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Williams’ Brace Plus Mabika PK Give Kentucky 3-0 Win over UofL
Three was the magic number for Kentucky on Tuesday at The Bell as the Wildcats defeated No. 7/6 Louisville 3-0 in front of 1,827 blue-clad Big Blue Nation members to start the season with a third-straight win.
Josh Allen Named to Butkus Award Preseason Watch List

Kentucky senior Josh Allen has been named to the 2018 Butkus Award® Preseason Watch List for the second consecutive season, it was announced today. Allen is one of 51 collegiate linebackers on the 34th annual list, mirroring the legendary “51” pro jersey associated with the Award’s namesake Dick Butkus, who was recognized by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history.
Kentucky Loses Heartbreaker to LSU, 72-70
The Kentucky women’s basketball team mounted another fourth-quarter rally on Sunday, but this one came up just short, as the Wildcats fell to LSU 72-70 in SEC action at Rupp Arena.
Gators rally to defeat Kentucky 28-27
MARK STOOPS: “They played unbelievably hard tonight -- and played winning football. And I really appreciate them and the way they put themselves in a position all week to win the football game. And there's quite a few plays in games and you never know which ones are going to decide the football game.
Cats Take a Punch, Move to 3-0 Anyway
The start was nothing short of disastrous.
On South Carolina's first play from scrimmage, Kentucky let the one player the Wildcats knew they couldn't let beat them -- Deebo Samuel -- get loose for a 68-yard touchdown. On UK's own second play, Stephen Johnson tossed an interception right back to the Gamecocks.
In a raucous road environment, a rout seemed possible. In fact, it might have been likely in the recent past.
Not this time. Not with this team.
Offense Silenced in Series-Deciding Loss at No. 24 Ole Miss
 A run in the first inning and three in the sixth combined with a rough day at the plate for the Kentucky offense handed the No. 24 Ole Miss Rebels a 4-0 series-clinching win on Sunday afternoon. It was the first time all season that Kentucky was held scoreless.
No. 9 Kentucky Records Highest Score Ever With 197.100 in Win Over No. 11 Auburn
Kentucky wasted no time in breaking a program high set just one week ago. After posting a 196.950 at Florida last weekend, the No. 9 Wildcats turned around and scored a 197.100 in their home opener in front of the sold out crowd inside Memorial Coliseum on Friday night. UK took down No. 11 Auburn, 197.100 – 195.800, earning its first Southeastern Conference win of the year. Kentucky improves to 2-1 on the young season and 1-1 in SEC action.
Nine Wildcats Advance to NCAAs on Friday at East Prelims
Nine Wildcats earned places in the NCAA Championships field during the East Preliminary Championships on Friday at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

 The NCAA East Preliminary Championships are a numbers game, with teams looking to move as many athletes as possible on to the next round. No championships can be won at the meet.

Cousino takes on leadership role in third year
By Brent Ingram, UK media relations
There is one common thread that stands out when looking at the most successful teams in Kentucky history: leadership.
Kentucky Rifle Knocks Off No. 6 Nebraska
The second-ranked University of Kentucky rifle team used a 4680 to knock off No. 6 Nebraska Sunday at the Buell Armory, with the Huskers finishing the afternoon with a 4659.
Diving Sweeps Cards as Cats Fall on the Road to Top-13 Teams
University of Kentucky divers claimed the top two scores in all four events, including three events where the Wildcats swept the field, as UK suffered a defeat at No. 7/13 Louisville
No. 9 Kentucky Comes From Behind to Upset No. 7 Duke on Road
The No. 9 University of Kentucky men’s tennis team used a strong singles effort, winning four of the six matches after dropping a tight doubles point, to come from behind and record a 4-3 win at No. 7 Duke inside the SheffieldIndoor Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon, clinching Kentucky’s first win at Duke since 1974.
UK Women Fall to Arkansas by One Point in SEC Tri-Meet
After over six weeks off from competition, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team returned to action Saturday, where the UK women suffered a one-point defeat to Arkansas and both the men and women lost to Alabama.
No. 15 Kentucky 3, Duquesne 0-FINAL
NCAA Volleyball Tournament
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky volleyball team began its run in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship on Saturday afternoon by sweeping the Duquesne Dukes, 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-17) to advance to the Lexington Sub-Regional final.

Senior Eric Bruck to Represent UK at USA Winter Nationals
University of Kentucky swimmer and Lexington native Eric Bruck will compete at the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. The senior will race in the men’s 50 yard freestyle competition.
Bechtel Swims to School Record on Second Day of OSU Invite
Bechtel’s 51.36 in 100 butterfly final is a school record and NCAA A qualifying time
Junior Christina Bechtel notched three top-10 timesCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Christina Bechtel swam to a school-record 51.36 in the 100 yard butterfly final as the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team raced to eight individual event top-10 finishes in the second day of competition at the Ohio State Invitational...
Kentucky Basketball Pre-Transylvania Game
Head Coach John Calipari Video
“I haven’t watched. I had Robes (assistant coach John Robic) look at it and I’m trying
not to look back at it, but I probably will watch it before we play."
#2 Michigan State 78, #1 Kentucky 74
Champions Classic
"You got guys crying in there, which is a good thing," Calipari said. "I want it to hurt like that. I knew this would get their attention. The biggest thing is if you don't do this together, you won't win. You'll never be a special team."
No. 1 Kentucky Faces No. 2 Michigan State in Champions Classic
UK’s showdown with the second-ranked Spartans is the first 1-2 matchup of Associated Press ranked teams since Feb. 23, 2008, when Memphis, then coached by John Calipari, and Tennessee met. The 2013 meeting between Kentucky and Michigan State will earn the recognition as the earliest meetings between the top-two ranked teams in the country in the history of the AP poll.







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UK Hoops Meets Georgia Southern on “Class of 2020 Day”
LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 7/8 Kentucky women’s basketball begins a three-game homestand when it plays host to first-time opponent Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Memorial Coliseum.
No. 2 UK Rifle Posts 100-Point Victory Over Navy
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In its final home match of the fall, the University of Kentucky rifle team posted a dominating 4693-4593 victory over No. 13 Navy, increasing the Wildcats to 5-0 on the year and 3-0 in Great America Rifle Conference action.
UK Hoops Media Day Player Quotes
Everyone is getting up early and putting work in, this whole summer everyone was working hard. We’re learning a new offense...

