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Wildcats Quickies: Summer Practice Edition

We talkin' 'bout practice. Charles Matthews opens up about transfer. UK dominates SEC Academic Honor Roll. Antoine Walker's to younger self is must-read. More.

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Practice report: Defensive potential apparent in summer workout -
Defense continues to be an area this Kentucky team should dominate in this coming season. That's how committed this group of mainly freshman and sophomores is committed to winning games on that end of the court.

UK Places 80 Student-Athletes on SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll - UK Wildcats News
Student-athletes from UK's spring sports teams combined to earn a total of 79 spots on the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll. They had 20 honorees in baseball, more than any other school in the league in that sport.

St. Rita grad Charles Matthews looking to get swagger back - Daily Southtown
Charles Matthews is confident he can be the impact player at Michigan that he wasn't at Kentucky. "I want the ball in big situations. I loved Kentucky and I loved the system we played. I didn't want to transfer. Coach Cal didn't want me to leave. But I needed a role change."

Shaq wants son to play for LSU, Michigan State or Kentucky - ESPN
Shaquille O'Neal said he wants his son, Shareef, to play for coaches who can help him reach the NBA and develop more discipline. "The reason why Kentucky [was] because the potential my father saw in me and him knowing that I was gonna go to the next level, I definitely see it in Shareef."

Russ Yeast explains decision to decommit from Kentucky - 247
Three-star athlete Russ Yeast recently decided that it was in his best interest to de-commit from Kentucky. Can UK get back in the mix? "Not going to rule them out. [It's] all up to them really," Yeast stated.

Antoine Walker's Letter to My Younger Self - The Players' Tribune
Walker earned $108 million during his 13-year career in the NBA. Within two years of his 2008 retirement, Walker declared bankruptcy, his entire savings wiped away by poor spending and a lack of understanding about the value of a dollar.

Top UK football target Jedrick Wills cuts his recruiting list - Lexington Herald-Leader
Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills made a small cut to his recruiting list Tuesday, dropping Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan State from consideration.

Joker Phillips hired as offensive quality control coach - Buckeye Xtra Sports
Former UK head coach Joker Phillips, who was forced to resign as an assistant coach in Florida in 2014 because of a recruiting violation, has been hired as an offensive quality control coach by Ohio State.

ESPN calls Gran UK's 2016 X factor - 247
In its list of X factors around the Southeastern Conference in 2016, ESPN chose offensive coordinator Eddie Gran as Kentucky's potential catalyst.

Kentucky Soccer Announces Return of Season Ticket Scarves - UK Wildcats News
The UK soccer program has announced that the wildly popular season tickets scarves will be returning for the 2016 season, with sales beginning on Friday, July 1.The 2016 home season opens under the lights on Thursday, Aug. 25 as the women’s team plays South Florida. The men’s team opens home play on Tuesday, Aug. 30 against Duquesne.

PFF's 101 best players in college football - PFF
Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo breaks down and ranks the top talent in the country heading into the 2016 season. These guys go real in-depth with their grading, so these are the kinds of rankings I especially pay attention to.

Colts bank on 140 million reasons why Andrew Luck won't repeat 2015 - ESPN
What did the Colts prove by giving Andrew Luck the largest deal in NFL history? They believe what happened in 2015, his worst season, was a fluke.

Facebook changes mean you'll see even more friends' posts - USA Today
Facebook’s next News Feed update will focus on updates from friends and family. Publishers and news outlets, who rely on Facebook users to click on their content and generate ad revenue, may suffer the most with the change. Media sites reported more than 40% of their web traffic came from Facebook, according to analytics firm

Five-star basketball recruit Mitchell Robinson commits to WKU - Lexington Herald-Leader
Two months on the job, and Western Kentucky basketball coach Rick Stansbury has already picked up a commitment from one of the most talented recruits in the program’s history.

Vote: Who should be Team USA's starting five in Rio? - ESPN
The roster is set. The Olympics are weeks away. Who should America unleash on the world? DeMarcus Cousins currently leads for Team USA’s starting center position, so go help him secure that vote.