Good morning! Rise and shine! Buongiorno to our friends in Italy, buenos dias to our Spanish-speaking friends and bonjour to Olivier Sarr and everyone who dabbles in French. Thanks for being here with us today on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com. It’s a great day to have a great day.
I think that about covers our hellos and pleasantries, let’s get right to the goods because there is a lot to get to before we send you off into the new work week.
What You Missed
Mark Stoops spoke to the media on Saturday.
Following his team’s first practice in full pads Saturday morning, Mark Stoops joined a Zoom meeting full of the people who cover his team to discuss what he saw out of practice. He discussed several topics, including his disappointment with his defense, the kicking situation, navigating through COVID and a whole lot more.
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Four-star guard Nolan Hickman committed to Kentucky.
Last week was about as bad as it gets in recruiting news as we watched five-star power forward Paolo Banchero make a surprise commitment to Duke shortly after five-star guard Kennedy Chandler pledged his commitment to Tennessee. They were two of the top targets on Coach Cal’s board.
Cal responded by extending an offer to Nolan Hickman, a four-star guard out of Utah, who jumped on the opportunity right away to become the first member of UK’s 2021 recruiting class.
Hickman’s commitment didn’t fix the problem with Banchero and Chandler, but it helped heal the wound.
#BlueGotIn the LPGA’s AIG Women’s British Open in Scotland.
We’re going to the LPGA where Sophia Popov won the AIG Women’s British Open on Sunday with a 7-under-par.
Popov is a dual-citizen of the U.S and Germany, but represents Germany on tour according to the little flag next to her name on the leaderboard. However, the USC grad has a connection to the Big Blue Nation because her caddie was wearing the UK Nike Free Trainers during the winning round.
The caddie, Max Mehles, is a former UK golfer and May 2020 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He earned a nice little check for his work with Popov.
Fun fact: Popov was a caddie for an LPGA tour golfer earlier this month; now she’s a major champion.
Also from golf… Dustin Johnson takes over top spot in FedEx Cup standings after winning the first tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs by about a million strokes.
Auburn students are trying to sabotage college so Auburn doesn’t have to play Kentucky in football next month.
It’s a bold strategy, but shows just how scared Auburn is to play Kentucky without a full stadium.
Luka Doncic is, in fact, good at basketball.
ESPN Brasil will take you through Luka’s buzzer-beater in overtime while down one point to the unlikable Clippers (sorry, Patrick Patterson). What a game we got yesterday.
— NBA (@NBA) August 24, 2020
Not high school football practice.
Last week the KHSAA voted to play fall sports with practice set to begin today, August 24, throughout the Bluegrass. However, some of the individual school boards, including Jefferson and Fayette counties, postponed Monday’s practices to discuss the matter a little further. They’ll review the KHSAA’s decision, make their own determinations, and we’ll see what happens from there. The governor can still intervene too, if he chooses.
The AP Preseason College Football Poll will come out at noon.
We are still waiting to see if college football will be played in the year 2020; in the meantime, the Associated Press is proceeding as planned with its first Top 25 of the TBD season. The AP will release its preseason rankings at noon today and Kentucky is a fringe team trying to crack its first preseason Top 25 since the Stone Age. Will the Cats get in?
The Coaches Poll wasn’t as high on Kentucky; it ranked UK just outside its preseason Top 25 at No. 29 when it was released two weeks ago. But other media outlets have ranked Kentucky in their preseason polls, leaving hope for the AP voters, who were asked to consider all Division I teams when they out their ballots. We’ll know at noon if those voters think highly enough of Kentucky.
Today’s NBA Playoffs schedule:
The NBA’s quadruple-header format rolls on with another four-game slate on tap for Monday. We have Eric Bledsoe in Game 1; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and Nerlens Noel in Game 2; Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo going for a sweep in Game 3; and then Anthony Davis carrying LeBron James in Game 4:
1:30 p.m. — Milwaukee vs. Orlando, NBATV (Bucks lead series, 2-1)
4:00 p.m. — Houston vs. Oklahoma City, TNT (HOU leads series, 2-1)
6:30 p.m. — Indiana vs. Miami, TNT (MIA lead series, 3-0)
9:00 p.m. — Los Angeles vs. Portland (LA leads, 2-1)
The GOP Convention starts today.
I wish we could go sit among the tree hats and have some fun again, but this year’s convention is all virtual.
At least we’ll get Shannon The Dude’s scorecards on the show this week.
Ryan is back and we will recap Shannon’s walk on the show.
Tune in to KSR radio at 10 a.m. this morning for a full recap of the weekend and Shannon The Dude’s victory lap on the airwaves. Ryan Lemond is back too after two weeks away.