Swimming and Diving Faces Road Test against SIU, Mizzou
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky swimming and diving program travels to Southern Illinois for its first tri-meet of the season, against fellow Southeastern Conference foe Missouri and the host Salukis.
UK Rifle Takes Down Ole Miss in Season Opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky rifle team opened the season with a 4688-4621 win over Ole Miss, with three UK shooters breaking 590 in air rifle.
Kentucky Finishes Strong on Day Two of ITA Regionals
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team has five players advancing to the second round in main draw singles and two duos competing in the third round main draw doubles at the USTA/ITA Regionals in Memphis, Tenn.
Timmons on CFPA Freshman Performer of The Year Watch List
Kentucky freshman wide receiver on watch list for national award due to first-year success

Timmons RyanLEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky true freshman wide receiver Ryan Timmons, who has been a key playmaker for the Kentucky offense this season ranking fourth in rushing yards and second in receiving yards, has been named to the College Football Performance Awards 2013 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List, it was announced recently.
Softball Ends Fall Slate with 7-0 Win Over Georgetown College
Kentucky softball team turns attention to spring season after completion of eight-game fall slate
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pitchers Kelsey Nunley, Meagan Prince and Lauren Cumbess combined to throw eight-shutout innings, while senior outfielder Emily Jolly belted a two-run homer and Cumbess drove in three runs, pacing the University of Kentucky softball team to a 7-0 victory over Georgetown College on Sunday at John Cropp Stadium.
Dwyer, Shepherd, Vorbeck, Jack Turn in Scoreless Outing
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Scoreless outings from Dylan Dwyer, Chandler Shepherd, Trace Vorbeck, Zach Strecker and Spencer Jack highlighted the third scrimmage of the Kentucky baseball fall practice season, on a gorgeous afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Wildcats Upend No. 4 Minnesota in Biggest Upset Since 1993
No. 19 Volleyball earns Skinner’s biggest win over a ranked opponent with 3-2 victory over fourth-ranked Gophers.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind a dominating 15-8 fifth set victory the 19th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team upset No. 4 Minnesota 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-8) in front of 1,586 fans in Memorial Coliseum...

No. 19 Volleyball Downs Louisville in Five-Set Thriller
Kentucky wins fifth straight in 2013 and defeats in-state rival to go up 26-25 in all-time series
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 19 University of Kentucky volleyball team defeated in-state rival Louisville in a five-set thriller (17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11) in Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky 41, Miami (Ohio) 7
Post Game Quotes

All right.  Feels good to get that first one.  Very proud of the team.  I thought we prepared very well.  I thought we had more poise about us early, at least the way we started the game.
Smith Stepping Up - Miami week
By Guy Ramsey
When Mark Stoops and Neal Brown reviewed tape from Kentucky's season opener to make a decision on a starter at quarterback, they saw clearly that the loss by no means could be blamed entirely on Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow.

Nonetheless, a choice had to be made and they settled on Smith.
Cats getting ahead in preparations for WKU
By Guy Ramsey
After starting game week a couple days early on Thursday, Kentucky continued to prepare for its season opener vs. Western Kentucky University.

UK went through the type of practice the Wildcats will typically hold on Wednesdays before games. Mark Stoops is looking to position his team for light work late next week before traveling to Nashville.
QB race down to Smith, Whitlow
By Guy Ramsey
Just three days removed from the first scrimmage of fall camp, Stoops brought his team into Commonwealth Stadium for another competitive session.  In a reversal, it was the offense that had its way during the afternoon scrimmage.
UK rebounds with strong Saturday practice
"Good practice," Stoops said. "I really felt good. We got a lot of work in today. We got really good meetings, good walkthrough this morning, good physical, long practice today so I feel pretty good about the practice."
Gilliland, King, VanLandingham Named 2013 Captains

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Arin Gilliland, Kayla King and Ashley VanLandingham were named captains for the 2013 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team, it was announced by head coach Jon Lipsitz
Kentucky Rifle impresses at USA Shooting National Championships
By Julia Dyer, UK Media Relations
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky rifle team’s seven representatives shined at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle/ Pistol in Bennington, Ga., this past weekend. The Wildcats finished with one national champion and multiple top-10 finishers in both open and junior events.
Stokes, Cumbess, O’Brien Hit Bombs as UK Drops Opener 5-4
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman infielder Christian Stokes blasted two solo home runs, while junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess and senior outfielder Alice O’Brien each added solo shots against Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo, who entered the game having not allowed an earned run in 31 consecutive innings, but it wasn’t enough as No. 5 ASU scored three runs in the third and two in the fifth to take game one of the Tempe Super Regional, 5-4 on Saturday night at Farrington Stadium.
Nunley, Cumbess Propel No. 12 Softball to Super Regionals
Kentucky wins NCAA Lexington Regional behind strong pitching from Nunley, Cumbess
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After dropping game one of the day that forced a winner-take-all regional final, the University of Kentucky softball team got three-plus strong innings of work from junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess in the circle, who also delivered the game-winning RBI single, while freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley shut the door in the final 3.1 innings, lifting UK to a 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky.
UK Student-Athletes Post Record GPA
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With competition in NCAA-sanctioned winter sports in the books, UK Athletics is on pace for the best Directors' Cup finish in school history.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Top-ranked Vanderbilt posted a 10-5 win over Kentucky to secure a series sweep, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (28-22, 10-17 Southeastern Conference) fell behind in the first inning and after taking a lead with two runs in the second, allowed the Commodores to rally with a run in the third and a three-run frame in the fourth.
Ian Carry Named New Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach
Ireland native comes from Central Michigan University; has national team experience
LEXINGTON, Ky. – With multiple years of coaching and playing experience at the highest level of world soccer, including two years in the NCAA ranks, Ian Carry has been named the newest addition to Jon Lipsitz’s staff, as he was appointed to the role of assistant coach, it was announced on Wednesday.
Cumbess, Sagermann Homer as UK Softball Defeats Arkansas 5-3
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 17 University of Kentucky softball got a two-run home run from junior Lauren Cumbess, who also earned the win in the circle, and a three-run opposite field blast from freshman Nikki Sagermann en route to a 5-3 victory over Arkansas on Sunday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, Ark. Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley threw three effective innings to end the game and pick up her second save of the season.



No. 47 Kentucky Women’s Tennis Upsets No. 27 South Carolina on Senior Day
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team pulled off an upset on senior day, taking down No. 27 South Carolina 4-3 at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Sunday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- All-America southpaw Corey Littrell fired eight one-run innings and catcher Micheal Thomas belted a three-run homer in the second inning, leading No. 9 Kentucky to a 6-2 win over Florida, its first series win at UF in 14 years and just the fifth in program history, on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
Cats Down No.11 Gators
Calipari Interview
Q. How well do you think your guys responded like a drowning man?
COACH CALIPARI: Yeah, they swam like heck. In the last seven minutes, when it was in
doubt, they swam like heck. When you're going to drown, you want to die, don't swim. If you want to live, the life raft is over there, you got to swim to it.
No. 9 Kentucky Upsets No. 8 Oklahoma 4-3 in Marathon Match
Wildcats improve to 6-0 on the season with 4-3 win
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In a match that lasted upwards of six hours on a bitter Sunday afternoon in Lexington, Ky., the No. 9 University of Kentucky men’s tennis team outlasted No. 8 Oklahoma by a score of 4-3, as the Wildcats improved to 6-0 on the season with the win.
Softball Positioned for Exciting 2013 Season
Kentucky softball program to open up new stadium, host SEC Tournament
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The spring of 2013 is shaping up to be one filled with excitement and firsts for the Kentucky softball program.



By Brent Ingram
A lot of factors went into Kentucky left-handed pitcher Jerad Grundy’s decision to return for his senior season after the Minnesota Twins selected him in the 26th round of the 2012 MLB Draft.



No. 3 Kentucky Defeats No. 11 Ole Miss
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky rifle team defeated No. 11 Ole Miss on Saturday, shooting a 4670 to the Rebels’ 4611 in Oxford, Miss.



