Sports - True Blue Site Sports - True Blue Site en-us Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:03:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 UCLA Getting Ready For UK Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:13:21 PM UCLA Athletics UCLA Getting Ready For UK

The UCLA basketball team returns to action to face No. 1 Kentucky (11-0) on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago. Game time is 12:30 p.m. (PT) at the United Center. The Bruins' game against Kentucky will take place after North Carolina faces Ohio State (that game is slated to begin at 10 a.m. (PT).

Venue: United Center (20,917)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 20
Tipoff Time: 12:30 p.m. (PT)/2:30 p.m. (CT)
Television: CBS
TV Talent: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Greg Anthony (analyst), Allie LaForce (reporter)
Radio: AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
Sirius Satellite Radio: Channel 136
Sirius XM Radio: Channel 204

UCLA's game against No. 1 Kentucky at the United Center in Chicago this Saturday (12:30 p.m. PT) will be broadcast live on the UCLA Sports Network from IMG College on AM 570 (KLAC), the flagship home of UCLA Athletics. The pregame show kicks off at 12 p.m. Chris Roberts and former UCLA basketball standout Tracy Murray will have the call, live from the United Center. Fans can also listen to the audio broadcast by using the TuneIn radio app (click here). UCLA's game will also have a national radio broadcast by Westwood One Sports (Gary Cohen and Alaa Abdelnaby will have the call).

UCLA has won four of its last five games, most recently losing to No. 9-ranked Gonzaga, 87-74, on Saturday, Dec. 13. UCLA has not faced Kentucky since Nov. 21, 2006, when the Bruins earned a 73-68 win against the Wildcats in each team's second game of the 2006 Maui Invitational (UCLA was ranked No. 5, and Kentucky No. 20). The Bruins last played in Chicago on Nov. 21, 1996 (versus Illinois at the United Center).

UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State will also compete in the CBS Sports Classic in 2015 and 2016. Next season, UCLA faces North Carolina at the Barclays Center (Brooklyn) on Dec. 19, 2015. The Bruins will take on Ohio State at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas) on Dec. 17, 2016. The Bruins and Wildcats are set to face off with a home-and-home series the following two seasons. UCLA will host Kentucky in Pauley Pavilion for the first time ever on Dec. 3, 2015. The next season, the Bruins will play their first-ever game at Rupp Arena versus Kentucky (scheduled for Dec. 3, 2016).

The Bruins have opened the season with an 8-3 record, playing 11 games in a 30-day span. In comparison, UCLA will play just six games over its next 30-day span (four games away from home). Last Saturday evening in Pauley Pavilion, No. 9 Gonzaga defeated UCLA, 87-74. Bryce Alford scored a team-leading 23 points, connecting on 7 of 14 shots (5 of 10 three-pointers). UCLA trailed Gonzaga at halftime, 38-27, and reduced the Bulldogs' lead to six points early in the second half before Gonzaga used an 8-0 run to secure a 14-point cushion.

Freshman Kevon Looney ranked seventh, nationally, and first in the Pac-12 in rebounding (10.9 rpg) through Dec. 14. Looney, a 6-foot-9 forward who was a McDonald's All-America selection last season, ranks fifth in the country and first in the Pac-12 with 4.73 offensive rebounds per game (through Dec. 14). He leads all freshmen in the nation with seven double-doubles, the third-highest total in the country (Charles Jackson from Tennessee Tech and Jameel Warney from Stony Brook each have eight). Looney is averaging 13.9 points per game.

Norman Powell is the Bruins' only senior in the team's regular rotation. The 6-foot-4 guard from San Diego, Calif., has averaged 17.4 points per game (second on the team), the fourth-highest average among Pac-12 players (through Dec. 14). Powell ranks third in the Pac-12 with 2.1 steals per game. In UCLA's win over UC Riverside (Dec. 10), he scored seven of the team's first nine points after halftime to help the Bruins overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and secure a 77-66 victory. He has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 games this season.

Steve Alford has entered his second season as UCLA's head coach and his 24th year as a college basketball head coach. He directed UCLA to a 28-9 record in 2013-14, tying the school record for most victories in a head coach's first year in Westwood (Gene Bartow went 28-4 in 1975-76). Alford arrived at UCLA in March 2013 after six highly successful seasons at New Mexico. He has led his teams to at least 28 wins each of the last three seasons.

Steve Alford (499-247 career) stands one win shy of career victory No. 500. He has recorded more NCAA wins than any collegiate head coach of age 50 or younger. There are currently 20 active NCAA Division I coaches who have won at least 500 NCAA games (minimum five years as a Division I head coach).

UCLA has entered a five-game stretch, beginning with last Saturday's home game against No. 9 Gonzaga, that features two top-10 ranked teams and four games away from Pauley Pavilion. Following this Saturday's neutral site contest against No. 1 Kentucky, the Bruins will play consecutive road games at Alabama (RPI of 32) on Dec. 28, at Colorado (RPI of 90) on Jan. 2, and at No. 14 Utah (RPI of 22) on Jan. 4.

Bryce Alford has registered team-leading averages with 18.0 points and 6.7 assists per game. In fact, Alford is the nation's only player to have logged at least 18 points and six assists per game (through Dec. 14). He leads all Pac-12 players with 6.7 assists per game, the nation's eighth-highest average. The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard has totaled 74 assists and just 27 turnovers, compiling a 2.7 assist-turnover ration (ranks third in the Pac-12). Alford and freshman forward Kevon Looney have scored in double figures in all 11 games for UCLA.

