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UK freshman guard Boston trying to stay positive through struggles as Cats prepare for LSU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brandon “BJ” Boston is doing all he can to get back on track. The Kentucky freshman guard has been spending extra time in the gym after coming off the bench for the first time in his career earlier this week in a 63-62 loss at Georgia. He was working out past midnight Friday with teammate Cam’Ron Fletcher. “Basketball is really all that’s on my mind, so it’s...

Alabama rolls to 85-65 win over UK on Tuesday; Crimson Tide remain unbeaten (5-0) in SEC play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama’s football team won a national championship Monday. The men’s basketball team followed with an impressive, rare road win in Lexington on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (10-3 overall, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) notched just their seventh win in school history at Rupp Arena with an 85-65 victory over Kentucky to remain perfect in league play and served notice...

Kentucky has to ‘fight like heck’ to hold off gritty Vanderbilt, 77-74, on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt is always a struggle for Kentucky, and Tuesday night was no different. “Every year we play them, it’s exactly the same way,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “They make all the shots and then we have to fight like heck to win a close game — every time we play them. Last year, the year before and every coach, not just this coach, the last one...

Franklin County girls basketball seeks to repeat as 11th Region champions, earn trip to Rupp Arena

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The Franklin County girls basketball team is looking for a repeat performance in 2020-21 and another trip to Rupp Arena. But will a talented Scott County squad be the primary roadblock for the Lady Flyers on the journey to the Sweet 16? Or will Paul Laurence Dunbar emerge as the top challenger to Franklin County this season in the 11th Region? Franklin County...

PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour returns to Lexington on Feb. 19-20 at Rupp Arena

For the fourth time in as many years, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) will buck into Lexington and Rupp Arena. America’s Original Extreme Sport is set to storm into the Bluegrass State on Feb. 19-20 with the PBR Lexington Invitational. For two nights only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s rankest bovine athletes in the ultimate...

UK Athletics cutting expenses after projected $35 million decline in revenues due to pandemic

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart provided a budget update on Monday that continues to place student-athletes first in the face of a projected decline in net revenues of nearly $35 million in 2020-21 because of COVID-19. “The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have presented a historic budget challenge,” Barnhart told members of the...

Cats get off script, fall behind early as rally comes up short against Notre Dame at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky tried to rally its way past Notre Dame but a second-half comeback fell short in a 64-63 setback Saturday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (1-4) fell behind by 24 points at 33-9 in the first half and trailed 48-26 at the half before mounting a comeback in the second half. Kentucky outscored the Irish 37-16 in the half and had a chance to cap the rally in improbable...

Spider bite: Experienced Richmond stings No. 10 Kentucky in Rupp Arena with 76-64 upset

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari can finally forget about Evansville. Now he has another loss that will haunt him for the rest of the season. 
Slightly more than a year after the Purple Aces stunned Kentucky by a 67-64 score at Rupp Arena, Calipari’s squad suffered another early-season setback at home, this time to Richmond, which had never beaten a Top-10 opponent...

Kentucky (1-0) meets Richmond (1-0) in Bluegrass Showcase finale on Sunday at Rupp Arena

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After opening its season with an easy 81-45 win over Morehead State on Wednesday, Kentucky returns to action on Sunday, facing Richmond in the final game of the Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game can be seen on the SEC Network. In Wednesday’s opener, it was Kentucky’s talented freshman class that carried the load. Brandon...

UK newcomers shine in debut as Wildcats soar to 81-45 win over Morehead State in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky unveiled a revamped roster on Wednesday night and the final result was typical of past season openers under head coach John Calipari. Freshman Brandon Boston scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the No. 10 Wildcats to an 81-45 victory over Morehead State in the first game of the three-day Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Calipari improved to 12-0...

UK sophomore Brooks embracing leadership role; averaged 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds last season

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Keion Brooks finds himself in a unique position for the 2020-21 season. Brooks is the only returning player on the University of Kentucky basketball team who played significant minutes last season. In the world of Kentucky basketball, that makes him a veteran, especially with all of the new faces on the team, ones that he’s still getting to know. In the world...

KHSAA delays start of winter sports until January; Sweet 16 basketball tentatively set for late March

KyForward staff The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control has voted to delay the start of winter sports until Jan. 4 and is expecting to finish the virus-altered basketball season in late March. The basketball season was scheduled to begin on Monday, but the KHSAA’s decision will push back the start of play by more than a month. Boys and girls basketball teams will now be limited...

UK opens season against Morehead State on Nov. 25 at Rupp Arena; Cats play Detroit Mercy on Nov. 27

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Game times for Kentucky’s first three games in the Bluegrass Showcase have been set. UK will open the season at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 against Morehead State at Rupp Arena. Two days later on Nov. 27, the Wildcats will take on Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. and concludes play in the event at 1 p.m. on Nov. 29 against Richmond in a nationally televised game on ESPN. The first two...

Jamie Vaught: Freshman guard Terrence Clarke could become UK fan favorite with downtown jumpers

Going into this COVID-19 hoops season, superstar guard Brandon “BJ” Boston is considered the University of Kentucky’s most celebrated freshman. But the Big Blue Nation needs to watch out for another rookie guard by the name of Terrence Clarke, a consensus five-star prospect who is just about as good as the 6-foot-7 Boston. Like Boston, he can help the Wildcats in a big way. A true athlete with...

Heralded UK freshman Boston brings swagger to court; Cats open against Morehead State on Nov. 25

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky freshman Brandon “BJ” Boston will never forget his first visit to Rupp Arena. On an unofficial visit four years ago to campus, Boston “watched some practice” and came away impressed as a ninth-grader. “It was just awesome,” Boston said. “I loved it ever since.” Brandon “BJ” Boston brings plenty of confidence to...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK Dance Team members now cheerleaders for Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts

Two former members of the University of Kentucky Dance Team – Savannah Guzman and Brooklynn Mitchell – are still cheering like crazy. After four years of cheering the Wildcats, the UK graduates recently have been selected as an NFL cheerleader. Guzman is now with the Atlanta Falcons, while Mitchell is with the Indianapolis Colts. Guzman – who is from London, Ky., where she was a cheerleader at...

Billy Reed: Happy to debate facts vs facts with anyone, but to be clear — Adolph Rupp was not racist

Naively, I now realize, I thought I would never again have to write the column about whether Adolph Rupp was a racist. The facts simply do not support the notion that he was. Period. Yet once again, 43 years after his death, the legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach is being attacked by some opportunists who refuse to let the facts get in the way of their prejudices and perceptions. Inspired...

University of Kentucky faculty group asks president to change the name of historic Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A group at the University of Kentucky sent a letter to Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Thursday, asking the University of Kentucky to change the name of historic Rupp Arena. 
The faculty of African American and Africana Studies want the name to be changed as part of improving race relations on campus. The group also suggested several more recommendations on improving...

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,...

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...