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Sunday Quickies: Softball Cats Edition

The Cats' special season came to an unfortunate end Saturday night at Oregon.

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UK had a great season that ended Saturday. Rachel Lawson will have 'em reloaded for another one next year.

RIP Jim Bunning.

Your Quickies

UK loses late lead, eliminated by Oregon in Super Regionals play - SEC Country
Kentucky softball led Oregon for six innings on Saturday evening, but the Ducks struck in the seventh with a blow that proved to be the knockout.

Baseball Hall of Famer and former US Sen. Jim Bunning dies - CNN
Former US Sen. Jim Bunning, the only National Baseball Hall of Fame member ever to serve in Congress, has died at the age of 85. He is also the grandfather of former Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles.

Former UK QB gives touching Instagram post to Jim Bunning - SEC Country
During his career at Kentucky, Towles wore No. 14 in honor of Bunning, wore the number for the majority of his career playing for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies.

Rick Robinson: Remembering Jim Bunning (1931-2017) | The River City News
Jim Bunning’s old Phillies manager Gene Mauch called him two hundred pounds of pride. He was proud that over an eleven-season stretch, he never missed a start. "They wrote down my name and I went to the post," Bunning said.

Cynthiana planning 35-foot tribute to Joe B. Hall this summer | Lexington Herald Leader
The Cynthiana Arts Council has decided to bring back artist Sergio Odeith to make a mural honoring former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall. The mural is not expected to be started until July 20, and it will take three to four days to complete.

Jordan Jones preseason First Team All-SEC by Southern Pigskin - 247
Kentucky junior linebacker Jordan Jones picks up another preseason All-SEC honor.

Stephen Johnson Graces the Cover of Lindy’s SEC Preview | Kentucky Sports Radio
Stephen Johnson is the second Wildcat to make the cover of a college football preview magazine. Benny Snell Jr. is featured on the cover of Athlon’s regional preview.

Kentucky Volleyball Posts Highest Rated Recruiting Class in Program History - UK Wildcats News
The UK volleyball program’s recruiting class was named the No. 5 class by PrepVolleyball, marking the highest ranked recruiting class in program history. Since Craig Skinner’s arrival, the Wildcats have hauled in 11 classes rated in the top 30 of PrepVolleyball’s rankings.

Kentucky Baseball: Nick Mingione makes case for national seed in NCAA Tournament - 247
Kentucky baseball coach Nick Mingione recapped the Cats' NCAA Tournament resume.

Way Too Early 2017-18 Top 25 Rankings Comparisons – D1Vision
The early entry list for the NBA Draft is complete and college rosters are taking their final form. Here is a look at some "Way Too Early Top 25" rankings.

No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again - ABC News
Golden State led the league with 67 wins this season and is a staggering 27-1 in its last 28 games — including a perfect 12-0 in the Western Conference playoffs, the first time a team has gone this deep into an NBA postseason without losing.

Always Dreaming to skip Belmont Stakes - The Washington Post
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will skip the Belmont Stakes next month after finishing eighth in the Preakness.

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs: Move To SEC East "Makes Sense" - The Spun
Could Auburn eventually make the move over to the SEC East? Athletic director Jay Jacobs is open to it...with one significant caveat.

Flight of Passage is an incredible immersive ride through the world of Avatar - The Verge
Theme park attractions don’t normally require real suspension of disbelief. You strap into a vehicle, get swung around a bit, and then you’re off and running to the next line. Not so with this ride.

The first ‘steps’ of this giant mech make a baby giraffe look graceful - Digital Trends
Digital Trends traveled out to Elkhart, Indiana to watch "the world's first exo-bionic racing mech" take its first steps -- and it didn't quite go like they thought it would.

Watch a working concept of a holographic Cortana assistant - The Verge
When Microsoft unveiled its digital assistant in 2014, it looked to the Halo franchise for inspiration, naming its system Cortana, after Master Chief’s AI companion.

Google refuses to hand over salary data to the U.S. government - Recode
The Labor Department has alleged the company is underpaying women.

Tim Tebow’s genuine appeal goes well beyond the playing field | Lexington Herald Leader
Hearing Tim Tebow speak, it’s easy to understand why he continues to command a loyal following of fans years beyond the prime of his football career. The 29-year-old Columbia Fireflies leftfielder, standing 6-foot-3, cuts an impressive, athletic figure and projects a genuine, relatable personality. He claims no professional ambition other than to live in and enjoy the moment and see where it leads.