Bryce Alford (74 assists, 27 turnovers, 11 games) is the nation's only underclassman (freshmen or sophomores), to have logged at least 70 assists and fewer than 30 turnovers. He is one of just three players in the nation, regardless of year in school, with 70 or more assists and fewer than 30 turnovers.

Junior forward Tony Parker has made significant strides over the course of three seasons. After having played just 6.3 minutes per game as a freshman (2012-13, averaged 2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg), Parker played 17.2 minutes per game last season and has logged 24.2 minutes per game in 11 starts this season. He registered 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 2013-14. This season, Parker has recorded 10.8 points and 8.2 rebounds and one block per game. The 6-foot-9 forward from Atlanta, Ga., has shot 58.8 percent from the field in 81 career games.

Currently in his sixth season as Kentucky's head coach, John Calipari has guided the Wildcats to the country's No. 1 ranking in both polls and an 11-0 record. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA championship game last season, falling to Connecticut by a 60-54 margin (April 7, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas). Willie Cauley-Stein leads Kentucky in both scoring (10.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg). Aaron Harrison ranks second on the team with 10.2 points per game. The Wildcats have won their 11 contests by an average margin of 28.2 points per game.

UCLA will play in the 2015 EA Sports Maui Invitational in November 2015, competing in a field that will feature Indiana, Kansas, St. John's, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Chaminade University. The Bruins last played in the Maui Invitational in 2011 after having won the tournament title in 2007. Next season's field will feature four of the top 10 winningest programs in NCAA Division I history and teams which have won a combined 19 NCAA titles.


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Davis Returns To Score 31, Kanter 29 As Pelicans Edge Jazz 119-111 Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:08:36 PM Associated Press Davis Returns To Score 31, Kanter 29 As Pelicans Edge Jazz 119-111

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis returned from a chest injury and scored 31 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the reeling Utah Jazz, 119-111 on Tuesday night.

Davis, who sat out most of Friday night's victory over Cleveland and all of Sunday night's loss to Golden State, played with a protective vest that did not appear to inhibit him. He had nine rebounds and three blocks, with all three rejections coming in the pivotal final four minutes.

Ryan Anderson hit six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans added 19 points, scoring nine during New Orleans' 41-point fourth quarter.

Enes Kanter scored 29 points for Utah, which has lost three straight and 12 of 13. Gordon Hayward scored 17 for the Jazz, which lost despite shooting 50 percent and scoring 68 points in the paint.

The Pelicans went ahead for good on consecutive transition layups by Evans, the first coming between three Jazz defenders who had sprinted back to try to stop him. Davis helped set up the second layup with his block from behind of Kanter's attempted put-back.

That gave New Orleans a 105-104 lead with 3:17 left.

Soon after, Davis gave the Pelicans a five-point lead when he converted Evans' driving pass into a layup as he was fouled. Davis capped his night with a reverse dunk in the final minute that sent the crowd into a frenzy and virtually sealed the victory.

Trey Burke scored 16 for Utah, but scored only once after going 5 of 5 for 14 points in the first quarter. Alec Burks also scored 16 for the Jazz

Kanter had 10 of his points in the third quarter, when Utah scored 33 points and led by as much as 11 when Exum soared into the paint to grab a rebound and in one motion tossed in a short floater at the horn to make it 89-78.

The Jazz led 92-78 on Trevor Booker's dunk early in the fourth quarter before New Orleans went on an 18-7 run capped by consecutive 3s from Anderson and Austin Rivers.

Utah led for most of a high-scoring first half. New Orleans shot 56.8 (21 of 37) percent, only to be outdone by Utah's 58.1 percent shooting (25 of 43).

The Jazz lead by as many as 11 points when Hayward's driving layup made it 24-13, but led by only one possession at halftime after Davis' put-back dunk of Omer Asik's miss made it 56-53.


Jazz: Utah played a second-straight game without front-court starter Derrick Favors, who was questionable with a sprained right ankle. Rudy Gobert started at center in his place. ... The Jazz fell to 3-2 when shooting 50 percent or better.

Pelicans: New Orleans turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter. The Pelicans have had nine or fewer turnovers in five games this season. ... New Orleans' 68 points allowed in the paint was a season-high.


Jazz: Visit Miami on Wednesday.

Pelicans: Visit Houston on Thursday.

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Wall's 21 points, 17 Assists Lead Wizards Over Timberwolves Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:06:16 PM Associated Press Wall's 21 points, 17 Assists Lead Wizards Over Timberwolves

WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall was chosen as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week and in his first game since earning the honor for the fourth time, he tied his career high with 17 assists.

Wall also had 21 points as the Washington Wizards won their fifth straight, 109-95 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

"I think he still has the best ahead of him, coach Randy Wittman said. "He deserved to win Player of the Week. I told him, 'That's no big deal, you deserve it.' There's nothing surprising here, let's just keep doing it."

Wall drew "M-V-P" chants from the crowd.

"People can say it's my best. It's probably the best since I've been here," Wall said.

Seven Wizards finished in double figures. Rasual Butler tied his season high with 23 points - 18 in the fourth quarter as Washington pulled away from the pesky Timberwolves, who have lost nine of 10.

