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Good morning folks, and merry Christmas. Here’s to hoping your Christmas is filled with friends, family and fun (and sports).

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How Mark Stoops Described the 2018 Signees | Kentucky Sports Radio
Here's what Kentucky fans can expect to see on Kroger Field in the near future.

SEC Basketball Weekly Roundup: Nonconference Play Nears Its End | Kentucky Sports Radio
A roundup of the most important storylines of the 2017 college basketball season in the SEC at the end of nonconference play.

Kentucky's NCAA Tournament resume is underwhelming, but the league's is not - SEC Country
If this was Selection Sunday, Kentucky basketball would be worried about its seed, several SEC teams would be on the bubble and about four would feel great.

Keldon Johnson named MVP as Oak Hill wins Chick-fil-A Classic - Cats' Pause
Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson finished with a game-high 25 points as Oak Hill Academy captured the Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C. Saturday.

Kentucky defense one of the worst statistically in Calipari Era - Cats' Pause
Through its first 11 games, the 2017-18 Wildcats rank near the bottom of John Calipari's Kentucky teams statistically in nearly every defensive category.

UKTF Well Represented on T&FNews 2017 World Rankings | University of Kentucky | Official Athletic Site
Three athletes trained by Kentucky head coach Edrick Floréal who are also current volunteer assistant members of the UK staff, including Wildcat alumna Kendra Harrison, finished the season ranked No. 1 in the world.

Louisville Fans Chanted "Beat UK" at End of Grand Canyon Game | Nation of Blue
Louisville Fans Chanted "Beat UK" at End of Grand Canyon Game

Earl Thomas to Dallas Cowboys: 'Come get me' - NFL.com
Is Earl Thomas eyeing an Emerald City exit? The Seahawks safety told Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, "If y'all have the chance, come get me."

Saints beat Falcons, clinch NFC playoff berth - USA Today
With a win over the NFC's defending champion, the New Orleans Saints are playoff bound in what has been a surprisingly successful season.

Raiders QB Derek Carr ‘growing’ amid difficult season - SFGate
Before suffering a broken fibula a year ago on Christmas Eve, Carr was an MVP candidate for a playoff-bound team. He signed a five-year, $125 million contract over the offseason that briefly made him the league’s highest-paid player, but he has not replicated his 2016 success in the first season of that deal.

It’s ‘Grumors’ time again: Will ESPN’s Jon Gruden return to coaching this time? - The Washington Post
The former Raiders and Bucs coach is reportedly looking at which assistants he might hire amid speculation about a return to Tampa Bay.

Packers left to try to avoid a losing record | FOX Sports
The loss and then gain of Aaron Rodgers (which turned out to be too little too late) has left the Packers in a tough situation this year.

Jaguars clinch division despite losing to 49ers - FOX Sports
Jimmy G continues his dominance as he's now 6-0 as a starter.