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UK offensive tackle Mosier suffers torn knee ligament; Walton native will miss season

Kentucky offensive tackle Cole Mosier suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Saturday’s scrimmage and will miss the 2017 season. The senior from Walton, Ky., is not eligible for a sixth season, thus ending his Wildcat career. Mosier, a 6-foot-6, 335-pounder who was slated to start at left tackle for the Wildcats again this season, is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday,...

Heralded recruit Bowden in camp as Wildcats conclude first week of camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today One day after being cleared to play, Kentucky freshman receiver Lynn Bowden was on the practice field Saturday, a welcomed sight for the Kentucky coaching staff. Bowden, a heralded four-star recruit from Ohio, took part in an autograph signing segment during the team’s annual fan day Saturday and then practiced with the squad, mainly with the punt and kick return units...

Updated signage at stadium just one example of UK athletics’ new partnership with Kroger

With the countdown to the 2017 season approaching its final month, exterior Kroger Field signage at the newly renamed home of Kentucky football has been installed. Signage includes a large “Welcome to Kroger Field” sign facing Nicholasville Road and backlit Kroger Field signs outside the North and South sides of the stadium. Additional signage will be installed leading up to UK’s home opener...

Wildcats schedule Fan Day autograph session, open practice at Craft Training Facility Saturday

In the midst of its first week of fall camp, Kentucky football is set to host its annual Fan Day on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Fan Day will kick off with an autograph session at Nutter Field House from 9-10:15 a.m. All UK players and coaches, including head coach Mark Stoops, will be available for autographs. Following the autograph session, fans are invited to an open practice starting at 11 a.m....

Kickoff times, broadcast information released for Wildcats’ first three football matchups

The SEC Office on Tuesday announced the start times for games on the SEC Network during the first three weeks of the 2017 season. The SEC Network Saturday schedule opens with three games on Sept. 2. The Network will air six games on the second week of the season and five games in Week 3. The first Conference matchup of the year on the SEC Network will feature Kentucky at South Carolina on Sept....

UK looking for public address announcers for games; Yahtzee promotion offering free season tickets

UK will hold open tryouts for prospective public address announcers and in-game hosts at athletics events for a variety of sports during the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at John Cropp Stadium. UK is seeking energetic and confident individuals with strong vocal talent and experience on a live microphone. Knowledge of sports and corresponding rules, as well as proficiency enunciating complex names...

Annual UK Football Kickoff Luncheon set for July 25 at Kroger Field’s Woodford Reserve Club

The annual Kickoff Luncheon celebrating the fast-approaching start of the Kentucky football season is set for noon on July 25 at Kroger Field’s Woodford Reserve Club. Tables for 10 at the event are available for $400 apiece, while individual seats are $40 each. Requests for reservations can be submitted using the attached form. The Kickoff Luncheon will feature remarks from Kentucky head coach Mark...

UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes broadcaster Hacker, Wall, Cobb and Cowgill

The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, with Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs....

Hall of Famer Jerry Bird, member of UK’s 1954 undefeated basketball team, passes away at age 83

Jerry Bird, a former Kentucky men’s basketball player and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, died Sunday morning of natural causes in his hometown of Corbin, Kentucky. He was 83. Bird, a Kentucky men’s basketball player from 1954-56, helped Kentucky to two Southeastern Conference titles in 1954 and 1955 and was a member of the 1954 team that went 25-0 and was crowned national champions by...

SEC Network turning Big Blue Monday as UK athletics featured with 24 hours of programming

The third annual SEC Network Takeover begins next week and to lead off the two-week event, UK Athletics will take over the network with 24 hours of Wildcat-focused programming on Monday, July 17. Tipping off at midnight on July 17, the SEC Network will air some of UK’s most memorable wins from a record-setting 2016-17 season. Classic men’s basketball, football, men’s soccer, volleyball, gymnastics,...

