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DeMarcus Cousins is now an Olympic gold medalist, and more in today's news and views.

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DeMarcus Cousins, Team USA win gold at Olympics - CoachCal.com
It was the first time Cousins had competed with Team USA in the Olympics. Cousins had previously helped lead USA to a gold medal in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

DeMarcus Cousins trolls Vlade Divac over Rio gold medal game - Fansided
DeMarcus Cousins is now an Olympic champion and had no problem rubbing it in at Kings general manager and Serbian native Vlade Divac.

Barker driven to continue legacy of standout UK QBs from Bluegrass - Lexington Herald-Leader
Over the past three decades plus, the University of Kentucky’s best quarterbacks have all been homegrown — Bill Ransdell, Tim Couch, Jared Lorenzen, Andre Woodson. Having earned the 2016 UK starting QB job, Conner High School product Drew Barker is striving to add his name to that list.

CONFIRMED: The Harbaughs are Crazy - Kentucky Sports Radio
The only way Crean could qualify as the "best basketball coach in the world" is by counting the amount of times he’s cut down the nets.

Near Misses Define Sunday as Kentucky Drops to Pepperdine - UK Wildcats News
Pepperdine outshot the Wildcats 18-9 and each team recorded three saves in the match. The Waves, who knocked off No. 16 Arizona 3-1 to start the season on Friday night, move to 2-0-0 on the season. UK drops to 0-1-1 after Sunday’s result.

Alabama keeps rolling: Tide is No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25 - AP
In a way, the 2016 season will pick up where 2015 left off: Alabama is No. 1 and Clemson is 2. Alabama has won an unprecedented four national championships in the last seven seasons, but none has come when the Tide started No. 1 (2010 and 2013).

Kentucky's 2016 schedule features five AP Top 25 teams - 247
As expected, UK's 2016 schedule is loaded with talented teams and top-25 programs. It features two top-10 and five top-25 teams included in the the AP preseason poll released Sunday.

Kentucky football: Two weeks to go; five observations - Lexington Herald-Leader
With two weeks to go before the Sept. 3 opener against visiting Southern Mississippi, here are five observations about Kentucky’s fall football camp.

Leah Nugent Sixth in Rio Olympic 400H Final - UK Wildcats News
Kentucky almuna Leah Nugent ran the race of her young life at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad Thursday finishing sixth in the 400-meter hurdles.

Mixed Reaction from Final Scrimmage - Kentucky Sports Radio
Kentucky held its second scrimmage on Saturday. As in all scrimmages, there were positives, negatives, and concerns arise, not to mention Saturday’s press conference had a strange vibe to it.

Kentucky Draws Defending Conference Champs LBSU in Season Opener - UK Wildcats News
The 2016 season got underway on Friday night in Long Beach, with the Kentucky Wildcats earning a hard-fought draw against 2015 Big West Champion Long Beach State, 1-1 in the Golden State.

Ohio State makes offers to 2019 Kentucky defensive end - Land-Grant Holy Land
Class of 2019 defensive end Stephen Herron (Louisville, KY / Trinity) is racking up the offer with Ohio State being the latest. UK offered back in July.

Kentucky working on upping sacks on defense, preventing them on offense - 247
Pass rush was a problem for Kentucky on both sides of the line of scrimmage last season. The Cats are working to fix those issues during fall camp.

Lafayette looking for repeat trip to Kentucky football finals - Lexington Herald-Leader
Last year, Lafayette High School last season reached the state football finals for the first time since 1985. The Generals fell to an overwhelming Male team but return numerous starters on both sides of the ball. Can Lafayette end a decades-long drought for Fayette County public schools in football?

The unstoppables: How do you stop LSU's Leonard Fournette, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Clemson's Deshaun Watson? - ESPN
They're on every preseason Heisman list for a reason. And rightly so. Leonard Fournette, Baker Mayfield, Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson have earned the hype. So how do you stop them?

Bamba part of Nike’s 12-man roster for Bahamas event - USA Today
For the second consecutive year, Nike took 12 of the top players from its Elite Youth Basketball League to the Bahamas to suit up against the Bahamian National Team on Saturday.

Top plays from Preseason Week 2 - NFL.com
Week 2 of the NFL preseason is in the books. Check out all the best plays from another jam-packed weekend, including Dak Prescott's impressive outing.

Mouthguard used by Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors sells for $3,190 - ESPN
A Stephen Curry mouthguard, which has his name on both the mouthguard and the carrying case in which it was found, was one of several quirky sports items sold at auction Sunday.

Kentucky's 50 best high school football players in 2016 - Lexington Herald-Leader
Who are Kentucky’s top 50 high school football players entering the 2016 season? Josh Moore assembled a list using recruiting rankings and coaches’ recommendations.