UK Track and Field Set for United States Olympic Team Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Kentucky track and field will be well represented at the United States 2016 Olympic Team Trials, which will take place July 1-11 in Eugene, Oregon.

Weekend Breakdown

Three Wildcats – Beckie Famurewa, Kenyattia Hackworth and Sha’Keela Saunders – are entered to begin qualifying in field events on Friday evening. 

The women’s long jump starts at 7:50 p.m. ET. The women’s long jump begins at 8:10 p.m. ET.

NBC’s family of networks will broadcast the 10-day trials. On Friday the early going from 7-9 p.m. ET will be shown on NBC Sports Live Extra (online and app), and then NBC will show the competition from 9-10 p.m.

Calipari glad to have three point guards again

Malik Monk

Malik Monk

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s first summer basketball practice resulted in high praise for freshmen guards Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox.

One, or both, will have to try and run the team like Tyler Ulis did  last year. So take a look back at the recent comments coach John Calipari had when asked about advice he would give to anyone trying to fill Ulis’ shoes:

“You’re not filling his shoes. This is a totally different team,” Calipari said. “But De’Aaron Fox is really good. Malik  is really good. With Dom and Isaiah,  again you have three point guards. We had three point guards last year. That’s why we became the most efficient team in college basketball on offense.

UK Has 91 Student-Athletes on SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Student-athletes at the University of Kentucky combined to earn a total of 91 spots on the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday

Kentucky was second overall for having the most student-athletes on the list. UK had the most honorees in the sports of women’s basketball (five) and men’s swimming (11) while tying for the most in the league in men’s basketball (four) and softball (seven).

The 2015-16 First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades form the 2015 summer and fall terms, along with the 2016 spring term. A student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average to earn a place on the honor roll. 

2015-16 America East Rookie of the Year joins Kentucky women’s basketball team

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Stony Brook forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo (pronounced Oh-gech-EE On-ya-gull-IG-bo), who was the 2015-16 America East Conference Rookie of the Year last season after averaging 10.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, has transferred to Kentucky, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Thursday. Anyagaligbo has enrolled at UK and is attending classes.

Monk, Fox impressive in UK workout

Malik Monk

Malik Monk

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari is back from watching UK recruiting targets play for Team USA in Spain and put his 15-player roster through a two-hour workout Tuesday that coachcal.com editor Metz Camfield got to watch.

He offered a variety of insights on the Cats, including these two:

Malik Monk can really get down the floor in a hurry and generally shot the ball well. He had a gorgeous crossover and drive through traffic to the hoop for an easy layup with his left hand. The freshman makes things happen with the ball in his hands. When he puts the ball on the deck and drives to the basket, he appears to be nearly impossible to stop without fouling him. His quickness is ridiculous.

Football helped Bam Adebayo develop toughness

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Game Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Game Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman Bam Adebayo knows Kentucky fans are counting on his physical toughness next season and says his football background helps him play that way.

“I played football and was a defensive end before giving it up my sophomore year,” Adebayo said. “I liked it and it made me tougher. It made me just handle toughness more. When it is hot outside and you are wearing all that padding, it gets tough. It makes you get tougher.”

One school dominates college basketball’s most hated players list

By LARRY VAUGHT

Normally if the Sporting News comes out with a list of the top anything in college basketball it is going to have a Kentucky connection. If not, UK fans are likely going to be upset.

However, I do not think Kentucky fans mind not having a Wildcat on the list of the 16 most hated college basketball players of all time. Kentucky did not even have a player make the honorable mention list.

But guess which school dominated the most hated list? That’s right, DUKE.

John Robic on SEC’s basketball profile

By LARRY VAUGHT

During the SEC coaches teleconference Monday, several coaches were asked about raising the profile of SEC basketball.

Kentucky assistant coach John Robic had an interesting answer.

“We’re getting ready to start our eighth year here at Kentucky, and the one thing I will say in coaching for a long, long time, you have really, really good players in this league, and terrific coaches. From one through 14,” Robic said.

Poythress Set to Play for Orlando Magic Blue Squad in Summer League

Alex Poythress (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Alex Poythress (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball player Alex Poythress will play with the Orlando Magic Blue squad in the annual summer league in Orlando, the team announced on Tuesday.

Poythress is one of six collegiate players to join the Magic’s blue squad for the one-week, 25-game schedule in Orlando. The games will begin Saturday.

The Clarksville, Tenn., native is hoping to impress either Orlando or other squads in obtaining a free agent contract like Aaron Harrison achieved with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015.

Start July 4th early with fireworks, Old Owl Tavern

By LARRY VAUGHT

Looking for a way to get your July 4th weekend started a bit early. Well, I have a perfect suggestion for anyone in central Kentucky.

Most places will have fireworks on Monday, July 4th. But the Harrodsburg Health & Rehabilitation Center (853 Lexington Rd., 40330) will have its annual show Thursday night.

The fun begins at 7 p.m. with food booths, a dunking booth, raffle, music and more. All the residents of the facility come out to enjoy the fun and good times with those who attend. All proceeds go to finance the center’s annual trip.

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