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. () () Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:09:28 GMT Synapse CMS 10 LEX18.com http://www.lex18.com/ 144 25 Irving's Heroics Lead Soccer To Fourth Consecutive Shutout http://www.lex18.com/news/irving-s-heroics-lead-soccer-to-fourth-consecutive-shutout/ http://www.lex18.com/news/irving-s-heroics-lead-soccer-to-fourth-consecutive-shutout/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 20 Sep 2014 9:34:43 AM Irving's Heroics Lead Soccer To Fourth Consecutive Shutout

UK Junior Goalkeeper Callum Irving Saves Career-High Seven in Fifth Shutout

 

On the web: http://bit.ly/1rnAZ0K

Highlights: http://youtu.be/vv7NYBekurE

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Behind a career-high seven save performance from sophomore All-Conference USA keeper Callum Irving, the Kentucky men's soccer team stretched its scoreless streak to 414 minutes with its fourth consecutive shutout, posting a 0-0 draw with No. 19 Furman, on a gorgeous Friday night at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.

 

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Irving made his career-high equaling seventh save in the 110th minute. Faced with a Furman breakaway in the closing seconds of the second overtime, Irving made a game-saving stop at a chest-high strike from Furman, keeping the clean sheet.

The shutout was the fifth of the season for Irving, and the 12th of his career, which tied him with Greg Raber for the fifth-most in program history.

 

Kentucky (4-2-1) has stretched its unbeaten streak to four games, including wins over ETSU, No. 1 Notre Dame and Xavier. UK has not allowed a goal in 414 consecutive minutes, dating back to a goal allowed on Sept. 5 to No. 17 Indiana.

"Furman is a very good team, very organized with a couple of special players going forward so I think it's a great result against a very good team," UK head coach Johan Cedergren said. "We knew going in that we had to stay close to their forwards to make sure we were careful when guys like Bobby Edet and Lewis Hawke and Evan De Ycaza got on the ball. For a team that is as young as our team is right now to stay that sharp and switched on tactically for 90 minutes plus 20 was very good.

 

"I'm sure they are going to say they should have won the game, but I'm sure that Justin (Laird) has a chance that was inches off the far post. I think also Stefan (Stojkovic) has a shot that the goalkeeper made a really good save on. I thought we had the better chances, but it was definitely an ebb-and-flow game."

 

A preseason All-Conference USA selection, Irving shined in net, with his seven saves. Furman (4-1-1) keeper Sven Lissek made three saves to keep the shutout, including a great save off a bending ball from a streaking Jordan Wilson as time expired in regulation.

 

The Wildcats finished with 13 total shots in the game, with Wilson, Stefan Stojkovic and Napo Matsoso each firing three shots, with Wilson firing forcing a pair of saves. UK also got shots from Justin Laird, Bryan Celis, Ryan Creel and Kristoffer Tollefsen.

UK's best chance of the match came with 10 seconds remaining in the first overtime period on a set-piece.

The referee booked a litany of players on both teams for extracurricular activities that ensued after Furman's Brendan Richardson committed a professional foul on Stojkovic - who was breaking toward goal for a last-ditch scoring chance.


Irving took the ensuing free kick from 10 yards inside the midfield stripe short to a waiting Charlie Reymann on the right flank. He whipped in a cross that found Andrew McKelvey inside the box, but the freshman's header went agonizingly wide.

The second overtime period was very open with both teams chasing the win, but the best chance fell for Furman just before time expired with Irving coming up big.

 

Kentucky will return to action on Tuesday, hosting No. 10 Louisville at 7 p.m. ET at The Bell. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network+, with Neil Price calling the action.

Admission for all fans will be one penny each with no change accepted. The rivalry match has been designated as an "Abe Out." The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a UK Soccer-themed shirt, which includes Abraham Lincoln's likeness.

 


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Madness Tickets Soldout Within 30 Minutes http://www.lex18.com/news/madness-tickets-soldout-within-30-minutes/ http://www.lex18.com/news/madness-tickets-soldout-within-30-minutes/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 20 Sep 2014 9:19:03 AM Madness Tickets Soldout Within 30 Minutes

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Once again, Kentucky fans have demonstrated their insatiable appetite for basketball. All tickets to the 2014 Big Blue Madness were snapped up in the first 30 minutes of availability Saturday morning.

Thousands of fans were present at UK's Memorial Coliseum ticket office Saturday at 7 a.m. when the distribution of free tickets began. Others obtained their tickets via the school's website, UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com.

Despite the fact that fans were limited to four tickets per person at UK's Memorial Coliseum ticket office and four per household online, this year's Big Blue Madness event sold out in 30 minutes.

UK Athletics encourages all fans to neither buy nor sell their Big Blue Madness tickets.

