Tyler Ulis picks up another All-American honor

-1KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis has picked up three of the four NCAA-recognized All-America honors after being tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Second Team on Monday.

Ulis has now been named an All-American by the Sporting News (first team), the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (second team) and the NABC (second team). The Associated Press, the fourth NCAA-recognized All-America team, has not been released yet and will determine if Ulis is a consensus All-American.

The Chicago native was tabbed to the NABC All-America Second Team alongside Providence’s Kris Dunn, Kansas’ Perry Ellis, Iowa State’s Georges Niang and Utah’s Jakob Poeltl.

Mark Stoops on Horton, Westry, Bone, Conrad, Timmons

Blake Bone (Vick Graff Photo)

Blake Bone (Vick Graff Photo)

Here’s some more of what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s open practice.

On how much he likes the offense’s ability to run the ball: “You have to have that. You hear me talk about it and anybody – you watch enough football – you have to have some balance. I don’t care what the numbers say, but you have to have some physicality about you to get the tough yards and move it when you can and we’re seeing some of that.”

Krista Voda joins us on WPBK-FM (102.9) Tuesday morning

Krista Voda hosting the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction dinner.

Krista Voda hosting the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction dinner.


Few people I have ever known seem to have enjoyed their work more than Krista Voda Kelley did when she was with WLEX-TV sports covering not only University of Kentucky sports but also high school sports, the Kentucky Derby, the NFL and major league baseball.

She had a certain charm that came across on air and had a knack for making almost every interview/story special. And that contagious smile never seemed to go away.

Western Kentucky making smart choice hiring Rick Stansbury

Rick Stansbury, right, spent the last two years working for Billy Kennedy, left, at Texas A&M. Today he will be named Western Kentucky's new coach. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Rick Stansbury, right, spent the last two years working for Billy Kennedy, left, at Texas A&M. Today he will be named Western Kentucky’s new coach. (Wade Upchurch Photo)


It would be foolish to act like I am not happy that Rick Stansbury is going to officially be named the new basketball coach at Western Kentucky University in a few hours.

I’ve known Stansbury, a Mead County native, for a long time. I actually watched him play when he was at Campbellsville University and got to know him well during his time as a Mississippi State assistant coach and then head coach.

Top Ohio receiver commits to Kentucky


Not only has new receivers coach Lamar Thomas made an impact on Kentucky’s returning players, but he might be having an impact with future players.

Highly-regarded Ohio receiver JaVonte Richardson verbally committed to UK Sunday after visiting Kentucky over the weekend. Recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, an Ohio native, was again the lead recruiter with Richardson.

While Ohio State and Michigan had shown interest but not yet offered Richardson, the 6-4 receiver did have offers from Michigan, Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue and Bowling Green. Miami (FL) and Florida have also shown interest in him.

10th inning rally gives UK win over No. 1 Florida again

LEXINGTON, Ky. — After making two errors in the top of the 10th inning to allow No. 1 Florida to take a one-run lead, Kentucky shortstop Riley Mahan belted a game-tying home run in the bottom of the inning to set up a wild walk-off win for the 29th-ranked Wildcats, lifting UK to its fourth consecutive series win over the Gators, on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 

Kentucky (17-6, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) won its fourth consecutive series meeting vs. Florida and the Wildcats have now won a series vs. the nation’s top-ranked team in three straight seasons, besting South Carolina in 2014 and LSU on the road in 2015.

RetroWeekend in Pigeon Forge Will Impact Attendees and Community

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – It is almost April, which means RetroWeekend is right around the corner, bringing back memories from yesteryear along with it. The event, which takes place April 29-30 at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., aims to thrill its attendees with a wide array of music, workshops, speakers and physical activities mainly related to the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. However, RetroWeekend Executive Director Steve Hall is quick to point out that the one-of-a-kind event is about much more than memorializing an iconic era in American history.

Stoops was glad to have fans, media at practice


Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says he has nothing to hide from media members or fans, so he thought it would be good for everyone to have an open practice

“It was good to get the fans out here, get the media out here, and have a good day. It was kind of a half a practice and then an extended team period. Rather than just letting them in for practices (it was good) to let them see a practice. That’s a portion of our practice,” Stoops said.

He liked the offensive attitude and mentality.

Join me and guests Doug Flynn, Chris Dortch on Leach Report Monday


Monday I get my first chance to host the Leach Report while my buddy Tom  Leach continues to take a few days off. The pressure is on because the one and only Ryan Lemond hosted for Tom last Thursday and Friday.

The good news is that the show from 9-10 a.m. should be easy because of my guests — Doug Flynn and Chris Dortch.

Flynn will join me from 9:15-9:30. Certainly I plan to have him update us all on the health of his father, Bobby Flynn. He’s been a fixture at Lexington sports events, including UK football and basketball, for years but recently suffered several injuries in two falls.

White, Beggs lead UK over No. 1 Florida

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Evan White went 3-for-3 with a home run and Dustin Beggs won his sixth straight start to open the season, leading No. 29 Kentucky to a 7-4 win over No. 1 Florida to even the three-game series and snap the Gators 17-game winning streak, on a perfect Saturday afternoon in front of a season-best 3,071 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.