Good morning and happy Monday to you and yours, and happy birthday to Tom Brady, Martha Stewart, Tony Bennett the singer, Kevin Sumlin and Venezuela the country. And Will Muschamp. Happy birthday, Will Muschamp.
These are some of the things you should know as you begin your journey today:
You have early afternoon NBA to watch.
Get over to NBA TV at 1:30 p.m. today to see Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo take on the defending champion Toronto Raptors. The former Wildcats will of course be joined by their Miami Heat teammates (it’s not a 2-on-5 situation, just in case you read it that way) in a game between Eastern Conference contenders.
Toronto currently sits in second place, 5.5 games ahead of fourth-place Miami; but Miami is only two back from taking third place from Boston, which would mix up the East’s playoff bracket and keep the Heat away from Milwaukee until the conference finals.
Today’s full NBA schedule:
1:30 p.m. | Raptors vs. Heat | NBA TV
4:00 p.m. | Nuggets vs. Thunder | NBA TV
4:00 p.m. | Pacers vs. Wizards | League Pass
6:30 p.m. | Grizzlies vs. Pelicans | ESPN
8:00 p.m. | Spurs vs. 76ers | League Pass
9:00 p.m. | Lakers vs. Jazz | ESPN
Anthony Davis is the Lakers’ best player by the way.
Makur Maker officially withdrew from the NBA Draft.
Makur Maker’s skeptics can eat it because the five-star center has officially withdrawn his name from consideration for this year’s NBA Draft. Maker will proceed with his plans to attend Howard University, where he will be the highest-ranked recruit to ever suit up for the basketball team.
Justin Thomas earns 13th career win, is the new World No. 1.
Louisville’s own Justin Thomas edged out Brooks Koepka down the stretch to win the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. The win is the 13th of Thomas’ career, making him the third youngest player to reach 13 wins in PGA history, behind only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Pretty good company.
Thomas shot his winning 13-under 267 at TPC Southwind with Jim “Bones” Mackay on the bag, a fun fact because Bones came out of retirement to fill in for Thomas’ regular caddie. Bones was Phil Mickelson’s longtime caddie of 25 years, and as luck would have it, Thomas and Bones were paired with Mickelson for the final round.
Thomas will now take Bones to the PGA Championship this week, Thomas’ first tournament during his new reign as the World’s No. 1 ranked golfer. Sunday’s win pushed him ahead of Jon Rahm for the title.
Hockey is back, too!
So many sports at once! Yesterday the NHL began its round-robin, best-of-five qualifying series. It will continue today with three more Western Conference games and three more Eastern Conference games at their respective bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto.
I don’t completely understand what’s going on with the format but Go Preds. We lost yesterday though.
Is Major League Baseball going to shut down?
In sports-that-can’t-figure-it-out-news, there were Saturday reports saying Major League Baseball is prepared to pull the plug on the season if any new outbreaks pop up from this past weekend’s round of games. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told the MLB Players Association to do a better job of managing the coronavirus or there will be a shutdown. In other words: the players better start taking this seriously and follow restrictions or they’re all going home.
When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the Cincinnati Reds said, “You seen us play? We’ve already gone home.”
Kidding, Reds fans. You can get back to .500 today with a win against the Indians when the Reds host Cleveland at 6:40 p.m. tonight with 2-0 Sonny Gray on the mound. Meanwhile, your next World Series champion, the Atlanta Braves, host the Mets at 7:10 p.m.; and my neighbor’s brother, Alec Mills, is back on the mound for the Cubs as Chicago hosts the Royals at 8:15 p.m.
Remember, you can get these awesome KSBar and Grille specials during all Reds games:
Kentucky Football sent out its scholarship invites to 2020 class.
If you’re a high school senior with a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky, it became official over the weekend once the NCAA opened the Aug. 1 window for Class of 2020 scholarship offers.
See them here:
UK to begin its testing of incoming students for COVID-19 today.
— #MaskUpCats (@universityofky) July 30, 2020
Let’s hope this testing goes well.
Freddie Maggard will guest host KSR!
Matt Jones is on vacation this week so Ryan Lemond and I are calling in the 606’s own Freddie Wayne Maggard to talk UK Football and whatever else comes up. Send us your questions for Freddie.