UK’s Bryant added to The Bowerman watch list

February 6, 2014

Dezerea Bryant of Kentucky and Dani Bunch of Purdue were added to the February edition of the Women’s Watch List for The Bowerman – collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor – which was announced Thursday by The Bowerman Watch List Committee.

In addition, UK hurdler Kendra Harrison is on the “also receiving votes” list for the Bowerman

Bryant, a junior sprinter at Kentucky, and Bunch, a senior thrower at Purdue, parlayed collegiate-leading performances in January into inclusion on The Watch List. Both represent the first appearances by their respective programs on either the men’s or women’s Watch List.

Bryant is the collegiate leader at 60 meters in 7.19 with three of the four fastest times in 2014, and is second among collegians at 200 meters in 23.04.

Bunch is just ¾ of an inch shy of the all-time collegiate top-10 performers list in the weight throw with a nation-leading 73-4 (22.35  meters) with the four best throws among collegians, and is ranked third among collegians in the shot put at 56-4¾ (17.19m).

The duo bumped Florida’s Cory McGee and San Diego State’s Shanieka Thomas down to “also receiving votes” status.

The Bowerman women’s watch list, February 2014

Kamaria Brown (jr., Texas A&M) sprints

Dezera Bryant (jr., Kentucky) sprints

Dani Bunch (sr., Purdue) throws

Abby D’Agostino (jr., Dartmouth) distance

Phyllis Francis (sr., Oregon) middle-distance

Anna Jelmini (sr., Arizona State) throws

Shalaya Kipp (sr., Colorado) distance

Laura Roesler (sr., Oregon) middle-distance

Ashley Spencer (jr., Texas) sprints

Lindsay Vollmer (jr., Kansas) combined events

Also receiving votes — Natalia Bartnovskaya (Kansas); Ciarra Brewer (Florida); Emily Grove (South Dakota); Kendra Harrison (Kentucky); Cory McGee (Florida); Sami Spenner (Nebraska); Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State); Jasmine Todd (Oregon).

Kentucky Pro Football Hall names inductees

January 31, 2014

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced it 2014 inductees Friday at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

They are former Manual and Michigan State running back Sherman Lewis, who served on the coaching staffs of the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions; former Louisville defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil, formerly of the Denver Broncos and now with the Baltimore Ravens; former Kentucky and Miami Dolphins star Larry Seiple, who later coached with Detroit, Tampa Bay and Miami; and former Louisville and Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers receiver Mark Clayton.

In addition, the Centre College football team will be inducted.

“We take delight in remembering that Centre was, in fact, a national power in collegiate sports between 1917 and throughout the 1920s,” said Dr. John Roush, president of Centre. “Bo McMillan and several of his teammates were among the best football players in the country during that time, and Centre’s 1921 team of C6HO fame stands as an important part of the college’s story as a place where extraordinary things occur on a regular basis.”

Frank  Minnifield, out of Henry Clay and the University of Louisville and a former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, will receive the eighth annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, named after the former UK and Browns coach.

The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Louisville with a ring ceremony on Friday, June 19, followed by a golf-outing fundraiser at Covered Bridge, and the awards banquet at the Brown Hotel on Saturday, June 20.

Proceeds will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Norton Kosair Children’s Hospital and its Brave Hearts, a support group of local families united by their children’s fight for life after being born with complex congenital heart defects that require heart surgery.

NCAA Volleyball at Kentucky is postponed

December 6, 2013

The NCAA Volleyball first- and second-round matches at Kentucky, scheduled Friday and Saturday, have been postponed to Saturday and Sunday due to inclement weather.

Matches are set for 2:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday’s opening match will pit No. 20 Michigan State (21-11) against Ohio (27-5). The second match will have No. 17 Kentucky (21-8) taking on Duquesne (20-9).

Saturday’s winners will meet Sunday at 4 p.m.

UK also will play host to NCAA regional play next weekend, Dec. 13-14.

Fans who have already purchased tickets for this weekend will be able to use their all-session and single-session tickets for the revised schedule. Tickets purchased for Friday’s originally scheduled first round will be admissible for Saturday and tickets purchased for Saturday’s originally scheduled second round will be admissible for Sunday.


