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Thursday Quickies: Matthew Panton Edition

Kentucky gets a new punter, Russell Westbrook is setting records again and more in today’s quickies!

NCAA Football: TaxSlayer Bowl-Kentucky vs Georgia Tech Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have a new punter.

Matthew Panton, a graduate transfer from Columbia, has tweeted that he’s joining the Cats. Panton averaged 40.5 yards per punt on 42 punts last year.

Tweet of the day

Welcome to the BBN, Matthew!

Your quickies

Panton announces he’s joining the UK football team - SEC Country
You can find more information on Panton here. The now-former Ivy League player is an Australian native.

Calipari calls on fans to clean up act - Herald-Leader
The referees were bad in Kentucky’s game against UNC. But some Kentucky “fans” have stooped a bit too low.

Kentucky ranked No. 1 basketball program all-time by AP - SEC Country
When you combine the historical success of eight titles with the recent success (constantly making the Elite Eight and Final Four, winning a title in 2012), it’s easy to see why Kentucky would be chosen over UCLA or Duke.

Kentucky basketball superlatives - KSR
Matt Jones and the crew give out superlative awards on Hey Kentucky.

Malik Monk thanks BBN - CatsPause
Monk gave no indication as to whether he’s staying or leaving in his tweet. The consensus All-American seems grateful for the fans though.

Cal receives the most school income of any NCAA Tournament coach - Courier-Journal
Calipari’s $7.14 million income was the highest of any tournament coach. He was also second in total pay, behind Rick Pitino.

Russell Westbrook sets record for points in a triple-double - ESPN
Russell Westbrook dropped 57 points while recording a triple-double, which is an NBA first. I get that there are arguments for other players to be MVP, but at the end of the day I have no idea how anyone could be picked over Westbrook.

Michael Porter Jr. is MVP of McDAAG - Los Angeles Times
The No. 1 player in his class showed why he’s just that last night. The Missouri Tigers have themselves quite the star to build on next year.

Imperfect USMNT back in World Cup contention - ESPN FC
The US men’s soccer team has secured four points over the last two matches to save themselves and work their way back into World Cup contention.

Mets’ Familia accepts suspension from MLB - FOX Sports
The New York Mets’ All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia has received a 15-game suspension for a domestic violence incident that occurred last October.

What if NBA rookies could pick their own teams? - SB Nation
It’s an idea that some have pondered; letting rookies choose their own teams in a free agency-like format. It’d certainly end with Lonzo Ball playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Pete Prisco’s latest mock draft - CBS Sports
Prisco has a defensive-heavy top five, with Myles Garrett being selected first overall and Leonard Fournette being the only offensive player taken in that group.

The difference between the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus - Forbes
Samsung has released its newest edition of its flagship Galaxy phones. There are a lot of improvements, including batteries that don’t explode. Here’s the difference between the two models.