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UK Softball survives a thriller to live another day. Preakness results. Is there a limit to fan interest in Kentucky basketball? More.

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UK keeps NCAA tournament hopes alive with come-from-behind win over Illinois - LCJ
With her team trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh inning in an elimination game against Illinois, it was freshman second baseman Katie Reed that kept UK alive with a RBI single.

Cody Leads Kentucky Baseball Past Missouri, 7-2 - UK Wildcats News
Pitching in his final career game at Cliff Hagan Stadium, senior right-hander Kyle Cody threw a complete game, holding Missouri to just one earned run as the Wildcats topped the Tigers 7-2.

SEC Baseball Tournament Bracket Set - SEC Sports
UK is the No. 8 seed and will face Alabama on Tuesday.

Junior-college defensive lineman Phil Hoskins commits to UK - LCJ
Phil Hoskins, a Toledo, Ohio native, committed to UK over scholarship offers from Baylor, Houston, Mississippi State and others. "Thank you to the coaches on staff, and Coach (Vince) Marrow for the opportunity," Hoskins posted to Twitter.

Is there a limit to fan interest in Kentucky basketball? - Lexington Herald-Leader
John Calipari’s incessant promoting raises a previously unthinkable notion: There might be a limit to fan interest in UK basketball. For one fan, there is.

Eight schools with the most at stake entering the draft deadline - Yahoo Sports
Undecided prospects have one week before they must announce whether they're staying in the draft or not. While it's unlikely that either Briscoe or Lee would be taken if they stay in the draft, that doesn't mean that either will definitely be back at UK next season.

Bluegrass Boys Combining Eras of UK Basketball - UK Wildcats News
The top 100 fans who support and recruit other fans for the eventual winning team will share $200,000, with the rest of the $2 million grand prize split among team members. Those are some big numbers, but money isn’t the primary motivator for why this team of former Cats was put together.

If you can play college football at Bristol, what about UK-U of L at Kentucky Speedway? - Lexington Herald-Leader
The Bristol Motor Speedway has sold 150,000 tickets for Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech in college football to be played on a field installed inside the racetrack. Is there any way the Kentucky Speedway could play host to a college football game such as Kentucky-Louisville — or a game featuring even bigger-name football schools?

Karl-Anthony Towns And The Timberwolves Are The Future - FiveThirtyEight
In Towns, the Timberwolves have something other teams need if they hope to make the turn from "stockpiling assets" to becoming genuine contenders.

Bounce-back guys for 2016: The 6 NFL players ready to return to peak form -
Andrew Luck, Eddie Lacy and Randall Cobb look primed for big seasons after subpar 2015 campaigns.

The 100 Best Science Fiction Movies: #80-61 - IGN
Flight of the Navigator made it all the way to number 80 on IGN's The 100 Best Science Fiction Movies. What about the rest of their rankings?

Alabama makes offer to 8th grade LB phenom Jesus Machado - USA Today High School Sports
Football scholarship offers made to eighth graders are rare, so when they do happen, the entire recruiting ecosystem stops and takes notice.

Five NBA Draft-eligible players who should return to college - 247 Sports
The May 25 deadline to withdraw from consideration for the 2016 NBA Draft is fast approaching. Here are five players (and an extra one) who have yet to make a decision.

Can Matthew Mitchell get the UK women’s program back on track? - Lexington Herald-Leader
These are trying times for UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell after a school year in which seven players left the program and five recruits decommitted. Amidst the upheaval, there is a path he can take to get the program back on track.

Paid patriotism payback — NFL to return taxpayers more than $700K - Yahoo Sports
The NFL will pay back $723,734 in taxpayers' money for its teams receiving profits from for sponsored military tributes.

Can LeBron deliver? -
Forget Cleveland’s title drought. LeBron James is guaranteeing something far more important: College educations and more to poor kids in Akron.

Watch: Holocaust Survivor Reunites With Rescuer -
An army veteran traveled to Israel to reunite with the man he saved from a Nazi death camp during World War II.

NCAA could improve rules for college prospects in NBA draft -
After moving the withdrawal deadline back this season, the NCAA could make three more impactful improvements to the NBA draft evaluation process.

WATCH: Is this the bat flip to end all bat flips? -
High schooler unleashes epic bat flip after walk-off hit.

Mickelson not charged by SEC after allegedly profiting off insider stock tip - ESPN
Phil Mickelson was not criminally charged for allegedly profiting off an insider stock tip to repay a debt owed to noted sports gambler Billy Walters.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Review - IGN
Sorority Rising manages to be funnier and have more depth than its predecessor, 2014's Neighbors.

The New ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ TV Spot Promises Conflict -
Will Smith's not around, but alien baddies are back in the freshly released TV spot for this summer's 'Independence Day: Resurgence.'

Let's pick college football teams that'll beat Vegas in 2016 (and ones that'll fall short) -
Good morning! This is the Read Option, your daily college football newsletter.

Exaggerator outlasts Nyquist to win Preakness Stakes - ESPN
For the first time in five races against his rival, Exaggerator beat Nyquist to the finish line Saturday to win the 141st Preakness Stakes on a sloppy track at Pimlico.

Two horses die in first four races of Preakness Saturday - The Washington Post
Homeboykris, a 9-year-old horse bred in Maryland, collapsed after leaving the winner's circle. Pramedya, a four-year-old filly, was euthanized after breaking her left front leg during the fourth race.

How Your Gut Affects Your Mood - FiveThirtyEight
At any given moment, you have somewhere between 10 trillion and 100 trillion microorganisms inhabiting your gut.

Johnny Manziel Kicked Out of Club for Brawling During a Drake Performance - Complex
Manziel can't handle that hotline bling.

Sports Anchor Gary Radnich Loses It on Co-Anchor - SportsRadioPD
Get off this man's lawn and don't ever come back. Whew.

College Coaches and Administrators Are Too Busy Paying Themselves to Pay Athletes - VICE Sports
The people who run big-time college sports claim there simply isn't enough money to pay athletes. Totally coincidentally, they also give themselves large and ridiculous bonuses.