By TIM LETCHER, UK Athletics
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky did not get the national seed that coach Nick Mingione felt it deserved to have a chance to host a Super Regional, but the UK baseball coach still understands the significance of hosting a regional this weekend.
“I’m just so happy to have a regional back here,” he said. “I remember standing right in that coaching box in 2006 (as a UK assistant the last time UK hosted a regional), and I remember looking down that left field line and seeing all the people lined up and thinking, ‘Man, this is an awesome place.,'” Mingione said Monday.
By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer
It’s less than 100 days until the UK Football players step onto the field at MM Roberts stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to play the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles in the season opener for both teams. This upcoming season is one that many college football pundits are predicting to be a breakout year for Mark Stoop’s team. With that being said which team should UK fear the most on its upcoming 2017 schedule.
Should it be the aforementioned Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi. The game will be played at MM Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg and UK historically struggles on opening day under Stoops.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Top-seeded Kentucky will open the NCAA Tournament at home against No. 4 seed Ohio University on Friday afternoon as the first game of the Lexington Regional, it was announced on Monday. No. 2 seed Indiana and No. 3 seed North Carolina State will square off in the nightcap at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
First pitch for the Wildcats and Bobcats is noon ET and the game will be aired on ESPNU. Indiana and N.C. State will begin at 7 p.m. ET. Times for Saturday and Sunday are tentatively set for 2 and 7 p.m., but subject to change. Monday’s regional final, if necessary, is scheduled for 7 p.m.
By LARRY VAUGHT
With today being Memorial Day, I thought it was the perfect time to make sure you knew about my friend Matt Bradford.
About 10 years while serving in Iraq a road side bomb exploded underneath him and he lost both legs and his eyesight. But it didn’t claim his spirit or even slow him down.
The former Marine has been skydiving. He’s competed in Marine Corp half-marathons, shared a stage with Toby Keith, got married, become a father and just recently finished his degree at UK. And he also became the first blind double amputee to re-enlist in the service.
By LARRY VAUGHT
The recent deadly bombing in Manchester, England, followed by the attack on a bus full of Coptic Christians in Egypt that killed 28 people on their way to a monastery to pray could have an impact on John Calipari’s summer.
The 2017 USA Basketball Men’s Under 19 World Cup Team is scheduled to play July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt. That is the team that will be coached by Kentucky’s John Calipari and could have several Wildcats — Hamidou Diallo, P.J. Washington, Kevin Knox, Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt — on the team based on their past Team USA experience.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky will stage its first baseball postseason games since 2006 this week after being selected one of 16 schools to host the NCAA Tournament Regional round, it was announced Sunday night. The games will take place Friday, June 2, to Monday, June 5, at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
It will be just the second time the program hosts the four-team regional bracket. The other three teams that will make their way to Lexington will be announced Monday at noon during the NCAA Baseball Championship Selection Show. The Wildcats also will find out whether they are one of the eight national seeds who would host a Super Regional should they advance past the regional round.
By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics
By OREGON ATHLETICS
EUGENE, Ore — As Mike White settled into his chair on the dais of the Yamanaka Room in Jane Sanders Stadium, the UO softball coach took a deep breath to collect himself.
You and the rest of us, coach.
For the fourth time in White’s eight seasons as head coach, Oregon is headed to the Women’s College World Series. The Ducks advanced Saturday thanks to a thrilling comeback that had White and everyone else on the edge of their seats, rallying for four runs in the seventh to beat Kentucky, 6-5, and sweep the Eugene Super Regional.
Kentucky prep players Zion Harmon and David Johnson added to Under 16 National Team training camp roster
Scottie Barnes (Cardinal Newman H.S./West Palm Beach, Fla.); Jordan Noah Collier (Westtown H.S./West Chester, Pa.); Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.); Jason Harris (Desert Ridge H.S./Mesa, Ariz.); David Johnson (Trinity H.S./Louisville, Ky.); Nico Mannion (Pinnacle H.S./Phoenix, Ariz.); Joshua Nickelberry (Northwood Temple H.S./Eastover, N.C.) and Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.) today were added to the 2017 USA Men’s U16 National Team training camp roster. Three of the athletes – Mannion, Nickelberry and Weems – participated in the 2016 USA Junior National Team October minicamp, and this will mark the first USA Basketball experience for the remaining five.