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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...

Alabama picked to win SEC; Cats predicted to finish fifth in East

Kentucky football coach addresses reporters during SEC Media Days earlier this week in Atlanta. The Wildcats were picked to finish 5th in the SEC East. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama again is the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide was picked to win the league title by media members during this week’s SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Alabama...

Calipari, Barnhart saddened by passing of former SEC commissioner Mike Slive

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Kentucky coach John Calipari counted former Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive as one of his closest friends and said he was largely responsible for his hiring at Kentucky in 2009. “Obviously, Dr. Lee Todd and Mitch Barnhart made the decision to hire me, but my friend, guardian, and mentor Mike Slive was instrumental in me becoming the coach at Kentucky...

Jamie Vaught: Early look at Kentucky’s 2018 football schedule indicates some tough tests for Wildcats

When the 2018 college football season kicks off, it appears defending national champion Alabama and national runner-up Georgia will rank among the top five squads and that’s not a big surprise. However, that’s bad news for Kentucky, which is coming off a 7-6 Music City Bowl campaign. The Wildcats will be facing a tough Georgia club, coached by Kirby Smart, a Nick Saban disciple, at Kroger Field...

Wildcats collide with West Virginia on ESPN as part of Big 12/SEC Men’s Basketball Challenge

ESPN has announced the television network designations and start times for the fifth annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic. Four of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN, four on ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available on the ESPN app. ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college...