UK Hoops reveals true potential with 97-53 win over Auburn
Kentucky came into this season ranked sixth in the nation. Matthew Mitchell had six former McDonald's All-Americans on his roster and that didn't even include A'dia Mathies, the defending Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.



LEXINGTON, Ky. – Bradley Szypka, Cally Macumber and Darryl Bradshaw dazzled the home crowd in Nutter Field House as all three took event titles on Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational.
Kentucky 82, Marshall 54
Game Notes

The first half continues to tell the tale for the Wildcats. UK is 8-0 this season when leading at halftime, 0-3 when behind at intermission.



UK Athletics Tops Barnhart’s Goal of 3.0 GPA in Fall Semester
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In the words of the Athletics Director himself, Kentucky student-athletes came “dangerously close” to Mitch Barnhart’s goal of a 3.0 department-wide grade-point average each of the past two semesters.
This fall, UK surged past that threshold.



Defense Powers UK to Sweet 16 for Second-Straight Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. –  History was made on the Memorial Coliseum floor Saturday night as the Kentucky volleyball team secured a spot in the Sweet 16 for the second-straight season behind a 3-1 (18-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-18) win over Ohio State.



Mark Stoops Introductory News Conference as Head Football Coach
We would like to thank everybody for coming out today, a great day to be celebrating a great day in Kentucky football.  We're extremely excited today to have a chance to begin fresh and have new beginnings.



Kentucky 34, Samford 3
Team Notes
#16, La’Rod King, WR

On his emotions for Senior Day…
“I was ready to cry, but I have to hold that back. I can’t show that out, not in public at least. Really, it’s
just your last game at Commonwealth Stadium. The fans are great, great memories, bad memories, fun
memories, all of the above."



Hubly’s Golden Goal in Overtime Captures UK’s First-Ever NCAA Tournament Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A golden goal off the boot of freshman Kelli Hubly in the 93rd minute was enough to propel the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team past the UT Martin Skyhawks 1-0 in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, recording the first-ever NCAA Tournament win in the program’s history.



Wildcats Make History in Sweep of South Carolina
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the eighth consecutive season under the direction of Craig Skinner the Kentucky volleyball team secured 17 or more victories following a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) sweep of visiting South Carolina on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum.



UK Hoops Ranked No. 6 in Preseason AP Poll
The ranking is the highest preseason ranking in school history.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After reaching the Elite Eight for the second time in three years and winning their first Southeastern Conference regular season championship in 30 years last season, the Kentucky women’s basketball team has been picked to start the 2012-13 season at No. 6 by The Associated Press, the Wildcats’ highest preseason ranking in school history.



Wildcats Get Win Playing with 10 Men; UK goals from Charley Pettys, Matt Lodge
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Trailing by a goal at No. 25 UAB in the second half, Kentucky got a game-evening goal from senior Charley Pettys and while playing a man down, senior Matt Lodge connected on a penalty kick to seal the win, lifting the Wildcats to a thrilling comeback win over the Blazers, on a windy Saturday night at West Campus Field.



Alabama Tops Kentucky in Overtime 2-1
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the third-consecutive match the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team (8-3-1, 3-2-1 SEC) was forced to play more than the normal time, falling to Alabama (7-3-2, 2-2-2 SEC) 2-1 in one overtime session Sunday afternoon.



Wildcats 47, Kent State 14
Team Quotes


#27, Aaron Boyd, WR

On seeing himself coming into this season catching 11 passes…
“It’s a dream come true, really. I’m really grateful for this opportunity that I’ve gotten. I just really hope to keep on making the best out of it.”

On his touchdown …
“It felt good. We knew the play would be there, you know. We practice it all week during practice. We executed the game plan.”



Cats Fall to Louisville in Season Opener
Maxwell Smith completed 35 of 50 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - For No. 25 Louisville, playing a game it could boast about was just as important as bragging rights against in-state rival Kentucky.

The Cardinals succeeded on both counts Sunday.



Floreal Leads Claye to Bronze Medal in Long Jump
Rondel Sorrillo qualifies for 100m, Martin finishes 23rd in 400m
LONDON - On the second day of track and field competition at the 2012 Olympics, the Wildcats had two former athletes in competition while UK head coach Edrick Floreal, serving as an assistant for Team USA, led Will Claye to a bronze medal in the men’s long jump.



Cartwright Finishes Competition at World Junior Championships
Rising sophomore competed in 100m hurdles and 400m hurdle
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Racing against the best athletes in the world under the age of 20, Kentucky rising sophomore Devinn Cartwright finished sixth in her heat in the 100-meter hurdles, and 24th overall in the semifinals of the 400m hurdles at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain



Six Wildcats Selected in NBA Draft
Most picks from one school since draft went to two rounds in 1989
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Six former Wildcats made history tonight as all six players were selected in the NBA Draft, led by Anthony Davis, the second Wildcat selected as the first overall pick in the last three years.
Davis was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Hornets, followed by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 by the Charlotte Bobcats. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist are the first teammates to go No. 1-2 in NBA Draft history.



Fryman, Smith Compete at ‘Hammertime’ of U.S. Olympic Trials
Former UK thrower Andy Fryman finishes sixth in men’s hammer throw at day one of trials
LEXINGTON, Ky. – It was “Hammertime” in Beaverton, Ore., at the Nike World Headquarters on Thursday – but no, not like that.



Women’s Golf Incoming Freshman Wins Junior Championship
Sarah Harris won the Tennessee Girls’ Junior Championship by six strokes.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Led by two birdies and an eagle in the final round of play, incoming freshman Sarah Harris claimed a 6-stroke victory at the 49th annual Tennessee Girls’ Junior Championship in Murfreesboro, Tenn.


Wildcats Advance in NCAA Gary Regional, Facing Loser of Purdue vs. Kent State
GARY, Ind. -- Freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino collected three hits and three RBI, including a two-RBI double off the centerfield wall in a five-run sixth inning, to lead No. 11 Kentucky to an 8-1 win over Valparaiso in the second round of the NCAA Gary Regional, on a sunny Saturday afternoon at U.S. Steel Yard.



Quigley Wins Tiebreaker to Advance to NCAA Singles Final
Kentucky men’s tennis senior to compete for NCAA Title
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After dropping the first set of his national semifinals match to No. 9 Blaz Rola, University of Kentucky men’s tennis senior Eric Quigley responded in a big way, winning the second set in convincing fashion before clinching the match with a thrilling win in a third set tiebreaker to advance to the NCAA Singles Championship Final on Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.



Wildcats Look to Even Series on Friday at 8 p.m. ET at Dudy Noble Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State got a strong start from ace Chris Stratton and a two-run rally in the fourth inning to post a 3-1 series-opening win over No. 2 Kentucky, on Thursday night in front of 6,146 at Dudy Noble Field.


No. 6 Men’s Tennis Faces No. 11 Stanford in Sweet 16
Kentucky men’s tennis team prepares for third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For the third time in as many seasons, the sixth-ranked University of Kentucky men’s tennis team will compete in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 when it travels to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., to face No. 11 Stanford



Bell’s No Hitter Clinches Sweep of No. 22 LSU
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Chanda Bell threw her fifth-career no hitter on Senior Day, helping Kentucky clinch the No. 5 seed at the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 1-0 victory over No. 22 LSU.



