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April 29th, 2017

A Cam Johnson Recruiting Update

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Cameron Johnson is on the move.

The graduate transfer shooting guard from Pittsburgh visited Kentucky Wednesday and Thursday.  One of Calipari’s final targets in the 2017 class, Johnson is visiting Arizona this weekend according to multiple reports.

Johnson’s decision will likely be between the two Wildcats.

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One Week Till Derby: Saturday’s Top 10

If you’re reading this, I’ve already been tailgating for the mini-Marathon for six hours.  Entering the homestretch with just one week till the Kentucky Derby, it’s the most magical time of the year to be in the city of Louisville.  Even though Derby is the only thing on my mind, there’s still plenty of other things happening around the Big Blue Nation (but first with the Derby stuff).

Opening Night at Churchill Downs

If you’re not a fan of spending a ton of money during Churchill Downs first week of May trifecta, Opening Night Racing might be just what you need.   If you haven’t already celebrated the start of Derby Week at the mini or the Balloon Race, get to the Twin Spires.  Gates open at 5:00 and admission is $10.

Horse Racing Trash Talk!

Horse racing has plenty of interesting characters.  Some are outspoken idiots (Steve Coburn), while others simply shine in the spotlight (Bob Baffert).  Trainer Mark Casse received some of the spotlight yesterday with two horses in the race, State of Honor and Classic Empire, the early Derby favorite.  Casse was feeling froggy during his time with the press.

I can’t blame Casse for being confident; he has the best horse in the field.  If you leave Empire out of your Derby exotic bet you’re out of your mind.

Will Boom and Toth get Drafted?

It’s the final day of the NFL Draft and two Wildcats hope to hear their names called.  Jon Toth is essentially a lock, but where the center may fall is a mystery.  Boom Williams initially appeared to be on the outside looking in, but picked up some late momentum this week.  Even if he doesn’t Williams will surely sign a nice free agent deal by the end of the day.  The Draft restarts today at noon.

Really Bengals?

Every year there’s handful of players with “character issues,” but Joe Mixon does not fit into this category.  He didn’t get in trouble for smoking weed.  He punched a girl in the face and it was captured on video.  I (kind of) consider myself a Bengals fan, but how in the hell am I supposed to root for that dude?  Bungles gonna Bungle.

Final Weekend of the Active Recruiting Period

John Calipari gets one more weekend to see his top prospects before shutting it down for the spring.  Under Armour and Nike are both hosting events in Indianapolis, while the Adidas Circuit is ongoing in Atlanta.

After starting his night at the Under Armour event, Cal shifted his focus to the EYBL where he saw Cam Reddish face off against Bol Bol, Manute Bol’s son, followed by an unbelievable performance from 2018’s No. 1 player, Marvin Bagley.  In front of Kenny Payne and Coach Cal he scored 35 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and did this:

Did you Hear Bam Adebayo on KSR?

The Kentucky forward joined Kentucky Sports Radio to discuss his decision to hire an agent and turn pro.  He shared stories from his time at Kentucky and much more in this fantastic interview.

See Bam in E-Town

Adebayo’s autograph tour will stop at the Towne Mall at Elizabethtown from 11-12:30.  If you can’t be there, he’ll be at the Wildcat Warehouse in Owensboro tomorrow.  To see his full schedule, click here.

If you’re more of a Malik Monk person, do not worry.  Here’s where Monk is this week.

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John Wall is a Beast

The Wizards defeated the Hawks 115-99 to advance to the second round thanks to John Wall’s impressive 42-point performance.

The Wizards will open the second round in Boston on Sunday at 1:00.  Trey Lyles’ Jazz have a Game 7 date with the Clippers at 3:30.  Sorry sports fans, but today is a Saturday without playoff basketball.

Check out the Updated KSR Movie Bracket

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UK Baseball Rolled South Carolina

The BatCats put the Gamecocks in a coffin, rolling in Columbia 19-1. NINETEEN runs.  Wow.  The highlight reel is a long one.

