LEX18.com http://www.lex18.com/ LEX18.com *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage en-us Copyright 2014, LEX18.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:09:02 GMT Synapse CMS 10 LEX18.com http://www.lex18.com/ 144 25 UK Mens Soccer Opens Bell Complex With 2-0 Win http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-mens-soccer-opens-bell-complex-with-2-0-win/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-mens-soccer-opens-bell-complex-with-2-0-win/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:48:12 PM UK Mens Soccer Opens Bell Complex With 2-0 Win

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Two second-half goals, from Kristopher Tollefsen and Ryan Creel respectively, gave the Kentucky men's soccer team (1-1-0) its first win of the season over Belmont (0-2-0) on Sunday evening to open the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in ideal fashion.

Tollefsen found the back of the net for the first time of his career on the hour mark. The goal off a Charlie Reymann corner kick was deflected out to the top of the box, where Tollefson's left-footed shot was deflected into the goal mouth after nutmegging the goalie.

Kentucky would score again to seal the result on 73 minutes as Reymann played a ball from the top of the box to Sam Miller along the left side. Miller's square cross found Creel at the right far post, and the sophomore midfielder's shot found the opposite side netting.

Reymann turned in a man of the match-worthy performance as his corner led to the first goal, while he assisted the second.

"It feels really, really good," head coach Johan Cedergren said. "Like I said earlier today, to have the wonderful facility that we have and all the stuff that's in it, for us it puts a little pressure. You don't want to be the ugly stepchild, right? The women's program is doing fantastic and I think that we have a lot of very good players and we have a lot of talent.

"We're a little young still so we're finding out exactly what's needed to win games in college soccer. But we want to win. I think that with the guys that we have we can get a fair amount of wins this year. I just think that with all the people here, opening weekend, you want to put on a good show. And I thought that the guys were really, really good today. They were brave on the ball. Sometimes when you're young, you don't want to make any mistakes and you pass it on. I thought there were several times today when some of the younger guys, they did really, really well. It feels good to get a win on opening day."

The win brought UK back to .500 after dropping the regular season opener on Friday at Wright State.

The Wildcats back line was untroubled for most of the match as UK turned in a dominant performance in front of an eager crowd. Both the UK women's and men's team won comfortably as part of the Bell Soccer Complex's Grand Opening.

The Wildcats outshot the Bruins a staggering 24-4, and hit the target 8 times.

Preseason All-Conference USA goalkeeper Callum Irving saved two shots, with a diving stop in the late-going to preserve the clean sheet.

Irving's shutout was the eight of his career, moving him into eighth in UK history in terms of clean sheets.

The Wildcats will travel to South Bend, Indiana to face the last two National Champions, Indiana and Notre Dame, next weekend.

 

 


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Down At Half, Faried Helps US Beats Turkey In Basketball Worlds http://www.lex18.com/news/down-at-half-faried-helps-us-beats-turkey-in-basketball-worlds/ http://www.lex18.com/news/down-at-half-faried-helps-us-beats-turkey-in-basketball-worlds/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sun, 31 Aug 2014 6:57:23 PM Down At Half, Faried Helps US Beats Turkey In Basketball Worlds

BILBAO, Spain (AP) - They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.

Instead, the Americans were the ones on the ropes for nearly three quarters.

"I guess we felt like last night's game was pretty easy and tonight was going to be the same way, but Turkey came out and they gave us their punch from the beginning," forward James Harden said. "We took it and we were sluggish. That second half we played a lot better."

Former Morehead State Forward, Kenneth Faried, scored 22 points, Former UK Center, Anthony Davis, all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

A night after crushing Finland by 59 in its biggest rout ever while using NBA players in the former world championship, the Americans couldn't take control against Turkey until early in the fourth quarter after compiling a 17-1 run.

"I think we didn't come ready to play in the first half and we can't afford to do that if we want to win a gold medal," Davis said. "So we've got to come out ready to play no matter who we're playing against."

The Americans trailed 40-35 at halftime and Turkey led by six early in the third before the Americans could finally get the game into the quicker tempo they prefer and pull away to win the rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game in Istanbul.

But it was a much tougher one than expected after the Americans hammered Finland 114-55 while Turkey was being outplayed for most of its opener by New Zealand before pulling out the victory.

Harden added 14 points for the U.S. and Kyrie Irving added 13, playing extended minutes in the second half while struggling Derrick Rose sat.

It was tied at 59 with 3:10 left in the third before the Americans closed the period with a 7-1 burst to lead 66-60 after Faried's basket. The U.S. then ran off 10 in a row to open the fourth and open a 76-60 cushion.

The Americans haven't lost since the semifinals of the 2006 world championship and outside of their victories over Spain in the last two Olympic gold-medal games, haven't been in danger much since then.

But they needed a long time to start looking like the team that is so considered the tournament favorite by so many.

"Before the game we talked about we trying to keep the tempo low, in fact slow down the game and we did it very well first half. I think actually three quarters we did it very well," Turkey's Ender Arslan said. "But after, physically United States team is great, they played 40 minutes ... so we get a little bit tired after third quarter and they still played at the same level."

The U.S. beat Turkey 81-64 four years ago to win gold, and though the Turks have eight players remaining from that team, they no longer have their best player, Hedo Turkoglu, or fellow NBA veteran Ersan Ilyasova.

Cenk Akyol led Turkey with 12 points.

The Americans had to break from their pregame warmups to retake the official team picture that every team took Saturday before their opening games, because they were still wearing sweats instead of their uniforms.

They soon had bigger problems than a fashion faux pas.

It was 16-all after one, and Turkey controlled the tempo in the second quarter, getting to the foul line as the Americans showed moments of frustration with the pace and some calls that went against them. Baris Hersek and Emir Preldzic made consecutive 3-pointers late in the half to give Turkey a 38-32 lead.

Unable to force the turnovers or missed shots to get their transition game going, the Americans looked ordinary in the halfcourt. Davis, who scored 17 points in the opener and had been the Americans' best player this summer, was scoreless with one rebound in the half, playing just 10 ½ minutes while picking up two fouls.

"I tried to come out in the second half and just be a different player, just be the player I'm used to being," he said.

Rose showed his timing still isn't back after a nearly two-year absence, missing both shots, turning it over twice and not getting an assist in the first half. He didn't get back into the game until the U.S. had opened the big fourth-quarter lead.

The Americans are off Monday before continuing pool play Tuesday against winless New Zealand.


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UK Womens Soccer Beats Ohio, Sweeps Weekend http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-womens-soccer-beats-ohio-sweeps-weekend/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-womens-soccer-beats-ohio-sweeps-weekend/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sun, 31 Aug 2014 6:51:43 PM UK Womens Soccer Beats Ohio, Sweeps Weekend

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky women's soccer team used a first half goal from Jade Klump followed up by second half goals from Courtney Raetzman and Alex Carter to collect a 3-0 win over the Ohio University Bobcats on Sunday afternoon in the newly-christened Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.

"It means everything. It's what so many people have worked so hard for." UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said about winning on the same day the ceremony was dedicated to the Bell family. "We had a special alum visitor from 1992, the first team that went varsity, in the locker room to talk to the players before the game. That's special. That's really special. We talk about how important it is to leave a legacy. This is the beginning of a new legacy for our players to leave and be able to come back years from now and say, ‘Remember when? Remember when we started everything here with the new stadium.' It's just so special having Wendell and Vickie here and Mitch and the administration and Dr. Capilouto, you can't really ask more than for the environment we had here today."

Kentucky for the third-straight match dominated the play and possession of the match, outshooting Ohio 30-2 overall in the match and 13-1 in shots on goal. The Wildcats took 17 corner kicks, with OU also taking one on the afternoon.

With the win, UK improves to 3-1-1 and extends its season-high winning streak to three matches. The Bobcats, under the direction of second-year head coach, and former UK assistant Aaron Rodgers, fall to 1-3-0 in 2014.

