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Thursday Quickies: NBA Trade Deadline Edition

The NBA Trade Deadline arrives and more in today's quickies!

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Kentucky basketball needs a good win against a good opponent. Florida is its next chance. | Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky struggled but prevailed at Missouri 72-62 on Tuesday. Next comes Saturday’s SEC showdown with conference co-leader Florida in Rupp Arena. After failing twice in big home games, the Cats have another chance to build some confidence.

Epps, Akhator to be honored on Senior Night - WKYT
The No. 22 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will conclude its 2016-17 home schedule and honor seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator on Thursday as they welcome No. 3 Mississippi State to Memorial Coliseum for a 7 p.m. ET tip.

No. 6 UK Rifle Selected for NCAA Championships for Seventeenth - UK Wildcats News
The sixth-ranked Kentucky rifle team will make its seventeenth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 11-12 at Ohio State’s French Field House in Columbus, Ohio.

Willie Cauley-Stein intends to step up in Cousins’ absence | The Sacramento Bee
Cauley-Stein, who figures to assume a bulk of Cousins’ minutes, said he personally felt motivated by the change. “I think we’ve got enough guys that’s in it for the right reasons that I don’t see why we couldn’t make the eighth seed,” Cauley-Stein said of making the playoffs. “For me, that’s my mission the next 25 games."

DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi introduced to New Orleans media | Lexington Herald-Leader
New Pelicans DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi were introduced to the New Orleans media on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from Twitter from the former University of Kentucky’s star’s first news conference.

Kentucky spring football preview: Crowd of quarterbacks vying for second-team spot - SEC Country
A Kentucky prepares for spring practice, it's clear Stephon Johnson is the No. 1 quarterback. So, who is No. 2? Here's who to watch when workouts begin.

New all-Kentucky front court stakes claim as NBA's best - SEC Country
Former Kentucky basketball greats DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis will team up on the New Orleans Pelicans. How good can this pairing be?

UK football: Excited Gran signs new deal to stay at UK through 2020 | Lexington Herald-Leader
Along with Eddie Gran’s new contract, Kentucky football announced the terms of new deals for defensive staff members Dean Hood and Derrick LeBlanc

Trade deadline period can be great entertainment for fans but nerve-racking for NBA players -
History and simple math demonstrate that most players do not get traded in midseason. But you could say the same thing about Russian roulette and that wouldn’t necessarily soothe the guy with the gun in his hand.

NBA rumor notebook: Teams expect an active trade deadline | HoopsHype
The NBA's trade deadline is less than 24 hours away. Be sure to keep checking our rumors page to stay up-to-date on everything that happens.

NBA Trade Deadline Questions: Will Bulls Move Jimmy Butler? |
There's always more questions than answers leading up to the NBA trade deadline. What that in mind, The Crossover examines six burning questions as the deadline approaches.

NBA Trade Deadline 2017: Final B/R Staff Predictions | Bleacher Report
NBA wheelers and dealers have until 3 p.m. ET today to make their wildest (or most practical) transactional dreams come true. Will any of them be made?

This video of a fully-manned hoverbike is straight out of a sci-fi movie - Mashable
'HoverSurf' the first fully-manned hoverbike in the world.

Humble Bundle raises more than $6.5M for charity - Polygon
The company announced that it sold more than 200,000 units of the package, which included several acclaimed games and books, with a final tally of $6.43 million going straight to organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union.

Lexington’s WWTF 97.7 FM and 1580 AM switch from jocks to rock | Lexington Herald-Leader
Lexington-area sports fans were in for a surprise if they tuned in 1580 AM or 97.7 FM since Friday expecting to hear Fox Sports Radio or replays of Kentucky Sports Radio. Under the cheeky call letters WWTF, the all-sports outlets have changed formats to rock alternative, pumping out the sounds of Metallica, Disturbed and their ilk.

How Doctor Strange's Warped Reality Was Created, And What Inspired It | Digital Trends
The VFX producer on Marvel's Doctor Strange explains the process behind creating the mind-bending, physics-defying visuals that earned the film an Oscar nomination.

Facebook is giving WhatsApp the Snapchat treatment, too - Mashable
WhatsApp is now starting to roll out its own version of Stories with an update to its Status feature.

15 Weird Roles Famous Actors Played Before They Blew Up - BuzzFeed
Amy Adams AND Kal Penn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Ole Miss football program self-imposes postseason ban - The Comeback
After the NCAA charged the Ole Miss Rebels football program for a lack of institutional control, the school decided to self-impose a postseason ban.