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Friday Quickies: Reid Travis Watch Edition

More good vibes for UK with Reid Travis. What would he bring to the table if he does end up in Lexington?

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Your Quickies

Will Reid Travis be willing to “buy in” at Kentucky? – Vaughts Views
Travis to Kentucky has been a hot rumor for over a month, and Larry Vaught has another encouraging update on that subject. Former Wildcat great Mike Pratt also weighs in on how Travis would fit in at UK.

Pac-12 Coaches Discuss Reid Travis | Kentucky Sports Radio
Reid Travis is the most coveted transfer in all of college basketball and is seemingly down to Kentucky and Villanova. So what impact can he have at one of those two powers? Pac-12 coaches weighed in.

After sitting out last season, Jemarl Baker looks forward to helping Kentucky win | Lexington Herald Leader
A knee injury from high school sidelined Jemarl Baker for the entire 2017-18 season and made him something of a mystery man. Now, he speaks confidently of showing what he can do for Kentucky next season.“I feel like I’m new and a veteran at the same time,” he said. “I feel old, but I feel like a new player because I haven’t played yet.”

Kentucky Basketball | Veterans breakdown new UK freshmen Courier-Journal
How have the new UK basketball players performed in summer pickup games? his new school. Kentucky’s other newcomers are already on campus though. The Wildcats’ four returning scholarship players – Jemarl Baker, Quade Green, Nick Richards and PJ Washington – met with the media Thursday. What do they think of freshmen Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and EJ Montgomery?

For Kentucky's Mark Stoops, 2018 feels like a pivot point | Lexington Herald Leader
After a run of discouraging, off-the-field news, Kentucky Wildcats football coach Mark Stoops needs his 2018 team with 17 returning starters to perform well enough to flip the narrative of the program. To re-energize the UK fan base, Stoops needs to produce some kind of breakthrough.

Josh Allen: Kentucky LB on NFL draft buzz, Bills QB of same name |
When you’re an All-SEC linebacker but have the same name as a QB that goes top 10 in the NFL draft, even friends can get confused. A potential first-rounder in his own right, Kentucky’s Josh Allen takes it all in stride.

Redshirts now allowed to play in four games. Here's what that could mean for UK football. | Lexington Herald Leader
"I think it’s a win-win for all concerned,” Stoops told the Herald-Leader through a team spokesman. “There’s no question it would help the team and it helps the young man. It would help keep the individual engaged throughout the season if there is a chance to play."

In-state star KyKy Tandy says Louisville has backed off his recruitment.
There has been buzz recently that UK has backed off KyKy tandy for a variety of reasons. Now, Louisville has done the same, which is a pretty good indicator that he's probably not playing in the Bluegrass in college.

Five-star recruits are buying what Penny Hardaway is selling | Lexington Herald Leader
Penny Hardaway has seven commitments for next season's Memphis basketball team, another for the class of 2019, and he's casting a wide net for five-star targets. He might actually land some, and perhaps James Wiseman, in the next recruiting cycle.

Carson Wentz facing one more hurdle in return
Head coach Doug Pederson said this week that everyone on the Eagles still views it as Carson Wentz‘s team, but that Nick Foles remains the starting quarterback as they put a wrap on their offseason program.

World Cup 2018 flowchart helps you pick your favorite country
The United States failed to qualify for the world's biggest sports party. But hey, if you need a team to root for at this summer's World Cup, here is a handy flowchart to make it easy to pick.

Antonio Gates, Chargers Have Discussed Reunion After Hunter Henry Injury
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco confirmed Wednesday that the club has reached out to free-agent tight end Antonio Gates after Hunter Henry suffered a season-ending ACL tear last month.

Cowboys’ Zack Martin Signs 6-Year Contract with Record Guaranteed Money
The Cowboys have locked down offensive guard Zack Martin by signing him to a six-year contract extension that makes him the highest-paid guard in NFL history, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The six-year contract is worth $84 million and $40 million guaranteed.

Hazard vs. St. Xavier state baseball tournament game preview | Lexington Herald Leader
The Bulldogs, in the midst of their seventh state-tournament appearance, will face No. 1 St. Xavier in the semifinals of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament on Friday. No. 4 McCracken County and No. 10 Highlands will square off in Friday's second semifinal.