Sports - True Blue Site Sports - True Blue Site en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:07:48 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Wah Wah Jones Passes Away Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 28 Jul 2014 1:23:29 PM Wah Wah Jones Passes Away

Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of the University of Kentucky, passed away Sunday in Lexington at the age of 88.


Jones played basketball, football and baseball at Kentucky in the late 1940s and is the only Wildcat athlete to have his jersey retired in basketball and football. He came to UK from his native Harlan, Ky., where he set a national scoring record in basketball with 2,398 points and led Harlan High School to the state championship. He was all-state in basketball, football and baseball.


At UK, Jones played football from 1945-48 and twice earned All-Southeastern Conference accolades from The Associated Press, first team as a sophomore and third team as a senior. He led the Wildcats in receiving in 1947 and '48, the only two seasons for which receiving statistics are available, with nine catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, followed by 19 receptions for 243 yards and five TDs as a senior. He helped UK to its first bowl appearance, a 24-14 victory over Villanova in the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl. He played his last three seasons under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.


Jones played basketball from the 1945-46 season through 1948-49, and was a three-time All-American - first-team as a senior, third-team as a junior and second-team as a sophomore. He earned first-team All-SEC honors all four years. He totaled 1,131 points during his career.


Jones helped lead the Wildcats to a 130-10 record over his four seasons and numerous championships under Coach Adolph Rupp:

1948 and 1949 NCAA Champions
1946 NIT Champions
Four SEC regular-season championships
Four SEC Tournament championships
1948 Olympic champions


In 1947-48, he was a member of the "Fabulous Five," along with Ralph Beard, Alex Groza, Cliff Barker and Kenny Rollins, that won the NCAA and Olympic titles.


"The word ‘legend' is used frequently in our society but it is truly fitting when considering Wah Wah Jones," said UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart. "Wah Wah holds a legendary place in the athletic history of our state as a three-sport star at Harlan High School and the University of Kentucky. Wah Wah was a central figure during a golden era of Wildcat athletics, noted for his outstanding performances and his versatility. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family and he will be remembered fondly by the Big Blue Nation."


Following his time as a Wildcat, Jones was selected by Washington with the No. 9 pick in the first round of the 1949 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Indianapolis Olympians and played three seasons for that team.


After his NBA career, Jones returned to Lexington and was elected Sheriff of Fayette County in 1953. He is also known for founding Blue Grass Tours in 1978, which continues today with his son, Wallace, as owner.


Jones is a member of the State of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame, the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame and the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.


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Cody, Barrett Start Cape Cod All-Star Game Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:52:12 AM Cody, Barrett Start Cape Cod All-Star Game

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky junior stars Kyle Barrett and Kyle Cody earned starting assignments in the 2014 Cape Cod League All-Star Game, with the Western Division posting a 5-0 win over the East, on Sunday night in Bourne, Mass., at Bourne's Doran Park.

Cody opened the game as the starting pitcher for the Eastern Division, getting a groundout from VMI infielder Jordan Tarsovich and a strikeout of Cincinnati star Ian Happ. Cody then got a soft grounder hit to third base but the ball was bobbled and the throw was late to allow Georgia Tech star AJ Murray to reach first on what was scored a single. Cody then induced a fielder's choice from Miami's David Thompson to end the inning. Barrett earned the start for the Western Division in centerfield, hitting seventh, and seeing three trips to the plate.

A 6-foot-7, 240-pound right-hander, Cody is the first UK starting pitcher to earn a start in the CCBL All-Star Game since Taylor Rogers was the starting, and winning pitcher, in the 2011 all-star game at Fenway Park.

Since 2008, nine Kentucky stars have earned Cape Cod League All-Star honors, ranking tied with Vanderbilt for third in college baseball. LSU (15) and Arizona (10) pace college baseball in Cape Cod League All-Star selections since 2008, with Stanford behind UK and Vanderbilt with its seven honorees. This marks the second consecutive season that UK was represented in the CCBL All-Star Game, as Chandler Shepherd fired a shutout, eight-pitch frame in the 2013 game at Yarmouth-Dennis.