Riley’s Bases-Clearing Double Propels UK to Series Upset
Kentucky claims series from No. 2 Florida for second consecutive season
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior Rachel Riley’s bases-clearing double led a four-run sixth inning to guide the Kentucky softball team to a series-clinching 5-1 victory at No. 2 Florida.



LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman Austin Cousino collected a team-best three hits and Zac Zellers launched his fifth homer of the year to lead No. 2 Kentucky to a series-clinching 7-6 win in the rubber match over No. 1 LSU, in front of 3,086 fans on an overcast Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.



Orta Runs Third-Best 3,000m Steeplechase in UK History
Orta’s time misses out on second-best in program history by 0.01 seconds
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior Luis Orta put his best foot forward Thursday afternoon at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., running the third-best 3,000-meter steeplechase in Kentucky track and field history.



Phillips, Wildcats Continue Preparation for Spring Game
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky football team moved one day closer to the annual Blue/White Spring Game on Saturday by holding a two and a half hour practice Wednesday morning at the Nutter Training Center.



Freshman Sam Mahar Tosses Six Shutout Innings in First Collegiate Start
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In his first collegiate start, freshman southpaw Sam Mahar carried a perfect game into the fifth inning, tossing six shutout innings, with No. 2 Kentucky getting homers from Austin Cousino, Luke Maile and J.T. Riddle in a 7-0 win over Cincinnati, on a pleasant Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.



Wildcats Sweep Arkansas at Baum Stadium in Doubleheader for First Time Since 1999
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Cameron Flynn launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning and starting pitcher Corey Littrell turned in his fourth consecutive winning effort in a rubber match, leading No. 1 Kentucky to its first series victory at No. 9 Arkansas since 2002, with UK posting a 2-1 win over the Razorbacks on Sunday in front of 9,575 at Baum Stadium.



Wildcats Fall to No. 24 Vanderbilt
Women’s tennis rounds out regular season play
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To finish out regular season the University of Kentucky women’s tennis team (9-13, 1-10 SEC) faced No. 24 Vanderbilt (15-8, 7-4 SEC).



Wildcats Host Cardinals on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Fresh off a fourth consecutive conference series win during the weekend against No. 10 Ole Miss, top-ranked Kentucky breaks from league action to host No. 19 Louisville in a rivalry tilt, with first pitch set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.



Kentucky Finishes First Round of Bryan National Collegiate
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Through one round at the 2012 Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C., the University of Kentucky women’s golf team sits in 10th place, 14 strokes off the lead. Kentucky finished the opening round with a 16-over-par 304.



UK 2012 NCAA Basketball Champions
Post-Game Notes
Team game notes
-- The Wildcats used the starting combination of Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague for the 29th time this season. UK is 27-1 with that starting five.



Wildcats Ranked No. 1 for First Time in UK Baseball History
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For the first time in school history, the Kentucky baseball team has soared to a No. 1 national ranking, as Collegiate Baseball tabbed the blistering-hot Wildcats as the top-ranked team in the NCAA in its weekly poll, it was announced on Monday afternoon.



Hoops Falls to UConn in Elite Eight
Walker leads Cats with 14; UK finishes season with a school-record 28 wins
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) - Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell knows his team is headed in the right direction.

For 25 minutes the Wildcats "40 minutes of dread" defense allowed them to go toe-to-toe with Connecticut before the Huskies pulled away for an 80-65 win on Tuesday night in the Kingston regional final.



Wildcats Win 19th Consecutive Home Game with 7-4 Win over Western Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Behind a three-run homer from freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino and a three-RBI game from senior catcher Michael Williams, No. 2 Kentucky extended its home winning streak to a school-record 19 games, with a 7-4 win over Western Kentucky, on a pleasant Tuesday night in front of 2,385 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

UK Returns to Final Four with 82-70 Win Over Baylor
Kidd-Gilchrist scores 19 to lead Cats, named Most Outstanding Player of the region

Top-seeded Kentucky advanced to the Final Four for the second year in a row with a 82-70 blitzing of Baylor, setting up a Bluegrass showdown with rival Louisville in the national semifinals Saturday at New Orleans.



Ferrucci Shines at NCAAs with 11th-Place Finish
NCAA Championships to continue through Saturday
FEDERALWAY, Wash. – Sophomore diver Greg Ferrucci powered his way to an 11th-place finish on the one-meter springboard at day one of the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday night by way of scoring a 342.55, finishing higher than any other SEC diver in the field.



CINCINNATI -- Behind a career-high four hits from Thomas McCarthy, three hits from Luke Maile, including his sixth homer of the year, and 5.2 shutout innings from freshman Chandler Shepherd, No. 2 Kentucky posted a 10-7 win over Cincinnati – to extend its school-record winning streak to 22 games to open 2012 – on a gorgeous Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium.



Wildcats Begin Spring Practice in Beautiful Weather
Kentucky football team hits the first for the first time since the end of the 2011 season
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After the excitement generated from its historic win over Tennessee to end the 2011 season, the University of Kentucky football team continued its momentum with an exciting first day of spring practice on a gorgeous Wednesday morning at the Nutter Training Facility.



Women’s Soccer Announces 2012 Schedule
Wildcats will play nine games against top-50 RPI teams from 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Jon Lipsitz, announced its 2012 fall schedule Wednesday afternoon, which will include nine games against the 2011 final RPI top 50. Also included are seven non-conference games, and 13 games within the Southeastern Conference



Ferrucci, Gerotto, Reed Ready for NCAA Championships
Wildcats competing in Seattle, Wash., for season finale
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams will put a cap on their 2011-12 season as three UK athletes will compete in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash.



Wildcats Receive Highest Ranking Since 2008 School-Record 44-win Season
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Riding the third-longest winning streak in the storied history of the Southeastern Conference, Kentucky has soared to No. 2 in the nation in the latest weekly poll released by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, with UK climbing from No. 16 last week, it was announced on Monday afternoon.



Kentucky Makes First Appearance in Baseball America Top-25 at No. 16
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After sweeping the two-time defending NCAA Champions, No. 2 South Carolina, Kentucky has made its first appearance of the season in the latest Baseball America weekly top-25 poll, it was announced on Monday afternoon.



LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Junior Luke Maile launched a two-run homer in the first inning and sophomore Trevor Gott recorded his second save in as many days, to lead No. 16 Kentucky to a 6-3 win over No. 2 South Carolina – the two-time defending NCAA Champions – sweeping the Gamecocks for the first time since 2006, in front of a season-high 2,571 on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.



Teague's 24 leads Kentucky over Iowa State
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Freshman Marquis Teague is taking Kentucky to the South Regional semifinals in Atlanta.

And maybe a lot farther than that.

Teague scored a career-high 24 points and top seed Kentucky put together another complete performance with a dominating second-half run in an 87-71 victory over Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night.



Kentucky Makes 52nd Appearance in NCAA Tournament
Second-Ranked Wildcats Seeded No. 1 in East Region; 10th No. 1 Seed in School History
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky has received the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and will serve as the top seed in the South Region. UK will play the winner of the first-round game of Mississippi Valley State (21-12) and Western Kentucky (15-18) on Thursday, March 15 in Louisville, Ky., with a 6:50 p.m. ET tip.

