Good morning, Big Blue Nation! It is an absolutely beautiful day outside and all I can think about is how close we are to football season. September 4th at Kroger Field, followed by the huge matchup with Missouri on the 11th, is truly just around the corner. In the meantime we have former ‘Cats dominating at the Olympics, a ton of coverage from UK Football Fan Day, and the Cincinnati Reds get the brooms out to try and finish off a sweep of the Pirates. Hope everybody has a great Sunday!
Sydney McLaughlin Wins Gold Again
After breaking her own world record and bringing home the gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles earlier this week, Sydney McLaughlin ran the first leg of a dominant gold medal performance in the 4×400 meter relay Saturday morning.
McLaughlin became the youngest woman to ever win the 400 meter hurdles as the 21-year old improved her world record time to 51.46 seconds in the event. Her second gold medal performance on Saturday also came in dominant fashion as she teamed up with Allyson Felix, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu to win the 4×400 relay by nearly four full seconds. The team ran the event in 3 minutes, 16.85 seconds.
Congrats to McLaughlin on another gold medal! She is representing the University of Kentucky very well on the world stage.
Three Former Wildcats Capture Men’s Basketball Gold Medal
Started from Kentucky now we here ? ??
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) August 7, 2021
Speaking of former Kentucky Wildcats winning gold medals, a trio of Coach John Calipari’s guys defeated France late Friday night and were presented their medals on Saturday. Devin Booker, Bam Adebayo, and Keldon Johnson were a part of the world champion basketball team.
Adebayo played the biggest role of the former ‘Cats in the gold medal game contributing 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks in 24 minutes of action. Both Adebayo and Booker were starters for the USA team.
Kentucky Football Fan Day Recap
It is (almost) football time in the Bluegrass. Kroger Field opened its doors on Saturday for fans to come watch practice which included a little 11-on-11 action. Kentucky Sports Radio had boots on the ground bringing all of the coverage you could need. If you missed it, here is a roundup of yesterday’s events.
Cincinnati Reds Search for Series Sweep
Cincinnati Reds All-Star left fielder, Jesse Winker?? pic.twitter.com/fN2HZ48ULX
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 8, 2021
Get the brooms out, Reds fans. At 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday afternoon Tyler Mahle will take the mound to try and finish off a four-game series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Saturday night, rookie pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez moved to 7-3 with another win while Jesse Winker drove in six runs at the plate with a double and home run. Joey Votto kept pace with Winker as both connected on their team-leading 23 home runs of the season.
Cincinnati, 60-51, currently sits six games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central and 2.5 games behind the San Diego Padres in the wild card.
RIP Bobby Bowden
The long time Florida State football coach passed away earlier this morning at 91 years of age.