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Wildcat Quickies: Athlete Tragedy Edition

Sunday was not a good day to be a sports fan, as we lost sports phenoms both young and old.

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Good morning BBN, and it is with a somber tone that we start Monday off. Sunday saw the loss of two athletes that were very well-accomplished in their respective sports, Arnold Palmer and Jose Fernandez.

Palmer’s legacy speaks for itself, and there are few who don’t know just how great he was. He was a trailblazer for the game of golf, he was nicknamed ‘The King,’ he was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he was one of the greatest to grace the sport. His impact on golf will be felt forever, and given the fact that he was recognized by the President of the United States and has a popular beverage named after him, it’s definite that Palmer will never be forgotten.

As for Fernandez, he leaves us in a position that Palmer was once in with golf. Fernandez was just 24, and was just establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball. At such a young age, he was already demanding the attention of opponents, receiving awards and going to All-Star games. His dominance on the field was supplemented with an infectiously upbeat personality and a deep love for two things: baseball, and his family. He was one of the great, vibrant young personalities in baseball, and his loss has shook baseball to its core.

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Your quickies

Has Kentucky football found its secret sauce? - Herald-Leader

The Wildcats may have found their winning formula against South Carolina, or at least a portion of it.

Game rewind: Kentucky vs. South Carolina - Courier-Journal

A look at everything that went down in Kentucky’s second win of the season.

Kentucky vs. South Carolina postgame notes - UK Athletics

SEC Country Power Poll: Where is Kentucky ranked? - SEC Country

The Cats are NOT ranked last in the SEC in this poll. Have we finally climbed from the cellar?

ESPN SEC power rankings - ESPN

Again, Kentucky has climbed out of their last place position. Meanwhile, rival Tennessee is on the rise after finally getting a meaningful win.

Kentucky changed their execution on defense, and it showed - SEC Country

According to Joe Mussatto, the Wildcats weren’t any different on defense than they have been. All they did was actually execute, and that was all they had to do.

The Orlando Sentinel still has Stoops on the hot seat

I’d say he still is, but the win over the Gamecocks goes a long way in keeping his job safe for the time being.

LSU fires Les Miles - WDSU News

The mad hatter was awfully close to being fired at the end of last season, and the loss to Auburn was the last straw, as LSU has decided to part ways with Miles.

Arnold Palmer dies at 87 - ESPN

One of the greatest to ever play the game of golf, Palmer will forever remain a legend.

Eagles destroy Steelers 34-3 - NFL

Carson Wentz continues to shine, and he destroyed the Pittsburgh secondary en route to his third win.

Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident - ESPN

The Cuban-born Marlins ace was one of the best in the business, and everyone will miss his great pitching, his love for baseball, and his infectious enthusiasm.

Seahawks blow out 49ers, Russ Wilson suffers injury - Fox Sports

While I’m sure the 12s are happy about the win, Wilson’s injury casts some uneasy feelings. Wilson sprained his knee and sat the remainder of the game after finishing the drive that Seattle was on.

Jalen Ramsey, Steve Smith engage in epic trash talk - NFL

This is nothing new for Steve Smith, but now he’s got a new opponent when it comes to jawing. Ramsey showed some tenacity, getting into it with someone as well-established as Smith However, Ramsey might want to remember the record his team has.

iPhone 7 launch weekend sales down 25 percent - Tech Times

China completes largest radio telescope in the world - NPR