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  • Basketball 24/7 At Kentucky Will Suit Jemarl Baker Just Fine

    Basketball 24/7 At Kentucky Will Suit Jemarl Baker Just Fine

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-04-25 10:00:16 GMT
    Jemarl Baker knows coach John Calipari has a knack for figuring out how to make players play well together.Jemarl Baker knows coach John Calipari has a knack for figuring out how to make players play well together.
    By LARRY VAUGHT Life as a Kentucky basketball player is going to suit Californian Jemarl Baker just fine. “I don’t play any other sport. I love video games and sometimes will watch a movie. Just little stuff like that is all I do other than basketball because basketball 24/7 is fine with me,” said the 6-4, 185-pound Baker. He became the seventh member of John Calipari’s 2017 recruiting class recently after changing his mind about his almost two-year co...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Life as a Kentucky basketball player is going to suit Californian Jemarl Baker just fine. “I don’t play any other sport. I love video games and sometimes will watch a movie. Just little stuff like that is all I do other than basketball because basketball 24/7 is fine with me,” said the 6-4, 185-pound Baker. He became the seventh member of John Calipari’s 2017 recruiting class recently after changing his mind about his almost two-year co...
  • World Record Motivates Kendra Harrison To Do Even More

    World Record Motivates Kendra Harrison To Do Even More

    Monday, April 24 2017 5:41 AM EDT2017-04-24 09:41:00 GMT
    Kendra Harrison set a world record in 2016 and wants to do the same again this year.Kendra Harrison set a world record in 2016 and wants to do the same again this year.
    By LARRY VAUGHT Kendra Harrison is not one to brag on herself. The former University of Kentucky star hurdler — who is a volunteer coach with the Wildcats this season — set the world’s record in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 London Muller Anniversary Games with a time of 12.20 seconds to break a record that had been held since 1988. This season she won her first 60-meter indoor hurdles national title in 7.81 seconds. She had opened her season at the Rod McCrav...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Kendra Harrison is not one to brag on herself. The former University of Kentucky star hurdler — who is a volunteer coach with the Wildcats this season — set the world’s record in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 London Muller Anniversary Games with a time of 12.20 seconds to break a record that had been held since 1988. This season she won her first 60-meter indoor hurdles national title in 7.81 seconds. She had opened her season at the Rod McCrav...
  • John Calipari Perfect For 'Imagine The Dream' Fundraiser for Rutherford County (TN.) Boys And Girls Clubs

    John Calipari Perfect For 'Imagine The Dream' Fundraiser for Rutherford County (TN.) Boys And Girls Clubs

    Thursday, April 20 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-04-20 10:00:16 GMT
    John Calipari will speak in Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 27 at a Boys and Girls Clubs fundraiser. (Jeff Huochin Photo)John Calipari will speak in Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 27 at a Boys and Girls Clubs fundraiser. (Jeff Huochin Photo)

    When the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County (Tenn.) were trying to decide who would be the right speaker for the 30th annual Stake & Burger fundraiser, one name stuck out — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. “Our saying for this year is, ‘Imagine The Dream.’ We feel coach Calipari is good at helping people achieve their dreams and was the perfect fit for what we are doing with what he does,” said Michelle Clifford,...

    When the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County (Tenn.) were trying to decide who would be the right speaker for the 30th annual Stake & Burger fundraiser, one name stuck out — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. “Our saying for this year is, ‘Imagine The Dream.’ We feel coach Calipari is good at helping people achieve their dreams and was the perfect fit for what we are doing with what he does,” said Michelle Clifford,...

  • Maci Morris Went All-Out To Get Photo With Tim Tebow And Would Do It Again

    Maci Morris Went All-Out To Get Photo With Tim Tebow And Would Do It Again

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 7:13 AM EDT2017-04-19 11:13:41 GMT
    Maci Morris took a chance she could get Tim Tebow's attention and it worked out for her to get a picture with him.Maci Morris took a chance she could get Tim Tebow's attention and it worked out for her to get a picture with him.
    By LARRY VAUGHT Sometimes I find myself forgetting that University of Kentucky athletes are still just kids away from the sports they play. I see so many of them perform under incredible pressure with amazing results that I forget they are just one or two years out of high school a lot of times. Some have unique personalities. Kentucky sophomore linebacker Kash Daniel is one of a kind much like former UK basketball player Willie Cauley-Stein. But I’ve always thought of Kentuc...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Sometimes I find myself forgetting that University of Kentucky athletes are still just kids away from the sports they play. I see so many of them perform under incredible pressure with amazing results that I forget they are just one or two years out of high school a lot of times. Some have unique personalities. Kentucky sophomore linebacker Kash Daniel is one of a kind much like former UK basketball player Willie Cauley-Stein. But I’ve always thought of Kentuc...
  • Rivals.com's Krysten Peek Sees How Baker Could Be Nice Fit For Kentucky

