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Thursday Quickies: NFL Preseason Games Edition

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Football is back, and more in today’s quickies.

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Football is back! Well, sort of. If you count Deshaun Watson torching second-string defenders and then still losing the game as football, then yes, it’s back. Preseason football is here, and last night the Carolina Panthers defeated the Houston Texans 27-17, with Watson throwing for 179 yards, and running for 24 more and a touchdown. There’s a full slate of games tonight, giving us the first taste of football season, a time of year that’s long overdue.

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That poor security guy had to take a few wounds for the good of the organization. What a team player.

Your quickies

Kentucky Ranked No. 14 in AVCA Preseason Poll | UK Wildcats News
For a program-record sixth-consecutive year, the Kentucky volleyball team will begin the season ranked in the preseason top 25.

Bengals roster breakdown, 90-in-90: Stanley ‘Boom’ Williams - Cincy Jungle
Although he is extremely undersized for an NFL running back, Boom Williams has never let his size stop him from dominating at the position. However, the Bengals have a loaded backfield as it is, making it very unlikely Boom cracks the 53-man roster. His career will likely begin on the Bengals' practice squad or with another team on their 53-man roster.

UK Women’s Soccer Selected for Two National ESPN Telecasts | UK Wildcats News
Kentucky will have a chance to show off the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex to the nation on Thursday, Oct. 12 against the Missouri Tigers.

Practice report: Punters’ averages are improving, UK special teams coach says | Lexington Herald Leader
Both Grant McKinniss and and graduate transfer Matt Panton have been averaging around 42 yards a punt or so in fall camp, special teams coach Dean Hood reports.

Kentucky Volleyball Television Schedule Released | UK Wildcats News
Six Kentucky matches will be shown live on the SEC Network, including four against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams.

SEC Network analyst predicts Kentucky will be a dark horse, win 9 games | Kentucky Sports Radio
A SEC Network analyst predicts that Kentucky will be a dark horse in the SEC East this season, as well as win nine games for the first time since 1983.

Saunders 21st in World Championships LJ Qualifying | UK Wildcats News
Saunders could still compete at the remaining meetings on the European Diamond League circuit in the coming weeks.

11 lessons about butts, as shared by quarterbacks and centers - SBNation.com
Football is a weird sport.

Fantasy Football Draft Guide 2017 - SB Nation
The 2017 SB Nation Fantasy Football draft guide is live! Get all the position rankings, sleepers, busts, rookie rankings and more to dominate your league!

MLB will get a whole new look when teams take the field at the end of August - ESPN
New uniform colors, logos and, most of all, nicknames on jerseys. That's what you'll get when you tune into MLB Players Weekend this August.

Jontay Porter makes it official, will join Missouri this season – CollegeBasketballTalk
Brother of potential No. 1 pick Michael Porter, Jr. reclasses to 2017, and that makes Missouri a whole lot better. The SEC is getting at least a little bit interesting.

Mets trade OF Jay Bruce to Indians for minor-league prospect - NY Daily News
The Mets have traded outfielder Jay Bruce to the Indians, souces confirmed to the Daily News.

Deshaun Watson shows promise in preseason debut – ProFootballTalk
The Texans already have declared Tom Savage the starter for the season opener, but the fourth-year veteran will go into the season looking over his shoulder based on Wednesday night.

Vince Wilfork retired with the Patriots, and Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick had some stories to tell - SBNation.com
We learned a lot about Wilfork during his retirement ceremony.

Tesla plans self-driving truck test in Nevada - Business Insider
Tesla has said it will unveil an electric semi-truck in September, but Reuters is the first to confirm that it could have self-driving technology.