The Wizards scored 14 points in a row to take a 14-2 lead less than 4½ minutes into the game. Wall had 10 points and six assists in the first quarter.

Then the game settled into a back-and-forth affair.

"I should have ordered some popcorn. Both teams just running up and down together," Wittman said.

Thaddeus Young, who led a third-quarter charge, had a season-high 29 points for Minnesota. Shabazz Muhammad had 21.

"They're just too good for us right now. We just don't have enough firepower," coach Flip Saunders said.

Foul shooting badly hurt the Timberwolves. They made just 20 for 35, and missed 10 of 14 in the first half as they trailed 46-36.

Young led Minnesota back in the second half, scoring 19 points in the third quarter, shooting 9 for 10 from the field. The Wizards led 74-69 after three.

Butler led Washington with 18 fourth-quarter points as it pulled away pulled away early in the quarter. They led by 89-75 with 8:43 to play.

The Wizards are 18-6. They're 12 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1978-79 season.


Timberwolves: C Ronny Turiaf was declared out for the season after arthroscopic surgery on his right hip. ... With three starters, G Ricky Rubio (ankle), C Nikola Pekovic (foot, wrist) and G Kevin Martin (wrist) out indefinitely, the Wolves are expected to ask for an injury waiver for an additional player. ... G Mo Williams returned after missing six games with back spasms and scored six points in 15 minutes.

Wizards: F Paul Pierce missed his first game of the season with a sore right toe. Otto Porter made his first career start in his place. ... Wittman faced his friend Saunders, having replaced him as coach in January 2012. Wittman isn't surprised that Saunders is back coaching after spending last year in Minnesota's front office. "He's a coach. He's a lifer," Wittman said. "That's who he is."


Timberwolves: At Celtics on Friday.

Wizards: At Miami on Friday.


This was the first time Saunders coached in Washington since Washington fired him on Jan. 24, 2012. "You do it for challenges. That's why I'm coaching now, the chance of building young people," Saunders said.


Washington has a promotion where it gives away free chicken sandwiches if an opponent misses two free throws in the fourth quarter.

After Gorgui Dieng missed his first foul shot with 3:22 remaining, Pierce, wearing a suit, led the crowd in jeering hoping to distract Dieng. It didn't, and fans went home without their chicken sandwiches.

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UK Track & Field Pulls in Another Top-10 Signing Class Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Dec 2014 5:43:47 PM UK Track & Field Pulls in Another Top-10 Signing Class

The Kentucky women's track and field team's 2014 signing class has been ranked as the nation's ninth best in the January issue of "Track and Field News."

The No. 9 ranking is UK's second consecutive top-10 recruiting class, as rated by Track and Field News. UK's 2013 signing class was ranked fifth.

Each of third-year head coach Edrick Floréal's first two full recruiting classes at UK have been ranked in the top 10 as he took over the program late in the summer of 2012.

Before coming to UK, Floréal had four top-five recruiting classes in six seasons at Stanford, including the top-ranked class in 2011, as rated by Track and Field News.

The full group of UK's women's signing class is made up of six state champions that combined to win 26 state titles in their time as prep athletes.

Additionally the class combined to post three top-10 prep times in the nation, broke two state records, had three high-school All-America selections and a U.S.-leading mark.

The "Where Are They Going Section" breaking down the 2014-15 collegiate recruiting classes can be found in the January edition of Track and Field News, which is on newsstands now.

Women's Key Additions: Adriana Brown, Aundrea Busse, Ariah Graham, Jacklyn Howell, Javianne Alissa Oliver, Jasmine Quinn

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Cousins Feels Partly Responsible For Coach's Dismissal Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Dec 2014 4:25:23 PM Cousins Feels Partly Responsible For Coach's Dismissal

The Sacramento Kings fired their head coach, Michael Malone on Monday.

DeMarcus Cousins, who has missed 9 games due to viral meningitis, told the Sac Bee that he feels partly responsible for Malone's release.

Per the Sac Bee:

Cousins, the Kings' leading scorer and rebounder, wonders whether his illness contributed to coach Michael Malone's firing Sunday...Philosophical differences were cited, but the Kings have won just two of nine games without Cousins.

"I would be lying if I said I didn't feel like it was partially my fault," Cousins said Monday after practice. "In reality it isn't, but me personally, I feel like it is. Me being out, us losing some games, I feel like I played a part in it."

"I learned a lot from him. I'm very thankful to play for coach Malone," Cousins said. "At the end of the day, we know this is a business. Everything doesn't always work out the way we want it to. I wish nothing but the best for Coach. I hate it had to end this way. But he has my respect, because he's a great coach."

Cousins is expected to return to action on Thursday with a minutes restriction.


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Davis Part of NBA Season of Giving Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Dec 2014 4:17:18 PM Davis Part of NBA Season of Giving

It's the season of giving and that's exactly what former Wildcat, Anthony Davis did on Monday with some of his Pelican teammates.
Davis, Jeff Withey and Ryan Anderson gave out gift cards and fill-up shopping carts for local kids at Toys 'R' Us in Metairie, Louisiana.



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Anthony Davis Slated to Return for Pelicans vs. Jazz Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Dec 2014 3:57:59 PM Anthony Davis Slated to Return for Pelicans vs. Jazz

The New Orleans Pelicans say forward Anthony Davis is expected to return from a chest injury for Tuesday night's game against the Utah Jazz.

