Good morning, Big Blue Nation! Happy Friday to each and every one of you.
The slow grind of fighting through weeks without sports is now over, as the likes of golf, UFC, horse racing, and NASCAR have officially returned, along with the likes of basketball, baseball, and football set to return in the coming months.
As things settle down just a bit, what’s going on in the world of UK Athletics and beyond?
Day two of the Charles Schwab Challenge
Thursday marked the beginning of the first official PGA Tour event since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, with an absolutely loaded field taking the course at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX for the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Loaded with golf standouts such as Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Rickie Fowler, among others, the event is set to take place through Sunday, with a purse set for $7,500,000.
After day one of action, Justin Rose leads the way at -7, followed by Jhonattan Vegas, Abraham Ancer, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas tied for second at-6 overall. Ten competitors are tied for sixth at -5 overall, including the likes of Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Harold Varner III, among others,
For the latest leaderboard updates, head to the official PGA Tour site here.
Could the Los Angeles Lakers bring back DeMarcus Cousins for a title run at Walt Disney World? According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, it’s a possibility.
With the league tentatively set to return on July 30 with rosters of 17 players as opposed to the previously-allowed 15, there is some buzz that Cousins could land on a roster for the restart.
The former Wildcat, who was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers in February, is fighting to return to the floor after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in August 2019. With these additional months off to recover due to the coronavirus, Wojnarowski and Pincus both mentioned the possibility in recent updates on their respective outlets.
“Free-agent players such as DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas — who were on NBA rosters this season — and those who weren’t — JR Smith and Jamal Crawford, for example — are eligible to sign into open roster spots,” Wojnarowski said.
“A former executive said of Cousins and the Lakers, “That’s the only team. He respects [LeBron James], and he’s [Anthony Davis’] boy. [Other teams] don’t want that distraction. There’s a small window of time to play, and you can’t let up,” Pincus said of his conversation with a Western Conference executive in his own report.
When will John Calipari have access to his players?
While we wonder about the status of several former Wildcats with the NBA set to return next month, what about the future Kentucky players?
According to Jon Rothstein, the NCAA is set to decide next week whether or not coaches can have access to their players during the month of July.
Sources: The NCAA will vote next week on whether or not men's basketball coaches will have access to work their players out during the month of July.
Most academic calendars will officially begin in early to mid August.
Most programs have not had access to players since March.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 11, 2020
Back in May, KSR broke the news that John Calipari and the UK basketball program are set to bring back their players beginning the week of June 22, with the goal being to keep the team in a “bubble” between the Joe Craft Center and Wildcat Coal Lodge this summer.
In this bubble, the players will be allowed to participate in individual training and workouts, but coaches will not be allowed to conduct team drills or anything of the sort until the NCAA approves access.
The players are set to return, but how long until Calipari is granted access to his talented roster? We’ll find out next week.
Askew, Boston, and Clarke shine in California scrimmage
Speaking of future Wildcats, Kentucky signees BJ Boston, Terrence Clarke, and Devin Askew continue to build chemistry with one another leading up to their time in Lexington.
After gathering in Los Angeles for workouts and training sessions under NBA veteran Darren Collison in recent weeks, the Wildcat trio is now teaming up for full-court runs together.
On Wednesday, the future Kentucky guards participated in an open run at The Sports Academy – formerly known as Mamba Sports Academy – alongside the likes of former Wildcat Johnny Juzang and future UK target Peyton Watson.
BallIsLife put out a clip of the future Wildcats teaming up together, which can be found below:
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Are you getting a Playstation 5?
While in-person competition is slowly returning throughout the nation, Playstation wants the world to know they still have the virtual competition market cornered.
Thursday afternoon, Sony unveiled its newest gaming system, the Playstation Five.
While the price – anticipated to be in the $500 range – and date – Sony announced a Holiday 2020 release – have yet to be announced, the company unveiled what the brand new console will look like, along with the dozens of new games set to release at launch.
Here is the first look at the PS5:
One game of interest to sports fans? NBA 2K21, which was featured in the release Thursday, with New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson being showed off in ridiculous (and sweaty) detail.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 11, 2020
Are you planning on purchasing the new Playstation 5?
Feel-good moment of the week
Need something to lift your spirits? We’ve got you covered.
Check out this video of two 9-year-old best friends reuniting after three months in quarantine.
These two 9-year-old best friends since kindergarten in Louisville, Kentucky reunite after 3 months in quarantine.
Love. Get some.??? pic.twitter.com/UAVcP6UjyU
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) June 11, 2020