    Rivals.com's Krysten Peek Sees How Baker Could Be Nice Fit For Kentucky

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-04-18 10:00:19 GMT
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    By LARRY VAUGHT Even as a high school sophomore, Jemarl Baker was known as a shooter with the potential to be a solid defender and passer in college. That’s why he got several early Division I offers and verbally committed to coach Cuonzo Martin at California. His shooting only got better. He made 94 3-pointers as a senior at Roosevelt High School in California and averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He also asked out of his commitment ...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Even as a high school sophomore, Jemarl Baker was known as a shooter with the potential to be a solid defender and passer in college. That’s why he got several early Division I offers and verbally committed to coach Cuonzo Martin at California. His shooting only got better. He made 94 3-pointers as a senior at Roosevelt High School in California and averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He also asked out of his commitment ...
  • Basketball Player Marcus Lee, Cheerleader Whitney Agee Forged Special Friendship

    Basketball Player Marcus Lee, Cheerleader Whitney Agee Forged Special Friendship

    Monday, April 17 2017 4:48 AM EDT2017-04-17 08:48:10 GMT

    By LARRY VAUGHT They were the perfect Odd Couple for three years at Kentucky — and still are even though they are miles apart now. Kentucky senior cheerleader Whitney Agee of Huntington, W.Va., and former UK basketball player Marcus Lee of California met their freshman year at UK and a friendship evolved that neither could have ever anticipated. “We shared some classes together freshman year and started talking as friends,” Lee said. “We were just tryi...

    By LARRY VAUGHT They were the perfect Odd Couple for three years at Kentucky — and still are even though they are miles apart now. Kentucky senior cheerleader Whitney Agee of Huntington, W.Va., and former UK basketball player Marcus Lee of California met their freshman year at UK and a friendship evolved that neither could have ever anticipated. “We shared some classes together freshman year and started talking as friends,” Lee said. “We were just tryi...

  • De'Aaron Fox Handled Little Hair Puller With His Normal Graciousness

    De'Aaron Fox Handled Little Hair Puller With His Normal Graciousness

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 6:19 AM EDT2017-04-12 10:19:51 GMT
    Will McIntosh, 1 ½ years old, couldn't resist pulling De'Aaron Fox's hair during an autograph session the UK player held in Hopkinsville Saturday. (Chris Jung/Hopkinsville New Era)Will McIntosh, 1 ½ years old, couldn't resist pulling De'Aaron Fox's hair during an autograph session the UK player held in Hopkinsville Saturday. (Chris Jung/Hopkinsville New Era)
    By LARRY VAUGHT Hopkinsville’s Lisa and Bobby McIntosh describe themselves as “pretty hard core UK basketball fans” and never miss a chance to support the Wildcats. That’s why they were lined up up two hours early Saturday for a special autograph appearance by Kentucky freshman De’Aaron Fox. While Fox ended up being a bit late because he got lost driving from an appearance in Owensboro to Hopkinsville, about 300 UK fans waited for him and that in...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Hopkinsville’s Lisa and Bobby McIntosh describe themselves as “pretty hard core UK basketball fans” and never miss a chance to support the Wildcats. That’s why they were lined up up two hours early Saturday for a special autograph appearance by Kentucky freshman De’Aaron Fox. While Fox ended up being a bit late because he got lost driving from an appearance in Owensboro to Hopkinsville, about 300 UK fans waited for him and that in...
  • Hoops Weiss, Alabama Signee Sexton Understand Why Quade Green Is Such A Special Point Guard

    Hoops Weiss, Alabama Signee Sexton Understand Why Quade Green Is Such A Special Point Guard