Barrett has been a leadoff star for the Harwich Mariners during the summer in the CCBL, hitting .327 (35-for-107) in 30 games, with two doubles, one triple, four RBI and nine steals. A 2013 All-Southeastern Conference Freshman selection in the outfielder for the Wildcats, Barrett has hit .300 (90-for-300) in his 92-game UK career, with 19 doubles, one triple, one homer and 33 RBI, stealing 14 bases. As a freshman, Barrett led the team with a .349 average in 46 games. In 2014, Barrett posted career highs in doubles (six), homers (one), RBI (19), walks (21) and steals (10), hitting .253 in 46 games.

Pitching for the Wareham Gateman during the summer, Cody has made five starts on the mound. He has a 2-2 record and a 2.48 ERA in 25.1 innings, walking just eight, allowing only 22 hits and striking out 25. Over his last three starts, Cody has tossed 21 innings, allowing just three runs with two victories. In his two years at UK, Cody - a 2014 preseason member of the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List - has a 7-3 record and a 4.05 ERA in 33 games and 16 starts. In 2014, Cody missed 21 days due to minor injury but still posted a 4-0 record and a 2.84 ERA in 18 games and six starts. Cody tossed 38 innings with five saves as a sophomore, allowing 36 hits and 13 walks. During his freshman season, Cody has a 3-3 record and a 4.84 ERA in 15 games and 10 starts, working 57.2 innings, with 47 strikeouts.

UK Cape Cod League All-Stars (Since 2006)
Kyle Barrett (2014) - Harwich
Kyle Cody (2014) - Wareham
Chandler Shepherd (2013) - Harwich
Trevor Gott (2011) - Orleans
Taylor Rogers (2011) - Harwich
Braden Kapteyn (2010) - Harwich
Chad Wright (2010) - Cotuit
Chris Bisson (2009) - Cotuit
Keenan Wiley (2008) - Y-D
Collin Cowgill (2007) - Y-D
Antone DeJesus (2006) - Harwich


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UK Legend Passes Away Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 27 Jul 2014 5:27:00 PM UK Legend Passes Away

Arguably the greatest UK athlete passed away on Sunday.

Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones died July 27 -- nearly two weeks after his 88th birthday.

The Harlan, KY native was an All-American at UK (1945-1949) as a basketball and football player. He's the only player to have his number retired in both sports.

Not only did he lead UK to two NCAA Championships (1948 and 1949), but Jones also won a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Jones was drafted 8th overall in the 1949 NBA Draft by the Washington Capitols.


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AJ Reed Gets Promoted Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 27 Jul 2014 4:32:09 PM AJ Reed Gets Promoted

AJ Reed is on his way to Class-A ball with the Quad Cities River Bandits.

The former Kentucky Wildcat played 34 games with the Houston Astros' short season A-ball team, Tri-Cities. Reed batted .306 with five home runs (including a grand slam) and 30 runs batted in.

The Astros' second-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft is expected to make his debut in Bowling Green, KY on Monday versus the Hot Rods at 1:05 EST.



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Coach Stoops In Louisville For Kickoff Luncheon Sports - True Blue Site Fri, 25 Jul 2014 6:10:28 PM Keith Farmer Coach Stoops In Louisville For Kickoff Luncheon

UK Head Football Coach, Mark Stoops and some of his coaching staff were in downtown Louisville for the annual kickoff luncheon on Friday

A packed house showed up at the Galt House to hear what the coach had to say about this year's team and the upcoming season.

Before he spoke to the crowd, Coach Stoops took some time with the media where he was asked about the rivalry between the Cats and the Cardinals. Even though he says it's above his pay grade, Coach Stoops would want to see the series continue even if the southeastern conference goes to a nine game schedule some day. "I think it's very important. Any time you're in an in-state rivalry, it's very important. I think both groups, both institutions, have such strong fans and that fan base," said Coach Stoops. "It's important to them, it's important to our players, it's important to us. There's no denying that. Charlie and I have had discussions--I don't know Coach as well--sometimes people don't realize there's 11 other games that we've got to get to. But, it is important and we embrace that challenge."

