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The Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball season is just around the corner, with this year’s first exhibition game on Sunday against Georgetown College.

As November is just a week away, the 11th month of the year is also National Family Literacy Month. Of course, that normally refers to immediate families and the importance of consistently reading. Kentucky Basketball head coach John Calipari, though, is taking the initiative to embrace reading with his team, too.

Calipari’s 2019-2020 team will read the three books pictured above, as he announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon. Once again, Calipari shows that he isn’t just about basketball but is also focused on growing his relationships with each player he coaches.

Tweet of the Day

After playing a role in the team’s drought-breaking World Series win, David Ross will begin managing the Chicago Cubs to start the 2020 season.

Quickies

Stoops on Saturday’s soggy forecast: ‘It is what it is’ - Kentucky Sports Radio

It’s looking like Kentucky will play in the rain for a second straight week.

Kentucky ranked second in USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll - Kentucky Sports Radio

Once again, coaches view Calipari’s Wildcats to be poised for a big year.

Ranking the 10 best freshmen ready to make an impact - CBS

More big expectations for Tyrese Maxey.

Philadelphia Phillies hire former Yankees manager Joe Girardi as skipper - USA Today

After whiffing on the postseason, Philly looks to the former Yankees’ manager for guidance.

Suns’ Deandre Ayton tests positive for diuretic, gets 25-game ban - ESPN

Last year’s first overall pick is set to miss almost a third of the season.

Astros fire Taubman, apologize for his tirade toward female reporters - USA Today

Houston’s finally making the right decision, but should still have consequences to pay.

Redskins’ Dwayne Haskins steps in for Case Keenum in 2nd half - ESPN

The quarterback carousel continues in Washington.

Patriots trade DE Michael Bennett to Cowboys - ESPN

The former pro-bowler is on the move for the second time in less than a year.