Big Blue Links for Monday

Dansby Swanson

Big Blue Links for Monday:

Vanderbilt and Virginia revved up for rare rematch, reports Adam Sparks of the Tennessean. The two teams start the championship series of the College World Series on Monday night in Omaha. Vanderbilt beat the Cavaliers last year in the finals to take the title. Monday night’s first game in the best-of-three is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Guy Morriss wants Lexington to be his home again, writes Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader. “Morriss led UK in 2001 and 2002 following a recruiting scandal that dismantled the program under Hal Mumme’s watch. Morriss guided the Wildcats to 2-9 and 7-5 seasons before leaving to become the head coach at Baylor, where he went 18-40 over five seasons.”

J.B. Holmes shot a 76 on final day of U.S. Open, reports USGA. Just three shots back of the leader heading into Sunday, the former UK star slipped to 6-over par and finished in a tie for 27th. He started the day with a double bogey and it didn’t get much better. Holmes finished 5-over for the tournament, won by Jordan Spieth.

Darius Miller adds another title to his resume, reports the Herald-Leader. The former Mason County and UK star won a championship in Germany on Sunday. “Miller had 12 points and two assists in Brose Baskets’ 88-84 win over Bayern Munich in the deciding Game 5 of the finals of the Beko BBL, the top basketball league in Germany. Miller was 3-for-4 from three-point range.”

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BBL: J.B. Holmes three shots back at U.S. Open

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

  • Eagle on 16 keeps J.B. Holmes in U.S. Open contention. [Herald-Leader]
  • Analyst thinks Booker will be better shooter in NBA. [Jerry Tipton]
  • Master Marketer Calipari tries another catch-phrase. [John Clay]
  • Karl-Anthony Towns works out for Timberwolves. [Herald-Leader]
  • Towns’ progress in post makes him unstoppable. [USA Today]
  • Incoming UK guard has crazy long wingspan. [Next Cats]
  • A quick look at UK’s offensive line commitments under Stoops. [Next Cats]
  • Guy Morriss happy to be living, working in Lexington again. [Vaught’s Views]
  • Two basketball recruits visiting UK this weekend. [Next Cats]
  • Harrison twins could make sense for the Warriors. [247Sports]
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SEC: It’s Vanderbilt vs. Virginia for CWS title

SEC links for Sunday:

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Report: Four UK players to be invited to New York for draft

ESPN reports that at least 20 players will be invited to New York for Thursday’s NBA Draft, including four Kentucky players.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker are all expected to be invited, reports Andy Katz.

Towns is expected to be either the No. 1 overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves or the No. 2 pick of the Los Angeles Lakers. Cauely-Stein is expected to be a Top 10 pick.

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After Friday’s low round, J.B. Holmes in U.S. Open hunt

Kentucky’s own J.B. Holmes is tied for ninth going into Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.

After shooting a two-over-par 72 on Thursday, the former University of Kentucky golfer shot a four-under 66 on Friday to stand at -2 for the tournament. He’s three shots behind leaders Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

Holmes’ 66 on Friday tied with Louis Oosthuizen for low round of the day. He eagled the par-5 No. 8 to go -3 under on the day. On the back nine, he birdied 10, 12, 14 and 16 and bogeyed 11, 13 and 17. It was his best round at a U.S. Open in five starts.

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BBL: Kentucky happy to get Ohio State tackle

Big Blue Links for Saturday:

  • Ohio State offensive tackle Marcyels Jones transfers to UK. [Herald-Leader]
  • Jones was a one-time Kentucky recruit. [Cats Illustrated]
  • Price increases approved for UK basketball tickets. [Herald-Leader]
  • Top 2016 prospect Josh Jackson likes what he’s seen from UK. [Herald-Leader]
  • Kentucky’s 2016 basketball recruiting class by the numbers. [Next Cats]
  • Taylor standout Goodin wants another crack at Sweet 16. [Next Cats]
  • Kentucky makes offer to 2017 big man Tillman. [Courier-Journal]
  • Michigan native Tillman is high on the Cats. [Cats Pause]
  • Thon Maker will play one more season in high school. [Next Cats]
  • Harrison and Joiner nominated for Woman Athlete of the Year. [Vaught’s Views]
  • Welcome to the BBNBA. [KyForward]
  • DeMarcus Cousins loves the kids, even when they school him. [Nation of Blue]
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SEC: Walker Buehler pitches Vanderbilt into finals

SEC links for Saturday:

  • Former Henry Clay star Buehler pitches Vandy into title series. [David Climer]
  • No drama for the defending champions as Commodores advance. [Tennessean]
  • Florida beats Virginia to force one-game playoff. [Miami Herald]
  • Gators solve Cavaliers’ pitching in 10-5 victory. [Gainesville Sun]
  • South Carolina should heed Steve Spurrier. [Mike Bianchi]
  • Alabama-Florida State to open 2017 season in Falcons’ new stadium. []
  • Next football season will come up one date too short. [John Adams]
  • Late kickoffs are the cost of sports’ growth. [Parrish Alford]
  • South Carolina would be wise to keep tap closed on beer sales. [Josh Kendall]
  • Texas A&M chancellor jabs Texas over beer sales. [Ron Higgins]
  • South Carolina women’s basketball adds another top ACC transfer. [The State]
  • LSU was having a great spring until football reared its head. [Glenn Guilbeau]
  • Early Auburn enrollee pushing to be starting H-back. [Ledger-Enquirer]
  • Georgia’s DeVondre Seymour is giving up football. [Times Free Press]
  • Mississippi State pitcher skipping final year for medical school. [Clarion-Ledger]
  • LSU could lose baseball assistant to New Orleans. [The Advocate]
  • Texas A&M reacts to the death of John David Crow. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Billy Donovan’s son takes high school coaching job. [Gainesville Sun]
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Fox Sports triple-bogeys first round of U.S. Open

I’m not a huge golf fan, but I do watch the majors. So I watched a little of the U.S. Open from Chambers Bay on Thursday night, which was Fox Sports’ first foray into televising a golf major.

The coverage was almost as bad as my pick of Rickie Fowler, who shot an 81. Even Tiger Woods had a better day than Fowler.

As for the coverage, it was too much Fox being Fox. Too many goofy graphics. What in the name of Arnold Palmer was that dark-green circular graphic Fox used around the hole whenever a golfer was attempting a putt? Too many forced features. At one point, the network was trying to tell us how the trains that go by the course are like golf. Seriously?

As for the basics, too often, Fox didn’t tell you who was on the screen hitting the ball. It would leave its leaderboard graphic on the screen at the expense of seeing what was happening, or who was making it happen.

Then there’s Joe Buck. You either love him or hate him. I used to not mind Buck and his deadpan delivery. It might even be a welcome respite from Jim Nantz’s overwrought lovefest with Augusta. But a friend and avid golf fan texted me last night saying, “Joe Buck is completely out of his element.”

So is Fox. The good news: There are three more rounds for the network to show some improvement. The bad news: Fox has the U.S. Open for the next 12 years.

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Not many left from Kentucky’s 2012 football class


Doing some prep work Thursday morning, I stumbled upon a disconcerting factoid regarding Kentucky football. Of the 25 players who were signed in 2012, there are just 10 left on the current roster.

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Big Blue Links: Camp and workout news


Big Blue Links for Thursday:

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