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Derek Abney would like to have a chance to talk to current UK players during the offseason. (Clay Jackson Photo) Derek Abney would like to have a chance to talk to current UK players during the offseason. (Clay Jackson Photo)

Governor's Cup Honoree Derek Abney Excited About Opportunity To Meet Mark Stoops

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By LARRY VAUGHT Derek Abney played high school football in Wisconsin but once he got to Kentucky he quickly figured out the significance of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry. That’s why the former all-Southeastern Conference receiver says being honored at the annual Governor’s Cup festivities next month is so meaningful. Abney is already in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, but knows this is also a special honor. “Both events are such an honor, especially being out of ...

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  • Kevin Knox Jr. Fit Perfectly With Unselfish, Talented Players At KY

    Kevin Knox Jr. Fit Perfectly With Unselfish, Talented Players At KY

    Friday, May 26 2017 5:34 AM EDT2017-05-26 09:34:38 GMT
    Kentucky signees, from left, PJ Washington, Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt and Nick Richards helped make Kevin Knox want to play at UK. (McDonald's All-American Photo)Kentucky signees, from left, PJ Washington, Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt and Nick Richards helped make Kevin Knox want to play at UK. (McDonald's All-American Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT Paul Washington didn’t know that Kevin Knox Jr. was going to pick Kentucky, but he always thought that was the most logical choice for the talented wing player. “I just thought it was the best spot for him based on the different schools he had on his final list,” said Washington. “The biggest thing he wanted was to go where he could play with people that he liked and that are unselfish. PJ, Jarred and Quade are three of the most unselfish play...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Paul Washington didn’t know that Kevin Knox Jr. was going to pick Kentucky, but he always thought that was the most logical choice for the talented wing player. “I just thought it was the best spot for him based on the different schools he had on his final list,” said Washington. “The biggest thing he wanted was to go where he could play with people that he liked and that are unselfish. PJ, Jarred and Quade are three of the most unselfish play...
  • Kevin Knox Jr. Fit Perfectly With Unselfish, Talented Players at Kentucky

    Kevin Knox Jr. Fit Perfectly With Unselfish, Talented Players at Kentucky

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:01 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:01:35 GMT
    Kentucky signees, from left, PJ Washington, Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt and Nick Richards helped make Kevin Knox want to play at UK. (McDonald's All-American Photo)Kentucky signees, from left, PJ Washington, Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt and Nick Richards helped make Kevin Knox want to play at UK. (McDonald's All-American Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT Paul Washington didn’t know that Kevin Knox Jr. was going to pick Kentucky, but he always thought that was the most logical choice for the talented wing player. “I just thought it was the best spot for him based on the different schools he had on his final list,” said Washington. “The biggest thing he wanted was to go where he could play with people that he liked and that are unselfish. PJ, Jarred and Quade are three of the most unselfish ...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Paul Washington didn’t know that Kevin Knox Jr. was going to pick Kentucky, but he always thought that was the most logical choice for the talented wing player. “I just thought it was the best spot for him based on the different schools he had on his final list,” said Washington. “The biggest thing he wanted was to go where he could play with people that he liked and that are unselfish. PJ, Jarred and Quade are three of the most unselfish ...
  • Freshmen Martens And Vick Have 'Weird' Relationship That Works On And Off The Field

    Freshmen Martens And Vick Have 'Weird' Relationship That Works On And Off The Field

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-05-24 10:00:24 GMT
    Teammates greeted Alex Martens after her 2-run homer against Illinois on Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)Teammates greeted Alex Martens after her 2-run homer against Illinois on Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

    By LARRY VAUGHT Most of the time Alex Martens and Bailey Vick just talk about the kind of things any other University of Kentucky freshmen might. “We don’t really talk about upcoming things. We just kind of live in the moment. Softball is something to talk about when we get here (at the field) and sometimes after games we do. But most of the time we are just in our rooms, hanging out, eating, watching a lot of movies together,” said Martens. Vick says the two...

    By LARRY VAUGHT Most of the time Alex Martens and Bailey Vick just talk about the kind of things any other University of Kentucky freshmen might. “We don’t really talk about upcoming things. We just kind of live in the moment. Softball is something to talk about when we get here (at the field) and sometimes after games we do. But most of the time we are just in our rooms, hanging out, eating, watching a lot of movies together,” said Martens. Vick says the two...