The UK players report to campus on August 3rd for training camp and the workouts begin the next day. For the first time, the NCAA allowed coaches to work with players during the summer in the weight and film rooms. But, they're excited to see how the players look now on the field. Coach Stoops wants to see improvement, even if that's not talking about wins and losses. "We'll measure success by how we go about doing our business to win. I feel very good about the team. The way we've grown. Not only on the field but off the field as far as leadership and taking care of business. Growing up as young men. Being more responsible, more accountable and dependable toward each other toward the program. Obviously, we're not doing this to not win games. We're still a work in progress but I like where we're headed."

The season opener for the Wildcats is August 30th in Commonwealth Stadium against UT-Martin.


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Quigley And Metka Move To The Doubles Semifinals Sports - True Blue Site Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:48:11 PM Quigley And Metka Move To The Doubles Semifinals

Eric Quigley and Kevin Metka defeated New Zealanders Artem Sitak and Marcus Daniell 6-4, 6-4 in front of a hometown crowd Thursday night.

The win moves Quigley and Metka into the doubles semi-finals and gives the tennis fans in Lexington another opportunity to cheer on one of their favorites. Quigley certainly appreciates the support, and his doubles partner Kevin Metka loves it, too.

"It is good to ride the energy of the crowd," Metka said.

Quigley said the keys to the victory Thursday were strong serves from both he and Metka and making great returns at key moments.

Quigley, a University of Kentucky standout, and Metka, one of Ohio State's top players, have never played doubles together, and have never faced each other across the net. In fact, the USTA paired them up together a few days ago for a wild card spot in this tournament. So for this tournament, for this week, a Kentucky Wildcat and an Ohio State Buckeye are on the same team, and hoping to give the hometown fans a doubles victory to remember.


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Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks To Carry SEC Network Sports - True Blue Site Thu, 24 Jul 2014 9:02:03 PM Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks To Carry SEC Network

ESPN, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network when the channel launches on August 14, 2014. The network will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in all Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets ahead of the first SEC 2014-15 college football season game, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina, on August 28 at 6 p.m. ET. With the addition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, the SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million households nationwide.

"We know we have customers who want the SEC-ESPN Network, and are pleased to bring it to them," said Andrew Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition for Time Warner Cable. "This deal will help ensure that fans and alumni of SEC universities won't miss any important games."

Added Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks senior vice president, affiliate sales, "By delivering the SEC Network across Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks' nationwide footprint, including key markets within SEC territory, we are meeting the demands of fans while also adding value to customers' video subscriptions in advance of the network's launch next month."

The SEC Network will air more than 1,000 live events in its first year, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and events across all of the SEC's 21 sports. The network will be an all-access pass to nationally competitive events, news and information, expert analysis, classic games and in-depth features on the most storied conference in college athletics.

"It is great to have Time Warner Cable as a distribution partner for the SEC Network," said Mike Slive, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. "Time Warner Cable customers, particularly those in South Carolina and Texas, will have the opportunity to enjoy our football season opener exclusively on the SEC Network when Texas A&M visits South Carolina on August 28."

"Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers reside in some of the most intense fan areas of the Southeastern Conference," added Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. "We look forward to providing an array of outstanding SEC programming to Time Warner Cable customers across the country when the SEC Network debuts on August 14."

Time Warner Cable TV customers can find the SEC Network on their channel lineup upon its launch by visiting; Bright House Networks customers can go to


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Football Fan Day Set For Aug. 9 Sports - True Blue Site Thu, 24 Jul 2014 2:48:43 PM Football Fan Day Set For Aug. 9

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky Football Fan Day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 9 at Nutter Fieldhouse at 9 a.m. ET, with a practice open to the fans following at 10:45 a.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. Admission and parking is free of charge.

Kentucky's student-athletes and coaches will sign autographs at the annual event at 9 a.m. and fans will also be able to pick up new 2014 posters and schedule cards. The 2014 Wildcats will be available for autographs in the Nutter Fieldhouse and the autograph session will conclude at 10:15 a.m., with the squad hitting the field at 10:45 a.m. for an open practice at Commonwealth Stadium, which is slated to conclude at Noon.

Parking and admission are free, with parking available in the red, green and blue lots immediately adjacent to the stadium.

