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May 3rd, 2015

Vandy Claims Series Over UK In Rubber Match

(Photo from UK Athletics)

(Photo from UK Athletics)

Kentucky (26-20, 11-12) was once again in a battle heading into the final innings versus No. 6 Vanderbilt. But, like the series-opener on Friday, the Commodores flexed their muscles with the game tied up 3-3 in the eighth to claim the series in the finale.

After falling behind by one run in the top of the first, the Cats took a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Evan White and Ka’ai Tom each singled with one out to bring red hot sophomore JaVon Shelby to the plate. Shelby, facing fellow Lexington native and Vandy starting pitcher Walker Buehler, then crushed a three-run bomb over the leftfield fence, his seventh of the year and second of the series.

After Ro Coleman scored to cut the deficit in half on an RBI groundout by Dansby Swanson in the fourth, the Dores tied the game at 3-3 thanks to a solo shot from Zander Wiel. The tie lasted for four shutout innings until Jaren Kendall cranked a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to give Vandy a 5-3 lead. The defending National Champs added two more in the ninth to solidify the win.

While six different Wildcats collected hits against Buehler in the first six innings, Vandy relievers Jordan Sheffield, Kyle Wright, and Ben Bowden were too much in the latter half of the contest. The trio of relievers suffocated the Cats, allowing no hits or runs to seal the victory.

UK starter Kyle Cody worked 5.2 innings in his longest start since March 29 at No. 1 LSU, which is good news for the Cats despite the loss. Cody was pretty solid, striking out eight batters and surrendering three earned runs on six hits. In total, UK pitchers struck out 13 Commodores on the day.

Up next for the Cats is a rematch N0. 3 Louisville on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium before hosting Georgia in a three-game series next weekend.


Ravens Filled a Need by Drafting Za’Darius Smith


The Baltimore Sun had an article breaking down the picks of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2015 NFL Draft and highlighted our beloved Za’Darius Smith.

The Ravens expect Smith to fill the hole left by Pernell McPhee, an outside linebacker/defensive end who left in free agency this past offseason. In fact, Smith says he’s watched a lot of tape on McPhee and modeled his game after him.

The Sun had this quote from Smith:

“I watched him a lot, and I think I can follow in his footsteps and become more like him,” said Smith, who had 10 ½ sacks in two seasons at Kentucky and can rush from both the edge and the interior. “He just signed a new contract, and this team right here is replacing the other guy like Pernell McPhee. And I can tell you this: A lot of people are going to be hearing from Za’Darius Smith as a Baltimore Raven.”

As much as I dislike the Ravens as a fan, I hope Smith is right as he’s one of the best guys you’ll meet in the football world. Best of luck to Smith and the rest of the Kentucky players as they try to make rosters for the 2015-16 NFL season.


John Wall Had Another Unbelievable Game


It’s starting to get to the point where John Wall’s ridiculous stat line shouldn’t surprise anyone. He did it again today by putting up 18 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 104-98 victory over the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

It was the fourth consecutive Game 1 win on the road for the Wizards, becoming the first team in NBA history to achieve that feat. It was a come from behind victory as Atlanta held a 10-point lead at halftime, but Wall was able to overcome a shoulder injury to help lead Washington to the win.

Mike DeCourcy sums it up best as many Kentucky fans and NBA fans have the same question:

Game 2 will be on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

ICYMI: Clippers top Spurs in crazy game seven.

This has nothing to do  with Kentucky, but in case you missed it….and haven’t heard of it in the several hours since….Game seven between the Clippers and Spurs was a crazy game from start to finish. If you would have not known it was  the first round, you would have thought it was game 7 of the finals.

Down the stretch the two teams traded free throws until Los Angeles had the ball with less than 10 seconds. Paul got past Danny Green and  hit this game winner after playing on one leg in game game. He scored 27 points on 9 for 13 shooting.




Skal and Briscoe shine at All-American game


There was yet another elite high school game that slipped under the radar last night, but two of our favorite recruits were still the stars.

The 5th annual All-American game was played last night on the campus of Long Beach City College and featured Skal Labissierre and Isaiah Briscoe, among others.

Labissieerre was the MVP after scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Labissierre said the talent on the floor made him play better.

“Whenever me and Thon play each other it’s always really competitive and it’s always a battle,” Labissierre said. “The comeback was us getting out of the all-star game mentality and getting back to playing basketball.”

Thon Maker responded by saying he liked playing against Skal.

Briscoe added 20 points and four assists for the team. Briscoe also beat Thon Maker to win the 3pt contest held earlier that day,




I guess that is a wrap for high school basketball.


Get the full game breakdown here.



Karl-Anthony Towns wants the Knicks

Athlon Sports

Athlon Sports

The drill goes the same for every player.

“Who do you want to be drafted by” -question asker

“As long as I get drafted I’m blessed” -player

Of course that is not what fans want to hear. They want to know what team to be cheering for the player to get and -in this case- who to cheer to win the draft lottery.