Big Blue Madness, the first open public practice opportunity for Kentucky's 2014-15 men's and women's basketball teams, is Friday, Oct.17.

This will be the 10th time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

 


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Madness Tickets On Sale http://www.lex18.com/news/madness-tickets-on-sale/ http://www.lex18.com/news/madness-tickets-on-sale/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 20 Sep 2014 8:19:14 AM Madness Tickets On Sale

True Blue fans set a record for "tent city" one month before Big Blue Madness.

Last years record was 755 tents. According to UK Athletics, the final count this year is 770.

Tickets went on sale at 7:00 a.m.

Some fans have been waiting since last Sunday, others lined up later this week.

According to Ticketmaseter, tickets are now sold out.

 


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Cal Thanks Tent City True Blue Fans For Their Support http://www.lex18.com/news/cal-thanks-tent-city-true-blue-fans-for-their-support/ http://www.lex18.com/news/cal-thanks-tent-city-true-blue-fans-for-their-support/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:02:16 AM Alan Cutler Cal Thanks Tent City True Blue Fans For Their Support

Cal stopped by Tent City to thank True Blue Fans for their great support as the Cats are about to shoot for their ninth national championship in 2014-15.

UK says that a record 760 tents were set up outside Memorial Coliseum as fans awaited their chance to get tickets for Big Blue Madness on October 17th.


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Former Kentucky Star, Ex-NBA Player Rex Chapman Accused Of Shoplifting http://www.lex18.com/news/former-kentucky-star-ex-nba-player-rex-chapman-accused-of-shoplifting/ http://www.lex18.com/news/former-kentucky-star-ex-nba-player-rex-chapman-accused-of-shoplifting/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 8:35:43 PM Former Kentucky Star, Ex-NBA Player Rex Chapman Accused Of Shoplifting

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop.

Police took the 46-year-old Chapman into custody Friday afternoon after officers stopped his vehicle in northeast Scottsdale.

They say he's being held on suspicion of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property.

Police say Chapman made it appear he was using the store's self-checkout, but left without paying.

He allegedly stole from the store seven times and sold the items for cash.

Chapman, a former Kentucky star, was a first-round draft pick of Charlotte in 1988. He also played for Washington, Miami and Phoenix in a 12-year NBA career that ended in 2000.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

 


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Womens Golf In Tie for Ninth At Mason Rudolph Championship http://www.lex18.com/news/womens-golf-in-tie-for-ninth-at-mason-rudolph-championship/ http://www.lex18.com/news/womens-golf-in-tie-for-ninth-at-mason-rudolph-championship/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 7:21:12 PM Womens Golf In Tie for Ninth At Mason Rudolph Championship

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The University of Kentucky women's golf team closed out the first day of competition at the Mason Rudolph Championship in a tie for ninth place, carding an 11-over 299, led by a trio of Wildcats in the top 25.

Haley Mills ended the first day in 16th place with a one-over 73, while Cylia Damerau and Grace Rose are each tied for 25th with a two-over 74.

Ale Walker fired a six-over 78 and Sarah Harris, who is seeing her first action of the season, carded a nine-over 81. Megan Kinney, who is playing as an individual also tallied a six-over 78.

"The course provided us with some good challenges today and for the most part we responded really well," head coach Golda Johansson Borst said. "We unfortunately made some mistakes late in our round, but we have two more days and I know the girls are eager to get back out there tomorrow."

LSU sits atop the standings at three-under par, 285, while Vanderbilt (E), Chattanooga (+3), Mississippi State (+4), and Alabama (+6) complete the top five.

Rounding out the rest of the standings were GRU Augusta (+7), Virginia (+9), Auburn (+10), Tulane (+11), Princeton (+13), Vanderbilt - B Team (+18), Lamar (+19), Clemson (+20) and Michigan State (+22).

Action continues tomorrow with fixed tee times on number one and 10 starting at 9 a.m.

 


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Former Wildcat May Play Sunday vs Seahawks http://www.lex18.com/news/former-wildcat-may-play-sunday-vs-seahawks/ http://www.lex18.com/news/former-wildcat-may-play-sunday-vs-seahawks/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 6:21:14 PM Andrew Mason Former Wildcat May Play Sunday vs Seahawks

Danny Trevathan was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable, but even that is a positive sign regarding his recovery from a leg injury.

Danny Trevathan kept taking steps forward this week: from a workout with team trainers Wednesday to putting on a helmet Thursday to practicing on a limited basis Friday.

But does that mean he could play in Seattle this Sunday?

"Oh, yeah, I view myself as definitely an option," the third-year weakside linebacker said. "If I need to play, I will. Right now, I'm questionable."

Head Coach John Fox said Trevathan had made "really good progress," and would make the trip to the Pacific Northwest.

