended the season with a 36-24 record, while Washington improved to 50-7 on the...

UK women’s baseball team going to Super Regionals’ second round of NCAA Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is going to the Super Regionals for just the seventh time in school history.   The Wildcats punched their ticket to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-1 win over Virginia Tech in six innings Sunday at Joe Cropp Field. Kentucky (36-22) will face the winner of the Seattle Regional between Mississippi State and No. 3 seed Washington.   The Wildcats...

University of Kentucky softball to open tournament play at home for fourth consecutive year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky softball team will open play in the NCAA Tournament at home. The Wildcats (33-22) will host Toledo (29-26) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Joe Cropp Stadium. It marks the fourth consecutive season Kentucky has been selected as a host sight in the opening round. The Wildcats are a No 14 seed and will open the tourney following the Illinois-Virginia Tech...

Washington’s return, Herro’s heroics lead Cat’s to victory over Houston, trip to Sunday’s Elite Eight

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington returned at the right time for Kentucky. 
The sophomore All-American, who missed the first two games of the NCAA Tournament because of a strained left foot, scored 16 points as Kentucky advanced to the Midwest Regional finals with a 62-58 win over Houston Friday night at the Sprint Center. 
The Wildcats will take on Auburn (29-9) Sunday for a berth in...

Keith Taylor: Wildcats have history with Houston, defeated Cougars during early 80s glory days

Houston had it going on in the early 1980s and was a consistent national title contender. During a three-year span from 1982-84, the Cougars made three appearances in the Final Four and were national runner-up twice. Following a loss to Georgetown in the 1984 national championship game, the Cougars went into hiding and “Phi Slama Jama” became a thing of the past. Houston rarely lost during those...

Kentucky makes short work of Abilene Christian in NCAA Tournament’s first round in Jacksonville

Kentucky didn’t have its leading scorer but easily took care of business in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night at VyStar Veterans Arena. The Wildcats (28-6) rolled to a 79-44 win over Abilene Christian and will play the winner of the Seton Hall-Wofford contest Saturday here in Jacksonville. The Pirates nipped Kentucky 84-83 at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8 in New York City. PJ...

Kentucky freshmen eager to take national stage as Wildcats prepare to embark on road to Final Four

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans remembers watching Kentucky play in the NCAA Tournament, especially the Wildcats’ loss to North Carolina two years ago in the South Region finals in Memphis. He also watched last year’s setback to Kansas State in the Sweet Sixteen but is ready to make his own mark in the prestigious event. “It’s a dream come true, just growing up watching this...

Cats turn focus to selection Sunday after tough loss to Tennessee in SEC tournament semi-final

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t know its seeding for the NCAA Tournament until Sunday night but John Calipari isn’t making any early predictions regarding a possible No. 1 seed. 
“I don’t know — I mean, there’s a bunch of teams that would say it,” he said following an 82-78 loss to Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals Saturday. “I’d...

Gambling awareness, March Madness share month; NCAA Tournament largest gambling event of the year

In March, the largest gambling event of the year – the NCAA men’s basketball tournament – begins. March also is national Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). If the Kentucky General Assembly passes House Bill 175, and it is signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, sports betting in Kentucky will become legal. Even more betting on basketball will occur. The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling...