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August 30th, 2015

Would Tyler Ulis make Team USA’s roster?

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Jeremy Woo of SI.com seems to think so.

In a trip down the rabbit hole to the Wonderland of basketball, Sports Illustrated questioned what Team USA would look like if NBA players were not allowed to participate.

Their selection criteria consisted of any American player not currently on an NBA roster and would not playing in the league by the time the 2016-17 season commences. Among his picks for reserve guards was, not surprisingly, our very own UK point guard Tyler Ulis.

Woo had this to say about his choice:

“After watching his ascent from unknown high schooler to Kentucky’s likely show-runner this season, I’ve learned better than to doubt Tyler Ulis, and there’s no college point guard I’d rather have on my team. He’s small, but as tough as it gets with an elite feel for the game, and he’ll be tasked with running the second unit for stretches and changing the pace. Ulis will distribute the ball, score when needed and pester opponents on the defensive end. There’d be an adjustment curve for the international game, but I’d expect him to rise to the challenge.”

Woo isn’t the only one that has noticed Ulis’s talents, former Houston Rockets player and former Head Coach for the Spurs and Cav’s Coach John Lucas tweeted this out today:

With Ex-Cats like John Wall, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins vying for a chance on Team USA’s roster in Las Vegas earlier this month, it makes sense to include a Wildcat in this fantasy roster. You know, for realism’s sake.

The full make-believe roster looks like this:

Starting Lineup

PG – Kris Dunn (Providence)

SG – Jordan Crawford (Free Agent, Former Indiana Hoosier)

SF – Dorell Wright (Free Agent, Former Utah Ute)

PF – Georges Niang (Iowa State)

C – Jameel McKay (Iowa State)

Reserves

Guards

  • Luke Ridnour (Free Agent, Former Oregon Duck)
  • Tyler Ulis (Kentucky)
  • Ray Allen (Because, why wouldn’t you?)

Forwards

  • Devin Smith (Former UVA player)
  • Carlos Boozer (Free Agent, Duke)
  • Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin)
  • Anthony Randolph  (Free Agent, Former LSU Tiger)

 


Trevathan makes triumphant return

(Aaron Ontiveroz/Denver Post)

(Aaron Ontiveroz/Denver Post)

After a long recovery from knee surgery, Ex-Cat and Denver Broncos ILB Danny Trevathan made his return to the gridiron yesterday for the first time since Dec. 2014.

The Broncos defeated the San Francisco 49ers and Trevathan finished the game with a single tackle and didn’t play for the second half, but the linebacker said it felt good just to be back in action.

“It felt good,” Trevathan began. “I had to get the little nervousness out of my system. But I felt good being out there and getting that thump out of the way and just getting ready for the regular season. It was a good game for me to go out there and give it a shot.”

Travathan had to undergo extensive surgery in January to repair damage to his left knee cap which he injured three separate times last year. The linebacker sustained multiple fractures near his left knee cap which was eventually replaced earlier this year with a new one. A fact that Travathan makes light of.

“The old one is gone,” Trevathan said. “I’ve got somebody else’s kneecap. It was difficult because it’s a bigger knee when I look at my knees. I love the scar though.”

Trevathan, who led the Broncos in tackles in 2013, is expected to join Brandon Marshall in the starting lineup for the interior linebacking corps this season.

High School Roundup: Week Two

Photo by TristarFootball

Photo by TristarFootball

KSR Preps’ Games of the Week

St. Xavier 40 vs Henry Clay 13

In the first game of the doubleheader, junior quarterback Desmond Ridder led St. X to a blowout win over Henry Clay. Ridder threw for touchdown and 122 yards on 13/26 passing in the win. With his ability to run, Ridder was unstoppable on the read option. The first-time starter ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns to led the Tigers in rushing. Sam Taylor and Chase Rowan also ran for touchdowns. St. X jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the second quarter, and led 33-7 at the half. Henry Clay was playing without star running back Joquise Buford on Friday, and he will also miss next week’s game against George Rogers Clark. Davonte Robinson laid down a few good hits as a safety, but struggled on the offensive end. Robinson fumbled twice in the first half, but blocked a punt in the second half. Following the blocked punt, there was a scary moment for both teams. St. Xavier’s Braidon Washburn was down for nearly 30 minutes with a head injury before being taken off in an ambulance. He had a stinger in the neck and it was reported he was moving on the field. The story of game one was Desmond Ridder. In his first career start, Ridder showed his ability to scramble and create something out of nothing. Ridder was named the MVP for St. X in a 40-13 win.

