Cats' Vargas won't play in Canada

Tickets available in Windsor, Portland

jtipton@herald-leader.comAugust 5, 2010 

Incoming forward Eloy Vargas will not play in Kentucky's three basketball games in Canada later this month, UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy confirmed Wednesday.

Incoming players must pass three hours of summer classwork to be eligible to make such a tour, Peevy said. Vargas continues to try to complete work on his degree from Miami Dade College this summer, so he will be ineligible to play on the Canadian trip.

The status of another UK newcomer, big man Enes Kanter, remains murky. He, too, may not be eligible to play in Canada. Questions must first be resolved about Kanter's amateur status, Peevy said earlier this week. He played for a professional team in his native Turkey.

Another newcomer, forward Terrence Jones, has been nursing an ankle injury. He returned to five-on-five drills Tuesday, UK Coach John Calipari said in a Twitter message.

Jones is not yet 100 percent healthy, Peevy said. Of course, the priority will be to have him ready for this coming season, not for the Aug. 15-17 games in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

■ Hundreds of tickets remain available for two of Kentucky's games in Canada.

Elisa Mitton, a spokesperson for the University of Windsor, said the tickets are available for the games on Aug. 16 and 17. The opening game on Aug. 15 is sold out.

Tickets can be ordered by calling Mitton at (519) 253-3000, Ext. 2447.

Tickets available for UK-Portland game

The Rose Garden arena in Portland, Ore., sold more than 1,000 tickets for the upcoming Kentucky-Portland game on the first day of sales July 30.

As a stop to break up the trip to the Maui Invitational on Thanksgiving Week, UK will play the Portland Pilots on Nov. 19 in the Rose Garden.

Tickets are available and priced at $50, $30, $18 and $12. Tickets can be ordered through the Web site ComcastTIX.com.

The Rose Garden's capacity for NBA games is 20,600. But Portland has decided to close off the third deck for the Kentucky game, making the capacity 10,817. However, if ticket demand is strong enough, Portland will reopen the third deck.

Maui Invitational pairings coming Thursday

Pairings for the 2010 Maui Invitational will be revealed live Thursday on ESPNews at 1:30 p.m.

Kentucky will be joined in the Hawaii tournament by Connecticut, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, Wichita State and the host school Chaminade.

The Maui Invitational is Nov. 22-24.

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