Local Sports 7-12-2013

Local Sports

Keep it locked into New COuntry 98.9FM all weekend long as we will have coverage of various tournaments in the 2013 East Kentucky Cal Ripken 10yo State Baseball Tournament
from Veterans Park--Lexington, Ky., as well as the 2013 East Kentucky Babe Ruth State Softball Tournament from Skyview Park, Jeffersontown, Ky. .Broadcast Schedule still to be determined due to programming commitments and weather.

UK Football

* The annual Kentucky Football Fan Day has been slated for Friday, Aug. 9 at Commonwealth Stadium at 6 p.m. ET, when the Kentucky football team will hold an autograph session, followed by an open practice along with a fireworks show. Admission and parking to the event is free of charge. Gates for the event will open at 6 p.m. The 2013 Wildcats will be available for autographs on the main concourse with C.M. Newton Field accessible for fans to take photos. The autograph session will conclude at 7:15 p.m. with the team hitting the field for open practice at 7:30 p.m. All times are Eastern. A fireworks show will close the event following the conclusion of the open practice, which is scheduled to end at approximately 9:45 p.m. Season tickets for the 2013 Kentucky football season are on sale now. For more information, fans can go online at ukfootballtix.com or call 1-800-928-2287. For more information on Kentucky football, follow @UKFootball or @UKCoachStoops on Twitter.

* Sophomore linebacker Pancho Thomas and incoming freshman running back Khalid Thomas have been let go from the program for what is being called "violation of team rules", Kentucky football spokesman Tony Neely told LEX 18 Thursday morning. The two are brothers from Tallahassee, Florida, and Khalid had only arrived on Kentucky's campus this summer. Pancho Thomas was the nation's No. 34 inside linebacker coming out of Godby High School in 2012, according to 247sports. The 6-foot, 225-pounder saw action in 10 games as a true freshman, recording 12 tackles on defense and special teams. Khalid Thomas signed with Kentucky last February as the nation's No. 29 all-purpose back according to 247sports. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder was named the Tallahassee Quarterback Club's Player of the Year after rushing for 1,471 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading Godby to the 2012 Florida Class AAAAA state championship. The two dismissals bring the total to three players who have been dismissed from the program in the past month. Offensive lineman T.J. Jones was also let go in late June.

UK Basketball

* The Peach Jam Tournament in South Carolina brings out the best players and coaches. Kelly Oubre impressed Cal enough that he offered him a scholarship. According to Oubre, "I talked to Coach Calipari and Coach Orlando [Antigua] on the phone, so it was great. They did offer me [to play] shooting guard, three man, it doesn't matter." He added of Kentucky: "[Calipari] just kept it straightforward. He was like, ‘If you come to my school, we going to produce you. Only the best come to my school. If you come in and compete, you're going to compete every day." Oubre, who is ranked 20th by ESPN for the class of 2014, is also considering Louisville. He expects to cut his list down to five or six after the Peach Jam. If you want to read the entire article, click here.

* A heralded recruiting class considered the best in Kentucky school history will make their debuts on Oct. 18 during Big Blue Madness. The public practice will unveil an eight-member group including six McDonald's All-Americans: twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison and fellow guard James Young; forwards Marcus Lee and Julius Randle; and center Dakari Johnson. Guard Dominique Hawkins, Kentucky's consensus top high player, and fellow in-state product Derek Willis round out the talented rookie group. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct. 5 at Memorial Coliseum, and online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com. Kentucky officials say fans wanting to line up ahead of distribution at Memorial Coliseum should do so no earlier than 7 a.m. on Oct. 2.