The linebacker's final status will be determined Sunday, but he admitted that he's "not really putting a time (frame)" on his return to work.

"No doubt, I'd be ready to go," Trevathan added later. "But it's in (the team's) hands to make the final call. I'm questionable, so I'm going to take it one day (at a time) like I'm questionable."

Trevathan, the Broncos' leading tackler last year, has not played since suffering a tibial impaction fracture just below the left knee during practice Aug. 12.

"The hard part is just sitting down and waiting to get back out there," he said. "I've been waiting for a long time."

Whether he plays or not, making the trip helps him keep pace in anticipation of whenever his return would come. His initial recovery timeframe had himback on the field either for Arizona in Week 5 or the trip to New York to face the Jets seven days later.

Trevathan has been off crutches for nearly two weeks, but continued his workouts before that point.

"I worked the upper body times 10," said Trevathan. "That was the only thing I could do. They had me in there working, and I was doing my own stuff, trying to keep in football condition and get my body prepared."

Even if he does not play in Seattle, the trip would allow him to get his mind prepared, as well.

"It's just about me staying in the flow of things," he said. "It's good for me to travel with them and see how they play. It's going to be hard to watch, but I know they're going to go out there and do what they do."

Fellow 2012 draft pick Brandon Marshall -- who the Jaguars took one round before the Broncos nabbed Trevathan -- started in his place the last two weeks.

"He's been handling it pretty well," said Trevathan. "He came in here with the right mindset, and that's what I like about him. He's going to work through whatever. People have been doubting him, just like people have been doubting me."

The Broncos could find ways to use Marshall and Trevathan together in the nickel package once both are healthy.

"We've got a lot of background. For him to go out there and keep showcasing, man, it's going to make it a lot easier when I get back," Trevathan said.

 


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UK: All Control Cards Given Out; Madness Tickets Available Online http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-all-control-cards-given-out-madness-tickets-available-online/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-all-control-cards-given-out-madness-tickets-available-online/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 5:28:20 PM UK: All Control Cards Given Out; Madness Tickets Available Online

LEXINGTON, Ky. - At this time, all available control cards and wristbands have been issued on site at the Big Blue Madness Campout.

Fans with control cards and wristbands will start lining up for Saturday morning's ticket distribution between 5-6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 20. Only fans with both a control card and a wristband will receive four (4) free tickets per control card on Saturday morning.

A limited number of tickets will still be available at Ticketmaster.com beginning at 7 a.m. ET. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household.


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Minnesota Makes Offer For Eric Bledsoe http://www.lex18.com/news/minnesota-makes-offer-for-eric-bledsoe/ http://www.lex18.com/news/minnesota-makes-offer-for-eric-bledsoe/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 5:08:11 PM Alan Cutler Minnesota Makes Offer For Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe wants no part of the four-year, $48 million contract that was offered by the Phoenix Suns.

The former UK star was willing to play for only 4 million this year and become an unrestricted free-agent, which means Phoenix would only have him for one more year and get nothing in return.

ESPN.com reports that Minnesota has offered Bledsoe a max offer of four years and $63 million.

"With just days before the start of training camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making a final push to acquire restricted free-agent guard Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN.com."

The $63 millions is the number Bledsoe has been looking for.

There are some problems with this potential deal, though. Minnesota doesn't have the cap space to give him the money. To get this done, Phoenix has to agree on a sign-and-trade deal between these two teams. That also can be complicated.

 


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Patrick Towles Is Growing As A Leader http://www.lex18.com/news/patrick-towles-is-growing-as-a-leader/ http://www.lex18.com/news/patrick-towles-is-growing-as-a-leader/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 4:56:21 PM Alan Cutler Patrick Towles Is Growing As A Leader

If you are going to put a special team together, you must have a leader, or leaders. Leaders show up in a down moment.

Talented wide out Ryan Timmons drops a ball against Florida. Obviously, he's upset with himself. Patrick Towles lifts him up.

"I went over and told him that I'm going to come right back at them so whatever happens, it sucks, he'll tell you that," says UK's quarterback. "He's a great player. I can't afford not to throw him the football."

"It was a great throw by Pat," says Ryan Timmons. "It was just a lack of concentration from me. I was looking ahead and got my eye off the ball for a second and you can't do that in this league. I just have to concentrate more and keep my eye on the ball next time."

For Patrick, he wishes college football fans, obviously not True Blue Fans, would get his name right.

Towles seems simple, but in a tweet on Friday he said, "my last name is not pronounced like the popular bath drying instrument."

If Patrick keeps on playing the way he's playing, that obviously isn't going to be a problem for long.

If it weren't for a few drops, Patrick, who threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, could have easily been around 450 yards passing against Florida. Towles is happy with the way he played, but not happy with a lot of things he believes he can fix.

