Dennis Varney, Lexington Herald-Leader

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Past articles by Dennis:

Kentucky’s Reid Travis goes undrafted, will seek free agent deal

Two rounds and 60 picks went by, but former Kentucky and Stanford player Reid Travis did not hear his name called during Thursday night’s NBA Draft in New York. → Read More

Tyler Herro is Kentucky’s second lottery pick of the night

The Miami Heat made former Kentucky guard Tyler Herro the 13th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night in New York. → Read More

‘Nobody trumped John.’ Cincinnati stays in its backyard for next basketball coach.

The Bearcats decided to stay in their backyard for Mick Cronin’s replacement, choosing Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen to try to extend American Athletic Conference success and get Cincinnati deeper into the NCAA Tournament. → Read More

Former Kentucky star Pelphrey a college basketball head coach again

Former Paintsville High School and University of Kentucky star John Pelphrey, who went on to head coaching jobs at South Alabama and Arkansas, was hired to take over the program at Tennessee Tech. → Read More

Kentucky basketball assistant could be headed to the Sun Belt Conference

One of the University of Kentucky basketball team’s assistants is under consideration for Georgia State’s head coaching job, ESPN reported on Tuesday. → Read More

Kentucky football moves up in latest top-25 rankings

Kentucky’s football team had the weekend off with a bye, but it still managed to move up in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings released Sunday afternoon. → Read More

‘That was vintage Cobb.’ Ex-Cat scores Packers’ game-winner in epic comeback

Former University of Kentucky star Randall Cobb caught nine passes for a career-high 142 yards, including a dramatic 75-yard touchdown that (combined with the extra point) put the Green Bay Packers ahead in their 24-23 victory over the Chicago Bears. → Read More

Memphis fires basketball coach Tubby Smith

After meeting with Memphis University officials Wednesday, men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith has been fired, according to a number of media reports. → Read More

She’s Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer. Now passing is her specialty.

Kentucky high school basketball’s all-time leading scorer. A two-time conference tournament MVP. Three Miss Basketball winners. Four former University of Kentucky stars. This year’s women’s NCAA Tournament field is filled with connections to the Bluegrass State. → Read More

NCAA bubble bursts for Louisville. Cards, WKU and NKU headed to NIT

Louisville was left out of the 2018 NCAA Tournament field. The Cardinals, with interim coach David Padgett at the helm, finished 20-13 overall and 9-9 in the ACC. → Read More

Murray State one of college basketball’s hottest teams heading into NCAA Tournament

Murray State is taking the nation’s longest winning streak — 13 games — into the NCAA Tournament. It’s first test: West Virginia. → Read More

Cats’ bats red-hot again as 8-run inning leads to rout of EKU

Kentucky scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and eight more in the seventh to pull away for a 16-5 win against Eastern Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium. → Read More

NBA All-Star snubs? 3 former Kentucky player who missed the cut

Four former University of Kentucky stars have been named to play in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. Here are three more ex-Cats who had made a solid case to join them. → Read More

Kentucky basketball: 14 former UK players competing in 11 foreign countries

Updates on 14 former University of Kentucky basketball players — including Dominique Hawkins, Isaiah Briscoe, Josh Harrellson and Kyle Wiltjer — who are playing in 11 foreign countries. → Read More

Darius Miller's career-high 21 points includes game-winner

Former University of Kentucky and Mason County High School star Darius Miller scored a career-high 21 points, including what proved to be the game-winner, in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 106-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. → Read More

Kyle Wiljter signs with Raptors, ready for ‘uphill battle’ to make roster

Former Kentucky and Gonzaga star Kyle Wiltjer has signed a one-year, $1.3 million non-guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors, Dime Magazine reported. → Read More

Former Kentucky star AJ Reed back in majors with Houston Astros

Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed is back in the major leagues with the Houston Astros. He is expected to be in Tuesday’s starting lineup. → Read More

Patrick Patterson agrees to 3-year deal with Oklahoma City Thunder

Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. → Read More

NBA Draft profile: Get to know Kentucky’s Malik Monk

The latest NBA mock draft rankings, analysis and more on former University of Kentucky star Malik Monk. The NBA Draft is Thursday, June 22, in New York. → Read More

NBA Draft profile: Get to know Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo

The latest NBA mock draft rankings, analysis and more on former University of Kentucky star Bam Adebayo. The NBA Draft is Thursday, June 22, in New York. → Read More