The event will conclude the opening week of fall camp for the 2014 Kentucky Wildcats, who are scheduled to arrive for camp on Aug. 4, with UK's annual media day set for Aug. 8. Kentucky's season lidlifter will be on Aug. 30 vs. UT Martin, with kickoff set for Noon at Commonwealth Stadium.

The season opener will be televised by the SEC Network, to check to see if your television provider has the SEC Network, visit

Fans can purchase season tickets, and single-game tickets for home and away games, by visiting

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Ward Tops Witten In Three Sets Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:48:33 PM Ward Tops Witten In Three Sets

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After taking former Kentucky Wildcat Jesse Witten to a third set and winning his second round, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-2, Britain's James Ward still was not happy.

And neither was Witten.

Witten didn't like the officiating, and Ward, last year's winner, didn't care for the crowd, or the officiating.

The difference was, it seemed to penetrate Witten's skin a little deeper than Ward, who despite his distaste for the vocal crowd, kept his cool, picked up his serve and waited for his opponent to make the mistakes.

"When it is like that -- in your face on every point -- and people don't know what they are talking about, it can get very frustrating," said the 27-year-old Ward, referring to the reactions to the calls by some of the fans in the stands.

Despite the upheaval of the third set, the first two sets were filled with plenty of momentum shifts. Ward gave Witten far fewer looks at the ball than his previous opponent in the first round, Italy's Erik Crepaldi. He also anticipated Witten, neutralizing his trademark strength and accuracy. Witten couldn't get his serve under wraps, but neither could Ward until the last set. Both men had first-serve percentages ranging around the 50 percent mark, with Ward's a few percentage points higher.

Ward described his play in the beginning as "pretty shambolic." A trip to the dictionary found that he felt his game in the beginning was disorganized and chaotic. Witten might have said the same thing about his own third set or he might have said he ran out of gas.

"It's a lack of playing and a lack of conditioning," said the Bradenton, Fl., resident, who has been teaching tennis. "I can't get out there and expect to play perfect, but it was great to be able to compete with a guy who is 150 in the world."

Ward said Witten was able to find extra energy because of the crowd, but said he felt like he played the better game.


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Dean Wells Still Loves It When Kentucky Beats Louisville Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 5:00:16 PM Alan Cutler Dean Wells Still Loves It When Kentucky Beats Louisville

When Dean Wells came to Kentucky, he wasn't sure he was good enough to play at UK. After a great career at UK, he went on to have a terrific career in the NFL. Wells exceeded his expectations.

Three UK football greats, Wilbur Hackett, Warren Bryant and Dean Wells, were honored during Governor's Cup activities Tuesday night at the Derby Museum and Wednesday at the Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville.

Wells hasn't changed. He still loves it when Kentucky beats Louisville.

"Oh absolutely," says Wells. "I am a die-hard, passionate UK football and basketball fan now. So I savor the tail-gating, and I love the banter between fans and I'm not a fan of that other color."

Wells is from Louisville but grew up a huge UK fan. He also became the captain and an Academic All-American.  He started 77 of his 129 games in his 9-year NFL career. 

When it comes to memories at Kentucky, this is number one: Georgia has owned UK for what seems like forever so Doug Pelphrey's field goal to win the game 26-24 is a great memory, but also a painful one.

"It was fun, but then it wasn't fun because I was at the bottom of the pile. I'm a little claustrophobic. All of a sudden you see the highlight film and I'm trying to throw guys off of me," Wells said. 

Wells is modest and feels uncomfortable when you say he was a star. But he is quick to add he tried hard.

Wells was a star who always tried to do everything the right way.


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Hackett, Bryant, Wells Honored At Governor's Cup Events Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 4:59:10 PM Hackett, Bryant, Wells Honored At Governor's Cup Events

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Three University of Kentucky football greats, Wilbur Hackett, Warren Bryant and Dean Wells, were honored during Governor's Cup activities Tuesday night at the Derby Museum and Wednesday at the Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville.

Hackett was a three-year starting linebacker at Kentucky, earning Sophomore All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1968, honorable mention All-SEC as a junior and was Kentucky's Co-Most Valuable Player as a senior. One of the pioneers of integration in the SEC, in 1969 he became the first African-American team captain in any sport in SEC history. Hackett stayed close to athletics by becoming a baseball umpire and football game official, retiring recently after 15 seasons as an SEC football official. His officiating highlights included three SEC Championship Games, two Rose Bowls and a Fiesta Bowl. He is a member of the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and was UK's 2013 SEC Legend.

