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Ryan Clark: We must keep perspective, but this Kentucky football team is clearly different

I heard a lot of strange reactions to Kentucky’s 35-28 victory over Missouri Saturday night. Some said it was a statement victory. Others were disappointed that the win wasn’t by a wider margin. Still others were relieved Kentucky escaped at all. All of those folks are having the wrong reactions. But I will say this: This was a game the old Kentucky would’ve lost. Even a Kentucky in the first...

Prep Sports Notebook: Notre Dame girls soccer team will face state champions in tournament opener

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Notre Dame girls soccer team that’s off to a 12-0 start this season will face another undefeated team in the first round of the Lady Knights Challenge Cup on Tuesday at Lexington Catholic High School. The Pandas’ opponent in the 8 p.m. match will be defending state champion Louisville Sacred Heart, a team that has 13 wins and one tie on its current...

Kentucky relies on Rodriguez, running game to wear down gritty Missouri Saturday night in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has won a lot of games running the football the last few years and relied on past those experiences in a 35-28 win over Missouri Saturday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. A week after the Wildcats threw for 419 yards, including 367 yards and four touchdowns by quarterback Will Levis in his debut, Kentucky used a running attack anchored...

Friday football roundup: Beechwood, CovCath win home games before next week’s showdown

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After their football teams won home games on Friday night, the coaching staffs at Beechwood and Covington Catholic turned their attention to next week’s annual showdown between the two perennial powers. Beechwood whipped Simon Kenton, 49-21, behind an impressive performance by senior quarterback Cameron Hergott. He rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns...

Churchill Downs, dignitaries celebrate construction milestone for new Turfway Park $145m project

Churchill Downs Incorporated celebrated the topping off of Turfway Park Racing & Gaming Friday as part of the Company’s $145 million investment in state-of-the-art live Thoroughbred and Historical Horse Racing in Florence. The project is part of CDI’s ongoing efforts to strengthen and bring innovation to Kentucky’s signature horse racing industry. Speakers at the ceremony included Kentucky...

Stoops promises better showing this time around as Wildcats ready for week two test against Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops hasn’t forgotten last year’s loss to Missouri. “I’m not going to forget,” the Kentucky coach said. “That’s on my mind. He (Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz) had his team more prepared than I was. Maybe he’ll have some compassion for me. … They were much more prepared to play last year than we were. That’s on me. I can promise you that’s not...

John Calipari statue, ‘Coach Cal Court’ to be unveiled Saturday at University of Massachusetts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The honors keep coming for Kentucky coach John Calipari. A statue of Calipari, along with Marcus Camby, Julius Erving and Jack Leaman will be unveiled Saturday at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. “It’s kind of neat,” Calipari said. “I tried to get Ellen to come. She says, I see you enough. I’m not looking at you in a statue. So, she’s...

Showdown between top scorers in N.Ky. high school football among games on Friday’s schedule

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The top two scorers in Northern Kentucky high school football through the first three weeks of the season will be looking to increase their point totals in the same game on Friday when Holy Cross visits Brossart at 7 p.m. Holy Cross junior Javier Ward leads the area with 42 points scored on offense, defense and special teams. Brossart senior quarterback...

Ryan Clark: As John Calipari’s latest five-star recruit, Shaedon Sharpe needs to pay off for Big Blue Nation

Hear that? It’s the rumbling of the Big Blue Nation’s interest coming around again in basketball recruiting. Seems like it’s been a while. People have been a little ho-hum since last season’s 9-16 debacle. Although, just this week, the head man himself, John Calipari, reminded fans that he’s got a pretty good track record when it comes to these things. He pointed out that he’s brought...

Prep Sports Notebook: Ryle freshman cross country runner off to better start than coach expected

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle freshman Allie Kopser has developed a front-runner mentality in cross country varsity competition sooner than Raiders coach Shawn Proffitt expected. Even though Kopser was the Class 3A Region 5 champion as an eighth-grader last year, the coach put her in a junior varsity race in the team’s first invitational meet this season so she would ease back...

Vaccinated John Calipari gets breakthrough COVID, had mild symptoms; encourages vaccines for all

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari has long been a proponent of the COVID-19 vaccine and was vaccinated earlier this year. The Kentucky coach became a breakthrough case when he tested positive for the virus earlier this summer. He didn’t disclose the breakthrough case publicly in an effort not to discourage others from getting the vaccine. He got the virus during a trip...

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis, receivers not surprised by Cats’ performance in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Quarterback Will Levis wasn’t surprised with the offensive numbers Kentucky amassed in a 45-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at Kroger Field. In his debut, Levis threw for 367 yards and four touchdown passes. He completed three passes that went for 30 yards or more. In addition to a 33-yard touchdown strike to Wan’Dale Robinson, Levis threw a 58-yard scoring...

Three to be inducted to NKY Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 15; Dennis (Wild Man) Walker is guest speaker

Dennis (Wild Man) Walker is set to be the guest speaker as three former athletes will be inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, Wednesday, September 15th at the Villa Hills Civic Club. Joe Brennan, President of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame made the announcement. Dennis Walker, aka Wild Man, served as the Sports Commando for WEBN-FM (102.7) reported on the big games, and...

Billy Reed: NKY native Jeff Walz may be the best college basketball coach in the state

It would completely embarrass Jeff Walz if someone suggested he might be the best college basketball coach in Kentucky. But with apologies to him, that’s what I’m suggesting. It’s not because he’s such a nice, friendly guy, attributes of which I was reminded again when we had lunch last week at Steve Higdon’s Kentucky Legends golf outing. Modesty certainly becomes him, as it does anybody,...

Levis, Ali, Robinson shine in Kentucky’s season-opening win over ULM Saturday in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The opening series of the new season wasn’t the way Kentucky had it scripted. The final story had a better ending. Showcasing its new offense under first-year offensive coordinator Liam Coen, who was brought in during the off-season by the Los Angeles Rams to create balance within the team’s scheme, the first pass thrown by quarterback Will Levis tipped off the hands...