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Friday Quickies: UK Basketball Extravaganza Edition

The Cats debut tonight, while two elite recruits make their college decisions this weekend.

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College basketball is here! The Kentucky Wildcats open the season against Utah Valley tonight a 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. There’s another abundance of games on tonight as well. Enjoy a full evening of hoops, and prepare for two major recruit decisions this weekend from Keldon Johnson (a likely Kentucky commit) and R.J. Barrett (not a likely Kentucky commit).

Tweets of the day

The footwork and movement by Russell Wilson...the catch by Doug Baldwin...sheesh.

It starts today!

Your quickies

What will Zion Williamson do? ‘Literally no one knows.’ | Lexington Herald Leader
Five-star prospect Zion Williamson is one of Kentucky’s top recruiting targets. Who leads for his commitment? UK? Duke? Clemson? Someone else?

Three Takeaways from Mark Stoops’ Pre-Vandy Press Conference | Kentucky Sports Radio
Mark Stoops kept it short and sweet during his weekly press conference. While the head coach talked for just over three minutes, he did provide some important insight for this weekend.

Time to worry about the 3-point streak, again. | Kentucky Sports Radio
It has been nearly 30 years and 1,013 games since Kentucky played a basketball game where they didn't make a three point basket.

Kentucky asks punter Grant McKinniss to make an unfair sacrifice | Lexington Herald Leader
With Kentucky Wildcats starting punter Matt Panton suspended, UK asks backup Grant McKinniss to give up a redshirt year in season's 10th game.

Recruiting analysts see ‘suspense’ in R.J. Barrett decision | Lexington Herald Leader
National recruiting analysts weigh in on Barrett’s recruitment and the three finalists: Duke, Kentucky and Oregon. His announcement will be on TSN.

Kentucky forward Anyagaligbo out for season with knee injury | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo, a transfer from Stony Brook who sat out last season, will miss this season after tearing her knee in Cats’ exhibition.

John Calipari turning up heat in practice as he stresses over young team starting 2017-18 season - SEC Country
Quade Green had a bandage under his left eye Thursday when he met with reporters on the eve of Kentucky basketball's season opener against Utah Valley.

Report: Former Kentucky star Julius Randle connected to suspension of high school basketball players - SEC Country
It's highly unlikely former Kentucky star Julius Randle meant for some Kentucky high school basketball players to get suspended. - Cats need P.J. Washington to play at a high level consistently
P.J. Washington is widely expected to be one of the stars of this year's Kentucky basketball team, even though ESPN writers left him off a list of the top 50 players in college basketball. - UK Hoops Notebook: Signing Day, previewing Sac State, injury report
After an impressive but sloppy win over Southern Indiana in their only exhibition game of the season, Matthew Mitchell's UK Hoops squad opens their season this weekend with two games at home.

Cats' Pause - Quade Green, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander still battling for point guard spot
Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green bring unique talents to the point guard position.

Kentucky commit Darian Kinnard receives Army Bowl jersey - Cats' Pause
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour was in to see one of America's best offensive tackles on Thursday.

Aaron Hernandez suffered from most severe CTE ever found in a person his age - The Washington Post
Doctors release postmortem findings for former Patriots tight end who hanged himself in prison.

Jerry Jones Is Said to Hire David Boies to Block Roger Goodell’s Contract
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and one of the N.F.L.’s most powerful figures, has escalated his feud with Commissioner Roger Goodell, threatening to sue the league and some fellow team owners over negotiations to extend Goodell’s contract, according to three people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Ben McAdoo 'Has Lost This Team,' Giants 'Giving Up,' Anonymous Players Say
Frustration has reportedly reached a boiling point in the Meadowlands. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, a pair of anonymous New York Giants players reached out to her recently and criticized head coach Ben McAdoo for losing the locker room.

Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Invited to 1-on-1 Meeting with Roger Goodell
The NFL has reportedly extended an invitation to free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a one-on-one meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell.

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford gets knee cleaned up, but no major issues found
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford underwent an arthroscopic procedure Tuesday in which Dr. James Andrews "cleaned up" his left knee but found no major damage, according to team sources.

Leonard Fournette Apologizes for Missing Team Photo, Says He'll Be 'On Time'
Fournette was suspended for a violation of team rules that included missing a team picture day Oct. 24.

Ezekiel Elliott suspension back; court denies injunction -
A federal appeals court denied Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's and the NFLPA's request for an emergency injunction pending appeal in Elliott's case. He is suspended again.

Mission Impossible: The NFL's Biggest Matchup Nightmares
Football is the ultimate team sport, but it's a game compromised of dozens of minigames. Those are better known as matchups, and the more matchups you win, the better off you are as a team.

LeBron James says Cleveland Cavaliers can't expect Isaiah Thomas to fix all problems - ESPN
The Cavaliers expect Isaiah Thomas back on the court by January, but LeBron James says the team can't count on the point guard's return to fix everything.

3 UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting could be stuck in China ‘for months’ | WGN-TV
Three freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting in the Chinese city of Hangzhou could be months away from returning home while the legal process in their case plays out.

ESPN layoffs: 100-plus staffers, on-air talent cuts near |
ESPN is expected to layoff more than 100 staffers, including front-facing talent, in late November.