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Kendra Harrison shares thoughts after setting world record

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6Hkg24wrqsydd3GPE2SPu7iEH9lEJGGepwYQ4gUFIS6-s8vOVVQvSkEwZ2csWkA1b6tOyr6xn9h8UZJjWZy7NWIt9QfcJLbm2s8rz34fYJBcEQpSHZoRRZG03Hz2_KLpMKjHQFaOrVoN5NwQ=s0-d-e1-ftHere is what former UK track star Kendra Harrison had to say in London Friday night after setting a new world’s record in the 100-meter hurdles:

Opening Statement

“After prelims [today], I finally got my confidence back. I told myself that I can do this and my coach told me to lean [at the line]. My practices after Trials were great, so going into the race, I had so much vengeance and so many emotions inside of me. I’m just blessed to go out there and give it all I have. To see that time, I was really happy.”

UKTF Alumna Kendra Harrison Breaks 100m Hurdles World Record

Kendra Harrison
Kendra Harrison

Kendra Harrison

LONDON – Kentucky track and field Class of 2015 alumna Kendra Harrison broke the 28-year-old world record in the 100-meter hurdles, winning the Diamond League London Anniversary Games, on Friday at the Olympic Stadium.

Harrison blitzed the world-class field, running 12.20 (+0.3) to break Yordanka Donkova’s previous world record of 12.21 from 1988.

“I wanted to come out here with a vengeance to show these girls what I have,” Harrison said.

“That 12.40 got my confidence back. I knew I had it in me, I ran as hard as I could today.”

Boyle County’s Brent Wagner deserves Bill Vaught Memorial Coach of the Year, so I am giving it to him

By LARRY VAUGHT

Since leaving The Advocate-Messenger at the end of December after spending 41 years working there, I’ve had few regrets.

I love getting a chance now to write for LEX18.com four times per week and also getting to write a syndicated statewide column for 30 newspapers. I also have had a chance to write for the Centre College website and share stories about some amazing student-athletes.

Then there has been expanded radio work thanks to WPBK-FM and its sister stations. That has been so much fun and starting next month I’ll be doing a weekly show from Mallard’s on UK football and more each Thursday night.

Professional boxing coming to Corbin

Amy Hayes
Amy Hayes

Amy Hayes

Vaught’s note: Kentucky fan Amy Hayes, who was once featured on the UK  hockey calendar, is part of a professional boxing card coming to Corbin this weekend. She’ll be the ring announcer for Saturday night’s bouts.

CORBIN — Retired professional boxer Nate Tubbs is on a mission to bring professional boxing back to the Bluegrass. The first step towards the mission will be complete as the Corbin Arena hosts its’ first professional boxing show in the history of the arena by teaming up with Nate Tubbs Events & Promotions on July 23, 2016. The show is being sponsored by Holiday Inn Expres- Corbin, KY, Hampton Inn- Williamsburg, KY, Firestone- Corbin, KY, Whitley County toursim- Williamsburg, KY and Bubby’s BBQ- Corbin, KY.

Schedule has plenty of travel chances for UK fans

Neutral site games can be a real kick for UK coach John Calipari  like the one last year against Duke in Chicago. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Neutral site games can be a real kick for UK coach John Calipari  like the one last year against Duke in Chicago. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Neutral site games can be a real kick for UK coach John Calipari like the one last year against Duke in Chicago. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By JESSICA JONES, Contributing Writer

The non-conference schedule was released and, as always, Kentucky has put together quite a non-conference schedule.

If you’re like me, the non-conference schedule release is like Christmas! I look forward to planning trips to the games for the fall and winter. Since Cal’s arrival, he has done a nice job putting his teams in some big college basketball events. He has done a particularly good job at getting his teams to play big games on neutral sites, much like the NCAA Tournament.

Disappointed Mickelson still “happy” for Stenson

Vaught’s note: I thought you might enjoy what Phil Mickelson had to say after shooting a 6-under par 65 in Sunday’s final round of The Open Championship in Troon, Scotland, and still finishing three shots behind Henrick Stenson, who shot a 65.

Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland

MIKE WOODCOCK: Very pleased to welcome Phil Mickelson, the runner-up in the 145th Open to the interview room.

Phil, you played tremendously well all week and you had a great battle today with Henrik Stenson. Can you share your thoughts on what was a tremendous display of golf.

J.B. Holmes has “fun” finishing third in Open Championship

Former University of Kentucky golfer J.B. Holmes had another 2-under par 69 at The Open Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland Sunday to finish 6-under par for the tournament and in third place. Of course, that was 14 shots behind winner Henrik Stenson and 11 behind Phil Mickelson.

That’s one reason NBC-TV showed so little of Mickelson during the final round — but it still was no excuse for basically just ignoring him.

Here’s what Holmes said during his post-round press conference Sunday.

China experience will help Kaz Brown deal with adversity this season

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-1“In Their Words” is an exclusive, two-part series from the University of Kentucky covering Kentucky volleyball players Kaz Brown and Ashley Dusek’s experiences with Team USA’s volleyball training programs this summer. Brown was a member of the Collegiate National Team’s China tour, while Dusek participated in the Collegiate National Team training program in Indianapolis.

By KAZ BROWN

The Tryouts:

This year was similar for Ashley and I because we both tried out last year. Our coaches sort of left it up to us whether we wanted to try out again or not. We made the decision to go for it and flew out to Colorado in February.

Really? PGA golfer Keegan Bradley snuck up to put name on leaderboard

Sometimes you wonder what makes college athletes do foolish things. Well, professional golfer Keegan Bradley, who is in contention to win the British Open, admitted to a bit of mischief after Friday’s round.

I thought you might enjoy his “confession” during his press conferece”

Q. Isn’t being nervous part and parcel in playing golf? Hasn’t there always been a certain level of that?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: Yeah, totally. I love it. When you feel those nerves, it’s a good thing. It means you’re doing something right. Especially in a major, when you can — there’s a different feel. It’s so cool seeing your name up on the leaderboard. I actually snuck up on the leaderboard on Monday this week with a couple of guys and we put our names up. I’m probably going to get in trouble for that?

Team USA training program memorable for Ashley Dusek

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-1Vaught’s note: “In Their Words” is an exclusive, two-part series covering Kentucky volleyball players Kaz Brown and Ashley Dusek’s experiences with Team USA’s volleyball training programs this summer. Brown was a member of the Collegiate National Team’s China tour, while Dusek participated in the Collegiate National Team training program in Indianapolis.

By ASHLEY DUSEK

The Tryouts:
Around January, Kaz, Darian and I decided to go through with trying out for the college national team out in Colorado Springs at the US Olympic Training Center.

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