Alabama could put a “Hurt” on Cats

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurt might be a different type quarterback than Alabama has had in recent years but Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says the Cats will see a typical Lane Kiffin offense in a lot of ways tonight.

“They are different in their approach, but the same in a lot of ways. The same in a lot of ways in that it starts with being extremely physical. Big backs, big line. The quarterback is different and they’re doing it different ways out of the gun. He adds a different dimension with pulling the ball and running it with another big guy. That sets up big plays off it,” Stoops said.

Guest post: Ryder Cup fans are indescribable!

Jessica Cornelius with some of her new friends at the Ryder Cup.

Jessica Cornelius with some of her new friends at the Ryder Cup.

By JESSICA CORNELIUS

How do you describe the Ryder Cup? Well it’s indescribable. And I’m not talking about the golf, but the fans.

You see and hear it all in several languages. I really don’t think the Brits speak English, only understand about every third word. They definitely don’t have Southerners “over the pond.” They are friendly, at least most of them, and definitely feisty. They cheer for their boys but also appreciate good golf and will cheer for a good shot from either team.

Marshall County Hoop Fest pairings announced

2016 Marshall County Hoop Fest Schedule

Presented by: Community Financial Services Bank

Thursday, December 1st

Session 1

4:00  Marshall County v Massac County, IL (Girls)

5:30  Marshall County v Massac  County IL

7:00  Graves County v  Christian County

8:30  Aspire Basketball Academy, AZ v Sunrise Christian Academy, KS

 

Friday, December 2nd

Session 2

4:00  Aspire Basketball Academy, AZ  v  Gemison High School, AL

5:30  Prolific Prep, CA v  Hamilton Heights, TN

7:00  Hillcrest Prep, AZ v Prolific Prep North, Canada

Justus Moves to Assistant Coach Role; Robic Special Assistant

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Joel Justus, who joined Kentucky two seasons ago as the director of analytics and then special assistant to the head coach, will move to one of the three assistant coaching positions for the 2016-17 season, head coach John Calipari announced Friday. John Robic, who has served as an assistant to Calipari at three different schools since the late 1980s, will move into the special assistant to the head coach role.

Both moves are effective immediately.

One step at time took Holmes from brain surgery to second Ryder Cup

J.B. Holmes had a lot of fans watching him Thursday at the Ryder Cup. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

J.B. Holmes had a lot of fans watching him Thursday at the Ryder Cup. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

Q. I was just wondering if you could talk a little bit about where you’re at in your career now, having won again on Tour, Presidents Cup, a Ryder Cup, all of that after the health ailments that you had. Did you ever see yourself in this position after having to deal with all that?

J.B. HOLMES: I mean, I hoped I would get back there. I had some injuries there for years that held me back. I felt like — making these teams and winning tournaments, I felt like that’s something I definitely had the talent to do and I should be doing.

Capacity Reached at Big Blue Madness Campout

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Camping space has reached capacity at the annual campout for tickets to Big Blue Madness. As a result, no new campers will be able to set up and no control cards for free tickets to the annual event will be issued to those not already camped out. Fans are encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to acquire tickets to the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Guest post: Which player will be focal point for fans and media on this year’s basketball team?

By KEITH PEEL

With the start of tent city at Memorial Coliseum I have been thinking about UK basketball and the upcoming season. With the influx of new talent on this year’s team, it will be interesting to see which players become the focal point for fans and media members.

It might be Malik Monk due to his ability to fly high above the rim or De’Aaron Fox with his speed and quickness up and down the floor. It might even be Bam Adebayo due to his size and strength around the basket but one player that I think is being overlooked is Brad Calipari. Not because of his dominating basketball skill but because the coach’s son always seems to be a lightning rod for discussion at the University of Kentucky.

J.B. Holmes: “There’s nothing like getting to play for your country”

Ryder Cup fans waited Friday for J.B. Holmes to sign autographs. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

Ryder Cup fans waited Friday for J.B. Holmes to sign autographs. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

Kentuckian J.B. Holmes likely will play in the Ryder Cup matches this afternoon in Minnesota. It will be his second Ryder Cup appearance.

JOHN DEVER: Welcome back to the 41st Ryder Cup. I’m joined by J.B. Holmes. J.B., thank you for stopping by. This is your second Ryder Cup, so I want to ask you, do you see any similarities in the team room perhaps that are comparable between 2008 and what you’re dealing with now?

Fast start would help QB Johnson, Cats

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Getting quarterback Stephen Johnson off to a quick start at Alabama Saturday night would be “real important” for Kentucky but coach Mark Stoops knows what won’t be easy to.

“We need to understand, with the mindset going into it, how difficult yards are going to be to come by and how you need to compete to get those yards,” Stoops said Thursday. “This is not a team where – some games you play where things come easy or you get big plays. You have to work for every yard you get against them and you have to compete at a high level to get those yards.

Epps, Akhator Named Preseason All-Americans by Sporting News

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – More preseason previews mean more preseason honors for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team as Sporting News has named senior guard Makayla Epps and senior forward Evelyn Akhator to its preseason All-America Team. The publication also ranked Kentucky No. 10 in its preseason poll.

Epps was named to the publication’s first team, while Akhator was on the third team. In all, six Southeastern Conference players were named to either the first, second or third teams with Kentucky and South Carolina the only two schools with two selections. This is the second preseason All-America honor for Epps, who was named to Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-America Second Team earlier this month.

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