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, 25 Oct 2014 21:10:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 LEX18.com http://www.lex18.com/ 144 25 UK 10 Mississippi State 17 2nd Quarter http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-10-mississippi-state-17-2nd-quarter/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-10-mississippi-state-17-2nd-quarter/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Sat, 25 Oct 2014 4:03:47 PM Alan Cutler UK 10 Mississippi State 17 2nd Quarter

Mississippi State marches down the field on their first drive thanks in part to some terrible tackling.

UK could have heir star quarterback Dak Prescott fumbles, but he recovers the ball. On the next play, Josh Robinson runs it in from the 12. Mississippi State jumps out to a 7-0 lead.

UK quickly strikes. Patrick Towles hits Demarco Robinson who does a terrific job running after making the catch. The 67 yard TD play ties the game at 7.

UK went from really bad to really good defensively on Mississippi State's next series. Jabari Johnson stops Josh Robinson for a three yard loss, then safety Blake McClain destroys Joe Morrow who can't hold onto the ball, so Mississippi State is forced to punt.

It's tough to beat the number one team in the country when you turn the ball over. Braylon Heard fumbles. Mississippi State takes over at the 19. UK's defense was strong and forces Mississippi State to settle for a field goal. Evan Sobiesk hits it from the 26 yard line. Mississippi State goes up 10-7.

Mississippi State takes a ten point lead thanks to QB Dak Prescott. His 2 yard run makes it 17-7.

UK was putting together a nice drive when a dropped pass by Blake Bone, and then a poor pass to Bone slowed things down. Austin MacGinnis hits a 34 yard field goal. Mississippi State leads 17-10.


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Kentucky High School Football Scores http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-high-school-football-scores-393237/ http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-high-school-football-scores-393237/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:49:14 PM Kentucky High School Football Scores

AP-KY-FBH--Kentucky Prep Scores,5th Ld-Writethru
Friday's Scores
The Associated Press

