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First John Calipari Father/Daughter Camp June 22

John Calipari has encouranged fans to bring families to the Bahamas to interact with his playes and now he’s going to have his first Father/Daughter Camp in June.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Big Blue Nation spoke and the Kentucky men’s basketball program listened.

After considerable feedback to expand UK’s popular Father/Son Camp, John Calipari has created an entirely new camp dedicated solely for fathers and daughters this camp season. The inaugural John Calipari Father/Daughter Camp will take place June 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center/Memorial Coliseum complex on the University of Kentucky campus.

Moving Jenny Schaper to leadoff spot helped UK reach Super Regional

Jenny Schaper’s move to leadoff hitter is a big reason UK is back in the Super Regional. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky opens NCAA Super Regional play Friday night at No. 3 Washington and coach Rachel Lawson has to like that her first three hitters — catcher Jenny Schaper, shortstop Katie Reed and third baseman Abbey Cheek, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year — are all seniors playing in their third straight Super Region.

Lawson experimented with the lineup earlier in the season before deciding to go with the batting order she hopes can get UK to a second College World Series.

Eric Bledsoe Tabbed to NBA All-Defensive First Team

NEW YORK – Widely considered one of the league’s best on-ball defenders, former Kentucky men’s basketball player Eric Bledsoe was officially anointed one of the league’s top defenders when he was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

It marks the first such honor for the Milwaukee Bucks’ starting point guard.

Bledsoe was joined on the first team by Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics).

Sports Business Journal names Mitch Barnhart Athletic Director of the Year

Mitch Barnhart with Tim Duckworth after he won the national championship in Oregon in 2018. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Mitch Barnhart prefers to operate behind the scenes, leaving the headlines and attention for the student-athletes and coaches who have helped bring to life his vision of establishing Kentucky among the best athletics departments in the country.

He can’t help but step into the spotlight for a moment now, as Barnhart has been named Athletic Director of the Year by the Sports Business Journal.

Wildcats Set to Embark on Two-Week Foreign Tour to Brazil

Madison Lilley, left. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By TIM LETCHER, UK Athletics

LEXINGTON — For the first time since 2014, the Kentucky volleyball team is preparing to take an international trip during the summer. The Wildcats will depart Lexington on May 24, embarking on a two-week trip to Brazil, where the team will be able to not only play against international competition, but will also be able to experience many of the sights and much of the culture that Brazil has to offer.

Hopefully we can all learn something from what happened to Lee Cruse

Lee Cruse, left, had Alan Cutler near tears with his tribute to him during the station’s Kentucky Derby coverage in 2018 on Cutler’s last day before retirement.

By LARRY VAUGHT

WLEX-TV’s decision to dismiss Lee Cruse for insensitive remarks in reaction to what a BBC radio broadcaster said using a chimpanzee to represent Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s newborn baby drew immediate reaction from Cruse’s supporters — and there are many — as well as those who had called for WLEX-TV to do more than just suspend him for a week like it did initially.

LPGA star Brittany Lincicome reflects on “awesome” PGA Barbasol experience last year

Brittany Lincicome (Gary Moyers Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Last July LPGA star Brittany Lincicome came to Kentucky to play in the PGA Barbasol Championship.

This week she’s in Williamsburg, Va., for the Pure Silk Championship, her final tournament this season because she is pregnant.

Not surprisingly, Lincicome was asked again about her experience playing against the men last year in Kentucky when she failed to make the 36-hole cut.

Penny Hardaway still wants a Kentucky-Memphis series

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Memphis has the nation’s No. 1 college basketball recruiting class that includes James Wiseman, a player Kentucky coach John Calipari pursued for two years, and D.J. Jeffries, a former UK commit.

Memphis coach Penny Hardaway mentioned when he got the job just over a year ago that he would like to play Kentucky. That has not changed.

“I haven’t spoken to him (in about a month), but I’m definitely going to be talking to him about a home-and-home,” Hardaway told dailymemphian.com writer Jonah Jordan. “Or even a neutral site. We talked about a neutral site in Nashville before.”

Vince Marrow hopes NCAA does right thing and grants waiver so Xavier Peters can play this year

Xavier Peters posted this on Twitter to announce his transfer to Kentucky.

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s not counting on Florida State transfer Xavier Peters obtaining a waiver from the NCAA that will allow him to play at Kentucky this season, but UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow believes he has a compelling case for immediate eligibility.

Peters verbally committed to Kentucky as other former Lakota West (Ohio) High School players had previously done. However, after playing in the Under Armour High School All-America Game he flipped to Florida State after being committed to UK for just over a year.

Gilgeous-Alexander Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Once an overlooked recruit coming out of high school, former Kentucky men’s basketball player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is now an All-Rookie player in the NBA.

Gilgeous-Alexander made the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, as announced by the league Tuesday. He was the sixth-leading vote getter after leading the Los Angeles Clippers to the postseason with a brilliant first-year campaign.

The 11th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft is the 11th Wildcat in the John Calipari era to earn NBA All-Rookie honors. Gilgeous-Alexanders was joined on the All-Rookie Second team by Collin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers), Landry Shamet (Los Angeles Clippers), Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks) and Kevin Huerter (Atlanta Hawks).