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Sunday Quickies: A Special Season Ends Edition

Kentucky’s magical season came to a rough end, but that won’t take away from how special this team was.

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The Kentucky Baseball team’s season ended this weekend after losing to Louisville in the Super Regionals.

While the loss may sting, it won’t even begin to take away from what was a magical season for the Cats. No one expected them to even make the NCAA Tournament, let alone contend for an SEC crown and advance into what’s essentially the Sweet 16.

This was a team more likely to finish at the bottom of the ultra-competitive SEC, but they continued to surprise and shock everyone with a joyous season that came to an end way later than anyone could have hoped for when the year began.

Nick Mingione has Kentucky Baseball’s future looking brighter than it’s ever been. Next season can’t get here soon enough!

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Louisville ends UK baseball season in NCAA super regional | Lexington Herald Leader
Louisville defeated Kentucky on Saturday to win Game 2 of their super regional and advance to the College World Series, ending the Wildcats’ season.

Nick Mingione has changed the program, players have changed his life - SEC Country
Kentucky coach Nick Mingione changed the Wildcats' baseball program, but he said his players changed him for the better as well.

Julius Creates a Classic Commercial with Jimmy Kimmel | KSR
Jimmy Kimmel turned back the clock to the golden age of local advertising with the help of Julius Randle. The former Wildcat does his best to promote the 2004 winner of L.A.’s Best Rocking Chair Store, appropriately named “L.A. Rocking Chair Store.”

Kentucky football's 3 most pressing concerns for 2017 | Lexington Herald Leader
A lot has gone right for Mark Stoops and Kentucky Wildcats football in the past year. To extend the good feelings, UK must find answers in 3 potentially troublesome areas.

2 Kentucky players among 10 invited to attend 2017 NBA Draft - SEC Country
Two of those 10 will be Kentucky products De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. The league office is expected to announce the rest of the invites to the NBA Draft Green Room in the next few days.

Way too early look at the SEC East - KSR
This year will potentially be one of the best for Kentucky when it comes to competing in the SEC. They’re returning a lot of starters and they’re coming off an up year. Here’s what the rest of the conference looks like as well.

Stadium transformation another step towards success for UK baseball - SEC Country
UK has added room for over 1,000 additional spectators to Cliff Hagan Stadium, and that’s both a physical and metaphorical upgrade.

Derek Willis had one regret about his Kentucky career - Cats Pause
He feels he didn’t work as hard as he could’ve. He said he went out after practice and hung out with his friends when he could’ve stayed in the gym, and worked harder and longer

2017 John Calipari Father/Son Camps -
Due to the overwhelming popularity of its annual camps, UK is again splitting the annual John Calipari Father/Son Camp into three separate sessions for 2017. The first session has wrapped up, but the second session will be June 16-17 (Father’s Day weekend) and the third session will be June 30-July 1.

Stoops talks about his brother Bob’s retirement | Kentucky Sports Radio
Mark Stoops didn’t expect to be back with Paul Finebaum so quickly after he was just on during the SEC meetings down in Destin last week. But, when your brother shockingly retires and leaves everyone wondering why, people are going to want to know your thoughts on the matter.

Roundtable: Which team will make the biggest leap in 2017? - NFL Videos
The "Inside Minicamp Live" team discusses which team will make the biggest leap in 2017.

Kentuckian Chris Holtmann taking over Ohio State | Lexington Herald Leader
Butler basketball coach Chris Holtmann was hired to succeed Thad Matta at Ohio State. He graduated from Jessamine County High School in 1990 after helping the Colts reach the boys’ state tournament.

Six teams with a chance to beat the Patriots -
Who can keep the Patriots from perfection? Big Ben has improved support. Eli Manning's done it before. Matt Ryan will want revenge. Conor Orr eyes teams that can stand up to New England in 2017.

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson ready to race after cancer scare |
Johnson put the small scare behind him and is ready to continue his chase in the NASCAR record book. He won his 83rd career Cup race last weekend and moved into a tie with Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the career victories list.

Tiger Woods told Police he was taking Xanax on night of arrest - ESPN
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Is DeAngelo Williams becoming a pro wrestler? -
Williams is taking his talents to the world of professional wrestling next month. The 11-year NFL veteran will be in the ring at Impact Wrestling's Slammiversary XV pay-per-view on July 2 in Orlando.