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Wildcat Quickies: Craig Sager Edition

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Craig Sager passes. Kentucky prepares for UNC. Seahawks clinch NFC West. More.

One of the most sobering deaths in sports hit us yesterday, as Craig Sager died of Cancer at 65 years old. Sager, a sideline reporter for TNT with 30 years of experience, was well-known for his incredibly flashy suits and his great relationships with NBA players and coaches. He'll be greatly missed by the sports community.

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Gregg Popovich has never been one to open up, which makes this statement all the more special.

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Longtime Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager dead at the age of 65 - ESPN
Craig Sager worked for Turner for more than 30 years. The legendary sideline reporter had battled acute myeloid leukemia since 2014.

Kentucky basketball to stay at Rupp Arena under new deal | Lexington Herald-Leader
The University of Kentucky men’s basketball Wildcats will continue to play at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington for 15 more years, through 2033, under a letter of intent signed this week by UK and the Lexington Center Corp.

UNC Speed, Rebounding Stand Out to Kentucky | UK Wildcats News
When UK and UNC meet, two of the fastest teams in the country will be taking the court. The Tar Heels will also pose the stiffest test yet for the Wildcats when it comes to the battle of the boards. UNC has the greatest rebounding margin in the country at plus-14.8, and ranks first in the country in offensive-rebounding percentage.

Coach Cal's pre-North Carolina media opportunity -
"Who? North Carolina? We have them next? [Sarcasm] They’re an unbelievable rebounding team. They’re fast. If you don’t run with them, then you’re giving up layups. They have skilled guys, both inside and outside. They can either play fast or slow and still beat you."

UK football: Kentucky defense's next big test comes with a lot of new material | Lexington Herald-Leader
Georgia Tech’s "unique" triple-option offense offers a lot of new challenges for Kentucky’s defensive coaches and players.

Insider Q&A: UNC vs. Kentucky - 247
CarolinaBlue's Ross Martin and CatsPause's Chris Fisher preview the UNC/UK game with part one of an in-depth Q&A.

Matsoso, Wilson Invited to MLS Combine | UK Wildcats News
UK soccer seniors Napo Matsoso and Jordan Wilson were the two Wildcats named on Major League Soccer’s list of players invited to participate in the 2017 MLS Player Combine.

UK freshman forwards preview North Carolina game -
"It should be an awesome experience. Obviously, grew up around the program and everything, know about the history," said Sacha Killeya-Jones. "It’s a great school. It’ll be an awesome game, I think. I’m really looking forward to it."

Kentucky Softball Selected for Nine National Television Games | UK Wildcats News
The University of Kentucky softball team will appear in front of a national television audience at least nine times in 2017.

Patriots claim WR Michael Floyd after release by Cardinals - ESPN
The Patriots claimed Michael Floyd three days after Floyd was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.

Ashland vs. Carr Creek: The game that made the Sweet Sixteen great | Lexington Herald-Leader
The 1928 state championship game between undefeated Ashland and Cinderella Carr Creek went four overtimes, captured the imagination of Kentuckians and helped the boys’ state basketball tournament become an event of enduring, statewide magnitude.

Seahawks clinch NFC West - NFL
The Seattle Seahawks blew out the Los Angeles Rams, 24-3, to win their third division title in four years. A bit of a dynasty has developed on the west coast.

NIU could replace Minnesota in bowl game - ESPN
Minnesota is threatening to boycott their bowl game due to the suspension of 10 of their players, and their potential replacement in the National Funding Holiday Bowl is NIU.

NFL investigating New York Giants for illegal walkie-talkie use - ESPN
Walkie-Gate? The Giants are being investigated by the league for walkie-talkie use in their recent win over the Dallas Cowboys. They're the only team to beat the Cowboys this year, sweeping the season series 2-0.

Baylor women beat Winthrop 140-32 -
The 108-point rout is the largest margin of victory of any Division 1 women's game. The previous largest margin of victory was 102 points.

Matthew Dellavedova details road to NBA in new commercial - CBS Sports
Delly has his first shoe deal, and a great commercial to go along with his Peak shoes. Dellavedova's shoes will not be available in the United States.