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UK Basketball Freshman Out for Season

In a press release by UK athletics it was announced that freshman women's basketball player Kyvin Goodin-Rodgers would be unable to play this season. Goodin-Rodgers was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism on Monday after she reported sharp chest pains to senior athletic trainer Courtney Jones. She was taken to Albert B. Chandler Hospital at UK where they confirmed a blood clot in her lung. 

Coach Matthew Mitchell was quoted in the statement saying, "This condition requires her to be on blood thinners for several months, therefore she will not be able to play this season...Kyvin's health is our main concern right now. We are confident we'll move forward in a positive direction with this challenge."

Goodin-Rodgers is a Kentucky native and was high school teammates with fellow UK Hoops freshman Makayla Epps. Rodgers is 18 and listed by UK as a a 6-1 forward was was to wear jersey number 5. She was ranked by as the 19th best forward in the nation and averaged 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.4 blocks her senior year at Marion High. She was also a finalist for the 2013 Miss Kentucky Basketball award and helped lead the Lady Knights to a 39-0 record and a state title. 

Since Goodin-Rodgers is a true freshman, she will likely redshirt this season and return to the court after her treatment runs its course and be back in time for next season. We wish a speedy recovery to Kyvin! 
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We knew it wasn't going to be easy. UK Football

Coach Stoops took the mic today at the UK football press conference like he does every Monday around noon and proceeded to discuss the upcoming game against Alabama State and the lose at Mississippi State. Today though was a little different. His favorite word of the day was "frustrated". I didn't count but I believe in the 25 minutes he spoke, the word "frustrated" at least once per minute. A comment he did make was in reference to the World Series. Claiming he watched the game last night (Sunday) and he acknowledged, mistakes happen. 

This is a good thing, actually, this is a great thing. Too many times in the past has their been a passive aggressive nature to a head coach here at UK. Too many times there has been talk between us media people, and too many times there been talk between fans, making the allegation of "do they even care?" 

Today spoke volumes about the state of the program and the mind set of the coaches. Things need to get better and they are getting better but, it's still "frustrating". 

Take a listen to the audio from the press conference and judge for yourself. 
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Drama in KY high school football

Found this on twitter this morning. Interesting read.

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UK in the NFL Week 8

Kenny Vaccaro, Malcolm Jenkins, Steve Johnson


In the eighth week of NFL play, several former Cats continued to see success on the field.
Facing the ever-dangerous RGIII, the Denver Broncos defense stood strong holding the Redskins offense to 266 total yards with linebackers Danny Trevathan and Wesley Woodyard leading the charge.
In addition to combining for 10 tackles, Trevathan forced a fumble that was recovered by the Broncos. Holding down the top spot, the former Cat leads all other Broncos’ defenders by a nine-tackle deficit. On the year, Trevathan has combined for 59 tackles, adding three interceptions and now after this week’s performance, a forced fumble.
Teammate Wesley Woodyard, still battling lingering neck symptoms, saw his stats decline as he recorded four solo tackles and another assisted to combine for five. Woodyard now has 40 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the year.
Tight end Jacob Tamme continued to gradually build his numbers as he caught one pass for a 15-yard gain on Sunday. Listed as third on the depth chart and seeing more playing time on special teams, Tamme has managed to haul in three receptions for 27 yards.
In a 35-17 loss handed to the Bills in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Buffalo wide receiver Steve Johnson dashed for 72 yards on seven receptions and made a house call as the ex-Cat scored his third touchdown of the year. Johnson has caught 33 passes for 387 yards, the most of any other Bills receiver.
Even without team leading receiver Randall Cobb, the Green Bay Packers traveled to Minnesota and were methodical with their offensive attack. How methodical? Converting 13 of 18 third downs and a perfect two for two on fourth downs, the special teams services of punter Tim Masthay were not required. Punt-less for the first time this year, the Packers won, 44-31.
Alfonso Smith and the Arizona Cardinals hosted the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in Glendale, AZ. In the Cards’ 27-13 win, Smith did not see the field once. After falling from backup to third on the depth chart, the emergence of Andre Ellington has caused Smith to see a decline in playing time. On the year, the third stringer has rushed 18 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, plus another 62 yards on nine receptions.
On the losing sideline, defensive tackle Corey Peters made three solo tackles and recorded a sack in the Falcons’ shortcoming. Peters ranks seventh amongst Falcons defenders in terms of total tackles with 24, however the UK product has notched the second most sacks on the team with 3.0 on the year.
Flying under the radar hidden deep on the New York Giants roster, fullback John Conner made a catch that he turned up field for 12 yards in their 15-7 win over the Eagles. Originally cut in August by the Cincinnati Bengals, a successful workout with Buffalo caught the eye of Giants GM Jerry Reese who then inked the bruiser to a two-year contract. In three starts this season, Conner has nabbed four receptions amassing 29 yards.
Playing in America’s Game of the Week, Larry Warford and the Detroit Lions were able to pull away with a narrow victory, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 31-30. Receiving praise all year long by ESPN and analysts such as Mel Kiper Jr., Warford made a rookie mistake and was flagged for a false start, his first and only penalty of the year.