You got to love this. As good as Patrick played, he said you know what I only through a couple of good balls.

 


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Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement On Changes To Drug Programs http://www.lex18.com/news/joint-nfl-nflpa-statement-on-changes-to-drug-programs/ http://www.lex18.com/news/joint-nfl-nflpa-statement-on-changes-to-drug-programs/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 3:14:53 PM Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement On Changes To Drug Programs

The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached agreement on a wide-ranging series of improvements to their programs on substance abuse and performance enhancing substances that include the use of third-party arbitration appeals of positive tests, implementation of testing for human growth hormone within the next few weeks and revised disciplinary standards for DUIs and marijuana.

"With these changes, the NFL and NFLPA once again have the finest and most comprehensive set of drug policies in sports," Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
"Our collectively bargained drug policies set the standard for testing protocols and fairness in all of sport," said NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith. "We are proud to continue a legacy of protecting the integrity of our game."

Key revisions to the program are:

• HGH testing will be fully implemented this season. Information on testing procedures will be sent to clubs and players within the week, and testing should begin by the end of this month.

• Appeals of positive tests in both the substance abuse and performance enhancing drug programs (including HGH) will be heard by third-party arbitrators jointly selected appointed and retained by the NFL and NFLPA. Appeals will be processed more expeditiously under uniform rules and procedures.

• Discipline of players for certain violations in the 2014 league year will be adjusted by certain aspects of the new policies. Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos, Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys and Stedman Bailey of the St. Louis Rams were eligible to return to their teams this week. Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns and free agent LaVon Brazill will be eligible to return after 10 games.

• Discipline for violations of the performance enhancing drug policy (including for HGH) will be modified.

o A first violation will result in a suspension without pay of up to six games depending on the nature of the violation. Use of a diuretic or masking agent will result in a suspension without pay of two games. Use of a steroid, stimulant, HGH or other banned substance will result in a suspension without pay of four games. Evidence of an attempt to manipulate a test will result in a suspension without pay of six games.

o A second violation of the steroid policy will result in a suspension without pay of 10 games. A third violation will result in banishment for a minimum of two years.

o Players who test positive for banned stimulants in the off-season will no longer be suspended. Instead, the player will be referred to the substance abuse program. Players who test positive for banned stimulants during the season will continue to be suspended without pay for four games.

• In cases involving discipline for violations other than positive tests (for example, a violation of law), the Commissioner will retain his current disciplinary authority. A player will have a right of appeal based on due process issues or a claim of disparate punishment. This appeal will be heard by a member of the existing CBA Appeals Panel.

• Two discipline stages will be added for marijuana positives, as follows: a first violation will result in referral to the substance abuse program, as is the case today. Subsequent violations will result in a two-game fine, a four-game fine, a four-game suspension, a 10-game suspension, and one-year banishment. The new stages are the two-game fine and the 10-game suspension. In addition, the threshold for a positive marijuana test will be raised from 15 ng/ml to 35 ng/ml, reflecting recent actions taken by other testing organizations.

• Discipline for DUI and related offenses will be increased. A first DUI offense, absent aggravating circumstances, will result in a two-game suspension without pay. A second offense will result in a suspension of at least eight games without pay. In either case, a more lengthy suspension may be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances.

• Players currently serving one-year suspensions for a marijuana positive will have their suspensions reduced to 10 games.
Previously, the Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified in 2011 utilized the policies in place under the prior CBA.


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Big Blue Madness Camp-Out Breaks Record http://www.lex18.com/news/big-blue-madness-camp-out-breaks-record/ http://www.lex18.com/news/big-blue-madness-camp-out-breaks-record/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:41:20 AM Big Blue Madness Camp-Out Breaks Record

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Last year's all-time Big Blue Madness camp-out record has been broken with an estimated 770 tents set up as of Friday at 3 p.m.

At 9 a.m. Friday morning, the record was broken with 760 tents. 

The 2013 camp-out held the record previously with 755 tents. With the record number of tents on site, UK Athletics staff will make any new campers aware of the likelihood that they will not receive control cards for free tickets to the annual event.

"Based upon our estimated numbers, any tent or camper not already in line for Big Blue Madness tickets is not likely to receive control cards later today at 2 p.m. ET," Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy said. "We will still maintain a limited number of tickets online for those who do not receive control cards or were not able to camp out. Some of those tickets online will have a slightly obstructed view. Due to the anticipated stage set-up inside Rupp Arena, the view may be partially obstructed during a portion of the event for the following sections: 11, 34-44, and 238-241."

A fixed number of camper tickets are allotted each year based on availability after internal needs are established. Inventory already accounted for includes tickets for students, recruits, staff, sponsors, and both our men's and women's basketball programs.

