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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: USA Vs. Mali Edition

U19 on to single elimination, Stoops adds another four star, Patterson in OKC, and More!

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Hopefully all of you are still among the living after a four day weekend party bender. There was a lot to celebrate this Fourth of July Weekend, including many Kentucky Wildcats balling on the court.

We will start with the USA U19 Team as they continue to roll in Cairo. Yesterday they took care of Italy 98-65. PJ Washington scored 20 points as Kentucky won their group and advanced to the single elimination round. They will face last place Group C last place team Mali at 9:30 AM.

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I wouldn’t say Cal held Bam back, but maybe it was a case of him not playing his true position at UK. Bam has been the story of the Summer League and is making the case that he was taken too low at #14 in the draft.


ICYMI- UK lands Xavier Peters | KSR- Mark Stoops had a big Fourth of July weekend as he landed two football recruits, the latest being four star linebacker Xavier Peters from Ohio.

All-Opening Team: 35 elite recruits from college football’s showcase -
The country’s best college football recruits gathered in one place. Among the players to stand out were some UK recruits, including Jarren Williams and Xavier Peters.

Final Ranking of the Elite 11 Quarterbacks Gallery Slides - 247
UK’s Jarren Williams was the fifth-best quarterback at The Opening.

UK Football: Appreciating Stephen Johnson | Big Blue Banter
Stephen Johnson was a pleasant surprise in 2016. Let's appreciate his calm, collected, killer mentality by looking back on his game-by-game performances.

Remember Rick Pitino’s 1996 reunion complaint? Kentucky now has a solution. | Lexington Herald Leader
UK announced Wednesday it has formed a reunion committee to honor elite teams from its past, and named the first 14 teams that will be honored.

Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox discusses first practice | The Sacramento Bee
Kings rookie point guard De'Aaron Fox discusses his first practice as a pro Monday. He was the Kings' top pick in last month's NBA draft, going No. 5.

Kentucky Football: An early look at the Tennessee Volunteers - 247
An early look at the Volunteers, Kentucky's Week 9 opponent.

Patrick Patterson to OKC | LHL- The former Kentucky player was a free agent and his stint in Toronto is over as he gets a fresh start in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and former Cat Enes Kanter. The West continues to load up.

The Celtics sign Gordon Hayward | ESPN- The Celtics are making their case as the favorites in the East heading into next season with the massive signing of former Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward.

Cuonzo Martin already sold on Michael Porter, Jr. | CBS- The new Missouri head coach isn’t shy about bragging on his star player. He said that Porter will be the number one draft pick and he gave him a new nickname: WTF.

CBS way too early 2018 mock draft | CBS- Hamidou Diallo is the first projected Cat taken at #11 followed by Kevin Knox at #13, Nick Richards at #19, and Jarred Vanderbilt at #22.

What are the Kentucky Derby horses up to this summer? | Lexington Herald Leader
The Triple Crown is over. The Travers Stakes is two months away. So what have the Kentucky Derby horses been doing and where are they going?

Sammy Watkins of Buffalo Bills hopes for bigger paydays in wake of mammoth NBA contracts - ESPN
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins is promoting for him and fellow NFL players to get paid like NBA stars.

Sceats-Basil wins Bluegrass 10,000 on her first try | Lexington Herald Leader
Rochelle Sceats-Basil just happened to be in town the week of the Bluegrass 10k and ended up as the first female to the finish.

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat formally part ways - ESPN
Chris Bosh's time with the Heat is over, as Miami has waived the former All-Star more than a year after he last played in an NBA game.

Legal betting on NASCAR come to Kentucky Speedway? | Lexington Herald Leader
In October, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on legalizing sports wagering in New Jersey. Could it lead to pari-mutuel wagering on NASCAR races at Kentucky Speedway?

Top 100 Albums of the 1980s | Rolling Stone- ALL THE AWESOMENESS.

J.R.R Tolkien Estate settles suit with Warner Bros. | Variety- The Estate of the legendary author claimed Warner Bros. never had the rights to licence the characters for videogames and the like.