"All credit to Ohio," Lipsitz said. "Obviously, Aaron Rodgers is a fantastic coach that was here with us and we're so proud of him and what he's developed there. We knew it wouldn't be easy to break them down and I thought we had some good chances to, but if you let a team hang around, they're a good team. They're going to find their moment and they did and our goalkeeper made a fantastic save pushing it off the post. But that's inches from a 1-1 game and boy does that change at that moment. I'm proud of the fact that we stuck to our plan. We just need to play faster and we need to finish better. I think, as a coach, I have to remember we're only a few games into the season and I'm very demanding on details. Right now I think we can do better, but I have to remember that it's early in the season and we shouldn't be our best yet."

Klump opened the scoring in the 14th minute as she put the Wildcats ahead with a clean-up goal after numerous chances by Arin Gilliland, Michaela Dooley and then Klump in a scrambling sequence in front of the box. Klump's goal was her second of the season, and third of her career. Klump's goal was assisted by Dooley, who recorded her third assist in the last two matches for UK.

At halftime, Ohio would trail 1-0 before coming out of the locker room with their best scoring chance of the match. Carly Manso had a 1v1 on the right side just seconds after the halftime whistle, as Manso rifled a shot that knocked the left woodwork, as Taylor Braun made an unbelievable deflection with her right paw, setting aside the chance and making it hit the post and bouncing out.

Just 25 minutes later, UK made it 2-0 as Courtney Raetzman scored her second goal in as many matches in the 71st minute with Arin Gilliland getting the assist.

UK would put the match away in the 78th minute as Alex Carter scored her second-career goal, and first of the 2014 season on a rocket from above the 18 that was hit on the ground with pace, took a deflection, and then went into the back of the net.

Kentucky now moves into week three of its season on Friday night, as UK will travel to Louisville on Friday night for a 6 p.m. ET match in the Derby City. Kentucky has knocked off the Cardinals the last four seasons, and have won the last three meetings, 2-0.

For continuing coverage of UK women's soccer, log on to UKathletics.com.

 


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Cats Next Opponent Wins in the Final Seconds http://www.lex18.com/news/cats-next-opponent-wins-in-the-final-seconds/ http://www.lex18.com/news/cats-next-opponent-wins-in-the-final-seconds/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:06:44 PM Cats Next Opponent Wins in the Final Seconds

Josiah Yazdani kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Ohio past Kent State 17-14 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Saturday night.

Derrius Vick was 18 of 24 for 262 yards with two touchdowns for the Bobcats, with both going to Landon Smith in the first half.

Kent State trailed 14-7 for much of the game, but stayed in reach as Ohio fumbled on their first four possessions in the second half.

After a Dorian Brown fumble, Colin Reardon led the Golden Flashes on an 11-play 78 yard drive, capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass to Chris Humphrey with 4:05 left.

The Bobcats responded as A.J. Ouellette had all six of his rushes for 29 yards on the final drive. Vick added a key third-down conversion with a 7-yard run to get inside the 30, setting up Yazdani's game-winner three plays later.


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UK Game Notes From 59-14 Win http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-game-notes-from-59-14-win/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-game-notes-from-59-14-win/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 6:42:21 PM UK Game Notes From 59-14 Win

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES

UT Martin at Kentucky

Commonwealth Stadium -- Lexington, Ky.

Aug. 30, 2014

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 59, UT Martin 14

Team Records and Series Notes

With the win, Kentucky is 1-0 and with the loss, UT Martin drops to 0-1.
UK won the first all-time meeting between the two schools.
UK has now won nine consecutive home lidlifters, dating back to 2006.
UK is now 84-35-5 all-time in season openers and is 71-15-4 all-time in season openers at home.

Team Notes

UK's 59-14 win marked its most points scored since hanging 63 on Western Kentucky in 2010.

UK's 45-point margin of victory was its most since a 77-17 win over UTEP in 2002.
Kentucky finished with six rushing touchdowns, its most in a game since vs. Kent State in 2007.
Kentucky finished with 656 yards of total offense, which was the fourth greatest single-game total in school-history. UK finished with 675 yards of total offense vs. Miami (Ohio) last season for the third-highest total in school history.

UK forced five turnovers; it's most since 2008 vs. Louisville. UK has forced four turnovers on four occasions since 2008.

UK had two interceptions, its most since picking off two passes at Missouri in 2012.

UK had 201 rushing yards out of players that did not play in 2013, marking 86-percent of its rushing output in the game.

All 422 yards of UK's passing game came from quarterbacks that did not see game action last year.

UK's 446 yards in the first half was more than 11 of UK's 12 games last year.

Six of UK's eight tackles for loss and all three forced fumbles were caused by players who didn't see game action in 2013.

UK finished with 21 points off turnovers.

The Wildcats finished with 422 yards passing, marking its best passing output since throwing for 430 yards in a 2007 win over Tennessee in four overtimes.

The last time UK threw for over 422 yards in a regulation game was when it threw for 450 yards in a win over Vanderbilt in 2006.

UK forced and recovered three fumbles, marking its most fumbles recovered since three at Georgia in 2011.

Individual Notes

Sophomore QB Patrick Towles had a sparkling debut in his first career start, going 20-for-29 for 377 yards and one TD.

Towles also rushed for his first career TD, a career-long 23-yard rush, finishing with three rushes for 30 yards.
With 407 total yards of offense, Towles had the second-most yards from scrimmage for a UK quarterback making his first career start, just behind the 409 yards Dusty Bonner had in a 1999 win over Louisville.

Kentucky QBs, since 1996, have a 5-6 record in their first career starts.

Towles threw for his second career TD, a 29-yard pass to Blake Bone.

It marked Towles first TD pass since Oct. 6, 2012 vs. Mississippi State.

Towles is the first UK QB to throw for 300+ yards since Maxwell Smith vs Miami (Ohio) in 2013.

Junior RB Braylon Heard rushed for a 73-yard touchdown on his first career touch for the Wildcats.
It marked the longest rush for UK since Jalen Whitlow scampered 88 yards for a touchdown vs. Alabama State in 2013.
On Heard's second career rush, he took it 43 yards for a touchdown. Heard finished with 116 yards on just two carries.

Several Wildcats made their first career starts, including TE Steven Borden, QB Patrick Towles, OG Ramsey Meyers and OT Kyle Meadows on offense and LB Josh Forrest, S A.J. Stamps and DT Melvin Lewis on defense.

Freshman RB Stanley "Boom" Williams opened the game with a kickoff return for 24 yards. Williams rushed it three times for eight yards.

Freshman WR Garrett Johnson notched his first career catch. He finished with three catches for 25 yards.

DE Za'Darius Smith, OT Jordan Swindle and S Ashely Lowery made their team-leading 13th consecutive starts.

Sophomore RB Jojo Kemp totaled his fourth career rushing touchdown. Kemp finished with eight rushes for 31 yards and one TD.

Junior S A.J. Stamps recorded UK's first interception of the year with a one-handed snag in the second quarter.
Stamps finished with a game-tying eight tackles and a tackle for loss.

Sophomore WR Ryan Timmons totaled three catches for 75 yards.

Senior WR Javess Blue caught two balls for 42 yards.

Senior WR Demarco Robinson hauled in a 79-yard catch-and-run from Towles, a career-long.

Junior CB Fred Tiller notched his seventh and eighth career pass break ups and charted his first career interception.

Freshman WR Blake Bone hauled in a 29-yard touchdown on his first collegiate touch. Bone finished with two catches for 65 yards.

Freshman PK Austin MacGinnis was 1-for-2 in his first career field-goal attempts, connecting on a 20-yard field goal. MacGinnis had seven touchbacks in his 10 kickoffs.

Freshman WR Dorian Baker notched his first three career catches, totaling 29 yards.

Senior DT Mike Douglas notched his fourth career sack. He now has sacks in each season of his UK career.

Freshman RB Mikel Horton rushed for an 18-yard touchdown on his fourth career carry. Horton finished with seven rushes for 46 yards.

Junior LB Khalid Henderson returned a fumble for 89 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It marked the first fumble recovery for a touchdown since Demarco Robinson recovered a fumble in the end zone in 2013 vs. Alabama State.
It marked UK's first defensive fumble recovery for a touchdown since Tristan Johnson in 2012 a 25-yard return for a TD vs. Samford.