UK rookie lefthander Thompson earns second Freshman All-American award from Baseball America

Kentucky freshman pitcher Zack Thompson was named Second-Team Freshman All-America by Baseball America, it was announced Monday. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-hander is the third UK pitcher to be named to a freshman All-America team the past two seasons, joining right-handers Sean Hjelle and Justin Lewis in 2016. Thompson went 8-3 with a 3.45 earned run average this season, starting 13 games among his...

North Carolina State hands Cats Regional loss; UK needs two wins to stay alive in postseason

By Guy Ramsey Special to KyForward Nick Mingione is an unfailingly positive, uplifting presence as Kentucky baseball head coach. So it should come as no surprise he stayed true to his nature even after his Wildcats suffered a 5-4 loss to North Carolina State Saturday night to put them within a single defeat of their season’s end. “Our guys did some really good things tonight, but obviously not...

For Wildcats, coach Mingione, there’s no place like home as NCAA Lexington Regional takes shape

The Kentucky baseball team closed the 2017 regular season with a grueling, 10-day road trip that included a three-game series in Gainesville against Florida followed by the double-elimination SEC Tournament. By the end of the trip, the Wildcats were both mentally and physically worn out. On Monday, the Wildcats got the news they both wanted, and expected to hear – that they won’t have to go back...

UK baseball team sweeps Tennessee; Softball squad earns No. 14 seed in NCAA tourney

Kentucky bounced back in perfect fashion from its first rough weekend in Southeastern Conference play, sweeping Tennessee on the strength of Sunday’s 7-2 victory in front of 3,085 fans Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The three-game wipeout of the Volunteers sets the No. 8 Wildcats up for next week’s showdown against Florida with the SEC championship on the line. The Cats (36-16, 18-9 SEC) will...

Kentucky sophomore shortstop Reed earns first-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition

Kentucky’s sophomore shortstop Katie Reed was named to the 2017 All-Southeastern Conference first team as part of three award-winning players for the Wildcats by the league office on Wednesday. Reed joins Bailey Vick and Alex Martens, who were named to the All-Freshman Team for the 2017 season. Vick was also named to the All-Defensive Team. Katie Reed (UK Athletics Photo) The first team honor for...

UK women’s assistant coach Elzy presents $40,000 to Summitt Foundation for Alzheimer’s research

University of Kentucky women’s basketball associate head coach Kyra Elzy and her husband Dexter Lander in conjunction with head coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife Jenna, presented a $40,000 check to The Pat Summitt Foundation on Monday as a result of the 2016-17 SEC Win Challenge. The SEC Win Challenge raises funds to support the foundation’s work with the 2016-17 challenge expanding to include...

UK recognizes its top student-athletes, teams and coaches during 15th annual CATSPY Awards

The 15th annual CATSPY Awards were held Monday in Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2016-17 year in the athletics department. With co-winners in some categories, 20 individuals were recognized as well as four teams.   “It’s a real pleasure to have everyone here tonight,” UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart said in a speech welcoming student-athletes,...

Kentucky rolls past LSU to take 5th SEC series of year; Softball squad sweeps Missouri

Justin Lewis and the Kentucky defense stayed steady behind a relentless offense as the No. 10 Wildcats took their fifth Southeastern Conference series of the season, defeating No. 8 LSU 10-2 on a cloudy, windy day at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The Cats (28-13, 12-6 SEC), winners in six of the last eight games, retain their two-game lead over Florida in the SEC East with 12 conference games remaining....

Five NCAA events, including men’s basketball tourney, scheduled to be held in Lexington

The University of Kentucky will play host to five NCAA events – one national championship and four preliminary round competitions – from 2020-22 in the sports of rifle, outdoor track and field, men’s basketball, cross country and gymnastics, the NCAA announced Tuesday. “We are honored to earn the right to host these five NCAA events in the coming years,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director...

Nominees announced for 15th annual CATSPY Awards show at Memorial Coliseum

The 15th annual CATSPY Awards, celebrating the 2016-17 athletics year at the University of Kentucky, will be held Monday, April 24 in Memorial Coliseum. The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Tickets for the CATSPY Awards cost $5 each and may be purchased online or at the UK Athletics Ticket Office (Joe Craft Center). All seating is general admission...