Ryle 31 vs Lexington Catholic 24

The second game started way past my bedtime. Around 9:30, LexCath and Ryle finally got underway. As previewed, the game was projected as a shootout and lived up to the billing. LexCath QB Legend Brumbaugh went ballistic in the first half, throwing touchdowns of 26 and 68 yards. Brumbaugh had fantastic touch on his deep passes, but drop after drop hurt his completion percentage. At the half, Brumbaugh had thrown two touchdowns and Jaylen Jones ran for another as LexCath led 21-14. From that point on, it was all Ryle. The Raiders intercepted Brumbaugh to begin the half and went on to tie the game on a Mitchell Bateman touchdown shortly thereafter. LexCath failed to score once again, and Tanner Morgan led Ryle down the field once again to give Ryle a 28-21 lead. After a Ryle field goal, Brumbaugh and Jones began to get the Knights’ offense rolling. A long drive ended with a field goal to cut the score to 31-24. LexCath had trouble stopping Bateman all night, and him and Collin England led Ryle down to the four yard line with under four minutes to play. With their backs against the wall, LexCath’s defense held Ryle on fourth down to give their offense a chance. Despite two fourth down conversions on the final drive, Brumbaugh’s final pass fell short with 17 seconds to go, and Ryle was victorious, 31-24.

Photo by West Kentucky Star

Photo by West Kentucky Star

Other Games to Watch

Paintsville 43 vs Frankfort 0

Paintsville is off and running in 2015 with a 2-0 record out of the gate. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 89-12 in their first two games. Kash Daniel ran for 120 yards and had 16 tackles in the blowout win over Frankfort. Paintsville will play Pikeville next week. This game will pair up the powerful Daric Pugh of Pikeville vs Kash.

Scott County 53 vs Pulaski County 31

Scott County ended Pulaski’s six game winning streak with a win in this shootout. Keith Guy ran for 163 of Scott County’s 443 rushing yards. Guy had three of SCHS’ touchdowns, and Kendrick Hamilton added a touchdown as well. Riley Hall of Pulaski County threw for 338 yards in a losing effort.

Male 45 vs Ballard 7

With Brumbaugh and Ridder showing off in Lexington, Hayden Shelton put on a show of his own for Male. Shelton threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns on 18/26 passing. This was the second consecutive year that Male has beaten Ballard by more than 35 points.

McCracken County 56 vs Warren Central 35

In the battle of 0-1 teams, McCracken County flew past Warren Central in the second half. Kentucky-commit Zy’aire Hughes ran for 204 yards and caught three passes for 47 yards. Hughes had three rushes of 40 or more yards against Warren Central.

@TreyHuntsmanKSR


Bud Dupree leaves game due to foot injury

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Randall Cobb wasn’t the only former Cat to suffer an injury during last night’s preseason NFL games. Rookie OLB Bud Dupree had to leave the Steeler’s game against the Buffalo Bills last night due to an injury to his right foot. According to reports after the game, Dupree confirmed that the injury was pre-existing and that he was hoping it would not affect his playing time Saturday.

“I’ve been hoping it heals and gets better, and I was hoping to play through it, but it just wasn’t,” Dupree told Neal Coolong of DKonPittsburghSports.com.

Steeler’s Head Coach Mike Tomlin said Dupree’s injury doesn’t seem to be serious though and that the outside linebacker’s foot was just sore.


Sunday Morning Links

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  • Russell Wilson claims to have found the Secret Stuff from “Space Jam” lore. It’s called Reliant Recovery Water and Wilson claims it helps him prevent injuries, including a possible concussion. 
  • Coach Mark Stoops said he “messes around” with UK kicker Austin MacGinnis during practices to try and recreate the pressure the sophomore will feel during a real game, but other than that the coaches say they try not to talk to the kickers much.

 


Sunday Morning Wakeup

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Kentucky volleyball went 3-0 this weekend

The No. 15 ranked volleyball team has started their season perfectly with three wins this weekend. The team defeated Michigan St. on Friday and IUPUI and Little Rock yesterday. Isaac Humphries was definitely impressed.