The injury caused Davis to leave last Friday night's victory over Cleveland in the first quarter and then sit out Sunday night's overtime loss to Golden State.

Davis, who is averaging 24.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, had been listed as questionable before Tuesday's shoot-around.

Davis went from the arena to a hospital Friday and stayed overnight for a series of scans and tests which came back negative, but he remained sore on Sunday, so the team held him out as a precaution.

Team officials remain unsure what caused the injury, which coach Monty Williams had referred to as a "freak deal."


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Gymnastics Ranked No. 22 in Preseason Poll Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Dec 2014 5:29:55 PM Gymnastics Ranked No. 22 in Preseason Poll

The Kentucky gymnastics team will begin the 2015 season ranked in the top 25 for the fifth consecutive season, as UK earned a No. 22 ranking in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll.

With the second-highest preseason ranking in program history, the Wildcats have been ranked to start the season in each of head coach Tim Garrison's four seasons in Lexington.

"We believe the No. 22 ranking is just the start for us this season," Garrison said. "I think we are a much improved team from last year, but we still have a lot to prove. We finished 21st last year, and we will go into the season next month looking to earn a higher national ranking."

The Wildcats are one of seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the preseason top 25, headlined by top-ranked Florida, the defending co-national champions. LSU is third while Alabama is fourth and Georgia seventh to round out the league's place in the top 10.

Kentucky will face eight teams ranked in the top 25, including each of the nation's top four teams. LSU, Alabama, No. 12 Auburn and No. 13 Arkansas all travel to Lexington to compete in Memorial Coliseum.

UK opens the season at Washington on Jan. 24, while it travels to Oklahoma City to face No. 2 Oklahoma, who also shared the NCAA title in 2014, on Feb. 13.

Season tickets, which are $15, along with single meet tickets, are available now at Fans can also purchase tickets by calling the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-CATS. More information about tickets can be found here.

The Wildcats are coming off a record-breaking 2014 season, highlighted by a program record NCAA Regional score and a return to the NCAA Championships. UK posted its school-record 195.925 at regionals, senior Audrey Harrison won the beam title and became the first UK gymnast to advance to the NCAA Championships since 2010. Kentucky also notched a school-best 49.650 on floor in an upset win over No. 11 Auburn in the regular season.


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Bria Goss Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Thumb Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Dec 2014 4:45:25 PM Bria Goss Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Thumb

Kentucky women's basketball senior Bria Goss will miss four to six weeks with a broken left thumb sustained in shoot around on Sunday afternoon, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced today.
Goss, a 5-foot-10 guard of Indianapolis, attempted to play in Sunday night's game vs. Belmont with her thumb taped, but only saw three minutes in the first half.

"We are thankful Bria's injury was not season-ending. That would have been quite a blow," Mitchell said. "For our team, this is a great opportunity to develop in the areas of defensive energy, offensive efficiency and leadership, all things that Bria consistently brings to this team. In her absence, our players will have to find ways to strengthen themselves in these critical areas to make up for what we lose with Bria on the sidelines. This will also force us to progress our young post players during the time Bria is out. We hate Bria is out but we all need to work hard so when she returns, we are stronger than ever."
Goss has never missed a game in her Wildcat career, playing in 117 contests with 102 starts, including 17 in a row. She currently averages 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game and has netted 1,140 career points which ranks 21st on UK's all-time scoring list.

After a short break for final exams, the Wildcats will travel to Durham, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21 to take on their third ranked opponent of the season in No. 13/12 Duke. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET.

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Trevathan Out for the Season Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Dec 2014 3:51:46 PM Trevathan Out for the Season

Danny Trevathan is out for the season due to a dislocated kneecap, according to an NFL source.

The Denver Broncos' linebacker suffered the injury on Sunday versus the San Diego Chargers. The injury will require surgery.

The former Kentucky Wildcat had two separate fractures in the left knee area that forced him to miss 11 of the Broncos' first 13 games.


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UK Still No. 1; College Basketball Poll Breakdown Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Dec 2014 3:00:48 PM UK Still No. 1; College Basketball Poll Breakdown

Kentucky took a big loss off the court and responded with another big win on it.

Now the Wildcats (11-0) finally get a bit of a break.

The Wildcats, still the unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll after getting all 65 first-place votes Monday, are the only 11-win team in NCAA Division I basketball. No other team from a major conference has played more games.

Two days after 6-foot-8 junior forward Alex Poythress tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice, the Wildcats won 84-70 Saturday over North Carolina, which dropped three spots to 24th in the new poll.

"They were excited about playing the game, but I just think they're - thank goodness we have time between games now to get ourselves right," Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the game. "We played a lot of games in a short period of time. So we have a little (time), in two games in two weeks, which gives us some time."

Kentucky has only two games in two weeks before its SEC opener Jan. 6 against Mississippi. The Wildcats play the next two Saturdays, against UCLA this week and then Dec. 27 at No. 4 Louisville.

LOT OF STABILITY: The top seven spots in this week's poll are unchanged, and the same teams occupy the top 14 slots.

Duke (8-0), Arizona (10-0), Louisville (9-0), Wisconsin (10-1), Virginia (9-0) and Villanova (10-0) are second through seventh. Gonzaga and Texas swapped spots from a week ago while Kansas stayed 10th.

Wichita State and Ohio State started the second 10 again, while No. 13 Iowa State and No. 14 Utah switched places from last week.

