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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: John Wall Returns Edition

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John Wall returns, the Cubs make it to the NLCS and more.

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Good morning BBN, these are your Wednesday morning quickies. John Wall is ready to make a return in more way than one, as the former Wildcat will be returning to Lexington this weekend to play in a scrimmage against the Sacramento Kings at Rupp Arena. In addition to his return to Rupp, Wall is also just returning to the court. After not having a clear timetable for return following surgery, Wall is now 100% to practice, and is even playing 5-on-5 at practices. Wall is ready to return to the court, and hopefully he’ll be back to his athletic, explosive self.

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