Henderson and Stamps tied for the team lead with eight tackles.

Freshman CB Kendall Randolph forced a fumble in his collegiate debut.

Senior TE Ronnie Shields notched two catches for 18 yards, giving him 14 catches in his career.

Junior RB Josh Clemons rushed it for the first time since 2011 after missing the last two seasons due to injury.

Freshman QB Reese Phillips saw his first career action, completing 2-of-4 passes for 45 yards.

Sophomore J.D. Harmon, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, finished with six tackles, two tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. It marked Harmon's first career forced fumble. Harmon returned his first career kick, a 26-yard return in the fourth quarter.

Freshman DT Regie Meant finished with four tackles, two sacks and one fumbled forced in his collegiate debut.

Junior LB Ryan Flannigan finished with six tackles in his UK debut.

Junior DE Jabari Johnson recovered his first career fumble.

Junior P Landon Foster punted it once for 46 yards. Foster has now punted 130 times in his career, with a 42.1 yard average.

 


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USA Cruises In First World Cup Game http://www.lex18.com/news/usa-cruises-in-first-world-cup-game/ http://www.lex18.com/news/usa-cruises-in-first-world-cup-game/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 6:27:26 PM USA Cruises In First World Cup Game

The U.S. held Finland without a basket in the second quarter, opening defense of its title with a 114-54 romp Saturday in the Basketball World Cup.

Silencing the Finns in the second quarter on the scoreboard and in the stands, where their rabid fans filled an entire side of the arena, the Americans allowed just a pair of free throws in the period, outscoring their overmatched opponents 29-2 to open a 60-18 advantage.

Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Anthony Davis had 17 for the U.S., which will play Turkey on Sunday in a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game.

The event has since been renamed, but nothing else looks different for the Americans, who won their 55th straight game.

Finland was 0 for 17 in the second quarter, missing all six 3-point attempts, and missed 19 straight shots over the second and third quarters before Tuukka Kotta ended the drought with a basket with 8:48 remaining in the third that made it 62-20.

The Finns were making their World Cup debut as a wild card and didn't do much to prove they deserved it after the opening minutes. They missed all 13 3-point attempts in the first half but finally saw some shots fall after halftime when the game was long decided, giving their expected 8,000 fans who traveled here the chance to cheer.

The Americans played just four exhibition games and acknowledged they would have to use their five group stage games to continue improving a team whose players average just over 24 years of age, the youngest it has ever sent using professionals.

No problem against the Finns, where their size and athletic advantages made it look like men against boys.

And even if they draw host Spain in Madrid on Sept. 14 in the championship game, they wouldn't face a crowd that was much louder than this.

Fans wearing Finnish blue and white were pouring out of the exits of the metro station outside the arena by the dozens more than two hours before the start, looking like college football alums arriving for a Saturday morning tailgate.

They filled nearly every seat behind one of the baskets, cheering loudly from warmups straight through the opening minutes, when Erik Murphy made the game's first basket. He had Finland's next bucket to tie it at 4 but then picked up a third foul just over 2 minutes into the game and had to go to the bench, leaving the Finns without nobody who could compete in the paint.

It was 31-16 after one, but after Teemu Rannikko's free throws cut it to 39-18 with about 6 ½ minutes remaining, the U.S. scored the final 21 points of the half, forcing a missed shot on defense, then running out for a layup.

Every U.S. player scored.

Finland finished just ninth in last year's European championship, failing to qualify automatically for the World Cup. But the Finns, ranked 39th, became the lowest-ranked team ever to receive a wild card, with basketball governing FIBA noting Finland's improvement on the court and the strength of its fan base.

And it didn't hurt that Finnish company Rovio, maker of the Angry Birds games, offered to provide advertising for FIBA if Finland was selected.

But none of those could help on the court, where all the best players were wearing red, white and blue and delivered highlight plays, with Derrick Rose flashing his old explosiveness with a second quarter drive and dunk.


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Mark Stoops Post-Game Quotes http://www.lex18.com/news/mark-stoops-post-game-quotes/ http://www.lex18.com/news/mark-stoops-post-game-quotes/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 4:50:48 PM Mark Stoops Post-Game Quotes

Mark Stoops Press Conference Quotes

Kentucky - 59

Tennessee-Martin - 14

COACH STOOPS: Good start obviously. Very pleased with the team's effort. I felt good. I felt like we really had a good attitude the last well, all through camp we've been working hard but I thought the last week or so guys were really focused and they were really energetic. Just pleased with the start. There's a lot to get corrected, but overall a lot of good things.

Q. (Question regarding how important a good start was for the program.)
COACH STOOPS: It's important. It's important. And I've said that, you know, earlier in the week, that it was important for our team and for our fan base and our administration, a lot of people that have worked awfully hard to push this program where we want it to go.
It was important to have a good start, for our team, I thought, and obviously, most importantly to our group and our team because they have worked hard. They have bought in, they have believed in everything that we're feeding them. Like I said, I really felt good about the energy and the enthusiasm and their focus. So it was important to go out and play well.
And, you know, it was an opponent that we should go out and play well, and it was good to see that we did that.

Q. (Question regarding A.J. Stamps play.)
COACH STOOPS: Yeah, I did. And he even turned it up another notch. You guys have all heard me talk about that and talk about him, and I think you saw it out there today.
What I really liked about him was, obviously the interception was a fantastic play, but the way he triggered in the run game, and his reads were very correct and very quick.
And so when he pulled the trigger, it was on. So really impressed with him. You know, I talked about that and I talked about how he was going to help us and it was very evident today.

Q. (Question regarding Braylon Heard's play.)
COACH STOOPS: I was disappointed it was only two runs. He made a great move on that second one. I don't know if you saw the replays or not but he eluded that last swipe and he twisted his ankle. I hope it's nothing major.
But very disappointed for him and for us that that happened but I think what you saw with his two runs was just what we've been talking about. Not only the ability, but those were in a way, routine plays, because it was blocked and he had the patience to say with it and do things that we're supposed to do. Maybe not take it all the way but there were plays and yards that he doesn't get antsy and jump out of there and stays with his progression and stays with his read and executes the way we're supposed to.

Q. What did you think of Patrick (Towles)?
COACH STOOPS: I was very pleased with Patrick. Very happy for him.
The big thing was, to me, he was very poised and he made very good decisions. You know, we know he has the talent to get the ball down the field. I think it was important for him to be efficient in the intermediate area and I thought he did that. He missed a couple, but overall, just very pleased with his poise. Made one or two bad decisions and was nice that he bounced right back and made good decisions, and so it's going to happen. He needed to play and play well, so it was good.

Q. Do you feel like maybe you got pushed around a little bit up front?
COACH STOOPS: I don't know if "pushed around" is the right word. It was aggravating at times, and then it was great to see once you're getting aggravated and you're getting milked a little bit down the field, the guys step up and get a turnover.
So that part of it was fantastic. Late in the game, it was aggravating, but that's where we're at. We're not deep. I think in the first half, they had a hundred yards and there was just a few aggravating drives that were scratching us a little bit and we buckled down and got out of there.
The second half we got down in the twos and threes and we're just not there yet. That's how it was all last year, very aggravating.

Q. (Question regarding Matt Elam playing 11 straight snaps.)
COACH STOOPS: That's good, I didn't realize that. That's good. He needs it. But I know it's hard for me to just watch one person in there. But I know he did some good things, and you know, and some bad things. He's a work in progress like I said but it was a good start for him.

Q. (Question regarding Matt Elam getting double teamed.)
COACH STOOPS: Yeah, I think when he's directly over center, he's very disruptive. He needs to learn how to play when he's shaded a little bit in our throw down stuff.

Q. What did you think of your first?time guys?
COACH STOOPS: I was pleased. I was pleased with the first time guys. I think there was one play that jumped out at me. I think Ramsey (Meyers) got beat quickly, but other than that, I didn't notice them. They were executing the offense and we were down one tackle, you know, still played very well in the O-line.
So I was very pleased with that. I was very pleased with the young guys in general. You can see the ability of some of the guys that we've been talking about, all the freshmen running backs, the freshmen wide receivers looked very poised out there and made some good plays. Overall, pleased. Kendall Randolph did a nice job. He played a few snaps and played well.