Adair Co. 55, Hart Co. 19

Anderson Co. 48, East Jessamine 34

Apollo 50, Ohio Co. 48, OT

Ballard Memorial 36, Massac County, Ill. 7

Bardstown 40, Lou. Shawnee 8

Beechwood 41, Ludlow 7

Belfry 43, Pike Co. Central 14

Bell Co. 59, McCreary Central 6

Bellevue 61, Dayton 0

Bethlehem 20, Lou. Holy Cross 19

Bourbon Co. 54, Bath Co. 0

Bowling Green 21, Greenwood 3

Boyle Co. 51, Mercer Co. 0

Bracken Co. 71, Paris 0

Breathitt Co. 54, Knott Co. Central 6

Bullitt East 36, Shelby Co. 20

Campbell Co. 28, Boone Co. 14

Campbellsville 48, Berea 18

Carroll Co. 34, Trimble Co. 30

Central Hardin 55, Muhlenberg County 14

Cin. Elder, Ohio 42, Highlands 28

Clay County, Tenn. 47, Clinton Co. 6

Cooper 54, Grant Co. 14

Corbin 41, Casey Co. 0

Cov. Catholic 38, Holmes 0

Crittenden Co. 63, Caldwell Co. 6

Danville 58, Lex. Christian 57

Daviess Co. 24, Marshall Co. 11

Dixie Heights 35, Ryle 24

East Ridge 34, Jackson Co. 12

Edmonson Co. 9, Monroe Co. 7

Elizabethtown 35, Henry Co. 7

Estill Co. 26, Garrard Co. 22

Fairview 48, Nicholas Co. 28

Fleming Co. 16, Mason Co. 9

Frankfort 73, Eminence 0

Franklin Co. 55, Montgomery Co. 21

Franklin-Simpson 35, Allen Co.-Scottsville 0

Gallatin Co. 40, Owen Co. 26

George Rogers Clark 46, Madison Central 33

Glasgow 24, Metcalfe Co. 7

Graves Co. 56, Hopkinsville 14

Greenup Co. 18, Boyd Co. 17

Hancock Co. 43, Butler Co. 41

Harlan 56, Jenkins 22

Hazard 42, Pineville 6

John Hardin 35, Grayson Co. 32

Johnson Central 42, Ashland Blazer 7

Knox Central 41, Russell Co. 12

Knoxville Fulton, Tenn. 62, Christian Co. 13

Leslie Co. 41, Prestonsburg 34, OT

Letcher County Central 42, Whitley Co. 28

Lex. Henry Clay 70, Lex. Bryan Station 63

Lex. Lafayette 63, Lex. Tates Creek 23

Lexington Catholic 43, Marion Co. 13

Lou. Ballard 49, Oldham Co. 22

Lou. Butler 28, Lou. Seneca 7

Lou. Central 43, LaRue Co. 7

Lou. DeSales 49, Thomas Nelson 13

Lou. Fern Creek 56, Lou. Eastern 7

Lou. Iroquois 38, Lou. Jeffersontown 13

Lou. Ky. Country Day 14, Caverna 6

Lou. Pleasure Ridge Park 40, Lou. Southern 20

Lou. Western 68, Lou. Valley 20

Madison Southern 45, Lincoln Co. 34

Madisonville-North Hopkins 27, Murray 15

Magoffin Co. 38, Morgan Co. 7

Mayfield 16, Russellville 8

McCracken County 42, Henderson Co. 19

Meade Co. 44, North Hardin 37

Middlesboro 52, Somerset 47

Nelson Co. 29, Lou. Moore 8

Newport 51, Lloyd Memorial 19

North Laurel 20, South Laurel 14

North Oldham 43, Collins 0

Owensboro 57, Hopkins Co. Central 6

Paducah Tilghman 49, Webster Co. 0

Pendleton Co. 28, Bishop Brossart 27

Pikeville 41, Allen Central 0

Raceland 32, Paintsville 0

Rockcastle Co. 42, Clay Co. 26

Russell 47, East Carter 12

Scott 16, Conner 15

Scott Co. 49, Lex. Paul Dunbar 0

Shelby Valley 46, Betsy Layne 8

Simon Kenton 43, Bullitt Central 7

South Floyd 49, Phelps 12

Southwestern 14, Pulaski Co. 0

Spencer Co. 37, Lou. Waggener 14

Trigg Co. 26, Fort Campbell 14

Tug Valley, W.Va. 36, Sheldon Clark 8

Union Co. 48, Todd Co. Central 20

Warren Central 53, Logan Co. 8

Warren East 63, Breckinridge Co. 0

Washington Co. 47, Fort Knox 14

West Carter 34, Lewis Co. 30

Western Hills 26, Powell Co. 22

Williamsburg 69, Lynn Camp 0

Woodford Co. 40, West Jessamine 20

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Former Wildcat Walter McCarty Denies Larceny Charges http://www.lex18.com/news/former-wildcat-walter-mccarty-denies-larceny-charges/ http://www.lex18.com/news/former-wildcat-walter-mccarty-denies-larceny-charges/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 9:51:08 PM Former Wildcat Walter McCarty Denies Larceny Charges

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets.

Prosecutors say the 40-year-old McCarty ordered more than $30,000 worth of cabinetry for the home he's building in Wayland, and paid a $12,000 deposit.

Authorities say a second check for $18,000 bounced, and several requests by the cabinet company for the money have been rebuffed.

McCarty's lawyer called it an unfortunate misunderstanding and says it stems from the fact that McCarty was a victim of identity theft that compromised his bank account.

McCarty in a statement said he hopes to ''resolve the matter soon.'' He was released after his arraignment Thursday without bail and is back in court Dec. 11.

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Former Wildcat Kelenna Azubuike Talks Life After Injury http://www.lex18.com/news/former-wildcat-kelenna-azubuike-talks-life-after-injury/ http://www.lex18.com/news/former-wildcat-kelenna-azubuike-talks-life-after-injury/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 8:11:57 PM Former Wildcat Kelenna Azubuike Talks Life After Injury

Kelenna Azubuike can't play basketball anymore. His knee injury has permanently taken him out of the game, but he has not let this life altering experience change him for the worse.

While many who could have been making millions in the NBA would be bitter about their injury, Azubuike has remained positive and has been inspiring others while dealing with his life-changing problem.

Azubuike credits his faith for keeping him strong.

"God just had a different plan," he told LEX 18.

Kelenna had signed a three year, $9 million contract. He was up to 15 points a game. But he was playing in pain. He had one surgery that was ineffective and another that helped only slightly. By the end, his knee caps were in completely different places.

While showing his scars, Kelenna explained the procedure, "Dr. Andrews, he had to put a wire on the top of my knee cap to pull it down."

Azubuike is the executive producer on the film "Midrange", a Christian-themed basketball film. He even starred as himself in the film. He hopes to continue making more movies with an important message of faith and never giving up.

 


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The New World Of Kelenna Azubuike http://www.lex18.com/news/the-new-world-of-kelenna-azubuike/ http://www.lex18.com/news/the-new-world-of-kelenna-azubuike/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 5:32:07 PM Alan Cutler The New World Of Kelenna Azubuike

Kelenna Azubuike's favorite moment at UK was winning the SEC Championship.

The sad news is Kelenna can't play basketball anymore. Not just for money, but for fun. His knee is that messed up.

Most people in this situation, where Kelenna should be making millions in the NBA, would be very bitter. He's not.

"That's the thing, man. God and my relationship with Jesus Christ just kept me really grounded and level-headed about it," says Kelenaa. "God had a different plan and you don't know why things happen sometimes, you don't understand it. It can be frustrating. Just having my family around me and praying for me, it's just all helped me to realize that God has plans for me and I'm cool with whatever he wants to do."

