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ESPN extends contract for Dick Vitale through 2016-17 season

Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, one of sport’s most influential and recognizable personalities, has reached a new contract extension with ESPN to continue as a college basketball analyst with the company through 2016-17. Vitale will call some of the season’s top games across ESPN networks, including regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2 and the …

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Andrew Harrison appreciates how UK students treat him

By LARRY VAUGHT It’s not easy for Andrew Harrison to find a way to relax in Lexington because of his celebrity status as a Kentucky basketball player. “Maybe go to a movie, but it’s hard not to take pictures or stuff with fans,” he said. “You can’t really go out to eat, but you get used …

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Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison explains why he did not want to wear contact lenses

By LARRY VAUGHT Question: Why did you start wearing contact lenses midway through last year? Aaron Harrison: “I don’t think it was a big deal. I am farsighted, so it is not that big a deal.” Question: Why did you not wear them before, and are you one of those who didn’t want to put …

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Lighter Dakari Johnson knows more about what is expected of him as Kentucky sophomore

By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun Dakari Johnson is leaner and faster entering his second season at Kentucky. Johnson lost weight during the offseason with a “steady diet” consisting mostly of “a lot of greens, a lot of water and fewer carbs,” and he eliminated fried food from his diet “It’s made me lighter and helped …

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Kentucky coach John Calipari not sure exactly how he will use Trey Lyles

By LARRY VAUGHT Trey Lyles is versatile enough to hit a 3-pointer, grab a rebound and lead the fast break, or defend and can score inside. So how will Kentucky coach John Calipari use the 6-9 freshman who was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball last season? “We don’t know yet,” said Calipari in a preseason interview. …

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Kentucky junior Alex Poythress: “I’m doing all the right things, doing what I need to do”

By HAL MORRIS, Advocate-Messenger Alex Poythress called Kentucky’s preseason trip the Bahamas a “great starting point” for him to this season. Now he’s ready to have the breakout season he and coach John Calipari know he’s capable of having his junior season. “It showed what I can do, the progress I’ve made, and what I …

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Life has been “pretty cool” for UK guard Aaron Harrison after last year’s NCAA play

By LARRY VAUGHT He started all 40 games as a freshman and averaged 13.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Yet the number that Kentucky fans will always remember about Aaron Harrison is 3 — as in three straight game-winning shots in NCAA tournament play that got the Wildcats to the national title …

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Guest post: Team could be special, but friend made this Women’s Clinic extra special

By LAUREN COLWELL The second I heard Coach John Robic describe this year’s Wildcat team as “special”, I believed him. Maybe it was his tone of voice or maybe it was what we had just seen from the team at the UK Basketball Women’s Clinic this past Sunday afternoon. Whatever it was, I think we …

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