Q. The receivers, the young ones, what you particularly liked about them?
COACH STOOPS: To me what was great to see you know, it was just like they just went out there and played, and that's what they have been doing since they have been here.
Obviously we know the venues are going to get bigger and bigger, bigger games and tougher opponents and things like that. But still they need to mature and get better and we know that. But I can just tell their mentality that they are ready to play, and so that was good.
Like I said, the environment wasn't too big. They weren't rattled at all. They just went out there and played ball. Sometimes it looks routine, but like I told you many times since I've been here, we didn't always make the routine plays look routine.

Q. (Question regarding if today's effort will hold up against other opponents.)
COACH STOOPS: Oh, yeah, we know what we're up against, but our guys have a good mentality. They are very positive and they have been that way for some time. We're worried about ourselves and our program and what we're doing to get better.

Q. Is there one thing today that really stood out and made you happy?
COACH STOOPS: I just think really just clean. I think they were just it was relatively clean. Probably late in the game maybe it gets a little frustrating, sloppy.
But the first half, I was pleased. We came out and we wanted to start fast. We did. The guys were very energetic, but yet we went out and played with good poise and that's where that was good to see. You know, I would definitely want to say, load and giddyup. So they had a good attitude about it.

Q. (Question regarding Ohio.)
COACH STOOPS: Significant. Significant. Good football team and well coached.

Q. At halftime, 20 new guys had made their debut and you're looking out there, do you feel you're coaching a completely different team today?
COACH STOOPS: Yeah, definitely. And it is, and it's certainly different.
Again, I think whether it was young guys or older guys getting better, it was nice to see guys making ball plays and just doing some things that just, you know, going up over somebody, making a catch, running backs making people miss, O-line getting some big holes in there. So that I was pleased with.
Q. (Question regarding Thaddeus Snodgrass.)
COACH STOOPS: Possibly. He tweaked a hamstring about a week ago or a few days ago, sometime this week. But we may redshirt him.

Q. (Question regarding Josh Clemons.)
COACH STOOPS: You know, there's a lot of guys that were getting some reps and getting some other guys in the mix. He'll get in there and he'll continue to work in the rotation.

Q. (Question regarding if Josh Clemons played.)
COACH STOOPS: I'm not sure how many snaps he had, but no, he started in one of our packages, and as many reps as we were in there, he was the starter. I'm not sure of the exact number at all.

Q. How important was it getting the interceptions? You didn't get that many last year in DBs.
COACH STOOPS: It was important. It was good. It was good to see. You know, I got very creative there when we designed a very fancy defense and went out there and made that play (Laughter). I did. I taught them how to go at one hand and grab that. (Laughter) That's how we drew it up (Laughter).

Q. The linebackers going into this how did it look to you?
COACH STOOPS: We made some mistakes but they will get better. They have what it takes athletically. You know, there were some mistakes that we'll definitely need to correct but we'll play well. We'll get them corrected, and that's why we get out there this that first game and play and able to overcome them and eventually we won't be able to, so we just have to keep honing in on that.

Q. (Question regarding Bud Dupree's play today.)
COACH STOOPS: It is, but you would suspect that. This group, they were smart. They were getting rid of the ball quick. Any time they were backed up, they were getting a screen or they were getting a draw. They were well coached. They knew they would have a hard time blocking those guys and they weren't going to let them get there. So that's part of it for him and that's a compliment.
Q. You were pretty careful to manage expectations last year. How much optimism are you allowing?
COACH STOOPS: That's a good question. I think I've been saying all along that we're better. I think it was privy evident today we were better. Watching our team practice the other day and watching our offense go up and down the field on air, it's evident they were better.
I've said it over and over again, there were times when we couldn't do the basics; and we are significantly better, and we're significantly getting better playmakers.
So I have a lot of optimism. I don't know, we always take it one day at a time and one week at a time. Again, I know that's boring, but we're 1:30 and excited about that and look forward to get back to work and prepare to get one next week.

Q. The old football adage, week one, week two, do you expect that to happen?
COACH STOOPS: I do, because that first game, there's so much unknown. And again, I've said this, I'm a second?year head coach but I've been an assistant for a long, long time and it's always like that as an assistant or a head coach.
You never really truly know what you have. It's good to get that first game and get out there and play and see how they are going to handle things and see what it's like in a game day environment. I do think we are going to improve.

Q. Patrick's demeanor and leadership on the sideline, what do you think of that?
COACH STOOPS: Very good. Just like you know, I was just very pleased with that and with his heritage, you would expect that. He just was very poised. He's been like that for some time.
You know, I think he's told you that and you'll talk to him I think here in a bit, but he went back, did the work. He's prepared really well. He feels very confident and just was letting it go, and just running the offense. That was just really good to see. I thought he had a lot of poise and he played very well.

Q. Were you happy when you got them two picks?
COACH STOOPS: I was happy, yeah. (Laughter).

 


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UK Cheerleader Injured at Football Game Is Released From UK Chandler Hospital http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-cheerleader-injured-at-football-game-is-released-from-uk-chandler-hospital/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-cheerleader-injured-at-football-game-is-released-from-uk-chandler-hospital/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 4:06:57 PM UK Cheerleader Injured at Football Game Is Released From UK Chandler Hospital

A University of Kentucky cheerleader was injured in a fall late in the fourth quarter of the Wildcats' 59-14 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.

This is UK's official statement on Brooke Gibbs.

Brooke Gibbs, a sophomore on the UK Cheer team, has been treated and released from UK Chandler Hospital following a fall during the 4th quarter of Kentucky Football's victory over UT Martin.

Brooke, her family and the cheer program are appreciative of the efforts and expertise of the athletic trainers, team doctors and paramedics who cared for her at the stadium, as well as the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital.

She has heard of the outpouring of thoughts, prayers and concerns from the Big Blue Nation and can't wait to get back on the field with her teammates and the football team soon.

 


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Bengals Cuts http://www.lex18.com/news/bengals-cuts/ http://www.lex18.com/news/bengals-cuts/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 3:49:36 PM Bengals Cuts

The Cincinnati Bengals put quarterback AJ McCarron on the injury list Saturday as they got down to the 53-man roster limit, making the fifth-round pick ineligible to practice for the first six weeks of the season.

McCarron missed training camp and the preseason with a sore shoulder.

The Bengals also terminated the contract of safety Danieal Manning and waived receiver Cobi Hamilton, defensive end Dontay Moch, center Trevor Robinson and defensive tackle Devon Still. Robinson started seven games in 2012 as an injury fill-in. Rookie Russell Bodine won the starting job at center during camp.

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UK Volleyball Sweeps Butler http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-volleyball-sweeps-butler/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-volleyball-sweeps-butler/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 3:36:25 PM UK Volleyball Sweeps Butler

The Kentucky volleyball team continued its season-opening winning streak with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21) sweep of Butler in its second match of the Bluegrass Battle Saturday morning in Memorial Coliseum.

The Wildcats improved to 2-0 after they opened the season with a 3-0 sweep of Wichita State Friday night. Kentucky concludes the four-team Bluegrass Battle with a matchup against Virginia Tech tonight at 8 p.m. The Hokies, who lost to Butler Friday night, play Wichita State in the second match of this morning's double header.

UK was again led by sophomore Anni Thomasson, who tallied 12 kills. Thomasson added eight digs, to come up just short of a second consecutive double-double performance. Senior Lauren O'Conner added nine kills with four digs, while juniors Morgan Bergren and Shelby Workman and freshman Kaz Brown had four kills apiece, with Bergren and Brown each hitting .400.

Bergren added 25 assists and eight digs and Workman had 12 digs. Senior Jackie Napper led the Wildcats with 17 digs and freshman Ashley Dusek added eight.

Kentucky totaled five blocks as a team, with three coming from Brown and two from Bergren and O'Conner. The UK defense held Butler to .109 hitting with just two service aces.