But finally we got an answer out of KAT and its not surprising at all.

The New Jersey native sat down with the NY Post to discuss his future and let the world know he has high hopes for the Knick. Towns had nothing but good things to say about president Phil Jackson and the program he runs.

“What he means to me, his presence is just amazing. What was so awesome as a coach, he made every player better and put them in the best position to succeed. He’s just so smart and intelligent and has so much experience”

Towns said he even has some Knicks gear in his bedroom back home.

“Yeah, in this area growing up, you don’t have the money to have the NBA League Pass, so you got the local teams,’’ Towns said. “I always got a chance to watch the MSG channel and watch the Knicks play. I grew up to have a lot of respect for the Knicks.”

Of course Towns said he will be happy for the opportunity where ever he may end up, but at least we know now he will be happiest with this the Knicks.

The full- order of the draft won’t be known until May 19 when the lottery takes place. The Timberwolves have a 25 percent chance of wining that No.. 1 pick while the Knicks have the second best chance at 19.9.

Get more quotes and the full story here.



Sunday Morning Links

Golf Course

The weather is absolutely perfect this weekend, so perhaps some of you will play a little golf. If not, I know you’ll be with us right here on KSR.


If you weren’t one of the 16,507 fans at the MGM Grand Garden or willing to pay to watch on PPV, you missed Floyd Mayweather, Jr. beating Pacquiao for the welterweight world championship with an unanimous decision

The Kentucky Derby normally would have the main spotlight on the first Saturday in May if it were not for the fight. But, the favorite American Pharaoh won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his fourth Derby win.

The Pittsburgh Stealers are excited about their first round pick from the University of Kentucky Bud Dupree. They might be just as excited for the draft pick they chose off the field

If the Derby and the Fight were not enough for your Saturday, you might have missed a heck of game 7 between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers. There were 31 lead changes and 16 ties, but the Clippers needed a crazy last-second floater from Chris Paul to win the series. 

May 2nd, 2015

Kentucky Evens Series With #10 Vanderbilt

Kentucky improved to 26-19 (11-11) on the season. (Photo by UK Athletics)

Kentucky improved to 26-19 (11-11) on the season. (Photo by UK Athletics)

Following a 13-3 loss on Friday to Vanderbilt, Kentucky responded with an 11-5 win over the Commodores on Saturday night. Led by Dustin Beggs’ 12 strikeouts over 8.1 innings, Kentucky ran away with their 26th win of the season. 

Kentucky’s offense backed Beggs up throughout the night. After an RBI single by Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson in the first, Kentucky’s Dorian Hairston responded with a solo home run in the second. The Commodores would get another run in the third, but Kentucky’s offense took over in the bottom half. An RBI single by Evan White tied the game at two, before Ka’ai Tom hit an RBI groundout to give Kentucky their first lead. JaVon Shelby, the hottest hitter in the Cats’ lineup delivered two more RBIs on a double to extend the lead to 5-2 after three innings.

After allowing two early runs, Beggs began to settle in during the fourth inning. Beggs sat down the Commodores in order in the fourth and fifth innings as the Kentucky offense continued to strike for more runs. Hairston, Greg Fettes and Kyle Barrett all contributed RBIs in a fifth inning that saw Kentucky score six runs on four hits and two errors. Vanderbilt starter Phillip Pfeifer was pulled two outs into the fifth after allowing 10 runs on nine hits. After all was said and done in the fifth, Kentucky led 11-2.

Beggs continued to dominate late in the ball game. Vanderbilt’s three and four hitters in the lineup struck out three times a piece against Kentucky. Beggs finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts over 8.1 innings. The 11-5 win was Beggs’ seventh on the season and fourth in a row.

While Hairston knocked in a pair of runs on two hits, Kentucky also found another source of runs in the bottom of their lineup. Connor Heady had hits in all three of his at-bats and scored twice for Kentucky. 

Kentucky was happy to have a nine run lead in the ninth as Vanderbilt’s offense woke up against Beggs and Andrew Nelson. After Beggs struck out the lead off hitter and allowed a single, Nelson came in to try and finish the game. Nelson allowed three runs to cross on two more hits and two walks. Zach Strecker came in and finished off the the last two outs and to wrap up an 11-5 victory for Kentucky. 

The rubber match of this series will take place Sunday at noon. It has not been announced who will start for Kentucky, but Vanderbilt will send Lexington-native Walker Buehler to the mound on Sunday. The game will be available on SECN+.


Saturday Night News and Views

Your local cable companies want Saturday Night News and Views. Apparently, so many people want to watch the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight tonight that it has KO’d many cable companies pay-per-view services. HBO released a statement that the overwhelming number of PPV orders for the fight is projected to break revenue records.

While cable companies are scrambling to fix the PPV mess, take a break and recap some of the highlights of today’s sports-filled goodness.