Kelenna had signed a three-year, $9 million contract. He was up to 15 points a game, even though he was playing in pain. The first surgery was messed up. The second one helped, but one kneecap is different than the other.

"Dr. Andrews, he had to put a wire on top of my kneecap and tried to pull it down. You can see how weird it looks. This one down here, and this one is up here. He tried to pull it down because it was all the way up here," Kelenna said. 

The knee isn't pretty.

In his new life, Kelenna is an executive producer for MidRange, a Christian basketball movie. He wants to make more. He has one line in the movie in which he plays himself. He says he studied the great Denzel Washington to deliver his one line with passion.

"Okay. Hold on. Let me get into my character. Got to get serious. You got to jab more. That's what it is. Jab," Kelenna said. 

When it comes to having a great attitude, Kelenna's for an athlete or for that matter anyone in life is about as good as it gets.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, he and former UK star Derek Anderson will speak at Northeast Christian Church at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

 


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Johnny Carino's To Donate To Brad Durham Recovery Fund http://www.lex18.com/news/johnny-carino-s-to-donate-to-brad-durham-recovery-fund/ http://www.lex18.com/news/johnny-carino-s-to-donate-to-brad-durham-recovery-fund/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 2:51:04 PM Johnny Carino's To Donate To Brad Durham Recovery Fund

Johnny Carino's in Lexington will be holding a Dine to Donate for Brad Durham on Sunday, Oct. 26 from open to close.

Johnny Carino's said in a press release Friday that both locations on Hamburg and Fayette Mall will be donating 20 percent of all dine-in or carry-out sales to a fund set up for the recovery of Brad Durham. All you have to do it mention Durham's Dine to Donate name.

Former UK football player Brad Durham was seriously hurt in a fall from the upper deck at Commonwealth Stadium about two weeks ago. He was recently released from the hospital, but has a long road to recovery. 

Friends and coworkers of Durham have set up a donation account at Central Bank to help ease the financial burden he and his family will be facing. Donations can be made to the Brad Durham Donation Account at any Central Bank location.

"Brad is part of our family here [at Johnny Carino's] and our hearts were broken when we heard of his accident. We really want to be there for him and his family in this time of recovery and do whatever we can to help," said Bill Simms, VP of Operations for Johnny Carino's.


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Kentucky Prepares To Host No. 1 Mississippi State http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-prepares-to-host-no-1-mississippi-state/ http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-prepares-to-host-no-1-mississippi-state/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:33:07 PM Kentucky Prepares To Host No. 1 Mississippi State

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Mississippi State's recent domination of Kentucky has been a struggle.

The Bulldogs have won five straight against the Wildcats to draw within a game of tying the series entering Saturday's 42nd meeting. But four of the past six meetings between the schools have been decided by a touchdown or less, including MSU's 28-22 win last year in Starkville with the Bulldogs having to make a late defensive stand.

Both teams' fortunes have been on the upswing since then, possibly setting the stage for another competitive game.

The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) enter with the nation's top ranking and a Heisman Trophy hopeful in quarterback Dak Prescott. Kentucky (5-2, 2-2) meanwhile is a surprising East division contender after being picked to finish last.

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

 


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AJ Reed Homecoming Tailgate Slated For Saturday http://www.lex18.com/news/aj-reed-homecoming-tailgate-slated-for-saturday/ http://www.lex18.com/news/aj-reed-homecoming-tailgate-slated-for-saturday/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:37:44 AM AJ Reed Homecoming Tailgate Slated For Saturday

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- One of the best players in the history of college baseball and the 2014 unanimous national player of the year, former Kentucky star AJ Reed will return to campus to be honored during UK's homecoming football tilt with Mississippi State on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium and the Wildcats will host a homecoming tailgate before the game, head coach Gary Henderson announced.

Reed will be honored during UK's game on Saturday, with No. 1 Mississippi State, with the kickoff at 3:30 p.m. The baseball program will host a homecoming tailgate honoring AJ Reed before the game, with the tailgate tent opening at 1:30 p.m., past the green parking lot and in between the KET and BCTC buildings. The ceremony at the tailgate tent will begin at 2:15 p.m.

A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed became the third unanimous national player of the year in Southeastern Conference history (Dave Magadan, 1983; David Price, 2007), while leading college baseball in homers (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211) in 2014. The John Olerud 2-Way Player of the Year, Reed led the SEC with a 12-2 record and a 2.09 ERA, becoming the first player in conference history to pace the league in wins and homers.

A 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, Reed was honored as the national player of the year by USA Baseball with the Golden Spikes Award, by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association with the Dick Howser Trophy, also earning the American Baseball Coaches Association National Player of the Year, the Baseball America College Player of the Year, the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year and the Perfect Game USA National Player of the Year awards.

A unanimous first-team All-America selection, the SEC Player of the Year and the SEC Male Athlete of the Year, Reed was the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. In his professional debut, Reed smashed 12 homers in 68 games over the rookie-level New York-Penn League and the low class A Midwest League, hitting .289/.375/.522 with 54 RBI and 20 doubles. Reed was named an all-star in the rookie-league level by Baseball America following the season.


