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Former Kentucky track star Kendra Harrison broke a 28-year old record in the 100m hurdles, finishing in 12.20, .01 faster than the previous milestone. Her performance at the London Anniversary Games was amazing; her reaction was priceless.
The gratifying performance comes after Harrison hit a slump, failing to qualify for the Rio Olympics at the US Trials. That motivation carried her today.
“Not making the Olympic team, I was really upset and wanted to come here and show what I could have done,” Harrison told the BBC.
“I had vengeance on my mind and wanted to show the girls what I had.
“I trained so hard for this moment. Good luck to the girls running in Rio, but I am just shocked now.”
UK’s self-reported violations for last season include a picture with Drake & accidental tweets/calls
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 22nd, 2016 @ 1:00pm
It’s that time of year again, when we look back at all the secondary violations UK reported to the NCAA for the previous school year and shake our heads. SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker did the dirty work this go around, filing an open records request and discovering that UK self-reported 14 secondary violations to the NCAA for the 2015-16 school year. Keep in mind that most of these are laughably minor, and because UK reported them themselves, the penalties are pretty mild.
There were four Level III (non-suspension) violations for football, including UK accidentally paying for a recruit’s parents’ lodging the night before an official visit; a recruit talking to a former player (“who is considered a booster”) at a game; an assistant coach accidentally tweeting a recruit something that was meant to be a direct message; and an assistant coach accidentally calling a recruit and his parents one day after the no-contact period began.
The one men’s basketball violation is one we already knew about: Tyler Ulis taking a picture with Drake at his concert in Chicago. This is considered “preferential treatment,” although UK pointed out that the two merely said hello and took a picture, and that’s it. No tickets, no access to the after party, nothing. If you remember, Ulis was briefly declared ineligible and reinstated on the day of Big Blue Madness.
There were three violations for women’s basketball (including Matthew Mitchell pocket dialing a recruit), one for baseball, three for women’s golf, one for men’s golf, and one for women’s volleyball, all Level III (non-suspension). Head on over to SEC Country to check them out and laugh at the institution we call the NCAA.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 17th, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Former Wildcat and Campbellsville native JB Holmes is currently in fourth place at the British Open at -5 overall through 15 holes.
After maintaining third place for much of the morning, a double-bogey hole for Holmes on 14 helped push Steve Striker (-6) ahead and into third.
Henrik Stenson currently sits in first at -19 through the 16th hole, with Phil Mickelson in second at -17 through 16. Unless Stenson chokes, it looks as if those two will finish in that order.
Though he won’t be finishing first overall, Holmes still has a chance for a career best third place finish (Holmes finished fourth overall at the Masters back in April), which should be more than enough to keep him happy. Third place at the Open will bring Holmes $571,560 in prize money. If he finishes in fourth place, he’ll be bringing home $444,840.
Even if Holmes struggles in the end and finishes anywhere in the top seven, he’ll be bringing home over a quarter of a million dollars. Not a bad day at the office.
Finish strong, JB!
JB Holmes just retook third place on #17, now sits at -6.
Steve Striker is in fourth at -5. One hole to go…
Holmes just completed #18, finishes the day for a career best third overall finish at a major tournament. He will be bringing home $571,560 in prize money.
Way to make the Big Blue Nation proud, JB!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 11th, 2016 @ 1:30pm
Football and basketball dominate the headlines when it comes to Kentucky sports, but it’s worth mentioning that six Wildcats qualified for the Olympics in track and field. Over the weekend, Andrew Evans made Team USA with a third-place showing in the Men’s Discus; Leah Nugent will represent Jamaica in the 400m hurdles; former Cat and current UK volunteer assistant coach Rondel Sorrillo and Mikel Thomas will represent Trinidad and Tobago; freshman Camacho-Quinn made the Puerto Rican national team for the 100m hurdles; and Luis Orta will represent Venezuela in the marathon.
Someone give Edrick Floreal a raise, please.
The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials ended last week with no Wildcats advancing, but this morning, UK announced that senior Sean Gunn will represent Zimbabwe in the 100m free.
Congrats to all on this huge accomplishment. Representing your country in the Olympics has to be one of the coolest experiences ever.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©July 09th, 2016 @ 7:15pm
Kentucky is looking to add another member to Team USA. On Friday, Andrew Evans qualified for the Olympic Games in discuss after placing third.