Coach Cal is in Las Vegas and took a moment to snap a quick pic outside MGM Grand Arena.

Meanwhile Coach Mark Stoops is hanging out with former boxer Mike Tyson in preparation for tonight’s fight.  Watch those ears, Coach!

American Pharoah won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. This makes jockey Victor Espinoza’s second straight Derby win, after last year’s success on California Chrome.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has to be feeling great. While American Pharoah won the Run for the Roses, his other horse Dortmund finish in third place. This makes Baffert’s fourth Derby win in front of a record crowd of 170,513 fans at Churchill Downs.

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)


NFL Draft


The Baltimore Ravens selected Za’Darius Smith 122nd overall in the fourth round of the NFL draft today. This means Smith and Dupree will both be playing in the AFC North. Looks like some other wildcats will also get a shot at making a roster through free agency.


That’s it for tonight. See you back tomorrow morning, BBN.

Isaiah Briscoe wears studded loafers




Before Dante Fowler Jr. started the trend of studded loafers at the NFL Draft, our own Isaiah Briscoe sported them first. Briscoe sported the Christian Louboutin Rollerboy Studded Loafers to prom he attended on April 23.

Briscoe went with the red theme, which must be fashionable these days because Bud Dupree did also. Although I can’t wrap my head around the fact why people enjoy that color, we will let them pass just this one time.

So BBN, which shoes do you like better? Briscoe’s or Fowler’s?

Dante Fowler Jr.’s shoes


Briscoe can wear all the studded loafers he wants to at Kentucky as long as we see him do things like this.

And this.



Other former Wildcats get chance in NFL


Despite not being selected in the NFL Draft, a few other former Kentucky players will get their chance to make it in the NFL.

After not hearing his name in the NFL Draft, Braylon Heard will attend the Cleveland Browns’ rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.

Former tight end, Ronnie Shields, will sign as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. Javess Blue, a former wide out, will do the same with Green Bay Packers.

Good luck to all the former Cats! The Big Blue Nation wishes you all the best in your future endeavors.

In other news, if you were wondering what your UK Football coach was up to tonight?


Former UK pitcher promoted to majors

Nathan Denette/CP

Nathan Denette/CP

Former University of Kentucky pitcher, Andrew Albers, was called up to the major by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

After a loss to the Indians, the Blue Jays decided to shake up their pitching roster. The 29-year-old Canadian will become the fifth Canadian to play for the Blue Jays in 2015.

“As a Canadian it’s always something you look to — to be a part of that organization,” Albers told Sportsnet at the time. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The left-hander has a 3.09 ERA with 12 strikeout and six walks in his four starts with Triple-A Buffalo Bisons spanning 23.1 innings. His fastball only averages 86 mph, but he has only allowed a mini of 2.0 walk per nine allowed.

This is not the first time Albers’ name has been called up for the majors. In 2013, he started 10 games for the Minnesota Twins,  posting a 4.05 ERA. Albers spent the 2014 season pitching in South Korea for the Hanwha Eagles before signing a minor league deal with Toronto in December.

During his four season at Kentucky from 2005 to 2008, Albers posted a 4.48 ERA. During his senior season, he was 7-4 with a 2.40 ERA as a reliever.


American Pharoah wins the Kentucky Derby!

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The favorite American Pharoah won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. After winning the Derby on California Chrome last year, jockey Victor Espinoza once again wins the Kentucky Derby. American Pharaoh was one of two horses in the race for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. His other horse, Dortmund, came in third place. This is Baffert’s fourth Derby win, but his first win since 2002. Thanks to picture perfect weather, a record crowd of 170,513 witnessed the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.

It appears Matt had some success at the Derby.

If you missed the opening of the national telecast on NBC, one of BBN’s finest Ashley Judd narrated an excellent video to start the Kentucky Derby coverage.

Pictures from around Churchill Downs

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

After a long and sweaty season it has to be nice for athletes around the state and country to put on a nice suit and show off their style outside of the uniform. What better place to that than the Kentucky Derby and the Oaks.

Here are some pictures from around the festivities this weekend:






























Proper responses to 678 Winky Face


Well. It looks like we all have a common enemy to add to the list. Although we don’t know their name, 678 Winky Face found the fast track to joining the ranks of BBN’s most hated.  Yesterday when trying to decide if it was a man or woman, Matt brought up the point that guys aren’t as good with emojis as females are.

Based on that point, and a little inspiration from @FakeBarneyKSR, I thought he could use some help with appropriate responses to 678 Winky Face. Here are a few I came up with:


The Broken Heart

678 Winky face 1





The Evil Smiley

678 Winky face 2





 The Devil

678 Winky face 3





The Pile of ……

678 Winky face





The Sad Cat

678 Winky face 4




The Fighter

678 Winky face 5




Do you have better responses? Let us know in the comment section.