Video: Dan McHale throws out first pitch

New Eastern Kentucky basketball coach Dan McHale threw out the first pitch at the Lexington Legends game on Thursday night.

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Video: Mark Stoops lists true freshmen who may play

After practice on Thursday, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops was asked which true freshmen might see playing time in 2015.

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Video: Ryan Flannigan talks about shoulder injury

Still battling a shoulder injury, Kentucky linebacker Ryan Flannigan hasn’t returned to contract drills but says he is confident he will be ready for next Saturday’s opener.

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BBL: UK football turns focus to UL-Lafayette

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SEC: Does Auburn have an NCAA problem over major?

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Skal Labissiere All-American and more lunch notes

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Random notes for lunch:

Louisville will wear alternative black uniforms for its Thursday night ESPN game with Clemson on Sept. 17. First, however, the Cardinals open with Auburn at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 5.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has named its All-American team. It includes Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere, LSU freshman Ben Simmons, Providence guard Kris Dunn, Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon and Iowa State forward Georges Niang.

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Big Blue Links: SEC Network picks UK to go 8-4

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SEC Network picks Kentucky to go 8-4, reports the Cats Pause. “The analysts, which included former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, Matt Stinchcomb and host Peter Burns, predicted the Cats will snap its 28-game losing streak to Florida, record road wins over South Carolina and Mississippi State, and upset archrival Louisville in the season finale in addition to wins over Lafayette, Eastern Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Charlotte.”

Kentucky’s secondary should be a strength, reports Jennifer Smith of Herald-Leader. More depth and more emphasis by head coach Mark Stoops should help the Cats in the defensive backfield. “I’m excited to get in there and give as much as I can,” Stoops said. “You have your obligations as a head coach that I’m more comfortable with at this point in time. But I am excited to get back into the room.”

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ESPN releases SEC/Big 12 Challenge schedule

ESPN has released schedule for the SEC/Big 12 Basketball Challenge set for January 30, 2016 on its family of networks.

  • 12:00 – West Virginia at Florida  (ESPN/2)
  • 12:00 – Vanderbilt at Texas  (ESPN/2)
  • 2:00 – Tennessee at TCU  (ESPN2)
  • 2:00 – Ole Miss at Kansas State  (ESPNU)
  • 4:00 – Texas Tech at Arkansas (ESPNU)
  • 6:00 – Georgia at Baylor (ESPN2)
  • 8:00 – Oklahoma State at Auburn (ESPN2)

Here are the three games that will start no earlier than 2 p.m. but no later than 7 p.m.

  • Kentucky at Kansas (ESPN)
  • Oklahoma at LSU (ESPN)
  • Iowa State at Texas A&M (ESPN)
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Ohio State’s jersey ‘coincidence’

In his basketball notebook a couple of weeks back, Jerry Tipton wrote about the issue of schools selling jerseys with numbers that often correlate to the most recognizable players on the team. The players themselves receive no money from the sales. The story included UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart saying, “I think there are very few iconic players anymore … Our coaches have sort of been our icons, if you will.”

Jay Bilas, a longtime critic of the practice, tweeted out a link to a story Tuesday from The Lantern in which Ohio State will sell only jerseys with two numbers this season. The Buckeyes will limit sales to No. 1 and No. 15. The school said past sales show that No. 1 is the most popular jersey number. And No. 15 is being sold because this is the 2015 season.

Ohio State said any other inference is just a “coincidence” according to the article.

Rick Van Brimmer, assistant vice president for Affinity Trademark Management, said that it is merely a coincidence that two team standouts in redshirt senior quarterback/H-back Braxton Miller (1) and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) sport the two number choices that are represented.

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BBL: Mumme Bowl II comes to Tuscaloosa

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