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Thursday Quickies: Wildcats vs Ducks Edition

Kentucky softball takes on Oregon in the Super Regional and more.

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Kentucky softball is set to take on the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA Super Regional. Kentucky won all three of its regional games by way of run rule to get this far, and the Wildcats now have a chance to get redemption for last year’s loss to Oregon in the super regional round. The Ducks swept last year’s series.

First pitch is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET in Eugene, Oregon, and will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

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Your quickies

5-star point guard Ashton Hagans says, 'Tell them I'm coming' - SEC Country
COMING SOON: No. 1 point guard Ashton Hagans is very close to finishing up the extra course work that will get him to Kentucky not with his 2019 class but this fall. He worked out with 2018 signee EJ Montgomery on Tuesday and updated SEC Country on the process. - Getting to Know: Jerquavion Mahone
Jerquavion Mahone was a relatively late addition to Kentucky's 2018 recruiting class and before his pledge not a lot was known about him in recruiting circles. - One of the Midwest's top young phenoms calls Kentucky "amazing"
Is the 5-foot-11, 193-pound athlete one of the next big targets on Steven Clinkscale's radar up in Michigan? The state has been kind to Kentucky recently, as a new and fertile recruiting territory.

"Mr. College Football" believes Kentucky will only Win Two SEC Games | Kentucky Sports Radio
He calls himself Mr. College Football, but he can't remember Terry Wilson's name.

Six Wildcats Named Preseason All-SEC by Athlon | Kentucky Sports Radio
The Cats get some respect in Athlon's preseason all-conference team.

UFTF Set for NCAA East Preliminary Championships - University of Kentucky
The name of the game this weekend for Kentucky track and field will be qualifying on to Eugene, Oregon. The Wildcats will begin NCAA Championships competition at that East Preliminary Championships hosted by the University of South Florida running Thursday through Saturday

Jets chairman Christopher Johnson backs players’ right to protest | Newsday
Christopher Johnson says his Jets players can take a knee or perform another type of protest without fear of repercussion from the team.

Brian Dozier hit a ball that got stuck at the very top of the outfield wall ... inches from a homer |
It's always disappointing when we come up short of our goals, but it's somehow even more disappointing when we miss them by narrow margins.

Nashville named host city NFL Draft 2019: April 25-27 Draft Dates - The Tennessean
The NFL Draft is officially coming to Nashville in April 2019. The league announced Wednesday that Music City was going to host the draft.

Gegard Mousasi looking to end title chase at Bellator 200 - MMA Fighting
A champion in multiple organizations, Gegard Mousasi looks to begin a new reign when he fights Rafael Carvalho on Friday in London, England.

N.J. may launch lawsuit against NFL, MLB and other leagues that fought sports betting |
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney told NJ Advance Media he's exploring a lawsuit against the leagues that fought Jersey in court over sports betting.

How Nick Foles can reportedly earn up to $500K per game | NBC Sports Philadelphia
We knew Nick Foles could earn a lot of money in incentives with his restructured contract. Now we know how.

NCAA Softball Tournament: Kentucky-Oregon preview | Lexington Herald Leader
Kentucky opens a best-of-three series Thursday, May 24, in the super-regional round of the NCAA Softball Tournament at Eugene, Ore.

No. 16 Kentucky Travels West For Super Regional at No. 1 Oregon - UK Athletics
Oregon leads the all-time series with Kentucky 4-2 and has won three-straight over the Wildcats dating back to 2016. The last time that Kentucky beat Oregon was in 2016 when Abbey Cheek hit a grand slam and the Wildcats held on for an 8-6 win over the Ducks in Tempe, Arizona at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic.

Kentucky Sports Mailbag: Mark Stoops' deepest UK regret? | Lexington Herald Leader
In this week's Kentucky Sports Mailbag, a UK fan wonders if he has identified Mark Stoops' greatest regret as Kentucky Wildcats football coach. Also: A Louisville fan questions whether UK athletics is really superior to U of L? Also some old-school Kentucky Colonels questions

UK basketball: 5-stars EJ Montgomery, Ashton Hagans work out together - SEC Country
EJ Montgomery, a top-10 recruit in 2018, and Ashton Hagans, the No. 1 point guard in 2019, are working out together in Georgia. A sneak peek of their pairing at Kentucky?

NFL owners approve national anthem policy for 2018 -
The NFL will enact a national anthem policy for 2018 that requires players on the sideline to stand but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they don't want to stand.

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals can overcome Washington D.C. sports misery -
It’s been two decades since a D.C. team has gotten this far. Now the Capitals can make even more history.

NFL's national anthem policy leaves room for more controversy -
Perhaps the most interesting -- and potentially problematic -- parts of the NFL's new national anthem policy are the portions that haven't even been written yet. Judy Battista explains why this controversy isn't likely to ebb any time soon.