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Wednesday Quickies: New Ventures for Ex-Cats Edition

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Some former Cats are taking on new ventures in life.

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Hollywood heavyweights get behind ‘Jared Lorenzen Project’ | Lexington Herald Leader
When he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008, former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen was listed at 6-4, 285 pounds. He wouldn’t step on a scale again for eight years. When he finally did, the digital readout climbed to 502.8 pounds. Lorenzen got back on the scale last year for “The Jared Lorenzen Project,” which will be a video documentary of his attempt to take control of his health and inspire others to do the same.

Former UK basketball players play tennis | Lexington Herald Leader
Former Kentucky basketball players Cameron Mills, Rex Chapman and Kyle Macy took part in an exhibition doubles match during the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships at Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Court on Monday.

50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018 | The Big Lead
The Top 50 College Basketball Players for 2017-2018, which included Kevin Knox as the eighth best player entering the 2017-18 season.

Nothing Keeping Stoops, Cats from Staying the Course | UK Wildcats News
UK returns 17 starters from a 2016 team that reached the program’s first bowl since 2010 and lost only 14 seniors plus early NFL Draft entrant Boom Williams. The Wildcat returners include quarterback Stephen Johnson, 1,000-yard rusher Benny Snell, the bulk of a bruising offensive line, and defensive standouts Jordan Jones and Mike Edwards.

Anybody else having trouble making themselves say ‘Kroger Field?’ | Lexington Herald Leader
The University of Kentucky renaming Commonwealth Stadium as Kroger Field for 2017 in a corporate naming rights deal has created an unexpected wistfulness for the old name.

Kentucky Wildcats Football: JUCO transfer Phil Hoskins ready to make instant impact on D-Line - 247
The JUCO transfer is focused on making an immediate impact on the Cats' defensive line. This is big news for the Cats, figuratively and literally.

Ex-UK basketball player awarded more than $1 million in suit | Lexington Herald Leader
A judge has ruled that Leon A. Smith, former director of men’s basketball operations for the University of Kentucky, must pay more than $1 million in punitive damages for defrauding and stealing money from former UK basketball player Josh Harrellson. Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine’s Monday ruling on punitive damages — $1,025,308.14 — is six times the amount of compensatory damages — $170,884.69 — she ruled that Smith also must pay Harrellson.

Artie Burns Says Driving with Suspended License Was 'Misunderstanding'
Steelers cornerback Artie Burns told's Jeremy Fowler his June arrest for driving with a suspended license was a "misunderstanding." According to Fowler, Burns said "he was still in the process of switching his paperwork and insurance to Pennsylvania.

Chris Simms' Top Training Camp Storylines That Could Shape 2017 Season
While the casual NFL fan might not pay a ton of attention to training camp season, it is one of the most important times of the football year. Simms can tell you as a former player that the foundations laid during training camp and in the preseason have a monumental impact on the rest of the season.

Mike Williams Expected to Miss Chargers Training Camp with Back Injury
Williams was placed on the physically unable to perform list, the Chargers announced Saturday. Per a news release from the team provided by Schefter, Williams "saw [Chargers] doctors yesterday and will continue to progress on Dr. Robert Wilkins' plan.

Kaepernick won’t demonstrate at all during 2017 season
In March, as free agency approached, a report emerged that Colin Kaepernick would stand for the national anthem in 2017. More than four months later, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Kaepernick’s position hasn’t changed.

Answering biggest questions for every NFL team entering 2017 training camp
How will playing on a one-year deal affect Washington QB Kirk Cousins? Should the Colts count on Andrew Luck to start Week 1? What is Le'Veon Bell's plan for the Steelers' preseason?

Season two of CNBC's 'Adventure Capitalists' premieres October 10 at 10p ET/PT
CNBC has renewed its original series, "Adventure Capitalists," for a sophomore season. The new six-episode season welcomes new investor, American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, Shawn Johnson East.

Senquez Golson carted off the field at Steelers practice
In what has become a familiar but discouraging sight, Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson was carted from the field on the first day of practice in pads — just as he was a year ago. Coach Mike Tomlin did not specify what happened to Golson.

Browns WR Kenny Britt on DeShone Kizer: 'He's going to be one of the great ones'
Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt has already played with 10 starting quarterbacks in his nine-year career, so when he predicts big things for rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, it carries a lot of weight.

Colin Kaepernick Had Direct Talks with Ravens, Team 'Weighing Decision'
Baltimore Ravens president Richard W. Cass said the team spoke with Colin Kaepernick and is "weighing" whether to sign the free-agent quarterback. Kaepernick remains unsigned after he voided his contract with the 49ers in March.

NFL training camp winners and losers: Bad news engulfs Ravens -
Gregg Rosenthal provides everything you need to know about the first wave of training camp practices. Malik McDowell was injured in an ATV accident, and it's a troubling sign that coach Pete Carroll wouldn't rule out McDowell missing the entire season.

NCAA rules mean a UCF player's ineligible because of YouTube. That's as dumb as it sounds -
And nobody is better off for it. De La Haye, a rising junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., had worked as a kickoff specialist for the Knights for the previous two seasons. The NCAA forced him to decide between making money off his name or continuing to kick off.