After waiting until the very last minute in the process, we now know that Hamidou →
By Drew Franklin on ©May 20th, 2017 @ 4:42pm
Kentucky needed to win two of three in the series at Florida this weekend to win the SEC title, but it fell short of that goal, dropping each of the last two games after taking the first on Thursday.
In today’s third and final game of the series, a must-win for the Cats, a blown lead and several missed opportunities with runners on base cost Kentucky its shot at the prize. Florida won the game, the series and a share of the SEC regular season crown with a 6-4 win.
Though the loss stings, the regular season as a whole far exceeded expectations. Kentucky finishes the season at 38-18 and 19-11 in conference play, and will be the No. 3 seed in the SEC tournament.
Trey Huntsman will have more in a bit…
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©May 20th, 2017 @ 3:00pm
The UK Softball team defeated Illinois 1-0 to advance to the regional final tomorrow.
Unlike yesterday’s five-run first inning, the Wildcats scored their only run in bottom of the fourth inning. Kentucky’s Bailey Vick Cats scored on sac fly to right field from Breanne Ray.
Meagan Prince was on the mound again for the Cats. In all seven innings pitched, she allowed only three hits and struck out three batters.
“I think it was one of my better performances,” Prince said. “I felt sharp. I felt lose on the mound and I felt confident in what I was throwing.
Prince did not allow a base runner after the third inning and retired the final 14 batters she faced.
“I think once the hitters went through the order, we kind of had a better idea of how to attack,” Prince said. “Me on the mound, I had a better idea of where I needed to place the ball. It’s a game of two inches, those first three innings if I could have moved the ball a little further to the left or to the right or down, maybe those hits wouldn’t have happened.”
Head coach Rachel Lawson said today’s matchup between Prince and Illinois’ Breanna Wonderly was a great pitcher’s duel.
“I thought both pitchers did outstanding,” Lawson said. “They did a great job of controlling the bottom of the zone.”
Lawson does not know who will be on the mound for the Cats tomorrow, but is very confident in all her pitchers.
“So depending who comes out of this and how many pitches they have to throw and all that will determine what I do tomorrow,” Lawson said. “As much as our pitching staff won’t know until tomorrow what’s gonna go on, I’m probably not gonna know until tomorrow at about 4 a.m. That’s about when I make that decision.”
Kentucky will face the winner of Game 5 (today at 5:30 p.m.) tomorrow at noon.
— KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) May 20, 2017
Saturday, May 20
Game 3 – Illinois vs. Kentucky: Noon
Game 4 – Marshall vs. DePaul: 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Illinois 3 vs. Winner Game 4: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21
Game 6 – Kentucky 3 vs. Winner Game 5: Noon
Game 7 – (If necessary): 2:30 p.m.
By Nick Roush on ©May 20th, 2017 @ 2:00pm
John Calipari loves to tease his big men when they leave the paint. “You were a shooter, not a maker,” was the line he used in his recent Cal Cast with Anthony Davis. It turns out, Bam Adebayo is a shooter AND a maker from behind the three-point line.
After playing primarily in the post in college, Adebayo is using pre-draft workouts to prove to NBA scouts that he can stretch the floor.
“Most people think I can’t shoot, but I’m working on it and staying humble,” he told DraftExpress. “I’m getting more comfortable with it. I shot midrange in college. I just got evaluate myself and shoot better from three.”
Calipari always told the media that Bam could knock ’em down from deep, but he never attempted a three-pointer in his one season at Kentucky. He knocks down a few in the footage from his Chicago workout, displaying scary versatility that could move him up draft boards.
By Nick Roush on ©May 20th, 2017 @ 1:00pm
Nick Mingione didn’t make it through last night’s 11-run loss to Florida.
In the top of the fifth inning, Kentucky trailed Florida 7-0. Kentucky’s Marcus Carson was hit by a pitch, but the umpire ruled he didn’t make an effort to get out of the ball’s path. Carson didn’t get a base and the Kentucky head coach was not happy about it.
