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Sunday Quickies: Shai Alexander Shines Edition

Alexander shined in the Derby Festival Classic, and more in today’s quickies.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made his first appearance in the Derby Festival Classic last night, and grabbed the attention of Kentucky fans (and Louisville fans too).

Alexander scored 29 points, a game-high, in just 19 minutes of play as he led Team Lightning to a 122-109 victory over Team Thunder, which featured all four of Louisville’s commits.

Alexander won the MVP Award, as well as the three-point contest.

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He’s already making Louisville fans eat their words (or boos, rather).

Your quickies

Alexander shines through boos from Louisville crowd - Herald-Leader
Shai made all the right moves, from an exceptional performance to an exceptional response to the Louisville fans.

Gunner Hoak pushing Stephen Johnson? - SEC Country
Johnson struggled in the spring game and Hoak shined, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing for Kentucky? It puts pressure on Johnson, and even shows that UK may have starting material behind him.

Spring game reveals rising stars - KSR
Kentucky had plenty of breakout stars on the field last year when they surprised everyone and pulled out a 7-5 record. Here’s who’s on track to be the next batch of rising stars this year.

Locals light up Derby Festival Classic - Courier-Journal
It wasn’t just about Alexander at the hoops fest. Plenty of Kentuckians made their presence felt.

Kentucky softball gets big win over Florida - Herald-Leader
Meagan Prince struck out eight Gators, and Katie Reed slugged away at the plate, leading the Cats to a 5-1 win over No. 3 Florida.

Rocky first step for Cavs in repeat quest - NBA
The Cleveland Cavaliers just barely slipped past the Indiana Pacers in game one. This was expected to be a lopsided series.

Dodgers unveil Jackie Robinson statue - ESPN
One of the most legendary players to every play the game of baseball has his own, strikingly accurate statue.

Predators dominate Blackhawks in game two - Second City Hockey
It’s been an ugly series for the Chicago Blackhawks. Now down 2-0 in the series, they have their backs against the wall.

Rudy Gobert injures knee, leaves playoff game - Yahoo Sports
Rudy Gobert is one of the most under-valued players in the NBA...from a national perspective. The Utah Jazz still beat the Los Angeles Clippers in game one, but they’ll be hurting if Gobert is out an extended amount of time.

Leonard, Spurs rout Grizzlies in game one - FOX Sports
If Kawhi Leonard continues to play the way he did last night, the San Antonio Spurs will make quick work of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Demetrious Johnson ties Silva’s title defense record - ESPN
This is one of the most prestigious records in MMA. Well, pretty much any mark that was held by Anderson Silva is one of the most prestigious marks in MMA history.

Microsoft is set to unveil the new Xbox at E3 - PC World