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.”

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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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Kentucky’s Evan White wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Little League All Star Tournament Schedules

9-10 Year Old All Stars at Middlesboro

June 23

(1) 7 pm Pineville-Bell vs. Middlesboro

June 24

(2) 7pm Knox County vs. Pineville-Bell/Middlesboro winner

June 25

(3) 7 pm Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

June 26

(4) 7pm Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

11-12 Year Old Girls All Stars at McCreary County

June 23

(1) 6 pm Middlesboro vs. Knox County / (2) 8pm Pulaski County vs. South London

June 24

(3) 2 pm Hazard vs. Jackson County/ (4) 4pm Tri-City vs. Winner Game 1 / (5) 6pm McCreary vs. North Laurel

 

June 25

(6) 2 pm Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 / (7) 4pm Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5

June 26

(8) 7 pm Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 3

June 27

(9) 6 pm Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 / (10) 8pm Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

June 28

(11) 6 pm Loser Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8 / (12) 8pm Loser Game 9 vs. Winner Game 7

June 29

(13) 6 pm Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 / (14) 8pm Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

June 30

(15) 7 pm Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 13

July 1

(16) 7 pm Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 13

11-12 Year Old All Stars at Williamsburg

June 26

(1) 6pm Pineville-Bell vs. Williamsburg / (2) 8pm Middlesboro vs. Knox County

June 27

(3) 6 pm Winner of Pineville-Bell/ Williamsburg vs. Winner of Middlesboro vs. Knox Co. / (4) 8 pm Loser of Pineville-Bell/Williamsburg vs. Loser of Middlesboro vs. Knox Co.

June 28

(5) 7 pm Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

June 29

(6) 7pm Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

11-year-old All Stars at Corbin

June 28

(1) 6 pm Middlesboro vs. Hazard-Perry / (2) 8pm Knox County vs. Corbin

June 29

6 pm (3) North Laurel vs. South London / (4) 8 pm Clay County vs. Harlan County

June 30

(5) 6 pm Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 / (6) 8 pm Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

July 1

(7) 5 pm Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 /  (8) 7 pm Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

July 2

(9) 5 pm Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 / (10) 7pm Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8

July 5

(11) 6 pm Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 / (12) 8pm Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

July 6

(13) 7 pm Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

July 7

(14) 7 pm Winner Game 11 vs Winner Game 13

 

 

UK’s Jones named 3rd-Team All-American by Athlon Sports

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Junior linebacker led the SEC in solo tackles in 2016

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior linebacker Jordan Jones has been named at third-team defense All-American by Athlon Sports it was announced today. The All-America teams are based on how players will perform in 2017. Career statistics and previous awards matter in player evaluation, but choosing players for the 2017 All-America team and all-conference teams are largely based on predicting and projecting the upcoming year.

 

Jones, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, led the Southeastern Conference and ranked 16th nationally in solo tackles per game last season with 5.7 per game and ranked third in total tackles per game with 8.4. He totaled a team-high 109 tackles and led the Wildcats with 15.5 tackles for loss.

 

He also was a preseason first-team All-SEC selection by Athlon Sports and Southern Pigskin.   Continue reading

UK’s Jones named 3rd-Team All-American by Athlon Sports

Baseball: UK’s Mingione named Perfect Game/Rawlings Coach of the Year

June 13, 2017

 

First-year head coach led Kentucky to first-ever Super Regional

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – First-year Kentucky head coach Nick Mingione has been named the Perfect Game/Rawlings College Head Coach of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.

 

Kentucky just completed Mingione’s first season with the program’s first trip to the Super Regionals after winning three elimination games in the Lexington Regional to claim the regional championship. The Wildcats’ 43 wins were the most for the program since the 2012 team won a school-record 45, and the 19 regular season SEC wins are the second most in school history to the 20 won by the 2006 team, the Cats’ only league title.

 

It was a historic season for the Wildcats, who were picked in the bottom half of the league in the preseason, began the season 2-5 and did not enter the national rankings until week 5 of the season. The Cats remained in the top three of the SEC standings all season and still had championship implications in their final regular season game at Florida.

 

Mingione, who was an assistant at UK under John Cohen before spending the past eight years with him at Mississippi State, set new high-water marks for a first-year UK coach. The 43 overall wins are nine14 more than Keith Madison had in 1979 and the 19 SEC wins are six more than Madison had that season, both of which were the previous program records.

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Baseball: UK’s Mingione named Perfect Game/Rawlings Coach of the Year