After the Bulldogs scored the first point of the contest and took a 2-1 lead, the Wildcats responded with a 4-0 run. Butler rallied back to tie it at six-all, and after the teams traded points, UK gained a 10-7 advantage. BU got to within one at 10-9 and took a 13-12 lead. A Thomasson kill put UK ahead, and the two teams again proceeded to trade points until Butler went on a 3-0 run to take an 18-17 lead. Kentucky answered right back though with a 6-0 run of their own, helped by four Butler errors. BU got within three twice, but couldn't get any closer before the Wildcats closed out the frame with a 25-21 win.

Thomasson's four kills led UK in the opening set, while Bergren, Brown and Workman each had two. Napper had eight digs and Workman seven while Bergren dished out nine assists and both Thomasson and O'Conner notched service aces. Brown and O'Conner combined on the set's lone block.

Kentucky jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set before Butler responded to tie the set at six apiece. It was more back-and-forth action until, with a 9-8 advantage, the Wildcats went on to score eight of the next nine points to take a 17-9 lead, their largest of the match. O'Conner had three kills in the streak while the Bulldogs committed three errors. The Bulldogs answered right back though with an 8-1 to get within one at 18-17. That's when Dusek came in to serve and led the Wildcats on a 4-0 run to go ahead 22-17 and force a BU timeout. The two teams traded points before Bergren and Brown combined for the set-winning block to give UK a 25-19 victory and a 2-0 lead.

O'Conner's four kills on .800 hitting led the UK offensive attack in the second set, while Thomasson added three kills and Barnes tallied a pair of kills. Bergren added four digs and eight assists and Thomasson and Napper each had three digs. Dusek and Napper each had a service ace, while O'Conner had a solo block and Bergren and Brown assisted on the second.

The Wildcats opened up an early 3-0 lead in the third set, scoring the frame's first point for the first time in the match. Kentucky extended its lead to 8-4, forcing the Bulldogs to call an early timeout. Butler got to within three at 9-6 and 10-7, but that's when the Wildcats turned it up a notch and went on a 7-2 run to go ahead 17-9 and never looked back. The Bulldogs rallied back to get within four but no closer, as UK closed out a 25-21 win and its second sweep of the young season.

Thomasson and O'Conner each had four kills, while six others all tallied one. Dusek had seven digs, Napper six and Workman five, while Bergren dished out eight assists with three digs. Bergren, Brown and redshirt freshmen Sharay Barnes and Emily Franklin all tallied block assists in the match-clinching set victory.

 


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UK Womens Cross Country Places Second at Belmont Opener http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-womens-cross-country-places-second-at-belmont-opener/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-womens-cross-country-places-second-at-belmont-opener/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 3:16:40 PM UK Womens Cross Country Places Second at Belmont Opener

Aundrea Busse began her Kentucky cross country career about as well as anyone can expect, with a win at Friday's Belmont Opener in Percy Warner Park.

Busse ran a time of 17:32.94, bettering her high school 5k best in cross country to win the first meet of the season.

Busse led UK to a second place team finish, behind Vanderbilt.

Katy Kunc was the second Wildcat to finish, 11th overall, with a time of 18:05.08. Cassidy Hale was 20th, Whitney O'Bryan was 27th and Michelle McKinney placed 35th to round out UK's top-5.

The UK men's team finished fourth overall with 94 points. Purdue won the men's team competition on 24 points.

UK's top finisher was junior Mackay Wilson. He placed 15th overall with a time of 15:36.92.

Mick Iacafano showed strong improvement from a year ago as he clocked a 21st-place time of 15:47.74.

UK's top-5 was completed by Jared Phillips (24 - 15:50.53), James Brown (28 - 15:57.89) and Ryan Polman (32 - 16:02.62).

Kentucky's next meet will be its only home competition of the season, the Bluegrass Invitational, on Sept. 13 at Masterson Station Park.

Women's Individual Results (UK Only)
1. Aunrea Busse: 17:32.94
11. Katy Kunc: 18:05.08
20: Cassidy Hale: 18:26.23
27. Whitney O'Bryan: 18:39.84
35. Michelle McKinney: 19:03.75
44. Caroline McCaslin: 19:15.92
50. Jill Weston: 19:32.36
67. Emma Sanchez: 20:14.20

Women's Team Results
1. Vanderbilt: 20
2. Kentucky: 79
3. MTSU: 105

Men's Individual Results (Winner and UK Only)
1. Shadrock Matelong (MTSU): 15:02.19
15. Mackay Wilson: 15:36.92
21. Mick Iacafano: 15:47.74
24. Jared Phillips: 15:50.53
28. James Brown: 15:57.89
32. Ryan Polman: 16:02.62
40. Gabe Harm: 16:12.93
55. Zack Beavin: 16:48.75

Men's Team Results (Winner and UK Only)
1. Purdue: 25
4. Kentucky: 94

 


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Kentucky 59, UT Martin 14 http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-59-ut-martin-14/ http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-59-ut-martin-14/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:48:01 PM Alan Cutler Kentucky 59, UT Martin 14

UK jumps out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter.

Patrick Towles hits Javess Blue for a 44 yard play down to the three.  Jojo Kemp runs it in from the two and UK goes up 7-0.

Braylon Heard then does something True Blue Fans will remember for a long time.  The first time he carries the ball in a UK uniform, he goes 73 yards for the score.  UK goes up 14-0.

In the second quarter, Heard does it again. On his second carry, he goes 43 yards for a touchdown.  2 carries for 116 yards.  UK goes up 21-0.

A.J. Stamps with a pick.  It wasn't your average pick.  The junior college transfer was in the air and catches the ball with one hand.

Then, it's Towles going back to work.  First he hits Ryan Timmons for 56 yards.  Blake Bone makes his first college catch a wonderful memory.  He uses his blockers perfectly and takes Towles pass 29 yards to the house.  UK leads 28-0.

UK's freshmen make the next drive.  Blake Bone does something True Blue Fans have not seen a lot of.  He adjust to the ball and makes a 36 yard catch.  Then Mikel Horton decided he was not going to be tackled.  18 yards later it's 35-0 UK.

Patrick Towles is 15 of 22 for 263 yards and 1 TD pass. 

UK keeps on rolling in the third quarter.  Fred Tiller with a pick.  It's the first time since 2012 against Missouri that UK had two picks in a game.  On that day, J.D. Harmon got both.  Tiller's pick sets up Patrick Towles.  He runs an easy 23 yards for the score.  UK goes up 42-zip. It's the first time since 2008 against Georgia that UK had 5 rushing TD's.

Demarco Robinson with a big play.  The senior wide out takes the pass and goes 79 yards before running out of gas.  The drive stalls so Austin McGinnis, another freshman hits a 20 yard field goal.  UK goes up 45-0.

UK's defense strikes again. Another freshman, Kendall Randolph, who Stoops really likes, with a huge hit on Ladevin Fair, Khalid Henderson picks up the fumble and goes 89 yards for the score.  UK leads 52-0.

Najee Ray gets UT Martin on the board.  He scores from the 1.  UK leads in the 4th quarter 52-7.

Patrick Towles finishes with 20 of 29 for 377 yards and 1 TD pass.

With the score 52-14, UK wasn't finished.  Another freshman, T.V. Williams takes Reese Phillips pass for a 42 yard gain.  Another freshman, big Mikel Horton goes in from the 14.  UK wins 59-14.

 

 


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John Calipari: Anthony Davis Will Be NBA's Best Player In Less Than 5 Years http://www.lex18.com/news/john-calipari-anthony-davis-will-be-nba-s-best-player-in-less-than-5-years/ http://www.lex18.com/news/john-calipari-anthony-davis-will-be-nba-s-best-player-in-less-than-5-years/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 9:25:36 PM John Calipari: Anthony Davis Will Be NBA's Best Player In Less Than 5 Years

John Calipari is certain that Anthony Davis is going to be the best NBA player in less than five years. That's according to a CBS Sports report.

