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By LARRY VAUGHT and larry@amnews.com | June 8, 2011
Johnny Gray is a three-time Olympian who won the bronze medal in the 800-meter run at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He set a U.S. record of 1 minute, 42.60 seconds in the 800 in 1985 and established the U.S. indoor record of 1:45 in 1992 when he came close to breaking the world indoor record at the time. Gray has been inducted into the USA National Track and Field Hall of Fame and is a member of the Santa Monica College Hall of Fame and Melrose Games Hall of Fame. He came to Danville this week to work at the Maximum Velocity Track and Field Academy at Centre College and shared some insights on another of his former passions — basketball — as well as track: Question: Is your son, Johnny Lee Gray III, still playing basketball?
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By HAL MORRIS and hmorris@amnews.com | December 3, 2010
HARRODSBURG — Now that they have their college choices for baseball out of the way, Colin Buckner, Clay Cinnamon and Matthew Honchel can concentrate on Mercer County’s basketball season. The three signed their letters of intent during the early signing period in the middle of November, and had a celebration at the school on Tuesday. All three say they are glad to have the pressure of trying to juggle sports, academics and picking a school over for the rest of the year “It feels good to just get this over with,” said Colin Buckner, who signed with Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.
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By HAL MORRIS and hmorris@amnews.com | May 9, 2011
HARRODSBURG - Austin Sagraves had to wait a while to find out that he had been accepted to Centre College. But once he got that letter from his top college choice, there was no doubt the Mercer County senior would be going to Centre and playing basketball for the Colonels. Sagraves, a 5-10 guard, is one of a handful of Mercer students who will officially announce their college decisions Tuesday and Wednesday at the high school. It’s a decision Sagraves said was not really that hard for him to make for a variety of reasons.
SPORTS
MIKE MARSEE | January 19, 2007
LANCASTER - It would be easy to say Jared Prewitt didn't miss anything by sitting out the last basketball season at Garrard County. It would also be wrong. Prewitt missed the game, and his teammates missed him. But he isn't missing a thing this season. He is back on the court for one last season, and he is doing his share to help the Golden Lions get back on their feet. "He hasn't really missed a beat," said Kent Johnson, Prewitt's teammate and classmate. Prewitt returned to the starting lineup only a few weeks after he decided to return to basketball, and he is one of the leading scorers for a Garrard team that has turned its fortunes around.
NEWS
October 10, 2008
Keith Taylor and Rachel Parsons talk about a big weekend in Kentucky sports.
OPINION
January 16, 2009
Dear Editor, I was quite disturbed when I read the article in the newspaper about the Danville High School boys basketball team on Friday, Jan. 2. Coach Yates made the comment that he gave Jacody Taylor the green light to shoot and that he wished Jacody would force his shots more because he is the only one on the team making shots. Is Taylor the only player who can shoot? Is he making all the points on the team? What is the rest of the team doing? Can one man beat five? If Coach Yates can answer "yes" to these questions I'll give him a public apology.
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By Nancy Leedy and nancy@theinteriorjournal.com | November 28, 2012
Ever since she first picked up a basketball as a young child, Emily Fox has aspired to play Division I basketball.  The 5-9 guard, now a Lincoln County High School senior who helped lead the Lady Patriots to a 12th Region title and Final Four state finish last season, has made that dream come true by signing her letter-of-intent to play basketball for Austin Peay University. The Lincoln girls basketball team gathered in the school auditorium just before the Thanksgiving break to watch as Fox committed to the Lady Govs.
SPORTS
January 26, 2009
Boyle County's girls basketball game at Woodford County has been canceled for tonight and rescheduled for Feb. 16 because of weather concerns. The Boyle boys game with Washington County will still be played here tonight. However, the junior varsity game has been canceled and the varsity only game will start at 6 p.m.
NEWS
August 31, 2011
Join Advocate sports writers Mike Marsee and Hal Morris for a live weekly chat on high school sports at amnews.com at noon Thursday. This week's chat will look back at the high school football season and ahead to the high school basketball season. Participants are encouraged to ask questions or comment on anything relating to high school sports during the 30-minute chat, a weekly feature on the website. Follow this link to access the chat.
NEWS
December 14, 2006
Ron Walls: Larry the time has come for myself and others to demand the removal of Head coach Tubby Smith and his staff, there has been no progress in his recruiting. Not only is it his recruiting, but i also notice his players dont seem to develop there skills under his leadership. Our program is in peril and is in need of direction, Time for U.K. fans to take off there muzzels and speak up. Larry: Love your passion and sincerity. It's easy for UK fans to be frustrated right now and my take is that many, many UK fans feel just like you.
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By LARRY VAUGHT and larry@amnews.com | September 26, 2013
Kentucky commit Karl Towns Jr. admits he's “excited” to have Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis as a member of his 2014 recruiting class. But Towns doesn't worry about reaching out to other players that UK coach John Calipari is recruiting. “Whenever they want to talk to me about Kentucky, they talk,” said Towns, a 7-foot center from New Jersey. “I won't go into details about who, but I do talk to some guys. But I feel with Kentucky, especially with coach Cal, that there is not much need for me to do any recruiting.