UK’s Nick Mingione discussing dinner plans with the umpire… (1st ejection as a head coach). pic.twitter.com/esDeD677Di
— Lee K. Howard (@HowardWKYT) May 20, 2017
Carson HBP, HP ump Michael Banks rules that he didn’t make an effort to avoid getting hit, UK manager Nick Mingione disagreed and was tossed pic.twitter.com/TMcugzjtwx
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) May 20, 2017
I applaud Mingione’s efforts. Normally a laid back guy, he was elusive, evading umpires attempting to hold him back to make sure the home plate ump heard what he had to say.
Mingione is back in the dugout right now. With a win over Florida and an LSU loss to Miss. State, the Cats can claim a share of the SEC Title. Watch all of the action unfold in the final game of the regular season on Watch ESPN.
By Nick Roush on ©May 20th, 2017 @ 12:00pm
Don’t call it a comeback. Billy Gillispie will return to the sidelines as Ranger College’s head coach.
In December of 2016 Gillispie announced he was retiring, citing health issues related to high blood pressure that must be immediately addressed or, “irreversible, bad things were very likely to happen.” Apparently, those health problems have been addressed and he is good to go.
Gillispie was spotted at a signing ceremony in Springfield, Illinois yesterday for a future Ranger College basketball player. He confirmed to the The State Journal-Register that his health has improved and he will coach the junior college next fall.
“That’s the intention,” Gillespie said of coaching in the 2017-18 school year. “I had, unfortunately, I had some high blood pressure issues in December so they thought it was a lot worse than it actually ended up being. I’ve got it under control now.
“And the other thing: I’d rather die on the sideline than not be coaching, but no, that’s not going to be happening anytime soon, either, I don’t think. But everything is great with the health and I am definitely looking forward to coaching again.”
Few quotes perfectly encapsulate a personality, but I can’t think of one better for Gillispie than, “I’d rather die on the sideline than not be coaching.”
By Nick Roush on ©May 20th, 2017 @ 11:00am
Enes Kanter’s offseason travels around the world hit a roadblock in Romania. The former Kentucky big man shared this message with his followers.
I’m being held at Romanian airport by Police!! pic.twitter.com/uYZMBqKx54
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017
Kanter’s opposition to the Turkish government and president, who he so lovingly referred to as “the Hitler of our century,” has put him in a pickle. It’s already put him between his family. Kanter’s father disowned him for his beliefs last August. Now he’s stuck in an airport without a valid passport.
Through it all, Enes still has a smile on his face.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017
In the video Enes shared with the world, he used phrases like “canceled my passport” and “deportation.” The ambiguous allegations provided little detail, but now we have some clarity.
According to Mahir Zeyalov, a journalist who covers Turkey, the country has revoked his passport. He faces deportation to Turkey where he will likely be arrested.
Back home, Kanter’s assistant told Brett Dawson he’s “pretty optimistic” about Kanter’s chances of returning to the United States.
By Nick Roush on ©May 20th, 2017 @ 10:00am
Just when you thought we had a weekend without sports, the Preakness Stakes is here to see if Always Dreaming will give us a Triple Crown to cheer for in three weeks at the Belmont. Before the horses hit the Pimlico track, the Kentucky baseball and softball teams are taking the diamond with a lot at stake.
1. Which Non-Derby Horse will Win Money?
Let me start by saying Cherry Wine can go to hell. The horse powered through the mud to ruin my perfectly good trifecta and I’m still not over it. It was a bad day.
This year’s field has brought a few of the best Derby contenders who are out to prove the sloppy, packed Churchill track was the reason they did not finish better. Hence, Gunnvera and Lookin’ at Lee are all good prices. If you throw them in a trifecta with the prohibitive favorites, Classic Empire and Always Dreaming, you could win some nice coin, but Cherry Wine part two will still probably ruin it.
I don’t know which Non-Derby horse has it in them, but if you’d like to share, please. I can’t have another year of ruined Preakness bets.
2. The Morning Line Odds
3. And the Winner is:
Classic Empire. He’s the Exaggerator to Always Dreaming’s Nyquist. If you don’t like that comparison, think Affirmed and Alydar, Smarty Jones and Lion Heart or Real Quiet and Victory Gallop.
