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April 16th, 2017

Randall Cobb Marries Longtime Girlfriend

The Knot News

The Knot News

Kentucky Legend and Green Bay Packers star receiver Randall Cobb tied the knot this weekend marrying his longtime girlfriend Aiyda Ghahramani.

The couple shared their vows in front of 250 guests in New York City, a setting that is sentimental to the couples friendship. The pair met in 2011 at an EA Sports event in Manhattan where they quickly became friends.

Cobb was full of joy on Saturday, telling Knot News, “I’m excited to have the people we love most, together, in the same room to celebrate our union. I am very lucky to marry my best friend and spend the rest of my life with her.”

Ghahramani, a practicing lawyer in Washington D.C added , “I can’t wait to share my life with Randall. He is truly the kindest, most supportive gentleman I have ever met.”

BBN, lets send our congratulations to Randall and Aiyda!


Five-star SF Kevin Knox set to commit in the “next couple of weeks”

Andy Jones | Tampa Tribune

Andy Jones | Tampa Tribune

After finishing up his high school basketball career at the Jordan Brand Classic, star forward Kevin Knox says his recruitment is coming to a close very soon.

Knox will have several coaches in over the next week or two for in-home visits, and make a decision after that.

The 6’8 forward out of Florida sat down with Pat Lawless of MadeHoops.com, where he broke down his final five schools.

Read what Knox had to say about the Kentucky Wildcats going into the home stretch of his recruitment:

“They have a lot of great players that are committed there and I’m really happy for them,” he said. “Coach Calipari has been on me 24-7 and Coach Kenny Payne is one of the best assistant coaches in the country. I would be able to come in and play with those great guys, who I know I am able to play with because we have been playing together at these all-star events. Their commits have been in my ear all the time and they just have a great overall school.”

To end the article, Knox says all five schools on his final list are still in contention.

“I’m wide open right now, all five schools can get me,” Knox said. “I just plan on talking with my parents soon and a decision will be coming very soon. All five schools have a chance and I’ll make the decision in the next couple of weeks or in early May.”

You can read the rest of the interview here: MadeHoops.com


Arizona hires former Washington coach Lorenzo Romar as assistant

Yesterday afternoon, the University of Arizona announced they would be bringing in former Washington coach Lorenzo Romar as an assistant coach.

After the Huskies finished last season with a 9-22 record, Romar was let go and replaced with Mike Hopkins as head coach. He finished his Washington coaching tenure with an overall record of 298-195 (.604) and never made it past the Sweet 16 in the tournament. He has been able to rake in five-star talent year after year at Washington, yet the Huskies haven’t made the NCAA Tournament in six years.

So what does Romar’s move to Arizona have to do with Kentucky?

Romar might not be able to coach himself out of a paper bag, but the guy can recruit with the best of them.

Calipari and Romar have gone head to head in many recruiting matchups over the years including Terrence Jones, Tony Wroten, Markelle Fultz, and Michael Porter Jr., among others at Washington. Calipari won most of the big ones, but Romar held his own with the most relentless recruiter in the nation.

At Arizona, Romar’s only job will be to bring in top level talent to compete with the blue blood schools across the country. And he will thrive. The West coast Wildcats already recruit at a high level, adding Romar to the mix will make things very interesting.

Expect to see some major Arizona-Kentucky recruiting battles in the near future.


YAHTZEE! 2018 3-star WR Cadarius Gaskin commits to KENTUCKY!

We have a late Easter present for you all…

2018 Three-star WR Cadarius Gaskin out of Delray Beach, FL just committed to Kentucky!

The 6’4, 215 lb. receiver committed to the Wildcats over North Carolina State, Syracuse, Illinois, and West Virginia.

College football insider Ryan Bartow broke the news.

Check out what the newest Wildcat had to say on Twitter:

Watch him work:

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR


The Reds Report: April 16

Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It’s April 16 and we’re two weeks into the major league season. How are things going in Cincinnati? The Reds are currently 8-5 and tied for the best record in the National League (with Colorado). Cincinnati also owns the second-best run differential (+15) in the NL. The team has had a surprisingly hot start to the season, and fans have plenty to be excited about right now.