Kentucky is the only team to be ranked the same in every poll, from the preseason poll released on Halloween to now.

The biggest move this week was Butler's eight-spot drop to 23rd, back to where the Bulldogs debuted in the poll before an eight-spot jump last week, after a 12-point loss at Tennessee.

No. 20 St. John's and No 21 Notre Dame made the biggest upward moves, each up four spots after poll debuts last week.

STATE OF MICHIGAN: A week after Michigan and Michigan State were both unranked for the first time since the final 2010-11 rankings, the Spartans got back in the poll.

Michigan State was the only new team this week, re-entering at No. 25. Since a one-point overtime loss to Notre Dame, the Spartans (7-3) have lopsided victories over Oakland and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

As for the Wolverines (6-4), things haven't gotten any better since that stunning 72-70 loss to New Jersey Institute of Technology that knocked them out the poll. They have since lost to Eastern Michigan and then 80-53 at No. 3 Arizona on Saturday.

SECond TO MANY: The Southeastern Conference is on top with Kentucky at No. 1, but is nowhere else to be found in the AP poll.

With one, the SEC has as many ranked teams in the poll as the Mountain West, Missouri Valley and West Coast conferences.

Arkansas and LSU are the only other SEC teams receiving votes. Florida was seventh in the preseason poll, and was ranked two weeks before falling out, while Arkansas spent two week in the poll.

The ACC leads all leagues with six ranked teams, topped by Duke, Louisville and Virginia in the top six. The Big 12 has five teams in the poll.

SHORT STAY: Northern Iowa's first poll appearance in five seasons lasted only a week. The Panthers (9-1) won 65-55 at Denver after getting ranked, but then lost 93-87 in double overtime at VCU on Saturday.

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Alexis Jennings Named SEC Freshman of the Week Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Dec 2014 2:58:24 PM Alexis Jennings Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky women's basketball freshman Alexis Jennings was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after leading the Wildcats to wins over Middle Tennessee and Belmont last week.
Jennings, a 6-foot-2 forward/center, averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds off the bench in helping No. 8 Kentucky improve to 10-1 on the season. She came off the bench and set career highs in points (11), rebounds (7) and blocks (2) in 18 minutes of action in the win over Middle Tennessee State. With the scored tied seven minutes into the first half, Jennings came in the game and provided a spark which helped UK mount a 15-point lead at the break. She scored all 11 of her points and grabbed six of her seven rebounds in just 10 minutes of action in the first half.

The Madison, Ala., native scored in double figures again on Sunday in the win over Belmont with 10 points, while grabbing five rebounds and a block in 14 minute. It marked her first back-to-back double-digit scoring games of the season.

Jennings also hit 100 percent from the charity stripe (8-of-8) for the week, moving to a .769 percentage for the season, second-best on the team.

Overall this season, Jennings has seen seen action in all 11 games and is averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game.
This is UK's second-straight SEC honor as junior point guard Janee Thompson was named SEC Player of the Week last week.

After a short break for final exams, the Wildcats will travel to Durham, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21 to take on their third ranked opponent of the season in No. 13/12 Duke. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET.

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Kentucky Still Unanimous No. 1 Team In AP Poll Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:30:40 PM Kentucky Still Unanimous No. 1 Team In AP Poll

Kentucky is still the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll.

The Wildcats (11-0) got all 65 first-place votes in the new poll Monday. The top seven spots are unchanged from a week ago.

Duke, Arizona, Louisville and Wisconsin round out the top five, followed by Virginia and Villanova. Gonzaga and Texas swapped spots from last week and Kansas is 10th.

Kentucky last week lost forward Alex Poythress for the season after he tore a knee ligament in practice. The Wildcats responded Saturday with an 84-70 win over North Carolina, which is down three spots to 24th in the new rankings.

The only poll newcomer is No. 25 Michigan State, ranked again after a one-week absence.

Northern Iowa dropped out after a double-overtime loss to VCU.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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Coach Mitchell Following UK Hoops Win Over Belmont Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Dec 2014 9:37:12 PM Coach Mitchell Following UK Hoops Win Over Belmont

Kentucky Women's Basketball
No. 8 Kentucky vs. Belmont
Postgame Quotes
Memorial Coliseum - Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 14, 2014

Kentucky Head Coach Matthew Mitchell

Opening Statement ...
"Very proud to win today, a great win for us. Our opponent really played well. I thought Belmont was really tough today. Their guards were able to keep their dribbles alive and they were very aggressive and really did a great job. I thought they had a great game plan and competed extremely hard and they certainly earned our respect today. Hats off to Belmont, we certainly hope they go on to have a great season. We were missing Bria Goss today. We are not quite sure - we don't know if it is a sprained thumb or a ligament problem. It happened this morning in our gameday practice, so a ball hit her and hyperextension. I don't know exactly what it was, but it was very painful for her today. She tried to give it a go and we were just concerned about her health so decided to sit her the rest of the game. You can see she is a big part of what we do defensively. Proud of the players for finding a way and settling down at halftime and doing a little bit better job in some areas, just happy right now to get the victory."

On if he expected this much fight from Belmont ...
"Yeah, they have won two in a row and had a really tough schedule early on. They just won two in a row and I think were fired up to play. They were awfully tough. For us, it is sort of all or nothing, feast or famine. If we don't come out with tremendous energy and I didn't think that we did defensively. We worked really hard on this game because it was one-day preparation and we really worked hard to make them understand how dynamic their offense was. They just move for 30 seconds and they just work really hard. I don't think our first unit was very energetic to start the game and that is very disappointing. I thought the second unit came in and gave some better energy, so I was glad to see that. But Belmont was tough today."

On subbing five-for-five early in the game and if he was channeling his inner John Calipari ...
"Well, I was probably channeling my old Matthew Mitchell because we used to do that some around here. But, that was not my plan at the start of the game. I just was very disappointed with how our first unit came out and played. There is a couple of things that you notice as a coach that you can tell if they are mentally prepared or not. This team is fighting that. We are just fighting some immaturity at some times. We are not getting off to very good start in games and it is maddening as a coach, but we will just stay positive and move forward and keep working hard and keep trying to get them to start games the way they need to start games."

On the bench scoring tonight ...
"Well, we have some good players over there on the bench and that is very fortunate for us. I was just glad that they came in and gave some energy when it was there chance. When you can get some production from Azia (Bishop) that is always good. Linnae (Harper) scored some points today. I thought Makayla (Epps) was a little off today. I didn't think she was very aggressive and didn't seem to particularly be as focused as she has been and she has been really locked solid for us all year. So hopefully she will bounce back from a subpar game, but the bench was powerful. That is the thing for us, we need everybody to contribute. We need these young post players to come on and get better. Jaycee Coe is working harder and turning the corner a little bit, it would be great to get her 3-point shooting on the floor, but she can't do that until she gets solid defensively. It will be a team effort, we need everybody to work hard."

On Azia Bishop coming off the bench ...
"If you think about it, she has done it for three years - coming off the bench. We just need production from her and I loved her fight today. I thought she had some really great moments of fight and really there for first portion of the game at times she was the only one. It is good for her. No matter what it takes, if it is coming off the bench or we need her to start, I think we are clearly still a work in progress as far as who starts the game and maybe it doesn't even matter for us. Maybe it will always be a collective effort and 40-minute game. I don't know, maybe we will never start good, we will certainly try to get past that and try to solve that. I think one of the tough things for us right now is just our approach and our maturity level and maybe it is just tough bouncing back from a tough game Friday night. I don't know. We just don't seem to really try to play our best. Seems like we just play for whatever the situation asks of you. I don't like that and I don't think that is a great policy in life and way to live. I think you need to try to do your best all the time and that is what we will try to get this team to do."

On what Azia Bishop needs to do to be a starter ...
"We need her offensive rebounding energy. It's very important that she goes to the boards every time. Then we need her on defense. There's a big difference when she's in-tune in the stance then when she's standing straight up and it's not even close the two. It's like two different people. The big thing we need from her is transition offense. It just makes a difference now when she runs down. It puts stress on the defense when she runs down the floor its taxing these other teams. That's one of the things that we're coming up on here. Our next game with Duke: massive team, huge team, great size. The No. 1 team in the country South Carolina: massive team, huge team, big size. We can't just go toe-to-toe. We've got to get the thing going up and down. And that one thing for Azia, just running the floor and making people run back and making people expend energy to get back and guard us, it's very important. I think Belmont did a great job, but you saw it started to wear them down. And so those three areas: just offensive in the half-court, rebounding, defense in the half-court in the stance and really being active and sprinting to the rim every time is what I need for her to do consistently."

On trying to overcome slow starts, even though UK is 10-1 ...
"What I have to do right now is I've got to do a great job. I've got to show some leadership here. I've got to really spend a lot of time with this team because clearly it is very exasperating. It's exhausting, but 10-1, if you'd laid out 10-1 on the table for me before we started I wouldn't have coached a game and we'd just all have showed up here today and been happy to be 10-1. I'm telling you, it's incredible that we're 10-1, but I've got to really work hard and all of our coaches and our players. We've got to get this thing figured out. We must get better, and I think we will. It's a good group of kids. It's just not the most focused group you've ever been around. It's just not the most naturally assertive team you've ever been around so I have recruited every one of them and I love them all. They're really good players so I've got to do a good job here. We can't sit around here and complain about ‘we don't have leadership, we don't have this, we don't have that.' We've just got to get it done, and I think we will."

On Bria Goss' thumb injury ...
"I think we're going to x-ray it in the morning. That's what I was told. X-ray tomorrow and as soon as we know we'll get that out to you guys."

On Jelléah Sidney's knee problems and if she will return to action...
"So we are holding her until after Christmas. She is working and trying to get some cardio, and get into some shape. There's just a finite number of plays left in that knee. And so she has some tendonitis. It's very painful. The tendonitis is very painful so we're trying to work that out and treat that now. Then just see where she is. Just can't get up and down the floor right now for an extended period of time. This is a degenerative kind of deal. There's no cartilage in the knee and there's some tendonitis. It's not ever going to be a great knee again. And so she's very valuable to the team. Here's what she's done: she's just come in here and worked so hard. She's been a great student. She's looking at a 4.0 this semester. She's just a hard, hard worker and we just want her to go out as strong as possible and we're hoping that includes her playing some good basketball down the stretch because she can be effective for us in different situations. We just got to try get her healthy. It's just really painful right now."


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Marcus Walker Re-Commits to the Football Cats Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Dec 2014 9:34:54 PM Marcus Walker Re-Commits to the Football Cats

The UK football team has received two commitments in the past 24 hours.