Dreaming had everything go right for him in the Derby. Pretty much everything went wrong for Empire and he still came in fourth. Even if he doesn’t win, this is the last time you’ll see Empire at 3/1.
4. The BatCats are Blown Out in Gainesville
After the Cats took the Gators to the woodshed in the first game, Florida returned the favor in Game Two. Kentucky could never get the bats going while Florida ran wild to win 14-3. Kentucky can no longer win the SEC outright, but a win today at 1:00 ET could earn them a share of the SEC East title.
5. The Lexington Softball Regional Continues
While the BatCats struggled, their female counterparts thrived in the first round of the Regional Tournament. The UK Softball team scored five runs on four hits in the first inning and never looked back to defeat DePaul 6-0. Meagan Prince’s shutout featured five strikeouts and just two hits.
Kentucky will play for a spot in the Regional Championship today at noon against Illinois at John Cropp Stadium. After a 12-inning first round victory, hopefully fatigue is a factor for the Illini.
6. Is Diallo’s Decision Going to Happen?
It could happen at any moment. He’s finished with workouts, but his teammates are still trying out for NBA teams. Mychal Mulder recently got a look from the Orlando Magic and Isaiah Briscoe worked out with the Rockets yesterday.
The NBA Playoffs have not been the most entertaining basketball. Last night the Cavs beat the brakes off the Celtics 130-86. If you can still appreciate basketball in a blowout, the Warriors are traveling to San Antonio for Game 3, tonight at 9:00 on ABC.
On the other hand, the NHL Playoffs have been thrilling. It’s had everything you want in postseason play: game sevens, overtime and epic comebacks, most recently the Ducks’ 3-2 OT win over the Preds. They return to the ice tonight in Anaheim with the series tied at 2-2, starting at 7:15 on NBC, following the Preakness Stakes.
8. I Tied a Bow Tie
After years of failed attempts, I finally figured out how to tie a bow tie and I’ve never been more proud of myself. It’s my greatest accomplishment since graduating college and it feels so good.
Feeling like I just tied my first Bow tie pic.twitter.com/9PVs6CPsOo
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) May 20, 2017
9. Check Out 75
One of my best friends is in a new film that’s not for the faint of heart. Made in Cincinnati by Cincinnatians, it takes a personal look at the heroin epidemic that’s ravaging our region. I have yet to see it, but it’s airing in a few select theaters in Cincinnati and in the coming months you’ll be able to watch it and chill. For a better description, IMDB says,
A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.
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— Andrew (@Andrewh_11) May 19, 2017
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#9 Thad Vincent
— Thad Vincent (@WildcatThad) May 19, 2017
IS anyone really “4” UofL?
— Di (@ShootersShoot34) May 19, 2017
“Guess that caller” could be the new summer segment.
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— Eric McCorkle (@kydude04) May 19, 2017
Wait if KSR is down does that mean you actually have to do your work?
#6 Jamie Reagan
— Jamie Reagan (@JamieReagan71) May 19, 2017
Wonder if any of them will get a chest tattoo…
#5 Devin Bruner
— Devin Bruner (@bruner99) May 19, 2017
What a transformation.
#4 Allison King
— Allison King (@amking09) May 18, 2017
Raising them right.
— Dal (@dalsweatshirt) May 19, 2017
Looks like Brad needs to get on the Harry’s game.
#2 Daniel Jolly
— Daniel Jolly (@DanielJolly14) May 19, 2017
This five week vacation coming up should be interesting.
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By Trey Huntsman on ©May 19th, 2017 @ 10:30pm
Kentucky’s offense faltered after Thursday’s impressive performance. Florida ran away with a 14-3 victory on Friday behind a big night from their starting pitcher Brady Singer. The Cats will need a big win tomorrow over Florida in order to win the SEC East. If LSU wins and UK loses, the two teams will share the title and UK will have the #1 seed in the SEC Tournament.
