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UK’s Barnhart still hopeful Southeastern Conference can ‘find a path forward’ to play football this fall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference isn’t ready to call it a season just yet and is planning on playing football this fall. Although the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have postponed their season and planning to resume next spring, University of Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart is hopeful the league will remain on schedule and play a conference-only schedule this fall. The...

Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah adds strength and weight; expected to anchor Cardinal defense

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah has come a long way in three years in the program. After seeing limited action as a freshman in 2018, Abdullah enjoyed a solid second season. The native of Miami, Fla., recorded a career best 45 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, one sack and two fumble recoveries, after taking over as the starter for the final...

Indiana assistant Bruiser Flint emerges as possible replacement for departing Kenny Payne at UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It may not take long for John Calipari to find a new assistant coach. Less than 24 hours after longtime associate head coach Kenny Payne announced his departure, Bruiser Flint’s name surfaced as a possible replacement. Flint replaced Calipari at Massachusetts and has been a longtime friend of the Kentucky coach. He served on Calipari’s staff with the Minutemen from...

Western Kentucky players, coaches happy to be back on campus with a ‘little bit of basketball’ normalcy

When the Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team returned from the canceled Conference USA Tournament in March, things changed rapidly in the wake of COVID-19. Players moved back home and began preparing for online classes. Locker room meetings and weight room workouts moved to Zoom and FaceTime, and head coach Rick Stansbury even discovered TV shows like The Office, Breaking Bad and Stranger...

Although in ‘unique’ situation with UK basketball program, Payne ponders Knicks opening

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kenny Payne has a decision to make regarding his future plans. The University of Kentucky associate head coach has been approached by the New York Knicks to fill a similar role under newly hired coach Tom Thibodeau. “All I can say is it’s not an easy decision,” Payne told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “And, hopefully, it gets resolved one way or the other here...

Several local players disappointed with college conferences canceling fall football schedules

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle graduate Jake Chisholm provided 204.3 all-purpose yards per game for the University of Dayton football team last season. It was the highest average in all four divisions of NCAA football, including the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) that his team competes in. Unfortunately, fans won’t get a chance to see Chisholm return to action this fall....

Prep Sports Notebook: Brossart basketball player makes commitment with Division I college program

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Brossart senior Marie Kiefer, the leading scorer and rebounder in 10th Region girls basketball last season, has accepted a scholarship offer from Ball State University in Indiana. Kiefer was voted 10th Region Player of the Year by coaches for averaging 17.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and four blocks per game last season. The 6-foot-3 forward also finished third...

Ellis Park Derby a reunion of sorts for Northern Kentucky native Bruce Lunsford; watch Art Collector

By Jennie Rees JR Communications Bruce Lunsford grew up in Kenton County, where the local track in northern Kentucky is Turfway Park. Keeneland was a significant part of his education at the University of Kentucky. And Churchill Downs has been Lunsford’s local track for most of the Louisville entrepreneur and philanthropist’s adult life. But if not an actual homecoming, Sunday certainly will...

Prohibitive favorite Art Collector set to run against full field in Ellis Park Derby on Sunday

The field was set Thursday for Sunday’s first-ever Kentucky Derby prep staged at Ellis Park, with Keeneland’s Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass winner Art Collector heading the 13 3-year-old colts and geldings entered in the $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby. “It’s Art Collector and all the rest,” said trainer Tom Amoss, who will try to pull off the upset with Grade 3 Ohio Derby victor Dean Martini....

Louisville dismisses three men’s soccer players, suspends three others for team violations

By Stephen Williams University of Louisville Three members of the University of Louisville men’s soccer program have been dismissed from the team and three other team members have been suspended as a result of disciplinary measures related to events from last weekend. The three players being dismissed have each had prior team violations and were primarily responsible for organizing a party on...

UK golfer Cullan Brown dead at age 20; battled osteosarcoma past year, inspired golf community

University of Kentucky men’s golfer Cullan Brown, who battled osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in his left thigh, died on Tuesday. He was 20. “Our hearts are simply devastated over the loss of our brother Cullan,” Kentucky head coach Brian Craig said. “I have personally never known a more special or amazing young man. He was simply the most gifted person I have ever coached....

High school athletic directors select first recipient of Stan Steidel Award; announce Hall of Fame inductees

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Bob Rowe will be the first recipient of the Stan Steidel Award that was created by the Northern Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association to recognize local school administrators and athletic directors for their contributions to sports. As the principal at Covington Catholic High School, Rowe has directed a multi-million upgrade of the athletic...

Thomas More trio named to NCAA Division III All-Decade Team; Moss, Temple and Owings honored

NKyTribune staff Three former members of the women’s basketball program at Thomas More have been named to the NCAA Division III All-Decade Team (2010-20) by D3hoops.com. The Thomas More players selected were Sydney Moss, Madison Temple and Abby Owings. Moss and Temple were first team selections, while Owings was named to the third team. Sydney Moss scored 1,511 career points at Thomas More. (TMU...

With Kentucky game nixed by SEC decision, Louisville faces non-conference scheduling dilemma

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference’s decision Thursday to play only conference football games this season leaves Louisville with a major hole in its schedule and athletics director Vince Tyra with another massive headache. Louisville was scheduled to host Kentucky in the annual Governor’s Cup game in the regular-season finale on Nov. 28. Now that game won’t happen...

Billy Reed: Happy to debate facts vs. facts with anyone, but to be clear — Adolph Rupp was not racist

Naively, I now realize, I thought I would never again have to write the column about whether Adolph Rupp was a racist. The facts simply do not support the notion that he was. Period. Yet once again, 43 years after his death, the legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach is being attacked by some opportunists who refuse to let the facts get in the way of their prejudices and perceptions. Inspired...