On Sunday, Marcus Walker -- a three-star prospect from Lake Wales, Florida -- committed to UK, again, via Twitter:

"I'm officially done with recruiting! Im happy being a wildcat! Thank you to all the colleges that recruited me!"

Walker committed and de-committed earlier in the year, but the 28th rated safety in Florida by Rivals seems secure after he recently cancelled a visit to Michigan State.

Woodford County offensive lineman, Drake Jackson committed on Saturday.



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UK Hoops Beats Belmont, 71-55 Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Dec 2014 9:03:46 PM UK Hoops Beats Belmont, 71-55

UK Hoops 2014-15 Postgame Notes
No. 8/8 Kentucky 71, Belmont 55
Memorial Coliseum - Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 14, 2014
Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky improves to 10-1, while Belmont falls to 2-7.
Kentucky improves to 722-487 (61.9) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women's basketball and 189-89 (80.9) in the month of December.
UK has now won 18 of its last 19 games in the month of December.
Matthew Mitchell is in his eighth season as the head coach of the Wildcats. He already ranks first on UK's all-time wins list with 180 and his winning percentage is .723 percent.
This was the fourth meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
Kentucky now leads the all-time series 3-1 overall, including 2-0 in Lexington.
Kentucky improves to 391-144 all-time in Memorial, including a 101-16 record under Matthew Mitchell.
UK has now won 49 straight regular-season non-conference games at Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
This was UK's ninth-straight win at home which ranks as the ninth-longest home winning streak in program history.
UK is now 88-17 all-time against teams in the current alignment of the Ohio Valley Conference, 2-0 this season.
Today's attendance was 5,365
Next up: UK will face No. 13/12 Duke next Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

First Half Notes

UK started with the lineup of Jennifer O'Neill, Janee Thompson, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Bria Goss and Alyssa Rice.
This lineup is now 2-0 and has been used in the last two games.
Senior Azia Bishop led all scorers with 10 points in the half.
Went 5-of-6 from the floor, shooting .833 percent.
Grabbed three rebounds.
UK outrebounded Belmont 22-16, including a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass.
UK went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Linnae Harper led the Wildcats with six rebounds, including four offensive.
UK only had six turnovers, the lowest for any half this season.
Kentucky is 6-0 this season when leading at halftime.

Second Half Notes

UK began the second half with Makayla Epps replacing Bria Goss and Azia Bishop replacing Kyvin Goodin-Rogers from the original starting five.
With UK hold just a slight 43-38 lead, Kentucky held Belmont scoreless for 3:18 and went on a 9-2 run midway through the half to take a 12-point lead at 52-40.
Freshman Alexis Jennings scored eight of her 10 points in the second half.
UK made three 3-pointers.
UK went 15-for-35 (42.9) from the floor.

Team/Game Notes

Kentucky held Belmont to 55 points, the lowest point total for an opponent this season.
Marks the second time UK has held an opponent under the 60-point mark this season ... The Cats held South Florida to 57.
Kentucky forced 21 turnovers and has now forced 20 or more in 10 of 11 games this season, including four straight.
Kentucky only had 11 turnovers, achieving its goal of 12 or less entering the game.
The 11 turnovers matched a season low for UK. The Cats also had 11 vs. Morehead on Nov. 19.

· UK outrebounded the Bruins, 40-34, marking the second straight game the Cats have won the rebounding battle.
· The Wildcats had 44 bench points, more than doubling the Bruins' 24.
· The 44 bench points are the most since UK had 56 vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 28.
· UK went 10-of-13 from the free throw line for 76.9 percent.
· Marked the second-highest FT percentage for a single game this season.
Individual Notes

Senior Azia Bishop recorded a double-double for the fifth time in her career and third this season.
Scored 15 points, a new season high and just two off her career-high.
Collected a career-high tying 12 rebounds ... Also grabbed 12 vs. Georgia Southern on Nov. 13, 2013.
Marked her ninth double-figure scoring game in her career, including fourth this season.
Hit a season-high seven field goals on a season-high 12 attempts.
Junior Janee Thompson scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor.
Also had two rebounds and a season-high tying four assists.
Has scored in double figures in four of the last six games and now has 32 games with double digits.
Sophomore Linnae Harper collected 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
Has double-figure points in 12 of her last 16 games dating back to last season.
Also had seven rebounds and two assists.
Has pulled down at least seven rebounds in three straight games.
Freshman Alexis Jennings came off the bench for eight points in the second half, totaling 10 in the game.
Marked her second straight game with double digits and third of the season.
Went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw stripe.
Senior Jen O'Neill moved up to No. 21 on the all-time scoring list with three points tonight.
Senior Bria Goss played just three minutes due to a left thumb injury sustained in practice earlier today.


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2015 Football Season Tickets on Sale to Public Monday Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Dec 2014 8:52:15 PM 2015 Football Season Tickets on Sale to Public Monday

Kentucky football season tickets for the 2015 season, the first played in The New CWS, will be available to the public at 9 a.m. ET on Monday on

Fans interested in purchasing 2015 season tickets who did not have season tickets in 2014 should visit and click the button that says "Buy New Season Tickets." Once there, fans can view current seating ability and select seats using the Virtual Venue tool. The interactive Virtual Venue provides 360-degree views from every section, and enables fans to compare sightlines, benefits, and amenities for all seats within The New CWS.