  • Bamba To Texas Not A Big Surprise For Rivals.com Krysten Peek But Knox To UK Was For Her – And UK Commits

    Bamba To Texas Not A Big Surprise For Rivals.com Krysten Peek But Knox To UK Was For Her – And UK Commits

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-05-23 10:00:18 GMT
    Krysten Peek, left, said even PJ Washington, center, was surprised when Kevin Knox committed to Kentucky. (Larry Vaught Photo)Krysten Peek, left, said even PJ Washington, center, was surprised when Kevin Knox committed to Kentucky. (Larry Vaught Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT Three weeks ago Kentucky basketball fans felt it was far more likely that John Calipari would convince center Mohamed Bamba to play for the Wildcats while wing player Kevin Knox was more likely to end up at Duke or North Carolina. Getting either one of the top 10 players in the 2017 recruiting class would have been more than enough for any team — except Kentucky. After UK pulled a major surprise by getting a commitment from Knox, it seemed likely that Ba...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Three weeks ago Kentucky basketball fans felt it was far more likely that John Calipari would convince center Mohamed Bamba to play for the Wildcats while wing player Kevin Knox was more likely to end up at Duke or North Carolina. Getting either one of the top 10 players in the 2017 recruiting class would have been more than enough for any team — except Kentucky. After UK pulled a major surprise by getting a commitment from Knox, it seemed likely that Ba...
  • Soccer And Track Helped Nick Richards Develop His Athleticism

    Soccer And Track Helped Nick Richards Develop His Athleticism

    Monday, May 15 2017 9:26 AM EDT2017-05-15 13:26:10 GMT
    By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky signee Nick Richards was 14 years old the first time he picked up a basketball in Jamaica. Instead, he played soccer and was a high jumper in track. “It was way different than basketball. That is how I got my athletic ability. I was the midfielder and goalie in soccer. That is a lot of running. I liked goalkeeper the most. I am actually thinking about going back and playing soccer a little bit just to get my conditioning better,” Richards s...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky signee Nick Richards was 14 years old the first time he picked up a basketball in Jamaica. Instead, he played soccer and was a high jumper in track. “It was way different than basketball. That is how I got my athletic ability. I was the midfielder and goalie in soccer. That is a lot of running. I liked goalkeeper the most. I am actually thinking about going back and playing soccer a little bit just to get my conditioning better,” Richards s...
  • Jenna Mitchell Was Matthew Mitchell's Rock During Tumultous Times

    Jenna Mitchell Was Matthew Mitchell's Rock During Tumultous Times

    Monday, May 15 2017 9:09 AM EDT2017-05-15 13:09:02 GMT
    Jenna Mitchell was the one constant voice for Matthew Mitchell during a difficult period for the UK coach. (Vicky Graff Photo)Jenna Mitchell was the one constant voice for Matthew Mitchell during a difficult period for the UK coach. (Vicky Graff Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT When the bottom seemed to fall out of the Kentucky women’s basketball program after the 2015-16 season, coach Matthew Mitchell had some difficult times. He had to put together an entirely new coaching staff. He had to try to find enough players to have not only a competitive team, but competitive practices. “When something like that happens it is just human nature to let confusion mess your mind up,” said Mitchell. “We really felt like that w...
    By LARRY VAUGHT When the bottom seemed to fall out of the Kentucky women’s basketball program after the 2015-16 season, coach Matthew Mitchell had some difficult times. He had to put together an entirely new coaching staff. He had to try to find enough players to have not only a competitive team, but competitive practices. “When something like that happens it is just human nature to let confusion mess your mind up,” said Mitchell. “We really felt like that w...
  • Freshman Outfielder Bailey Vick Used To Success On And Off The Field

