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UK Track phenom Sydney McLaughlin breaks ANOTHER Junior World Record

The Kentucky Track and Field team put on a show in day one of the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

To no one’s surprise, UK freshman Sydney McLaughlin won the 400M Hurdles event in dominating fashion. In fact, the Wildcat Olympian broke yet ANOTHER Junior World Record with a 53.60 time in the event.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn also took home the 100M Hurdle victory with a 12.53-second time.

For the men, Daniel Roberts won the 110M Hurdles with a time of 13.53 seconds.

Take a look at the highlights:

Congratulations to McLaughlin, Camacho-Quinn, and Roberts on their big victories to open the weekend!


UK Softball cancels two games due to weather

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Bad news for you UK Softball fans: the weather has forced the Cats to cancel two games this week. Today’s game vs. Northern Kentucky at John Cropp Stadium has been canceled due to storms moving into the area, as has tomorrow’s game at Morehead State. There will be no make-up dates.

If you had a single-game ticket to today’s game, you can contact the UK Ticket Office to exchange it for a ticket to any remaining regular season home game this season.

The Cats will now turn their attention to Friday night’s game vs. No. 6 Tennessee in Knoxville, which you can see on SEC Network+.


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Kentucky’s Gymnastics Coaching Staff wins National Award

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After taking the program to the NCAA Championships for the first time, head coach Tim Garrison and assistant coaches Chuck Dickerson and Rachel Garrison were named the 2018 National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches/Women National Coach and Assistant Coaches of the Year.

The awards are voted on by Division I coaches across the country. Both awards are the program’s first.

Kentucky finished the season ranked No. 12 in the nation after finishing with a 196.0625 at the NCAA Championships.

In a release, Garrison said, “I’m so grateful for my staff. They have given so much of themselves to this team and program and I could not be happier for them to be recognized by our National coaches group and receive the coach of the year award.”

For more information on the award, you can click here.


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The Future of Cliff Hagan Stadium

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The BatCats are in the midst of their 50th and final season of playing ball inside Cliff Hagan Stadium. Come next spring, the Kentucky baseball team is expected to be all moved into their new home. They’re just going down the road – the new stadium will be off Alumni Drive between Kroger Field and the Bell Soccer Complex.

The new stadium – which has not yet been named – costs a reported $49 million. It will feature permanent seating for 2,500 fans with additional space for bleachers. That would bring total attendance up to 7,000 fans, making the new stadium an attractive option for NCAA Tournament games.

For the team, the new stadium will have AstroTurf, a team lounge, an updated locker room, indoor hitting and pitching areas, coaching offices and a recruiting room. For the fans, there will be chair-back seating, suites and a new club area.

It’s a major improvement for the program, but one thing will be missing: The Cliff. The free, student-run area overlooking the field is a very popular spot during the games (speaking from experience), and drawings of the new stadium do not include anything similar, unless students would be able to see the game from the grassy areas (shown below on the right side of the image) while bleachers are not in use.

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So, what’s happening to Cliff Hagan stadium? Original reports say it will be torn down to serve as the space for a state-of-the-art tennis facility. Currently, the UK tennis teams’ indoor base is the Hilary J. Boone center, which – again, speaking from experience – desperately needs an upgrade. Here’s an interpretation of the projected $20 million tennis complex:


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UK Softball Upsets No. 6 Georgia

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The Kentucky softball team used a pinch-hit homerun to take home its fourth win over a top ten team this season.

The game was tied 2-2 in the fourth inning when Rachel Lawson called Abbey Cheek to the plate.  On the first pitch, Cheek delivered a homerun.  The two-run bomb proved to be the game-winner as the Cats defeated No. 6 Georgia 4-2 at John Cropp Stadium.

The win improves the Cats’ record to 28-14 on the season. They’ll try to take the series tomorrow at 1:00 during a bark at the park event at John Cropp Stadium.


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Friday Morning Rapid Fire: Anthony Davis Dunks Portland to Playoff Death

Anthony Davis is doing whatever he wants in the NBA Playoffs.  Last night The Unibrow caught lob after lob for one disrespectful dunk after another.  This one might be the most embarrassing dunk in NBA Playoff history.  It was so bad, Jrue Holiday pointed and laughed in Nurkic’s face before getting back on defense.

This reaction from Boogie describes exactly how NBA Twitter collectively lost its mind.

Rondo’s half-court lob got Boogie out of his seat too.

This one proves Davis can catch and finish any lob thrown his way.

Davis finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Pelicans’ 119-102 win.  Through seven playoff games, Davis is averaging 30.2 points per game.  The only other play in NBA history to average more than 30 points in the postseason is Michael Jordan.

The PeliCats now have a 3-0 lead.  They’ll bring their brooms to the Smoothie King Center to sweep Portland Saturday at 5:00.