Ben Tompkins is an intern and contributing writer for WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300. Follow him on Twitter @bennytomp18 and like his page on Facebook, Benny & The Jets.

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Tates Creek defeats Lafayette in high-emotion thriller

Lafayette took on Tates Creek on the road for the Roy Walton Bowl at Tates Creek. The stakes were high with a win in a rivalry game, but also a district title on Tates Creek’s senior night.

Eric Shaw’s Generals had an impressive first half under freshman quarterback Walker Wood who connected with Dontavion “Lucky” Jackson for several big plays. In the first quarter Wood marched his team down the field to score first off a handoff to Malik Robinson, making the score 7-0.

With 1:44 in the second quarter, Coach Harmon’s Tates Creek Commodores answered with a Jaren Shelby touchdown to even the score 7-7. But with 1:05 left in the half Lafayette answered again when Wood connected with Serafini on a 20 yard pass to up the score 14-7.

Tates Creek came alive in the second half and in the third quarter, Tates Creek had 21 unanswered points; a 7 yard run from Jaren Shelby, a 32 yard pass to RJ Taylor from Graham Gordon, and Gordon on a 2 yard carry to put the Commodores up 28-14. Lafayette ended the quarter with a kickoff return by Kylan Nelson to bring the score within a touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, RJ Taylor connected with Graham Gordon again on a 66-yard pass to bring the score up 35-21. With 54 seconds left to go in the game Jackson connected with Wood again for a touchdown to make the score 35-28, but it wasn’t enough giving Tates Creek the victory and district title.

Tates Creek standout players included RJ Taylor who had 144 receiving yards for 2 touchdowns and 6 unassisted tackles.  Casey Grimes also had 86 net rushing yards with a 6.1 average per play, as well as 11 receiving yards and 3 unassisted tackles with two assisted and 1.5 tackles for loss with Eamon Nasr helping out on the other half tackle for loss. Jaren Shelby had 43 net yards for two touchdowns, and Max Sweet 14 rushing yards, 18 receiving yards, 3 assisted and 3 unassisted tackles including 2 tackles for loss.

Lafayette standout players were freshman quarterback who threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Wood was 11 for 18 on completions and his longest pass was a 55 yarder. Wood also rushed for a net 33 yards. Malik Robinson had a net 55 rushing yards and one touchdown. Lucky Jackson had 141 receiving yards and one touchdown. Mason Alstatt had 5 unassisted tackles and 4 assisted including one tackle for loss and Kylan Nelson had 15 rushing yards and 11 total tackles, 5 unassisted including one tackle for loss as well.
This was a game of onside kicks and penalties if you had to sum it up. Tates Creek took advantage of several onside kicks giving them the advantage they needed for the win. In penalties, Lafayette had 11 penalties for 101 yards, and Tates Creek had 9 penalties for 72 yards.

Both teams move on into the playoffs. Lafayette’s two game winning streak was broken and they now fall to 3-7 and 2-1 in the district. Tates Creek is now 6-4 on the season and 2-1 in the district as well. 

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Price Hired as Manager in Cincinnati



On Monday, October 21, the Cincinnati Reds announced Bryan Price as their new manager. On Tuesday, Price was formally introduced as the Redlegs’ skipper during a press conference.
Price has been with the Reds organization since October 2009 when he was hired on as a pitching coach. Under his command for the previous four years, the Reds’ pitching has finished seventh, 12th, third and fourth in the National League in ERA. Want some perspective? In the three years before he was with the club, their pitching finished seventh, 13th and 15th.
Cultivating a crop of new talent, pitchers such as Aroldis Chapman, Mike Leake, Tony Cingrani and Sam LeCure have all ripened under the wing of Price. Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey didn’t come in with the new skipper, but they’ve certainly improved just the same.
After pitching for the California Golden Bears baseball team in college, Price entered the minor leagues in 1984 reaching as high as Class AA with the California Angels organization.
Released in 1986, Price returned to baseball in 1988 after taking a year from the game. Playing Class AA and AAA ball in the Seattle Mariners organization, he never made the final step to the major leagues. During his five-year career, he accumulated a record of 31-19 with an ERA of 3.74.
Succeeding his short-lived playing days, Price was hired by the Mariners to be their new pitching coach. During his stint in Seattle from 2001-2006, he was awarded USA Today Baseball Weekly’s Pitching Coach of the Year Award in 2001 for leading the pitching staff to the American League’s ERA title.
From 2006 until his resignation in May of 2009, Price served the same role with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Before he stepped down following the replacement of then-manager Bob Melvin, in 2007 Price was named Major League Coach of the Year by Baseball America.
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Ben Tompkins is an intern and contributing writer for WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300. Follow him on Twitter @bennytomp18 and like his page on Facebook, Benny & The Jets.