    Freshman Outfielder Bailey Vick Used To Success On And Off The Field

    Monday, May 8 2017 9:46 AM EDT2017-05-08 13:46:47 GMT
    Freshman Bailey Vick didn't expect to be a starter but is one of the team's top hitters. (Vicky Graff Photo)Freshman Bailey Vick didn't expect to be a starter but is one of the team's top hitters. (Vicky Graff Photo)
    By LARRY VAUGHT Bailey Vick admits she was a “late comer” to Kentucky since she did not decide to play softball at UK until spring break of her senior year at McCracken County High School. “I have always been the biggest Kentucky fan for everything,” said the UK freshman outfielder. “When they contacted me, hands down I wanted to come here. That was it.” She played in three state championship games at McCracken — and scored the winning run ...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Bailey Vick admits she was a “late comer” to Kentucky since she did not decide to play softball at UK until spring break of her senior year at McCracken County High School. “I have always been the biggest Kentucky fan for everything,” said the UK freshman outfielder. “When they contacted me, hands down I wanted to come here. That was it.” She played in three state championship games at McCracken — and scored the winning run ...
  • Shannon Spake Happy To Be Voice of Shannon Spokes In Cars 3

    Shannon Spake Happy To Be Voice of Shannon Spokes In Cars 3

    Friday, May 5 2017 2:40 PM EDT2017-05-05 18:40:59 GMT
    Even at Daytona Speedway, Shannon Spake found a UK fan. She will be the voice of Shannon Spokes in the new movie, Cars 3.Even at Daytona Speedway, Shannon Spake found a UK fan. She will be the voice of Shannon Spokes in the new movie, Cars 3.

    By LARRY VAUGHT Shannon Spake has always been a fan of Disney-Pixar’s movies. Now she gets to be part of one. The popular TV sports reporter, who covers NASCAR for FoxSports along with other sports, will voice on-track reporter Shannon Spokes in the film Cars 3 that will premier in theaters June 16. Just like in her real life job covering college football, college basketball and NFL as well as NASCAR, she’ll get on-track 

    By LARRY VAUGHT Shannon Spake has always been a fan of Disney-Pixar’s movies. Now she gets to be part of one. The popular TV sports reporter, who covers NASCAR for FoxSports along with other sports, will voice on-track reporter Shannon Spokes in the film Cars 3 that will premier in theaters June 16. Just like in her real life job covering college football, college basketball and NFL as well as NASCAR, she’ll get on-track 

  • 2018 UK Commits Stunned When Williams Bailed On Kentucky – And Let Him Know

    2018 UK Commits Stunned When Williams Bailed On Kentucky – And Let Him Know

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:26 AM EDT2017-04-27 11:26:47 GMT
    Alex Reigelsperger, left, was “ticked off” with Jarren Williams' decommitment to UK.Alex Reigelsperger, left, was “ticked off” with Jarren Williams' decommitment to UK.

    By LARRY VAUGHT After Georgia junior quarterback Jarren Williams announced he was going to decommit from Kentucky after saying for months he was “100 percent committed” to UK, it upset many fans. It also didn’t go over well with two other 2018 commitments — Florida receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis and Ohio defensive lineman Alex Reigelsperger. Both of them were with him April 14 at the UK Blue-White Game and had no inkling he was about to change his mind. ...

    By LARRY VAUGHT After Georgia junior quarterback Jarren Williams announced he was going to decommit from Kentucky after saying for months he was “100 percent committed” to UK, it upset many fans. It also didn’t go over well with two other 2018 commitments — Florida receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis and Ohio defensive lineman Alex Reigelsperger. Both of them were with him April 14 at the UK Blue-White Game and had no inkling he was about to change his mind. ...

  • Kentucky Has Always Been Right For Florida WR Shocky Jacques-Louis

    Kentucky Has Always Been Right For Florida WR Shocky Jacques-Louis

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 6:06 AM EDT2017-04-26 10:06:32 GMT
    Shocky Jacques-Louis is a playmaker who hurts defenses in a variety of ways.Shocky Jacques-Louis is a playmaker who hurts defenses in a variety of ways.
    By LARRY VAUGHT Junior Shocky Jacques-Louis’ verbal commitment to Kentucky was no surprise to Adam Regan, a prep sports writer at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla. “Shocky is well-versed in the recruiting game. He understands there are only a certain amount of scholarships for players at his position on each of the teams that offered him,” said Regan. “It can be a game of musical chairs where the first to commit are rewarded. Kentucky is the right choice for...
    By LARRY VAUGHT Junior Shocky Jacques-Louis’ verbal commitment to Kentucky was no surprise to Adam Regan, a prep sports writer at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla. “Shocky is well-versed in the recruiting game. He understands there are only a certain amount of scholarships for players at his position on each of the teams that offered him,” said Regan. “It can be a game of musical chairs where the first to commit are rewarded. Kentucky is the right choice for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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