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Georgetown College student takes summer to pursue research project on spinal cord injuries in mice

While summers are typically for relaxing and gearing up for the new semester, many Georgetown College students take the summer to further their academics. This past summer, senior John Lowe took the unique opportunity to further his education and complete a research project studying how age and sex affect spinal cord injuries in mice. John Lowe took the unique opportunity to further his education and...

Kentucky uses another second-half rally to complete sweep of Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Comebacks are customary when Kentucky plays Vanderbilt no matter the circumstances. The Wildcats did it again Tuesday night at Memorial Gymnasium. Kentucky rallied and notched its third consecutive victory and 11th in its last 13 contests with a 78-64 win over the Commodores. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) outscored Vanderbilt 51-28 in the...

Improving Vanderbilt has the full attention of John Calipari’s Wildcats ahead of Tuesday night’s matchup

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt has Kentucky’s full attention. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (18-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) inched out a 71-62 win over the Commodores last month, so they are aware of Vanderbilt’s potential. The Commodores’ 99-90 upset of LSU last Wednesday served notice Vanderbilt isn’t giving up on the season. Kentucky coach John Calipari received an updated scouting...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks media, ‘What did you learn about my team?’ after scare from Vanderbilt

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari loves teaching his players how to play and respect the game. He really enjoys his role. Instead of Coach Cal, we perhaps should start calling him Professor Cal. And he probably couldn’t resist an opportunity to teach the media folks a thing or two like he did after 13th-ranked Kentucky’s 71-62 comeback win over Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena Wednesday...

Tyrese Maxey takes a step forward, helps Kentucky to 71-62 victory over gritty Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t letting up on Tyrese Maxey. “He told me at the beginning of the year he was going to coach me as hard as possible,” Maxey said. “He called me into his office a couple of days ago and told me it doesn’t matter how I play and he knows what I can do and he’s never going to back off.” As in the past, Calipari made sure Maxey stayed on task...

Wildcat’s aren’t taking Wednesday night’s matchup with struggling Commodores lightly

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt hasn’t had much success against Kentucky lately, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats will be taking the Commodores lightly Wednesday night. The Commodores (8-11, 0-6) have struggled under first-year coach Jerry Stackhouse and have lost their first six Southeastern Conference games. The winless streak in the league currently stands at 24 games, but Vandy...

Mark Stoops, Wildcats have no plans to change their routine going into final two weeks of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its routine going into the final two weeks of the regular season. 
”It’s much the same,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “Get back to us, get back to having a great week of preparation, continue to work and improve and just to see how good we can be and how much we can improve.” 
The Wildcats (5-5,...

Mark Stoops’ Wildcats expecting another close encounter as they visit struggling Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s response coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee and saw no signs of a letdown going into Saturday’s contest at Vanderbilt. “I really feel that coming off a tough loss they had their focus early in the week,” Stoops said earlier this week. “Any time you come off a tough loss like that you have to bounce...

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. “…...

P.J. Washington posts second straight double-double as Cats capture lopsided win over Commodores

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt was no match for Kentucky and fast-improving PJ Washington. The seventh-ranked Wildcats showed no signs of a letdown after their win over No. 11 Kansas and rolled to an 87-52 rout over the Commodores Tuesday night in a game that was never close. Kentucky (17-3, 6-1) led Vanderbilt 45-15 at the break and kept the foot on the pedal in the second half to record...

Wildcats not looking past struggling Vanderbilt as they return to Southeastern Conference play Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its approach when it steps back into Southeastern Conference play Tuesday night at Vanderbilt. The Wildcats (16-3, 5-1 SEC) carry a six-game winning streak into the contest and are coming off a 71-63 win over Kansas in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge Saturday. Kentucky jumped one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Monday, making the jump from eighth...

Constance Alexander: The wide world of sports is the most thrilling when it involves the home team

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat are most keenly felt when it’s the hometown team we root for. Take, for instance, the time that Murray State University beat Vanderbilt in the first round game of the Western Region in the 2010 NCAA tournament. With 12.4 seconds left and a timeout with 4.2 seconds to play, Jermaine Beal’s two free throws gave Vandy the lead. According to the account...

WKU women's track and field thrower repeats records, heaves 15th longest throw in NCAA

Western Kentucky University women’s shot-put thrower Jessica Ramsey shattered two of her own school records this weekend as the women’s and men’s track and field teams competed in the Indiana Relays at Gladstein Fieldhouse.   Jessica Ramsey repeated school records in the shot-put two weeks in a row. The senior launched the shot-put 53-feet-9 ¼ inches (16.39 meters) on Saturday...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: The blocks are drying up

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Saturday against Vanderbilt. It wasn’t a season low; he had no blocks in the second game of the season against Northern Kentucky. Still, the last four games have tied a season-low drought of blocked shots for the Wildcats’ center. He has eight blocks in Kentucky’s last four games. Combine any four consecutive games in UK’s first 15 games, and...

Post-Vanderbilt quotes from Calipari, Cauley-Stein, Polson and Kevin Stallings

Here they are. You know the drill: Quotes are in italics and paraphrased for clarity. ** On if the performance was better or worse than he expected: No, we’re fine. We got a long way to go. We are what we are right now. Andrew Harrison is finally starting to get it. His brother held the ball too much, so he was the ball-stopper today. Andrew was not. Threw it ahead, made quick plays, moved the...

Everyday Heroes: Moore’s Surgery on Sunday offers compassion and care to those in need

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Young Andy Moore watched his father, who happened to be the first plastic surgeon in Lexington, perform genuine acts of compassion to financially strapped patients on a regular basis.   Dr. Andrew Moore (Photo provided) “He would sometimes accept a chicken, or apples—or anything of value they had as pay for their services. As far as I know,...