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Sports Notes: Calipari says freshman Labissiere may be showing signs of breaking out of funk

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor It didn’t take Skal Labissiere long to remind Kentucky Wildcat fans what all the excitement was about when he joined the program this year as one of the nation’s top recruits. The 6-11 freshman, who tallied just four points in his previous three games, entered the contest Saturday against Ole Miss six minutes into the first half. He grabbed the first...

Sports Notes: Calipari breathed sigh of relief after surviving latest Poythress injury scare

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor For John Calipari, the key moment in Kentucky’s 72-58 win over Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State team Saturday came just before the start of the second half. Senior forward Alex Poythress had gone out of the game with what ESPN’s game announcers were calling a hyper-extended right knee. They expressed skepticism about whether he would return in...

Sports Notes: UofL athletics may be betting that some recruits will want to see the money

Louisville’s athletics department announced that its cost of attendance scholarship was among the most generous in the nation (UofL Athletics Photo)   Most schools from the so-called “Power Five” conferences downplayed the impact that new cost of attendance scholarships would have on recruiting, particularly in football.   The prevailing argument seemed to be that a player...

Sports Notes: Calipari’s platoon system prevents any controversy at point guard

Despite the outstanding play of freshman point guard Tyler Ulis, coach John Calipari said there are no controversies surrounding lineup changes or playing time (UK Athletics Photo)   John Calipari answered the question before anyone could get around to asking it.   Top-ranked Kentucky had just finished its latest gut-check game, a grinding 58-50 victory over previously undefeated and fourth-ranked...

Sports Notes: WKU hopes new Conference USA ties lead to a bowl game appearance

First-year WKU head coach Jeff Brohm hopes new Conference USA ties will result in a bowl bid, but first his Toppers have to take on undefeated Marshall (WKU Athletics Photo)   It’s easy to forget now, what with Western Kentucky standing at 6-5, riding a three-game winning streak and making itself eligible for a bowl game for the fourth year in a row, but first-year head coach Jeff Brohm’s...