PLAYOFFS?!?! Tonight’s schedule has at least one Wildcat on a roster in each game.

  • 7:00 — Cavs vs. Pacers on ESPN (Tied 1-1)
  • 8:00 — Raptors vs. Wizards on ESPN2 (TOR leads 2-0)
  • 9:30 — Celtics vs. Bucks on ESPN (BOS leads 2-0)

We Going to the ‘Ship: Kentucky is in the National Championship.  That’s right, tonight the Kentucky gymnastics team will compete in the National Championships for the first time.

Their meet in St. Louis begins at 7:00 on ESPNU.  In a group of six with Utah, California, Oklahoma, Washington and Florida, the top three teams will advance to the semifinals, a.k.a. The Super Six, tomorrow afternoon at 1:00.  Hopefully the basketball players aren’t the only Wildcats to hit a heater in St. Louis this spring.

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A Rematch with No. 1 Florida:Last night was ugly.  After a solid start by Haake, Mingione pulled him after two innings.  The idea to play a lot of pitchers against the No. 1 team in America on short rest was good in theory, but it ended disastrously.  Not long after Haake left the mound, the wheels fell off and the Cats lost 11-2.

They’ll be back in action tonight at 7:30 on the SEC Network, but don’t stay in and watch it on TV.  Get to The Cliff before it’s gone.

Top Ten Team Travels to Cropp:  The Cliff isn’t the only diamond hosting top talent.  No. 18 Kentucky will host No. 6 Georgia in a three-game series, beginning at John Crop Stadium tonight at 6:00.

See Shai:  Gilgeous-Alexander is back on the road, but he’s not far from home.  The former Kentucky point guard and future NBA star will be signing autographs tonight at All Sports in the Fayette Mall from 6:30-8:30.  Don’t miss it.

The Bats got a Brand New Logo: For one night and one night only, the Louisville Bats will be the Louisville Mashers.  The Reds’ Triple-A Club is partnering with Evan Williams for a bourbon-themed night on Saturday, May 26.  You gotta love the cartoonish logo and crazy colors.

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If anybody with the Bats would like to hook a brother up, I’ll gladly rock the Mashers look all around town.

A New KSR Football Podcast: I may be biased, but it was excellent.  The football talk is fine, yet incomparable to the nonsensical tangents that took place.  Listen for yourself and subscribe to the new KSR Football Podcast feed on iTunes.

KSR is in Cynthiana: LIVE from Red State BBQ.  You have one hour to get in there.


UK Gymnastics Advances to Nationals for the First Time

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It is an historic night for the Kentucky women’s gymnastics team.

For the first time in program history, UK will compete in the National Semifinals, college gymnastics’ greatest stage.  The Cats scored a 197, a feat accomplished only four times previously, to finish second in the regional tournament. UK will head to Nationals on April 20 in St. Louis.

Watch highlights from the historic night and read more here.


Sydney McLaughlin and relay team break school record

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Sydney McLaughlin continues to break records.

On Friday, McLaughlin made history at the Florida Relays. She ran the 400m dash in 50.07 seconds, a new NCAA Freshman record. 

On Saturday, Faith Ross, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Sydney McLaughlin and Kayelle Clarke broke a school record in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:26.92. The team won the event by more than a second.

A big reason for the win, McLaughlin. She ran the third leg in 48.45, three seconds faster than her opponent. This gave Clarke a big lead on the anchor leg.

The 4×400 relay begins at the 52-second mark.

She fast.


Sydney McLaughlin broke another record today

Basketball season may be over, but the most famous athlete on Kentucky’s campus is still going. Sydney McLaughlin made more history today, running the 400m dash in 50.07 seconds, a new NCAA Freshman record. McLaughlin is the second fastest person to run the 400m at the collegiate level ever behind Courtney Okolo and now leads the world in the event.

Oh yeah — it was raining:

Go, Syd, go!


Kentucky Women’s Track Team Earns Program’s Best National Indoor Finish

The Kentucky track team wrapped up an excellent day for UK Athletics by taking home medals at the National Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The men’s team had UK’s greatest individual winner.  Tim Duckworth won gold in the heptathlon with the fourth-best performance in collegiate history.  He’s the first Wildcat to win an individual title since 1996.

The women’s team did not have any gold medal-winners, but they earned enough medals to finish third overall, the best team finish in program history.

Sydney McLaughlin won silver in the 400m.  She set a Junior U20 record, but could not beat the new collegiate record-holder.  Jasmine Camacho-Quinn added a bronze medal to her crowded trophy case in the 60m hurdles.  Olivia Gruver repeated as the bronze medalist in the pole vault.  You can see all of the highlights here.

Congratulations to Edrick Floreal for reaching new heights with Kentucky’s track and field program.