Grundy, Cousino Lift No. 23 Kentucky to Series Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Behind a career-long 7.1 shutout innings from junior starter Jerad Grundy and a three-hit game from freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino, No. 23 Kentucky improved its NCAA-leading record to 15-0 with a 7-5 win over Canisius, clinching the series on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 



Davis Named SEC Freshman of the Week
Sixth weekly award for the Chicago freshman
LEXINGTON, KY – UK freshman Anthony Davis was named the SEC Freshman of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday.
Davis averaged 15.5 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in wins over Georgia and at Florida. Davis averaged a double-double on the week including a 22 point-12 rebound-six block performance in UK’s win at 13th ranked Florida.



Cousino, Littrell Lead Kentucky's 20-0 Drubbing of UIC
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Behind six shutout two-hit innings from starter Corey Littrell and 19 total hits, including a career-high four-hit outing from Austin Cousino and a three-hit game from catcher Luke Maile, Kentucky posted a 20-0 win over Illinois-Chicago to complete the three-game series sweep, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.



No. 1 Kentucky Tops Florida, 74-59
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky is perfect again in the Southeastern Conference.

Freshman Anthony Davis had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, Terrence Jones added 19 points and the Wildcats capped a perfect season in league play with a 74-59 victory over No. 16 Florida on Sunday.



Wildcats Set to Tee off Spring Season
UK men’s golf team will begin spring season Monday at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Coming off a fall season that saw the University of Kentucky men’s golf team record three top-five team finishes, including a first-place finish at the UK Bluegrass Fall Invitational, the Wildcats are now set to begin the spring season at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala.



Maile spearheads the nation’s best catching tandem
When a coaching staff is on the recruiting trail filling its future baseball rosters, one of the hardest positions to come by is catcher.
Not only are you looking for a strong-armed and defensively-aware backstop, but a one who is capable of producing offensively in the middle of a batting order. 



Wildcats Edge Mountaineers in the Match of the Two Remaining Undefeated GARC Teams
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Behind a dynamic air rifle performance, the Kentucky rifle team posted a 4680-4650 win over West Virginia in a matchup of the only two undefeated teams in the conference play, on Friday at WVU Rifle Range.


Kentucky Wildcats 57 - Georgia Bulldogs 44
Team Notes
-- Kentucky improves to 20-1, 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference
-- UK is now 891-251 in SEC regular season action.
-- The Cats have won 12-straight. The second longest streak in the Calipari era behind the 19-0 start by the 2009-10 squad.



Gymnastics Shows Improvement, Falls to No. 8 Florida
Kentucky gymnastics team returns to action Saturday, Jan. 28 at Illinois-Chicago
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind a season-high team score on floor exercise, where two Wildcats set or tied their career-high marks, the University of Kentucky gymnastics team showed improvement from its first Southeastern Conference meet of the year to its second meet of the year in a 196.275-194.075 loss to No. 8 Florida at Memorial Coliseum on Friday night.



Cats beat Vols 65-62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was angry after he and fellow freshman Anthony Davis didn't get much help from their Kentucky teammates in the first half against Tennessee. He made sure the Wildcats knew it at halftime.

Defending NCAA Champions Off to 7-0 Start to 2011-12 Title-Defense Season
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- After blistering through its fall schedule, the defending national champion Kentucky rifle team opens the spring portion of its season slate, traveling to face Army on Saturday at the Tronsrue Rifle Range.



Women’s Tennis Dominates Doubles Play in Hawaii Invitational
The Wildcats sweep Kansas in first day of spring season play
Honolulu, Hawaii – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team started off their spring season with an impressive performance. The team is currently in Honolulu, Hawaii competing in the Hawaii Invitational, where they are taking on Kansas, Washington State and Hawaii.



No. 9/8 Kentucky-61, No. 6/7 Tennessee-60
UK Head Coach Mathew Mitchell
Opening Statement…
“That was a great college basketball game. Two really tough teams went at it tonight and played hard. We have so much respect for Tennessee. They played such a tough game. I couldn’t be prouder of our players. They earned every bit of it..."



UK Men's Basketball vs. Auburn
UK Head Coach John Calipari
On playing on the road …
“I’m anxious to see how we respond. Another sell-out on the road, they’re going to go crazy and play well. We’re going to have to play well to have a chance. We need to get some road games under our belt to see what we need to do with our team."

Men’s Tennis Concludes Rainbow Warrior Challenge
Kentucky men’s tennis team returns to action this weekend at the SEC Coaches’ Indoors
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s tennis seniors No. 5 Eric Quigley and No. 13 Alex Musialek, along with junior No. 36 Anthony Rossi, each posted a straight-sets singles win Sunday en route to Kentucky having a successful final day in both singles and doubles action at the Rainbow Warrior Challenge in Honolulu.



Kentucky Claims SEC Opener 79-64 over South Carolina
Post game interviews
An interview with:

Don't get them blocked. At the end of the half, he drove in, it doesn't get blocked, we tip-dunk it. It's all good. I was really happy for him. Couple of the guys didn't play up to snuff, but that's fine. We haven't really had a team full cut a game yet. But we'll see.



Ferrucci, Keahey Headline Final Day at UGA Invite
Women place all three divers in top 15
ATHENS, Ga. – The Kentucky diving team finished off the University of Georgia Diving Invitational Thursday with performances led by Greg Ferrucci and Lindsay Keahey, who both placed in the top-10 in the platform competition at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Three among Dick Vitale’s Midseason Honors
Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and Miller among ESPN analyst’s midseason accolades
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were members of ESPN analyst Dick Vitale’s midseason candidates for post-season accolades, while senior Darius Miller was an All-Rolaids Special team member.



UK Track and Field Announces 2012 Schedule
Wildcats host SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships for Sixth Time
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky track and field program is excited to announce its 2012 indoor and outdoor schedules, UK head coach Don Weber...
The Wildcats will open the season with back-to-back home meets at the Nutter Field House, with the season-opening Kentucky Invitational on Jan. 13-14, and the Rod McCravy Memorial on Jan. 27-28.


 Men’s Tennis Ranked Preseason No. 7
Total of six singles players ranked in the ITA singles preseason poll, more than any other school in the country
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After setting a school record with 29 wins last season en route to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and Southeastern Conference Tournament Finals, the University of Kentucky men’s tennis team will begin the 2012 season ranked seventh in the nation with a school record six ranked singles players, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings.



Consistency Guides Wildcats in Day Two of UGA Invite
Women place three in top 11
ATHENS, Ga. – The Kentucky diving team continued its success at day two of the Georgia Diving Invitational as the women placed three divers in the top 11 of the three-meter competition, and John Fox led the UK men’s team with a seventh-place finish at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia



UK Hoops Meets Arkansas in SEC Home Opener
The Wildcats are looking to start the conference season at 2-0 for the first time since 2007-08
LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 11/9 Kentucky women’s basketball returns to the friendly confines of Memorial Coliseum for its Southeastern Conference home opener vs. Arkansas...



Ferrucci Claims First in Three Meter at Georgia Invite
Sophomore scored a 412.20 en route to victory
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Kentucky diving team competed in the University of Georgia Diving Invitational today, in the opening day of the two-day event, on Tuesday at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of theUniversity of Georgia.



