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UK recruit injured in automobile accident

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky basketball signee Dontaie Allen was treated and released for a shoulder injury following a Wednesday crash, according to the Kentucky State Police.

Allen was the driver and only occupant in the vehicle that hit a tree at 7 a.m. on Russell Cave Road in Harrison County.

KSP spokesman Charles Loudermilk, the public affairs officer at Drug Ridge, said Allen was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana by ambulance and was treated and released. He didn’t know the extent of the injury.

Allen has been traveling from Pendelton County to Lexington for physical therapy as he recovers from a torn ACL. The 6-foot-6 forward was named Mr. Basketball after averaging 43 points per game before being injured in December and missing most of his senior season.

UK Athletics will not have a comment, a spokesman said.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) — Louisville’s baseball team won the Battle of the Bluegrass Tuesday night with a huge assist from Kentucky.

The No. 8 Cardinals (23-6) drubbed the Wildcats 8-3 in front of 4,278 fans in Patterson Stadium, with six of their runs being unearned, courtesy of three UK errors.

Four UofL pitches allowed just six hits and struck out 12, recovering from a rocky start that saw UK jump to a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-out, two-run single by T.J. Collett.

Louisville pulled even in the third, then took command in the fourth inning, scoring four unearned runs, highlighted by Jake Snider’s two-run single.

Three Cards accounted for virtually all of the home team’s offense as Snider, Zeke Pinkham and Drew Campbell each got two hits. Ethan Stringer had the other one as UofL won its sixth straight.

The Wildcats (16-13) threatened in the eighth. After Collett’s RBI single made it 8-3, UK loaded the bases with one out, but sophomore lefthander Michael Kirian racked up back-to-back strikeouts to snuff out the rally.

The game marked the start of the second half of the season for UofL, which is battling NC State (10-2 ACC) for first place in the Atlantic Division of the ACC. The Cards will take a 9-3 league record to No. 23 Clemson (22-7, 9-3) this weekend.

Prior to the Kentucky game, UofL coach Dan McDonnell reflected on his team’s pitching progress after 28 games.

“At the halfway point we’ve obviously got some young guys who have struggled like a lot of young guys do and hopefully they just work hard, the ball will get flipped to them and they’re gonna have to get us big outs,” McDonnell said. “Because the schedule just gets better and better, the midweek competition, the weekend competition in the ACC, which hopefully leads you into the postseason.”

For UK, the game was its first of eight straight on the road, beginning with a weekend series at Missouri starting Friday, followed by a three-game series at Ole Miss as the Cats try to improve on their 1-8 record in SEC play.

Louisville and Kentucky will meet again on April 16 in Lexington.

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MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Murray State says that All-American guard Ja Morant will enter the NBA draft following a record-breaking season for the Racers.

The school said Wednesday night on its website that Morant announced his decision at the team’s arena. The athletic 6-foot-3 sophomore is projected as a lottery pick and could be chosen as high as second in the June 20 draft.

Morant led Murray State to the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships and was the league’s Player of the Year. In the Racers’ first-round NCAA Tournament win over Marquette, he had the ninth triple-double in tournament history with 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.

Morant, who averaged 24.5 points per game last season, is the first NCAA player to average 20 points and 10 assists since assists became an official statistic in the 1983-84 season.