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UK Men's Basketball

UK’s Humphries says he learned from getting ‘T’d up’ at Texas A&M

Kentucky big man Isaac Humphries was called for a costly technical foul last season at Texas A&M when he slammed the ball down in celebration after pulling down a crucial rebound with 9.4 seconds left in overtime and UK leading by one point. The technical foul on the Australian center aided A&M in pulling out a 79-77 win. “It was just a very weird, spur of the moment decision that was, obviously, wrong,” he says.

UK Men's Basketball

UK’s Bam Adebayo not trying to be next Cousins, Davis or Towns

In the John Calipari era of Kentucky basketball, the post position has become a star-packed position. DeMarcus Cousins. Anthony Davis. Karl-Anthony Towns. After a 2015-16 season when UK lacked consistent play on the block, freshman big man Bam Adebayo is being counted on to remedy that. Yet the 6-foot-10, 260-pound North Carolina product says he feels no pressure to be the best he can be, not to live up to prior Cats big men.


Childhood adversity drives EKU football standout Justin Adekoya

As a little boy growing up in Chicago, Eastern Kentucky offensive tackle Justin Adekoya says “some days, I went without eating.” Once his family moved from Chicago to rural Georgia searching for a safer environment, Adekoya flet alienated and struggled to fit in. Yet after finding acceptance through a Ringgold, Ga., church youth group, Adekoya became an unlikely story of success

UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky’s Matthew Mitchell explains what he’s telling recruits

After a Kentucky women’s basketball off-season filled with player departures and recruiting decommitments, Wildcats Coach Matthew Mitchell and his new coaching staff face the challenge of explaining what happened at UK to recruits. Says Mitchell: “You just try to paint a picture, these are the things that happened, they were not related to anything nefarious going on ...”

UK Football

Kentucky Speedway looks for way to make football feasible in Sparta

After Bristol Motor Speedway drew a record 156,990 fans for the Tennessee-Virginia Tech football game, Kentucky Speedway officials are continuing to search for a way to play host to a major college football game - Kentucky vs. Louisville, anyone? - in Sparta, too. But so far, they have no idea on how to configure a seating arrangement that would work for football at a mile-and-a-half racetrack

UK Football

Even Bear Bryant might have been fired by current SEC standards

In 21st century SEC football, even highly successful coaches such as Les Miles and Mark Richt are subject to getting fired when their programs hit a competitive lull. If the same standards had been applied in the past, some of the legendary coaches in Southern football history — including Bear Bryant — might have gotten the pink slip.

UK Football

No one in Kentucky should have ill feelings toward Damien Harris

The star running back from Madison Southern broke many hearts in the commonwealth when he picked traditional football titan Alabama over Kentucky. However, a UK fan base that has relished a small army of out-of-state basketball stars matriculating at UK should be understanding of Harris making essentially the same decision for the same reasons.

Kentucky Speedway

Grieving while succeeding, NASCAR’s Erik Jones in year of extremes

Rising NASCAR star Erik Jones, 20, will start the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday as the No. 1 seed. For the Byron, Mich., product, 2016, has been filled with triumph and tragedy. Jones has won four Xfinity Series races and agreed to race full-time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2017. But in June, his father, Dave, died from cancer.

UK Football

Is this the make-or-break week for Mark Stoops?

For all the dissatisfaction around Kentucky football, if UK beats South Carolina on Saturday, Mark Stoops and the Wildcats still have viable paths to salvaging the 2016 season. If the Cats lose to the Gamecocks, it leaves Stoops in a precarious position.

UK Football

For sculptor, the eyes tell story of UK football’s racial pioneers

When the University of Kentucky hired sculptor J Brett Grill to produce statues honoring the first four black football players in UK history, he had not heard the stories of how they helped integrate Southeastern Conference sports. To get to the essence of their experience, Grill studied photographs of 1960s civil rights marches. What Grill noticed was how the eyes of the marchers seemed to be looking beyond the horizon.


New Lexington firefighters honor tradition by making soup, protecting it from sabotage

Probationary firefighters Jason Paulson and Rick Garr discuss the decades-old tradition of newly graduated recruits making a large, late-night meal of potato soup for everyone at Lexington Fire Station 1 during their first shift on duty. As an added challenge, the probationary firefighters have to protect the soup from sabotage attempts made by the more seasoned firefighters in the house.
New Lexington firefighters honor tradition by making soup, protecting it from sabotage 1:50

New Lexington firefighters honor tradition by making soup, protecting it from sabotage

A new day for Vanderbilt basketball 1:28

A new day for Vanderbilt basketball

Isaiah Briscoe enjoys practicing against De'Aaron Fox 0:51

Isaiah Briscoe enjoys practicing against De'Aaron Fox

Watch Ascend win Wednesday's featured race at Keeneland 2:41

Watch Ascend win Wednesday's featured race at Keeneland