Randall Cobb injured his shoulder

After losing Jordy Nelson last week, Packer fans watched in horror at Randall Cobb walked to the locker room after injuring his right shoulder in the first quarter. Cobb feared that he has broken his collarbone, but tests showed that was not the case. Cobb will undergo additional test today to figure out the severity of the injury.

NFL Cats in action tonight 

Catch former Cat, Ricky Lumpkin, and current Oakland Raider as they host the Arizona Cardinals tonight at 8:00 p.m. on NBC. Corey Peters, who is on the Arizona Cardinals, is out for the season after injuring his left achilles in practice earlier this month.

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Booker was at the Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares fight

Devin Booker was in L.A. to witness Santa Cruz defeat Mares in a majority decision. Booker, rocking some pretty awesome shoes, and D’Angelo Russell got a picture with the unbeaten boxer.

The University of Montana defeated North Dakota State

The Montana Grizzlies defeated the No. 1 ranked and four-time defending national champions 38-35 on Saturday. The Grizzles scored a 1-yard touchdown with :02 left on the clock to seal the victory in the FCS opening game. This is NDS fourth loss in 62 games. College football is back.

 


August 29th, 2015

Boogie gives us a glance at the Kings

(h/t @Boogiecousins)

(h/t @Boogiecousins)

Here you have it. A first look at the Kentucky Sacramento Kings. Boogie just posted this picture with the caption “We hear ya….”

This is weird to look at, right?

 

@Hessler_KSR


Cole Mosier and Zach West ride back from practice with style

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photo cred: @NotTooBrad

To close out the evening, here’s a pic taken by Twitter user @NotTooBrad of sophomore Cole Mosier and senior Zach West presumably heading back from a practice at Commonwealth on their scooters – still decked out in full pads.

When asked by our own Nick Roush if they rode the scooters because they’re lazier than everyone else on the team, West responded, “I’d say it’s because we’re smarter than everyone else.

Well, it certainly saves time.


Kobi Simmons throwing down during his visit

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American Pharoah upset at Travers

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

In case you missed it, Triple-Crown winner American Pharoah was upset this evening at Travers Stakes in Saratoga. AP lost to 16-1 underdog Keen Ice, who bested him by three quarters of a length.

While the loss took many by surprise, this destination has a long history of taking down Triple-Crown winners. Three previous victors have also lost at the track, earning it the nickname “the graveyard of champions.”

It’s an upsetting outcome, but Pharoah still has a chance to go out on a high note. He will potentially appear in The Breeder’s Cup Classic on October 31st at Keeneland, though his participation has not been confirmed, and his owner is considering retiring him to stud duty after today’s loss.


Ryan Flannigan hopes to play in season opener

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Senior weak side LB Ryan Flannigan has been out of commission since August 11th, when he collided with 320 lb Jason Hyde in practice. The hit injured Flannigan’s right shoulder, relegating him to a sling and stationary bike through the past couple weeks of practice. However, according to this article from the Courier-Journal, he’s regained full range of motion in his shoulder and hopes to be cleared for full-contact practice next week. Though frustrated, Ryan’s been operating under the assumption that he will play next Saturday:

“It’s been very frustrating with the first game coming up,” Flannigan said. “It’s really annoying, because I really want to be out there. I really wanted to get this work in with my team. But I think I’m still in a good position. I still know what I’m doing, still know the plays. I’m still reading Louisiana-Lafayette’s offense. So I feel like I’m on top of the game still.”

The junior college transfer put on 14 lbs in the offseason and had had an impressive training camp before the injury. Can’t wait to have ya back, Ryan.

 


Watch UK Football commits Mike Warren and James Hudson on ESPNU

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Wanna watch two future Cats in action? Does your television provider include ESPNU? Good news.

Running back Mike Warren and lineman James Hudson are about to take the field as Benedict (OH) takes on Central Catholic (OH) on ESPNU at 4 PM. The class of 2017 teammates chose UK in late July – a further demonstration of Stoops’ recruiting prowess in the Buckeye State.

There are worse ways to spend a Saturday evening.