"Right now, you look at (Davis) and say, 'Man, in five years, he could be the best player in the NBA,' " Calipari said. "And this USA Basketball stuff pushes that date sooner. Again, here's what it does for him: how to work, new things to add to his game, and confidence like, 'These are the best in the world, so I'm all right.' "

Whenever Team USA gets together, there's always talk of the improvement of NBA players after returning to their respective teams. Davis is no exception.

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, an assistant on Team USA, said something similar, adding that even if Davis spent his time working out with other pros, nothing would prepare him for next season like this:

"He's understanding that he is a lead dog among a number of alpha dogs. Mentally, he has taken it up a few notches, and I think Coach K has been a big part of that, pushing him to be a leader, pushing him to be a guy on the team. You think about the names on this team, and you look at the impact on the game that he has, and you seldom say there's a better player on the floor than Anthony. That's got to help him from a confidence standpoint...and I think that's just going to help us going forward."

Most journalists and coaches agree that Davis is a phenomenon like few before him, not with that combination of size, agility, skills and timing. Both of his coaches used the word "confidence" when talking about how he's growing, and that's a huge part of reaching his potential as a professional. It started last year, with Davis being New Orleans' leading scorer and becoming its leader. It's continuing now, and the Pelicans are going to reap the rewards.

 

-Source: CBS Sports

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UK Fan From Indiana Gives Children Wildcat Inspired Names http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-fan-from-indiana-gives-children-wildcat-inspired-names/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-fan-from-indiana-gives-children-wildcat-inspired-names/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 8:21:27 PM UK Fan From Indiana Gives Children Wildcat Inspired Names

Kentucky fans are notorious for their dedication, but one Indiana woman has taken that to new extremes.

According to an article from Kentucky Sports Unlimited, Lee Ellis of Chandler, Ind. has been a lifelong Kentucky fan. Nine years ago, she and her husband were trying to figure out what to name their child.

"What happened is, I have two girls from a previous marriage. This was my husband's first newborn and he wanted to pick out the name before we found out what it was. The girl name was Kelenna (after Kelenna Azubuike). But we found out it was a boy, and I was like.... Lexington? And he said to me ‘That's it' and I said ‘Are you serious?'"

He was serious.

Lexington is now 9. Two years after he was born, another baby boy came into their lives. His name? Cawood, after UK legend Cawood Ledford.

According to Ellis, Cawood and Lexington are both aware of their heritage.

"He was named after Cawood Ledford. He knows who he was named after and one time when he was just talking we said, "Look that's Cawood's Court" and he goes " That's my court!...that's my court!"

The two boys have not yet been to a game at Rupp Arena. Their mother hopes they can make it this season.

 

-Source Kentucky Sports Unlimited

-Photo Kentucky Sports Unlimited


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Towles Ready For First Start As Kentucky's QB http://www.lex18.com/news/towles-ready-for-first-start-as-kentucky-s-qb/ http://www.lex18.com/news/towles-ready-for-first-start-as-kentucky-s-qb/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 3:39:43 PM Towles Ready For First Start As Kentucky's QB

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Patrick Towles isn't about to let nerves spoil the opportunity he has waited for his whole career.

Kentucky's new starting quarterback has encountered many bumps, from being thrown into action as a freshman in 2012 because of injuries to struggling to learn a new coaching staff and offensive scheme last fall. Being redshirted has turned out to be a blessing for Towles, who revamped his mechanics and mindset well enough to claim the job he always dreamed about.

Towles knows his first career start in Saturday's season opener against Tennessee-Martin won't be totally smooth. But considering the obstacles he overcame, he hungers for precision.

The same can be said for the Wildcats, who begin Year 2 under coach Mark Stoops seeking more victories after consecutive 2-10 seasons.

Asked this week about his focus approaching the game, the 6-foot-5 Towles said, "It's hard, but I'm excited. You know that you have to get prepared for the game and you can't be all excited and have your going mind everywhere in 25 different places during practice or else you're not going to get anything productive done."

For Kentucky, offensive productivity means moving the ball quickly and lighting up the scoreboard after averaging just 20.5 points game and running a Southeastern Conference-low 774 plays last season. Towles was a spectator to those struggles because of his slowness releasing the ball, an area he addressed in offseason workouts with a private QB coach.

He eventually beat out Reese Phillips and Drew Barker for the job and is charged with executing offensive coordinator Neal Brown's up-tempo, pass-happy Air Raid scheme. Its success depends on keeping Towles poised and comfortable, though Brown expects some jitters from his QB.

"You just go out and play through it," he said. "The good thing is he's played a little bit, but this is the first time I guess he's truly been the man. ... If he was starting for his fourth straight year, he'd be nervous in game one too."

Kentucky seeks a strong start against the FCS Skyhawks and next week against Ohio to build confidence and momentum they hope will carry over into SEC play. But the Wildcats aren't looking past their inaugural meeting against a UT-Martin squad looking to improve on last year's 7-5 finish.

The Skyhawks seek their first win in four tries against the SEC by trying to put the brakes on the Wildcats' plans.

"My goal is for us to play as well as we can play, no matter who we play," UT Martin coach Jason Simpson said, adding that his team "must avoid costly mistakes and obviously give yourself a chance (to win) in the fourth quarter."

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Here are some things to look for when Tennessee-Martin and Kentucky meet on Saturday:

NEW KENTUCKY O-LINE: Junior Jordan Swindle moves from right to left tackle in place of two-year starter Darrian Miller, who is suspended for this week's game. The Wildcats will also start two redshirt freshmen on the right side with guard Ramsey Myers and tackle Kyle Meadows.

BELL-RINGER: Kentucky's offensive line must account for Tennessee-Martin senior linebacker Tony Bell, a preseason All-America after posting 10.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss as a junior.

WILDCATS' YOUTH: Stoops' promise to use both recruiting classes extensively is reflected in Kentucky's two-deep depth chart featuring 21 freshmen and sophomores. The Wildcats' wide receiver list alone features four freshmen.

SKYHAWKS QBS: Junior Jarod Neal and senior Dylan Favre - nephew of former NFL QB great Brett Favre - combined for 2,610 yards with nine TDs each last season. Simpson doesn't seem inclined to pick just one signal-caller and said this week that "I don't think it's fair to say this guy is going to get the whole game because there's another guy sitting right behind him that can make some plays as well. It'll work itself out."

KEEP IT MOVING: Last year's adjustment to a new staff and system has given way to familiarity that coaches believe will result in quicker execution for the Wildcats, particularly on offense. Said Brown, "there's going to be some times in this game where we'll play at a really quick pace, faster than we ever executed last year."

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EJ Floreal Gets A Scholarship From Cal http://www.lex18.com/news/ej-floreal-gets-a-scholarship-from-cal/ http://www.lex18.com/news/ej-floreal-gets-a-scholarship-from-cal/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 1:40:14 PM Alan Cutler EJ Floreal Gets A Scholarship From Cal

Sophomore guard E.J. Floreal has been given a scholarship for UK Basketball.

Floreal, who appeared in three games as a walk-on freshman believes he is athletic enough to earn playing time at UK before he graduates.

The former Dunbar High basketball and track star saw his first career conference action with a minute against Mississippi State. He scored two points on a dunk and added a steal and block in Kentucky's win over Robert Morris, and he he had a bucket and a steal in two minutes of action in UK's exhibition win over Transylvania.

Both of his parents were Olympic athletes. LaVonna, his mother was a silver medalist in the 1992 Olympic Games in the 100m hurdles. Edrick, his father is UK's head track and field coach. His dad competed for Canada in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.

 

 


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UK: Fan Experience Enhanced For 2014 Football Season http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-fan-experience-enhanced-for-2014-football-season/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-fan-experience-enhanced-for-2014-football-season/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 1:24:42 PM UK: Fan Experience Enhanced For 2014 Football Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. - On Saturday, UK football will open the second season of the Mark Stoops era against UT Martin. Just as coaches and players have prepared during the offseason, UK Athletics has worked to improve the game-day atmosphere at Commonwealth Stadium.

