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Commentary: Thanks, Simone Biles (and her ‘parents’) for reminding us of power of grandparents

By Donna Bloemer Special to KyForward By now most Americans have been captivated by the story of Olympian Simone Biles, the 4-8 gymnast who can catapult herself into the air with superhuman strength and ease. She won four gold medals at the Rio Olympics and is the reigning three-time world champion. Perhaps the even greater story is about her parents — actually grandparents — who adopted Simone...

Former UK star Cousins comes off the bench to help lead Team USA to gold medal

Snatching up what seemed like every rebound, former Kentucky standout DeMarcus Cousins also hauled in the first Olympic gold medal of his career with a strong performance Sunday in the championship game of the Rio Olympics.   With a gold medal on the line, Cousins saved his best for last for USA Basketball. Coming off the bench for a third straight game, Cousins set the tempo early by dominating the...

Former UK standout Nugent bows out of Olympics amid personal-best finish in 400-meter hurdles

Kentucky graduate Leah Nugent ran the race of her life at the Rio Olympic Games Thursday, finishing sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a lifetime best time of 54.45. Nugent recovered from a reaction time of 0.226, eighth fastest in the field, to get back into contention through the middle portion of the race. She held on through the final straight for sixth place in her first Olympic Games. Leah Nugent...

Camacho-Quinn, Sorrillo narrowly miss making the Olympic finals in track and field

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn showed her talent and potential over eight hurdles in the Olympic 100-meter hurdles semifinal. Then Kentucky track and field fans and the sporting world more broadly were reminded just how unforgiving the hurdles are as an event Wednesday.

 Camacho-Quinn who completed her spectacular freshman season by representing Puerto Rico in Rio, was disqualified in the second semifinal...

Olympics: Nugent advances to 400-meter finals; Camacho Quinn, Sorrillo reach semifinal round

Kentucky Track and Field graduate Leah Nugent qualified for the 400-meter hurdles final while representing Jamaica at her first Olympic Games Tuesday. The 2015 NCAA and Southeastern Conference Bronze Medalist ran a personal-best 54.98, placing third in the third and final semifinal. She had the seventh fastest time of the semifinal round. Leah Nugent will compete in the final round in the 400-meter...

BBB Trends: Fraudsters are on full alert as Summer Olympics approach — and you should be too

By Sandra Guile Special to KyForward The greatest spectacle of athleticism and global competition is about to take place in Rio – the 2016 Summer Olympics! Everyone is invited to witness the thrill of victory as well as the agony of defeat. If you were hoping to see it all in person, be careful, there’s probably a scam for that. From low airfares and luxury hotel accommodations to discount...

Keith Taylor: Poythress, Booker impressed with UK newcomers; Coach K heaps praise on Cousins

Several former Kentucky players are back on campus this week to take part in John Calipari’s Pro Camp. Among the returnees participating in the camp include Devin Booker, Alex Poythress, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Karl-Anthony Towns, who is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday. Devin Booker took part in UK’s Pro Shooting Camp last week (Vicky Graff Photo) In addition to interacting...

Louisville standout swimmer Worrell edges Vollmer to punch ticket to Rio Olympics

University of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell punched her ticket to Rio and earned an Olympic berth by winning the 100-meter butterfly, putting up the second-fastest in the world this year and fifth fastest in history Monday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Worrell touched the wall in 56.48 seconds, edging 2012 Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer who boarded a 57.21. University...