Updated: 3:23 PM Like most sports junkies, I’m a member of a fantasy league. I don’t have the time for baseball, but I do enjoy matching wits with my co-workers every year in a fantasy football league. It’s all for fun – there is no money involved and it’s mainly for office bragging rights.
Imagine my surprise when I heard there was a fantasy fishing league. With all due respect to those avid outdoorsmen, I never knew.
I do now, thanks to Terry Moberly of Berea. The man just pocketed $100,000 for winning in his fantasy fishing league.
Updated: 4:30 PM Microfracture surgery is in the news again. One time UK recruit Tracy McGrady, one of the NBA’s best wing players, announced on Wednesday that he will miss the rest of this season because he will undergo the procedure.
Which brings us to Derrick Jasper. The former UK guard underwent microfracture surgery after the Wildcats were knocked out of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Jasper had knee pain before he arrived in Lexington. The pain got so bad, that after his freshman year at UK, Jasper HAD to do something.
Updated: 10:47 PM The roller coaster ride that is UK basketball this season took another twisting loop this past weekend. With big man Patrick Patterson laid up with a sprained ankle, the Cats desperately needed a big performance from several role players, if there was any hope of picking up an important road win at Arkansas.
Updated: 12:59 PM Center Richie Phares arguably has been Scott Co.'s best player for the past couple of seasons. Whether patrolling the paint, or knocking in mid-range jumpers, Phares plays with a warriors' mentality and is one of the biggest reasons the Cards are rolling along at 17-3, winners of their last 13.
Updated: 12:01 PM After being fired from his job two months ago, as head coach at New Mexico State, Hal Mumme's cruel winter took another agonizing turn, when it was revealed the former UK coach is suffering from prostate cancer.
Posted: 1:54 PM Kentucky's one-point loss at home on Saturday to South Carolina was the first SEC defeat in Rupp Arena since February 10, 2007, when the Cats fell to Florida. It was just the second win ever for USC in games played in Lexington. The Gamecocks last won here in 1997.
Updated: 1:11 PM On Sunday, Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a chance to etch his name in the Super Bowl history books. Big Ben could become only the seventh quarterback to win multiple Super Bowls, while giving Pittsburgh it's sixth world championship. That would be an NFL record.
Roethlisberger has a connection to UK
Updated: 1:23 PM For basketball players at the high school and college level, reaching the 1,000 point plateau is considered a career achievement. It doesn't happen often, but when someone racks up that many points, it's usually a result of being a consistent scorer, night in and night out.
Posted: 1:46 PM I picked up this week's edition of Sporting News magazne (Jan. 19), the one with LeBron James on the cover, only to find a nice six-page story on the newest trend in the coaching profession: tagging a successor as "coach in waiting."
I was pleasantly suprised to see that Sporting News talked with future UK coach, Joker Phillips.
Posted: 4:10 PM A few years back, Buddy Ryan, the architect of the famed "46 Defense" used by the Chicago Bears to win a Super Bowl, was inducted into the Kentucky chapter of the National Football League Players Association Hall of Fame. During his acceptance speech, Ryan noted how his twin sons, Rob and Rex, were both defensive coaches on championship teams in the NFL.
"The bottom line," Ryan said that night," Is if you want to win a title, hire a Ryan." Laughter ensued, but Ryan made his point.
Fast forward six years, and both of Ryan's sons are still in the NFL -- Rob is the new defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, while Rex was named the new head coach of the New York Jets on Monday.
Updated: 12:45 PM Okay, so it wasn't the Berlin Wall coming down. But for fans, it might has well been. For 39 years, 53 points punctuated immortality for the pride of Batavia, Illinois , one Dan Paul Issel.
On Tuesday night, in front of a sold out Thompson-Boling Arena crowd, Wildcat guard Jodie Meeks toppled the Horse from the single-game scoring list. Meeks tossed in 54 points against Tennessee in one of the most remarkable performances I, or anyone who was watching, has ever seen.
On Tuesday night, in front of a sold out Thompson-Boling Arena crowd, Wildcat guard Jodie Meeks toppled the Horse from atop the single-game scoring list.
Updated: 4:27 PM Kudos to Rich Brooks. The legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant is the most successful coach ever to walk the sidelines in Lexington, but now Brooks has one-upped the Bear -- UK has won three straight bowl games for the first time in school history. And for the first time since the Bear's boys did it in 1949-50-51, the Wildcats have won 7 games in back-to-back-to-back seasons. To think just a few years ago, UK fans wanted Brooks fired.
Updated: 9:17 PM The last time Edgar Sosa had the ball in his hands, with a chance to beat a Billy Gillispie coached team, the 6-foot-1 point guard misfired as time expired in an NCAA Tournament game and his Louisville Cardinals fell to Texas A&M in Rupp Arena in 2007.
Fast forward two years and Sosa made the most of his last-second opportunity on Sunday night, nailing a 30-footer to knock off Gillispie and the Kentucky Wildcats, 74-71.
Updated: 10:28 PM Arguably the biggest surprise in the NFL this season is Miami. A year after going 1-15, the worst season in the proud franchise’s history, the Dolphins joined the 1999 Indianapolis Colts as the only teams in NFL history to make 10-game improvements in one year.
Updated: 10:30 AM College football will crown its national champion on January 8 in Miami, when Florida and Oklahoma meet in the BCS National Championship Game.
When the dust settles and a winner crowned, Kentucky will be well-represented inside Dolphin Stadium that night.
Updated: 12:52 PM The high school football season is down to its final weekend, signaling an end to another great year. When we reflect back upon the 2008 season, we'll see that prep football in Kentucky was dominated by mountain teams and players.
Updated: 12:23 PM Certainly, it was a scary moment for UK players, coaches and fans, when guards Ramon Harris and Michael Porter collided during the first half of Wednesday's blowout win over Lamar. The two players banged heads during a loose ball scramble and had to be helped off the floor with injuries.
Initially, it appeared Porter might be more seriously injured. The junior fell near midcourt with a severe cut above his left eye. Harris fell between the UK bench and the free throw lane. As team physicians attended to him, Harris was moving his legs and feet, in obvious pain. His teammates said Harris was crying out.
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