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About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.

Neal Brown previews Ohio University

NEAL BROWN “We had good work today. A lot of good energy for a Tuesday. I think we’re building some confidence after going out and playing well on Saturday, which we needed. But really good focus, really good energy. Ohio … Continue reading

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Board asked to approve move to synthetic surface

Another item on the board agenda is a privately funded $1 million project that will replace Kentucky’s current grass playing surface at Commonwealth Stadium with a “synthetic ‘in-fill’ type surface.” The stadium’s playing surface has not been completely renovated since 2001, … Continue reading

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Football practice facility gets big boost

Athletics gifts of nearly $4 million dollars will cross the table at the University of Kentucky’s Board of Trustees meeting this week, with much of it earmarked to pay for the new football practice facility and practice fields. Chris Sullivan, … Continue reading

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Cats honored by league

Kentucky center Jon Toth was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week by the league office. He was credited by Braylon Heard for helping him break away for two long touchdown runs in the win over Tennessee Martin on … Continue reading

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Mark Stoops’ Monday news conference

COACH MARK STOOPS “Going back to the UT Martin game, thought we did some good things. It was a good first step. Obviously we did a lot of good things. Very happy about the effort, the attitude. There’s also a … Continue reading

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Newcomers in the opener

In its game notes, Kentucky lists players who have made their UK debuts this season. A total of 25 players saw their first playing time as a Wildcat in the season opener, including nine true freshmen, 10 red-shirt freshmen, five … Continue reading

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Quick hits from Stoops presser

A 45-point victory over Tennessee Martin didn’t leave Coach Mark Stoops all rainbows and butterflies, noting that the win was just “a good first step.” He noted that Ohio is going to be a much bigger challenge. “We’ll have our hands … Continue reading

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UK’s statement on cheerleader injured

From UK media relations: “Brooke Gibbs, a sophomore on the UK Cheer team, has been treated and released from UK Chandler Hospital following a fall during the fourth quarter of Kentucky football’s victory over UT Martin. Brooke, her family and … Continue reading

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QB Towles thinking of friend battling cancer

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles couldn’t have asked for a better start, throwing for 377 yards and a touchdown and running for 30 more and a score, but his thoughts were somewhere else with a friend battling cancer in Northern Kentucky. … Continue reading

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Transcript: Stoops after win over UT Martin

MARK STOOPS “Good start obviously. Very pleased with the team’s effort. I felt good. I felt like we really had a good attitude the last ‑‑ well, all through camp we’ve been working hard but I thought the last week or … Continue reading

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