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Despite having his youngest team ever, Calipari encouraged by what he sees in his Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari has coached a lot of young teams in his tenure with the Wildcats. Next year’s squad could be the youngest Calipari has ever encountered at Kentucky. “We’re going to be really young,” Calipari said Monday during the Southeastern Conference summer basketball teleconference. “Really, really the most inexperienced team that I’ve coached....

Freedom return to UC Health Stadium for three-game series tonight; last home games before All Star break

The first-place Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, return home to UC Health Stadium this Tuesday through Thursday for the final home games before the mid-July All-Star break. The Freedom sit at 27-12 overall after finishing a 5-1 road trip, including a sweep of the Gateway Grizzlies in the team’s most recent series. The Freedom sit up top of the Frontier League West Division...

Florence Freedom sweeps three-game series from Gateway Grizzlies on their home field

The Florence Freedom rode early momentum to a 10-6 victory over the Gateway Grizzlies on Sunday night at GCS Ballpark, sweeping a three-game series from Gateway for the second time this season.   Two walks and a throwing error by Grizzlies (10-30) starter Ja’Vaun West (1-4) in the top of the first inning gifted the Freedom (27-12) the game’s first run, and Collins Cuthrell added a sacrifice fly...

Freedom defeat Grizzlies on the road again, go for series sweep today

Balls carried off hitters’ bats on Saturday at GCS Ballpark, as the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, rode three home runs and a strong start from Tony Vocca to a 6-2 win over the Gateway Grizzlies. Jordan Brower opened the scoring with a solo home run off Grizzlies (10-29) starter Will Landsheft (2-4) in the top of the fourth inning. The home run was Brower’s third of...

FC Cincinnati blanks Saint Louis for second time this season with ‘overall great performance’

FC Cincinnati forward Danni Kӧnig’s second-half goal paired with a Saint Louis FC own goal powered the Orange and Blue to a 2-0 victory on Saturday at Nippert Stadium. It was the second of three head-to-head matchups of the season between the two clubs. With the win, FCC blanked STLFC for the second time this season, outscoring them 10-2 in four matches.    “It was an overall great performance,...

With destinations determined, Monk, Fox, Adebayo eager to have an impact at the next level

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Now that the future is clear, De’Aaron Fox wants to be a franchise player. Malik Monk is set to take his winning ways to Charlotte. Fox was selected as the fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Draft Thursday night. Fox will join former Kentucky standouts Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere and brings “leadership, a lot more youth” to the organization. “It’s...

Freedom defeat Grizzlies on the road in extra innings; late home run by Oldham is the difference

A late home run by Taylor Oldham proved to be the difference Friday night as the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, defeated the Gateway Grizzlies, 3-2, in ten innings at GCS Ballpark. With two outs and the score tied at 2-2 in the top of the tenth inning, Oldham crushed a pitch from Grizzlies (10-28) right-hander Kaleb Earls (0-3) over the left field wall, giving the Freedom...

FC Cincinnati on national stage against Chicago Fire SC June 28 — live on ESPN2

FC Cincinnati’s chase for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup next Wed, June 28, will continue on the national stage with the Orange and Blue’s match against Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire SC tabbed to be broadcast live on ESPN2 and streamed on the ESPN app. With the national broadcast, kickoff has been moved to 8:00 p.m. ET.   “We are thrilled and it is a testament to our fans and this city...

Freedom fall hard to CornBelters but take series; continue road trip against Grizzlies this weekend

A two-run deficit suddenly snowballed in the middle innings on Thursday night as the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, dropped the series finale to the Normal CornBelters by a final score of 10-2 at the Corn Crib. After giving up a RBI-single to Justin Fletcher in both the first and third innings, Jordan Kraus (5-3) faced further trouble in the bottom of the fifth. A walk and...

Early four-run deficit too much to overcome as Cardinals’ College World Series run comes to an end

OMAHA, Neb. – Despite home runs from Brendan McKay and Logan Taylor, the No. 7 national seed Louisville baseball team was unable to overcome an early four-run deficit suffering a season-ending 4-3 loss to No. 6 TCU in a College World Series elimination game on Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. With the loss, the Cardinals closed their record-setting season with a 53-12 mark overall...

Sacramento Kings grab UK’s Fox with No. 5 pick, Monk selected 11th by Hornets in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take long for De’Aaron Fox to hear his name called during the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn. Former teammate Malik Monk wasn’t too far behind after waiting longer than expected. Fox, the former Kentucky point guard was the fifth pick of the draft and was chosen by Sacramento Kings. Monk also was a first-round selection and was taken 11th overall...

Wildcats’ Diallo, Washington selected to USA U19 team; Wynyard earns spot on New Zealand squad

Kentucky men’s basketball freshmen Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington were named to the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team competing in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo in July. John Calipari is serving as the head coach of the team. Team USA will be looking for its third straight title at the FIBA World Cup after capturing gold at the 2013 and 2015 tournaments. The 12-man team was trimmed...

Freedom take second straight from CornBelters to maintain 5.5-game lead in Frontier League West

Led by Garrett Vail’s second two-homer game of the season and a clutch hit by Daniel Fraga, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, defeated the Normal CornBelters by a final score of 8-4 on Wednesday night at the Corn Crib to claim the series victory. Vail’s first home run of the evening for the Freedom (24-11) came in the second inning off CornBelters (17-18) starter Charlie...

Cardinals face daunting task — stay alive by winning three CWS elimination games in three days

By Russ Brown NKyTribune correspondent LOUISVILLE — A six-game winning streak in the NCAA Tournament has gone by the wayside, as has a bid to stay in the winners’ bracket of the College World Series past two games for the first time ever. So now the University of Louisville baseball team faces a daunting task: Win three elimination games in three days to advance to the best-of-three championship...

Wildcat freshman Kevin Knox tweaks hamstring, forced to pull out of Team USA workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Incoming Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox withdrew from the USA Basketball U19 men’s basketball training camp Wednesday after tweaking his hamstring. Knox made the first-round of cuts tat narrowed the roster from 28 to 18 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The final cut is expected to be made Thursday ahead of the NBA Draft. “He’s going to fine with some rest, but he and...