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Richards suffered an lower-leg injury during Sunday’s exhibition game. How bad it is remains to be seen.

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Though there were many bright spots for the Kentucky Wildcats during their season-opening exhibition game against Georgetown College on Sunday, one downside from the action was big man Nick Richards rolling his ankle and failing to return to the game.

In his third year with the Wildcats, Richards is expected to take on an even larger role in terms of defending the rim. Kentucky is relatively deep in the backcourt but lacks depth at the center position and most certainly when it comes to defending the rim.

There’s hope that Richards’ bum ankle won’t keep him out long, but only time will tell how long Kentucky’s veteran big man will be sidelined.

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Former Murray State Racer Ja Morant showed up Kyrie Irving, one of The Association’s best guards, on Sunday as his Memphis Grizzlies topped the Brooklyn Nets in overtime.

Quickies

Saturday was only the beginning for Kentucky’s young defense - Kentucky Sports Radio

Like last season, Kentucky’s defense could hold an elite form as early as next fall.

Sources: Adidas in Talks to Buy Out Wall’s Endorsement - ESPN

Could the Washington Wizards star actually be bought out by the shoe company?

Mark Stoops passes Rich Brooks for fifth on Kentucky wins list - CatsPause

With the win vs. Missouri, Stoops became just the fifth coach in school history to win 40 games and passed Brooks for fifth place on the UK all-time list.

Rivals.com analyst thinks UK target Isaiah Jackson is under-ranked.

Jackson is closing in on a decision with Kentucky battling Alabama for the first-star big man.

Lakers Not Ruling Out Cousins To Return For Playoffs - ESPN

Boogie could be back sooner than next season, though the odds are stacked against him.

LSU up to No. 2 behind Alabama in Amway Coaches poll - USA Today

With a win over Auburn, LSU looks more and more like a legitimate title contender.

Houston’s Watt Out for Season - ESPN

Texans’ star JJ Watt suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Sunday against Oakland.

Nationals on ropes after another home World Series loss in Game 5 - USA Today

Houston suddenly finds themselves on the brink of a second championship in three years.

Woods Ties Snead for All-Time PGA Tour Victories - ESPN

Tiger is now one PGA Tour win away from becoming the all-time win leader.