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Calipari discouraged after watching Kentucky drop 63-62 buzzer-beater at Georgia on Wednesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was down after watching his team’s 14-game winning streak against Georgia end Wednesday night in Athens. The Wildcats (4-9, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) led by one with three seconds remaining, but P.J. Horne’s basket on an out-of-bounds play with 1.3 ticks left lifted Georgia to a 63-62 triumph over the struggling...

Diabetes on the Diamond: How Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center is supporting UK’s Marsh

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky “The truth is every parent worries about their child for varying reasons, this is just ours.” This worry started for Tammy and Jeff Marsh back in 2017. Their youngest son Dillon – a junior in high school – began complaining that he was tired and losing weight. The symptoms then began getting worse during his baseball season with the University...

Mid-South Stocker Conference goes virtual to reach cattle producers; offers practical information

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The 2021 Mid-South Stocker Conference will challenge producers to take a broad view of their operations from the comfort of their homes. Due to COVID-19, the conference is taking place online with the theme, “Looking at the Big Picture — How the Parts Fit Together in Your System.” The Mid-South Stocker Conference is an annual event, a partnership of the...

Calipari frustrated as Kentucky switches to desperation mode going into game at Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is frustrated and admitted he’s not happy with the way his team is playing going into Wednesday night’s contest at Georgia. “There is a frustration out there, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s unacceptable where we are right now — unacceptable,” Calipari said Tuesday. “I’m trying to figure out everything...

Stacy Stanifer: As pandemic keeps us home, risk of exposure to cancer-causing radon gas increases

This year alone, approximately 4,890 Kentuckians will be diagnosed with lung cancer, yet the disease remains highly preventable. While nearly 80 percent of lung cancers are caused by tobacco smoke, exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, accounting for approximately 21,000 cases of lung cancer each year in the U.S. Radon gas exposure is an invisible threat to your health,...

UK offers numerous online beef education opportunities for Kentucky cattle producers

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has been offering online education for many years, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty in the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences are using a variety of methods to teach beef producers. “We’ve had to get really creative to reach producers in the past year,”...

Kentucky plays ‘well enough to win,’ but comes up short down the stretch in loss at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stopped Auburn, but the Tigers still escaped with a 66-59 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Auburn Arena. “We defended that way you defend to win games,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. The loss was the second straight for Kentucky this week after the Wildcats (4-7 overall, 2-3 SEC) opened the Southeastern Conference with three straight victories,...

West Virginia transfer Tshiebwe joins UK; big man won’t be eligible to play until next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is already working on next year’s roster. The Wildcats officially added 6-foot-9 West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe to the roster Thursday. Tshiebwe will join the team immediately, but won’t become eligible until next season. Oscar Tshiebwe has transferred to Kentucky. He will practice with the team and become eligible next season. (WVU photo) Tshiebwe,...

University of Kentucky pharmacist busting myths about COVID-19 vaccine to separate fact from fiction

By Mallory Olson University of Kentucky Over the past year, a novel, highly contagious virus has spread across the world. Scientists and researchers have worked quickly to respond with vaccine development, two of which have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use so far. As the vaccine rollout continues for frontline health care workers and others in the most...

UK’s Calipari looking for ‘fighters, battlers’ as SEC schedule intensifies for youthful Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is looking for a few good players. “I’m looking for five fighters, battlers that will come in and play confident,” he said. “(You) can’t play confidently if you’re getting hit in the head. Now, if you’re hitting somebody in the head, you’ll be confident. If you’re taking all the shots...

University of Kentucky baseball pitcher, former walk-on basketball player Ben Jordan dead at age 22

Ben Jordan, who was a member of both the University of Kentucky baseball and basketball teams during the 2019-20 season, died on Monday. He was 22 years old. A cause of death was not released. Jordan, a native of Olive Hill and a graduate of West Carter High School, was rated as the No. 33 right-handed pitcher in the class of 2017. Ben Jordan UK released the following statements on Jordan: Nick Mingione,...

UK announces three nonprofits as inaugural Cornerstone community innovation partners

By Amanda Royer University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce an innovative campus-community partnership at The Cornerstone, UK’s newest facility designed to foster community, creativity, technology, entrepreneurship and equitable economic development. A collaboration of three Lexington-area nonprofits, led by Believing in Forever, has been selected as the inaugural Cornerstone...

Alabama rolls to 85-65 win over UK on Tuesday; Crimson Tide remain unbeaten (5-0) in SEC play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama’s football team won a national championship Monday. The men’s basketball team followed with an impressive, rare road win in Lexington on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (10-3 overall, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) notched just their seventh win in school history at Rupp Arena with an 85-65 victory over Kentucky to remain perfect in league play and served notice...

Registration open for 44th annual Kentucky Turf and Landscape Management Virtual Short Course

Registration is open for the 44th annual Kentucky Turf and Landscape Management Short Course. The University of Kentucky Turfgrass Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Horticulture Council will present the annual educational event for Kentucky turfgrass professionals virtually this year over four Thursdays in February. Registration is open for the 44th Annual Kentucky Turf and Landscape Management...

UK players say support, criticism from decision to kneel during national anthem not distraction

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Olivier Sarr knew there would be opinions after the Kentucky Wildcats kneeled during the national anthem in Gainesville. “We understood that our gesture would have consequences,” Sarr said Monday. “We just want people to understand. We knew that some people would be mad about what we did, but we just want people to understand that it’s a peaceful way to protest...

Brooks has ‘fun’ in return to court as UK rolls to 76-58 victory over Florida in Gainesville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks just wanted to have fun in his return to the court Saturday and it showed. Brooks had a blast and so did his teammates as the Wildcats (4-6, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched their winning streak to three games with a 76-58 victory over Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. Keion Brooks dunks in the Wildcats’ win at Florida on Saturday. Brooks finished...

PATHways provides second chance for pregnant moms struggling with substance use disorder

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky After more than a decade of struggling with addiction, Fleming County resident Marie Vice found herself at a low point, taking herself to a local hospital in October 2015. She was pregnant, still actively using drugs, and suffering from extreme withdrawal. “The doctor came in and said, ‘You need to let me get you somewhere where they can take care of the...

After rough start to season, UK takes perfect SEC record to Florida for Saturday showdown

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After a rough start to the season, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his team decided to start with a “clean slate” as the calendar flipped to 2021 and Southeastern Conference play began. So far, the plan seems to be paying dividends. The Cats are 2-0 to start conference play, with a pair of nail-biting wins under their belts. First, a double-overtime...

UK’s Brooks cleared to play Saturday at Florida; suffered foot injury during preseason workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky forward Keion Brooks’ last game was at Florida a year ago. Brooks will return to the lineup when the Wildcats take on the Gators on Saturday in Gainesville. Brooks, who suffered a foot injury during preseason workouts, was cleared to play on Thursday. Brooks missed the first nine games and is the team’s lone returning experienced scholarship...

UK women’s standout Rhyne Howard named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky University of Kentucky standout Rhyne Howard has been tabbed one of 25 players to the 2020-21 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, continuing her candidacy to become the national player of the year in women’s college basketball. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the...