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Stoops Looking Forward To Big-Game Atmosphere At CWS http://www.lex18.com/news/stoops-looking-forward-to-big-game-atmosphere-at-cws/ http://www.lex18.com/news/stoops-looking-forward-to-big-game-atmosphere-at-cws/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:53:20 PM UK Athletics Stoops Looking Forward To Big-Game Atmosphere At CWS

On Thursday, Mark Stoops spoke to the media for the final time before Kentucky's matchup with Mississippi State.

Once again, the UK coaching staff left the practice field happy with the Wildcats' work.

"Guys have been good all week," Stoops said. "We've had good energy and good practices, so hopefully we'll get a few mistakes cleaned up. Seems like we have, and looking forward to a great game here Saturday."

A great game and, if Stoops is right, a great atmosphere as well.

Asked about the opportunity to play against the nation's top-ranked team at home, Stoops repeated that he's excited to take the field in front of a big crowd at Commonwealth Stadium.

"Well, I think we're starting to create a great environment at home and we're looking forward to that, so obviously, always a lot nicer playing at home than at some of these venues in the SEC," Stoops said. "It's pretty challenging. So hopefully we'll get some good home-field advantage and it will help us."

Mississippi State's ranking has added to the anticipation for Saturday's game on the part of fans, but the No. 1 next to the Bulldogs' name only means so much to coaches and players.

"A big game's a big game," Stoops said. "You kind of feel it in the air and the energy and the practice and the focus, so they're really all big games. Once you get to the point where we're doing what we're doing and trying to win a bunch of games, then they're all important. We've got a tough stretch and this is our next one."

 


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UK Soccers Home Finale Dubbed Fan-Appreciation Day http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-soccers-home-finale-dubbed-fan-appreciation-day/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-soccers-home-finale-dubbed-fan-appreciation-day/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:50:53 PM UK Athletics UK Soccers Home Finale Dubbed Fan-Appreciation Day

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The 21st-ranked Kentucky men's soccer team has designated its regular season home finale against seventh-ranked Charlotte on Friday, Nov. 7 as Fan Appreciation Day.

Multiple promotions are planned to thank members of the Big Blue Nation for their support of the team, as members of the Big Blue Nation have flocked to the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in near record numbers this season.

At the heart of the buildup to Fan Appreciation Day will be a fan poll, in which UK's supporters will choose what promotional item will be given out at the match. Fans have the option to choose one of four options, each of which was handed out at different home games earlier this season.

Fans can choose via a Twitter poll between rally towels, thunderstix, blue-vuzelas (blue vuvuzelas) and t-shirts.

Fans can make their choice by voting in response to a tweet posted via the team account: @UKMensSoccer.

The Nov. 7 match could have major implications in the Conference USA title race, as the Wildcats and 49ers currently sit second and third on the conference table respectively.

The Wildcats sit in second place on 11 points, while Charlotte is in third on nine. UAB moved to the top of the table with its fourth conference win of the season on Tuesday to go to 12 points, but the Wildcats defeated the Blazers in Birmingham earlier this year.

UAB and Charlotte will play on Friday night.

 


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Kentucky Set To Take On No. 1 Mississippi State http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-set-to-take-on-no-1-mississippi-state/ http://www.lex18.com/news/kentucky-set-to-take-on-no-1-mississippi-state/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:44:35 PM Associated Press Kentucky  Set To Take On No. 1 Mississippi State

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's recent stage fright at LSU hasn't changed players' belief that they can handle the national spotlight.

The Wildcats want to make sure they perform better against top-ranked Mississippi State in Saturday's nationally televised homecoming showdown.

After six games of doing many things right, Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) regressed during a 41-3 blowout loss to the Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Wildcats now aim to regain the execution and poise that helped them play well in previous matchups against the SEC's stronger teams.

The Wildcats led twice at Florida before losing 36-30 to the Gators in three overtimes, gaining resolve they believe helped them rally twice from 14-point deficits to upset South Carolina.

Kentucky's challenge is regrouping from the LSU setback against the Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0).

With chances to topple the nation's best team, stay in contention for the East division title and become bowl eligible, the Wildcats are making sure there are no lingering doubts from that loss.

"We can't afford to look back," quarterback Patrick Towles said. "We've got a big team, looking forward. ... We didn't execute at any level, at any position. You're going to get beat by everybody if you don't do that."

Kentucky definitely can't have breakdowns against a Mississippi State team coming off a bye.

The Bulldogs feature dual-threat quarterback Dak Prescott, who has led them to the program's first-ever No. 1 ranking and become a Heisman Trophy candidate.

"We've been working really hard to defend him this week," Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said, "but we know they're a great offense and it's going to be a huge challenge for us."