Based on nearly 1,700 fan suggestions through BBN First, UK Athletics has implemented the following enhancements to game day at Commonwealth Stadium for the 2014 season.

Weekly music vote - In partnership with four Lexington radio stations, UK is asking fans to vote on songs from four genres - hip hop, pop, rock and country - each week leading up to game day. The winning songs will be played during timeouts each home Saturday throughout the season. Additionally, new songs have been added to the game-day playlist, as is the case each offseason.

Kickoff Playoff - In July, eight UK football team leaders each chose a song they wanted to hear immediately before kickoff for the season opener. Fans then voted on their favorites in tournament format, selecting Braylon Heard's choice of "Who Run It" after casting nearly 13,000 total votes.

Entertainment between plays -Southeastern Conference bylaws have changed to allow video, audio and music to be played between downs. UK Athletics will capitalize on this change with entertainment and crowd prompts between plays.

Pre-fourth quarter tradition - In BBN First suggestions, fans clamored for exciting new in-game traditions, more former player involvement and a more engaging role for the Wildcat Marching Band. Combining these three things, UK will unveil a new tradition between the third and fourth quarter.

In-game score updates - The continuous loop of game scores will move to a more visible portion of the ribbon boards, allowing fans to stay up to date on college football action throughout the country.

Live national anthem performers - After the success of Marlana VanHoose's performance of the national anthem at the Blue/White Spring Game, more live performers will be featured at Commonwealth this season. For Saturday's season opener, Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter will perform the national anthem on fiddle.

Roving pep bands - Roving pep bands will move through different tailgating lots pregame to help build the pregame atmosphere.

Wildcat Refuge - A new giant cornhole board will be available at the Wildcat Refuge, located outside Gate 9. UK is also making a concerted effort to educate fans about the area, which features activities for families and children.

Guest services - With numerous changes due to ongoing renovations at Commonwealth, four new guest services locations have been added to assist fans in the adjustment process. In addition to the four on the lower level, two have been added on the upper level and two more outside Gates 1 and 9, which open five hours prior to kickoff.

Parking - In spite of substantial losses due to ongoing construction and a government-mandated FEMA project, UK Athletics offered parking passes to all season ticket holders who had passes last season by creating new parking options. Prioritizing convenience for fans, working staff will also park farther away from the stadium.

Free water - Complimentary 10-ounce cups of water will be available to fans at stadium concession stands this season.

Restrooms - Additional attendants will work in the restrooms at Commonwealth this season, helping to ensure cleanliness and orderliness.

Shuttles - Additional shuttles servicing non-permit parking areas will be offered this season. For complete information on shuttles, fans can visit the official Kentucky Gameday site.

Weekly game-day review - Each week on bbnfirst.ukathletics.com, UK will revisit the previous Saturday's home game and review topics ranging from music selection to video content to entry and exit from the stadium. In that process, fans will be asked to provide continual feedback as UK Athletics seeks to provide the best fans in America the experiences they deserve.

 


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Three Former UK Hoops Players Sign Professional Contracts http://www.lex18.com/news/three-former-uk-hoops-players-sign-professional-contracts/ http://www.lex18.com/news/three-former-uk-hoops-players-sign-professional-contracts/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 1:22:38 PM Three Former UK Hoops Players Sign Professional Contracts

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Recent University of Kentucky women's basketball graduates Kastine Evans, DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker have signed professional contracts to continue their playing careers overseas.

Evans, a native of Salam, Conn., will play for the Leicester Riders in Leicester, England and will also work on a master's degree in applied finance and banking at Loughborough University. She will leave for the United Kingdom on Saturday, Aug. 30.

During her four-year Kentucky career, Evans was a major contributor to the success of UK Hoops. She played in 139 career games - which ranks No. 2 on UK's all-time list - finished with 766 career points and averaged a career-best 8.2 points per game as a senior. Evans helped lead UK Hoops to a Southeastern Conference regular-season title in 2012 and NCAA Tournament appearances in each of her four seasons, including three Elite Eight and four Sweet 16 finishes. She graduated in May of 2014 with a degree in business management with a minor in African-American studies, earning SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean's List honors each of her four seasons.

"I am blessed to have the opportunity to continue playing after my college career," Evans said. "You never know how long you can play, and after attending WBCA's ‘So You Want to Be a Coach Program,' I knew I was not ready to hang up my sneakers. I am very excited to be in Leicester, England and be with a new group of young women and a coaching staff who are working every day to win a championship. With this opportunity I am also able to continue my education and work on a master's degree. I am excited for the overall experience in another country and to be able to learn more about myself and grow each and every day."

Stallworth, of Richmond, Calif., has signed to play with Universitario de Ferrol in Spain for the upcoming season and will leave for Spain on Sept. 1.

In just two seasons with the Wildcats, Stallworth became one of the best post players in the country. She became UK's third straight WNBA draft pick as she was chosen as the No. 25 pick by the Connecticut Sun. She finished her collegiate career with 1,740 career points (812 at UK), 871 rebounds (417 at UK) and 15 double-doubles, a mark that ranks ninth on Kentucky's all-time list. Despite having midseason knee surgery that kept her out of five games as a senior, she was a candidate for SEC Player of the Year and was on every national watch list for the nation's best player. She earned multiple honors throughout her senior campaign, including WBCA Region 3 All-America Team, SEC All-Tournament Team, All-SEC Second Team by the league's coaches and All-SEC honorable mention by The Associated Press. As a junior, she was named to the All-SEC First Team by the league coaches and All-SEC Second Team by the AP, and she was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She graduated in December of 2013 with a degree in family sciences and a minor in African-American Studies.

"I'm extremely excited for this opportunity to play in Spain," Stallworth said. "This season is all about growth for me and playing with veterans will definitely help me. Thanks to the Big Blue Nation for all the support given to me throughout my years at Kentucky. I will always bleed blue!"

Walker is set to play for Stadium Casablanca located in Zaragoza, Spain and will leave the country on Saturday, Aug. 30.

"I am very grateful for this opportunity to play for Stadium Casablanca," Walker said. "It has always been a dream of mine to play basketball beyond the college level and to also travel the world. I am very thankful for the support from my family, coaches and fans."

Walker, a native of West Carrollton, Ohio, transferred to Kentucky in 2010 after playing one semester at Connecticut. She played in 96 games for the Wildcats with 80 consecutive starts and ranks in the top 10 on UK's career list for double-doubles (fifth - 20), rebounding average (third - 8.1) and blocked shots (seventh - 96). She quickly made a name for herself midway through her sophomore season when she averaged 8.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, helping UK win the SEC regular season and earn a berth in the Elite Eight. She increased her averages to 13.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament run, earning her NCAA All-Regional Tournament Team honors. As a junior, she led the team in rebounding (8.1 rebounds per game), steals (72), field-goal percentage (.524) and blocks (56) and was named to the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Defensive team by the league coaches. Last season, she averaged 8.7 points and a career-high 8.7 rebounds which ranked fourth overall in the SEC. Walker graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in merchandising, apparel and textiles.

 


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SEC Schedule Set For UK Hoops http://www.lex18.com/news/sec-schedule-set-for-uk-hoops-387121/ http://www.lex18.com/news/sec-schedule-set-for-uk-hoops-387121/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:04:02 PM SEC Schedule Set For UK Hoops

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Southeastern Conference announced its 14-team, 16-game women's basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season on Thursday and Kentucky's slate is highlighted by eight home matchups, including battles in Memorial Coliseum with Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M and South Carolina as well as road matchups at LSU, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

This marks the sixth year of the 16-game schedule for women's basketball and the third with 14 teams. The schedule is a single round-robin with one permanent home-and-home opponent and two random home-and-home opponents. Kentucky's permanent partner is South Carolina, and for this season, UK will face Ole Miss and Tennessee in home-and-home matchups.

ESPN2 and ESPNU will broadcast a combined 16 conference contests, including four Kentucky games. The SEC Network will televise 44 total games, eight featuring the Wildcats. The SEC's games on ESPN platforms are exclusively branded as the "SEC?on ESPN." There will be a package of televised non-conference games which will be announced at a later date. Additionally, Kentucky will have the ability to produce conference and non-conference games not televised for SEC Network +, exclusive games available on WatchESPN and SECSports.com.