Danny Trevathan will make his return to the field tonight

(Aaron Ontiveroz/Denver Post)

(Aaron Ontiveroz/Denver Post)

After a longggggg recovery from knee injuries, Kentucky alum Danny Trevathan will make his return to the field under the lights tonight. The Broncos take on the 49ers tonight at 9 p.m. at Mile High.

According to reports, Trevathan will (try to) play 20 snaps, or around a quarter. He will play along side Brandon Marshall, the player who replaced him last season. Trevathan had not been showing much emotion until he took to twitter to discuss his return.

During his time off the field, Trevathan had plenty to do and even more to keep him motivated. His daughter Danoir was born in late 2013 and has helped him through this tough time, according to her mother.

“The day she was born, they laid her on my chest and he was like, ‘Oh, my God and she turned her head and looked at him. Since the very moment she was born, she’s been attached to that man. Those were her first words — ‘da da.’ Everything was always about Daddy. Since he’s been in training camp, she’s started saying ‘Mommy.’ But it’s always ‘Mommy, look! Daddy!’ when she finds pictures of him.”

Read more about Trevathan’s amazing story and time in recovery in this great article from the Denver Post here.

@Hessler_KSR


Tom Crean got under my skin this morning

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While reading the Courier-Journal this morning, I came across a story from Zach Osterman of the Indy Star which just angered me more than it should have.

The story was on Indiana basketball with quotes from coach Tom Crean as he spoke to a room of supports and donors at Lucas Oil Stadium for the athletic departments “On the Road” series.

I try to like coaches like Crean. I really do. And then they open their mouths.

Of course last week two more Indiana players had a run in with the law and were cited for illegal possession of alcohol. “Okay. Fine, whatever.” would be my response for any other program. This happens and I get it. However, this is not the first run in with the law program members have had. I  am not going to count it, but these types of incidents happen way too often at this school.

Any other program the players and even coach would be suspended, fired, expelled, etc. for such a high level of alcohol and drug possession arrests and citations. FFS, one of the players RAN OVER HIS TEAMMATE with a car.

But lets get back to the quotes that inspired this rant…..

“You know what I wish I had done when Hanner first got in trouble? And I love Hanner to death. I love Hanner Perea. I’d go back and remove him from the team. The responsiblity of thier behavior falls on me” – Crean

Yes. Let’s blame one player for several program arrests. The fact is, you didn’t make a statement to the rest of the players. You let him transfer on his own instead of being an adult and taking charge of the program. Now look at what that has created. Take that responsibility instead of calling out players to cover your butt.

When Crean recruits these players he sits in their living rooms and tells their moms he will take full responsibility of these kids. Then as soon as something goes wrong he blames the program problems on the kid and throws them under the bus. Maybe that’s what ticks me off the most.

Here’s another:

He told the media specific discipline for Holt and Bryant “will be forthcoming,” and that as a team, IU is “in the midst of some internal discipline right now.” Crean declined to elaborate, though he hinted at early-morning workouts when he said he arrived at work at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

You know what Kentucky calls 4:30 am workouts? The Breakfast Club. Not punishment. They don’t have to get arrested or have Cal force them to put in extra work. They know it takes extra work to get a title.

That’s the difference between our program and yours.

Yes. Kentucky (football) has had a few run ins with the law. The difference is our coach actually takes care of it by dismissing or giving actual punishments.

I just want to know when IU will take responsibility of its basketball coach and program? I was going to say “before something horrible happens”, but since a player was ran over by a car  I would said that time has come and gone.

@Hessler_KSR


Pelicans to hold training camp in West Virginia

Have you ever wanted to see Anthony Davis play for $5? Good. Because that is what the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia is  offering.

Tom Benson (owner of the Saints and Pelicans) brought the Saints to the resort last year and has decided to bring his Pelicans as well. The only issue at hand was the facilities, because there is not a proper gym in the area. Looks like Benson and resort-owner Jim Justice worked around that. Anything is possible when you have money.

September 30 and October 1 the Greenbrier will host the Pelicans for a practice and scrimmage. Entry is free, but the resort requires fans park at a different location and charge $5 to bus them in.

White Sulphur Springs is a 4:30 drive from Lexington, but let’s be honest…Kentucky fans are crazy and would do this to get a glance at a former Cat.

You can look at all the information about the event here.

@Hessler_KSR