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Friday Quickies: Hope for Better Days in 2021 Edition

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Here’s to hoping for a much brighter year.

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Find me the person that will want to remember the year 2020. Something tells me there won’t be many.

So many people, families, businesses and groups/organizations have suffered this year more than ever before. From going toe-to-toe with global pandemic to losing a person you care deeply about, it seems like just about everyone had a rough road this year.

The good news is if you’re reading this, you’ve made it. You made it through 2020. No matter where you are, what you’re doing and who you’re with, you made it. 2021 most certainly won’t be easy. We’ll still be dealing with COVID-19 and unusual lifestyles.

But can any of that be any worse than 2020? I highly doubt it.

After experiencing so much loss over the course of the last year, we all deserve to be happy today. So be happy today. Be happy about new beginnings. Be happy turning over to a new chapter. Be happy to leave 2020 behind. Be happy to move on to better days.

So here’s to you. Here’s to kicking off the New Year and hoping for a better year in 2021.

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Quickies

Howard Leads No. 13 Kentucky Past No. 10 Arkansas - UK
Junior Rhyne Howard scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat No. 10 Arkansas 75-64 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.

John Schlarman’s Greatest Legacy | Kentucky Sports Radio
Robert Cunningham, Senior Pastor of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, reflects on the passing of UK offensive line coach John Schlarman. It’s a very beautiful tribute to the beloved UK coach.

John Wall's near-foot amputation story is bonkers
During an interview with Shams Charania, Wall recalled all of the rehab that he went through as well as infections he had to fight off during his tenure as a Washington Wizard.

Lexington police clear situation downtown after evacuation
A huge disruption in downtown Lexington on New Year’s Eve has been cleared by police.

Isaiah Jackson, other Cats delete social media to avoid noise
Kentucky freshman forward Isaiah Jackson said he and a few of his teammates have stayed off of social media because of fan criticism as the Wildcats have dropped six of their first seven games of the season.

Mississippi State-Tulsa brawl mars end of Armed Forces Bowl
Mississippi State and Tulsa football players engaged in a brawl at the end of the Bulldogs’ 28-26 win in the Armed Forces Bowl. Mississippi State wide receiver Malik Heath kicked Tulsa safety Tieneal Martin in the face after throwing him to the ground.

Rams QB John Wolford ‘confident’ ahead of NFL debut vs. Cardinals
After planning a finance career, the Wake Forest product put aside a banking gig to take a shot as an NFL QB. Undrafted in 2018, Wolford got a call from the Jets, then he made a mark in the AAF with the Arizona Hotshots.

Weighing fifth-year options for 2018 NFL Draft’s first-rounders
It’s that time of year again: time to think about fifth-year options! Players chosen in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft are closing in on the end of their third NFL seasons, meaning their teams will need to decide in the coming months whether to exercise the option that will extend their four-year rookie contracts through the 2022 campaign.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa: ‘No extra, added pressure’ on me with playoffs on the line
The Miami Dolphins are on the verge of a postseason bid. A win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and they’re in.

Is Notre Dame ready to beat Alabama and college football’s elite when it matters most?
Shortly before Notre Dame played Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal in 2018, coach Brian Kelly complained that the Fighting Irish were being unfairly judged for what had happened six years earlier.

SB Nation NFL expert picks for Week 17
The final week of the regular season is going to be wild.