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Lexington Legends 2018 promotional schedule includes discounts, free kids tickets and more

Lexington Legends fans can look forward once again to a summer of fun, stachetastic new promotions at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2018 season. The 70-game home schedule begins Thursday, April 5. The Legends, Class A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have planned a wide variety of promotions, theme nights and discounts throughout the season and much more for fans in Central Kentucky.  A full...

Total of 27 University of Kentucky players make NBA rosters, leading all college basketball programs

Kentucky’s unprecedented success with helping players reach the NBA has surpassed a new level of extreme. As the 2017-18 NBA season begins Tuesday, a whopping 27 players on NBA opening-day rosters played and finished their college basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, the nation’s most prolific NBA player-producing program in the country. UK’s 27 players are once again far and away...

Wildcats’ volleyball team takes down top-ranked Florida on the road for historic victory

For just the third time in Southeastern Conference history two top-10 ranked teams squared off. The No. 8 Kentucky volleyball team exited Gainesville, Florida, with more than just a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16) win over No. 1 Florida as a number of program records fell in the process. For the first time in Kentucky volleyball history, the Wildcats topped the top-ranked team in the country. It...

Wall, Cobb, Hacker among UK Athletics Hall of Fame class set for induction ceremonies this weekend

The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend in conjunction with Saturday’s football game vs. Florida. 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) will officially join the...

ESPN documentary series SEC Storied shines spotlight on inspirational career of C.M. Newton

Featuring one of the towering figures in Southeastern Conference history, the latest chapter in ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series is “Courage Matters – The C. M. Newton Story.” Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on SEC Network, the film explores the story of Newton’s influence on the basketball world, a career spanning seven decades as an innovator and an advocate for the advancement...

UK’s Baity named SEC Defensive Player of the Week; MacGinnis wins Special Teams Player of the Week

Kentucky junior cornerback Derrick Baity Jr. and senior kicker Austin MacGinnis were named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively, for their standout performances in Saturday’s 23-13 victory at South Carolina, the league announced on Monday. This is the fourth time in school history that Kentucky has had at least two players honored...

Montgomery leads off Pregame Concert Series prior to UK-EKU kickoff Saturday at Kroger Field

After winning a fan vote in August, emerging singer Walker Montgomery will play the first Kentucky Football Pregame Concert of the season before the Wildcats take on Eastern Kentucky in their home opener on Saturday. The concert will take place on the stage in the plaza outside Gate 12 of Kroger Field. Montgomery will play immediately following the Cat Walk presented by Chevy, which is set to begin...

Annual Heroes Day honoring members of armed forces, first responders set for UK home opener

Kentucky football’s annual Heroes’ Day game is set for the Wildcats’ home opener versus Eastern Kentucky at noon on Sept. 9 at Kroger Field. The annual Heroes’ Day event honors all active and reserve members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders. Any members of the aforementioned groups are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to the game by presenting...

Former UK, UofL athletes featured at Rivalry Gala to benefit American Cancer Society Sept. 29

The battles on the football field and basketball court are not the only rivalry for fans of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky this fall. U of L and UK faithful will also put their loyalties to the test at the third annual Rivalry Gala. Set for Sept. 29 at The Seelbach in downtown Louisville, the event will be a one-of-a-kind evening of red and blue rivalry working together...

Release of 2017-18 conference matchups puts final touches on Kentucky basketball schedule

The 2017-18 Kentucky men’s basketball schedule is now complete as the league office announced the upcoming conference slate Thursday. The Wildcats are seeking their fourth consecutive regular-season league crown and sixth under ninth-year head coach John Calipari. The 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule features all 13 teams in the league at least once. Kentucky has home-and-home dates with...

Voting begins this week to choose performers for season-opening UK football concert

After more than 60 nominations were submitted, the list of bands contending to play the first in the 2017 Kentucky Football Pregame Concert series has been whittled down to eight. Over the course of three days of voting this week on Twitter, fans will be choosing a winner from the following bands: Jordan English Band – Fronted by Jordan English, they have developed a following in his hometown of...

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 Athletics sets school record with first top 10 national finish in Learfield Sports Director’s Cup

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department set a school record by finishing 10th in final 2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings released on Thursday. “I want to congratulate our students, coaches and staff on this unprecedented top-10 finish in the Directors’ Cup, which is an important gauge of our competitive success,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I am so thankful...

UK Athletics to honor 14 elite teams of the past as chosen by reunion committee during upcoming season

UK Athletics will officially honor 14 teams across six programs during the 2017-18 athletics season, as selected by a newly formed reunion committee UK has established to honor elite teams of the past. Over the course of the 2017-18 season, the 2006-08 Kentucky football teams, the 1978 men’s basketball team, Adolph Rupp’s men’s basketball national championship teams (1948, ’49, ’51 and ’58),...

C.M. Newton selected to National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame

C.M. Newton, former director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, has been named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame, the organization has announced. Newton will be honored June 14 during a luncheon at the annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla. Newton served as athletics director at UK from 1989-2000. His term as AD was marked by the addition of three...

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...

Kick-off time for Wildcats’ season-opener against Southern Miss set for 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network

Kickoff for the University of Kentucky’s season-opening football game at Southern Miss on Saturday, Sept. 2 has been set for 4 p.m. ET at Carlisle-Faulkner Field in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network and broadcast live on the UK Sports Network. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports. The Network airs more than 600 live games annually,...

UK announces two-year contract extensions, pay increases for both Calipari and Stoops

Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and football head coach Mark Stoops have each agreed to two-year extensions to their respective contracts, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Wednesday. The amendment to Calipari’s contract extends his deal from March 30, 2022 to March 30, 2024. Calipari’s total guaranteed compensation – including base salary, media/endorsement...

2016 Olympic Games will include nine athletes with UK connections, and Tom Hammond

The entire world is gearing up for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that begin this Friday, Aug. 5. The excitement is palpable as athletes from 206 countries and two independent teams head to Rio for the Opening Ceremonies and 19 days of competition. While fans rally around their countries and pride is abundant, it is no surprise that Big Blue Nation can be found everywhere....

Nissan announces major athletics sponsorship deal with 100 colleges, including Kentucky

Nissan has announced a historic deal to become an official sponsor of 100 colleges and universities nationwide, and a supporter of select NCAA Championships. The four-year agreement, which includes the University of Kentucky, marks the widest-reaching sponsorship in the history of collegiate sports. “This program gives Nissan an unmatched and unprecedented connection to college-sports fans,” said...