Unlike a normal basketball game at Rupp Arena, which seats 23,000 plus, capacity is decreased for the annual free event and is determined by the varying setup each year.

"The Big Blue Madness campout proves every year without a doubt that no one does it like the Big Blue Nation," Peevy said. "With that, we have a responsibility to communicate with our fans that are camping out that we are near our capacity of tickets available for distribution for this year's event."

A maximum of four (4) control cards per tent will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Fans will receive a maximum of four (4) free tickets per control card on Saturday morning.

Fans with control cards are encouraged to begin lining up for Saturday morning's ticket distribution between 5-6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 20. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards on Friday and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. All persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m. ET on Saturday.

 


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Cal Visits Guard Recruit In New Jersey http://www.lex18.com/news/cal-visits-guard-recruit-in-new-jersey/ http://www.lex18.com/news/cal-visits-guard-recruit-in-new-jersey/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 9:14:43 AM Cal Visits Guard Recruit In New Jersey

UK coaches triple-teamed a recruit in New Jersey Thursday, according to Zagsblog.

John Calipari was reportedly joined by assistants Kenny Payne and Barry "Slice" Rohrssen at the home of 2016 guard Tyus Battle.

Calipari also had scheduled meetings with 2015 forward Cheick Diallo and 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe.

Tyus' father, Gary Battle, seemed thrilled with the visit.

"Tremendous, tremendous. It's a historic university and a historic basketball program, going back to Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall and Rick Pitino," Gary Battle told Zagsblog "It was awesome, it was a good visit. I'm glad we did it."

Tyus Battle ranks as the number four guard in the class of 2016, according to ESPN. He has offers form a long list of schools, including Louisville, Duke and UConn.

 


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UK Players Deliver Pizza At Tent City http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-players-deliver-pizza-at-tent-city/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-players-deliver-pizza-at-tent-city/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 19 Sep 2014 5:23:20 AM UK Players Deliver Pizza At Tent City

University of Kentucky basketball players showed up at tent city Thursday night to the delight of fans waiting for Big Blue Madness ticket distribution Saturday.

Players delivered pizza and cookies, and took selfies with fans. They also signed some autographs. The players showed up around 10 p.m. and spent about 30 minutes mingling with the crowd.

Marcus Rodgers said the whole Big Blue Madness run-up is part of what makes Kentucky basketball so unique.

"That's what makes this event so special - just being out with the players mixed in with a bunch of fans and the players. It's unique and what makes Kentucky a special place," he said.

Madness is the first open practice opportunity for the UK men's and women's basketball teams, and will take place Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the 2014 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Tickets are free with a limit of four per person at the coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household.

 


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UK Volleyball: No. 15 UK Makes Adjustments for 3-1 Win over Lipscomb http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-volleyball-no-15-uk-makes-adjustments-for-3-1-win-over-lipscomb/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-volleyball-no-15-uk-makes-adjustments-for-3-1-win-over-lipscomb/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 18 Sep 2014 9:54:29 PM UK Volleyball: No. 15 UK Makes Adjustments for 3-1 Win over Lipscomb

No. 15 UK Makes Adjustments for 3-1 Win over Lipscomb

Wildcats bounce back from first-set loss to down Lipscomb, 3-1

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 15 Kentucky volleyball team made the necessary adjustments to defeat Lipscomb, 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17)after a first set loss Thursday night in Memorial Coliseum.

UK improves to 9-2 overall on the season, while Lipscomb drops to 6-5. Kentucky returns to action at home on Saturday, Sept. 20. UK will play host to Xavier at 7 p.m. ET in its final tune-up before opening up Southeastern Conference action.

"Lipscomb is a good team," UK head coach Craig Skinner said. "We knew that coming in and they hit .500 in set one. They run a style that is hard to catch up to, it took us a set. We were blocking the wrong shots on their outside hitters and we had to make an adjustment on that. But we had to change the tempo with our serve, we had to drop in some short balls and stuff like that to slow down the rhythm and that really worked tonight. We kept the gas pedal down in set four and challenged them to do that, and they responded."

Junior Shelby Workman and senior Lauren O'Conner led the offensive effort with 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Junior setter Morgan Bergren distributed 40 assists on the night as six players logged four or more kills on the night.

Sophomore Anni Thomasson chipped in with seven kills and added an equal number of digs. Junior Sara Schwarzwalder and freshman Emily Franklin had six and four kills each, with the first-year player notching a team-high five blocks.

Senior Jackie Napper continued her streak of logging double-figures in the digs' column with a match-high 20. Sophomore Shelby Wolf added seven and freshman Ashley Dusek contributed a trio.

