Men’s Basketball: Gilgeous-Alexander wins Ky. Derby Festival Classic MVP

UK men’s basketball signee erupts for 29 points in 19 minutes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Playing just an hour down the road from where he will play college ball in a few months, Kentucky men’s basketball signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put on a show at the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic en route to sharing MVP honors with Western Kentucky’s Taveion Hollingsworth.

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Akhator, Epps make Kentucky women’s basketball history in 2017 WNBA Draft

Evelyn Akhator, Makayla Epps become first UK duo taken in same draft in program history

 

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball stars Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps will begin their professional careers in the Women’s National Basketball Association as both were selected in the 2017 WNBA Draft, which was held Thursday night in New York City.

 

Akhator was selected third overall by the Dallas Wings, becoming the highest draft pick in school history. Akhator is the third player in program history to be a first-round selection and the first since A’dia Mathies in 2013. Epps became the fifth Matthew Mitchell coached player to be selected, going 33rd overall to the Chicago Sky.

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UK Baseball: #10 Cats shutout UT Martin 8-0

Senior OF Zach Reks launches a 1st inning home run.      UK Photo / Elliott Hess

Thompson’s Career-Long Outing Sparks Shutout Victory

Zack Reks, Evan White each hit home runs to lead No. 10 Kentucky’s offense

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Zack Thompson pitched a career-high 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball and Evan White crushed a three-run home run as part of a career-high four-RBI night to lead No. 10 Kentucky to an 8-0 win in front of 2,511 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

 

The Wildcats moved to 23-11 overall and will take their 8-4 record and first place standing in the Southeastern Conference play on the road to Missouri this weekend for a three-game series.  The win over UT Martin improved the Cats’ record at home to 16-2 on the season and was the 700th at Cliff Hagan Stadium since its opening in 1979.

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UK Men: Humphries also moving on, announces his intentions to turn pro

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore forward Isaac Humphries, who nearly lifted Kentucky to the Final Four this past season with an unforgettable performance in the Elite Eight vs. North Carolina, is turning professional. Humphries will pursue options in the NBA and internationally.

 

Humphries plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his collegiate eligibility at Kentucky.

 

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Big Blue Nation for its unwavering support,” Humphries said. “Coming from Australia, I had no idea what to expect when I got to Kentucky, but you made me one of your own. Your support and passion over the last two years has been unbelievable. I can’t thank you enough for making me feel at home.

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Women’s Golf: LMU’s Malherbe and Greene named All-Tournament in SAC Championship

SAC Women’s Golf Championship All-Tournament 1st Team: Elizabeth England, Carson-Newman; Abbey Hartsell, Lenoir-Rhyne; Ainee O’Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne; Ciara Rattana, Tusculum; Kate Hill, Anderson; Reagan Greene, Lincoln Memorial; Lise Malherbe, Lincoln Memorial

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The Lady Railsplitters carded the low round of the day with a final-round, 12-over par 300 to finish in third place in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at Link Hills Country Club. Carried by All-Tournament first team efforts by Lise Malherbe and Reagan Greene, Lincoln Memorial completed the 54-hole tournament with a 54-over par total of 918 to finish just 10 strokes off the lead.

Lenoir-Rhyne rallied from a three-stroke deficit to win its first SAC Championship title since 2004 with a 44-over par total of 908, capped by Tuesday’s 304. 36-hole leader and tournament host Tusculum finished in second place with a 47-over par 911, as the Pioneers posted their worst round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 22-over par 310. The Lady Railsplitters finished six strokes ahead of fourth-place Wingate (924) and nine ahead of fifth-place Anderson (927). Continue reading Women’s Golf: LMU’s Malherbe and Greene named All-Tournament in SAC Championship

Baseball, Golf Outing and Alumni Weekend coming up at EKU

BASEBALL GOLF OUTING AND ALUMNI WEEKEND ANNOUNCED

 

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team announced on Tuesday that in addition to the Second Annual Clint Seymour Golf Outing, the alumni of the program will be honored during the Ohio Valley Conference weekend series against Jacksonville State starting on April 28.

 

Alumni from 1979 and before will be honored before the Friday game, while alumni from 1980 to 1999 will be honored before the Saturday game, and alumni from 2000 to 2016 will be honored before the Sunday game.

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Track & Field: Coal Miner’s Memorial at Harlan County HS

Women – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored

1) Harlan County 161
2) Letcher County Central 116
3) Knox Central 93
4) Middlesboro 77
(Middlesboro’s Mallory James finished 1st in the Girls 1600 Meter Run and also won the Girls 3200 Meter Run)
5) Leslie County 72
6) Harlan 44
7) Bell County 38.50
8) Red Bird 36
9) Clay County 26.50

Men – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored

1) Leslie County 145
2) Harlan County 126
3) Knox Central 115
4) Harlan 99
5) Middlesboro 55
5) Bell County 55
Bell County’s relay team of Miracle, Eldridge, Southerland and Henry placed 1st in the 4×800 Meter Relay
Bell County’s Mitchell Miracle also finished 1st in the Boys 1600 Meter Run and the 3200 Meter Run
Bell County’s Dalton Raby won the Boys Shot Put
7) Letcher County Central 49
8) Clay County 40
9) Red Bird 8

Monk wins Jerry West Award as top collegiate shooting guard

 

LOS ANGELES – Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk has already rewritten the Kentucky record books as one of the more prolific scorers in program history. He now owns the official designation as the top shooting guard of the 2016-17 college basketball season with the awarding of the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

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You can add Briscoe to the names entering the NBA Draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After helping lead the Kentucky men’s basketball team to back-to-back Southeastern Conference championships (league and tournament) in 2016 and 2017, sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has decided to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK.

 

The NBA Draft is June 22.

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NASCAR fans can help vote their favorites into the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Polls are now open for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Fan Vote. Fans are asked to cast votes for up to five nominees for inclusion into the Class of 2018, and can vote up to 50 times per day. The five nominees who receive the most votes will count as one of the 54 votes cast by the Voting Panel on NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Day on May 24.

Here’s the list of potential inductees for the 2018 Hall of Fame class:

Davey Allison, won 19 times in NASCAR’s premier (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup) series, including the 1992 Daytona 500

Buddy Baker, won 19 times in NASCAR’s premier series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500

Red Byron, first NASCAR premier series champion, in 1949

Ray Evernham, three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief

Red Farmer, three-time Late Model Sportsman champion; 1956 Modified champion

Ray Fox, legendary engine builder, crew chief and car owner

Joe Gibbs, combined for nine car owner championships in premier and XFINITY series

Ron Hornaday Jr., four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion

Harry Hyde, 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief

Alan Kulwicki, 1992 NASCAR premier series champion

Bobby Labonte, won a championship in both the premier series and XFINITY Series

Hershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series champion

Roger Penske, combined for four car owner championships in premier and XFINITY series

Larry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion

Jack Roush, five-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series

Ricky Rudd, won 23 times in NASCAR’s premier series, including the 1997 Brickyard 400

Ken Squier, legendary radio and television broadcaster; inaugural winner/namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence

Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships

Waddell Wilson, won three NASCAR premier series championships as an engine builder

 Robert Yates, won NASCAR premier series championship as both an engine builder and owner

You can cast your vote at NASCAR.com/halloffame