UK, Morehead, U of L gain NCAA soccer berths

November 11, 2013

Kentucky, Morehead State and Louisville have each received a bid to the NCAA Soccer Tournament.

The draw for the 64-team NCAA field was announced Monday afternoon.

Kentucky and Louisville earned at-large berths, while Morehead qualified as champion of the Ohio Valley Conference. Games will be played at campus sites Friday or Saturday.

UK (13-6-1) will play host to Ohio State (10-6-3) on Friday night at 7:30. Also, Morehead (10-10-1) will travel to Wake Forest (10-6-2) on Saturday at 7 p.m. U of L (12-5-1) will play host to Missouri Valley Conference champion Illinois State (14-6) Saturday at 1 p.m.

UK’s Wildcats will be making their third straight appearance in the NCAA, a school record.

UK  lost in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. With wins over top 60 teams West Virginia, Louisville, Georgia, Dayton and Tennessee, the Wildcats were considered a shoo-in for the at-large NCAA berth they received.

The Cats played host to NCAA first-round matches each of the last two seasons.

Lexington boxer wins World Champs debut

September 24, 2013

A touch of the gloves to USA Boxing for providing this information.

Samantha Kinchen with coach William "Sarge" Farris. (Mark Maloney photo)

Samantha Kinchen with coach William “Sarge” Farris. (Maloney photo)

Lexington boxer Samantha Kinchen opened competition Monday in the Women’s Junior/Youth World Champ-ionships in Albena, Bulgaria, with a dominating 3-0 victory.

Kinchen, a Henry Clay graduate and now a freshman at the University of Kentucky, won all four rounds from Ana-Roxana Patrascu of Romania, doling out a standing eight-count along the way in a youth welterweight (152-pound) bout.

Kinchen advances to the quarterfinals, where she will take on Ukraine’s Tetiana Ryzhenkova on Wednesday. Kinchen is trained by Lexington’s William “Sarge” Farris.

In addition to Kinchen, Team USA also advanced junior bantamweight (119-pound) Jessica Galvez of Sparks, Nev., and junior featherweight (125-pound) JaJaira Gonzalez of Glendora, Calif., both via walkovers as their Italian opponents failed to make weight.

One American was eliminated as youth flyweight (112-pound) Karina Sarabia of El Monte, Calif., lost 3-0 to England’s Crystal Louise Barker.

The Championships will be live streamed throughout the tournament at and Preliminary round bouts will run through Wednesday, with junior competition taking place in the afternoon and the youth women boxing in the evening. The afternoon sessions are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) and evening action will start at 7 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET). All of the tournament participants will enjoy a rest day on Thursday,  prior to semifinals on Friday and the event finals on Saturday, September 28. The junior division championship bouts will begin at noon local time (5 a.m. ET) and the youth final round contests will take place at 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).

Coaches Farris, Jason Crutchfield (Flint, Mich.), Michael Newson (Las Vegas, Nev.), and Bienvenido “Benny” Roman (Brooklyn, N.Y.), will guide the U.S. boxers in Bulgaria with Dr. Larry Lovelace (Oklahoma City, Okla.) serving as the Team Physician.

Quick hits from pros at Calipari’s Procamp

July 31, 2013

Quick hits from Wednesday’s press conference at John Calipari’s Procamp in Memorial Coliseum.

* Who among Kentucky’s incoming freshmen have impressed the pros?

Julius Randle, said DeMarcus Cousins.

Randle and the Harrison twins (Aaron and Andrew), said Eric Bledsoe.

Dakari Johnson and Randle, said Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

“Everybody they said,” chirped Anthony Davis.

* Davis on his New Orleans Pelicans playing in Rupp Arena on Oct. 19, in an exhibition against John Wall and the Washington Wizards: “It’s going to be fun to get back to Lexington and the University of Kentucky. It’s always great to come back and play where you went to school, so it should be a fun game.”

* Camp attendance for the week hit 900 kids, and six NBA players were on hand Wednesday.