Lipscomb opened to a 2-0 lead to begin the second stanza, but a slicing O'Conner kill through the out-stretched block gave the Wildcats a 5-4 lead. UK forced the Lady Bisons into consecutive hitting errors to stretch the lead to 11-7. Kentucky kept the pressure on and a Thomasson kill down the line gave the Blue and White a 15-8 advantage. Kentucky would roll to a 25-16 win by limiting the Lady Bisons to a .047 attacking percentage.

The Wildcats posted 12 kills on .323 hitting with O'Conner leading the way with five hammers. Thomasson led the defensive effort with five digs, while Franklin had a trio of blocks to head into the locker room tied 1-1.

Kentucky was able to open to a 9-3 lead to begin the third frame benefiting from five early Lipscomb hitting miscues. Lipscomb was able to pull to within five at 13-8, but Workman ended the rally with a cross-court shot. Kentucky capped the third set victory with a defensive charge as well. Schwarzwalder teamed up with Thomasson and then Bergren for two momentum-stuffing rejections as Kentucky earned a 25-15 win to go ahead 2-1 in the match.

UK forced the Bisons into eight hitting errors in the stanza and the visitors hit at a negative .029 rate. The Wildcat offense managed 12 kills on .276 hitting with Workman pacing the attack with five kills in the set. O'Conner added three, while Napper picked up six digs.

Workman opened the scoring in the fourth frame with a kill, but Lipscomb fought back and was able to tie the score at three apiece. A kill followed by an ace from Bergren returned UK's two-point edge back at 6-4. Kentucky stretched the advantage to 10-6 on a Schwarzwalder kill. Two Lipscomb miscues lifted the Wildcats to a 13-7 lead midway through the stanza. Lipscomb clawed back and pulled back to within three at 16-13.

Kills from O'Conner and Workman and a block from the hands of the Workman-Franklin duo allowed the home team to go on a 3-0 spurt and recapture a comfortable advantage at 19-13. That was enough breathing room for the Wildcats who wrapped up the victory following a 25-17 final score following a Schwarzwalder match-clinching kill.

Kentucky posted 13 kills on a .333 attacking percentage with Workman posting five kills to lead UK. Lipscomb was limited to a .061 clip and 11 kills.

UK forced the Lady Bisons into an erroneous attack to begin the scoring in the first set. Bergren followed that point with an ace to lift the home team to an early two-point advantage. A pair of Franklin kills stretched the Blue and White lead to 4-1. Lipscomb fought back to knot the score at four apiece. The teams would exchange points until consecutive kills from Schwarzwalder and Thomasson once again gave UK a two-point cushion at 9-7.

Lipscomb would not go away, however, and took its first lead of the match at 11-10. Consecutive aces from O'Conner gave the Blue and White a 14-11 lead, matching its largest of the set. The teetering battle continued as the visitors claimed the lead once again at 16-15. Lipscomb would not yield and finished the set by going up 1-0 in the match with a 25-21 win.

The Bisons utilized a .519 hitting percentage on 16 kills, while Kentucky managed 14 on a .345 hitting with Franklin and O'Conner leading the way with four apiece. Napper had six digs to lead the defensive effort.

 

 


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Madison Southern Senior Receives 2015 Under Armour All-America Jersey http://www.lex18.com/news/madison-southern-senior-receives-2015-under-armour-all-america-jersey/ http://www.lex18.com/news/madison-southern-senior-receives-2015-under-armour-all-america-jersey/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 18 Sep 2014 3:55:20 PM Madison Southern Senior Receives 2015 Under Armour All-America Jersey

BEREA, Ky. - Damien Harris, a senior football player from Madison Southern High School was presented his honorary game jersey at the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2015 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Madison Southern High School in Berea Thursday morning.

The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

Harris is one of 90 players selected to compete in the eighth-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country's top high school seniors.

The 2015 Under Armour All-America Game is slated for Friday, Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised live on ESPN2.

"It's an incredible honor for high school players to play in the Under Armour All-America Game," said Harris. "It's truly a blessing to be invited to such a special event, one that I've always wanted to be a part of."

The national American Family Insurance Selection Tour recognizes these top players as they follow their dreams on the gridiron and provides opportunities for competition, learning and personal development that will benefit them both on and off the field.

"As protectors of dreams, American Family is pleased to salute these student athletes as they pursue their dreams with the encouragement of the coaches, family and friends who support them," said Myles Romero, American Family Insurance brand and consumer marketing associate vice president. "These high school athletes are an inspiration to all of us with their hard work, dedication and persistence, qualities that are important not just in athletics, but life."

The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game continues tomorrow when Preston Williams (Lovejoy High School - Lovejoy, Ga.), Alex Ofodile (Rock Bridge High School - Columbia, Mo.) and Eric Glover-Williams (McKinley High School - Canton, Ohio) will be presented with their honorary Under Armour All-America Game jerseys at their respective schools.


