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UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard helps Team USA win FIBA U19 World Cup title

University of Kentucky women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard led Team USA in scoring as the Red, White and Blue captured the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup championship in Bangkok, Thailand, by going unbeaten (7-0) at the event. For her efforts, Howard was tabbed to the all-tournament team. No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, Team USA started with wins against Australia, South...

Wildcat newcomers Washington, Diallo lead Team USA to victory in first exhibition game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take long for Team USA to get down to business on its arrival in Cairo, Egypt earlier this week. Coach John Calipari’s Team USA squad defeated Lithuania 89-66 in an exhibition game late Wednesday local time. The team’s top two scorers were Calipari’s own incoming University of Kentucky players. Kentucky freshman guard PJ Washington led the team in scoring...

Wildcat freshman Kevin Knox tweaks hamstring, forced to pull out of Team USA workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Incoming Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox withdrew from the USA Basketball U19 men’s basketball training camp Wednesday after tweaking his hamstring. Knox made the first-round of cuts tat narrowed the roster from 28 to 18 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The final cut is expected to be made Thursday ahead of the NBA Draft. Kevin Knox tweaked his hamstring during Team USA...

Calipari gets first look at next year’s squad, prepares for Team USA tryouts, NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer John Calipari got a glimpse of next year’s basketball team Monday night and the Kentucky coach came away impressed. “I was able to get them all in the gym and work guys out, which made my day,” he said during a summer teleconference with media members Tuesday. “I went home with a smile on my face, because it’s what I enjoy doing. To get them...

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...

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...

Shooting for gold: Former UK star Cousins named to U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team

Collegiate All-American. NBA All-Star. Olympian. Former Kentucky great DeMarcus Cousins was selected to the 12-man roster that will represent the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics as announced by Team USA Basketball on Monday. DeMarcus Cousins was named to the U.S. Olympic team Monday This is the first such appointment for Cousins, who participated with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Cousins...

UK's Nick Anderson finishes season as USA Junior Champion and World Junior Finalist

  Kentucky freshman Nick Anderson finished eighth in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships 110-Meter Hurdles Final while representing the United States on Thursday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.   Running out of lane eight, Anderson clocked a time of 13.93.   Nick Anderson (Photo provided) The 2014 World Junior Championships Final was the fastest...

Nick Anderson to compete at World Junior Championships, will represent Team USA

  Nick Anderson will trade in his Kentucky uniform for that of Team USA when he competes at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field this week.   The United States is hosting an IAAF International Competition for the first time ever, and the World Junior Championships are also the first international athletics competition...

UK Hoops recruit Linnae Harper named to U19 national team, will play in Lithuania

(Photo from Team USA)   UK women’s basketball signee Linnae Harper was one of 12 players selected to the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team, USA Basketball announced Sunday.   Harper was one of 33 athletes invited to tryouts for the team, which were held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 12-member team was selected by the...

UofL closer Nick Burdi invited to play for U. S. Collegiate National Team during summer

A second Kentucky college baseball player has been invited to play for Team USA this summer.   Louisville sophomore right-handed reliever Nick Burdi has been selected for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, the school announced Wednesday.   Nick Burdi. (Photo from UofL Sports Information) On Tuesday, UK outfielder Austin Cousino, who played for team USA during the summer of 2012,...

UK outfielder Austin Cousino selected to U. S. collegiate team for second time

For the second consecutive year, UK sophomore center fielder Austin Cousino has been named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.   Austin Cousino celebrates after a home run as a freshman. (File photo by Jon Hale) A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino returns to Team USA a year removed from leading the club in hitting. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound left-handed hitting outfielder is the first player...

U. S. team still not interested in silver medals, 40 years after refusing them at Munich games

Kenny Davis speaks at 'Courage in Munich' news conference. (Photo by Jon Hale)   The U. S. men’s basketball team recently won its 14th Olympic gold medal during the London Games, but one U. S. team maintains that number should be 15.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The 1972 U.S. Olympic team led the Soviet Union 50-49 with just seconds remaining, but officials stopped the...

Edrick Floreal not interested in easing out of mediocrity in building UK track program

Last season the UK men finished seventh and the UK women finished 12th in the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Meanwhile, the Stanford men placed eighth and the Stanford women placed 14th nationally.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] So why would the Stanford head coach leave California for UK?   “I guess that the different part is beauty is in...

Edrick Floreal not interested in easing out
of mediocrity in building UK track program

Last season the UK men finished seventh and the UK women finished 12th in the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Meanwhile, the Stanford men placed eighth and the Stanford women placed 14th nationally.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] So why would the Stanford head coach leave California for UK?   “I guess that the different part is beauty is in...

Team USA, Anthony Davis cap Olympics with gold medal in men's basketball

Anthony Davis. (Photo from Team USA) Staff report   Former UK basketball player Anthony Davis became the youngest American men’s basketball player to win a gold medal with Team USA’s 107-100 win versus Spain Sunday in one of the final events of the London Olympics.   Davis did not score in 37 seconds on the floor at the end of the game, but he did grab the last rebound of the...

Olympics roundup: Three countries with Ky. alumni qualify for men's relay final

Anthony Davis. (Photo by Jon Hale) Two former Kentucky college athletes competed in the 14th full day of competition at the London Olympics and two of the states other alumni could participate in a track and field final on Saturday after their teams qualified for the event Friday. You can see a rundown of those performances below:   Track and field   Former WKU runner Gavin Smellie ran the...

Olympics roundup: McCoughtry contributes as U. S. women advance to gold-medal game

Two Kentucky college athletes participated in the 13th full day of action in the London Olympics Thursday. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Angel McCoughtry. (Photo from Team USA) Basketball   Former UofL women’s basketball player Angel McCoughtry scored four points in Team USA’s semifinal-round 86-73 win versus Australia. McCoughtry added two assists and one...

Olympics roundup: Anthony Davis scoreless in Team USA quarterfinal win vs. Australia

Two Kentucky college athletes competed in the 12th full day of competition at the London Olympics Wednesday. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Anthony Davis. (Photo from Team USA) Basketball   The U. S. men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals with a 119-86 win versus Australia. Former UK basketball player Anthony Davis played three minutes in the win but...

Olympics roundup: Former UK runners miss out on semifinals in track and field

Staff report   Three former Kentucky college athletes participated in the 11th full day of action at the London Olympics. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Angel McCoughtry. (Photo from Team USA) Basketball   Former UofL women’s basketball player Angel McCoughtry scored 11 points in Team USA’s 91-48 win versus Canada in the quarterfinal round. McCoughtry...