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Academic All-America softball standout Katie Reed chosen as UK’s nominee for NCAA Woman of Year

Softball player Katie Reed, who graduated in May, has been chosen as the University of Kentucky’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year. Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Katie...

Former UK stars Rondo, Cousins reuniting with one-time Wildcat standout Davis as L.A. Lakers

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins will be reuniting with another one-time Wildcat — Anthony Davis — as members of the Los Angeles Lakers in the upcoming season. Rondo, who played for the Lakers last season, agreed to a two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles. Cousins, a member of the Golden State Warriors last season, signed a one-year deal with...

Jamie Vaught: Despite key personnel losses from 10-3 team, UK football should remain competitive in SEC

After enjoying a remarkable 10-3 campaign in 2018, including a victory over Penn State in a New Year’s Day bowl, will the University of Kentucky football team continue its winning ways this fall? Yes, but the Wildcats likely will regress some after losing megastars Josh Allen and Benny Snell Jr. to the NFL. UK won’t win 10 games this time, but it should remain respectable with a forgiving schedule...

UK President Eli Capilouto elected president of the Southeastern Conference, to serve one year

By Guy Ramsey University of Kentucky University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has been elected president of the Southeastern Conference. Capilouto will serve a one-year term after he was elected to the post by his peers at the SEC’s annual spring meeting in Destin, Florida, last week. University of Georgia President Jere Morehead will serve as vice president of the SEC. UK President Eli Capilouto...

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...

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 caps regular season with 66-57 win over Florida on senior day at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari breathed a sigh of relief after sixth-ranked Kentucky closed out the regular season with a 66-57 win over Florida Saturday. Kentucky (26-5, 15-3 Southeastern Conference) captured its 16th win on the past 18 games and 12th consecutive win over an unranked opponent. Kentucky also swept Auburn, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt, while splitting with third-place...

Kentucky gets beat ‘every which way but loose’ in rematch with Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was without its senior leader and it showed in a 71-52 loss at Tennessee Saturday. The fourth-ranked Wildcats (24-5, 13-3 Southeastern Conference) won two straight after Reid Travis went down with a strained knee in a 66-58 loss at Missouri on Feb. 19, but defeating the Volunteers for the second time this season proved to be a harder task without Travis. Kentucky...

As Kentucky readies for rematch with Tennessee, Calipari knows comebacks will get harder to achieve

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In two weeks, the postseason begins and John Calipari hopes the Wildcats learned a lesson in a 70-66 win over Arkansas Tuesday night. An overwhelming favorite against the Razorbacks, fourth-ranked Kentucky (24-4, 13-2 Southeastern Conference) fell behind early and trailed by 15 early in the second half before mounting a successful comeback down the stretch. The rally...

Jamie Vaught: With basketball season winding down, it’s time to discuss SEC’s top individual award

With UK basketball’s regular season nearly over, we can now start discussing one of SEC’s top individual awards. Who is going to be the 2019 SEC Player of the Year? Tennessee’s 6-7 junior star Grant Williams, who captured SEC Player of the Year honors last year, is attempting to make history by becoming the 10th player to win SEC Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. The other nine SEC...

Kentucky bracing for a tough encounter as they hit the road to face struggling Tigers in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The road doesn’t get any easier for Kentucky. The Wildcats (21-4, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) are in the midst of a three-way battle with LSU and Tennessee for the top spot in the conference with six games remaining in the regular season. Coming off an 86-69 win over No. 5 Tennessee last weekend, Kentucky takes on struggling Missouri Tuesday night in Columbia. “It’s...

John Calipari’s surging Wildcats focused on surprising LSU, not top-ranked Tennessee

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t thinking about Tennessee. The Kentucky coach is more concerned about LSU going into Tuesday night’s showdown between the two Southeastern Conference foes. The Tigers (19-4, 9-1) are one of the top surprising teams in the SEC this season and have won 12 of their last 13 games, including an exciting 83-78 win over Auburn last Saturday in Baton Rouge....

Wildcats not looking past struggling Vanderbilt as they return to Southeastern Conference play Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its approach when it steps back into Southeastern Conference play Tuesday night at Vanderbilt. The Wildcats (16-3, 5-1 SEC) carry a six-game winning streak into the contest and are coming off a 71-63 win over Kansas in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge Saturday. Kentucky jumped one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Monday, making the jump from eighth...

UK’s Keldon Johnson snaps slump as Wildcats overcome late surge to beat Tigers in Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky lost its Southeastern Conference opener. The Wildcats haven’t lost a game since. Kentucky (14-3, 4-1 SEC) fended off a late Auburn rally and escaped with an 82-80 triumph over the Tigers Saturday at Auburn Arena. The win was the fourth in a row for Kentucky, which dropped a 77-75 loss to Alabama earlier this month in Tuscaloosa. Auburn slipped to 13-4 overall...

Calipari’s Wildcats looking forward to opening Southeastern Conference play at Alabama Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson likes the way Kentucky is starting to come together going into the team’s Southeastern Conference opener set for Saturday at Alabama. “We’re just trusting each other, playing as a team,” he said Thursday. “We’re just enjoying the process, enjoying getting better every day and just enjoying each other. That’s just the main thing. You can see...

Kentucky senior Josh Allen receives Chuck Bednarik Player of the Year award from Maxwell Football Club

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky senior linebacker and consensus Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference added another top defensive honor on Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Allen was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in college football by the Maxwell Football Club. Kentucky defensive players Derrick...

South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp impressed with Kentucky’s ‘active’ defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Prior to becoming a head coach, Will Muschamp had a reputation as one of the top defensive coordinators in college football. Muschamp once coached defensive backs at Eastern Kentucky University before going on to LSU, Miami Dolphins, Auburn and Texas to serve as the top defensive boss at all four stops. Following a four-year stint as head coach at Florida, he returned...

Kentucky must make a giant leap to topple Gators in Southeastern Conference opener

Kentucky linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson tackles Jonathan Ward during a 35-20 win over the Chippewas Saturday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In order for Kentucky to end a long winless streak against Florida, the Wildcats must make a giant leap from the first week to the second one. Not that the opener was full of doom and gloom, but Central...

On the brink of making history, Benny Snell puts Wildcats on his shoulders

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell has already left a mark at Kentucky. He wants to leave footprints on the program by the time he leaves Lexington and that could be sooner rather than later as he prepares for his junior campaign. Snell has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his first two seasons with the Wildcats and became the first player in school history to accomplish the rare feat after...

Jamie Vaught: Game-by-game forecast for the University of Kentucky 2018 football schedule

Are you ready for the college football campaign to kick off? Well, I am. Here’s my annual game-by-game forecast of UK’s 2018 schedule. • CENTRAL MICHIGAN (Sept. 1, Lexington): The Chippewas, who are coming off an 8-5 mark last fall, have been showing up for post-season bowl parties five times in the last six years. However, since Central Michigan has lost several key players, the Chippewas...