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John Calipari agrees to long-term deal that will ensure he will finish his coaching career at UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will finish his coaching career with the University of Kentucky, the school announced Monday night. Coach John Calipari questions a call in Kentucky’s loss to Auburn. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) Calipari, 60, agreed to terms on a long-term contract after completing his 10th season as head coach with Sunday’s loss to Auburn in the Midwest Region...

Turfway Park announces 2019 Winter/Spring meet leaders; Ward and Contreras tie for leading trainer honors

Turfway Park closed out its 2019 winter/spring meet March 30 four races earlier than intended, as weather conditions forced cancellation of the last half of the card. The cancellation left intact a tie for leading trainer between Wesley Ward and Cipriano Contreras. Each finished the three-month race meet with 13 wins, Ward from 36 starters and Contreras from 27. Kim Hammond, North America’s top...

Kentucky falls to Auburn, 77-71, in overtime, but P.J. Washington ‘gives it everything’ he has

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KANSAS CITY (KT) — PJ Washington left it all on the court in what could have been his final game at Kentucky. Although a national championship would have been icing on the cake, Washington did his best to carry the Wildcats on his shoulders in Kentucky’s first Big Dance in Kansas City.   “I just tried to go out there and give it everything I had,” he said. “Unfortunately,...

Past success won’t have any bearing for for Wildcats in preparation for Elite Eight showdown with Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has already beaten Auburn twice this season but in order to punch a ticket to the Final Four for the first time in four years, the Wildcats will need to repeat the feat for a third time Sunday. 
And it won’t be easy. The Tigers (29-9) have won 11 straight since dropping an 80-53 decision to the Wildcats on Feb. 23 in Lexington and will have to carry on without...

Washington’s return, Herro’s heroics lead Cat’s to victory over Houston, trip to Sunday’s Elite Eight

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington returned at the right time for Kentucky. 
The sophomore All-American, who missed the first two games of the NCAA Tournament because of a strained left foot, scored 16 points as Kentucky advanced to the Midwest Regional finals with a 62-58 win over Houston Friday night at the Sprint Center. 
The Wildcats will take on Auburn (29-9) Sunday for a berth in...

Wanna bet live races at Turfway Park? This is your last chance until December – come on out

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides expert picks to the NKyTribune during the live racing meets. SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Race 1 LIZZY’S LURE comes off two solid runner-up efforts and appears to be in a good spot to pick up the win tonight. BARRY’S SWING was second in his first race back after an eight-month layoff. He should improve and is the one to beat. PLAIN TALES is a definite contender. Race...

Former Cooper basketball player Sean McNeil being recruited by several elite major college teams

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Two college basketball teams that reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament are recruiting former Cooper High School player Sean McNeil after his impressive season in junior college. Oregon and Texas Tech are among the six teams that McNeil is considering after getting scholarship offers from numerous Division I programs. The 6-foot-4 guard commanded the...

Prep Sports Notebook: Murphy welcomes the opportunity to coach Kentucky All-Stars team

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Thirty-one years ago, Kes Murphy was a ball boy during the Kentucky-Indiana All-Stars Classic boys basketball game in Louisville and got to watch the best high school seniors from the neighboring states battle it out up close. Murphy, who is now girls head coach at Notre Dame Academy, will be a part of the annual basketball showcase once again this year...

Wildcats have respect for Houston, expect Cougars best shot in Friday night’s Sweet Sixteen matchup

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to getting every team’s best shot. That won’t change as the Wildcats delve deeper into the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky (29-6) endured several punches during the regular season, especially in the Southeastern Conference. Coming off two straight NCAA Tournament victories over Abilene Christian and Wofford, respectively, the Wildcats are expecting a similar...

Turfway Park selections for Friday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides expert picks to the NKyTribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Race 1 TIZ BEAUTY has beaten several of these same rivals in recent races and looks like a solid bet to win at short odds. NATIVE WONDER figures second best. SWEET ROCK rates a chance. Race 2 BUSTER BROWN BOY was overmatched last out in an allowance race but drops back...

Turfway Park selections for Thursday; just three days of live racing left this season at NKy’s race track

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides expert picks to the NKyTribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Race 1 STILL CHIEF is riding a two-race win streak for the hot Contreras barn. He appears to be in a good spot to extend that streak with Prescott back aboard tonight. BIRDS GONE WILD was no match for the top pick last out but likes the 6-1/2 furlong distance and will...

Keith Taylor: Cats have history with Houston, defeated Cougars during glory days

Houston had it going on in the early 1980s and was a consistent national title contender. During a three-year span from 1982-84, the Cougars made three appearances in the Final Four and were national runner-up twice. Following a loss to Georgetown in the 1984 national championship game, the Cougars went into hiding and “Phi Slama Jama” became a thing of the past. Houston rarely lost during those...

NKU women’s basketball player Taryn Taugher accuses head coach Whitaker of emotional abuse

NKyTribune staff Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball player Taryn Taugher has made allegations of emotional abuse against Norse head coach Camryn Whitaker in a first-person account published in The Odyssey. In her article, “Behind Closed Doors: Abuse In Northern Kentucky University Women’s Basketball Program,” Taugher also claims the abuse by Whitaker “has been swept under...

Walton-Verona boys basketball coach resigns after taking team to first state tournament since 1942

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Grant Brannen resigned as boys head basketball coach at Walton-Verona High School after taking the Bearcats to the boys state tournament for the first time since 1942 this past season. “I just want to be with my family a little more,” Brannen said. “I’ve been coaching for over 20 years, 13 as a varsity coach, and my kids are young....

Louisiana Derby upsetter By My Standards joins top ten in NTRA 3-year-old poll; Game winner still leads

An upset result in the Grade 2 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots allowed By My Standards to crash the top 10 while reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner strengthened his position atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll this week. Click to enlarge By My Standards came into the Louisiana Derby off a maiden win and looked...