Special Olympics Kentucky to Hold Unified Basketball Clinic and Game Wednesday at Rupp Arena

Jack Givens (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By MARK BUERGER, Special Olympics Kentucky

Special Olympics Kentucky athletes will get the chance to practice and play on one of the most hallowed basketball floors in the world when Rupp Arena plays host to a Unified Basketball Clinic and Game on Wednesday from 6-9 pm.

The Clinic will be led by former University of Kentucky athletes, most of whom will go on to play in the Unified Game alongside Special Olympics athletes and other invited guests. Kentucky athletes scheduled to attend include Jack Givens, Jon Hood, Marquis Estill and former football player Anthony White.

Numbers project 15-point win at Missouri

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On Saturday evening, the Cats entered Georgia’s Stegman Arena for what is usually a hard fought basketball battle with the Dawgs. The Cats have won 4 of 6 games in Athens during the Calipari Era, but most of these games have been undecided at the final media timeout of the game. Saturday’s game played out according to this script again.

Kenny Payne: “Our standard is higher”

Kenny Payne (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky can claim the Southeastern Conference championship by winning its final four games starting with tonight’s game at Missouri.

The Tigers have struggled most of the season and Kentucky is a big favorite tonight on the road.

“I think every game we play, I think it’s important that we play to our standards. It’s not about the other team, and that’s no disrespect to any team we play in this conference. They all are good teams. Our standard is higher,” said Kentucky associate coach Kenny Payne.

Garrard County trio proud of 1,000-point career accomplishment

Sam Adams (left), Maddy Day (center) and Sis Logan are the first Garrard trio to have 1,000 points on the same team. (Scott Latham Photo)


When Garrard County juniors Maddy Day, Sis Logan and Sam Adams talked about the possibility of all three reaching 1,000 points during their senior season, Adams was the lowest scorer of the trio.

“I have always been pretty passive. I wasn’t sure if I would make it or not, but I remained optimistic,” said Adams.

Jacob Tamme, Ben Roberts and even Tom Leach will join me on Leach Report Tuesday

Allison and Jacob Tamme know about being at a Super Bowl. He joins me Tuesday on the Leach Report.


Jacob Tamme has been part of three Super Bowl teams — Indianapolis, Denver and Atlanta — but once again the former University of Kentucky star is a free agent.

What are his plans for next year?

Tamme will join me at 9:45 a.m. when I host the Leach Report Tuesday. That’s one of several questions I will have for him.

Calipari happy for Cousins, Davis but him coaching the Pelicans is “not happening”

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)


As soon as word got out that DeMarcus Cousins was being traded to New Orleans to play with NBA All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis, speculation started that Kentucky coach John Calipari might want to coach the New Orleans Pelicans.

“Well, first of all that’s not happening. Alvin Gentry, who I think is one of the bright offensive coaches out there, is probably working day and night trying to figure out, OK, how do we start playing, and where do we go from there, what are we trying to look like? They gotta get some guards. They gotta get a couple perimeter guys,” Calipari said on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Monday.

UK Women vs Florida Photo Gallery

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Lack of consistency only complaint John Calipari has with officials

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)


Lost a little bit because of his postgame rant about pressure on coaches and the need to guarantee coaching contracts, John Calipari also had a more minor rant on traveling violations called during his team’s win at Georgia Saturday night.

“I thought there were a lot of walks on both sides. I thought there were a lot of walks on both sides. We’ll look at the tape. There were a couple that I’m not sure they moved their feet, but I’m going to see. And then I’ll watch the others to see if they did the same thing, exactly the same thing, and if they didn’t call those,” Calipari said.

Jessica Hardin finally gets into a SEC game

Jessica Hardin, right, finally got back in a game Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Playing only three minutes and hitting a 3-point shot might not have seemed like a big deal to most players. But for Kentucky’s Jessica Hardin, it was huge Sunday against Florida because it was her first Southeastern Conference game of the year.

After joining the team in the summer when coach Matthew Mitchell held tryouts, Hardin became a consistent contributor for UK before suffering a concussion against Duke in late December before SEC play started. She had not played since.

Davis Sets NBA-All-Star Scoring Mark to Win MVP Honors

NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis was hoping to win Most Valuable Player honors in front of his home crowd in New Orleans for the annual NBA All-Star Game. He did that and one better Sunday night.

Playing alongside the game’s greatest players, the former Kentucky men’s basketball star won MVP honors with an All-Star single-game scoring record of 52 points in addition to 10 rebounds. Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s previous scoring record of 42 points set in 1962 in leading the Western Conference to a 192-182 victory over the Eastern Conference.

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