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Friday Quickies: UK Softball vs. Oregon Edition

Kentucky softball begins Super Regional play this evening, and more in today's quickies.

Happy Friday BBN, the UK Softball team is set to begin Super Regional play this weekend. Game 1 of their best-of-three series against the Oregon Ducks begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU this evening.

Game 2 will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, airing on ESPN 2, and game 3 will be back on ESPNU at 3 p.m. on Sunday (if necessary).

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Talk about a loaded class. Hopefully talent will make up for a lack of experience (as Calipari so often makes it do).

Your quickies

A look at UK’s 2017-18 roster with Diallo back in the fold | Lexington Herald Leader
A closer look at the UK basketball roster for the 2017-18 season now that Hamidou Diallo has announced he’s returning to the Wildcats.

Breanne Ray Named Academic All-American | UK Wildcats News
Senior right fielder Breanne Ray was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, it was announced by the organization on Thursday afternoon.

Hamidou Diallo talks the talk in Kentucky return, now has to shoot the shot | Sporting News
Diallo will begin his freshman season as well-prepared as any player in NCAA basketball history. Who else will have had three full months of college practice, workouts and interviews with NBA teams, a possible trip to the FIBA U-19 World Championships and summertime on the UK campus?

Bushamuka Moves Into Round of 16 of NCAA Singles Tournament | UK Wildcats News
Kentucky men’s tennis junior Will Bushamuka advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA singles tournament with a win over No. 23 Gustav Hansson of Ole Miss.

Shocky Jacques-Louis is getting more offers - KSR
Jacques Louis is a wide receiver commit for Kentucky, but he's got offers from many other programs rolling in, including Tennessee, Pitt and Michigan.

Sebastian Dolcine wants to be part of the "Mark Stoops Era" - SEC Country
The 6'5", 295-lb offensive lineman is one of many incoming UK commits from the state of Florida. Eddie Gran's presence in the Sunshine State has been a huge help.

Victor Cruz agrees to one-year contract with Bears -
The Chicago Bears continue to add to their collection of veteran wide receivers. Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has agreed to terms with the team on a one-year deal.

NBA Playoffs -- Welcome to Brad Stevens' after (timeout) party - ESPN
Celtics coach Brad Stevens keeps turning X's into "ohhhs" and has been credited by LeBron James for being unpredictable in his after-timeout plays. But just how much of a difference do his playcalls make? We have a quantifiable answer.

Winners and losers now that the deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft has passed - Yahoo
A look at which programs were hardest hit by draft declarations and which will begin next season in better-than-expected shape.

NCAA releases findings of probe into USF men's basketball | Tampa Bay Times
Former USF men's basketball assistant Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his own home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

What matters and what doesn't during OTA season -
For every late-spring story that matters (Teddy Bridgewater's passes), there's one you can safely disregard (Odell Beckham's attendance). Gregg Rosenthal separates the OTA wheat from the chaff.

There's still no timetable for Steve Kerr's return - Washington Post

The Golden State Warriors are rolling along without the captain of their ship, Steve Kerr, which has to affect them at some point in this playoffs (or maybe not, this team is that good). His health is still a concern, and the Warriors' GM says there's still no timetable for his return to the sideline.

Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer - Recode
Tech was once always in your way. Soon, it will be almost invisible.