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Kentucky Volleyball sweeps Louisville 3-0

Clean. Sweep.

The UK Volleyball girls just defeated the Louisville Cardinals in the Battle of the Bluegrass by a final score of 3-0.

Avery Skinner led the team in total points (15.5) and kills (15). Emily Franklin finished the day with 12.5 total points and nine kills.

The outcome was just about set in stone when KY Wildcats TV crew released this crazy hype video before the match:

With the victory, the Wildcats move on to 8-2 on the season.

UK will play Kennesaw State tomorrow night at 6 p.m. ET before kicking off SEC play against Missouri next Wednesday.

Well done, girls. Well done.


Former Wildcats heavily involved on NFL transaction wire.

All NFL teams had to have their rosters cut down to 53 players by yesterday afternoon, and some familiar names are trickling out in the transaction wire.

As of now, six former Kentucky players have been waived by their respective teams.

Here are the list of former Wildcats involved:

Boom Williams was waived by Denver:

Farrington Huguenin was released by the Steelers, but then signed back to the practice squad:

Receiver Chris Matthews was waived by the Ravens:

Marcus McWilson was released by Oakland:

Josh Forrest has been waived by the Los Angeles Rams:

As we told you guys a few days back, JD Harmon was released by the Browns:

Tough day for NFL Cats… Hopefully they all find new homes sooner rather than later.

We’ll keep you updated if any more names of interest have been released.


Pikeville Chinese Restaurants in Epic Fight… Cockroach Sabotage Alleged

Pikeville Chinese Restaurants in Epic Fight… Cockroach Sabotage Alleged

If you read one thing today, make it this.

Pikeville’s Peking Buffet and China King Buffet are in the most epic feud imaginable, as China King is claiming Peking has planted cockroaches in their restaurant.

“They put a lot of cockroaches to our back door,” China King said. “We are complained by the customers.”

Take a look at the note on the front door following the sabotage:

“We have to close again because of the Peking restaurant make trouble to us.”

This brings back beautiful memories of the City Wok vs. City Sushi rivalry in South Park. (If you haven’t seen that and don’t mind NSFW language, follow this link. )

I’m definitely #TeamChinaKing in this battle.


Mitchell Robinson is officially back on campus and enrolled at WKU

It was reported yesterday that five-star big man Mitchell Robinson was on his way back to Bowling Green to make up with Rick Stansbury and WKU about returning to campus.

This morning, Robinson enrolled back in classes and is officially a Hilltopper…. again.

Just as a refresher, here are the timeline of events for Robinson’s ridiculous recruitment that has (hopefully) come to a close:

He shocked the world by committing to WKU in the first place, and surprised no one when he packed up his bags and left.

Then he was a lock to attend Kansas, then he was going to head home and play at New Orleans or LSU, and then rumors spread that he was just going to wait it out a year and work toward entering the NBA Draft in 2018.

Now here we are, back to square one.

Here was the official release from WKU this afternoon including quotes from Stansbury and Robinson:

Teammate Jordan Brangers will not be there with him this year, as he has decided to transfer from the program.

Rick Stansbury gave him an indefinite suspension after he left the first time, but who knows what the new punishment will be now that he has returned.

I think the Battletown, KY native is just happy he got his five-star back on the team.


Matt Jones and Chris Tomlin visit the Ark Encounter on Hey Kentucky!

The famous Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky has been open for just over a year now, and the Hey Kentucky! crew wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

This afternoon, Matt interviewed one of the founders of the Ark about why they set up shop in Williamstown, the daily crowds, and the controversy surrounding all of it.

Watch the interview below:

You can watch the entire episode after the jump:

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Chris Tomlin explores Eclipseville on Hey Kentucky!

Today was the famous solar eclipse, and the state of Kentucky was one of the few states in the path of totality.

Thousands of people gathered the streets of Hopkinsville for the rare phenomenon, and Hey Kentucky’s own Matt Jones, Chris Tomlin, and Drew Franklin joined in on the fun.

Tomlin put his boots on the ground and talked to those in attendance about their time in beautiful Hop-town.

See for yourself:

Here’s the Hey Kentucky! crew during the actual time of darkness:

You can watch the entire episode after the jump:

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Solar Eclipse could cost businesses roughly $700 million

The entire solar eclipse is expected to last just 20 minutes, but the lack of productivity in that time is expected to cost businesses a fortune.

According to Forbes, the rare phenomenon will cost American businesses nearly $700 million in productivity.