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Kentucky Men's Basketball Team Gives Back to Local Schools http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-men-s-basketball-team-gives-back-to-local-schools/ http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-men-s-basketball-team-gives-back-to-local-schools/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 18 Sep 2014 3:50:42 PM Wildcat TV Kentucky Men's Basketball Team Gives Back to Local Schools


 


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Wildcats Vow To Keep Their Edge During Bye Week http://www.lex18.com/news/wildcats-vow-to-keep-their-edge-during-bye-week/ http://www.lex18.com/news/wildcats-vow-to-keep-their-edge-during-bye-week/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 18 Sep 2014 2:39:58 PM Wildcats Vow To Keep Their Edge During Bye Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky players are determined to keep their edge during their short break.

The Wildcats (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) have a bye this week before hosting Vanderbilt on Sept. 27. They want to build on what worked in the triple-overtime loss at Florida with an emphasis on finishing things against the Commodores, and ending a 17-game conference losing streak dating back to the 2011 season.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops likes how players have moved on from the emotional 36-30 defeat with energetic practices this week. That's probably because the Wildcats would rather play than sit when they're on the brink of winning a league game.

"If it was up to me, I think I'd love to go play," Stoops said. "Guys are in good spirits. We have a lot left in our tank. We got a lot more we can do, (get) a lot better at things and we're excited to go to work.

"I wish we were playing, but we'll deal with it the way it is."

With much of the season still ahead, the Wildcats aren't complaining about a chance to recharge.

Sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles said it wasn't a bad time for the Wildcats to take off, adding that it gives the team a chance to catch a breather before settling into a routine for the remainder of the season.

"It's essential we treat this week as a week to definitely improve fundamentally," Towles said. "Vanderbilt's a good team. They went down to Florida last year and beat the crap out of them, so they're tough. The same front seven who gave us a hard time last year are back. We can't afford to take anybody lightly, so we're excited about getting prepared for Vandy."

The Wildcats' goal is following up on the strides they made against the Gators and showing opponents not to look past them anymore.

Kentucky's improvement was evident at Florida as it made big plays on both sides of the ball to lead in regulation and OT and position itself to end a 27-game losing streak to the Gators. But breakdowns that allowed Florida to extend its run demonstrated that the Wildcats have a way to go.

Through it all the Wildcats appeared confident they could win, and Stoops' mission is ensuring players keep that edge.

"Each time you get closer and closer (to achieving success), they believe more and more," the coach said. "We're not satisfied. We're far from perfect; we've got a lot of work to do."

Besides correcting mistakes, the bye gives the Wildcats time to heal. Stoops said the team has a chance to face Vanderbilt "close to 100 percent" health-wise with wide receiver Javess Blue likely to return since injuring his ankle in the season opener against Tennessee-Martin.

With the opportunity to end its SEC skid and surpass last year's win total, Kentucky defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree said the main thing is staying focused during their time off.

"Recruits are probably at home thinking and seeing the change around here," Dupree said. "They're seeing that coach Stoops is doing everything right for the program to take off. We've just got to go out there and prove that we've been working hard, too."

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

 


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Men's Basketball TV And Times Finalized http://www.lex18.com/news/men-s-basketball-tv-and-times-finalized/ http://www.lex18.com/news/men-s-basketball-tv-and-times-finalized/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 18 Sep 2014 1:13:00 PM Men's Basketball TV And Times Finalized

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The remainder of the Kentucky men's basketball start times and TV info are complete, leaving the Wildcats with 32 nationally televised contests this year on either the SEC Network, ESPN's family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) or CBS.

UK's games against Grand Canyon (Nov. 14 at, 8 p.m.), Montana State (Nov. 23 at, 6 p.m.), UT Arlington (Nov. 25 at, 7 p.m.) and Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 7 at, 6 p.m.) will appear on the SEC Network, while the Kentucky-Boston game (Nov. 21 at, 7 p.m.) will be televised regionally on FSN.

Of UK's 31 regular-season games and two exhibition games, the Wildcats will appear 17 times on the ESPN family of networks, 10 times on the SEC Network, five times on CBS and once on FSN.

UK's annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 27 at Rupp Arena will top-off at 7 p.m. and will be carried online through the SEC Network+ digital platform and WatchESPN.