Kentucky opens league play on the road on Jan. 2 at Alabama for the second straight season before playing host to Ole Miss on the SEC Network and Auburn on Jan. 4 and Jan. 8, respectively. The Wildcats will travel to Columbia, S.C., for a matchup with the Gamecocks on Jan. 11 which will be televised on ESPN2 and then welcome the Florida Gators to Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 15. That game also will be carried live on the SEC Network.

Back-to-back road games at LSU on ESPNU (Jan. 18) and Missouri (Jan. 25) on the SEC Network await the Wildcats before they play host to border rival Tennessee on the SEC Network on Thursday, Jan. 29. UK will be looking for its third straight win over the Lady Vols in the storied Coliseum.

Georgia visits Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 1 and the Wildcats look to chart their first win over the Lady Bulldogs in Lexington since 2010. That game also will be televised on the SEC Network, as well as the following two games at Vanderbilt on Feb. 8 and vs. Mississippi State on Feb. 12 in Memorial.

Three of UK's final five conference games are on the road. UK will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 15 to face the Lady Vols in the second matchup of the season. The game will be carried on ESPN2. The Wildcats won last year's meeting in Knoxville, 75-71. It marked UK's first-ever win in Thompson-Boling Arena and the first win in Knoxville since 1985.

The Cats will return home to face Texas A&M on Feb. 19 and then hit the road for games at Ole Miss (Feb. 23) and Arkansas (Feb. 26). Senior Day and the regular-season home finale will be played on Sunday, March 1 vs. South Carolina. The game is considered a "net flex game" as it will be either be televised on ESPNU at 2 p.m. ET or ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET. The network and time of the contest will be determined 7-10 days out. Four seniors - Azia Bishop (Toledo, Ohio), Bria Goss (Indianapolis), Jennifer O'Neill (Bronx, N.Y.), and Jelléah Sidney (Queens Village, N.Y.) - will be honored during a special "Senior Day" ceremony before the game.

This year's SEC Tournament will be held at The Verizon Center in North Little Rock, Ark. The tournament will include all 14 teams and begins Wednesday, March 4 and concludes with the championship game on Sunday, March 8.

All of the games airing on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) and the SEC Network will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Fox Sports Net events will be available via these avenues outside the SEC Footprint only.

AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, NCTC, NRTC, NTTC, Verizon FiOS and Wilkes Telephone will carry the SEC Network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, NCTC, NRTC, NTTC and Verizon FiOS authentication.

All UK Hoops games can also be heard live on the UK Radio Network and UKathletics.com with Neil Price calling the action.

The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 6 in an early preseason poll by ESPN.com columnist Charlie Crème, returns seven letter winners, including key players in Goss and O'Neill, returning starting point guard junior Janee Thompson (Chicago) and sophomore guards Linnae Harper (Chicago) and Makayla Epps (Lebanon, Ky.). New additions to the roster this season include junior-college transfer and 6-foot-6 center Ivana Jakubcova (Bratislava, Slovakia), freshman shooting guard Jaycee Coe (Gainesboro, Tenn.), freshman forward/center Alexis Jennings (Madison, Ala.) and freshman center Alyssa Rice (Reynoldsburg, Ohio). Sophomore forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (Lebanon, Ky.) also will be available for action after sitting out last season with a pulmonary embolism.

Season tickets are available for purchase for $65 online at UKathletics.com/tickets or by calling the UK Ticket Office at 859-257-1818 or 1-800-928-2287. Lower level reserved tickets for UK's game vs. Baylor in Rupp Arena on Nov. 17 are also available for only $9 by calling the UK Ticket Office. Seats will be assigned in September after the season ticket renewal deadline. All other single-game tickets will go on sale in late October.

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UK Men's Soccer Begins Regular Season On Friday http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-men-s-soccer-begins-regular-season-on-friday/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-men-s-soccer-begins-regular-season-on-friday/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:19:30 PM UK Men's Soccer Begins Regular Season On Friday

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Kentucky men's soccer team will kick off the 2014 regular season at Wright State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

UK is 13-9-1 all-time in regular season lid lifters. The Wildcats are 1-1 in season-openers under head coach Johan Cedergren.

Live stats will be available on www.wsuraiders.com.

Kentucky will then host Belmont in the regular season home-opener on Sunday at 5 p.m. The match will be part of the Grand Opening of the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex featuring a double header with both the UK women's and men's soccer teams in action.

Cedergren on the trip to Wright State
"Wright State is a very good team and they got a great result the other day. They beat Marquette, who is ranked number twelve in the country 2-1. It was just an exhibition game but Wright State's a very good team. Wright State and Kentucky and several other schools are all competing for talent around this area so I know several of their players that we have looked at for whatever reason.

"They're going to be a fierce opponent. They're going to be very good, but at the same time I would hold us up against any team in the country."

2014 Outlook
UK returns 15 letterwinners from last season's squad, including eight starters (Irving, Matsoso, Reymann, Tollefsen, Wilson, Alex Bumpus, Bryan Celis and Kaelon Fox ). Eleven newcomers will dawn the Blue and White for UK head coach Johan Cedergren, who enters his third year at the helm.

UK vs Wright State All-TIme
Kentucky and Wright State locked horns for the first time since 1996 in the Wildcats' home finale a year ago.

Senior Tyler Riggs scored in his last home match, and freshman Charlie Reymann added his second goal of the year, as Kentucky posted a 2-2 draw.

WSU leads the series, 0-2-3.

Irving Named Preseason All-Conference
Kentucky junior goalkeeper Callum Irving has been voted preseason All-Conference USA by the league coaches. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Irving earned All-Conference USA First Team honors in 2013. Irving started 16 games in the net, recording 46 saves and six shutouts, which ranked ninth in program history. He owned a goals against average of 1.09.

Recapping the 2013 Season
The Wildcats enter a new season on the heels of a 7-10-3 mark in 2013. UK went 3-4-2 in the Conference USA, while making it to the semifinals of the C-USA tournament.

Tyler Riggs led the Wildcats with six goals and 41 shots with 13 on goal during his senior campaign. Brad Doliner capped off his solid final season with five goals and 37 shots, including a team-high 16 on target. Justin Laird finished with a team-best six assists.

Irving, Doliner, Napo Matsoso and Steven Perinovic earned All-Conference USA honors in 2013, led by Irving on the first team. Doliner and Perinovic were both named to the second team, while Matsoso earned all-freshman team honors.

For their efforts during the Conference USA tournament, Irving, Charlie Reymann and Jordan Wilson were named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team. UK knocked off the No. 2 seed Old Dominion, 1-0 in overtime, in the first round of the tournament before falling 1-0 to the eventual champion, Charlotte 49ers.

All Home Matches on SEC Network+
All 10 UK men's soccer home matches in 2014 will be featured on SEC Network+, as well as WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app, it was announced by the Southeastern Conference. Despite playing in the Conference USA for men's soccer, the SEC has received permission to broadcast all of the Wildcats' home contests on the digital platform.

With 10 home matches this season, the brand new Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex will see over 870 million possible unique visitors during the 2014 home season. With major satellite companies DirecTV and DISH signing deals with the SEC Network as well as Time Warner Cable and Comcast providers, over 87 million unique viewers will be able to watch the SEC Network at launch, and receive the SECN+ and digital platform of the network.

Brand New Home
The Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex will officially open on Aug. 31 with a dedication ceremony at Noon ET. Additionally, the stadium dedication will offer facility tours, youth clinics, face painting and more for all fans in attendance.

There will be free admission to all opening weekend matches, which feature two women's matches (Francis Marion on Friday and Ohio on Sunday) and one men's match against Belmont on Sunday afternoon.

The Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex will house separate facilities for the men's and women's programs, including new team rooms, player lounges, locker areas, coaches offices, press box and a gorgeous new grandstand. Combined with the 2011 additions of a $600,000 playing surface, a new video tower and a video board, it will immediately set the standard for college soccer facilities.

 

 


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