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Monday Quickies: Bronze Medal Edition

Cal’s USA team takes home bronze and more in today’s quickies.


Good morning BBN. I’m never one for moral victories...but Cal’s USA Team sure looked too good to be the Bronze Medal team in their blowout win over Spain. They were on the money from deep early, and shot extremely efficiently all game to at least salvage a medal after falling to Canada in the semifinal. Now let’s hope the Cats on the team can return home and have a successful season.

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USA wallops Spain to win bronze medal -
The Americans hit five of their first eight 3-point attempts in the first quarter and led 25-8 after the opening 10 minutes. USA never looked back from there, shooting 53.6 percent from the field and an impressive 63.2 percent from 3-point range.

UK football giving fans some summer reasons to believe | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky football has some momentum. Seventeen starters return. Recruiting is going well. Things are looking up. The once-skeptical fan base seems to agree. The optimism is shared by the prognosticators.

Calipari takes blame for Canada loss: 'It's on me' - 247
After leading the USA to a win over Spain in the bronze medal game Sunday, USA coach John Calipari took blame for Saturday's semifinal loss to Canada saying, 'it's on me.'

Top 5 Moments from Coach Cal Team USA Press Conference | Kentucky Sports Radio
Even though, for the FIBA U19 Tournament, Coach Calipari was the head of the USA Team he let us know he never takes off his UK coaching hat. “I approached this just, so you know, like I was coaching my Kentucky team,” saying that he coaches each player individually, so they know the game is about them.

Why Calipari isn't solely to blame for the U.S.'s failure to win U-19 gold - Yahoo Sports
There's a reason the U.S. has only won first place three of the last nine times at the U-19 World Cup. It's the toughest age group for the Americans to win.

SEC pre-media day poll - SEC Country
With SEC Media Days here, SEC Country did a little media poll. They have Kentucky tied for third in the SEC East with Tennessee.

J.J. Watt, Von Miller among top pass rushers I've scouted -
Watt. Ware. Peppers. Bucky Brooks has seen some of the NFL's greatest pass rushers during his nearly two decades in scouting. See how he ranks the top 10 he's evaluated.

Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin pulls name out of Knicks' front office search - ESPN
Former Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin has pulled his name out of the New York Knicks' front-office search because he and the Knicks couldn't agree on a role, a source said.

Pacers and Raptors swap Miles for Joseph - FOX Sports
The Indiana Pacers are moving C.J. Miles to the Toronto Raptors, receiving Cory Joseph in exchange.

Streaking Dodgers win sixth in a row - FOX Sports
Clayton Kershaw rolled through the Kansas City Royals to help the Los Angeles Dodgers pick up a 5-2 win, their sixth straight.

What football will look like in the future - SB Nation
I don’t even know how to explain this...but it’s another gem from Jon Bois, so stick through it.