2014-15 KENTUCKY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

OCTOBER
17 (Fri) BIG BLUE MADNESS [TBA] 7:00 pm
27 (Mon) BLUE-WHITE GAME [SECN+] 7:00 pm

NOVEMBER
2 (Sun) * PIKEVILLE [SEC NETWORK] 7:00 pm
9 (Sun) * GEORGETOWN COLLEGE [SEC NETWORK] 7:00 pm
14 (Fri) 1 GRAND CANYON [SEC NETWORK] 8:00 pm
16 (Sun) 1 BUFFALO [ESPNU] Noon
18 (Tues) 2 vs. Kansas [ESPN] 9:00 pm
21 (Fri) BOSTON [FSN] 7:00 pm
23 (Sun) 1 MONTANA STATE [SEC NETWORK] 6:00 pm
25 (Tues) 1 UT ARLINGTON [SEC NETWORK] 7:00 pm
30 (Sun) PROVIDENCE [ESPN2] 2:00 pm

DECEMBER
5 (Fri) 3 TEXAS [ESPN] 7:00 pm
7 (Sun) EASTERN KENTUCKY [SEC NETWORK] 6:00 pm
10 (Wed) COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY [ESPN2] 7:00 pm
13 (Sat) NORTH CAROLINA [CBS] Noon
20 (Sat) 4 vs. UCLA [CBS] 3:30 pm
27 (Sat) at Louisville [ESPN2] 2:00 pm

JANUARY
6 (Tues) OLE MISS [SEC NETWORK] 7:00 pm
10 (Sat) at Texas A&M [CBS] 1:00/3:30 pm
13 (Tues) MISSOURI [ESPN] 9:00 pm
17 (Sat) at Alabama [ESPN/ESPN2] 4:00 pm
20 (Tues) VANDERBILT [SEC NETWORK] 9:00 pm
24 (Sat) at South Carolina [ESPN/ESPN2] Noon
29 (Thurs) at Missouri [ESPN] 9:00 pm
31 (Sat) ALABAMA [SEC NETWORK] 7:00 pm

FEBRUARY
3 (Tues) GEORGIA [ESPNU] 7:00 pm
7 (Sat) at Florida [ESPN] 9:00 pm
10 (Tues) at LSU [ESPN] 7:00 pm
14 (Sat) SOUTH CAROLINA [ESPN/ESPN2] 2:00 pm
17 (Tues) at Tennessee [ESPN] 7:00 pm
21 (Sat) AUBURN [ESPN/ESPN2] 6:00 pm
25 (Wed) at Mississippi State [SEC NETWORK] 7:00 pm
28 (Sat) ARKANSAS [CBS] 4:00 pm

MARCH
3 (Tues) at Georgia [ESPN] 9:00 pm
7 (Sat) FLORIDA [CBS] 2:00 pm
11-15 (We-Su) 5 SEC Tournament [SEC NETWORK/ESPN] TBA
As of September 16, 2014 - All Times Eastern; HOME GAMES in BOLD CAPS
All dates and times are subject to change.
*-Exhibition Games; 1-Cawood Ledford Classic (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.);
2-Champions Classic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.); 3-SEC/Big 12 Challenge (Rupp Arena, Lexington,

 


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Calipari's Name Thrown Into Debate About Possible Duke Recruiting Advantage With Team USA http://www.lex18.com/news/calipari-s-name-thrown-into-debate-about-possible-duke-recruiting-advantage-with-team-usa/ http://www.lex18.com/news/calipari-s-name-thrown-into-debate-about-possible-duke-recruiting-advantage-with-team-usa/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 18 Sep 2014 7:34:18 AM Calipari's Name Thrown Into Debate About Possible Duke Recruiting Advantage With Team USA

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim pulled UK coach John Calipari into the debate over possible recruiting advantages Mike Krzyzewski gained by coaching USA basketball.

A recent Yahoo Sports article headlined "NBA needs to pull stars from USA Basketball, which is showcasing only Duke's coach" made that assertion.

"As much as ever, USA Basketball has been co-opted into a Krzyzewski leverage play for the Duke Blue Devils. If that doesn't rile Kentucky's John Calipari, wait until the Duke coach is credited for DeMarcus Cousins' maturity with the Sacramento Kings this season."

In a Syracuse.com article, Boeheim, who served as Krzyzewski's assistant, countered the Yahoo article, arguing that any recruiting advantage to Duke and Syracuse was minimal. He noted that he only knew of one college coach who has a problem with the setup - Calipari. Boeheim said Cal complained to both him and USA Basketball about the extra access. Boeheim called Calipari's opposition a bit disingenuous.

Boeheim noted that Calipari coached the Dominican team and happened to land Karl Towns, a top 2015 prospect who played on that team. Boeheim said Calipari has agreed to coach the United States Pan-American team next year.

"It's a concern he has raised before," Boeheim said. "That particular case he has mentioned. He's said he thinks its an advantage. He got the No. 1 recruit in the country. It's a little bit disingenuous of him. I like John. We get along fine. He feels Mike is getting an advantage. You could make that argument. But Duke isn't getting any better players than they ever have."

 


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