Jerry Tipton, Lexington Herald-Leader

Jerry Tipton

Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington, KY, United States

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Past articles by Jerry:

‘A complicated guy.’ What to believe when Calipari’s actions don’t match his words.

Kentucky signing John Calipari to a new 10-year, $86 million contract calls into question past comments made by the UK coach: That he did not want to continue coaching at an advanced age, and that career coaching victories were not that important. → Read More

Kentucky’s Calipari reflects on NBA Draft. Here are five takeaways.

John Calipari’s reflections on this year’s NBA Draft included puzzlement about Keldon Johnson falling to the 29th pick and assurance that Reid Travis can be an NBA player. The Kentucky coach spoke of the draft and next season. → Read More

Calipari signs new long-term contract to continue ‘special chapter’ at Kentucky.

John Calipari signed a new 10-year contract on Thursday to remain head coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. → Read More

‘Hard work paying off.’ Three UK players invited to NBA Draft.

About 15-20 players typically get invited to an NBA Draft. This year’s draft, which is next Thursday, will have three University of Kentucky players in its “green room.” PJ Washington, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson received invitations to attend the draft. → Read More

Calipari expects breakthrough years for trio of returning Kentucky players

John Calipari spoke optimistically about Kentucky’s 2019-20 season. No fewer than three players will have breakthrough seasons, he said. Those three are EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans. → Read More

Barnhart: UK will go into 2019 football season with something to prove

Speaking at the SEC Spring Meetings, Kentucky Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart said the Wildcats will go into the 2019 football season with something to prove. They want to show that the 10-2 record last season was no fluke. → Read More

A UK game in the UK? Calipari raises possibility, Barnhart reacts.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari raised the possibility of the Wildcats playing a future game in London during the SEC Spring Meetings on Wednesday. → Read More

If NBA teams have questions about his game, Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson has answers

Keldon Johnson originally said he would keep open the option of returning to Kentucky for a sophomore season. Then he quickly decided to close that option. → Read More

Former Kentucky guard getting chance to boost his NBA stock at G League Elite Camp

Former University of Kentucky guard Mychal Mulder saw limited playing time with the Cats. But he has made an impression in the G League, including a 37-point game this past season. Now, he’s got a chance to make a mark at the G League Elite Camp. → Read More

Proposed NCAA rule change addresses LSU’s winning tip-in against Kentucky

One possible rules change for the next college basketball season would allow referees to review basket interference and goaltending in the final two minutes. Another proposed rules change would move the three-point line to the international distance. → Read More

Johnson announces he will stay in NBA Draft and not return to Kentucky for his sophomore season

Keldon Johnson became the third UK player to announce he will forego the rest of his college career and stay in this year’s NBA Draft. Tyler Herro and PJ Washington did so earlier. Analysts see Johnson as a likely first-round pick. → Read More

When it comes to tweets, Michigan State beats Final Four foes

The website counts the Twitter activity surrounding major sporting events. For this year’s Final Four, Michigan State hashtags have generated far more tweets than those for Auburn, Virginia and Texas Tech. → Read More

‘Where else would I want to go?’ John Calipari agrees to contract to finish career at UK.

John Calipari has agreed to terms on a long-term contract with the University of Kentucky and will finish his career as head coach of the Wildcats, UK announced Monday evening. → Read More

‘I’m heartbroken.’ Heroic performance little solace for UK’s PJ Washington.

PJ Washington posted a double-double. But Jared Harper and Bryce Brown posed too much double trouble for Kentucky to handle. Auburn beat UK in overtime to advance to the Final Four. → Read More

Two stars prove better than one as Auburn ends UK’s season in Elite Eight

PJ Washington starred for Kentucky for a second time in 48 hours. But Auburn’s backcourt stars Bryce Brown and Jared Harper led their team to its first Final Four. → Read More

PJ in, Okeke out of Sunday’s UK-Auburn finals in the Midwest Region

UK forward PJ Washington said more than once Saturday that he will be able to play in Sunday’s championship game of the Midwest Region. Auburn’s Chuma Okeke tore an ACL in Friday’s game and will have surgery Tuesday. → Read More

With or without PJ Washington, UK believes it can checkmate Houston

PJ Washington has been likened to the queen in a chess set. Indispensable. Versatile. Kentucky has won two games without Washington. The Cats bristled at the suggestion that their Final Four hopes depend on his return. → Read More

UK asks Herro, Johnson to evolve from ‘conscientious objectors’ to solid defenders

Freshmen must evolve into better defenders. Tyler Herro drew praise for leading Kentucky’s defensive effort against Wofford star Fletcher Magee. Houston presents more challenges for UK in the Midwest Region semifinals. → Read More

PJ Washington’s father has message for UK fans: ‘Just relax’

PJ Washington has not played for Kentucky since spraining his left foot against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. This sparked speculation that concern about risking his NBA career through re-injury may keep Washington sidelined. Not true, his father said. → Read More

‘Never seen anything like it.’ UK braces for challenge from Wofford shooter.

After setting the Division I career record for three-pointers Thursday night, Wofford guard Fletcher Magee was compared to Stephen Curry. Kentucky’s plan to contain him is to force him to take contested two-point shots. → Read More