UK will try to win the series today at 4:00.


April 28th, 2017

John Wall drops 42 points, sends Wizards to conference semis

John Wall’s a bad, bad man. You can ask Atlanta ’bout him.

Wall scored 42 points tonight on the road in Game 6 to clinch the series and send Washington to the Eastern Conference semis. His backcourt mate, Bradley Beal, added 31 points to set a new high of 73 combined points in a single game for the two Wizards guards.

Wall did some trash talking toward Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones too:

The Wizards get the Celtics in the next round.


Kentucky Runs Over South Carolina 19-1

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Tristan Pompey collected four hits and Luke Becker hit two home runs as #6 Kentucky destroyed South Carolina 19-1 in Columbia. The Cats scored three runs or more in five innings in support of Sean Hjelle. The 18-run win was the largest over a SEC opponent in UK history.

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Where to even start with this game? There were only two innings that UK didn’t score at least one run. The ball was flying out of the ballpark early and often for the Cats, but it was the small ball that got UK on the board early. After loading the bases in the third, Tristan Pompey drove in his first of four runs to give UK a 4-0 lead thru three.

Evan White added a run by scoring on a wild pitch in the fourth, but the ball started flying in the fifth. Pompey hit his seventh home run of the season as UK chased projected first round pick Wil Crowe after 4.2 innings. Crow filled in on Friday night for Clarke Schmidt, who will be out for the next year after needing Tommy John Surgery.

Zach Reks and Becker both walked and moved up on a wild pitch to lead off the sixth inning. With no outs, Riley Mahan and Troy Squires delivered with RBI singles off Colby Lee. Mahan would come around to score on a double play to give UK a 10-0 lead.

Squires was one of the guys tonight that just pounded USC’s pitching. Tonight was Squires’ second three-hit game of the season. It was also the third time that Becker had driven in five or more runs in 2017.

UK kept piling it on in the seventh and ninth innings. Connor Heady homered to lead off the seventh before Luke Becker added the exclamation point. Becker hit a three-run home run in the seventh and two-run dinger in the 9th to cap off a huge night for Kentucky’s offense. Becker, Heady, and Pompey all have seven home runs to tie Mahan for the team lead.

It’s hard to talk about anything else but the offensive performance tonight, but Hjelle was excellent once again. Hjelle struck out six in six scoreless innings as he lowered his ERA to 3.67 in 2017. After a rough start, Hjelle has emerged to an excellent Friday night starter. The talent mixed with a perfect amount of emotion on the mound makes Hjelle one of the top Friday night guys in the league.

Kentucky can make the SEC East Champion a two horse race with a win tomorrow. Florida won again tonight and trails UK by two games with 11 games to play. UK and USC are back at it tomorrow at 4 ET on SECN+.


Friday Evening Notes From The Couch

It’s been a long day here on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com and I can’t look at the computer screen much longer, but I have a few more words for you tonight before I shut it down. So read these, if you want, and then get back to whatever it is you are doing to kick off your weekend.

 

John Calipari and Tony Barbee are out recruiting again tonight. The two Kentucky coaches were spotted at the second Under Armour event of the season (UAA II) in Indianapolis. Kenny Payne is also in Indianapolis, taking in the action at the Nike EYBL event.

 Cal was in Murfreesboro last night for a Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County event. Here’s a video from his evening from the Daily News Journal:

The second and third rounds of the NFL draft are underway and going strong. It’s still a little early to be looking out for Jon Toth or Boom Williams, but Toth shouldn’t be too far away, although probably tomorrow. Last night he tweeted his disappointment in not being the first overall pick:

Did you see the video of the Jimmy John’s employee keeping his cool while being robbed at gunpoint? Incredible composure here by the cashier who was not intimidated by the gun, which appeared to be jammed anyway:

I love how slowly he takes off the gloves to hand over the cash. Not a care in the world.

That idiot got arrested by the way.

I’m really bummed American Psycho lost to Titanic in the second round of our KSR Movie Madness bracket today. Good thing I made these delicious Shake Shack-style burgers tonight to help me get over the sadness.