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UK Women's Hoops Media Day

Tuesday, the UK women's basketball team held their media day and open practice. This team is a preason #6 with 4 returning starters, 10 total returning players and 7 McDonalds All-Americans, including both freshmen. Matthew Mitchell, who is entering his 7th season as Head Coach at UK has taken the team to three Elite Eight's in the last four years, including the last two. Last season, the Wildcats set a school record of most won games going 30-6.

The two freshmen could play a vital role in this team's success. Makayla Epps, daughter of UK 1996 National Champion Anthony Epps was one of the top basketball prospects in the state, as well as a McDonald's All-American. Coach Mitchell said in his press conference he was excited to be able to coach Epps. "Makayla is so versatile.  She can literally play every position on the floor for us, and we've had some versatile players before.  The thing that sort of makes her different is she can legitimately play the one, the point guard position, which is the most difficult position on our team to play.
So she can play them all and play them all well, and so we're really excited about her."

Epps is joined by Linnae Harper, a Chicago native, fellow All-American and the highest ranked recruit to ever commit to UK's women's program ranking in at #5 nationally according to ESPN. Mitchell had quite a bit to say about this talented group of freshmen "They're very talented players. They're high‑character young people that I enjoy being around. They're behind defensively. They're just behind because of where our program is and the quality of players in it. But they're making up ground every day, and this week, which is really the third full week of practice, I've started to see them start to narrow that gap and start to catch up and start to sort of get more comfortable with where they are. But they're both really high‑quality, high‑level players. They'll do well when they come every day and understand how important it is to give a great effort.
You know, Makayla and Kyvin, and Linnae, when they walk into the gym, nobody on our team is concerned with where their recruiting ranking was at all.  They're just concerned with can they become a part of our defensive scheme and can they produce offensively.  All the recruiting stuff is good because you're getting talented players, but it just doesn't really make anything happen for you on the court. I think that they'll be very successful players here because I like their attitude and I love their talent level."
Sophomroe and fellow Chicago-native, Jenee Thompson said she played with Harper in high school, so her talent level came as no surprise, but Epps proved to be a plesant surprise in practice, “I love both of them. I played with Linnae Harper in high school and I’ve actually been playing with her my entire life, so I’m super excited she’s here. (Makayla) Epps is a phenomenal player and she’s been pushing me and Jen (Jennifer O’Neill) to get better every day in practice. They’ve both been doing really well.”

Mitchell called senior forward DeNesha Stallworth the most talented player on the team. When asked if she felt any pressure from that comment she said: "I don’t feel any pressure at all. When he says things like that it is something that players should believe in. I think he is really just trying to build confidence in everybody. I will take full responsibility in doing that and trying to get better for my team.”

This year, there is extra incentive to make and preform well in the NCAA tournament. Kentucky could start their road to their first championship right here in Lexington. UK was announced as a host site for the first and second round of the NCAA regional games March 22-25. If UK were to win in that round, the Wildcats could end up down the road in Louisville, who announced would also host a regional tournament March 29 through April 1. This team has big goals for the season, which tips off November 3rd against Eckard College at home. 

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Step by Step, UK Football Shows Signs of Improvement

Thursday, October 24, the Wildcats will hit the road to take on Mississippi State. With excitement for the basketball season picking up momentum, it becomes easier for the Big Blue Nation to forget about the football team, but don’t be so quick to write the obituary on this season just yet.
Breaking down the record at face value, 1-5 can seem discouraging to fans. Especially for those who thought Coach Stoops’ outstanding recruiting season would instantly translate to success on the field. Educated fans knew coming into the season what reasonable expectations were.
Building a program from the ground up takes time, hard work and patience. Is it unreasonable to expect a winning season in a coach’s first year at the helm? It happens in some instances, but for the most part, it is a task that is much more difficult than people realize.
In July, offensive coordinator Neal Brown stressed the importance of doing the little things right initially in order to build success. 