While the Wildcats made mistakes in all phases against the Tigers, things snowballed after special teams miscues dug a 17-3, first-quarter hole. A failed squib kick and subsequent penalty set up LSU's first touchdown and the Tigers returned a punt 67 yards for another score.

LSU also rushed 51 times for 303 yards in outgaining Kentucky 423-217. Hardest thing for second-year coach Mark Stoops to accept was his players' lack of focus after falling behind.

Concentration has been an issue at times during Kentucky's strong start, but Stoops and his staff have gotten players dialed back in and have worked this week to ensure that doubt doesn't creep back in.

"When you make a lot of mistakes, you can have a tendency to lose confidence," Stoops said. "So, now we've got to make sure they don't slip back and start doubting, and it goes back to preparation and work and controlling the things we can control."

After dropping passes and missing assignments at LSU, coaches have challenged Wildcats receivers in particular to step up their games against Mississippi State. There's a potential opening against a Bulldogs pass defense allowing 308.3 yards per contest, and leading receiver Ryan Timmons (339 yards) is determined to take advantage.

"They've challenged me to pretty much be a playmaker and make more plays," said Timmons, who caught just four passes for 24 yards against LSU and had a few drops.

"Last game, we didn't play well as an offense and we needed the wide receivers to step up. I didn't do that last Saturday."

There's another incentive for Kentucky to bounce back against MSU. It's been a while since the Wildcats have played a significant game at this point in the season, which says a lot about their turnaround.

They're determined to make the most of it with the nation watching.

"They are playing hard and with a lot of energy," Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen said this week. There are guys stepping up and making big plays for them when they need them. That is a sign that they have bought in to what coach Stoops is trying to build. ...

"When you look at the improvement that they have made, they can compete with anyone."

 

 


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UK's Couch, Still On Hall Of Fame Ballot http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-s-couch-still-on-hall-of-fame-ballot/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-s-couch-still-on-hall-of-fame-ballot/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 4:14:42 PM Alan Cutler UK's Couch, Still On Hall Of Fame Ballot

A number of college football greats who played or coached in Kentucky are on the 2015 College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot.

One of them is Tim Couch, a Kentucky-Quarterback who in1998 was a consensus First Team All-American,  finished fourth in Heisman voting in 1998 and ninth in 1997.

Couch was the 1998 SEC Player of the Year who led Cats to first win over Alabama in 75 years. He set seven NCAA, 14 SEC and 26 school records.

Art Still - a Kentucky-Defensive End-1977, unanimous First Team All-American and two-time First Team All-SEC performer and the 1977 SEC Defensive Player of the Year setting a school record for 22 TFL in 1977 ( which still standing, by the way).

Eastern Kentucky tailback Markus Thomas who finished third in FCS rushing with 5146 yards and Western Kentucky Coach Jimmy Feix, who died on Oct. 5 at the age of 83.

Feix won or shared six conference titles from 1968-1983.

The winners will be announced on Jan. 9.

 


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Rotary Club Honors Mitchell For Service To Boy Scouts http://www.lex18.com/news/rotary-club-honors-mitchell-for-service-to-boy-scouts/ http://www.lex18.com/news/rotary-club-honors-mitchell-for-service-to-boy-scouts/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:06:22 PM Rotary Club Honors Mitchell For Service To Boy Scouts

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky women's basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell annually speaks to the Lexington Rotarian chapter but this speaking engagement took a different turn when the Rotarians surprised Mitchell on Thursday with the prestigious Cliff Dochterman Award which is reserved for a select few in recognition of exemplary service to the Rotary Club and scouting.

The Cliff Dochterman Award is named in honor of distinguished Rotarian, former Rotary International President and dedicated Scouter Cliff Dochterman of Moraga, Calif. His professional career in higher education included 20 years at the University of California in Berkeley and 20 years at the University of the Pacific. Dochterman earned Eagle Scout honors, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program, when he was 14 years old and later obtained three of scouting's highest honors -- the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Distinguished Eagle.

Mitchell is one of four sons of John and Carol Mitchell from Louisville, Miss. The Mitchells were very active in the Boy Scouts of America as John and Carol both served as scout leaders and all four boys (David, Mark, Matthew and Stephen) went on to earn Eagle Scout honors.

Mitchell, who was named an honorary Rotarian by the Lexington chapter in 2011, frequently supports the Rotary Club's projects and the Blue Grass Council for scouting despite his busy coaching schedule. He and his wife Jenna are very active in the community as they pledged $1 million over the next 10 years to the University of Kentucky Athletics Department and have recently launched The Mitchell Family Foundation, a non-profit organization set to benefit charities in the Lexington community.