Let’s get to this week’s Reds Report.

Cincinnati’s Bullpen Has Been Really Good

Reds relievers have played a major role in the team’s early season success. Bryan Price has been willing to go to the bullpen early and often, and so far they’ve delivered. As of Sunday afternoon, Reds relievers had the third-best ERA in the National League (2.79). They’ve had that success in spite of the fact that they’ve been worked harder than any bullpen in baseball up to this point.

John Perrotto of FanRag Sports has a helpful summary of the turnaround. In light of the bullpen’s workload, it’s fair to be concerned about how many innings they’ve pitched up to this point. The team is going to have to start getting quality innings out of their starters.

Rookie Debuts

Fans had an opportunity to see two players make their Reds debuts this week. Jesse Winker made his long-awaited major league debut over the weekend. He got an opportunity to pinch hit on Friday and Saturday. That appearance on Saturday resulted in Winker’s first major league hit.

On Sunday, Winker was optioned back to Louisville in a series of moves to help bolster the pitching staff. Wick Terrell has a helpful breakdown of the moves at Red Reporter. This isn’t the last time Reds fans will see Winker in 2017.

Sal Romano made his debut for the Reds on Sunday. Things didn’t go as smooth for Sal, as he gave up two runs, three hits, and four walks in three innings of work. However, he’s likely to stay in the rotation at this time because…

Another Starter Goes Down

Cincinnati’s early season success has been even more impressive given they’re missing two of their best starting pitchers. Unfortunately, that number jumped to three this past week. Brandon Finnegan left his start on Saturday after one inning, and it sounds like he could miss several weeks of action.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com quotes Bryan Price as saying the team can “realistically expect him to be back here in a few weeks.”

This makes it more likely that Bronson Arroyo will continue to see starts for the Reds. In two appearances for Cincinnati, Arroyo is 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA. Fans will remember Arroyo’s time in Cincinnati fondly, but this latest stint feels like it’s not going to end well for the 40-year-old pitcher.

Sorry, Matt.

Injury Updates

Cincinnati is awaiting the returns of Devin Mesoraco, Homer Bailey, and Anthony DeSclafani to the major league roster. Yesterday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer had a helpful rundown of where each player stands.

If everything goes well for Mesoraco this week, he could be back in the majors by Friday. The team is likely to be cautious with Mesoraco’s playing time early on, but he could be a major boost to the middle of Cincinnati’s lineup. Since 2014, Mesoraco has only appeared in 39 games.

Both Bailey and DeSclafani are targeting a return sometime this summer. For the details on their progress check out Zach’s article.

Your Billy Hamilton Highlight of the Week

This guy continues to do things that make you say “Wow.” Even though the team lost on Sunday, this catch was impressive.

Cubs and Cardinals Update

I’ve noticed in the comments section some complaining that KSR doesn’t give equal time to the Cubs and Cardinals in this article. Let’s take a quick look at where both of those teams stand as of today.

Cubs Update: The Cubs are currently 1.5 games back of the first-place Cincinnati Reds.

Cardinals Update: The Cardinals are currently 4 games back of the first-place Cincinnati Reds, and they have the worst record in the National League at the time of writing (3-8).

Cincinnati gets an off-day tomorrow before hosting the Orioles for three games. On Friday, they’ll welcome the Cubs to Great American Ball Park for a three-game series.

You can read Eric’s writing all season long at Red Reporter and Baseball Prospectus. He also hosts the On Baseball Writing Podcast and appears on the Red Reporter podcast.


Class of 2018 Kentucky target dunks on ESPN employees

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By now, everyone has seen the videos of the number 2 player in ESPN’s top 60 for the class of 2018, Zion Williamson. He’s a freak athlete and his dunks would be nothing short of amazing to see in an NBA game, much less a high school gym.

He was recently invited to the ESPN studios to take part in putting some ESPN employees on the dunk cam.