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By LARRY VAUGHT and larry@amnews.com | September 25, 2013
Mike DeCourcy, college basketball columnist for The Sporting News, says ranking Kentucky No. 1 in a preseason poll was not difficult, even thought the Wildcats will depend on a freshman class that includes six McDonald's All-Americans to rebound from last year's NIT season. “I think coach John Calipari has shown he can handle young talent, and they have extraordinary talent,” DeCourcy said. “It should be a fun year for Kentucky again.” DeCourcy shared these insights on the upcoming UK season: Question: Is it even realistic to think that a team as young as Kentucky could go undefeated in the Southeastern Conference play, less undefeated for the season?
NEWS
September 22, 2013
Tickets for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available at 7 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows in Lexington and online at ukathletics.com and ticketmaster.com, the school announced Friday. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for Kentucky's 2013-14 men's and women's basketball teams, is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Television broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of four tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum.
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By LARRY VAUGHT and larry@amnews.com | September 22, 2013
Karl Towns Jr., 17, had a full-time man's job to do last summer, and did it. The Kentucky commit again played for the Dominican National Team as it tried to qualify for the World Cup, a goal the team reached for coach Orlando Antigua, one of UK coach John Calipari's assistants. “Karl had a great summer. He got significant chances to improve his game,” said Karl Towns Sr. “He played with the Dominican team all summer. He bulked up. He's 7-1, and got up to 248 pounds. He needed to just be stronger playing for a national team.
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By LARRY VAUGHT and larry@amnews.com | September 19, 2013
Center Willie Cauley-Stein returned to Kentucky for his sophomore season rather than put his name into last year's NBA draft like former teammates Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin did and became first-round picks. So what is Cauley-Stein's draft upside and must his offense have dramatic improvement in an specific area for him to be a first-round pick? “Cauley-Stein could end up being a lottery pick if things fall just right,” said Ed Isaacson of NBADraftblog.com. “Athletic big men are still in demand, though the number available each year continues to rise.
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By LARRY VAUGHT and larry@amnews.com | September 18, 2013
Moss Point (Miss.) coach Micoe Cotton says he really doesn't know what impact Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis' verbal commitment to Kentucky might have on his star player, shooting guard Devin Booker. “I really couldn't tell you that. The only thing I can tell you is that they are good friends,” said Cotton. How good? Good enough that the 6-5 Booker, a top-30 recruit, and Ulis, a 5-9 point guard rated third best at his position in the 2014 recruiting class, took official visits to Michigan State the same two days and then both came to Kentucky the next two days for an official visit during UK's charity alumni game.
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By LARRY VAUGHT and larry@amnews.com | September 15, 2013
Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis says there was a simple reason for him picking Kentucky over Michigan State and Iowa. “Kentucky is the top basketball program in college basketball right now, and it'll help me out playing with the top competition," said Ulis during his announcement Friday night. While Ulis is not projected as a one-and-done player like other John Calipari point guards, he also mentioned that the job the Kentucky coach does “developing players” impressed him. Ulis' cousin is former Michigan Sate player Travis Walton and not long ago Ulis called Michigan State a “dream school.” But that was before UK lost Texas point guard Emmanual Mudiay and turned its attention to the 5-9 Ulius.
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By HAL MORRIS and hmorris@amnews.com | September 13, 2013
Coach Mike Taylor has no problem calling 5-9 point guard Tyler Ulis the “star player” for Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights, Ill. “He is a special, special player,” Taylor said. “I had never seen him play before he enrolled at Marian. His dad asked me I if thought he could play varsity. I took him to a summer league game and within five minutes I knew he would be a varsity player. You just have to see him to appreciate how good he is. “He does so many things well. He is so gifted and so, so creative.
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By KEITH TAYLOR and ktaylor@winchestersun.com | September 10, 2013
It's no surprise Big Blue Nation turned out big numbers and hefty dollars during the University fo Kentucky  Alumni Charity game Monday night. Although it's rivalry week for the school's football team with a showdown against Louisville set for noon Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, nothing stopped Kentucky fans from returning to Rupp Arena nine days into September to watch former players - 12 of them - a list that included John Wall and Brandon Knight,...
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By ASHLEY SCOBY and ashleyscoby@gmail.com | September 10, 2013
Do you do it after bumping into John Wall or Kenny “Sky” Walker out on Rupp Arena's court? Do you do it after watching Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dance around and hug like brothers during Alumni Game introductions? Or when you read the news reports about John Calipari's fantasy basketball experience, where even retired NFL players (Jason Taylor) are stopping by? Or when the lights turn down, and one of Drake's rap songs comes bursting through the speakers, symbolizing the beginning excitement of a new game?
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