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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:

You can watch the rest of the episode after the jump:


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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


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.” 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!

Former UK baseball stars Connor Heady and Zach Reks begin professional careers

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

On June 21, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signings of former UK BatCats P Zach Popp, OF Zach Reks, and SS Connor Heady to minor league deals.

Just four days later, Heady and Reks were both in the starting lineup for the Ogden Raptors, the LA Dodgers minor league affiliate in the Pioneer League.

The Raptors took on the first-place Orem Owls tonight, where they lost 9-11.

Heady finished the game 0-2 at the plate with a walk, while Reks managed to go 1-1 with two runs and a walk in the loss.

Though the two Wildcats started their professional careers with a loss, it’s great to see them already back on the field.

Here’s to long and successful careers for the former Wildcats!

Kentucky’s Evan White earns his second Gold Glove award

Evan White has another Gold Glove award to go with his other Gold Glove award.

Now a two-time winner, White was named the Rawlings Sports Collegiate Gold Glove First Basemen for the 2017 season. He took in the prize for the first time around this time last year following the 2016 season.

White is considered one of the most accomplished players in Kentucky baseball history and he recently became the fifth Wildcat to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft when the Seattle Mariners picked him at No. 17. He’s also a three-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team in only three seasons at UK, as well as Second Team All-American and two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

Go Cats.

UK Hoops unveils 2017-18 non-conference schedule

UK Hoops unveils 2017-18 non-conference schedule

Last year, UK Hoops played the second toughest schedule in the country, and this season, Matthew Mitchell isn’t taking his foot off the gas. UK Hoops just unveiled its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, which features seven opponents that finished last season inside the top 100 of the NCAA RPI, four in the top 50. The schedule includes marquee home games against Louisville and California and road trips to Washington State, Baylor, Florida Gulf Coast, Miami (Fla.) and Middle Tennessee.

It all starts with an exhibition game vs. Southern Indiana at Memorial Coliseum on November 5, followed by the season opener vs. Sacramento State on November 10:

For a complete breakdown of UK’s non-conference opponents, head on over to

Future Kentucky track star sets high school record

Future Kentucky track star sets high school record

Future University of Kentucky track runner, and US Olympian, Sydney McLaughlin just made a bunch of girls look like children. Fun fact though, they’re all her age and she dominated them. So much so, that she just set the record for fastest 400m relay split in high school track history with a time of 49.85 seconds. No, not just her high school, a record for any high school track runner ever.

McLaughlin is the one wearing the bright pink shorts that is in second to dead last at the hand off. As the video progresses, watch as she makes up ground in an incredible fashion.

What makes this video even better is the fan commentary in the background as the guy realizes just how fast Sydney McLaughlin can be. This girl is going to make Kentucky Track and Field a spectator sport in the next few years.


UK Track & Field commit records fastest 400-meter split by a high schooler

Kentucky Track & Field commit Sydney McLaughlin ran a 49.85 400-meter split on the anchor of the Swedish Relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals on Friday.

That time is believed to be the fastest one-split by a schoolgirl in track and field history. The previous best split was a 50.78 that was set only byMcLaughlin herself at the Penn Relays in April.

McLaughlin’s relay team finished with a time of 2:05.93, which broke the national record in the Swedish Relay at the event with a time of 2:05.93. The previous record was 2:07.99, which was set by McLaughlin and Union Catholic.

McLaughlin was not done yet. She broke her own national record and world junior record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.03. Her previous best was 54.15.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m excited to see her compete at Kentucky.

2019 Kentucky Women’s Basketball Star Commits to UK


Lincoln County’s Emma King announced on Twitter she will attend the University of Kentucky, the first person in Matthew Mitchell’s 2019 recruiting class.

In King’s sophomore season, the 5’11” wing averaged 17.9 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Patriots, whose season ended in the 12th Region Championship Game.  Her AAU coach told Jen Smith Wisconsin, Florida, Dayton and Louisville were also contenders, but Mitchell was wise enough to beginning recruiting King at a very young age.

The Commonwealth continues to produce elite women’s basketball talent and Mitchell is cashing in.  He’s building his 2018 recruiting class around Harlan County’s Blair Green, his 2019 class around King and is currently pursuing another Kentucky star in 2020, Ryle’s Maddie Scherk.

Monday Night Notes Presented by Prestonsburg Tourism


Discover Prestonsburg, the “Star City of Eastern Kentucky”. Whether you’re into outdoor adventure, musical entertainment, theatre, history or science, Prestonsburg has a little something for everyone.  Located along U.S. 23, the country music highway, Prestonsburg offers an array of musical entertainment.  The Mountain Arts Center is a performing arts venue that hosts the Billie Jean Osborne’s KY Opry.  Be mesmerized by the local talent on stage that will leave you understanding why we say, “There’s something in the water”.   The KY Opry kicks off June 17.  If you’re looking for just a relaxing music evening, checkout some of our local restaurants such as McGuire’s Brickhouse or Lizzie B’s on Friday and Saturday Nights that have local bands performing into the night.

