We’re less than a week away from the return of professional baseball and less than two weeks away from the return of the NBA, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to hold you over in the sports world until then.
In fact, today, there are numerous professional sporting events being played across the country and throughout the world, including one right here in Kentucky.
Louisville City FC is set to return to action, another PGA Tour event is ongoing, and UFC Fight Night is back, live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
We’ll preview some of today’s events, along with touch on a few other notes within the world of UK Athletics.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Louisville City FC is back tonight
Who’s up for some local professional sports this evening?
This evening, Louisville City FC is set to take on Saint Louis FC in a renewal of the Kings’ Cup rivalry.
With a kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET at Lynn Family Stadium, LouCity will look to win its first match since the season officially opened last Sunday. In their home debut, the team fell by a final score of 3-1 to Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC.
For those interested in watching from home, you can do so by turning on WBKI (The CW) and News Radio 840 WHAS if you are local, as well as nationally on ESPN+.
For live stats, game summary, and a league-wide scoreboard, follow along at the USL’s Match Center.
The Memorial Tournament continues (and Tiger made the cut)
We are officially on day three of the Memorial Tournament, where Ryan Palmer (-9) and Tony Finau (-9) maintain a slim lead over the competition in Dublin, OH.
In the four-day event boasting a purse of $9,300,000, Palmer and Finau lead the way, followed by Jon Rahm (-8) in third, Gary Woodland, Chez Reavie, and Luke List tied for fourth (-6), and Jason Day (-5) sitting in seventh.
Looking well down the list, Tiger Woods narrowly made the cut, currently tied for 50th at +2 in two days of action.
Here are some of the other big-name golfers and their current positions:
- Jordan Spieth (-4, T8)
- Justin Thomas (-3, T16)
- Rory McIlroy (-2, T21)
- Sergio Garcia (+1, T34)
- Tiger Woods (+2, T50)
- Bubba Watson (+2, T50)
- Phil Mickelson (+2, T50)
- Brooks Koepka (+5, T72)
You can follow along live on CBS and the GOLF channel, along with catching up with the online leaderboard throughout the day here.
UFC Fight Night is live from Fight Island
Following last weekend’s pay-per-view fight between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal in UFC 251, the UFC is set to host its second Fight Night event live from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
With a headlining fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez for the flyweight championship, there are 12 total fights scheduled this evening, with the prelims set for 5 p.m. ET and the main event set for 8 p.m. ET.
Here is the entire card and the odds for each fight, per CBS Sports:
- Deiveson Figueiredo -210 vs. Joseph Benavidez +175, vacant flyweight championship
- Kelvin Gastelum -115 vs. Jack Hermansson -105, middleweight
- Marc Diakiese -160 vs. Rafael Fiziev +135, lightweight
- Ariane Lipski -130 vs. Luana Carolina +110, women’s flyweight
- Alexandre Pantoja -200 vs. Askar Askarov +170, flyweight
- Roman Dolidze -190 vs. Khadis Ibragimov +160, light heavyweight
- Grant Dawson -240 vs. Nad Narimani +200, 150-pound catchweight
- Joseph Duffy -360 vs. Joel Álvarez +280, lightweight
- Montel Jackson -240 vs. Brett Johns +200, bantamweight
- Amir Albazi vs. Malcolm Gordon, flyweight
- Arman Tsarukyan -200 vs. Davi Ramos +170, lightweight
- Sergey Spivak -150 vs. Carlos Felipe +125, heavyweight
You can watch the prelims beginning at 5 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the main card at 8 p.m. on ESPN+.
Isaiah Jackson is scheduled to make it to Lexington
On Tuesday, UK head coach John Calipari told the media that all players on the upcoming 2020-21 roster had arrived on campus and have started offseason workouts and training.
While 11 players – Dontaie Allen, Jacob Toppin, Olivier Sarr, Keion Brooks Jr., Terrence Clarke, Cam’Ron Fletcher, Devin Askew, BJ Boston, Lance Ware, Zan Payne, and Davion Mintz – are all confirmed to be in Lexington, KSR learned that one key piece had not yet arrived.
After originally planning to arrive the weekend of July 4 – his high school coach told KSR this was the case back on July 1 – five-star forward Isaiah Jackson has been back home in Michigan.
While it’s unclear why Jackson’s arrival was delayed, sources tell KSR that the 6-foot-10 forward is now expected to make his way to Lexington this weekend, with today being the target move-in date.
We’ll keep you updated on Jackson’s move-in status right here on KSR, so check back in throughout the day.