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It’s movie night at the Franklin house if you’re bored. Got an extra burger left if you’re hungry. Get in here.

Today we learned Bam Adebayo listened to Whitney Houston before games. Bam didn’t say it on air during his KSR interview, but as they were leaving the studio one of the guys with him asked why he didn’t admit to listening to Whitney on game days. I think that’s something his fans and our listeners would’ve loved to have known.

UK Baseball is up big at South Carolina right now. Currently 11-0!

Go Cats. Happy Friday.


ESPN still laying off some of its best people

Just when it seemed like we had seen the end of ESPN’s layoffs, some new and very familiar names were added to the list today.

Most notably is NBA draft guru Chad Ford, who announced tonight that his 16 years with the company will end after the upcoming draft. To my knowledge, Ford is ESPN’s only NBA draft writer/reporter.

You can also added Marc Stein to the list of Friday’s ESPN casualties. Stein was one of the main NBA reporters.

There can’t be many people left in that building.


Bengals draft controversial running back Joe Mixon (this is not a Bengals joke)

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I know we have a lot of Cincinnati Bengals fans that read our site on a daily basis and I just want to say I feel for you tonight after your team took Joe Mixon. I honestly thought it was a joke when it popped up on Twitter, but it turns out it is indeed true. Marvin Lewis really took another player with a troubled past. I don’t know why I am so surprised.

Bengals fans, your thoughts?

He’s probably going to be a good running back for you, I guess. Maybe it’s a bargain? I’m sure one of the veteran leaders like Pacman Jones will keep him on the straight and narrow.


Hey Kentucky QB Camp with Jared Lorenzen and Fake Jon Gruden

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Friday night’s edition of Hey Kentucky featured an NFL Draft special with Jared Lorenzen and Fake Jon Gruden. The two football gurus sat down to break down film in our first ever Hey Kentucky QB Camp.

Check it out:

When you’re done with that, watch the full episode below:

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Uh oh… Texas trending for Mohamed Bamba

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Things have been very, very quiet on the Mohamed Bamba front, but there has been some recent movement in his Crystal Ball predictions and it’s not the kind of movement we want to see.

Of the four new predictions this month, all four have Texas as the pick for Bamba’s final destination. Now one of those comes from a Louisville blogger with a horrible track record, so we’ll toss him out, but the other three are from Duke and they are pretty trusted and they all came this week:

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I’ve been pretty confident (okay, overly confident) in Bamba to Kentucky since the season ended and I have three separate very legitimate sources that helped me make that prediction. But it’s also been weeks since they got my hopes up, so I pray to the basketball gods something hasn’t changed recently and pushed Bamba toward Texas. I mean, why would he do that???

I’m still driving the Bamba-to-Kentucky train, but Texas is obviously making some noise in the Duke circles.

Make of that what you will.

Have a nice Friday.


NBA Combine invites going out today

We are only days away from knowing this year’s NBA Draft Combine attendees.

The deadline for the 30 NBA organizations to vote on their preferred invites was yesterday and those invites will go out today and tomorrow. Once the prospects respond and the full list of 70ish participants is formed, the entire list of attendees will hit the internets for us to frantically scroll through the names to see if Hamidou Diallo made the cut.

If Hamidou Diallo’s name is included, he will go through the process and make a decision at a later date, sometime before the May 24 deadline.

If his name is not included, we will likely get pretty instant news of a return because missing out on a combine spot is a pretty blatant message to return to school. Ask Isaiah Briscoe last year.

So sit tight on those Diallo worries until we see whether or not he gets the invite. I suspect he will, but there are a lot of names trying to get in there.


Five Potential Shoe Companies For Lonzo Ball

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Lonzo Ball is one of the top two or three players in the NBA draft, but he can’t land a major shoe deal because his father is a crazy person. That’s not exactly why he doesn’t have a deal but we all know that is why.