And because this ultra-rare celestial moment is happening on a work and school day we can count on thousands of people to take the day off, call in sick, or skip their regularly scheduled duties to watch the moon’s shadow block out the sun’s rays for a few minutes. And those minutes, when added up, will likely cost American businesses nearly $700 million in productivity, according to an estimate by outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

In total, the company estimates that the U.S. economy will lose $694 million during the approximately 20-minute eclipse process. And that number, Andy Challenger, vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, told Forbes via email, could be conservative.

Additionally, states and cities in the path of totality could see an even greater financial setback.

According to a report by Challenger, because the state of Kentucky, and more specifically, Hopkinsville, is in the path of totality, we could be seeing almost $200 million in lost productivity alone.

These few minutes of darkness are going to cost a pretty penny.

And Kentuckians are going to love every second of it.


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Former UK golfer Mark Blakefield wins National Capital Open

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It looks like Justin Thomas, Kenny Perry, and J.B. Holmes aren’t the only Kentuckians making names for themselves on the links.

This afternoon, former UK golfer Mark Blakefield won the National Capital Open on the PGA’s Mackenzie Tour in Canada.

The PGA Tour Canada is considered one of the last stops before making it onto the official PGA Tour scene.

Here he is celebrating his victory with his fiancée:

Congratulations to the former Wildcat, and Go Big Blue!


Cincinnati Bengals release RB Boom Williams

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According to several reports, former Kentucky star running back Boom Williams has been released from the Cincinnati Bengals.

With an impressive stable of backs already in Cincinnati, we all knew it was going to be difficult for Williams to make the 53-man roster.

After the former Wildcat managed just one carry for four yards last night in the Bengals’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, his release seemed all but certain.

Hopefully Boom can find a new home and keep his professional career afloat.


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WATCH: Little League World Series outfielder makes catch of the year

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The Little League World Series is an awesome time of year where we find some of the most talented youngsters in the world fighting for a title.

Today, we saw one of these competitors make the most ridiculous catch of the week, and quite possibly, the entire year.

See for yourself:

To add to the drama, the catch was initially ruled an out, then a home run, and then eventually (and correctly) overturned.

That kid just reached celebrity status, and he hasn’t even hit puberty yet.


Madisonville Mayor declares August 18th Drew Franklin Day on Hey Kentucky!

It’s official: Drew Franklin has hit it big-time.

This afternoon, the Mayor of Madisonville officially declared August 18th as “Drew Franklin Day” while KSR was in town for the radio show.

As you guys probably know, Drew was born and raised in Madisonville, and shows his city love and support as often as possible.

Read the Mayor’s entire Proclamation here:

Take a look at Drew’s big day on Hey Kentucky!

For more Hey Kentucky!, head on over to HeyKentucky.com

 


Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium has a Chic-Fil-A… but they won’t open on Sundays

Similar to the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of Super Bowl LI, the newest Chic-Fil-A restaurant located in Mercedes-Benz Stadium will not operate on Sundays.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Chic-Fil-A was happy to open a store in the new home of the Falcons, but will not make any exceptions to their six-days-a-week schedule implemented at all stores across the nation.

The company’s Christian beliefs are well known, with their policy posted all over the official Chic-Fil-A website.

‘‘Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today,” the site reads.

Seven of Atlanta’s eight regular season home games will be played on Sunday this season, with the exception being a Thursday night matchup against the Saints in December.

So why open a restaurant that doesn’t open on Sundays in a building that operates (for the most part) exclusively on Sundays?

Chic-Fil-A’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, and the owner reportedly wanted to make his mark on the new stadium.

There will also be various events such as concerts, college football games, and soccer games every once and a while, but nothing on a remotely consistent basis.

But what if you’re craving a chicken sandwich during a Sunday game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? Former ‘‘Top Chef’’ contestant Kevin Gillespie has you covered.

Gillespie will be selling a sandwich called the COS (closed on Sunday) at a food stand in the concourse.

Regardless, the popular chicken sandwich restaurant chain has closed its doors on Sundays since 1946, and they sure aren’t changing the rules for a fancy-schmancy NFL stadium.


Grammy award-winning artist Chris Stapleton covers “Rhinestone Cowboy” in tribute to Glen Campbell

Last week, country music legend and Glen Campbell passed away after a hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 81.

Campbell, a Kentucky athletics fan and friend of former football coach Fran Curci, was famous for songs such as Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy, Gentle on My Mind, and Southern Nights, among countless others.

