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Stoops Describes the 2016 Season as “Nut-Cuttin’ Time” | Kentucky Sports Radio
This is easily one of the more interesting ways I've heard a coach describe some aspect of football. And I love this urban definition of it.

BOZICH | 3 Reasons Kentucky can finish in SEC East Top 3 - WDRB 41
Kentucky is likely to be picked to finish fifth in the SEC East this season. But here are three reasons the Wildcats can exceed those expectations.

Greg McElroy annihilates Matt Elam for being exceptionally 'lazy' and 'underachieving' - SEC Country
On Tuesday at SEC Media Days, Greg McElroy blasted the team's defensive line and pounced on former 5-star DL recruit Matt Elam.

Mark Stoops, UK players respond to Greg McElroy's criticism of Matt Elam - LCJ
Recruiting services varied widely on Elam’s ratings out of John Hardin High School, but 247Sports ranked him as a five-star recruit before he eventually chose Kentucky over a scholarship offer from Alabama. In three years at UK, Elam has just 42 tackles and one-half tackle for loss.

Curry, Edmond Make 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship - UK Wildcats News
After spending 10 days training with the 16-player U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team, Kentucky volleyball players Gabby Curry and Leah Edmond made the cut for the 12-player squad that will represent the USA in the U20 World Championships in mid-July.

Kentucky Wildcats Football: An early look at the Vanderbilt Commodores - 247
An early look at the Commodores, who Kentucky faces in Nashville in Week 11.

The question surfaces again of whether Calipari should leave UK for NBA - ESPN
There are arguments that John Calipari should never leave Kentucky and return to the NBA. The flip side of that is there are plenty arguments that say, yes, he should give the NBA one more shot and try again, and that now is the time.

Miami freshman guard Lonnie Walker to undergo knee surgery | Miami Herald
Lonnie Walker, one of the most highly-touted recruits in recent UM basketball history, tore the meniscus in his right knee in practice and will undergo surgery. Walker was recruited heavily by UK before he ended up picking Miami.

Told in Tweets: Coach Cal's trip to Egypt - 247
John Calipari made the most of his trip to Egypt.

John Wall isn’t apologizing for trying to recruit Paul George to the Wizards - The Washington Post
The Wizards point guard also said he isn't in a rush to sign an extension. “I'm just chillin'," Wall said recently.

Teammates, coaches talk about the U19 performance of UK target R.J. Barrett -
Canada assistant coach Michael Meeks was a Canadian assistant at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2016 as well. He's been very impressed with how Barrett dealt with everything surrounding Cairo. "He's handled everything like a pro. This is his best summer. He's had to overcome a lot of adversity and I think he dealt with that," Meeks said. "The deeper the pool you put him in, the bigger the muscles he grows and finds a way to keep his head above the water and excel. He's exceptional."

AFC North training camp preview: Key issues, players to watch -
Will Jeremy Hill hold off Joe Mixon? How'll Martavis Bryant look after a one-year ban? Can Myles Garrett live up to the hype? What does Jeremy Maclin bring to Baltimore? Marc Sessler previews training camp across the AFC North.

Anthony Muñoz, an all-time great and the lone HOFer
Only one player who spent the majority of his career in Cincinnati can claim the title Hall of Famer. His name is Anthony Muñoz. Not only did he play left tackle on two Super Bowl teams, he's arguably the greatest left tackle ever.

Making sense of Jabrill Peppers’ contract status - Dawgs By Nature
The Cleveland Browns’ second of three first-round draft picks, Jabrill Peppers, still has yet to sign his rookie contract. So, what’s going on and why? And what might it take to cool the impasse?

Welcome to NFL hype week -
NFL fans need something to get excited about in July. SBNation is here to help.

Cincinnati Bengals' George Iloka spoofs R. Kelly in marriage proposal -ESPN
Bengals safety, and true romantic, George Iloka popped the question to his girlfriend by remaking a sweet R&B song. It was music to her ears.

Butch Jones has done a good job at Tennessee, despite how easy he is to joke about -
He’s turned the Vols around on the field but has not connected with fans. And jokes about the Champions of Life belt will continue in this space at full throttle.

5 teams who will make NFL playoffs after missing out last year - CBS
Chargers, Panthers headline teams capable of making the jump to playoffs in 2017.

Is Jamal Smashburg a slam dunk? Tipton & Clay find out | Lexington Herald Leader
LexGo Eat invited celebrity tasters to sample special burgers for Lexington Burger Week, beginning with Campus Pub’s “Jamal Smashburg,” named for former UK Wildcat Jamal Mashburn. Watch for more celebrity videos on’s Facebook page later this week.