Anyway, today it was reported that Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all denied Ball for an endorsement. Sources from the Big Three companies told ESPN.com they are moving on without the Ball family on board.

So what’s that leave for Big Baller Brand’s shoe connection?

I have five suggestions that could really use a boost:

 

1. Dada Supreme

Dada was big in 2001 when it signed Latrell Sprewell and sold his signature shoe with spinning “Sprewell” rims on the side.

According to Wikipedia, the company was purchased in 2015 by a Taiwanese businessman named 姜豐年.

Someone put him in touch with the Balls.

 

 

2. AND1

Now that the days of of Skip to My Lou, Main Event, The Professor, Hot Sauce, Spyda, 50, and AO are long gone, AND1 needs a revamp. The company is still doing well in Wal-Marts, but not what it could be doing with a new face and new handles carrying the brand in the NBA.

 

 

3. British Knights

It used to be the case that “the shoe ain’t nothin’ without the BK button,” which was the old motto of the British Knights sneakers. But Derrick Coleman, the brand’s first basketball endorsement, has been retired for over a decade and no one stepped in to take the British Knights throne.

 

 

4. Starbury

A good point guard needs a good point guard’s shoe, and Stephon Marbury is just the guy for Lonzo Ball to follow. Marbury launched his shoe line in 2006 with a pair of $14.98 basketball shoes to compete with higher priced shoes on the market. It’ll take the Balls a little longer to get to a billion with a $15 shoe, but it’s a start.

 

 

5. L.A. Gear

The obvious solution here is for Lonzo to sign with L.A. Gear, especially if he goes to the Lakers. He’s from right outside L.A., he played at UCLA and he can attach himself to the city forever with his own L.A. Gear shoe. Maybe some L.A. Lights?

 

Now be honest… How many of you owned any of those shoes?


Let’s check in with Katina Powell

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The NCAA is expected to give its final decision on the Louisville scandal in the next six to eight weeks, so who better to check in with right now than the woman at the middle of it all, Ms. Katina Powell.

We reached out to Katina to help us with our movie bracket on today’s show, and she was gracious enough to come on and confess her love for Top Gun and The Departed. But before we let her get back to her life, we asked if she had any knowledge or inside scoop on what’s ahead for Louisville basketball.

“No, actually I don’t,” she told KSR. “I just see that a lot of people are saying it is going to be pretty crucial when it comes down, so, I’m just sitting back waiting.”

Sounds like she’s in the same boat as us, anxiously awaiting whatever comes out of this whole thing. We’ll invite her to the KSR pizza party if the verdict is a painful one for Louisville.


Hey Kentucky! is looking for summer interns!

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Great news! Hey Kentucky! is looking for summer interns. If you think you’ve got what it takes, send an email with your contact information to HeyKentucky@lex18.com or visit HeyKentucky.com for more information.


Listen to Bam Adebayo’s appearance on KSR

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Bam Adebayo was kind enough to take a moment out of his busy schedule to pop into the KSR studio this morning to chat with us about life and the pursuit of the NBA.

Of the many topics we hit in the two-segment chat, we learned a lot of new and interesting things about Bam, like the fact his favorite movie is Step Brothers and why he chose Kentucky for college.

Catch the entire interview at the beginning of Hour 2 of the podcast:

Here’s where you can find Bam on his #BigBamTour:

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Here’s your updated Movie Madness bracket

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The Sweet 16 is set in the KSR Movie Madness summer tournament. Today we narrowed the field (with help from Katina Powell) from 32 in the second round to the 16 remaining teams in the bracket.

Those 16 teams and their matchups are:

— Shawshank Redemption vs. Top Gun
— Wolf of Wall Street vs. Titanic
— Pulp Fiction vs. Silence of the Lambs
— Rocky vs. Lord of the Rings
— Star Wars vs. Batman
— Goodfellas vs. Schindler’s List
— Saving Private Ryan vs. Jurassic Park
— Se7en vs. Forrest Gump

See the whole bracket:

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A champion will be decided on Monday’s show.