Once fans have selected seats, they will be prompted to log in to My UK Account. Fans without a My UK Account will also be able to set one up at that time. Fans purchasing new season tickets will be eligible to sign up for a monthly payment plan with the first installment due upon sign-up. Online payment can be made using a credit or debit card. Fans may also order tickets over the phone by calling (800) 928-2287 or by visiting the ticket office in the Joe Craft Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Ticket sales staff will be on hand before the UK men's basketball game vs. North Carolina at noon on Saturday to provide information about 2015 football season tickets. To ask questions or learn about availability and pricing, visit the table in the main concourse inside Rupp Arena near where posters are being distributed. Fans will be able to view the Virtual Venue and purchase season tickets before every home contest this season at Rupp Arena.

Season ticket holders who have not yet selected seats can still do so by calling the ticket office at (800) 928-2287. Season ticket holders who have already reserved tickets for 2015 can also reserve additional season tickets by calling the ticket office. For more information about what's next for current ticket holders, visit

Construction crews continue to work on the $120 million renovation of the longtime home of Kentucky football. The New CWS will feature new concourses, concessions and restrooms, as well as striking interior and exterior views, premium-seating options and a more intimate game-day atmosphere. The project will be completed in time for UK's season opener on Sept. 5, 2015 against Louisiana-Lafayette.


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Anthony Davis Will Miss His First Game of 2014 Season Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Dec 2014 6:42:14 PM Anthony Davis Will Miss His First Game of 2014 Season

New Orleans forward Anthony Davis will sit out the Pelicans' game Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors because of a chest injury that occurred Friday night in a victory over Cleveland.

Pelicans coach Monty Williams says Davis is sore and the club wants to be cautious about an injury the coach referred to as a "freak deal."

Davis left Friday night's game in the first quarter. Williams says the team has been unable to pinpoint when or how Davis was hurt. Team officials have said the injury might have been caused by a collision with another player's elbow, but Williams says it's possible Davis injured himself.

Davis, who is averaging 24.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, is listed as day-to-day.

After playing Golden State, New Orleans hosts Utah on Tuesday night.


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UK Hoops Plays Host to Belmont Sunday Night Sports - True Blue Site Sat, 13 Dec 2014 8:36:28 PM UK Hoops Plays Host to Belmont Sunday Night

The eighth-ranked University of Kentucky women's basketball team will play host to the Belmont Bruins Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum, looking to keep its eight-game home winning streak alive. The game will be shown live on the SEC Network and WatchESPN with Brenda VanLangen and former Duke and Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors on the call. The game also can be heard live on the UK Radio Network with Neil Price.

Single-game reserved tickets are available at a cost of $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5.

Children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area and UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid identification.

Fans interested in UK Hoops tickets can visit the Joe Craft Center ticket office, go to, or call the UK ticket office at 1-800-928-CATS. Tickets are also available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Sunday will mark the fourth meeting between the teams but the first since 1988. UK met Belmont twice in 1976 and last played host to the Bruins on Jan. 18, 1988 in Memorial, winning 79-75.

Kentucky (9-1) is coming off a hard-fought 78-62 win over Middle Tennessee on Friday night. Despite a season-high 28 turnovers, the Wildcats had one of their better shooting nights, hitting 48.4 percent from the field (30-of-62) and 72.2 percent from the free throw line (13-of-18). Senior Jennifer O'Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) led with 22 points, while Makayla Epps (Lebanon, Ky.) came off the bench for 12 points and six assists, her eighth straight game in double-digit scoring. Freshman center Alexis Jennings (Madison, Ala.) also came off the bench to record a career-high 11 points all in the first half. She added a career-best seven rebounds and two blocks in the game.

Overall, O'Neill leads four Wildcats in double-figure scoring with 16.2 points per game which ranks fifth in the Southeastern Conference. Epps follows with 14.3 ppg, while sophomore guard Linnae Harper (Chicago) and junior point guard Janee Thompson (Chicago) add 10.8 and 10.4 ppg, respectively. UK's leading rebounder is 6-foot-3 center Azia Bishop with 6.6 per game, but Harper, a 5-8 guard, follows close behind with 6.5 rpg. Harper has grabbed eight rebounds in two straight games.

The Cats are 390-144 (73.0) in Memorial Coliseum, including 100-16 (86.2) under Coach Matthew Mitchell. UK is 5-0 at home this season, 4-0 in Memorial. UK has won 48 consecutive regular season non-conference games in Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008 vs. Alabama A&M. UK's current eight-game home winning streak ties for the 10th-longest in program history.

Belmont (2-6), located in Nashville, Tenn., and members of the Ohio Valley Conference, enters the contest after a 60-48 loss to Chattanooga on Thursday at home. The Bruins' two wins were against Denver and crosstown rival Lipscomb.

Sophomore Frankie Joubran and senior Jordyn Luffman-Hartsfield are averaging a team-high 12.3 points per game apiece this season. Joubran is also pulling down a team-best 10.4 rebounds per game.

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UK Football Adds Drake Jackson to 2016 Class Sports - True Blue Site Sat, 13 Dec 2014 6:55:47 PM UK Football Adds Drake Jackson to 2016 Class

Woodford County's Drake Jackson has committed to play football for the University of Kentucky.

The state's highest-ranked junior and the top-rated center in the country (although, Jackson said he has never played center) picked UK over Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee on Saturday night.

UK was the first school to offer Jackson a college scholarship.


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