Singer and Florida owned this game from the start. UK was baffled by Singer’s fastball-slider combo as he struck out four of the first five batters of the game. Kentucky’s offense couldn’t find a groove before Florida stepped on the gas in the second. Mark Kolozsvary hit a ball to right that continued to carry out of the park for a two-run home run to give Florida the first lead of the night.
The long ball has been Logue’s Achilles Heel in 2017. Kolozsvary’s home run was the 18th allowed by Logue this year. The Gators continued to touch Logue in the third. Thanks to five straight hits with one out, Florida scored four runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead.
The bleeding would not stop for the UK pitching staff in the middle innings. After Logue exited, Alec Maley allowed a RBI single to J.J Schwarz in the fourth. Austin Keen was unable to quiet the Gators in the fifth as Florida led 11-0 heading into the sixth.
The frustration really boiled over in the top of the fifth for UK. Marcus Carson was called back to home after being hit by a pitch and not making an effort to get out of the way. Nick Mingione argued the call and was eventually ejected for his petition at home plate. He got his money’s worth before he took the walk off the field.
Florida gave Brady Singer more than enough run support. Even with Tristan Pompey ending the no-hitter in the sixth, Singer still cruised into the seventh inning. Kole Cottam blasted a two-run bomb to right to put UK on the board. Pompey added a RBI single to cut Florida’s lead to eight in the seventh. Singer finished the seventh inning and picked up the win on Friday.
For UK, first baseman Gunnar McNeill made his season debut on the mound. McNeill struck out two in the seventh but had to eat three runs in the bottom of the eighth as interim manager Todd Guilliams elected to save the rest of his bullpen for Saturday.
UK and Florida wrap up their series on Saturday with a 1 ET first pitch. The Cats will look towards Justin Lewis to lead them in the biggest game of the regular season.
By Jay Winkler on ©May 19th, 2017 @ 10:00pm
So remember this tweet from 3 days ago?
Keep sleeping on me.. I love it
— SKJ (@The_SKJ) May 16, 2017
Well, SKJ’s trainer seems to share that same sentiment. SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker shared some words from Sacha’s personal trainer, Gilbert Abraham, on how much Sacha has progressed:
“He was the youngest guy on that team last year; he’s younger than several of the freshmen coming in this year,” Abraham said. “Some of the other guys were more prepared, and I don’t know how prepared from a maturity standpoint he was. When he started to get acclimated, he started to get better. That’s how he’s been since high school. Once he gets comfortable, he gets better and better and better.”
Kentucky fans sleeping on Killeya-Jones “don’t have a clue what he can do,” Abraham said.
Now we’ve heard it from not only the horse’s mouth, but from the horse trainer’s mouth. You can read Abraham’s full lineup of praise here.
With Mo Bamba heading to Texas, I sure hope he’s right.
By Jay Winkler on ©May 19th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Human megaphone LaVar Ball has once again made his way into the news, but this time, it’s an accusation from an Argentinian company that has people talking:
Attention‼️👮🏽👮🏻 @Lavar @Zo @Melo @Gelo @bigballerbrand are a thief‼️ He stole our brand name a few years ago and added "Big" to his brand name. We are an Argentinian🇦🇷 Brand stablished in 2006, this guy who wasn't creative enough to create his own brand name just took ours.😡 Share it to show the world who is the original @ballerbrand 🗣 In Ball We Trust. Atención‼️👮🏽👮🏼Lavar Ball es un ladrón!!! Robo nuestro nombre de marca unos años atrás y le agrego el "Big" a la suya. Nosotros somos una marca Argentina 🇦🇷establecida en el 2006, este hombre que no fue lo suficientemente creativo para crear un nombre, directamente tomo el nuestro. Compártelo para mostrarle al mundo quien es la real marca @ballerbrand @slamonline @bleacherreport @dimemagazine @nbaontnt @nba @real_gm @stepheasmith @worldstar @houseofhighlights @kristineleahy #lavarball #bigballerbrand #ballerbrand #lonzoball #lameloball #ballbrothers #thief #lakers #ballfamily
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The folks at Baller Brand, a company “stablished” 10 years prior to LaVar’s Big Baller Brand, seem irked by the similarity between the two names. As you can see, they’ve gone out of their way to include every possible handle and hashtag in an effort to plead their case.