“When you're coming in, laying the groundwork, you have to have blinders on. It has to be small improvements, the daily process of getting better,” said Brown.
Coach Stoops frequently refers to the process of building the team and in his first year, that process shouldn’t be defined in terms of wins and losses. A team’s record can’t be the only thing that measures the direction of the program, and certainly not when that team is faced with a schedule that college football guru Phil Steele ranks as ninth in terms of strength.
The notion of a process implies steps, and UK has made some noticeable strides this season. Most evident in the recruiting warpath, Coach Stoops is pulling in players that are distinctively improving the team.
While the highly anticipated impact of Drew Barker won’t be seen until next year, Stoops has stocked his receiving corps with guys like Ryan Timmons, Alex Montgomery and Jeff Badet. The leading rusher on the team? Freshman running back Jojo Kemp. Sure, they might be a little rough around the edges now, but after a full season of SEC experience and a year to learn the playbook, the younger players will continue to smooth out.
On the field, the team has shown signs of revitalization. Granted they were faced with the defense of Miami of Ohio, but 675 yards of total offense doesn’t just happen; the team took a step.
Further progress was seen three weeks ago when playing then-ranked No. 13 South Carolina. Despite losing the game, a fourth quarter rally from a 27-7 deficit pulled the Cats to within seven as they would ultimately fall short, 35-28.
Coming off a keenly timed bye week, UK enters Thursday’s game as a 10-point underdog to a Mississippi State team that is wildly unimpressive and whose only three wins have come over Troy, Alcorn State and Bowling Green State University.
Mississippi State is a team that is averaging only 30 points per game whilst allowing 23. In their last two games, the team hasn’t capped a score of 26. Last week, BGSU came into Starkville and lost by only a point, 21-20.
Like I said, the notion of a process implies steps. Undisputedly, Tennessee is a team in the same boat as Kentucky. With an overtime loss to Georgia and a win over South Carolina, even though they aren’t winning out their entire schedule, the gradual strides they are taking as a program are visible signs of improvement.
Similarly to the Vols, UK is seeking that one win, that one upset that grants credit to be given where it’s due: Coach Stoops has the team on the right track. If the Cats pull out a win on ESPN’s Thursday night primetime slot, the conversation begins to shift from “UK is terrible” to “don’t look now but UK is getting better.”
While the Bulldogs are thinking they’ve got this game in the bag, I’ve got a strong feeling Stoops’ Troops take another step in the pursuit of a redefined program and return to Lexington victorious.
Ben Tompkins is an intern and contributing writer for WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300. Follow him on Twitter @bennytomp18 and like his page on Facebook, Benny & The Jets.
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Cardinals Fly to Another High Scoring Victory

Head Coach Jim McKee and his Cardinals notched their eighth win of the season to remain undefeated as Scott County defeated the Defenders of Bryan Station Friday night, 70-30.
Capping back-to-back weeks in which the Cardinals offense hung 70 on their opponent, their wing t attack was firing on all cylinders under the Friday night lights of Toyota Field at Georgetown College.
It was Bryan Station who lit the scoreboard first, though, when Ora Johnson hit receiver Lavelle Cloyd on an eight-yard toss to take the early 6-0 lead after a blocked extra point attempt.
Then, on the ensuing kickoff, defensive back Jordan McKeehan hit a hole for 98 yards as he outran the Bryan Station kickoff coverage to begin the rout that would follow.
McKeehan, who was dubbed player of the game by our Game Night Hoo Rah broadcasters, would additionally go on to block a punt for a safety and intercept a poorly thrown pass from Johnson later in the game.
Both teams struggled to find a groove in the first quarter until fullback Kevin Claussen awoke the sleeping beast that is the Cardinals’ wing t attack.
After Claussen’s 10-yard blast, the Cards would jump to a 27-6 lead before Bryan Station could generate any kind of response.
That response came as Johnson found Cloyd once again for a two-yard dump, setting the score at 27-12.
As a few minutes ran off the clock and Theo Price found the endzone on a three-yard run for the Scott County score, Bryan Station quickly exchanged blows with an 80-yard catch and run by CJ Walker to make it a 34-18 deficit at halftime.
Once the third quarter hit, the Defenders did everything but. Scott County would go on to score four more touchdowns and a safety before Coach McKee pulled his starters with two minutes left until the fourth quarter.
With a running clock and his backups in the game, McKee was able to dial up another score when sophomore Dylan Scott bolted 28 yards to the pylon.
Leading all 6A teams in Kentucky, Scott County’s rushing attack would combine for a total of 482 yards and seven scores before the night was over.
Theo Price picked up 185 yards and three scores on 17 carries, grinder Kevin Claussen also had a trio of touchdowns as he rushed his way to 128 yards on 19 tries and Keith Guy dashed for 125 yards on nine rushes, but was held scoreless.
On the other sideline, the second ranked passing attack in Kentucky was led by Ora Johnson’s 347 yards and four touchdowns, but it was the Defenders’ defense that was unable to keep up with the punishing ground game of Scott County.
With only two games left on their schedule and perennial 6A powerhouse Trinity falling to Male on Friday night, Coach McKee and his 8-0 Cardinals are looking like a safe bet to fly through the playoffs and land safely in the state championship game. 
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Chane Behanan Suspended

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Reports are still filled with question marks, but as of now, Chane Behanan will not be a part of the Louisville basketball program this season.
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