While these dunks aren’t especially impressive, take a look at what Williamson does with a real ball on a real hoop in real games. Unbelievable.

If Coach Cal can land this kid, Rupp is going to be seeing some dunks it has never seen before.

@BrettBibbinsKSR


Former Cat JT Riddle hits walk-off homer for Miami Marlins

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Joshua Travis Riddle was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky, attending Western Hills High School, and winning Mr. Kentucky Baseball his senior year. JT went on to play for the Wildcats at the University of Kentucky before being selected in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins.

Riddle was just called to the majors last week, as he had his first major league hit four days ago. Riddle’s first major league home run was a big one, a walk-off to push the first place Marlins past the New York Mets. Take a look:

Here is what JT had to say about the huge career moment after the game, including a shaving cream pie to the face.

Congratulations to JT Riddle from all of the Big Blue Nation. Keep swinging a hot stick JT!

@BrettBibbinsKSR


John Wall sets career playoff high in scoring, Wizards beat Hawks

@BleacherReport

@BleacherReport

Somewhere Colin Cowherd is throwing a temper tantrum, because his least favorite player in the NBA, our very own John Wall, just put on a show in game one of the Washington Wizards-Atlanta Hawks series. The first half was pretty solid for Wall, finishing the half with 13 points; however, the third quarter is when Wall really flexed his muscles and took over the game. He scored 15 points in the third stanza and electrifyied the Washington crowd with the constant blur he is when bringing the ball down the floor on a fast break.

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (114-107 win over Hawks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 37  12-24  2-4  6-6  0  4  4  14  0  1  3  2  +8  32

Wall set a new career high for points in a playoff game, thanks in large part to his third quarter efforts. Take a look at these highlights for the third quarter.

And as fun as Wall is to watch on offense, his defense is no joke either. Someone inform Dennis Schroder that he needs to listen to the footsteps.

Not only did Wall have a good game, he also puts himself in a high class amongst all-time Wizards’ franchise players.

Just think if he wasn’t so underwhelming, right Colin Cowherd?

@BrettBibbinsKSR


UK Target Kevin Knox turned down $1.4 Million to play in China next season

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times

The No. 7 overall player in the class of 2017 had the opportunity to follow the Brandon Jennings Model by playing professionally overseas for a season before becoming eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Chinese Professional team offered Kevin Knox a $1.4 million contract for the 2017-18 season. Knox’s father told the Times, “we politely said thanks but no thanks. He’s going to college.”

Knox has narrowed down his recruitment to 5 schools with Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Florida State and Missouri in the mix. The 5-star prospect is expected to make his announcement sometime before May 10th.

Duke is considered the favorite to land Knox but anything can happen in college basketball recruiting.

@EMitchKSR


BBNBA: Cats go 1-2 on first day of Playoffs

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Yesterday was the first day of the 2017 NBA playoffs, and three former Kentucky Wildcats suited up for their respective teams. The ex-Cats took home one win and two losses, and one didn’t even get a chance to earn any playing time, but here’s how the three stacked up.

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Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (111-82 loss to Spurs)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 20  3-6  1-2  3-4  1  1  2  2  0  0  1  2  -19  10

 

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (97-83 loss to Bucks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 16  1-3  1-3  0-0  0  3  3  1  0  0  1 0  -3  3

Patterson from deep in the corner!

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Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz (97-95 win over Clippers)

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 


Here’s today NBA Playoff Schedule:

  • Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards (John Wall), 1pm ET on TNT
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors, 3:30pm ET on ABC
  • Chicago Bulls (Rajon Rondo) at Boston Celtics (James Young) 6pm ET on TNT
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (Enes Kanter) at Houston Rockets, 9pm ET on TNT

@BrettBibbinsKSR


UK Target Mark Smith talks Upcoming Visit

scout.com

scout.com

Illinois Mr. Basketball and UK target Mark Smith discussed his upcoming visit to Lexington after last night’s Derby Classic with Darrell Bird of Cats Pause.