Is this a case of plagiarism? Probably not. Putting “baller” in the name of your athletic wear company isn’t the most original thought in the world, so it isn’t too far fetched to imagine these companies evolving separately. Although weirdly, Baller Brand’s Instagram bio reads, “In Ball We Trust.” You could’ve told me that came straight outta LaVar’s mouth and I would’ve believed you.
By Savannah Patton on ©May 19th, 2017 @ 8:00pm
Sam Vecenie of The Sporting News spoke with Catspause.com recently and he said, Malik Monk is now “seriously in play” with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Last week, at the NBA Draft Lottery, the 76ers got the third overall pick and, Monk is projected to go third in many mock drafts. This could be a match made in heaven for Philly – a team that REALLY struggles with shooting. Considering Monk scored a total of 754 points (the most ever by a UK Freshman) last season, I’d say drafting him would fix the 76ers shooting problem.
The 76ers are built around Joel Emiid at the post and Simmons on the interior. Monk could really give them some perimeter depth and play well with Simmons. The only downside to Monk going to Philly? I’d have to actually watch some 6ers games – which means watching Ben Simmons play. But I doubt the 76ers’ franchise owners will take my qualms into consideration on this.
A quick twitter search of Monk’s name shows that 6ers fans REALLY, REALLY want him – I mean who wouldn’t right? If he does go third, that’d be Cal’s seventh top-five pick during his time at UK. Yeah, he’s pretty good at this getting kids ready for the NBA thing.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 19th, 2017 @ 7:13pm
If we’re to believe Isaiah Briscoe’s Instagram story, which he is very active on, the former Kentucky guard was at the Houston Rockets practice facility in Houston earlier today.
I’d say it’s safe to say he was there to work out for the team, although I cannot confirm that outside of his social media postings.
Houston has two second-round picks in the draft at No. 43 and 45.
As for the other NBA hopefuls, Bam Adebayo is continuing his workouts out in Arizona; last we heard from De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, they were wearing fancy suits in New York City yesterday; and Hamidou Diallo is trying to make up his mind on his basketball future.
This was your Friday night UK-NBA update.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©May 19th, 2017 @ 6:15pm
Kentucky softball moves on to the winner’s bracket of the Lexington Regional of the NCAA Tournament after shutting out DePaul 6-0.
The Cats began their NCAA Tournament one hour and 34 minutes later than scheduled. Instead of the 2:30 p.m. start time, the Cats took the field for a game that started at 4:04 p.m.
The first game between Marshall and Illinois went to 12 innings. Illinois defeated Marshall after scoring on an RBI in the bottom of the 12th inning.
The delayed start had no impact on Kentucky. The Cats started hot and scored five runs in the bottom of the first, which set the tone for the rest of the game.
Kentucky scored again in the bottom of the fifth inning, securing the win.
Kentucky’s Megan Prince pitched six innings, allowing DePaul’s only two hits and striking out five batters.
The Cats will play Illinois tomorrow at noon. The broadcast of the game is TBD.
Saturday, May 20
Game 3 – Illinois vs. Kentucky: Noon
Game 4 – Marshall vs. DePaul: 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5: Noon
Game 7 – (If necessary): 2:30 p.m.
By Nick Roush on ©May 19th, 2017 @ 5:30pm
While the Big Blue Nation anxiously awaits for Hamidou Diallo to make his “should I stay or should I go?” decision following NBA workouts, his Kentucky teammates are busy doing work.
De’Aaron Fox , Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo are receiving all of the attention, but the other guys still have a shot. According to Josh Robbins, yesterday Mychal Muler worked out for the Orlando Magic alongside Frank Mason, Peter Jok and two others.
A 34.3 percent three-point shooter at UK, there’s a chance Mulder can turn some heads at the next level if he’s doing stuff like this: