Basketball: USA U19 improves to 3-0 with win over previously unbeaten Italy

Brandon McCoy contributed 13 points and eight rebounds in the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team’s victory over Italy Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt.

 

 

CAIRO, EGYPT (July 4, 2017) – Powered by PJ Washington’s (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.) 20 points, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team finished off preliminary play with an exclamation point and defeated previously unbeaten Italy (2-1) 98-65 Tuesday night in Cairo, Egypt.

“I thought Italy played great, they hit a lot of shots at the beginning and that forces us to bounce back and play some defense more so than the first two games,” said Washington, who after three games leads the USA scoring averaging at 14.7 point per game while adding 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game. “I was just trying to get to the rack, just trying to be aggressive, just playing my game and I felt like it was working for me tonight.”

The win improved the Americans to 3-0 and earned them the Group D number one seed for the Round of 16.  The USA will next face Mali (0-3), the fourth-place finisher in Group C, on Wednesday with the game time TBA. Continue reading

Basketball: USA U19 improves to 3-0 with win over previously unbeaten Italy

Basketball: USA U19 team improves to 2-0 with 109-68 romp over Angola

Josh Okogie finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds and was one of two USA U19 World Cup players to record a double-double in the 109-68 win over Angola Sunday night in preliminary play in Cairo, Egypt.

 

  

CAIRO, EGYPT (July 2, 2017) – For the second night in a row, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (2-0) passed the centennial scoring mark, and in improving to 2-0 after posting a 109-68 romp over Angola (0-2), displayed balanced scoring and overwhelming athleticism during preliminary play at the FIBA U19 World Cup for Men on Sunday night in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Looking for its third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men, the United States has now won 20 straight games in U19 competition. The USA’s last setback was against Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.

 

With no games on the schedule for Monday, July 3, the USA men will close out preliminary play facing 1-1 Italy on July 4 (10:30 a.m. EDT).  By virtue of picking up wins in its first two games, the USA is assured of a number one or number two seed for the medal round of 16.

 

“I thought we made some strides. We’re defending a little bit better, we still have to talk more.  All I’m trying to get them to do is play with great pace and then if it’s not there, run something.  You know, just make a play,” stated USA head coach John Calipari.

 

“I keep telling them, ‘let’s play against ourselves, let’s not worry who’s out there. Let’s just keep seeing if we can execute better, if we can concentrate more, if we can talk more, so by the end of this we’re in pretty good shape and we’ll be a pretty good team.'”

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Basketball: USA U19 team improves to 2-0 with 109-68 romp over Angola

Baseball: Morehead State’s Niko Hulsizer wins College HR Derby in Omaha

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State sophomore slugger Niko Hulsizer and New York Yankees and Major League home run leader Aaron Judge now have something in common, and hey, make that two things in common to be exact.

Hulsizer smacked 49 actual home runs and also connected on the money balls (worth 2 homers) Saturday night to win the 2017 College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

Hulsizer, who once hit a home run at Yankee Stadium just like Judge has done so many times this year, advanced to the finals after hitting 35 dingers in the first two rounds. He then hit 15 actual homers and nailed the money ball out for a total of 17 in the finale. Alabama’s Chandler Taylor came in second, narrowly missing the money ball after trailing Hulsizer by one in the finals after his four-minute clock closed out.

He joins an elite group of just eight college players who have won the Derby. Judge won the event in 2012. Hulsizer’s 49 homers were tied with Taylor for the second highest total in College Home Run Derby history. Assistant coach Adam Brown served as Hulsizer’s pitcher. Continue reading

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Diallo has 17 as Team USA crushes Iran 108-48 at FIBA U19 World Cup

Hamidou Diallo led the way with 17 points as the USA steamrolled Iran 108-48 in both teams’ opening game of the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO, EGYPT (July 1, 2017) – Overcoming a sluggish offensive start that saw the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (1-0) score just four points in the game’s first 6:25, the American offense finally kicked into gear and steamrolled Iran (0-1) 108-48 in both teams’ opening game of the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

“Even in these kind of events, NCAA events, FIBA events, the first game is the hardest to get started and get your feet underneath you,” said USA U19 head coach John Calipari (Kentucky). “Even though we had a couple of exhibition games and both opponents were pretty good, we came out like ‘what in the world?’ We almost went a quarter, well we went six minutes, having four points and how in the world we scored that many… But eventually we’re going to wear people down.

“Now the question is when we get one of the good teams later in the week, will we start better, will we play better, will we have some fire? But I thought they got it, and they played and they’re trying. It’s just hard, we’ve been together eight days, come on. It makes it tough, but hopefully we’ll continue to get better.”

The USA continues its preliminary play Sunday facing Angola (0-1) at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Continue reading

Diallo has 17 as Team USA crushes Iran 108-48 at FIBA U19 World Cup

KY Afield Outdoors: Just like the temperature, Lake Cumberland striped bass heating up

Joe McWilliams holds a 35-inch long, 17-pound striped bass he caught from Lake Cumberland earlier this year. The striped bass population in Lake Cumberland shows continual improvement now in the fourth year of the return of historic water levels since the drawdown to repair Wolf Creek Dam. Striped bass anglers on Lake Cumberland can expect fast action with a burgeoning population of fish in the 28- to 35-inch range, with larger fish in the lake.      KDFWR Photo

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 29, 2017) Few things in the outdoors in Kentucky can top being on Lake Cumberland at daybreak on a summer morning, watching a planer board or large bobber disappear, followed by the sound of a slipping drag.

Striped bass pull like no other fish in Kentucky and landing a 22-inch or longer keeper brings a rush of adrenaline that gives you the shakes. Now in the fourth year of normal water levels since the drawdown to repair Wolf Creek Dam, the striped bass in Lake Cumberland are well on the way to returning to the glory days.

“The striped bass in Lake Cumberland are doing great,” said John Williams, Southeastern Fisheries District biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “There are multiple year classes in the lake with many keepers over 22 inches. We are getting more fish over 30 inches. Their body condition is fantastic.”

Although striped bass are in good numbers in Lake Cumberland, the spring fishing proved frustrating in the lake this year.

“Some guides had a hard time this spring finding fish, but now they are on fish, they found them,” Williams said. “Because we had so much rain this year and they released so much water from the lake, it spread the fish throughout the water column. This leads to spotty fishing.” Continue reading KY Afield Outdoors: Just like the temperature, Lake Cumberland striped bass heating up

Basketball: Trio of UK players, Calipari begin 2017 FIBA World Cup run

Diallo, Washington will suit up for the Calipari-coached Team USA; Wynyard with New Zealand

CAIRO – The Kentucky men’s basketball team will be well represented at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo.

 

Freshman guard Hamidou Diallo, freshman forward PJ Washington, redshirt sophomore forward Tai Wynyard and UK head coach John Calipari will all be a part of the biennial FIBA World Cup, which begins Saturday and concludes with the championship game on July 9. Diallo and Washington will suit up for the Calipari-coached USA Basketball squad while Wynyard will play for the Junior Tall Blacks, New Zealand’s U19 team.

 

Kentucky is believed to be the most well-represented school at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup – and the Wildcats nearly had even more at the games.

 

UK freshman forward Kevin Knox made the initial 16-man pool for USA Basketball but removed his name from consideration after suffering a minor hamstring injury. Freshman guard Shai Gilegous-Alexander was invited to try out for the Canadian national team but opted to stay in Lexington to train with his college team.

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Golf: UK’s McDaniel breaks KY State Am tournament record

UK All-America golfer breaks former great’s 13-year old tournament score

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Records were made to be broken. Or at least, that’s how the saying goes.

Current Kentucky men’s golfer Tyler “Chip” McDaniel did just that when he eclipsed a 13-year-old record held by former Wildcat legend and UK Athletics Hall of Famer, J.B. Holmes during the three-round 102nd Kentucky Amateur Championship held at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

McDaniel posted a 54-hole score of 201, besting Holmes’ mark of 202 set at the Bowling Green Country Club in 2004.

UK’s senior All-American began his record-breaking performance and State Am victory by logging opening rounds of 64 and 66 to build an eight-shot lead. A 1-under, 71, on the final day of play gave him a 15-under combined score, topping the runner-up scores by six strokes.

The leaderboard was flooded with Wildcats as Stephen Stallings tied for second following a 67, the lowest final round score in the field. He finished the tournament at 9-under with all three rounds coming in under par.
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Fox, Monk and Adebayo taken in 1st round of NBA Draft

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In what has become an annual tradition for the Kentucky men’s basketball program, it was more of the same as three Wildcats achieved their dreams when they heard their names called in the 2017 NBA Draft. De’Aaron Fox (No. 5, Sacramento Kings), Malik Monk (No. 11, Charlotte Hornets) and Bam Adebayo (No. 14, Miami Heat) were selected during the 2017 draft on Thursday.

Fox is the 12th UK player since 2010 to go in the top seven picks. Monk and Adebayo added to UK’s lottery selections in the last eight years under John Calipari as UK’s mark reached 17. The trio taken in the top 14 of the draft upped the Wildcats’ first-round selections to 24 under Calipari since 2010.

“Wow, what a night,” Calipari said. “We’ve been doing this a while now but this will never get old for me and I hope it doesn’t for our fans. This is graduation night for our program. My stomach was in knots all night waiting to hear our guys’ names called, but there is nothing better than seeing the overwhelming emotions come over our players and families when their dreams come true.

“I always believe our guys should go higher but they all ended up with great organizations,” Calipari said. “After all, there’s no crying on the yacht when you get three guys in the lottery. I wish we would have had more guys get selected but I’m confident Isaiah (Briscoe), Isaac (Humphries), Derek (Willis), Dom (Hawkins) and Mychal (Mulder) will all get their shot. I’m proud of all of them and know they will all keep chasing their dreams.”
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Fox, Monk and Adebayo taken in 1st round of NBA Draft

Tri-State Tires win 2017 Middlesboro LL Championship

Youssiff Nabat’s walkoff RBI single snapped a 5-5 tie and lifted Tri-State Tires to a 6-5 win over Coke in the championship game.

MIDDLESBORO LITTLE LEAGUE 2017 CHAMPION
TRI-STATE TIRES: (Not in order) Landon Allen, Dylan Baker, Lane Bayless, Warren Vaught, Brady Carroll,  Conner Mason, Youssiff Nabat, Kam Wilson, Tanner Evans,  Cayden Huff, Brayden Barnard and Luke Bayless. Coaches are Jason Bayless and Trey Hubbard.                                                                                  Photo by Anthony Cloud

Kentucky’s Evan White wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award

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First baseman’s defensive work honored for second consecutive season

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Evan White was honored with the 2017 ABCA Collegiate Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base, it was announced on Wednesday. It is White’s second consecutive trophy for his glove work.

 

The 6-foot-3, 205 pound junior last week was drafted No. 17 overall by the Seattle Mariners. He reported to the organization this week and will officially be assigned to his first career professional team in the coming days.

 

White was considered one of the top talents in college baseball, an offensive force who also possesses elite defensive skills. Despite missing 13 games early this season due to injury he was recently named to Baseball America’s Second-Team All-America and is a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist. He’s also a three-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team and now two-time winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove at first base.

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