* The second annual UK Alumni Charity Game in Rupp Arena is set for Sept. 9, 8 p.m. Members of all four of UK’s Calipari-coached teams (2010-13) will participate, but it will boil down to 2010 vs. the 2012 national championship team.

* Cousins on whether he’ll play in the charity game (with a playful twinkle in his eye): “If the money’s right.”

* Calipari’s second annual Fantasy Experience is set for Sept. 7-9. Last year’s inaugural camp raised more than $300,000 for charity. Attendees receive instruction from Calipari, his staff and former UK greats. There also are social events, including a dinner at Calipari’s home.

Catching up with Cats at Cal’s camp

July 29, 2013

Nerlens Noel says his left knee “feels great” and he’s looking forward to contributing to the Philadelphia 76ers next season.

Noel, along with fellow Kentucky basketball alums Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays and Twany Beckham, took part in a joint press conference Monday during a break from their duties with the John Calipari Basketball Procamp in Memorial Coliseum.

The 6-foot-10 Noel tore the ACL in his left knee last February. Averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals, he still was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year despite playing only 24 games as a freshman.

Drafted sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans, then promptly swapped to Philadelphia, Noel should be ready to play by December, according to Calipari.

Goodwin, also a one-and-done player, was drafted No. 29 overall by the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists for UK.

The guard is coming off an NBA Summer League debut in which he averaged 13.1 points and 3.3 rebounds, leading the Suns to the league finals.

“I think I had a really solid summer,” he said. “Just going out there and getting the opportunity to play. I just wanted to showcase that I’ve been working really hard, and I’ve been working on a lot of things in my game.”

Mays, 6-2, averaged 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a senior at UK.

“Probably in the next few weeks I’ll take a deal overseas,” he said. “I don’t know which country yet.”

Stay tuned to and the Herald-Leader for more from Monday’s press conference.


Catching up with Kentucky football Hall of Famers

June 29, 2013

Leftovers from Friday’s Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame and the four living inductees …

CHAD BRATZKE (Eastern Kentucky University) said a highlight of his week was sharing memories with his extended football family. Such as?

“Coach (Jack) Harbaugh,” Bratzke said. “So, Western Kentucky-Eastern Kentucky. Big rivalry. We’re playing, I think it was a Thursday night game, and I made a good play. The quarterback scrambled, I ran him down from behind and I hit him out right at the sidelines. I mean, I really clobbered him. And before I even got a chance to pick myself up, Coach Harbaugh grabbed me and yanked me off his quarterback, and he smacked me on the rear and said, ‘son, that was a heck of a play.’ You don’t remember everything in life, but certain moments – I’ll never forget that. That meant a lot to me.

“I told him the story, and he smiled and he listened to it. And he said, ‘you know what? I know because I’ve told everybody that story and I used to use that all the time in speeches and talks, about determination.’ It’s kind of neat that he remembered that, too.”

IRV GOODE (Boone County, University of Kentucky) was dazzled by his company earlier in the day: “It was amazing today, riding to the golf course. I was riding with (Howard) Schnellenberger and Babe (Parilli), and they were talking football. It was unbelievable. It was like a fantasy land. Two of the great people in sports.”

OTIS WILSON (University of Louisville) was dazzled by his new bling, and the weekend overall: “The ring is cool. The cause that’s attached to it, that’s great – spinal cord injury. Seeing guys that you played with and guys around the league, you hang out, play golf and tell stories. That’s really what it’s all about, to give back to the old guys. And really have UK and U of L come together. Normally, that’s not the case. It’s always ‘I’m from U of L.’ They say that ‘other thing’ over there. But this is a great moment.”

ROMAN OBEN (U of L) talked about the program at his alma mater: “I’d been told by NFL scouts two years ago that they’re really a year ahead. I think what Charlie Strong has done is tremendous. But now you’ve created a position where 9-2, 8-3 is a bad season. So the expectations have been raised a little bit higher as well. Which is all good, and that’s why he’s here. But again, you turn down a job like Tennessee, he wants to be here. And you’re seeing high school kids on these selection shows where they off their hat, put on a U of L hat, turning down Floridas and Oklahomas. That’s when you know the football program’s headed in the right direction.”