    Monday, April 10 2017 4:39 AM EDT2017-04-10 08:39:12 GMT
    Quade Green has a fan in college basketball writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss. (McDonald's All-American Photo)Quade Green has a fan in college basketball writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss. (McDonald's All-American Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT When it comes to evaluating basketball talent, Dick “Hoops” Weiss has a long, proven track record of success. He’s covered college basketball for the newspapers in Philadelphia and New York and currently works for BlueStar Media. He’s also in the College Basketball Writers Hall of Fame and has written books with Dick Vitale, Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski. Weiss, who was at the Final Four again this year to watch North Carolina win the...
    By LARRY VAUGHT When it comes to evaluating basketball talent, Dick “Hoops” Weiss has a long, proven track record of success. He’s covered college basketball for the newspapers in Philadelphia and New York and currently works for BlueStar Media. He’s also in the College Basketball Writers Hall of Fame and has written books with Dick Vitale, Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski. Weiss, who was at the Final Four again this year to watch North Carolina win the...
  • UK Football Players Support Richmond Boy In His Battle With Cancer

    UK Football Players Support Richmond Boy In His Battle With Cancer

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 8:36 AM EDT2017-04-04 12:36:14 GMT
    Cutline 4:Ryan Cremeens and his brother have a lot of friends on the Kentucky football team. (Eric Cremeens Photo)Cutline 4:Ryan Cremeens and his brother have a lot of friends on the Kentucky football team. (Eric Cremeens Photo)

    By LARRY VAUGHT University of Kentucky student-athletes never cease to amaze me with the kindness they are willing to show those going through a difficult time. That’s why I was not surprised to see that 9-year-old Ryan Cremeens of Richmond was a special guest of sophomore tight end C.J. Conrad at Kentucky’s practice Saturday. Ryan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue muscle tumor that had grown inside the fourth-grader's sinus cavity, last summer. O...

    By LARRY VAUGHT University of Kentucky student-athletes never cease to amaze me with the kindness they are willing to show those going through a difficult time. That’s why I was not surprised to see that 9-year-old Ryan Cremeens of Richmond was a special guest of sophomore tight end C.J. Conrad at Kentucky’s practice Saturday. Ryan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue muscle tumor that had grown inside the fourth-grader's sinus cavity, last summer. O...

  • Future Cats Doing All They Can To Get Kevin Knox Jr. to Kentucky

    Future Cats Doing All They Can To Get Kevin Knox Jr. to Kentucky

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 4:39 PM EDT2017-03-28 20:39:56 GMT
    Paul Washington, left, is doing all he can to persuade Kevin Knox Sr. that his son should sign with Kentucky. (Larry Vaught Photo)Paul Washington, left, is doing all he can to persuade Kevin Knox Sr. that his son should sign with Kentucky. (Larry Vaught Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT CHICAGO — Just in case Kevin Knox Jr. wasn’t sure how much he might be wanted at Kentucky, he’s got a lot of reminders this week at Chicago during the McDonald’s All-American Game. It started with Monday morning’s practice when Paul Washington, the father of UK signee P.J. Washington, and his wife, Sherry, sat with Knox’s parents. “I am working on Knox personally myself right now with his dad. We want him at Kentucky,&...
    By LARRY VAUGHT CHICAGO — Just in case Kevin Knox Jr. wasn’t sure how much he might be wanted at Kentucky, he’s got a lot of reminders this week at Chicago during the McDonald’s All-American Game. It started with Monday morning’s practice when Paul Washington, the father of UK signee P.J. Washington, and his wife, Sherry, sat with Knox’s parents. “I am working on Knox personally myself right now with his dad. We want him at Kentucky,&...
  • Tuesday Will Be 25th Anniversary Of Cawood Ledford's Final Game At Kentucky

    Tuesday Will Be 25th Anniversary Of Cawood Ledford's Final Game At Kentucky

    Monday, March 27 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-03-27 12:28:25 GMT

    By LARRY VAUGHT Tuesday will mark the 25th anniversary of that historic Kentucky-Duke game in the 1992 NCAA East Region final in Philadelphia that cost UK a chance to play in the Final Four. While that game is still a painful memory for UK fans, there was another point of historical significance for Kentucky fans in that game.

    By LARRY VAUGHT Tuesday will mark the 25th anniversary of that historic Kentucky-Duke game in the 1992 NCAA East Region final in Philadelphia that cost UK a chance to play in the Final Four. While that game is still a painful memory for UK fans, there was another point of historical significance for Kentucky fans in that game.

