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Blame me, I Tweeted Samford coach remark

Posted: 12/05/2012 - On Tuesday night, during the first half of UK's blowout win over Samford, coach Bennie Seltzer blurted out a sentence that caught my ear, and I'm sure, those of several other folks sitting nearby.

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Harrellson makes good on promise to kids

Posted: 07/28/2012 - As you enter the facility, you’re drawn to the sounds of children having fun in the pool. The laughter and splashing water let you know it’s summer and there’s a party going on just beyond the main cabin. This happy place is located nearly in the middle of nowhere, if you consider rural Shelby Co. somewhere. Indian Summer Camp has been open to kids for 30 years, and this week, enjoyed a record 108 campers.

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Joker makes a plea to fans

Posted: 07/27/2012 - UK football coach Joker Phillips didn’t mince words on Friday at the annual Kickoff Luncheon in Lexington. Like he did a couple of weeks ago, during an appearance at the Lexington Rotary Club, Phillips made an impassioned plea to Wildcat fans not to give up on his team before the season starts.

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Can it get any better with UK basketball?

Updated: 07/07/2012 - Are Wildcats fans witnessing the “Golden Age” of UK basketball? Some might argue that Adolph Rupp’s run from 1946-1957, during which the Cats won four national championships, would qualify. Others might suggest the Rick Pitino era, coupled with Tubby Smith’s first season, when UK played in four Final Fours, including three straight national championship games. Of course, Pitino won a title in 1996; Smith a championship in 1998. But the argument that the John Calipari era is the zenith of UK basketball is a strong one.

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Gay ready to chase Olympic glory

Posted: 06/16/2012 - In any other era, we would hang around Tyson Gay's neck the title "world's fastest man." But Usain Bolt, Gays' fiercest rival, claims that honor, after winning the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, setting a world record of 9.69 in the process.

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Airport preparing for UK's return

Updated: 03/08/2012 - The Lexington airport is expecting UK to return home as SEC champions. On Thursday, Blue Grass Field officials released the plan for fans and media to welcome back the Wildcats on Sunday.

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Cal, Cats to salute storm victims

Updated: 03/08/2012 - Coach John Calipari and his Wildcats have a heart. Beginning Friday, the Cats will be sporting blue t-shirts, emblazoned with a blue and white basketball and the words "Kentucky Cares," as a show of support for the victims of last week's tornadoes.

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Where does UK's streak rank?

Posted: 02/18/2012 - With UK’s 77-62 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, the Wildcats ran their home court win streak to 50. Coach John Calipari has never lost in Rupp Arena, and with Vandy and Georgia the last two teams coming into the big house this season, it seems the Cats will run that streak to 52.

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Pearl back in Rupp, likes Cats

Updated: 02/08/2012 - A familiar face was seen in Rupp Arena on Tuesday night, one many Wildcat fans loved to hate.

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Raveling visits UK locker room

Posted: 02/03/2012 - Former coach, TV analyst and NIKE representative George Raveling paid UK a visit after the Cats 25-point blowout win over Tennessee.

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My vote for Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

Posted: 01/10/2012 - I've cast my ballot for the 2011 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year. Any athlete, coach or sports administrator at any level is eligible for the award, if he or she plays for a team in Kentucky, is from Kentucky, or played for a college in Kentucky.

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Still amazed by Kentucky's win over Tennessee

Posted: 11/28/2011 - In the words of the great Jack Buck, "I don't believe, what I just saw." Buck, the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, uttered those words as Kirk Gibson rounded the bases in the 1988 World Series, after homering for the Dodgers. More than 24 hours after watching Kentucky knock off Tennessee, 10-7, for the first time in 26 years, those words are still rattling around in my head.

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Happy ending to a disappointing football season

Updated: 11/23/2011 - UK’s run of five consecutive bowl games officially comes to an end on Saturday, when the Cats face Tennessee on Senior Day at Commonwealth Stadium. At best, the Cats would finish 5-7. While fans, coaches and players all say the season has been a downer, one Wildcat sees a happy ending to an otherwise disappointing year. UK wide receiver Matt Roark is one of 21 seniors who will play his final game at Commonwealth Stadium this weekend. He’ll be joined on the field in pregame ceremonies by his mom and dad. Having his father there, Roark said, will be one of the great joys in his life.

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Brooks leaving the Bluegrass, ends an era in Kentucky

Updated: 11/05/2011 - With Rich Brooks’ announcement on Thursday, via Twitter, that he and wife Karen had sold their old Kentucky home and are moving back to the west coast, an era in UK football officially comes to an end, even though Brooks hasn’t coached the Cats since 2009.

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Cal experimenting with more pick and roll; comments on preseason ranking

Updated: 10/21/2011 - Saying it was something new and exciting, UK coach John Calipari said this season fans will see more of the pick and roll , an NBA staple. "It kind of fits us," Calipari said, before addressing coal owners and operators on Friday at the annual Kentucky Coal Association meetings in Lexington.

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Rosters taking shape for Big Blue All-Stars vs. Villains game

Updated: 10/06/2011 - Kentucky fans love their basketball heroes, but man, do they loathe their villains. UK fans circle the games every year on the schedule: Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina. Boy, what would a UK-Duke game mean to fans? So you would think a game pitting current UK NBA players against other NBA players from rival teams would make for good theater. We’ll soon find out.

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Wing in limbo

Posted: 10/04/2011 - Adam Wing doesn’t need any more distractions. The Rowan Co. quarterback has his Vikings in position to make a deep run into the high school postseason and he wants to make his last football season his best.

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Wall's dance move stands alone on Internet

Posted: 09/20/2011 - The move became an overnight sensation and made John Wall a household name across the college basketball landscape. Today, the “John Wall Dance” has its own Wikipedia page.

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Newton came to watch the Cards, left a Wildcat

Updated: 11/16/2011 - On Saturday, Morgan Newton will get his first start against UK’s arch-rival, Louisville, in the annual battle for the Governor’s Cup. That Newton is wearing the blue and white, and not Cardinals’ red and white, is a victory for the Cats, in its own right. Newton was one of the premiere quarterbacks coming out of Carmel High School in 2008. One recruiting service had Newton tabbed as a 5-star product, which means the Indianapolis, Ind. native was a “can’t miss” player.

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Sosa to have surgery; rehab up to 6 months

Updated: 09/08/2011 - John Calipari’s Dominican Republic national team has won its way into the FIBA Americas semifinals. The top two finishers in this Olympic qualifier head to London next year for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Cal’s team, however, was dealt a serious blow, when point guard Edgar Sosa went down on Monday with a broken right leg, in the Dominican’s win over Panama. Sosa suffered the injury near the end of the game when he drove into the lane and delivered a pass.

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