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Quickies: NBA Draft Week Edition

Five Wildcats await draft night to see if their names are called and more.

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We’re almost to the end of NBA Draft season. The draft will be held on Thursday, meaning we’re in for a final round of tons of mock drafts and big boards.

Kentucky has five players in the draft: Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel.

Knox, Gilgeous-Alexander and Diallo are essentially locks to get drafted, with Knox and Gilgeous-Alexander likely going in the lottery and Diallo likely going early in the second round. Vanderbilt may sneak into the second round based off potential, but Gabriel hasn’t appeared on any mock drafts since announcing his decision.

A Sea of Blue will continue to have coverage of draft projection updates and coverage of each player’s draft spot on Thursday.

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Mexico ride Hirving Lozano goal to stunning World Cup win vs. Germany - ESPN
Hirving Lozano's remarkable rise continued as his first-half goal led Mexico to a stunning 1-0 victory over the defending champions, Germany.

Why Phil Mickelson was not DQ'd from US Open and why other pros disagree - INSIDER
Phil Mickelson committed a bizarre penalty at the US Open when he hit putted a ball again before the first putt had stopped. The USGA cited one rule as having precedence over a second rule that could have DQ'd Mickelson.

Report: Cavaliers have made calls to Spurs about Kawhi Leonard - Yahoo Sports
Cleveland grabbing Leonard from San Antonio is still a long shot.

Adrian Houser of Milwaukee Brewers vomits twice, finishes inning - ESPN
Brewers reliever Adrian Houser, after being recalled earlier in the day, fell victim to what manager Craig Counsell said was too much heat, not enough food and probably a little nerves when he became sick on the mound.