Now it’s Nick Anderson’s turn. Anderson will run in the 110m hurdles semifinals at 7:25 p.m.
Good luck Nick, the Big Blue Nation is cheering for you!
UPDATE: Nick Anderson finished sixth and will not advance to the final.
The SEC is well represented on Team USA’a discuss team. Team include’s Kentucky’s Andrew Evans, Tennessee’s Tavis Bailey and Kansas’ Mason Finley.
Two members of the Kentucky women’s swim team nearly clinched a spot in the Rio Olympics. Bridgette Alexander finished eighth (2:11.41) and Danielle Galyer finished fifth in the 200m backstroke, breaking a school record at 2:09.31. It was a great effort, but world record holder Missy Franklin was too powerful to overcome.
In track and field, there was heartbreak. Sha’Keela Saunders began the long jump qualifier with the best jump of her life, 22’7.25″/6.89m (+1.8). It put her into third place, enough to make it to Rio. She remained in third until her final attempt — she fouled and fell to fourth, one spot shy of Rio. Her teammate, Kenyattia Hackworth, finished in sixth place.
Even though we can’t cheer them on in Rio, they all made the BBN proud with a fantastic effort in the Olympic Trials.
Kentucky’s former Golden Spikes winner is officially in the big leagues. Trailing 7-5 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Reed came to the plate with only one hit in his first five games for the Houston Astros. Reed surprised all, blasting a bomb into left centerfield.
— SN0WBLACK_THE_ORACLE (@sportsmediaLM) July 2, 2016
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to build momentum for a comeback victory, but it did get the monkey off Reed’s back. A minor league phenom, Astros’ fans were beginning to get impatient with the young slugger. Today he lived up to the hype, hitting the first of many homeruns to come.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 01st, 2016 @ 8:57pm
Big congratulations to Bridgette Alexander and Danielle Galyer for advancing to the final of the women’s 200M backstroke at Olympic trials. Alexander and Galyer finished sixth and seventh tonight to move on to tomorrow’s final race, for a spot in the Olympics in Rio.
Go Cats pic.twitter.com/vtTlZg17jk
— Nathan Schwake (@NathanSchwake) July 2, 2016
Good luck, Bridgette and Danielle!!!
By Drew Franklin on ©July 01st, 2016 @ 4:00pm
The University of Kentucky fell just outside the top-25 in the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings for the 2015-16 sports season. UK Athletics came in at No. 26 with 736 points, some 790.5 points behind Stanford, the No. 1 school.
Kentucky ranked sixth in the Southeastern Conference, trailing only Florida (5), Texas A&M (12), Georgia (15), LSU (19) and Arkansas (23).
The Learfield Directors’ Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to 10 men’s and 10 women’s programs per university. For a complete look at the standings, click here.
UK was No. 22 in the standings last year, the school’s second-best finish behind a No. 11 ranking in 2013-14.
This year snaps a three-year streak of ranking in the top-25.
Matthew Mitchell is slowly rebuilding that roster he lost and today he added a new addition in the form of 2015-16 America East Conference Rookie of the Year, Ogechi Anyagaligbo.
Anyagaligbo comes to Kentucky from Stony Brook, where she averaged 10.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a freshman. She is already on campus and enrolled in class.
“We are thrilled that Ogechi has decided to become a Wildcat,” Mitchell said today in a release from the program. “Ogechi is a very physical player that is talented on both ends of the court, which she proved last year by putting up impressive numbers in her rookie season at Stony Brook. She is the type of player we look for on and off the court and we think she is going to be a perfect fit for our system and what we are trying to accomplish here at UK. We’re excited to get her on campus and see her in Kentucky blue.”
Anyagaligbo said, “I always wanted to play basketball at a high level after high school and after working really hard my first year at Stony Brook, I decided to transfer to a bigger program and was welcomed with open arms by the Kentucky players and staff. I knew Kentucky was right for me because looking at the history of the program, Coach Mitchell has done great things and develops players. He also has some very talented assistant coaches that were great players and I know they will help me develop. I bought in and I am excited to grind and get on the court in a year.”
