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Sunday Quickies: Bluegrass Boys Edition

Willis and Hawkins step up big. Evelyn Akhator receives more praise. Kawhi Leonard scores 41. More.

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Kentucky natives Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins came up big.

Willis scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Hawkins filled in nicely for the injured Fox, dishing out a career-high seven assists to go with five points. The two bluegrass boys were huge in Kentucky's win over South Carolina. If Fox has to miss an extended period of time, we can only hope that these two can continue to contribute in the manner that they did last night.

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John Calipari explains De’Aaron Fox’s injury after Kentucky win | Lexington Herald-Leader
De’Aaron Fox left the Wildcats’ game against South Carolina after playing eight minutes on Saturday in Rupp Arena and did not return to the lineup, but it may not be as serious as it appeared to be.

Rupp Arena to host College Gameday, Finebaum - SEC Country
The Kentucky-Kansas game is bringing a lot of attention to Lexington, as Finebaum and College Gameday will host their shows live inside of Rupp Arena.

Evelyn Akhator starting to blossom into SEC elite - Herald-Leader
Akhator has racked up 29 defensive rebounds in her last 3 games, and she’s the reigning SEC Player of the Week.

Kentucky-South Carolina photo gallery - UK Athletics
Check out great shots of the top-25 battle.

Kentucky seniors shine, but Battle of the Bluegrass goes to Cards | Lexington Herald-Leader
An aura of Kentucky nostalgia mixed with the chlorine smog and the rivalry with Louisville at Lancaster Aquatic Center on Saturday.

Kidd-Gilchrist, Batum lead Hornets past Nets 112-105 - ESPN
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 112-105 on Saturday night for their third straight win.

Wildcats End Two-Game SEC Road Swing Sunday at Auburn | UK Wildcats News
In the midst of a three-game Southeastern Conference win streak, including two road wins over teams that were receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25.

Packers' O-line will block 'to infinity' for Rodgers - NFL.com
Behind every great quarterback, there is an offensive line willing and able to protect him. So it's no surprise that Aaron Rodgers' out-of-pocket magic is the product of Green Bay's big uglies.

Indianapolis Colts fire general manager Ryan Grigson - ESPN
The Colts, who missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record this season, have fired general manager Ryan Grigson but are sticking with Chuck Pagano as head coach.

Arizona upsets UCLA - USA Today
Allonzo Trier returned from suspension to help lead the Arizona Wildcats to a 96-85 upset victory with 12 points.

Evan Daniels calls Skal Labissiere the biggest miss of his career - SEC Country
Daniels had Labissiere ranked as the No. 1 player in his 2015 class. He averaged 6.6 points.

Irsay: Pagano stays; Gruden-Manning pairing ruled out - NFL.com
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is no longer "contractually tied" to general manager Ryan Grigson. But where does that leave the future of the coach under a new general manager?

Kawhi Leonard scores 41, Spurs top Cavs - Fox Sports
Leonard posted a career-high in points, and the San Antonio Spurs needed every single one of those 41 to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime.

Bellator 170: Tito Ortiz stuns Chael Sonnen - MMA Junkie
Bellator had one of its better fights in recent memory, as Ortiz stunned Sonnen and made headlines.

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception - WDEF

New report gives us more info on iPhone 8 facial recognition - BGR