Catch an outdoor theatre show at the Jenny Wiley Theatre this summer.  This year’s summer shows will include Tarzan and Madagascar.  Shows start June 23 for a magical experience under the stars.   For history buffs, educate yourselves at the Battle of Middlecreek, the largest Civil War battle in Eastern KY or tour through the Historic Samuel May House.  Explore the East Kentucky Science Center & Varia Planetarium one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the nation.  You also don’t want to miss out on the Hubble Exhibit on display until September.

For the outdoor enthusiast, enjoy Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.  The park features plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, birding, boating opportunities and even elk tours during the fall & winter season.  Check out our newly created Sugar Camp Mountain Trails that add an additional 26 miles of mountain biking that are like no other in the region.  Like Kayaking? Experience our Levisa Fork PaddleFest, the fourth Saturday May – Sept., and kayak up the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River into Paintsville.  Of course no trip to Prestonsburg is complete without a trip to StoneCrest Golf Course, whether an avid golfer or just there to take in the views, this reclaimed strip mine is a beauty like no other.  Call Prestonsburg Tourism at 800-844-4704 or visit for more information.

The Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Series is Sad

After losing 17 straight games, the Kentucky All-Stars defeated Indiana 111-110 in double overtime. Dozens of people went wild after the victory in Frankfort.

Flener Made Golf Digest

Your favorite former KSR Bachelor Recap Writer has taken his fame to a new level.  Now a caddie for Stephan Jaeger on the Tour, the second win of the season (a win that will promote Jaeger to the PGA Tour) caused Aaron Flener to create a celebration worthy of a Golf Digest article.

Following Jaeger’s two-shot victory at the Rust-Oleum Championship, Flener enjoyed a celebratory beverage from the goblet-shaped piece of hardware. Or rather, some celebratory beverages. The dude can chug.

As a person who’s spent time with Flener in Nashville, I agree, the dude can chug.

An Update on Last Chance U‘s Brittany Wagner

Brittany Wagner is back in the business of helping college student-athletes.  The breakout star of Netflix’s Last Chance U, which returns for season 2 on July 21, left EMCC for a marketing position at Newk’s Eatery.  It didn’t take her long to return to her passion.  Her new venture is called 10 Thousand Pencils, a company that will provide counseling and life skills coaching for at-risk student-athletes.  From

“Wagner said her goal is not to take the place of traditional school counselors and advisors, but to enhance what they are already doing. In the same way a private quarterback coach can help a high school player develop into a college prospect, Wagner hopes her service can take an athlete on the verge of failing many of his classes and help him gain academic eligibility for college.”


Normally WDRB viewers are subjected to Bill Lamb and his Point of View, but today they were treated to a guest editorial from a concerned Harrison County citizen.  Ray Wilson is tired of the annual pig wrestling match and he wants the “embarrassment” to be stopped immediately.

Catch Up with a Future Star for UK Hoops

If you listened to today’s radio show, you may have heard Matt mention the talented girls basketball players Eastern Kentucky is producing.  His timing was impeccable.

Larry Vaught caught up with Harlan County’s Blair Green, a top 40 player in the 2018 class that averaged 23.1 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior for the Black Bears.  Currently committed to Kentucky, the Miss Basketball favorite said she already has an outstanding relationship with a former Miss Basketball from the mountains, Maci Morris.

“Maci is Maci. She is so much fun and her game is just unbelievable,” Green said. “She surprised a lot of people even from her hometown by coming to Kentucky and starting. I don’t think a lot of people thought she could do that but I know how good she is. When we work out together she helps me and gives me faith in my game.”

This is How You End a Baseball Game, Folks

There are two perfect ways to end baseball games.  You can strike out the side, like Sean Hjelle did in the Regional Final against N.C. State, or you can go yard.  Wake Forrest’s Ben Breazeale went yard over the giant scoreboard to end the game and send the Super Regional to a third and decisive game three.  It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

On a semi-related note, the KSR Baseball Podcast will take a week to exhale. Trey and Coach Madison will be back next week to review the historic season and look at the future of Kentucky baseball.

KTR is Back

The Game of Thrones Season 2 review will be on your Kentucky Sports Radio podcast feed before you know it.  Keep your eyes peeled.  If you’d rather hear us stick to sports, Freddie’s Depth Chart Podcast returns tomorrow night.

The KSR Summer Tour Goes to London

Matt Jones and the KSR Crew will spend the second day of the first leg of the KSR Tour at the Sleep Outfitters in London, Kentucky.  Make sure you don’t miss any of the other June stops before Matt takes a brief hiatus in the month of July.

6/12 – Prestonsburg – Stonecrest Golf Course
6/13 – London – Sleep Outfitters
6/14 – Russell Springs – Lawless-Smith True Value
6/15 – Somerset – Ashley Furniture
6/16 – Lexington – Don Franklin Auto on Richmond Road

6/19 – Danville – Dexter Insurance
6/20 – Leitchfield – Future Designs
6/21 – Louisville – Academy Sports on Outer Loop
6/22 – Henderson – Sleep Outfitters
6/23 – Owensboro area – Don Moore Auto

The Hey Kentucky! Casting Call is Saturday

Your chance to make TV magic is here.  Come to Fayette Mall this Saturday, June 17th. Registration begins at 10:00 A.M. Once registered, you will be interviewed by a producer.  The best of the best will be selected to come back later that evening to try out in front of the esteemed panel of judges.