Swimming and Diving Celebrates Unprecedented Academic Success in Fall
Record 10 athletes record 4.0 GPA
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky swimming and diving team recorded a record-setting fall semester in the classroom, as the Wildcats claimed 10 athletes with a 4.0 grade-point average, and an additional 30 student-athletes who posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In total, 46 student-athletes on the roster claimed a GPA of 3.0 or higher.



Kentucky 86, Lamar 64
Quotes and Notes
Q.  You said crisis brings about change.  Are these relatively big margins, you win by 20 some, working against you in a way?
    COACH CALIPARI:  No.  I'd rather win like this than lose and learn that way.  Maybe we can learn from this.  But at some point you've got to get stepped on and be stepped on good so that you understand what we are trying to say.



2012 SEC Football Schedule Released
LEXINGTON, Ky. –  The Southeastern Conference released the 2012 football schedule, including updates for Kentucky’s slate featuring the addition of Missouri and the deletion of LSU.



Kentucky   87 - Loyola   63
An Interview With:

"But let me say this first of all about Loyola:  I knew it would be a hard game.  They were 8-2.  I watched the tapes.  I knew it would be a hard game.  They're athletic and tough and older than us, and they weren't afraid.  They came right after us."



Dartmouth Associate Head Coach Tabbed Third UK Soccer Head Coach in Program History
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After helping lead Dartmouth to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Dartmouth associate head coach Johan Cedergren has been named the third head coach in the history of Kentucky men’s soccer, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced



Kentucky 87, Chattanooga 62
Quotes and Notes
I thought some of the guys played well.  I told them, what happens to me, one of my many, many flaws is that when I get mad at one or two guys, I end up getting mad at the whole team.  And it's not fair, because we had some guys that played well today.  We did.



No. 10/10 Kentucky – 101, Arkansas-Pine Bluff – 43
Postgame Quotes 
Kentucky Head Coach Matthew Mitchell
“We wanted 40 minutes of hustle today and I thought that we were close to that. I am really proud
of our players for giving a good effort and coming out and working hard today. It was a good win and
completes a good week of basketball for us with three good wins."



Cats Fall at Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana finally has the horses to beat top-ranked Kentucky.
Christian Watford's buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left wing stood up to a replay review Saturday night, giving the Hoosiers a stunning 73-72 upset.



Gymnastics to Host “Meet the Team” Saturday
Fans welcome to meet the 2012 gymnastics team Saturday at 6 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Big Blue Nation will have a chance to get its first look at the 2012 University of Kentucky gymnastics team led by first-year head coach Tim Garrison when it plays host to the annual “Meet the Team” event Saturday at 6 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.



Top Seed Texas Claims Hard-Fought Battle vs.UK
Recap and Quotes
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Led by sophomore outside hitter Bailey Webster’s match-high 17 kills, the top seed University of Texas Longhorns defeated a tough Kentucky bunch 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23) in the NCAA Lexington Regional in front of 4,022 fans on Friday night at Memorial Coliseum.



Swimming and Diving Inks Nine in Early Signing Period
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- On the heels of a successful fall season which included many record-breaking performances, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team, led by 21st-year head coach Gary Conelly, announced it’s 2012-13 early signees which includes nine new student-athletes for UK.



Top-Seeded Texas Escapes With Hard-Fought Win
Feisty Wildcats go toe-to-toe with tournament’s top seed in front of 4,022 fans
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite a valiant effort by a gutsy Kentucky team, the top-seeded Texas Longhorns outlasted the host Wildcats in a thrilling 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23) match to advance to the NCAA Regional Finals in front of a near-capacity crowd of 4,022 fans in Memorial Coliseum.


Wildcats Ranked No. 1 in Both Polls
Cats achieve top ranking for the second time in Calipari era
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK men’s basketball team has risen to the top of the polls for the second time in the John Calipari era.
After a perfect 2-0 record last week with wins over Radford and Portland pushing its record to 6-0, coupled with a loss by top-ranked North Carolina, the Wildcats ascend to the top of the basketball world for the second time in the last three years.



UK Selected for Seventh Straight NCAA Tourney
Wildcats travel to College Station, Texas, for opening rounds
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Following its fourth 20-win season in the last seven seasons, a top-20 national ranking for six straight weeks and a runner-up finish in the Southeastern Conference the Kentucky volleyball team was selected for a school-record seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance



Kentucky 90, Mississippi Valley State 51
UK Head Coach Matthew Mitchell
“Good win for us today and I was glad that we were able to play with some energy in the first 30
minutes of the game and put the game away pretty early. We had some good moments in the game
today and we are happy to be 7-0.”



Defense, Roark Propel Kentucky to 10-7 Win over Tennessee
Roark rushes 24 times for 124 yards; Guy tallies 14 tackles
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Coshik Williams ran for a touchdown and senior wide receiver Matt Roark filled in at quarterback with 124 yards on 24 carries as Kentucky snapped a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 10-7 victory on Saturday.



Happy Thanksgiving from UK Football
Cornerback Anthony Mosley and offensive lineman Jake Lanefski are game captains
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips and the Kentucky football team wished all Wildcat fans a Happy Thanksgiving as they finished up their week of practice on Thursday morning.



#2 Kentucky – 88  Radford – 40

Q. Slow start on offense, seemed like defense kind of got things going. What did you like on both ends of the ball?
JOHN CALIPARI: Well, there's two things you can do when a team tries to hold the ball, which is what they were going to do until the shot clock winds down, hopefully make shots: You've got to really bother them. You can't let them just do it because they're not trying to score.



Wilson, Neloms Out for Saturday; Quarterbacks Practice
Quarterbacks Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton both practiced on Wednesday
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior defensive end/linebacker Ridge Wilson and junior defensive back Martavius Neloms will not play for the Wildcats this weekend against Tennessee because of injury, UK head coach Joker Phillips announced after practice on Wednesday.



Pre-Radford Media Opportunity
UK Head Coach John Calipari
On Anthony Davis’ scoring…
“He’s just got to get tougher right now, until he does that it doesn’t matter what we do. He’s got to bend over and play an aggressive game."



Wildcats Begin Week With Indoor Practice
Kentucky will host Tennessee on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. ET on the SEC Network
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky football team began its week of practice by moving indoors to the Nutter Training Facility because of steady rain in the Lexington area over the past few days.



Softball Signs Eight for 2013
Lawson hauls in eight heralded players from across the country
LEXINGTON, Ky. –  After racking up the best season in school history in 2011, UK softball coach Rachel Lawson has inked a heralded class of eight highly-touted athletes from across the country for the 2013 season.



UK Hoops and Nebraska Omaha Faceoff 
The Wildcats meet first-time foe Nebraska Omaha in another stretch of three games in five days
LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 14/11 Kentucky women’s basketball continues its nine-game home stand with a matchup against first-time opponent Nebraska Omaha on Wednesday, Nov. 23.



UK Rifle Head Coach Harry Mullins Announces Signing of Connor Davis
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The defending national champion Kentucky rifle program has signed in-state product Connor Davis to a National Letter of Intent, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by UK head coach Harry Mullins.



Kentucky Travels to Tennessee Aiming for SEC Title
Squads will compete for NCAA automatic qualification for SEC
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team travels to 15th-ranked Tennessee aiming for a share of the Southeastern Conference championship in the regular season finale for both teams on Wednesday night. With a victory, UK would earn the SEC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.