Per NCAA transfer rules, she will sit out this coming season and then be eligible for three years as a Wildcat, beginning in 2017-18.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 28th, 2016 @ 4:00pm
Need something to watch tonight? Tune in to NBC around 8:55 p.m. to watch UK’s own Kyle Higgins swim against Michael Phelps in the semifinals of the 200 meter butterfly at the US Olympic Trials.
Earlier today, Higgins won Heat 6 with a time of 1:57.41, breaking the UK record by a full second, which, if you know swimming, is one hell of an accomplishment. Tonight, he’ll be in lane three of heat two, right next to Michael Phelps…you know, the greatest swimmer of all time:
— Kentucky Swim & Dive (@UKSwimDive) June 28, 2016
The top eight finishers in the 200m fly semifinals advance to the final, which is tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on NBC. The top two finishers in the final will represent the United States in Rio in August.
You got this, Kyle. We’ll be watching.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 28th, 2016 @ 11:30am
After her passing this morning, the sports world is reflecting on the life and career of Pat Summitt. Summitt was the head coach at Tennessee for 38 seasons, leading the Lady Vols to eight national championships, 18 Final Fours, and 16 SEC Championships. Summitt started her career at Tennessee in 1974 at the age of 22, but as the Herald-Leader’s Mark Story wrote yesterday, there was a time in which she considered taking the women’s basketball coaching job at Kentucky. Kentucky reached out to Summitt in 1976, and, as an avid Adolph Rupp and Kentucky men’s basketball fan, she listened.
“At that time, I had no way of knowing what the (financial) commitment to (women’s basketball) would be here,” Summitt said of Tennessee. “And, because it was Kentucky, I thought that job had a lot of potential.”
Alas, the course of women’s basketball history turned over $100.
“If my memory is right, I was making $8,900 at Tennessee,” Summitt said in 1998. “Kentucky was offering $9,000. I didn’t think I could afford to move for $100.”
Looking back, there have been some interesting near-misses with famous coaches in UK Athletics history, but this may take the cake.
Could we not have shilled out a few extra hundred dollars to help Pat move to the Bluegrass??
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 28th, 2016 @ 10:10am
This morning, coaching legend Pat Summitt passed away at the age of 64. The loss is hitting the sports world hard, and UK just released statements on Summitt’s passing from athletics director Mitch Barnhart and women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell, who started his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Summitt at Tennessee in 2000.
“We are saddened by the news of Coach Summitt’s passing,” Mitchell said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Summitt family and the Lady Vol family. She impacted millions of people in such positive ways. Pat gave me the incredible privilege to work for her and she taught me so much. I will be eternally grateful for that opportunity. All of us who learned from her should now make certain we pass along the lessons she taught. She will be greatly missed but her positive impact on the game of basketball and on the people she led will last forever.”
Barnhart also worked with Summitt at Tennessee as an administrator from 1986-1998.
“Summarizing Pat Summitt’s impact is impossible because she embodied all of the virtues you can imagine as a coach and a leader, from class to toughness to passion,” Barnhart said. “Working with her at Tennessee was truly an honor, as was competing against her. She was an incredible icon in not only the game of women’s basketball, but in sports in general. She was a trailblazer who helped pave the way for what women’s sports are today and we are eternally grateful to her. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Summitt family and the Tennessee Athletics family. Pat will be missed.”
John Calipari also took to Twitter to reflect on Summitt’s career and offer his condolences.
“Hall of Famer Pat Summitt, a true ambassador for our sport, has also passed away. She championed women everywhere and created opportunities for them. Would there be a WNBA without her influence? Rest in peace, Pat. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
Today, the world woke up to the difficult news that Pat Summit passed away early this morning after a difficult battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Summitt was an absolute legend in the sport of women’s college basketball, leading the University of Tennessee to eight national titles and 1,098 wins, the most by any Division 1 basketball coach, male or female. With Summitt at the helm, the Lady Vols made an unprecedented 31 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including 18 Final Fours. More importantly, she helped lay the foundation for women’s college basketball. When she became head coach at Tennessee in 1974 at the age of 22, the NCAA didn’t even recognize the sport; Summitt put women’s basketball on the map, blazing the trail just as John Wooden did for men’s basketball at UCLA. At the beginning of her career, she made $250/month and drove the team van herself; by the end of her career, her salary was $1.25 million/year. What a woman.