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Women's Soccer Hits Road For Final Time in Regular Season http://www.lex18.com/news/women-s-soccer-hits-road-for-final-time-in-regular-season/ http://www.lex18.com/news/women-s-soccer-hits-road-for-final-time-in-regular-season/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:26:28 AM Women's Soccer Hits Road For Final Time in Regular Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After a historic weekend at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex, which saw the University of Kentucky women's soccer team collect its first top-five win in program history over the No. 5/4 Florida Gators on Sunday, the Wildcats turn their attention to the Southeastern Conference's final full weekend of action, as UK travels on the road to face LSU (8pm ET, SECN+) on Friday night, and No. 21/16 Georgia on Sunday (6pm ET, SECN+).

The Wildcats after a 2-0-0 weekend currently sit at 10-5-0 overall on the 2014 season, and are now 5-3-0 in the SEC after three-consecutive wins in conference play, with two of them coming over top-25 opponents. UK currently sits in a tie for fourth on the SEC table, with 15 points accumulated thus far on the season. Texas A&M leads the league, and can secure at least a share of the conference championship with two wins this weekend.

UK faces the LSU Tigers on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET from the LSU Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge, La. The match will be live on the SEC Network+. Kentucky this season is 7-2-0 in night matches (matches that start at 7 p.m. ET or later). The Wildcats have picked up wins over arch rival Louisville, South Carolina, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State all in night matches.

LSU continues their season under the direction of head coach, Brian Lee, with a 5-10-2 overall record. The Tigers are 1-6-1 in the SEC with its lone SEC win over Mississippi State. The Tigers non-conference wins over Troy, Northwestern St., Nicholls, BYU and a draw against Stephen F. Austin. Jorian Baucom leads the Tigers with a total of 20 points, including eight goals and four assists. Lily Alfred has a tally of four shutouts from the net with a GAA of 2.13 and 67 saves.

Zoe Swift was named the Southeastern Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, after scoring two game-winning goals this weekend, which propelled Kentucky to a 2-0-0 weekend, collecting six crucial points in the SEC standings, including a 2-0 win over No. 5 Florida, the first top-five win in program history.

Swift scored two goals this weekend, with both of them serving as game-winning goals. The sophomore scored in the 13th minute on Friday night against Ole Miss to open the scoring for the Wildcats. Fellow sophomore Jade Klump played a perfectly-placed and weighted ball from the midfield stripe down the right side to a waiting - and onside- Swift, who collected down the right-hand side 25 yards from goal. Swift then beat her defender 1v1 and finished low and to the far post past a diving Kelly McCormick.

On Sunday, Swift gave the Wildcats the lead just after the half-hour mark as she was slotted in on goal from a through-ball from Michaela Dooley before hammering her fourth goal of the season into the net. Dooley got the ball from the left side and made a run to the corner flag and got endline, beating her defender and serving a ball across the mouth of the goal which was hammered home by Swift, who scored her fourth of the season. The assist went to Dooley, who charted her team-high tying eighth assist of the season, as the sophomore transfer now has 14 points on the season.

After the 2-0-0 weekend with wins over (40) Ole Miss and (6) Florida, the Wildcats currently sit at No. 30 in the NCAA RPI. The Wildcats were No. 59 two weeks ago before its three-match winning streak. However, UK still has matches left with Georgia (28) and the SEC Tournament to pick up quality wins in the national and conference landscape.

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


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Grand Jury To Hear Rape Charge Against Tubman http://www.lex18.com/news/grand-jury-to-hear-rape-charge-against-tubman/ http://www.lex18.com/news/grand-jury-to-hear-rape-charge-against-tubman/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:57:20 AM Grand Jury To Hear Rape Charge Against Tubman

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury will review a first-degree rape charge against Lloyd Tubman after the Kentucky freshman defensive lineman waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Tubman, 20, was arrested Oct. 7, five days after an incident involving a female student in a campus dormitory room. First-degree rape is a felony in Kentucky punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Appearing Thursday morning in Fayette District Court before Judge Megan Lake Thornton, Tubman waived the preliminary hearing on to a grand jury. The 12-member body meets Mondays and Tuesdays to review evidence and decide whether to indict someone, but there's no timetable on if or when an indictment will be returned on Tubman.

Tubman is free on $10,000 bond and suspended indefinitely by Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Louisville native is also subject to discipline under the school's code of conduct.

Represented by Lexington attorney Jim Lowry, Tubman was the first person called Thursday before Thornton. The judge outlined the next procedural steps and reminded the player about bond conditions, which prohibit him from having contact with the woman.

The Associated Press does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.

Lowry and several of Tubman's family members declined comment as they left the courtroom.

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

 


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UK Soccer Enters Top-25 for First Time This Season http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-soccer-enters-top-25-for-first-time-this-season-393020/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-soccer-enters-top-25-for-first-time-this-season-393020/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:20:57 AM UK Soccer Enters Top-25 for First Time This Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky men's soccer team checked into the national top 25 for the first time in three seasons this week, having extended its winning-streak to four games with two more victories last week.

The Wildcats are ranked as high as No. 19 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll. UK ranks 23rd in the Soccer America poll and 24th in the College Soccer News poll. The Wildcats are ranked 25th in the Top Drawer Soccer composite poll, which accounts for five national polls.