Joker Phillips - Tennessee Week
" I said last week we're playing for an extra game.  With that being out of reach, I know we're playing for still a goal out there, and our goal is to win our last game."



Wildcats Edge Alaska-Fairbanks 4691-4646; Emily Holsopple Fires 592 in Air Rifle
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Led by strong performances in air rifle from Emily Holsopple and Katie Fretts, the Kentucky rifle team posted a 4691-4646 win over Alaska-Fairbanks, with UK concluding the fall season with an unbeaten record, on Sunday at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range.



Seniors Help UK Claw Back to Set-Up SEC Showdown
Kentucky will play Tennessee on Wednesday, Nov. 23 for chance at SEC title
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Trailing 2-0 on Senior Day, the 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team received inspired performances from its senior trio to capture a dramatic 3-2 (18-25, 26-28, 25-23, 25-21, 15-13) victory over Arkansas on Sunday. The win sets up a showdown with 14th-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday, Nov. 23 for a chance to earn a share of the Southeastern Conference crown.



Trevathan, Tydlacka Receive Honors
Kentucky Football Notebook: Kentucky Fans Win Big Blue Crush
LEXINGTON, Ky. –  Linebacker Danny Trevathan and punter Ryan Tydlacka have been recognized for their efforts in Kentucky’s game at Georgia on Saturday.



Wildcats Get Team-Leading Performance from Emily Holsopple
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Highlighted by a standout performance from sophomore Emily Holsopple, the Kentucky rifle team posted a 4684-4608 win over the United States Air Force Academy, on Saturday at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range.



Kentucky Rolls Penn State 85-47
Lamb has 26 to lead Kentucky
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Kentucky's star freshman Anthony Davis had just three points on Saturday. Coach John Calipari isn't concerned.
Sophomore Doron Lamb had 26 points and the Wildcats routed Penn State 85-47 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Connecticut.



Swimming and Diving Conclude UT Invite
Men finish fourth in Knoxville
Knoxville, Tenn. – After three days of competition this week, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams completed their run in the 2011 University of Tennessee Invitational with the men finishing fourth, and the women finishing sixth.



No. 16 Kentucky Begins Weekend With Sweep of LSU
Frazier unleashes for 10 kills on a .500 hitting percentage
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind a tremendous offensive performance from junior Ashley Frazier and a strong blocking presence from senior Ann Armes the 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-21) sweep of visiting LSU on Friday night in Memorial Coliseum in front of 1,378 fans.



Wildcats Face Air Force, Alaska-Fairbanks to Conclude Fall Season
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The Kentucky rifle team looks to remain unbeaten during the 2011-12 fall season, traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska, for two matches, facing Air Force on Saturday and Alaska-Fairbanks on Sunday.
“We are very excited to get back on the road,” UK head coach Harry Mullins said. “Training has been going well this week and we are looking forward to testing ourselves once again on the road. I feel that we got some of the kinks out on this last trip. First road trip of the season always has some bugs to it.”
Coach Mitchell Post-Northeastern Quotes
Head Coach Matthew Mitchell
“I was glad to win tonight. It was good to get another game in the win column. I was very pleased with the intensity in the first half. I thought that first 20 minutes was really tough."



Kentucky Sits in Fifth After Day Two of UT Invite
Ferrucci claims second in one-meter dive
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams saw more success today in the second day of the three-day University of Tennessee Invitational in theJones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., powered by swims from Megan Eppler, Cristina Bechtel, Matt Russell, and Chris Lott.



No. 16 Kentucky Returns Home for Final Home Matches
Kentucky will play LSU and Arkansas in remaining two home matches of regular season
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team plays its final two regular season home matches against Southeastern Conference opponents LSU and Arkansas this weekend. The Wildcats will begin the weekend hosting LSU at 7 p.m. ET on Friday and conclude with Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum.



Kentucky Men’s Basketball
Penn State Media Opportunity

Coach Calipari
On the value of taking a long trip …
“The issue became that it is a Saturday afternoon game, which means we would do a two in the morning or three in the morning flight, get back at five and leave to get back up here either Thursday night or miss class on Friday and that is why we stayed. "



Phillips, Wildcats Anxious to Return to Commonwealth
Kentucky to face Jacksonville State on Saturday at Noon ET
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky football team has worked hard in practice the past two weeks to take full advantage of its bye week and now head coach Joker Phillips said his Wildcats are anxious to get back on the playing field.
“Two weeks ago, we talked about needing an open date and that we were looking forward to it,” Phillips said. “Now, after the two weeks, we are ready to play and we are looking forward to playing. We need to get back out on the field and we are looking forward to Saturday.



Jack Crowe Press Conference Quotes - 

The Kentucky Game
Quotes from the Jacksonville State news conference 


We are playing a football team in Kentucky that is coming off an open date and they will certainly bring everything they got.  We haven't played with the efficiency required to manage a game in this environment and of this caliber.  I think we are improving to a point where this game could be highly competitive till the very end – with an opportunity to win.



Phillips happy with Wildcats upbeat and competitive practice on Tuesday
Clemons to Miss Rest of Season With Knee Injury
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky true freshman tailback Josh Clemons will miss the rest of the 2011 Kentucky football season due to a torn meniscus in his knee, UK head coach Joker Phillips announced on Tuesday.
Phillips said that Clemons had surgery on the knee Tuesday morning. The native of Fayetteville, Ga., was leading Kentucky in rushing this season with 65 carries for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Both of Clemons’ touchdowns this season were game winners.



UK Defense Stymies Alabama Attack in Sweep
Kentucky limits Alabama to 16 kills on -.012 hitting for the match
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky defense enjoyed a terrific outing limiting Alabama to a -.012 hitting clip and a mere 16 kills for the match in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-17) sweep Sunday afternoon in front of another packed house at Memorial Coliseum.
“It was another really good win, and we were focused today,” UK coach Craig Skinner said. “That was a theme of ours in the match to be focused. I thought we were very efficient, and I’m really proud of the way we executed on the court today.”



Sanders ‘Looked Good’ in Return to Practice
Kentucky travels to face top-20 ranked South Carolina on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. ET
UK head coach Joker Phillips said after practice Tuesday that he was again pleased with his team’s enthusiasm and effort in the game, but the Wildcats are still not executing in some areas the way he is wanting.



Team Notes
The No. 21 Kentucky men’s soccer team wrapped up a brutal travel stretch with two games in the Sunshine State last week, part of a six-day journey. UK suffered a pair of overtime losses, falling 2-1 at No. 10 UCF on Wednesday in Orlando, before FIU notched a 1-0 overtime win over UK on Sunday in Miami.



No.1/2 LSU 35, Kentucky 7

UK Individual Notes


Freshman tailback Josh Clemons had a career-high 21 carries for 69 yards.
Senior wide receiver Matt Roark caught his first career touchdown pass, leading UK with four catches for 19 yards receiving.



Phillips Expects Clemons to Start vs. No. 1 LSU
Kentucky football team uses crowd noise to help prepare for Death Valley
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky football team will travel to Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday to face No. 1 LSU for its first true road test of the 2011 season and according to head coach Joker Phillips, true freshman tailback Josh Clemons is healthy and will start against the Tigers.



