Good morning BBN, these are your Wednesday morning quickies. The 2016 Summer Olympics are here! Despite some shaky preparations as well as some doubt from the Olympic Committee, events will begin in Rio today. While the opening ceremonies don't begin until August 5, soccer kicks off today (pun intended) at 12 PM ET. Team USA will square off against New Zealand at 6 PM ET, which will be the start of their quest for a 4th-straight Olympic gold medal.
Team USA dominated in all five of their scrimmages, going 5-0, and they'll start their quest for another Olympic gold medal on August 6. We're very excited to see DeMarcus Cousins' first attempt at Olympic gold.
Unfortunately, former Kentucky track star and 100 meter hurdles world record holder Kendra Harrison will not be in the Olympics after failing to qualify for the US Team before setting that world record.
This year's Olympic will be easier to watch than ever, as the technology advancements in online streaming have advanced immensely and will allow just about everyone to watch the games.
You can check out the entire schedule of events here.
Tweets of the day
"Oh you go to Kentucky? I love KU" pic.twitter.com/hiabwezMNP— Andrew Cassady (@ACassady_KSR) August 2, 2016
We feel your pain, Andrew.
Interesting. Apparently, Kentucky plays at Auburn in November this year. https://t.co/I7OxSBugGb— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) August 2, 2016
As Clay Matthews would say, "you ain't Kentucky, bro."
Kentucky Children's Hospital unveils new UK athletics-themed hallway. Mark Stoops helped open up a new Kentucky hallway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
Tyler Ulis could one day head 'short' list for Suns. A great look at what could be for the small but incredibly talented Tyler Ulis.
LeBron, Nike unveil new blue "Game Royal" colorway for the LeBron XIII. A tribute to the Cats? These LeBron XIII's will sure look good on Kentucky players' feet this year, and I'm sure we'll be seeing at least one Cat wearing them.
Four-star athlete Lynn Bowden closing in on commitment. 247 Sports has the Wildcats leading the way in their predictions, as Stoops looks to snatch the native Ohioan right out from under Ohio State.
NFL Training Camp quickies
Dallas backup quarterback Kellen Moore suffers broken ankle. Sadly for the Cowboys, they are facing more quarterback injuries.
Tyrann Mathieu gets contract extension. Mathieu has become arguably the best safety in football, and has been rewarded by the Arizona Cardinals.
Bengals' first-round pick William Jackson suffers torn pectoral. A bad bit of misfortune for the rookie, we're hoping for a speedy recovery.
Trent Richardson waived by Ravens. The turbulent career of Trent Richardson has taken another hit, as he's now looking for a new team.
Atlanta Falcons sign Dwight Freeney. The veteran pass rusher will look to help improve the struggling ATL defense, specifically their sub-par pass rush.
Rolando McClain going through abuse epidemic, unlikely to return to Cowboys. The suspension issues just get worse for the Cowboys; it looks as though McClain will not return to the Cowboys.
Other sports news
Joey Votto shows disgust with fan who disrupted him attempting to catch a foul ball. Votto got a little upset, but made amends with the fan later on.
Ken Rosenthal apologizes for false Yasiel Puig story, Puig accepts. Rosenthal isn't usually known for things like this, but Puig was accepting of Rosenthal's apology. In related news....
Yasiel Puig demoted to Triple-A. It's been a rough season for Puig, and he's fallen from the meteoric rise he experienced at the start of his career.
Nike unveils new Jordan Michigan football unis. The uniforms are barely changed but well done, and Nike will even make signature khakis for Jim Harbaugh to wear on game day.
Miami mosquitoes are growing resistant to pesticides. We can't stress that bug spray enough, as Zika fears rise in Florida.
Lyft sees record month. The competition against the taxi business isn't just Uber anymore; Lyft is taking off.