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Kirk Herbstreit calls UK an SEC sleeper, and more in today’s quickies.

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Kentucky is getting more “sleeper” recognition in the SEC. Kirk Herbstreit selected the Wildcats as his “sleeper” team in the SEC this year, something that Mark Stoops and Co. have been hearing a good deal of this year. Hopefully they do indeed shock a few people in the conference this year.

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Kirk Herbsteit Selects Kentucky as "Sleeper" in the SEC | Kentucky Sports Radio
Entering the 2017 season, Kirk Herbstreit likes what he's seeing from the Kentucky football team. He selected Mark Stoops' Wildcats as his sleeper in the SEC.

Six Wildcats Earn Preseason Coaches All-SEC Honors - UK
Jordan Jones and Denzil Ware were named second-team defense, while C.J. Conrad and Benny Snell Jr. were third-team offense. Mike Edwards was third-team defense and Austin MacGinnis was third-team special teams.

Kentucky takes control of Keldon Johnson's Crystal Ball - Cats Pause
A day after extending an offer to 5-star guard Keldon Johnson, Kentucky is the new perceived leader on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Coach Steve Clinkscale Mic'd Up on the Last Day of Camp | Kentucky Sports Radio
See Kentucky defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale mic'd up at preseason training camp.

First look at Kentucky rookies on NBA 2K18 - Cats Pause
Get a first look at Kentucky's three rookies on the new NBA 2K18 video game.

Five reasons Kentucky football ticket sales are down | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky football season ticket sales are below last year’s total and well below the school’s goal. Here are five explanations for the drop in demand.

Myles Garrett shows winning mentality with approach and attitude
Time and games will tell how good Myles Garrett can be on the field. But the one thing that nobody has questioned is Garrett's approach and attitude. Teammates, coaches, even a Hall of Fame defensive end rave about the way Garrett has impressed them with the way he has worked since joining the Cleveland Browns as the first overall pick in the draft.

2017 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Football Team announced - SEC Sports
Alabama places a league-leading 15 representatives on the 2017 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Team.

Lynch Sits, Carr and Mack Unite During National Anthem
Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem for the second straight preseason game Saturday, while Derek Carr joined a growing list of white NFL players to offer support to African-American teammates by putting his hand on Khalil Mack's shoulder during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Abandoned as an infant, Steelers RB Terrell Watson makes a name for himself
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calls undrafted free-agent running back Terrell Watson“Nightmare,” a playful nod to Watson’s alma mater. Watson attended Division II Azusa Pacific, which became famous a generation ago for producing Christian Okoye, the former Kansas City Chiefs running back who became known as the “Nigerian Nightmare.”

Emmanuel Sanders Involved in Car Accident En Route to Practice
Sanders was involved in a car accident Tuesday when he collided with another driver on his way to practice, according to Erin Powell of 9News. While neither person involved in the accident was seriously hurt, Sanders complained of a headache after the incident.

Giants receiver Odell Beckham could miss season opener due to ankle injury
Odell Beckham Jr.'s ankle injury could potentially keep the New York Giants wide receiver out of the season opener. The Giants open their season on the road on Sept. 10 against the Dallas Cowboys. It's "not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season," according to one source.

Le'Veon Bell Says He'll Return to Steelers on Sept. 1
While there has been concern among fans about Le'Veon Bell's holdout, the Pittsburgh Steelers star confirmed he will be back before the start of the regular season. When asked by a fan when he will "show up," the running back responded on his Twitter account

Rich Hill flirts with perfection and ends up with heartache in Dodgers' 1-0 loss to Pirates - LA Times
The baseball soared into the left-field corner of PNC Park, and Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill hung his head.