In a concert last Thursday, Grammy award-winning artist and Kentuckian Chris Stapleton covered the famous Campbell song “Rhinestone Cowboy” in tribute to the late music star.

Watch the outstanding performance below:

In case you missed it, read Mrs. Tyler Thompson’s feature on Campbell’s unique connection to UK athletics and his passion for the state of Kentucky here:

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/glen-campbells-connection-to-kentucky-football-and-basketball/


Joker Phillips says he “didn’t have time” to implement program at Kentucky

It’s been five years since he’s been at Kentucky, but after four different coaching stops, Joker Phillips has finally found a home in Cincinnati.

In an interview with Cincinnati.com, Phillips discussed his time in Lexington, recent coaching moves, and the development he’s seeing as the wide receivers coach for the Bearcats.

Phillips said he has no regrets and appreciates the opportunity he had with the program, but mentioned he didn’t have enough time to implement the program in Kentucky.

“It was a great opportunity,” Phillips said. “A lot of things have to be lined up at a place like that, similar to this. You’ve got to have time to implement your program. We just didn’t have that, and I get that. The opportunity was a great opportunity for me, my family and the staff I put together. We’ve moved on from that and tried to help other places out.”

Phillips became the Bearcats’ WR coach back in January, and he believes it’s been nothing but positive in his first seven months on the job.

“It’s been a great experience,” Phillips said. “Coming back and seeing all the improvements that the program has made facility-wise and that the city has made, and also the university.”

Phillips was on the Cincinnati staff back in 1997 and 1998, but the former Kentucky coach says it’s a whole new ball game being there now.

“It’s a different job than it was 20 years ago,” Phillips said. “Being with coach Fickell, I’m not chasing any goals and I’m not chasing bigger money. I’m chasing good people, and I’m with a good person. I’m happy to be here with him.”

For Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, Phillips brings the experience necessary to take the next big steps to building a program.

“You need those guys on your staff that have obviously been in this situation, been in this position, been a head coach,” Fickell said.

You can hear everything Fickell had to say about Phillips being on the Bearcat staff here:

Above all else, it’s great to see Phillips taking a break from the creepy recruiting tactics he created at Florida:


Mayor Jim Gray discusses Confederate Statue removal in Lexington on Hey Kentucky!

Mayor Jim Gray discusses Confederate Statue removal in Lexington on Hey Kentucky!

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray joined Matt Jones on Hey Kentucky! following the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia to discuss a big change coming to Lexington.

Gray expressed his desire to remove the Confederate statues of John Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan in Lexington.

Watch the conversation below:

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“Fan experience improvements” are coming to some UK sports

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Some changes are in the works for several Kentucky sports. Beginning this season, tickets will be barcoded and scanned at all volleyball, soccer, softball, gymnastics and women’s basketball home games.

Additionally, Kroger’s “Simple Truth” brand will be available for healthier snack options inside Memorial Coliseum, a student entrance will be added at the Avenue of Champions entrance and there will be a complimentary shuttle from the South Limestone parking garage to Memorial on game days.

For more information on these improvements, go to UKathletics.com

 


WATCH: UK Women’s Soccer coach pulls off amazing trick shot

WATCH: UK Women’s Soccer coach pulls off amazing trick shot

We’ve seen some crazy trick shots over the years, but this one from UK Women’s Soccer coach Ian Carry may take the cake. To help kick off the UK Sports Network’s #MatchThatBBN promotion with McDonald’s, Carry rang The Bell at the UK soccer complex…with a soccer ball:

Not bad. Can you match that? Send your best trick shot video to @UKSportsNetwork on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #MatchThatBBN. First place gets a $500 McDonald’s Arch Card and a $100 Fan Outfitters gift card. You can see more details here.

More trick shots from UK Athletics are on the way, including a masterpiece from Freddie Maggard. I got a sneak peek at the footage today, and you won’t be disappointed.


UK releases schedule for Monday’s SEC Network Takeover

Make some space on the DVR because Kentucky’s taking over the SEC Network on Monday with some of your favorite games from the past year.

This morning, UK released the schedule for the takeover, which will begin with Malik Monk’s 47-point performance vs. North Carolina and end with the football team’s epic upset of Louisville. Other highlights: UK’s Sweet 16 win over UCLA, the baseball team’s run to the Super Regionals, and John Calipari’s 30 for 30, One and Not Done.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Midnight-1:30 a.m.: Men’s basketball vs. North Carolina, Dec. 17, 2016

Malik Monk pours in a UK freshman record 47 points to lead the Wildcats to a 103-100 victory over UNC in one of the best college basketball games this season.

1:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: Football vs. Mississippi State, Oct. 22, 2016

UK climbs out of an early 11-point deficit for a 40-38 heart-stopping win over Mississippi State, capped by a 51-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal as time expires.

3:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Louisville, Sept. 6, 2016

Noah Hutchins heads in the game-winning goal just before halftime and UK shuts out Louisville in an annual rivalry battle.

5:30 a.m.-7 a.m.: Men’s basketball vs. UCLA, March 24, 2017

De’Aaron Fox dazzles with 39 points as UK downs UCLA in the Sweet 16 in one of the most anticipated matchups of this NCAA Tournament.

7-8:30 a.m. – Volleyball at Florida, Sept. 28, 2016

UK sweeps No. 5 Florida for the first time since 1990 behind a tremendous defensive performance and an efficient offense guided by Olivia Dailey.

8:30-10 a.m. – Gymnastics vs. Alabama, Feb. 10, 2017

The Wildcats post a school-record score en route to the first win in program history over perennial gymnastics power Alabama.

10-10:30 a.m. – Big Blue Review

This original piece looks back at the highlights from a 2016-17 season in which UK set a school record by finishing 10th in the Directors’ Cup.

10:30-11 a.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable

Mitch Barnhart sits down with some of the most prominent Wildcats to discuss life as a student and an athlete at the University of Kentucky.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Women’s basketball vs. Mississippi State, Feb. 23, 2017

UK takes down second-ranked Mississippi State on Senior Night behind Makayla Epps’ game-winning put-back in her final regular-season game at Memorial Coliseum.

12:30-2:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Florida, April 15, 2017

Meagan Prince stars in the circle and Katie Reed has three hits, two runs and two RBI as Kentucky downs third-ranked Florida, 5-1.

2:30-4:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Texas A&M, April 29, 2017

En route to a series win over the No. 4 Aggies, UK celebrates Senior Day with a 7-2 victory over Texas A&M.

4:30-5 p.m. – Big Blue Review

This original piece looks back at the highlights from a 2016-17 season in which UK set a school record by finishing 10th in the Directors’ Cup.

5-5:30 p.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable

Mitch Barnhart sits down with some of the most prominent Wildcats to discuss life as a student and an athlete at the University of Kentucky.

5:30-7:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. North Carolina State, June 5, 2017

UK advances to the first super regional in school history by taking down North Carolina State in front of a Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 5,005.

7:30-8 p.m. – Never Been Done Before: Kentucky Baseball 2017

This piece takes a behind-the-scenes look at UK baseball’s first trip to super regionals in Nick Mingione’s first season as head coach.

8-10 p.m. – Football at Louisville, Nov. 26, 2016

Kentucky picks up its signature win of a 2016 season in which the Wildcats became bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, with Stephen Johnson leading UK to an upset of rival Louisville and Austin MacGinnis kicking another game-winning field goal.

10 p.m.-midnight – One and Not Done

John Calipari is profiled in this 30 for 30 documentary that traces his humble roots to his time leading the Kentucky men’s basketball program.


Incoming UK Track & Field star on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Incoming UK Track & Field star on the cover of Sports Illustrated

John Calipari has a new crop of highly-touted freshmen on campus, but no new Wildcat is as popular and as accomplished as the new face of UK Track & Field, Sydney McLaughlin.

A 2016 Olympian, McLaughlin signed with Kentucky in November of last year. Now she is on the cover of Sports Illustrated after being named a “Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year.”

Rivals.com caught up with McLaughlin at the Gatorade Player of the Year awards ceremony to talk about her young career, moving to Kentucky and her recruiting video with John Calipari.

Check it out:


Elizabethtown native Kenny Perry wins US Senior Open

Elizabethtown native Kenny Perry wins US Senior Open

Another day, another victory for Elizabethtown’s own Kenny Perry.

With a four-day total of 264, a record score for the event, Perry brought home his second US Senior Open title.

Check out the final putt to seal the victory:

Perry’s victory adds another trophy to his collection, his fourth senior major title of his career.

Kenny Perry’s Senior Open trophy

He discussed his victory with NESN following the event:

Congratulations to Kenny from all of the BBN!