MUST BE 18 years or older to try out for the competition.

MUST BE a Kentucky Resident.

MUST BRING a valid driver’s license with you.

MUST have fun.

Nick Mingione was built for the UK baseball program

While the Kentucky baseball team may have lost both games in the program’s first ever Super Regional appearance, it is no question that the program is headed in the right direction. First year head coach Nick Mingione has had an incredible effect on the team and the overall morale surrounding the program.

I remember after the UK men’s basketball team won the 2012 National Championship, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said that the UK basketball program was built for John Calipari. After seeing what Mingione has done in just one year with the Bat Cats, I’d like to go out on a limb and say that he was built for this program.

Take a look at Mingione’s final statement after yesterday’s loss to Louisville.

A coach who has that much passion about the players on his team and the program in general, is exactly who you want at the helm while the team is on the rise. Pair Mingione’s passion with the most passionate fan base in the country and it is a perfect match.

Starting the petition to sign an extra long contract extension for Mingione very soon.


UK Athletics

UK Athletics 2016-17 Recap

UK Athletics

UK Baseball’s elimination yesterday brought an end to the year for UK Athletics. It was definitely a memorable one. Here is a recap of how all of the teams did this season!

Fall 2016

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Record: 7-6 (4-4 SEC)

Postseason: Lost to Georgia Tech in Tax Slayer Bowl 33-18

Best Moment: 

Heck this might be the best moment of the UK Athletics season.

Recap: The season could not have started any worse for Mark Stoops and company. The Cats jumped out to an early lead on Southern Miss with Drew Barker having a monster first half. The second half of the game? Well, you know what happened… the season continued with a big loss to Florida and an embarrassing start to the New Mexico State game. Fans immediately began to call for a change in leadership. To say that the Cats proved them wrong is an understatement. The win over Louisville may go down as the biggest win in program history. It changed everyone’s perception of Mark Stoops and those that were not sold on him are now buying back into the program. While the Cats lost the bowl game, the end result does not mean as much as just being there does. Kentucky not only just making a bowl game, but making one of the caliber of the Tax Slayer Bowl is massive for the program. It really does lead us to ask the question, What’s Next?

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Record: 23-8 (15-2 SEC)

Postseason: Lost to Washington 3-0 in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament

Best Moment: Sweeping Louisville 3-0 at the KFC Yum Center

Recap: UK Volleyball had another impressive season. Craig Skinner’s team finished with 23 wins marking the 9th time in the past 10 years that his team has won at least 20 games. Volleyball players Leah Edmond, Ashley Dusek and Olivia Dailey earned All-America distinction, with Edmond becoming the 11th player in school history to be named to 1st, 2nd or 3rd team All-American. Dusek was also named the SEC Libero of the Year. Next season will bring high expectations for the Cats as they bring in their highest ranked recruiting class in school history.

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Men’s Soccer

Record: 11-5-3 (5-3-0 C-USA)

Postseason: Lost to Creighton 3-2 in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament

Best Moment: Selection Show (Team earned first ever national seed)

Recap: For the first time in team history, the Kentucky soccer team were given a national seed. With this, Kentucky hosted Creighton in the NCAA Tournament. This was the third straight NCAA Tournament bid for the Cats and the fourth in five years. Napo Matsoso was drafted with the 31st pick of the MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution. This selection made Matsoso the highest drafted player in program history. He ended his career with the third most assists in school history, and tied for the ninth most goals. Charlie Reyman also signed with Bethlehem Steel FC of the United Soccer League, which has teams in Louisville and Cincinnati.

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Women’s Soccer

Record: 5-9-4 (1-7-3 SEC)

Postseason: No Postseason

Best Moment: 2-1 Win over #9 Arkansas

Recap: The season was an obvious disappointment for Kentucky fans. Following their loss to Georgia to close the season, head coach Jon Lipsitz was relieved of his duties as head coach. Following a nationwide search, Mitch Barnhart decided to go in house and hired assistant coach Ian Carry to become the next head coach.

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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Postseason: Men: 5th in NCAA SE Regional

Women: 3rd in NCAA SE Regional

Best Moment: Katy Kunc finishing 33rd in NCAA Championship

Recap: Cross Country is a sport that doesn’t get nearly the respect it deserves. Both teams had an impressive season. The men’s team finished in 3rd in the SEC which was their best finish since 1992. The women finished 3rd in the region and narrowly missed qualifying as a team for the NCAA Championship. Katy Kunc was still able to represent the team by running a 6K in 20:20.

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Men’s and Women’s Golf

Postseason: Men: 7th in NCAA Baton Rouge Region

Women: 16th in NCAA Regional

Best Moment: UK Women winning the Battle of the Bluegrass Tournament

Recap: The UK Men were highlighted by having 3 players finish in the top 20 at the NCAA Regional. Tyler McDaniel led the way for the Cats shooting a +3 over 3 days. The UK Women were led by Isabelle Johansson who finished tied for 22nd place in the region by shooting +9 over 3 days.


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