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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Ledecky and Phelps Edition

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Phelps and Ledecky dominate, football fans still feel good about Stoops, Malik Monk left off preseason All SEC list, Pitino thriving in face of escort scandal, Olympic updates, and so much more...

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Neither Katie Ledecky nor Michael Phelps attended the University of Kentucky. But that doesn't matter. Their performances during the primetime Rio Olympics last night warrant marquee billing on the daily Quickies.

Ledecky was first up and all she did was crush her own world record in the 400 m freestyle and win her first of many gold medals. Ledecky was about as dominant in the pool as I have ever seen, and that includes Michael Phelps, who put on a show of his own.

Phelps, now the owner of an unprecedented 19 gold medals, swam the second leg of the 400 m freestyle relay, which put the Americans ahead of the competition of which they never looked back. He said during the 2012 London Olympics that he would retire, but he couldn't stay away. With a combination of downward spirals and personal triumphs out of the pool, Phelps returned more dedicated than he has ever been and it showed last night as he blew away the other swimmers during his leg of the race.

We will see more medals from these two superstars as the Games continue. Make no mistake, we are witnessing greatness with both Katie and Michael. It's can't miss TV.

Tweets of the Day

The Coach Cal Summer Tour continues... And to piggyback on that...

Kentucky Wildcats Football

The biggest commits of the 2016 football class were in-state products. There is a ton of hype around Kash Daniel, Landon Young, Drake Jackson, Zy'Aire Hughes, and Devonte RobinsonThey are all ready to prove that they are more than just hype.

ICYMI: Jen Smith had some observations after the first football practice of the season.

Kyle Tucker of SEC Country takes the pulse of Kentucky fans as the season approaches. Even though the results have been shaky, fans still believe in Mark Stoops and what he's trying to do at Kentucky. Fan Tommy Towsend had this to say about this season's success and Mark Stoops:

"It’s the way he carries himself," Townsend said. "The past years, it’s been like, ‘This is what wehope to do.’ But this year, like SEC Media Days, he just came straight and was like, ‘We are going bowling this year.’ That kind of confidence from a coach has to rub off on the players and on everybody."

Jon Hale from the Courier-Journal has a great piece on Matt Elam. So much focus has been on his weight that the five-star player hasn't had a chance to focus totally on playing. Now that the weight is gone, he can get down to business on the field.

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball

Matt Jones gives us some insider info on the summer basketball practices, which is always an interesting read. Matt is hearing the most positive news about Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, and Isaac Humphries. Humphries is particularly important because if he can be a player that starts and averages around 20-25 minutes a game, this Kentucky team is going to be great. Not good, great. Isaiah Briscoe's attitude and toughness have been nothing short of spectacular, Wenyen Gabriel is athletic as hell but still adjusting, Derek Willis is still knocking down shots and that is what Kentucky needs from him, Hawkins is going to be an important contributor off the bench, Sacha Killeya-Jones will also get his minutes off of the bench, and Mychal Mulder still needs to prove himself. There was nothing about Tai Wynyard, which has me worried.

In related news:

I think Malik Monk is going to have something to say about being ommitted. Just a thought.

Trae Young is John Calipari's #1 target at point guard and quite possibly is his #1 target overall. Cal's biggest competition for the elite high school guard will be Oklahoma and Lon Kruger. Young is a native of Oklahoma and actually lives in Norman. Here is Young talking about his final six schools, including Kentucky. For what it's worth, the 24/7 Crystal Ball has Kentucky leading Oklahoma 40% to 30%.

Sports Around the World

What was with those circular bruises all over Michael Phelps' body? It is part of a process that is thought to increase blood flow and advance the healing process. That technique is called "cupping". It's all the rage in the Olympic Village.

2012 Olympics gymnastics star will not have a chance to defend her all-around gold medal. Douglas finished third behind fellow teammates Aly Raisman and Simone Biles in qualifying. Biles is the favorite to win the gold in the all-around category.

The USA leads the total medal count after day 2 with 12 while China is in second place with 8 total. The US is tied with China and Australia for gold medals with 3.

Here is a schedule for the biggest events of the day.

Team USA basketball is back in action at 6:00 PM against Venezuela. DeMarcus Cousins looks to continue his dominant performance when he was a load for China to handle.

Ichiro joins the elite 3,000 hits club as he reached the milestone on a triple. Only 30 players in history have the honor of being in the 3,000 hits club. There was a time in his career with the Mariners that Ichiro was the most feared leadoff hitter in all of baseball.

Alex Rodriguez's baseball career is coming to an abrupt end. Days after Mark Teixeira announced his retirement, A-Rod announced he would play his final game on August 12th and would remain with the Yankees as a special advisor. Once thought to be the best baseball player on the planet, A-Rod's legacy will be mixed after numerous controversies in New York, including the revelation that he used steroids throughout his career.

Jim Furyk set a record yesterday after shooting a 58 in his final round at the PGA Tour Travelers Championship.

The Escort Scandal is not hurting Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals in the recruiting world.This is evident after the Cards just landed 2017 four star player Malik Williams. Rick Pitino's go-to line when talking to the media, players, and recruits is "It's all behind us", which is complete nonsense. The NCAA has yet to release the notice of allegations and the fallout is far from over. Rick has always been a smooth talker and a world-class BS artist. One has to wonder what the NCAA thinks of Pitino's comments and the fact that UofL chugs along as if nothing else is going to happen. On one hand, you have to go about with business as usual, but telling everybody that "it's all behind us" can't be a smart move either.

Last night was supposed to be the night of the first NFL Preseason Game. The annual Hall of Fame Game was canceled due to poor and unsafe field conditions. One of the many problems was that the paint used on the field was the wrong kind. A huge black eye for the NFL but it won't matter.

Random Quickies

Last night's episode of HBO's fantastic mini-series "The Night Of" found character Naz breaking bad in order to survive life behind bars. The once innocent college student is becoming a hardened criminal thanks to the prison system and his need to live as comfortably as he can. The series is fascinating.

Sick of me talking about Stranger Things? I don't care. I get the Quickies twice a week and I can talk about whatever I want. Here is a great interview with The Duffer Brothers about how they came up with the concept, their inspirations, and what may be ahead for season 2.

I hope you didn't have any plans to fly Delta today because the entire system is down. All flights have been grounded indefinitely.