There was speculation that Kentucky would no longer be considered by Smith after the commitment of California shooting guard Jemarl Baker but the 4-star prospect told T.J Walker of Cats Illustrated earlier this week , “That doesn’t change my interest at all.”

Smith is excited to visit Lexington to “meet some of the players, see what Cal’s plan would be for me, see how the campus is, and get to meet the coaches.”

Check out everything Smith had to say about his upcoming visit, his relationship with Kenny Payne, and his Derby Classic teammate UK Commit Shai Gilgeous-Alexander :


WLKY Sports has fun with Petrino’s Spring Game antics

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Fans in attendance of yesterday’s Red and White spring game were wowed by Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson as he threw for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns in just 2 and 1/2 quarters of play leading his Red team to a 52-7 victory.

Per usual our good friend Bobby Petrino had to steal some of the spotlight for himself, the Louisville Head Coach would not allow media members to film a single second of the spring game. Instead Louisville would provide TV stations across the city with “usable footage” from Saturday’s game, an attempt from Petrino and Louisville’s PR staff to control the media.

WLKY’s Dan Koob and Natalie Grise were forced to improvise for their Sports Saturday segment, the pair decided to have a little fun with the incorporation of stick figures :


Happy Easter Sunday Morning Wake-Up

Happy Easter BBN

Good morning! I hope you are having a very Happy Easter and if you do not celebrate Easter, then a very happy Sunday morning! Now onto to the news you need to know

1. Future Cats in the Derby City Festival Game

Future Cat, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took home MVP honors along with WKU-signee Tavieon Hollingsworth. Alexander scored 29 points while adding 6 assists and 9 rebounds. SGA is one of the more underrated Kentucky signees in recent history. Since he didn’t play in the McDonald’s All-American game or Jordan Brand Classic, Kentucky fans don’t know much about him. He is a future stuff combo guard for the Cats. UK Target Mark Smith also participated in the game scoring 7 points and added 6 assists and 4 rebounds. He will be visiting Lexington next week.

2. Jarred Vanderbilt will undergo X-Rays tomorrow

Kentucky commit Jarred Vanderbilt will undergo x-rays tomorrow. He was injured on this play during Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic:

Vanderbilt posted on his Instagram story assuring that he was okay. Here is to hoping the X-Ray will confirm this.

3. UK Baseball goes for the series win today

UK Baseball’s comeback against Missouri fell short today as the Cats fell 9-8. Kentucky won game one on Friday 5-2 behind Sean Hjelle’s 7 scoreless innings. The Bat Cats will turn to Sophomore Justin Lewis to win the series in Columbia. First pitch is scheduled for 1pm.

4. UK Softball will also go for the series win today

No. 21 Kentucky upset No. 3 Florida yesterday to even their weekend series at 1-1. Check out the highlights below and be sure to watch the series finale at 1pm!

5. Top 100 Recruit Visiting UK Today

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David McCormack will visit the Cats today. McCormack is the number 2 center in the class of 2018 and is currently playing for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. The 6-10, 300 pound center does not currently hold an offer from Kentucky, but does hold one from Kansas, Louisville and Georgetown to name a few. If McCormack would sign with the Cats, he would be 9th Cat to come from Oak Hill joining the likes of Doron Lamb, Rajon Rondo and Ron Mercer.

6. Derek Willis’ Final Stats from the PI Tourney

Over the past few days, former Kentucky Wildcat, Derek Willis played in the PI Tourney. The Portsmouth Invitational is a four day tournament that features 64 of the top seniors in College Basketball. Over his three games, Willis averaged 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The event was attended by NBA Scouts, so let’s hope Willis was able to show enough to earn a future NBA tryout.

7. Former Cats in Action Today

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Hawks at Wizards (John Wall)- 1pm on TNT

Trail Blazers at Warriors– 3:30pm on ABC

Bulls (Rajon Rondo) at Celtics (James Young)- 6:30pm on TNT

Thunder (Enes Kanter) at Rockets (Kyle Wiltjer)- 9pm on TNT

 8. April the Giraffe finally had the baby!

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If you have been on Facebook at all over the past two months, you have followed the never-ending story of April the Giraffe; the giraffe that has been in labor for two months. Well… the wait is finally over and April had the baby yesterday.  If you want to watch the birth you can click here. I will warn you though, it isn’t as beautiful as some had may be hoped.

 9. If you don’t celebrate Easter…

If you don’t celebrate Easter, not to fear! There are plenty of other reasons to celebrate on this day. For example it is also:

  • Foursquare Day
  • Go Fly a Kite Day
  • National Eggs Benedict Day
  • National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day
  • National Librarian Day
  • National Wear your Pajamas to Work Day

Don’t ask me who comes up with these days, but any reason to eat Eggs Benedict is a good enough one for me!

10. Today’s Birthdays!

And if you don’t want to celebrate any of those holidays, you can always celebrate the following celebrity birthdays!

  • Chance the Rapper- 24
  • Martin Lawrence- 52
  • Akon- 44
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabaar- 70
  • Bill Belichick- 65
  • Nate Diaz- 32
  • Pope Benedict XVI- 90
  • Charlie Chaplan would be 128

Thank you all and have a great Sunday! As always, we have you covered all day. Until then… please follow me on Twitter @GormleyKSR.


FINAL DAY: 25% OFF Easter Sale at the KSR Shop!

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Mizzou Evens Series Against Kentucky

UK Athletics

UK Athletics

Missouri and Kentucky combined for nine home runs in 9-8 slugfest that ended in favor of the Tigers. Trey Harris homered three times in five innings off Zach Logue in response to Tristan Pompey hitting two home runs in the first three innings. Kentucky sits at 24-12 (9-5) on the year and is still atop the SEC East standings.

Recap

Pompey hit his first of two home runs on the first pitch of the game off Michael Plassmeyer. Pompey’s counterpart Harris battled with him all night. The two outfielders went back and forth throughout as Harris responded in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run off Logue.

Following a Marcus Carson solo shot, Pompey gave UK a 3-2 lead in the third with a bomb to dead center. It appeared that the ball was as big as a basketball to Pompey. The Canadien outfielder needed only three pitches to hit two balls out of the park. At one point, Pompey had hits in 14 of 22 at-bats and now sits at second on the team in average.

 

Unfortunately for the Cats, they ran into another hot hitting power guy. Last week, Brent Rooker killed UK with two home runs in Starkville. This week, it was Trey Harris. Mizzou got home runs from Harris in the third and the fifth to boost their lead to 7-3.

Zach Logue did not struggle extensively on Saturday. Logue set a career-high with nine strikeouts in 5.1 innings against Mizzou. The wind was pushing balls out tonight, and Logue had some balls get caught in the jet stream. The Tigers collected ten hits and scored seven runs against the UK starter before reaching the Cats’ bullpen.

 

Trailing 7-3, UK got to the nation’s top reliever. T.J. Sikkema entered the game with only three earned runs allowed and was on the first team of Perfect Game’s Midseason All-American Team. With an Evan White RBI fielder’s choice and a two-RBI double by Zach Reks cut Missouri’s lead to one through seven. All of UK’s RBIs came with two outs in the inning.

Just as it seemed that UK was back in it, Missouri pushed it back out. The Tigers scored two off Brad Schaenzer in the bottom of the seventh to put UK’s offense in a hole once again. Zach Pop came on in the eighth and stranded two runners with no outs to keep the Cats in the game.

Sikkema retired the first two in the ninth before Pompey was hit by a pitch. White followed with a two-run home run to left-center to cut the lead to one. Reks grounded out to end the ninth and give Missouri a 9-8 win over Kentucky.

The teams combined for nine home runs out of 21 total hits on Saturday. It was a tough-luck loss for the BatCats, but they have a chance to bounce back tomorrow at 1 ET on the SEC Network. From those of us on the KSR Baseball Team, we hope you all have a great Easter and celebrate the memorable day with loved ones. God bless.