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Friday Quickies: Graduation Weekend Edition

Kentucky gets ready for graduation, and more in today's quickies.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

As we get into the month of May, the spring semester is coming to an end. This means that it's time for graduation for many students across the country, including Kentucky. 75 current and former Wildcat athletes will be receiving their bachelor's degrees this weekend.

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75 Wildcats Set to Graduate | UK Wildcats News

A total of 75 current and former University of Kentucky student-athletes will receive bachelor’s degrees in May Commencement ceremonies Friday and Sunday at Rupp Arena.

See which UK athletes will be graduating this weekend | Lexington Herald Leader
A total of 75 current and former University of Kentucky athletes will receive bachelor’s degrees in commencement ceremonies Friday and Sunday in Rupp Arena.

On verge of national seed, first-year coach Nick Mingione leading Kentucky Baseball to new heights - 247
Under first-year coach Nick Mingione, Kentucky baseball is in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history. Is Omaha in the Cats' sights?

UK baseball’s historic season now includes message on outfield wall | Lexington Herald Leader
The re-branding of Kentucky’s suddenly can-do baseball program now includes a message on a previously blank wall in right field. The message — "We are UK" — includes a nod to all former lettermen and season-ticket holders in recent seasons. Fans can see the wall during this weekend’s series against Georgia.

Cats extend new opportunities to RB & TE - 247
Kentucky extends new offers to prospects across three classes.

Kentucky Derby contender Irish War Cry is all about New Jersey | Lexington Herald Leader
Irish War Cry won the Wood Memorial. He’s one of the top contenders for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The race his connections really want to win, however, is held in New Jersey.

Billy Hamilton of Reds says he's willing to race Bengals rookie WR John Ross - ESPN
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton says he's willing to race Bengals rookie John Ross, who set the record for fastest 40 time at the NFL combine.

The back story on Coach K and Duke poaching a recruit from EKU | Lexington Herald Leader
Dan McHale has lofty aspirations for his college basketball coaching career. So the Eastern Kentucky University head man has long envisioned the day when he would be battling regal Duke for high school prospects. He did not think that moment would come this week, however, only months after his second season at EKU ended. But it did.

New KU forward Jack Whitman a ‘hidden talent,’ says teammate at William & Mary | The Kansas City Star
Jack Whitman, who announced plans to transfer to Kansas on Tuesday, is a Lexington, Ky., native intent on making an impact in his one season at KU. He averaged 10.3 points and 5.4 boards a game this past season at William & Mary. He’ll be immediately eligible as a grad transfer.

NFL players as Star Wars characters |
Take a look at some connections between the NFL and Star Wars universe.

Handicapping the 2017 Kentucky Derby: Who to bet, who to avoid | Lexington Herald Leader
A horse-by-horse look at this year’s Kentucky Derby, with an outlook for each of the 20 contenders in Saturday’s field.

Things you could buy other than Lonzo Ball's $495 shoes - NBC Sports
Front row Dave Chappelle tickets, everything on Taco Bell's menu or even a flight from New York to Amsterdam. The possibilities are endless when you have $495 and you aren't looking to buy the new Lonzo Ball shoe.

Celtics and Wizards scrap it out - FOX Sports
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards game last night got a bit out of control when Kelly Olynyk and Kelly Oubre Jr. got into a scuffle that brought teammates off their respective benches.

Apple plans to spend $1 billion to support advanced manufacturing jobs in America - The Washington Post