Women’s Golf Finishes First Round in Second Place
UK finishes first round of the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational one stroke off lead
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s golf team finished the first round of the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational in second place on Friday at the University Club of Kentucky. UK finished the round with a total score of 24-over-par 312, including junior Heather Lott finishing tied for fifth overall at 76.



UK Sophomore Tyler Riggs, Junior Matt Lodge Ranked Among C-USA Top-5 Players
MIAMI -- Kentucky men’s soccer sophomore forward Tyler Riggs and junior forward Matt Lodge have been ranked among the top-five players in Conference USA by



Burden, Tydlacka Named Game Captains For LSU Game
Kentucky seniors Randall Burden and Ryan Tydlacka named game captains for Saturday
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior cornerback Randall Burden and senior punter Ryan Tydlacka have been named game captains for Kentucky’s contest at LSU in Baton Rouge, La.



Wildcats Face Red-Hot Golden Knights


Kentucky (7-3-1, 0-0-0 C-USA) enters the game with UCF ranked as the NCAA leader with 25 goals scored through 11 games, tied with No. 2 Maryland for the nation’s lead. UK enters the game with UCF looking for its third win over a top-15 opponent in 2011, also topping No. 9 Michigan and No. 15 Brown, in addition to losses at No. 3 Creighton, No. 13 Cal and Stanford.



Johnson Named to XVI Pan American Games Roster
UK assistant coach returns from injury and is one of 17 members representing the USA
OKLAHOMA CITY –  Kentucky assistant coach and former All-American shortstop Molly Johnson has been named to USA Softball’s 17-member Pan American Games roster it was announced



Phillips Looks for More Competitive Looks in Practice
UK head coach says team may do more ones vs. twos practice sets


"I thought we competed well today going ones versus twos (i.e., first team vs. second team) and ones versus ones but we've got to learn how to practice against scouts because they are giving us more of the LSU looks,” Phillips said.  “That is when we have to pick up the tempo. We may have to go more twos versus ones to get better looks and get better tempo. I think that we competed our tails off when we are going against (first- and second-teamers).”



No. 15 Florida 48, Kentucky 10
Coach Phillips postgame
COACH PHILLIPS:  For five minutes in the game we looked like a pretty good football team, and then the things that we had been doing in the past started showing up, turnovers, giving short fields, three short fields and turnovers ‑‑ actually two short fields on turnovers and another turnover for a touchdown to give them 28.  We did a good job of getting the momentum back on our side right before the half and then coming out of halftime.  We've been there before.  We've been down before at half and got a chance to get the momentum back right before the half, and we get the ball back and we move the ball ‑‑ we did move the football, we pinned them back and gave them a ‑‑ let them off the hook by giving up a big run.
            But they are fighting.  Our kids are fighting, scratching and clawing.  We're just not playing very smart.  They'll continue to fight.  I believe in those guys, but we've got to get some things corrected, and this begins with me.



Wildcats Begin Week with Good Practice
Kentucky to open SEC play against No. 15 Florida on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips was pleaded with his team’s performance in practice on Tuesday, however, Phillips said his team must have “great practices” in order to compete against the 15th-ranked Florida Gators when they roll into Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday for UK’s Southeastern Conference opener.

Kentucky Shows Improvement
UK hosts in-state foe Louisville on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
LEXINGTON, Ky. – "We have to get sharper on our assignments, sharper on our alignments and sharper on the adjustments that we have to make. These guys do a lot on both sides of the ball and we have to be able to adjust to all of the things we are going to see.”

Kentucky – 27   Central Michigan – 13
An interview with:  COACH JOKER PHILLIPS


They say there's no such thing as an ugly loss.  Well, we just had another not‑so‑pretty win.  But we are 2‑0.  Probably about a third of the teams across the country are 2‑0.  We found a way to win this one.



Wildcats Claim Season Opener Over WKU
Winston Guy tallies two interceptions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Josh Clemons scored on a 14-yard touchdown run, and Morgan Newton shook off three interceptions in throwing a 31-yard TD pass to La'Rod King in helping the Wildcats beat Western Kentucky 14-3 on Thursday night.
Kentucky had only 75 yards total offense through the first three quarters before Newton drove them 80 yards late in the fourth to put away the victory. The Southeastern Conference team handed Western Kentucky its 16th straight home. The Hilltoppers were the home team in this game played at the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

UK Adds Six in 2011 Hall of Fame Class

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Six University of Kentucky greats will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in late September. The 2011 class includes former UK student-athletes Jeff Abbott (baseball), Pam Browning (women’s basketball), Ilkka Jantti (men’s soccer), Cedric Kauffmann (men’s tennis), Bill Ransdell (football) and former administrator Russell Rice.



Calipari Signs Contract Extension
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, who led the Wildcats to the school’s 14th NCAA Final Four appearance last season, has been rewarded with an eight-year contract worth a total of $36.5 million plus the opportunity for performance-based incentives, UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Monday. See attachments for the actual contract which includes an amendment to the previous agreement along with details of the eight-year deal.
Kentucky's Knight not your usual one-and-done
HOUSTON - Freshman point guard Brandon Knight undoubtedly is using the Kentucky basketball program as his stepping stone to the NBA. It’s likely he will add his name to the growing list of college stars who stay in school one year, only to move on to the professional ranks.
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Bombs Away: UK Blasts Past Mississippi State
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Four different Kentucky batters hit a home run as the Wildcats set a program record for homers in a single game in a 12-6 rout of Mississippi State on a frigid night at the UK Softball Complex. Senior Megan Yocke, juniors Brittany Cervantes and Rachel Riley and freshman Lauren Cumbess all connected for a round tripper to lead a UK offense that totaled 12 runs on 11 hits to claim the opening game of the series with the Bulldogs.
Just six months removed from completing a standout career at the University of Kentucky, former men’s soccer All-American defender Barry Rice competed in a friendly for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, with United posting a 3-2 win over world power A.C. Milan, in front of 30,367 fans at RFK Stadium.
Deke: In football frenzied SEC - Kentucky is king of college hoops
We all know...from top to bottom...the Southeastern Conference is the best overall, when it comes to men and women's sports across the board. 
Maxwell Signs With New Orleans Saints

It was about a year ago at this time, during 2009 spring practice, that former University of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks predicted stardom for linebacker Sam Maxwell.
Jensen Beach WR Brett Thiesen will get a shot at Kentucky
Brett Thiesen was content to go to Kentucky even before the Wildcats offered him a spot on the football team. Thiesen, a senior who played wide receiver for Jensen Beach last season, 
Palm Beach Post
College Football Quarterbacks on the Hot Seat in 2010

Mike Hartline has played well for the Wildcats. Entering the '09 season, he was 6-3 as the 'Cats starting quarterback.
After being injured and missing the majority of '09, Hartline will return in 2010 as the starter despite Morgan Newton's decent freshman season in the Bluegrass State.
Maybe Hartline still gives the 'Cats their best shot at winning. He does have the edge in experience.
Bleacher Report
SEC spring practice primer

The highlight for the Wildcats was signing four-star tight end prospect Alex Smith, who was previously committed to North Carolina.
Gainsville Sun





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