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Cats’ margin for error in final three weeks ‘extremely small’ after Saturday’s disappointing loss to Vols

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was still scratching his head Monday as he tried to analyze his team’s disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last weekend. The Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage but lost the battle of 50-50 balls and came up short on the goal line in the closing minutes against the Volunteers. “It was an extremely difficult outcome,” Stoops said Monday. “…...

Pew Trusts: Many farmers struggle as hemp harvest winds down and markets suffer growing pains

By Sophie Quinton and April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and sell before winter. Like...

Path to fourth straight postseason more difficult for Kentucky after crushing 17-13 loss to Volunteers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the postseason took a hit with a 17-13 loss to Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) have to win two of their last three games to reach the postseason for a fourth straight season. The Volunteers (5-5. 3-3) continued their recent surge by winning their fourth game in the last five games after starting the season...

Just two games away from bowl eligibility, Stoops, Cats taking rest of the season one game at a time

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is two wins away from becoming bowl eligible with four games remaining. Instead of looking at the big picture, Mark Stoops is taking it one week at a time. “We look at it as the last stretch here with the four games and we’re worried about going 1-0, that is the big message for us,” the Kentucky coach said. “Let’s put everything...

Pew Trusts: Many first-time growers still don’t have buyers, but keep dreaming big with risky hemp crops

By April Simpson and Sophie Quinton Pew Charitable Trusts Standing between two rows of thigh-high hemp crops close to the Tennessee-Kentucky border, the retired owner of a New Hampshire convenience store cheerfully recalled why he chose to grow his first hemp crop this year. Barry Paterno, 67, is a gardener, not a farmer — he likes to grow tomatoes and corn. But he saw on the local TV news that an...

Defending OVC men’s basketball champion Murray State to face rugged schedule in 2019-20

After two outstanding seasons in which the Murray State men’s basketball team won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and put the program into the national spotlight, the Racers will play a rugged 2019-20 schedule. Matt McMahon enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Racers. Murray State will play several road...

New hepatitis C treatment service to provide option for patients in parts of Kentucky, Tennessee

A new hepatitis C treatment service will provide an immediate impact for patients living in southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. With the assistance of a USDA grant, Dayspring Health purchased a FibroScan machine for its clinic in Jellico, Tenn. Previously, patients were traveling to Lexington or Knoxville to receive a liver scan to start treatment. “Our community no longer needs to travel...

Effort mounted to identify, treat cases of Hepatitis C to stop spread; many don’t know they’re infected

“A multimillion-dollar effort to fight hepatitis C was introduced Thursday in Louisville with the help of Gov. Matt Bevin as well as medical professionals and health advocates,” Darla Carter reports for Insider Louisville. The five-year, five-state project in Kentucky and four other states will use screenings, community partnerships and prevention programs, and strengthen the health-care...

Cats turn focus to selection Sunday after tough loss to Tennessee in SEC tournament semi-final

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t know its seeding for the NCAA Tournament until Sunday night but John Calipari isn’t making any early predictions regarding a possible No. 1 seed. 
“I don’t know — I mean, there’s a bunch of teams that would say it,” he said following an 82-78 loss to Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals Saturday. “I’d...

LSU lands top seed, Wildcats no. 2 in upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Four teams — LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina — will receive a double-bye when the Southeastern Conference Tournament begins the week in Nashville. The Tigers (26-5, 16-2) edged out Kentucky (26-5, 15-3) and Tennessee (27-4, 15-3) to win the regular-season title for the first time in more than a decade. Kentucky is a No. 2 seed and will play at 7 p.m. Friday...

Wildcats learned from loss to Vols, remain confident; setting sights on Tuesday matchup with Ole Miss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t lost its swagger and is moving full speed ahead following a 71-52 loss to Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. “We’re still confident,” Kentucky freshman guard Keldon Johnson said. “It’s one game — one loss. We will learn from it and we move on to the next game. That next game is at Mississippi Tuesday night, followed by a home...

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...

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...

Mid-South Stocker Conference on March 21 aims to help operators by ‘Opening Pathways to Profitability’

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef producers have to deal with the constant ebb and flow of their industry. Variables such as weather, market prices, fuel and other input costs, along with added influence of external forces of politics, economics, animal rights and consumer perceptions, make profitability a challenge. The 2019 Mid-South Stocker Conference aims to help stocker operators by...

Wildcats dominate top-ranked Volunteers from start to finish with 86-69 win at home Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In the closing minutes of Kentucky’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee Saturday night, John Calipari made it known he wasn’t fond of the student section’s chant referring to the Volunteers as overrated. “I know how good Tennessee is,” Calipari said. “And that’s what I told our fans, enough of they’re overrated. They’re not overrated. (They’re) probably...

Keith Taylor: Tennessee tough, but Wildcats are good at bouncing back from losses this season

Kentucky has been good at bouncing back this season and as history suggests, that’s good news going into its showdown against top-ranked Tennessee Saturday. The fifth-ranked Wildcats had a 10-game winning streak snapped in a 73-71 loss to No. 19 LSU earlier this week. Losses aren’t good, but they can be learning lessons. Kentucky has taken a live and learn approach during its of its setbacks this...

Jamie Vaught: UK hoops rivalry with Tennessee has produced numerous memorable battles

Over the years, there have been numerous memorable Kentucky-Tennessee basketball battles. In this heated rivalry series, UK fans will remember UT coaches or stars like Ray Mears, Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Rodney Woods, Dale Ellis, Don DeVoe, to name several. They all gave Kentucky coaches Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall plenty of disappointments. Both of them had a hard time competing against Mears,...

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....

DFWR restricts importation of deer from Tennessee to combat spread of chronic wasting disease

To further safeguard Kentucky’s deer and elk from chronic wasting disease, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced new restrictions Saturday on the importation of deer from Tennessee. Effective immediately, hunters are prohibited from bringing any deer from Tennessee into Kentucky unless the brain and spinal column have been removed first. A deer shows signs of chronic wasting...

Airbnb delivers $2.1 million in tax revenue to Kentucky in first year of agreement

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced Tuesday that it remitted more than $2.1 million in home sharing tax revenue on behalf of its Kentucky hosts in the first year of its tax agreement with the state, greatly exceeding initial projections. In September 2017, Airbnb and the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a historic tax agreement, allowing the home sharing...