Bryant, who lettered from 1974-76 as an offensive tackle for UK, was a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp and American Football Coaches Association in 1976. The star offensive lineman, whose jersey is retired at UK, was also winner of the Jacobs Trophy in 1976, which honors the SEC's most outstanding blocker. Bryant was a three-time All-SEC selection and was named to the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger 25-year (1961-1985) All-SEC team. A first-round draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons in 1976, Bryant played in 104 career games in the NFL with the Falcons and the Los Angeles Raiders until his NFL career ended in 1984.

Wells was a four-year letterwinner at Kentucky from 1989-1992 playing outside linebacker, end and tackle. The native of Louisville, Ky., played in 43 career games for UK with 28 starts, totaling 206 tackles, 17 sacks and nine tackles for loss. Wells, who earned his undergraduate degree in the spring of 1992 and played the fall of 1992 as a graduate student, was only the second player in UK history to be named to the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll four seasons and was a member of the College Football Association Scholar-Athlete Team in 1992. His senior season, Wells posted five sacks in UK's victory over Indiana, which still stands as the most quarterbacks sacks in a game in program history. Wells had 10 sacks overall in 1992, which ranks third most in a single season in program history. Wells was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft and played in 129 career games with the Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, making 77 starts, in his nine-year pro career.

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Wildcats Honored For Academics By NABC Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 1:18:12 PM Wildcats Honored For Academics By NABC

Kansas City, Mo. - For the second-consecutive season the Kentucky men's basketball program was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for team academic excellence. 

The second annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics to recogne outstanding academic achievement, selected 125 colleges and universities with cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season.

John Calipari's squad posted a 3.11 cumulative GPA. Calipari's squad has tallied a 3.0 GPA or better in six of the last seven semesters.

Three Wildcats, Tod Lanter, Sam Malone and Jarrod Polson, were named to the NABC Honors Court on Monday. Malone was the recipient of the Elite 89 award at the 2014 Final Four, which honors the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating in the Final Four.

Nine Wildcats were tabbed to various Southeastern Conference Honor Rolls this season. Dominique Hawkins, Dakari Johnson, Lanter, Marcus Lee, Brian Long, Malone, Polson, Alex Poythress and Derek Willis were all honored by the SEC.

Since Calipari's arrival, all nine players who have exhausted their athletic eligibility have graduated from UK including: Twany Beckham, Josh Harrellson, Ramon Harris, Jon Hood, Mark Krebs, Darius Miller, Polson, Perry Stevenson and Eloy Vargas. Furthermore, Patrick Patterson and Polson completed their degrees in just three years.

Kentucky was one of three teams from the SEC to earn recognition by the NABC for academic excellence, while a mere eight BCS-level institutions earned the honor.


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Alumni Game Tickets On Sale July 28 Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:16:13 AM Alumni Game Tickets On Sale July 28

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tickets for the 2014 UK Men's Basketball Alumni Charity Game, which will be held August 24 at 6 p.m. ET in Rupp Arena, will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m. ET. For the first time in three years, a team of UK pros will face a team of non-UK pros. 

All seats are reserved and priced at $101 (premium lower level), $31 (lower level), and $16 for premium upper level. Tickets can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.

You must be 16 or older to purchase tickets and children under the age of 2 get in for free with a paying adult.

Doors to Rupp Arena will open at 4 p.m. ET.

Set to tip off Sunday evening at 6 p.m. ET, the game will feature Wildcats currently or formerly playing professionally against non-UK players also either currently or formerly playing professionally. The Big Blue Nation will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to don the Blue and White against other elite talent. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm individual players participating in the exhibition game.


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Construction At Kentucky Football Stadium To Go On Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 9:10:20 AM Construction At Kentucky Football Stadium To Go On

(AP) - The $110 million construction project at the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium will continue through the upcoming football season with the goal of finishing renovations before the 2015 kickoff.

UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear says construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning.

Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely told the Lexington Herald-Leader that seating capacity will be down about 6,000 in 2014 compared with 2013 because of construction in the south upper deck.

The work will require some changes to the way fans enter Commonwealth Stadium on game days.

"Our event management team is working to clear up other logistical problems (before the season begins)," he said.

The Wildcats will kick off their 2014 season at home against Tennessee-Martin on Aug. 30.

Pear said good weather during late summer and fall would allow construction to continue through the season.

"Sequencing is important," Pear said. "Obviously, what we're trying to do is get a lot of good weather. The final home game for us this season will be Nov. 8, and we think we can manage about one more month of decent weather after the season ends. At that point, we're hoping what we're working on at that time will be closed (by a roof or glass)."

About 17 rows have been removed from the south upper deck, Neely said, in favor of a new structure that will rise above the upper deck and hold luxury suites, along with a new press box.

About 2,000 season ticket holders held seats in the removed area. Those holders were allowed to choose where they wanted to move. Commonwealth Stadium has a large enough allotment at the price range of the former seats that holders would not get priced out of tickets.

The student section will remain in the same location this season, Neely said. Plans for shifting students to the east end zone will be implemented in 2015, which coincides with Kentucky's goals of completion.

"What we're really targeting is 409 days (the Friday before the 2015 season begins)," Pear said. "Everything we accomplish along that way is progressing to that goal."


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Former Wildcat Standout Witten Defeats Italys Crepaldi Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:37:29 PM Former Wildcat Standout Witten Defeats Italys Crepaldi

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Former Wildcat and five-time All American Jesse Witten hasn't been on his college courts in eight or nine years. But he was glad to find Tuesday the magic was still there with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 victory over Italy's Erik Crepaldi.

Crepaldi moved through the qualifiers into the first round of the main draw of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships only to find his opponent to be a player who once lost to Novak Djokovic in the third round of the 2009 US Open in four sets.

Witten is a tennis legend around UK. In addition to his showing at the US Open, he is one of 15 players in the history of college players with four All-American singles titles, and he is one of six players to ever reach the NCAA singles finals as a freshman. Before entering his senior season at UK in 2004, he reached the finals at this tournament.

Crepaldi fought hard to try and neutralize Witten's power by moving him back and forth, a tactic that proved to be successful in the second set. The third set, though, Witten used his powerful serve, his uncanny ability to read the court and his ability to anticipate to shutout the 24-year-old.

Witten, who was on the tour for several years, now said he plays more for the joy.

"I don't think about game plans any more," he said. "For me it's about getting out there and having fun."

In the second set, Witten said his energy began to flag but the crowd's support got him back on his feet again and strengthened his determination to win.

"I love tennis, and I love competing, but it's tough being on the road 40 weeks a year," said the 31-year-old, who has moved back to Florida. "These guys who are playing every day have a big advantage."


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Annual Kickoff Luncheon Set For Friday, Aug. 1 At Noon Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:14:21 PM Annual Kickoff Luncheon Set For Friday, Aug. 1 At Noon

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The annual University of Kentucky Football Kickoff Luncheon has been set for Friday, Aug. 1, at noon ET inside the Hyatt Regency's Patterson Ballroom in Lexington, Ky. The event is presented by Kroger.

During the luncheon, attendees will hear from emcee and Voice of the Wildcats Tom Leach and second-year head coach Mark Stoops as they preview the 2014 season.

Fans interested in attending should make their reservations now as seating is limited. For reservations, contact Elizabeth Briggs at The deadline to reserve tables or seats is Friday, July 25.

Additional information includes:

Individual tickets cost $40 each and a table for 10 costs $400.

The event is on August 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET and will be in the Hyatt Regency's Patterson Ballroom.

Parking is complimentary in the High Street lot.

Business casual attire is appropriate.


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]]> Updates UK Practice Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:02:50 PM Updates UK Practice

The UK Basketball team is allowed two hours of team skill instruction per week this time of year. promised an update and it took place today. Not from Coach Calipari but editor, Eric Lindsey.

There were several bullet points but a few really stood out as I was reading it. Like, Alex Poythress is a more confident player than he has been the last two years and still show his athleticism. There was a story of him getting a rebound and putback over Karl Towns and Marcus Lee.

