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Jarred Vanderbilt picks Kentucky and more in today's headlines.

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Five-star basketball recruit Jarred Vanderbilt commits to Kentucky | Lexington Herald-Leader
Jarred Vanderbilt -- one of the best forwards in high school basketball -- announced Friday that he has committed to play for John Calipari and Kentucky. Vanderbilt is UK’s fifth commitment for 2017, joining Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green, Nick Richards and PJ Washington.

5-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt is Kentucky basketball's fifth top-50 pledge - SEC Country
Kentucky basketball is loading up in the Class of 2017. Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt is the fifth top-50 prospect, fourth 5-star, to choose the Cats.

Vanderbilt talks commitment to Kentucky - Scout
"It really hit me about five days ago," he said. "It was always a thought in the back of my mind. It really made it clear and the more I watched them, It became more clear."

THE TEAM: Cameron Mills' documentary on 'The Untouchables' nears release - CatsIllustrated.com
Was Kentucky's 1995-96 national championship team the best in college basketball history? Cameron Mills, his teammates that year and Rick Pitino believe that it was.

Cats take four-day break to celebrate Christmas with family and friends following loss to Cards | KyForward.com
“I feel like everybody needs a break,” Fox said. “This is our break. After this, the real season is gearing up. It’s time for (Southeastern Conference) play. The tournament will be in no time.”

Where was Stephen Johnson a year ago? The story behind the QB landing at UK | Lexington Herald-Leader
What a difference a year makes: Where was Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson a year ago and how did he wind up becoming a key cog at Kentucky?

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: De’Aaron Fox and the Jumper | Kentucky Sports Radio
If you took a poll of UK fans right now, De'Aaron Fox might be the biggest fan favorite on the team, but his shot selection must improve.

Who else is Stoops, UK football recruiting for the class of 2017? | Lexington Herald-Leader
UK has 21 commitments for the class of 2017, but Coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats aren’t done yet. Kentucky is still targeting several highly touted football recruits for next year, and the Cats could add four or five more prospects between now and national signing day. Ohio natives Lynn Bowden, Danny Davis and Thayer Munford are among their top targets.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has thumb surgery, to miss 12-14 weeks - ESPN
Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, who suffered a "complex fracture" of his right thumb on Tuesday, had surgery and will miss 12-14 weeks.

SEC players to wear grad patch in bowls - SEC Sports
More than 150 SEC football student-athletes to wear SEC Grad Patch in post-season bowl games, signifying they have earned their college degree.

The latest UNC Notice of Allegations should be concerning for Tar Heel fans | CollegeBasketballTalk
Back in the firing line: men's basketball, football and that 2005 national title.

The Verge: 2016 Yearbook
Thankfully it's almost over.

Todd Bowles, New York Jets coach, hospitalized with undisclosed illness - ESPN
Jets coach Todd Bowles is hospitalized with an undisclosed illness and did not travel with the team for their game Saturday against the Patriots.

Can You Guess The Christmas Movie Just By The Food - BuzzFeed
Merry Christmas you filthy animal!

Animal shelter celebrates their empty kennels with a joyous video - Mashable
The Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, CO celebrated adopting all of their dogs by taking a video celebrating all the empty kennels