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Tent City reaches max capacity as players and Cal visit fans, and more in today’s quickies.

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Tent City reached max capacity yesterday, setting the cap on free tickets and camping spots. Regardless of whether or not Big Blue Madness is losing its excitement, it’s still maintaining appeal one way or another. The proof is in the people that John Calipari calls “crazy” camped outside for one night of scrimmage basketball.

As is common for Tent City now, players dropped by to surprise fans (and they brought pizzas) and Calipari made a visit as well.

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Calipari pays visit to ‘tent city’ for Big Blue Madness tickets | Lexington Herald Leader
In a radio interview, UK Coach John Calipari suggests young Cats will be a “pressing team.”

With injuries behind him, Kentucky's West ready to tackle new role of leader | Lexington Herald Leader
“Making plays on the field gives me more confidence to be that leader I should be. I’m the type of person, I always like to lead by example, by actions, so that’s something I’ve got to keep working on. So my coaches keep pushing me on that.”

Bears' Trevathan lands vicious hit on defenseless Adams | Kentucky Sports Radio
Danny Trevathan is not a popular man right now after landing a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless Packers receiver in the Thursday night game.

Zion Williamson's family denies any contact with Adidas | Kentucky Sports Radio
There's a report floating around the internet that claims Zion Williamson and Kansas are caught up in this week's college basketball recruiting mess, but the five star recruit's family is denying it.

Kentucky mailbag: Should UK fans worry about FBI investigation into college basketball? - SEC Country
Nothing goes together quite like FBI investigations and hot dog marinades. That's why we decided to pair them together in this week's Kentucky mailbag.

Former Kentucky guard John Wall comments on FBI investigation - SEC Country
The college basketball world is under a microscope from the FBI after allegations of corruption rocked the sport on Tuesday, and that includes Kentucky.

Jared Lorenzen's weight loss journey starts at 502.8 - CatsPause
Kentucky's former quarterback is ready to start a new chapter of his life.

Five Wildcats ranked among Fansided's 25 under 25 - CatsPause
Kentucky has produced some of the brightest stars in the NBA and a large contingent of those former Wildcats are also some of the league's youngest.

CatsIllustrated.com - VIDEO: UK Head Coach Mark Stoops on Final Prep for Eastern Michigan
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops gave his final media comments of the week after Thursday's practice at the JCFTC.

CatsIllustrated.com - Cats crack Tiawan Mullen's top six
Mullen is a 3-star cornerback from Florida. He's ranked the No. 38 CB in the nation by Rivals.

Saturday is Teacher Appreciation Day at Kentucky Football | Nation of Blue
Kentucky football will participate in Extra Yard for Teachers Week by holding Teacher Appreciation Day at the Wildcats’ game vs. Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

Big Blue Madness Campout Update: Capacity Reached, Control Cards Unavailable | Nation of Blue
On the second day of the Big Blue Madness campout, camping space has reached capacity. As a result, no new campers will be able to set up and no control cards for free tickets to the annual event will be issued to those not already camped out.

What we learned: Rodgers, Packers dominate Bears - NFL.com
A strange night in Green Bay, interrupted by a 47-minute lightning delay, ended in a familiar fashion. The Packers' 35-14 victory over the visiting Bears was notable for its total lack of suspense.

Zach Lowe on NBA draft lottery reform and potential ramifications - ESPN
The NBA's new lottery reform takes small steps to curb tanking, but only for some teams, writes Zach Lowe.

Texas holds off Iowa State 17-7 to open Big 12 play | FOX Sports
In the end, neither team looked like they were ready to compete for a Big 12 title on Thursday night — but it was the Longhorns who survived the conference opener.

NBA commissioner expects players to stand during anthem | NBA.com
“It's been a rule as long as I've been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem,” Silver said.

Best of MLB: Giancarlo Stanton homers twice to reach 59 in Marlins' win | CSN Philly
We recap Thursday's top MLB action, including Giancarlo Stanton crushing a pair of home runs to reach 59 for the season in the Marlins' 7-1 win over the Braves.

Yankees and Gray implode as division hopes all but dashed | New York Post
Those who think the Yankees will cruise past the Twins in the AL wild-card game Tuesday night in The Bronx should consider what happened at Yankee Stadium.

Arizona basketball: Wildcats allegedly offered a recruit $150,000 per FBI documents - Arizona Desert Swarm
And Adidas was prepared to up the offer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says She Has Breast Cancer - The New York Times
The actress learned she had the disease one day after winning her sixth consecutive Emmy Award for her role on “Veep.”