In 2011, Summitt announced she’d been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type, but refused to let the disease win, attacking it with the same competitiveness she did her opponents. She coached one more season at Tennessee before stepping down, leading the Lady Vols to their 16th SEC Championship under her reign. From there, she retired to face her greatest foe.
Our thoughts go out to Pat’s family, friends, and colleagues, including Matthew Mitchell, who began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee under Summitt in 2000. Not only has college basketball lost a legend, the world has lost one of its classiest individuals.
Her spirit summed up in one quote:
On a morning in which we also lost NFL coaching legend Buddy Ryan, there’s no easy way to segue from this, but we’re going to try…
UK got a commitment from a 3-star WR last night
— Josh Ali (@_JoshAli6) June 27, 2016
Hollywood, Florida native Josh Ali committed to the Cats last night, becoming the tenth commitment in Kentucky’s 2017 class. Ali is considered the 70th best athlete in his class by 247 Sports Composite, and also holds offers from schools like Louisville, Iowa, Illinois, West Virginia and North Carolina State.
Long way until Signing Day, but welcome to the fam, Josh.
ICYMI, John Robic gave us some great scoop on this year’s team
Robic filled in for John Calipari on yesterday’s SEC Summer Teleconference, and gave fans plenty of encouraging quotes about next year’s group, specifically the freshmen.
“I think it’s a hungry group that is really, really getting along very well right now, which is really encouraging to see so early,” Robic said. “They’re a great group of young men that are really, really talented — very, very athletic. We have really good size with this group that is in here right now. You can really tell a difference in the size of our team with the addition of the freshmen class. What it’s done is made the workouts and the practices much more competitive, especially near the rim.”
Skal Labissiere’s new dog is pretty adorable
A photo posted by Skal Labissière (@skal_lab) on
Lots of life changes happening for the newest Sacramento King, including getting a dog. Meet Dash, Skal’s new puppy. Dash is a Pomsky, a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian, a breed Skal said he picked because they are “good looking, smart, and easy to train.”
Lots of Cats in Sacramento, and now, lots of Cats with dogs. Here’s hoping Willie Cauley-Stein invites Skal and Dash over to play with his pups, Benji and Brodie.
How about Iceland?
Iceland pulled off one of the biggest upsets in European football history yesterday, beating England 2-1 to advance to the Euro quarterfinals. Most people are focusing on England’s embarrassing collapse, but how about Iceland, a country of 330,000 that’s undefeated in its first major international tournament? On Friday, they’ll play France, and I’d argue most of the world will be on their side.
It’s been a depressing morning, so let’s listen to Icelandic commentator Gudmundur Benediktsson’s calls from the game, starting with their second goal:
Den isländske kommentatorn är tillbaka. Lyssna på den hysteriska glädjen vid 2-1 till Island <3 pic.twitter.com/Qv6anSvhyv
— Ehsan Fadakar (@ehsanfadakar) June 27, 2016
And after the score was final:
“You can leave Europe! You can go wherever the hell you want!”
— Gissur Simonarson CN (@GissiSim) June 27, 2016
Where in Kentucky is KSR?
That’s the question everyone is asking this morning. Yesterday, Matt and Ryan kicked off this year’s summer tour in Danville, and today, they’re surprising another town in the Bluegrass with an appearance. Need a hint? The town is less than an hour from Louisville and does NOT have a KSR affiliate.
Let’s hear those guesses…
AJ Reed will make his MLB debut tonight at 7:15 ET against the Royals. Reed is slated to bat sixth for the Astros and play DH. The game is not nationally televised, but MLB.TV subscribers can watch online or listen for free on the MLB app or website.
Kansas City’s starter Chris Young has struggled this season, which is great for Reed. Young has struggled to keep the ball in the park, and Reed had 11 home runs for Triple-A Fresno. This may be a short MLB tryout for Reed this weekend. The Astros are still using Marwin Gonzalez at first while Reed continues to develop. If Reed hits well in the next few games, he will most likely take over at first for the long term.
Follow @TreyHuntsmanKSR for updates on Reed throughout the night.