The Wildcats were last ranked during the first week of October in 2011. Kentucky reached a high of No. 15 in the coaches' poll that season in early September.
UK moved into first place in Conference USA with two wins last week, including a 1-0 result over then-No. 9 New Mexico on Saturday. UK is the lone unbeaten team in league play with a W3 L0 D2 record against C-USA opponents. The Wildcats are 8-3-3 on the season.

The win over ninth-ranked New Mexico was the Wildcats' third road win over a top-25 opponent this season. UK also has wins at then-No. 1 Notre Dame and at No. 21 UAB this season.

Kentucky's three top-25 wins this season ties the school record set in 2012, which was head coach Johan Cedergen's first season.

The team's six-match unbeaten streak is the fifth longest in school history.

UK boasts one of the nation's top defenses, highlighted by its 0.41 goals against average, which ranks fifth-best nationally.

The Wildcats are tied for the second-most shutouts in the country on the season (9), and their shutout percentage of 0.64 per game (14 games) ranks eighth in the NCAA.

Senior striker Justin Laird was named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week on Tuesday after he scored two goals, including the winner against New Mexico last week. Laird was C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, while junior goalkeeper Callum Irving earned the league's Defensive Player of the Week award.

Irving leads the conference in GAA, shutouts and shutout percentage.

UK will return to action Saturday, Oct. 25 with a trip to South Carolina in a C-USA matchup colloquially referred to as the Southeastern Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Wildcats and Gamecocks are the only two SEC schools that sponsor men's soccer.

 


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UK Soccer Enters Top-25 For First Time This Season http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-soccer-enters-top-25-for-first-time-this-season/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-soccer-enters-top-25-for-first-time-this-season/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:13:26 PM UK Athletics UK Soccer Enters Top-25 For First Time This Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky men's soccer team checked into the national top 25 for the first time in three seasons this week, having extended its winning-streak to four games with two more victories last week.

The Wildcats are ranked as high as No. 19 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire poll. UK ranks 23rd in the Soccer America poll and 24th in the College Soccer News poll. The Wildcats are ranked 25th in the Top Drawer Soccer composite poll, which accounts for five national polls.


The Wildcats were last ranked during the first week of October in 2011. Kentucky reached a high of No. 15 in the coaches' poll that season in early September.

 

UK moved into first place in Conference USA with two wins last week, including a 1-0 result over then-No. 9 New Mexico on Saturday. UK is the lone unbeaten team in league play with a W3 L0 D2 record against C-USA opponents. The Wildcats are 8-3-3 on the season.

 

The win over ninth-ranked New Mexico was the Wildcats' third road win over a top-25 opponent this season. UK also has wins at then-No. 1 Notre Dame and at No. 21 UAB this season.

 

Kentucky's three top-25 wins this season ties the school record set in 2012, which was head coach Johan Cedergen's first season.

 

The team's six-match unbeaten streak is the fifth longest in school history.

UK boasts one of the nation's top defenses, highlighted by its 0.41 goals against average, which ranks fifth-best nationally.

The Wildcats are tied for the second-most shutouts in the country on the season (9), and their shutout percentage of 0.64 per game (14 games) ranks eighth in the NCAA.

Senior striker Justin Laird was named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week on Tuesday after he scored two goals, including the winner against New Mexico last week. Laird was C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, while junior goalkeeper Callum Irving earned the league's Defensive Player of the Week award.


Irving leads the conference in GAA, shutouts and shutout percentage.

UK will return to action Saturday, Oct. 25 with a trip to South Carolina in a C-USA matchup colloquially referred to as the Southeastern Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Wildcats and Gamecocks are the only two SEC schools that sponsor men's soccer.

 

 


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see blue. Day Set For Keeneland On Friday http://www.lex18.com/news/see-blue-day-set-for-keeneland-on-friday-392942/ http://www.lex18.com/news/see-blue-day-set-for-keeneland-on-friday-392942/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:45:06 PM Keeneland see blue. Day Set For Keeneland On Friday

Keeneland will be a sea of blue when it hosts "see blue." Day to mark the official start of the University of Kentucky's homecoming weekend. UK and Keeneland are calling all fans to the post for a pep rally on The Hill, the track's popular tailgating area adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center.

The fun will begin at noon and feature the UK Pep Band playing the UK fight song and "My Old Kentucky Home," the CATS cheer led by the UK cheerleaders and an appearance by the UK dance team. The Jordan English Band also will perform.

UK students, alumni and faculty receive free general admission to the track and access to reserved Grandstand seating with valid UK IDs.