The best match-up to watch is Towns, who Lindsey says could be the best big man Coach Cal has ever had, go up against Dakari Johnson. He says Dakari holds his ground as Towns tries to make several moves that Coach Cal says worked in high school but won't against players in college.

Lindsey believes Tyler Ulis is going to be a fan favorite. Even at 5'9", he's learned how to get his shot off over much taller players. And, he's pesky on defense which will help Andrew Harrison improve as they go against each other every day in practice.

Derek Willis has added muscle and he's recently guarded three different position players in a practice. Taking on Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker at shooting guard, Poythress at small forward and Lee at power forward.

And, when shots stopped falling near the end of practice and obvious fouls weren't called, the teams started to get upset. Coach Cal said, "Ain't no time to be a baby.If you want to argue, that's fine because it's one less guy to worrty about. You'll sit.

That's just a sampling of the highlights from the Lindsey article. To read the entire practice report on click here.


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BBN Called Out To Pick A Song For 2014 Season Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:57:30 AM BBN Called Out To Pick A Song For 2014 Season

UK Football wants the BBN to be a part of the 2014 season by helping them choose a song to be played before opening kickoff on Aug. 30.

Eight players suggested a song each, and now it's up to the BBN to pick which one will kick off the season.

Here are their choices:

Bud Dupree - "Knuck If You Buck" by Crime Mob
Steven Borden - "Scatta" by Skrillex
Braylon Heard - "Who Run It" by Three 6 Mafia
Mike Douglas - "Head Bussa" by Lil Scrappy
Blake McClain - "Down" by C-Murder
Javess Blue - "Encore" by Jay-Z
Za'Darius Smith - "We Ready" by Archie Eversole
Jordan Swindle - "Returns A King" from the "300" soundtrack

CLICK HERE to vote!!!! 




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U of L Coach Asked About Coach Stoops Skipping Luncheon Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:23:29 AM U of L Coach Asked About Coach Stoops Skipping Luncheon

Ever since the UK and U of L football teams resumed their rivalry, the game has been the first or third game of the season. Because of that, a Governor's Cup Luncheon was always held in late July to give both coaches a chance to talk about the game that was soon to be played.

Now, the game is the last one on the schedule for both teams and UK Coach, Mark Stoops, is going to skip the luncheon this week. He says he doesn't want to devote a day to a game that is still going to be four months away from being played.

On Monday, Cardinals Coach, Bobby Petrino, was at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days. He was asked about Stoops decision to skip the event. "Well, I'll be there," Petrino said as the room filled with laughter. He went on to say, "No, I don't have any reaction to that at all. I'ts something that, when I came in, it was something we'd always done. I made a commitment to attend to it. So, we're going to go to the reception Tuesday night. Come out to the lunch on Wednesday."

The Governor's Cup luncheon is Tuesday in Louisville at the Hurstbourne Country Club.

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Quigley Falls In Tough Three Set Match Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:13:37 AM Quigley Falls In Tough Three Set Match

LEXINGTON, Ky. - What started out as mediocre tennis, turned into a full-blown, lengthy battle in the third set, with Australian James Duckworth often using his serve to dig himself out of many key points in the match against former Wildcat standout and wild card entry Eric Quigley to win 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5 at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships Monday.


Up 6-5 in the third set, with Quigley serving and the crowd chanting its support, Duckworth, last year's tournament runner up and this year's No. 6 seed, had to change tactics and dig deep to end the match with winners.


"It was tough playing in front of a home-town crowd, but I like playing in front of a lot of people," the 22-year-old Duckworth said. "They were cheering for him not against me."


Needless to say, Quigley was disappointed, but he enjoyed being back on the courts where he won four high school championships and garnered the "winningest" record in University of Kentucky Wildcat tennis history and playing in front of his home crowd.


"It was great to be back where I played so much in college and a junior," he said.


Quigley said he felt like he had chances, but Duckworth stepped on the gas toward the end to close the two-and-half hour match.


Both men came out looking nervous and tight but by the third set they seemed to have worked out their jitters, trading long service games, but with Duckworth collecting his game first to close out the match.



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