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Tom Hanks’ Good Morning Wake-Up Post

Today’s wake-up post goes out to one of the greatest actors to ever live, Tom Hanks. Hanks turns 61 today. Hanks has won two Best Actor in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia. The California native has starred in multiple classic movies like Cast Away, The DaVinci Code, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story and Drew Franklin’s personal favorite Forrest Gump. Happy Birthday to Tom Hanks. Now onto the news you need to know to start the day.

1.Team USA falls to Canada

The John Calipari led U19 Team USA fell to Canada 99-87. The team could not find a way to stop RJ Barrett who scored 38 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds. PJ Washington led the way for Team USA scoring 17 points and having 11 rebounds. This is obviously a very disappointing outcome for the team. Calipari took the fall for the performance saying, “R.J. (Barrett) had it going. I told the team after the game, I needed to try some different things — go zone, trap pick and roll, trap him. I kind of rode it because I thought we would figure out something, and that is my mistake. That’s not these kids’ mistake.”

Team USA will play the Bronze Medal match today at noon against Spain.

2. Isaac Humphries released by Wizards

Yesterday, Isaac Humphries was released by the Washington Wizards. Sadly, Humphries was never given the opportunity to play Summer League basketball. While he has the chance to be picked up by another team, it is expected that he will head back to Australia to begin his professional career there.

3. NBA Summer League Results from yesterday

Here are the results from NBA Summer League games from yesterday.

Name Team Points Rebounds Assists
Bam Adebayo Heat 18 10 0
Mychal Mulder Raptors DNP- Coaches Decision
Alex Poythress 76ers 12 0 0
Isaiah Briscoe 76ers 0 0 0
Aaron Harrison 76ers 13 4 1

4. NBA Summer League continues today

Hawks at Pelicans- 4pm

Suns at Mavs- 4:30pm

Bucks at Nets- 6pm

Timberwolves at Nuggets- 6:30pm

Jazz at Clippers- 8pm

Trail Blazers at Celtics- 8:30pm

Grizzlies at Kings- 10pm

76ers at Spurs- 10:30pm

5. Martin Truex Jr. wins Quaker State 400

Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

Martin Truex Jr. won yesterday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in dominating fashion. The #78 Chevrolet led 152 of 274 laps to win the pinnacle event in Sparta. I wasn’t able to attend this year’s race, but it seemed like while the weather was hot, it turned into a nice evening for the race.

6. Something might be brewing in Bowling Green

If you haven’t been following what has been going down with the WKU Basketball team, here is a quick recap. Earlier this week, it was announced that Sophomore guard Damari Parris would transfer. This leaves the Tops with zero returning scholarship players. It was later discovered the Parris’ transfer was because his scholarship was not renewed. Soon after the transfer was reporting, it was announced that assistant coach Shammond Williams would resign immediately. Following all of this came a report yesterday that another assistant coach, Chris Cheeks would be resigning as well. While this report has not been confirmed, it would not play well for Rick Stansbury in his second year in Bowling Green.

When Hilltopper fans thought the worst had passed, our good friend Jeff Goodman reported that Mitchell Robinson, a top-10 player in the class of 2017, was looking to get out of his letter of intent. Luckily, Goodman pulled back on his report after Robinson’s mother discounted it. Overall, this situation is interesting.

7. James Harden signs massive extension

NBA MVP finalist James Harden signed a massive contract extension yesterday. The deal will guarantee him $228 million through the 2022-23 season. Harden is without a doubt one of the best players in the NBA, but some critics are wondering whether any player should be worth THAT much money.

8. KSR Guest Hosts continue tomorrow

While Matt is still on vacation, the guest hosts continue with:

Monday, July 10: Cameron Mills and Lee K. Howard
Tuesday, July 11: Avery Williamson
Wednesday, July 12: Mark Titus and Tate Frazier
Thursday, July 13: The Sklar Brothers
Friday, July 14: Laura Rutledge

9. Holiday’s of the Day

If you have read my wake-up posts before, you know I like to mention the “holidays of the day.” Like I always say, I do not make these up, but do find them rather comical.

  • National Don’t Put all your Eggs in One Omelet
  • National Sugar Cookie Day
  • National Barn Day

10. Other Birthdays

Other than Tom Hanks, the following people are also celebrating birthdays today.

Starting with Kentucky Wildcats

  • Mark Stoops- 50
  • Carlos Toomer- 45
  • Scotty Baesler- 76
  • Leo Brewer- would be 128

Other celebrities

  • OJ Simpson- 70
  • Mitchell Musso- 26
  • Jack White- 42
  • Kevin O’Leary- 63

There is your news for the day! Please follow me on Twitter @GormleyKSR.

Article written by Sam Gormley

Follow me on Twitter @GormleyKSR; "The Whitest Man in the World"-JRock

12 Comments for Tom Hanks’ Good Morning Wake-Up Post

  1. mawoods15
    10:31 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    I certainly love Tom Hanks as much as the next guy, but how do you lead in with a picture of him celebrating his birthday when it is also Mark Stoops’ birthday. Interesting choice.

  2. thatCat
    11:16 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Agreed. It’s our head football coaches bday and you go with hanks instead? Shameful.

  3. FunkyMonkey
    11:43 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    I love Cal,… but he can be a bit hard headed,… whether not playing zone or whatever,… he tries so hard to prove other people wrong that he even tries to prove himself wrong at times and he goes against his gut. But he still the greatest.

    • Luether
      6:14 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with him that the loss is all on him. Wish he could coach as well as he recruits…

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:53 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

      Cal suffers from the curse of the great recruiter, which could be stated as: If you have great talent and do not win every game, you must not be able to coach.

  4. ChrisHamby
    11:57 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Missed out on a hanks classic, Big.

    I assume you are not talking about famous chemist Leo Brewer, because his age would be 98 and he was born on June 13.

  5. rosquirto
    2:06 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Not looking good for briscoe. Feel bad for him

    • BBNDan7
      2:13 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

      Me too. He always fights hard and does what is asked of him. Just had never seemed to find the right spot for himself.

    • Luether
      6:15 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

      This is simple and no surprise to anyone who knows anything about basketball. He should have stayed in school…

  6. Booby Petrino
    2:16 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

    If it was Cal’s bday, that would’ve been the lead instead of Tom Hanks. Give Stoops a bit more respect, KSR.

  7. CB3UK
    4:27 pm July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Typical KSR…its Coach Stoops’ birthday… let’s lead with a picture of Tom Hanks. What a joke this place has become.