Lextran will provide a dedicated shuttle for students between UK and Keeneland at a cost of $1 each way from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The first 500 students to ride the Lextran shuttle from campus will receive a commemorative "see blue." Day T-shirt.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 24; Gates open at 11 a.m., post time for the first race is 1:05 p.m. ET

WHERE: Keeneland Race Course

"see blue." Day Schedule:
Noon. National Anthem performed in the Walking Ring by Paws and Listen

12:10 p.m. UK Pep Band, UK cheerleaders and UK dance team kick off the day's festivities on The Hill

12:25 - 2 p.m. The Jordan English Band performs on The Hill

2 p.m. UK cheerleaders and dance team recognized in the Winner's Circle during the Race 3 post parade

2:30 p.m. UK DanceBlue recognized in the Winner's Circle during Race 4 post parade

5:05 p.m. UK Track and Field team recognized in the Winner's Circle during Race 9 post parade

 


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Defense Gearing Up For No. 1 MSU, Heisman Front-Runner Prescott http://www.lex18.com/news/defense-gearing-up-for-no-1-msu-heisman-front-runner-prescott/ http://www.lex18.com/news/defense-gearing-up-for-no-1-msu-heisman-front-runner-prescott/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:36:47 PM UK Athletics Defense Gearing Up For No. 1 MSU, Heisman Front-Runner Prescott

As a defensive coordinator in the Southeastern Conference, every week presents unique challenges to Kentucky's D.J. Eliot.

Eliot, in his second year directing the UK defense, faces another daunting task on Saturday as the Wildcats play host to Heisman Trophy frontrunner Dak Prescott and the top-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

"He's an excellent player. He's a veteran player. He's been there," Eliot detailed about MSU's junior quarterback. "He's gotten those reps that's made him such a great player. He can run it; he can throw it; he makes good decisions. It's going to be a huge challenge for us. We've been working really hard to defend him this week. We know they're a great offense and it's going to be a huge challenge for us."

During a junior season that has seen him emerge as the Heisman front-runner, Prescott has rushed for 576 yards and eight touchdowns, passing for 1,478 yards, with a 14-4 touchdown-interception ratio. Prescott presents a unique dual-threat challenge in the molds of recent SEC quarterback greats, including MSU head coach Dan Mullen's star during his time as the offensive coordinator at Florida, Tim Tebow.

"Well, when you're good at both, you've got to be able to defend both, so there's not just one certain area that I'm emphasizing on (this week in preparation)," Eliot said. "I've got to emphasize on all aspects of an offense to defend that offense and a quarterback like this."

Kentucky battled MSU in a tight game in Starkville, Miss., in 2013, with the Bulldogs edging the Wildcats, 28-22. Prescott accounted for three touchdowns - two passing - with his 17-yard TD reception with 36 seconds left in the third quarter serving as the game-winning score.

"You know, it's tough," Eliot described about the challenges of defending Prescott. "It's when they have a quarterback that's a runner that makes it even harder, because a lot of your keys that you teach defensive players are based off of the running back being the runner, so you have to kind of adjust some of that for the week and then on top of that, you just have to be really sound in the pass game. Because as soon as you tighten up for the run game, that's when they try to get one over your head."

Prescott finished the 2013 meeting with Kentucky charting 268 yards on 23-of-34 passing, rushing for 33 yards on 16 carries.

"He's making better decisions and he's getting rid of the ball quicker than he did last year," Eliot said. "He's always been a great runner and they've always had a great quarterback run game plan, but now he's added that dimension of being able to throw the ball and make great decisions as well."

 


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UK Needs More From The Passing Game http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-needs-more-from-the-passing-game/ http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-needs-more-from-the-passing-game/ *LEX 18 True Blue Coverage Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:22:56 PM Alan Cutler UK Needs More From The Passing Game

The word of the day for the wide outs is "focus."  That was the big problem at LSU.

No, we are not suggesting that Kentucky would have won if they did a great job of focusing against LSU, but it was a problem. Fans like to know why an athlete would have a problem with the word focus.

"It's hard to get bad plays behind them, so a couple of times we go out there and it's three plays and out," says Ryan Timmons who leads UK with 31 catches. "Guys get frustrated and get disappointed in not scoring so they get unfocused, they get upset, so we just try, it's up to me and the older guys to help them with that."

"When the whole unit doesn't do a great job, that falls on me," says UK wide out coach Tommy Mainord. "It's my responsibility. I will coach them better. "

"Maybe not being in the right mindset," says freshman wide out Garrett Johnson. "Just being in a different atmosphere. It's a ton of different things for different people."

"Oh, no sir," says senior wide out Demarco Robinson. "I don't feel like anybody's confidence is down. Coach is doing a good job of getting our confidence back up. And I feel like the confidence will come when we start having success in the games, so that will help a lot."

Timmons has another problem. The coaches don't think he's playing hard enough. No player can be happy with that comment, but credit Timmons for taking it the right way.

"It doesn't really bother me," says Timmons. "It just motivates me to do a lot more. Coach Brown and Coach Stoops see the potential that I have and they are doing a great job of coaching me and getting me in the right positions. It's up to me to make plays."

So the wide receivers as a group aren't very happy.

 


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