  • Spradlin Had No Problem Waiting Before Being Named Morehead State Head Coach

    Spradlin Had No Problem Waiting Before Being Named Morehead State Head Coach

    Thursday, March 23 2017 8:43 AM EDT2017-03-23 12:43:23 GMT
    By LARRY VAUGHT Others get a little antsy and wondered why Morehead State University was taking so long to name a new head basketball coach after the job Preston Spradlin did as interim coach most of the season. He became interim coach Dec. 15, 2016, nine games into the season after Sean Woods was dismissed. The Eagles were 2-7 at the time and in disarray. Morehead went 12-9 under Spradlin, including a 10-6 finish in the Ohio Valley Conference that was good for second place. He ...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Others get a little antsy and wondered why Morehead State University was taking so long to name a new head basketball coach after the job Preston Spradlin did as interim coach most of the season. He became interim coach Dec. 15, 2016, nine games into the season after Sean Woods was dismissed. The Eagles were 2-7 at the time and in disarray. Morehead went 12-9 under Spradlin, including a 10-6 finish in the Ohio Valley Conference that was good for second place. He ...
  • Wanting To Take Care Of His Mother Continues To Motivate Bam Adebayo

    Wanting To Take Care Of His Mother Continues To Motivate Bam Adebayo

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 9:40 AM EDT2017-03-22 13:40:39 GMT
    Bam Adebayo's mother, right, is enjoying UK's postseason success. (Larry Vaught Photo)Bam Adebayo's mother, right, is enjoying UK's postseason success. (Larry Vaught Photo)

    By LARRY VAUGHT Before he ever got to Kentucky, Bam Adebayo quickly admitted he had a special reason for wanting to succeed. “I want to take care of my mother. She’s always been there for me, so now I want to get in a position where I can take care of her,” said Adebayo months before he got to Kentucky. His mother, Marilyn Blount, has been a fixture at Kentucky’s SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament games. She had a little bit of fun herself Sunday after...

    By LARRY VAUGHT Before he ever got to Kentucky, Bam Adebayo quickly admitted he had a special reason for wanting to succeed. “I want to take care of my mother. She’s always been there for me, so now I want to get in a position where I can take care of her,” said Adebayo months before he got to Kentucky. His mother, Marilyn Blount, has been a fixture at Kentucky’s SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament games. She had a little bit of fun herself Sunday after...

  • Wanting To Take Care Of His Mother Continues To Motivate Bam Adebayo

    Wanting To Take Care Of His Mother Continues To Motivate Bam Adebayo

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 7:49 AM EDT2017-03-21 11:49:43 GMT
    Bam Adebayo's mother, right, is enjoying UK's postseason success. (Larry Vaught Photo)Bam Adebayo's mother, right, is enjoying UK's postseason success. (Larry Vaught Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT Before he ever got to Kentucky, Bam Adebayo quickly admitted he had a special reason for wanting to succeed. “I want to take care of my mother. She’s always been there for me, so now I want to get in a position where I can take care of her,” said Adebayo months before he got to Kentucky. His mother, Marilyn Blount, has been a fixture at Kentucky’s SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament games. She had a little bit of fun herself Sunday after...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Before he ever got to Kentucky, Bam Adebayo quickly admitted he had a special reason for wanting to succeed. “I want to take care of my mother. She’s always been there for me, so now I want to get in a position where I can take care of her,” said Adebayo months before he got to Kentucky. His mother, Marilyn Blount, has been a fixture at Kentucky’s SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament games. She had a little bit of fun herself Sunday after...
  • Heshimu Evans Proud That He Played For Fraschilla, Pitino, Smith And Even John Calipari

    Heshimu Evans Proud That He Played For Fraschilla, Pitino, Smith And Even John Calipari

    Thursday, March 2 2017 8:46 AM EST2017-03-02 13:46:57 GMT
    Heshimu Evans had a successful career playing overseas but is now back in Lexington.Heshimu Evans had a successful career playing overseas but is now back in Lexington.

    By LARRY VAUGHT During his collegiate basketball career Heshimu Evans played for some of the nation’s best coaches. He started at Manhattan College playing for Fran Fraschilla, who is now an ESPN analyst, where he earned all-conference honors. He transferred to Kentucky after two years to play for coach Rick Pitino and was redshirted the 1996-97 season when UK lost in the national title game to Arizona. Pitino left for the Boston Celtics and Evans played for Tubby Smith...

    By LARRY VAUGHT During his collegiate basketball career Heshimu Evans played for some of the nation’s best coaches. He started at Manhattan College playing for Fran Fraschilla, who is now an ESPN analyst, where he earned all-conference honors. He transferred to Kentucky after two years to play for coach Rick Pitino and was redshirted the 1996-97 season when UK lost in the national title game to Arizona. Pitino left for the Boston Celtics and Evans played for Tubby Smith...

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