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BBN helps raise over $1 million for charity and more in today’s quickies.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Midnight Madness Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

It was a busy weekend for Big Blue Nation. With Calipari’s fantasy camp, the Kentucky Legends Game and the UK Almuni Charity Game, the BBN had a lot to take part in. This weekend generated over $1 million for charity, and great times were had by all.

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Kentucky football must improve run defense to have big season | Lexington Herald Leader
The University of Kentucky football team’s run defense in 2016 was its worst since 1994. Head coach Mark Stoops says that must improve. Defensive coordinator Matt House agrees.

Golden Goal nets Cats three points - UK Athletics
Senior forward Tanya Samarzich scored her third goal of the weekend in the 102nd minute of double overtime to rescue a deserved three points for the Wildcats as Kentucky outlasted the Wyoming Cowgirls, 2-1.

Five UK football players you know, and five you will know, by end of season | Lexington Herald Leader
A look at 10 University of Kentucky football players who beat writer Jen Smith thinks could be key impact players this season.

Towns says 2017-18 Wildcats will be 'very high-flying' - CatsPause
John Calipari's 2016-17 squad was his fastest Kentucky team yet. Karl-Anthony Towns expects more of the same this season.

What to look for and expect from the Cats this season | Lexington Herald Leader
A second season under the offensive system of Eddie Gran and the return of playmakers such as quarterback Stephen Johnson, running back Benny Snell, tight end C.J. Conrad and wide receiver Garrett Johnson give Kentucky’s offense a load of confidence going into the season opener.

Darius Miller’s role in New Orleans just got EXTREMELY important | Kentucky Sports Radio
With Solomon Hill out for the season, New Orleans will have to rely on former Kentucky star Darius Miller on the wing.

ESPN's Seth Greenberg watches UK open practice - Cats Pause
An ESPN college basketball analyst watched Kentucky in open practice on Sunday.

CatsIllustrated.com - Spotlight on Kentucky's defensive line as game week arrives
With a new defensive coordinator and a new defensive line coach, things are not what they used to be on the defensive line for Kentucky (and that's probably a good thing)

Five reasons to worry, five reasons to cheer as Kentucky football season opener looms | Lexington Herald Leader
What are some reasons to be optimistic going into Kentucky’s 2017 season? And what are some reasons to fret?

Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum Reported Cavs Targets to Complete Kyrie Irving Trade | Bleacher Report
The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly eyeing Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum as potential additions to complete the trade sending Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.

Bears’ Cameron Meredith is latest player to go down with a knee injury this weekend - The Washington Post
There's some good news about the Cowboys' Anthony Hitchens and not so much for Julian Edelman, Spencer Ware and, most likely, Cameron Meredith.

Rookie DeShone Kizer named Cleveland Browns' starting QB - USA Today
The Browns will roll with the 21-year-old from Notre Dame as their starting QB.

What we learned from Sunday's preseason games - NFL.com
Mike Glennon held off the Mitchell Trubisky hype train, at least for one more week, with a strong performance against the Titans. What else did we learn Sunday?

Pick or pass? A cheat sheet for your fantasy football draft day - ESPN
Our panel of fantasy football analysts offers up its choices for breakouts to grab, overvalued players to avoid and more on fantasy football draft day.

Floyd Mayweather is 50-0, but even he can't defeat Father Time - ESPN
Floyd Mayweather might have won the fight against Conor McGregor to push his career record to 50-0, but he clearly wasn't the same fighter. McGregor's success and Father Time's undefeated record reveal this is a good time for Mayweather to retire.

14 moments that defined the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight - SBNation.com
From the TKO to the memes, everything you really need to know.