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Monday Quickies: Happy New Year Edition

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We head into the new year and more in today’s quickies.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning folks, in case you haven’t noticed, it’s Jan. 1. 2018 is here, as Kentucky basketball has just begun conference play and the football team has concluded a good (but not very good) football season.

We’re hoping you have a great 2018 and we’re hoping Kentucky does too.

Tweets of the day

The poor, poor 0-16 Browns.

Your quickies

Mark Fox sums up Kentucky's win over Louisville perfectly | Kentucky Sports Radio
Don't tell Georgia coach Mark Fox his team was catching Kentucky after an emotional win over Louisville; Jerry Tipton did just that which prompted this awesome...

UK Hoops falls to No. 7 Tennessee after Wildcats “couldn’t come back” from early deficit | Kentucky Sports Radio
The women's basketball team is not leaving 2017 on a high note. The Wildcats were defeated by the No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers 63-49 in...

Calipari wants PJ Washington to emulate NBA star Draymond Green - SEC Country
Against rival Louisville, PJ Washington brought the energy and effort Kentucky coach John Calipari wants. Cal thinks he should emulate Draymond Green.

Kentucky Georgia basketball game recap | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky’s performances continued to be anything but consistent. Despite poor shooting, Kentucky used poise in a possession-by-possession game to outlast Georgia in the SEC opener.

Five Q’s UK football must answer for successful 2018 | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky closed the book on 2017 in Friday’s Music City Bowl loss to Northwestern. Now it’s time to see what’s ahead in the coming year.

WATCH || Kentucky hosed on worst charge call of the year - Cats' Pause
What a horrific call.

The Kentucky Cheerleaders Accidentally Hit Mark Fox with Giant UK Flag | Nation of Blue
Fox was not pleased.

Gilgeous-Alexander, UK Smiling After 90-61 Win | University of Kentucky | Official Athletic Site
Gilgeous-Alexander put together the best performance of his young career Friday in leading the Wildcats to a 90-61 demolition of in-state rival Louisville at Rupp Arena.

Bills, Titans, Falcons make way into playoffs with wins | FOX Sports
The Buffalo Bills are in the NFL playoffs. No, we're not kidding.

NFL Black Monday: Coaches Del Rio, Pagano Fired |
We're tracking who's gone, who's staying, and the top candidates for openings as the NFL coaching carousel starts to spin

With playoffs set, so are top 20 teams in 2018 NFL Draft – ProFootballTalk
For 20 NFL teams, the push for the playoffs — next year's playoffs — starts tonight. And while it's little solace for the teams that didn't make the postseason, most of them at least know when they'll be picking in the 2018 NFL Draft.

2017 NFL playoffs preview - Schedule, bracket, paths to Super Bowl LII, matchup possibilities - ESPN
The field is set, and the league's best 12 teams are in. Here's your guide to everything you need to know about the race to Super Bowl LII, from schedules to reasons for hope -- and concern.

Bears figure to go on the offensive in coaching search - Chicago Tribune
John Fox’s expiration date has been easy to read really since the draft, when it was clear the Bears were acquiring talent for the long haul at the same time the coach was entering a win-or-else campaign.

Marvin Lewis says his future as Cincinnati Bengals coach is 'complicated' - ESPN
Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis' contract is expiring, and he and Bengals owner Mike Brown will talk Monday. Lewis was emotional about beating his former team, but players said he didn't do anything out of the ordinary after the season finale.

Harden leaves with injury, but Rockets beat Lakers in double overtime – LA Times
James Harden leaves with injury, but Rockets beat Lakers in double overtime, 148-142.

Houston Texans GM Rick Smith taking leave of absence -
The end to Houston's season comes with some serious news. Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking a leave of absence to tend to his wife, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.