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Monday Quickies: Darian Kinnard Edition

Kentucky football lands a huge recruit and more in today's quickies.

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Mark Stoops has been building solid recruiting classes since he got to Kentucky, but the 2018 class just keeps getting better. Three-star commits are normal, but it's going above and beyond when the Cats get a four-star commit like Darian Kinnard. Kinnard is 6'7", 336 lbs, and chose Kentucky over West Virginia, Penn State and several other schools.

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Joe B. Hall basks in Dwane Casey’s NBA head coaching success | Lexington Herald Leader
When Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was playing guard for Kentucky in the late 1970s, UK head coach Joe B. Hall did not necessarily have the ex-Union County standout pegged as a future NBA head man. "But I had him pegged as future success in whatever he did," Hall said.

John Wall's double-double not enough as Wizards fall to Celtics - ESPN
Wizards point guard John Wall double-doubled on Sunday, tallying 20 points, 16 assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two blocks in a Game 1 loss to the Celtics.

Former UK football star Oliver White back to earn college degree | Lexington Herald Leader
It always bothered former University of Kentucky football player Oliver White that he left school a semester short of getting a degree. More than 30 years later, he’s back at UK as a student. His story bolsters a reform-minded professor’s idea of how the academic component in college athletics can be strengthened.

Kentucky’s Late Rally Secures SEC Road Series Win | UK Wildcats News
Kentucky broke a tie with three runs in the eighth inning and Logan Salow had a career-high 10 strikeouts in relief as the No. 6 Wildcats defeated No. 21 South Carolina.

Kentucky's Ryan Timmons to Bears; Texans tryout for Patrick Towles | Lexington Herald Leader
University of Kentucky wide receiver Ryan Timmons will get his shot at making an NFL roster with the Chicago Bears. Quarterback Patrick Towles, who played at Kentucky for three seasons before finishing up at Boston College as a graduate transfer, will get a tryout with Houston Texans.

Boom Williams signs with Cincinnati Bengals - LCJ
Williams joins former Wildcat J.D. Harmon, who tweeted he would join the Cleveland Browns, as the first players in the team’s 2017 draft class to start their professional careers.

WATCH: Mike Rice says 5-star Kentucky signee Nick Richards is 'scary' - SEC Country
Mike Rice knows college talent when he sees it, and after helping coach 5-star Nick Richards in high school, he says Kentucky is getting "scary" talent.

Tubby Smith takes "realistic" recruiting approach at Memphis | Lexington Herald Leader
More than a year into Coach Tubby Smith’s tenure at Memphis, there are still picture frames leaning against the wall in his office within the athletics department building. He didn’t bother to put them up yet since, by the fall, he’ll be moving into a bigger space at the Tigers’ new practice facility being constructed on South campus.

Three-Run Sixth Gives No. 18 UK Series Win vs. No. 4 Texas A&M | UK Wildcats News
The No. 18 Kentucky softball team got three runs in the first and three in the sixth, which helped propel them to a 7-4 win over the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies and clinch a top-five series win for the first time since 2015.

Harrison delivers world-leading performance at Drake Relays | Lexington Herald-Leader
Keni Harrison cruised to victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays. She won in a world-leading 12.56 seconds despite the cold, rain and wind and a field that featured six other runners ranked in the world’s top 10.

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The Clippers have suffered an early playoff exit...again. What now? Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick are all headed for free agency. This may be the end of LAC's best years, and they weren't nearly as great as they were supposed to be.

Bills owner won't explain why he fired GM - NBC Sports
Terry Pegula shockingly fired Doug Whaley yesterday following the NFL Draft. Was Pegula completely unhappy with Whaley's draft strategy?

Noah Syndergaard suffers injury - ESPN
Syndergaard suffered a lat injury. He declined an MRI after suffering an arm injury earlier, but will now have one after this injury.

Predators beat Blues 3-1 - On The Forecheck
Shockingly, the Nashville Predators are having an outstanding Stanley Cup Playoffs run. After sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks they have a 2-1 series lead on the St. Louis Blues.

Browns got nine players for Wentz, and that's not all - NBC Sports
The Cleveland Browns traded the pick that eventually became Carson Wentz, and thanks to trade picks they've acquired nine players from that trade...and they're not done yet.

Building a video game for 50 Cent sounds like a soul-crushing experience - Polygon
The kid wants helicopters, he gets helicopters.

Bleacher Report wants to become the MTV for sports - Recode
The company is pushing hard into video and sports culture.

New trailers: Marvel's Cloak & Dagger, Kingsman’s sequel, and more - The Verge
Looking for something to watch this week? Check out nine of the newest and hottest trailers.

Foreign openings for 'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2' predict a big box office win next week - Mashable
Across 37 international openings, Guardians 2 has picked up an estimated $101.2 million in ticket sales.