Ole Miss defeats Kentucky 4-1 in SEC tourney

May 21, 2013

Ole Miss ended Kentucky’s season Tuesday, dealing the Wildcats a 4-1 loss in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Hoover, Ala.

Matt Reida and Zack Storm each had two of Kentucky’s eight hits.

Ole Miss had 11 hits, including two each by Austin Anderson and Stuart Turner

Here’s a scoring recap.

Ole Miss 1, Kentucky 0

Ole Miss struck for a run in the bottom of the first.

Anderson and Turner laced back-to-back one-out singles to right, with Anderson advancing to third on Turner’s hit. Andrew Mistone’s sacrifice fly to right scored Anderson.

Ole Miss 2, Kentucky 0

The Rebels added a run in the third.

Christian Helsel doubled to left and moved to third on Tanner Mathis’ sacrifice. Anderson doubled down the right-field line to drive in Helsel.

Ole Miss 2, Kentucky 1

The Wildcats broke through with an unearned run in the top of the fourth.

With one out, Zac Zellers doubled to right-center. He moved to third on A.J. Reed’s groundout to second.

Austin Cousino walked. Cousino then stole second, and Zellers came home on a throwing error by catcher Turner.

Ole Miss 4, Kentucky 1

The Rebels added a pair of runs in the sixth.

Mistone knocked a one-out double down the left-field line.

Austin Bousfield drove Mistone home with a single to right.

One out later, Austin Knight rapped a pinch-hit single, knocking out UK starter Jerad Grundy.

Chandler Shephard came in and yielded an RBI-single up the middle by Will Allen.





Cats need to win or go home in SEC tourney

May 20, 2013

When Kentucky opens play Tuesday morning against Ole Miss in the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, the mission is clear.

logo-ukWin or go home. For the season.

The consensus opinion is that UK must at least make a deep run into the tournament, if not win the whole event, to advance to NCAA regional play.

How will Coach Gary Henderson deal with his players under such pressure?

“When you show up and you’re 11-and-19 (in SEC play), I think it’s pretty clear to everybody  that whether or not you’ve got to win it or you’ve got to win four or whatever it may be, (the assignment) is pretty clear,” Henderson said Monday during a coaches’ teleconference. “So I’m not sure I’ve got to manage a lot of that. I think it’s pretty clear to our guys.

“We’ll go about it the same way we always do. We need to win tomorrow morning and then we can worry about what we’re doing on Wednesday. If it goes down to sitting down and telling them that we’ve got to bite off four wins or five wins or whatever it is, I won’t do that.

“We need to play well. We need to pitch well. All of our coaching cliches are absolutely true. We need to do those tomorrow morning and, when that’s over, we’ll worry about it. But I would say we have to have a significant run.”

UK, 30-24 overall, is seeded 11th in the 12-team tournament at Hoover, Ala. Tuesday’s 10:30 a.m. game against Ole Miss is an elimination game. The winner will go on to meet third-seeded Arkansas in the double-elimination portion of the tourney, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The Wildcats will start senior left-hander Jerad Grundy (6-5, 4.75 ERA) against Ole Miss. Grundy has made 13 starts. tossing 77.2 innings, walking just 20 and striking out 60. Over his last two starts, Grundy has a 1-0 record and a 1.64 ERA, allowing just nine hits and two walks in 11 innings. In two career starts against Ole Miss, Grundy is 0-2 with a 13.06 ERA.

Ole Miss (36-20, 15-15 SEC) is hitting .278, with a .369 slugging a .361 on-base percentage, belting 23 homers and stealing 43 bases. On the mound, Ole Miss has a strong 3.15 ERA, walking 202 and striking out 403 in 503 innings.

Kentucky has hit .256 as a team, slugging .363 and reaching base at a .361 clip. UK has belted 36 homers and stolen 56 bases. UK’s mound corps has a 3.56 ERA, allowing a .333 on-base percentage and a .363 slugging mark, striking out 370 and walking just 144 in 487.1 innings.