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UK announces two-year contract extensions, pay increases for both Calipari and Stoops

Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and football head coach Mark Stoops have each agreed to two-year extensions to their respective contracts, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Wednesday. The amendment to Calipari’s contract extends his deal from March 30, 2022 to March 30, 2024. Calipari’s total guaranteed compensation – including base salary, media/endorsement...

Lineup changes announced for JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes, post-position draw today

The lineup for Saturday’s $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3) has changed as new players emerged to alter the landscape. Hot Dad and Impressive Edge have been taken out of consideration by their trainers, the former deemed not yet ready by Mike Maker and the latter, trained by Dale Romans, not likely to draw in behind others with more earnings. Maker also confirmed the previously intended...

Cincy coach likes UCLA’s chances, Cats focused on themselves going into powerhouse showdown

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin believes UCLA has the right tools in place to make a run at the national title. The Cincinnati coach came away impressed with the Bruins following a 79-67 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday night. Even though UCLA coach Steve Alford has been mentioned as a possible successor to Tom Crean at Indiana, Cronin thinks...

Looking Ahead: Mitchell’s return could be a key for Cards as plenty of veterans, top recruits raise hopes

By Russ Brown NKyTribune correspondent LOUISVILLE — Donovan Mitchell sat in front of his locker in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis Sunday afternoon patiently answering questions while trying to process the fact that Louisville’s college basketball season had ended three games short of its NCAA Final Four goal. “This hurts. This sucks,” Mitchell said. “We...

NCAA Rematch: Kentucky gets a second chance to take down UCLA, Alford in NCAA Sweet 16

By Keith Taylor NKyTribune senior sports writer The competition will only get tougher for Kentucky when the Wildcats resume their chase for a ninth national title this weekend in Memphis. The Wildcats (31-5) won their first two games in the NCAA Tournament by a combined margin of 12 points, defeating Northern Kentucky University (79-70) and escaping with a 65-62 triumph over Wichita State Sunday in...

UK Hoops season comes to sudden end with loss to Ohio State in NCAA tourney second round

By Kindsey Bernhard NKyTribune Intern UK Hoops second-half rally fell short in an 82-68 loss to Ohio State in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum. The fifth-seeded Buckeyes led by 17 points with four and half minutes left in the second quarter. When most people thought the game was over, UK Hoops had a different idea. With a little more than six minutes...

Bowling Green defeats Cooper, 67-56, in title game of boys’ state basketball tournament

Dante Hendrix, No. 3, of Cooper tries to block a shot on a Bowling Green player’s drive to the basket. (Photo by Jackson Sports Photography) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — In the final seconds of Sunday’s state championship game, Cooper boys’ basketball coach Tim Sullivan replaced the team’s five starters with reserve players off the bench. Each...

NCAA Tournament: Wildcats reject determined Wichita State’s upset bid, reach Sweet Sixteen

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune INDIANAPOLIS — Malik Monk gained a reputation as a scorer. He may end the season as Kentucky’s best defender. Mired in a shooting slump since the postseason began, Monk has found other ways to contribute, especially on defense and it was his block on Wichita State’s Markis McDuffie’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining that enabled the second-seeded Wildcats...

Thomas More junior guard Abby Owings selected to D3hoops.com All-American first team

Thomas More College junior guard Abby Owings (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) was named to the D3hoops.com All-America First Team Saturday night. This year’s D3hoops.com All-America team is the organization’s 20th annual national awards. The honorees are chosen by D3hoops.com staff in consultation with All-Region voting results from players nominated for All-Region recognition. Voted the Presidents’...

Strong fourth quarter carries Cooper to Sweet 16 SF win, into championship game with Bowling Green

Cooper forward Brayden Runion, No. 11, goes in for a left-handed layup in his team’s state semifinal game against Fern Creek. (Photo by Jackson Sports Photography) By Kindsey Bernhard NKyTribune Intern LEXINGTON — Cooper needed a strong fourth quarter to get past Fern Creek, 51-44, in the semifinals of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA boys’ state basketball tournament on Saturday and advance...

Final shot doesn’t fall for Scott boys’ basketball team in state semifinal loss to Bowling Green

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Scott senior guard Jake Ohmer handles the ball in his team’s state tournament semifinal game against Bowling Green. (Photo by Jackson Sports Photography) LEXINGTON — One field goal. That’s how close the Scott boys’ basketball team came to pulling off a stunning upset in the semifinals of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA state tournament on...

NCAA Tournament: Past won’t dictate the present when Cats, Shockers meet in tourney rematch

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky and Wichita State aren’t rivals, but based on the previous meeting between the two schools, it’s hard to believe they’ve only met once on the hardwood. Three years ago, the Wildcats defeated the Shockers 78-76 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, putting an end to Wichita State’s perfect season...

Keith Taylor: Cats haven’t reached peak, but winning is all that matters this time of year

INDIANAPOLIS — Northern Kentucky gave Kentucky its best punch. The Wildcats overcome the Norse and survived and moved on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament late Friday night. Just as he does each season, Kentucky coach John Calipari went into the prestigious event with “an open mind” and wasn’t surprised Northern Kentucky gave his team a battle, even though the Wildcats were heavily...

NCAA Tournament: Kentucky overcomes challenge from Northern Kentucky in opener

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune INDIANAPOLIS — Northern Kentucky wasn’t intimidated by Kentucky. The Norse were simply overmatched. De’Aaron Fox scored 19 points to lead the second-seeded Wildcats to a 79-70 victory Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky outscored Northern Kentucky 15-3 in the final six minutes of the second half to build a double-digit lead that...

Cooper boys’ basketball team rides defense to another playoff victory in state quarterfinals

By Kindsey Bernhard NKyTribune Intern Cooper senior Sean McNeil makes a strong move to the basket in a state quarterfinal game against Collins at Rupp Arena. (Photo by Jackson sports Photography) LEXINGTON – You wouldn’t have know it was Cooper’s second game in less than 24 hours by the way the Jaguars played defense in a 58-33 win over Collins during Friday’s quarterfinal round of...