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Wildcat Quickies: Derby Day Edition

The Derby is here. UK Softball wins thriller. Baseball still struggling. Towns perfectly describes bond between Wildcats. Ex-Ohio State pledge claims Urban Meyer forgot his name. More.

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Schaper, Seniors Deliver Kentucky to Walk-Off Win in Extras - UK Wildcats News
Freshman catcher Jenny Schaper and seniors Kelsey Nunley and Nikki Sagermann lifted the 12th-ranked Kentucky softball team to a dramatic walk-off, 3-2 win over visiting Mississippi State.

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby: A look at all 20 horses in Saturday’s field - Lexington Herald-Leader
A 20-horse field Saturday means there’s plenty of money to be had if you can find the right combination of Kentucky Derby finishers, and there’ll be a whole lot more if you’re not a fan of undefeated favorite Nyquist.

Karl Towns perfectly describes the bond between Wildcats - Kentucky Sports Radio
"People don’t get the brotherhood, and this fraternity that is here as a Kentucky basketball player, until they are it. It’s something I can only tell you, but it sounds mythical. You have to be part of it."

Top basketball recruit Michael Porter Jr.’s father lands assistant job at Washington - The Seattle Times
2017 star and UK Target Micheal Porter Jr. and his brother reportedly will finish high school in Seattle after the Huskies hired their father, Michael Porter Sr., as an assistant.

UK Baseball Falls to No. 2 South Carolina, 10-5 - UK Wildcats News
Zach Reks hit his third home run of the season and Riley Mahan collected three hits, including a three-run homer, as the 28th-ranked Kentucky baseball team lost to No. 2 South Carolina.

Primer: Ohio Nike Football The Opening Regional - 247 Sports
The Nike Football The Opening Regionals posts up in Ohio Saturday as some of the Midwest’s best converge on Columbus. Jedrick Wills is among the headliners.

Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist deemed vulnerable — but not by his competition - Lexington Herald-Leader
Owner Paul Reddam has every reason to be optimistic that the first Saturday in May will have the same result as Nyquist’s previous career starts.

Kentucky Derby Picks | How to bet Derby day on a $101 budget - LCJ
As a horseplayer, Kentucky Derby is a smorgasbord of opportunity. Quality races with full fields and a lot of money in the wagering pools.

2016 NBA Mock Draft: Final rankings before draft lottery - SI
Sports Illustrated’s latest mock draft has Murray at 5. Ulis at 15 and Labissiere at 16.

Three players who need to impress scouts in workouts -
Skal is among three guys whose stocks seem most tied to the way they work out in front of NBA teams heading into the draft process.

Record crowd watches Cathryn Sophia win Kentucky Oaks - Lexington Herald-Leader
Cathryn Sophia bided her time, rolled up four wide at the top of the stretch, then pulled away to victory in the 142nd Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Friday.

Vince Marrow throws shade at Derrick Ansley - Cats Pause
UK recruiting ace Vince Marrow seemed to throw some shade toward Alabama and former UK assistant Derrick Ansley Thursday after he issued an offer to a Cats commit in Ohio.

UK football commitment lands new Alabama offer " UK recruiting news
James Hudson received a scholarship offer from Alabama on Thursday.

Frye leads another 3-point barrage, Cavs beat Hawks 121-108 - ESPN
Channing Frye scored a career playoff-high 27 points and the Cavaliers kept up their 3-point barrage Friday night, pulling away in the closing minutes for a 121-108 victory over the Hawks.

LeBron is a matchup nightmare for the Hawks, and this dunk is proof -
Cavaliers star LeBron James will not be denied.

Exterminator: a Kentucky Derby winner who wasn’t supposed to win - Lexington Herald-Leader
A long-shot entry in the 1918 Kentucky Derby, Exterminator wasn’t supposed to be in the race, much less win it.

Ex-Ohio State pledge claims Urban Meyer forgot his name - SEC Country
Bruce Judson has cited his lack of communication with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer as the reason for his de-commitment from the Buckeyes.

22 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week - Buzzfeed
Here are the most moving, sorrowful, and beautiful pictures from the past week...

And finally, Jimmy welcomes his panel of puppies to predict the results of the 142nd Kentucky Derby: