■ In his book Lead to Succeed, Rick Pitino lists the 10 traits of great leadership. No. 4 is "Act with Integrity."
This is the same Pitino who last week booted holdover Stephan Van Treese from the Louisville roster to open a spot for freshman Montrezl Harrell.
■ And if you think that Pitino is only doing this in response to competing against John Calipari, remember he did the same thing at UK with Rodrick Rhodes, Aminu Timberlake and Carlos Toomer.
■ And yes, Calipari "waived" holdovers when he came to UK three years ago, but Cal didn't recruit those players.
■ More reasons why transfers should be allowed to play right away.
■ Kent State and Stony Brook both made the College Baseball World Series. If this were college football, however, they would be playing each other in the Motor City Bowl.
■ You may have noticed that Karl Towns Jr., top prospect in the Class of 2015, made the 15-man roster for the John Calipari-coached Dominican Republic National Team, which was scheduled to play an exhibition game Tuesday night at Northern Kentucky University.
■ We now know that Aroldis Chapman is fallible.
Sunday night, against the Detroit Tigers, Dusty Baker took Chapman out of his routine by bringing him in with two on and no one out in the eighth. The results were not good.
■ Unconfirmed: When Bob Baffert flew back to California after Saturday's Belmont Stakes, his boarding pass read "Zone 2."
■ A reader corrects me from the Belmont Stakes. Says that the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, not the New York Racing Association, made the decision to put all 12 Belmont Stakes horses in a detention barn three days before the race.
■ Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports picked his top 55 non-conference basketball games for next season. Five UK games — vs. Louisville, Baylor, Duke, Notre Dame and Maryland — made the list.
■ If the Kentucky boys' basketball All-Stars want to break their four-game losing streak against Indiana, maybe they should hire Matt Roark as coach.
■ You do know that both LeBron James and Kevin Durant played basketball at UK during the NBA lockout. Just saying. If you don't, Cal will remind you.
■ I wear glasses at news conferences just like the NBA players — only mine have lenses in them.
■ Now that the Dolphins are going to be on HBO's Hard Knocks, Chad Ochocinco has been a part of more TV shows than Keith Olbermann.
■ Best Roger Clemens closer: Mariano Rivera or his defense attorney?
■ Given the marathon-like length of the NHL season, the Los Angeles Kings probably open training camp next week.
■ Rajon Rondo should have shaken hands with the Heat after losing Game 7. Bet he would have shaken hands had Boston won.
■ Wonder which baseball team will pitch a no-hitter this Saturday.
■ The NFL's referees may go on strike this upcoming season. According to The Onion, one of their contract demands is that the league explain to them what exactly is pass interference.
■ I can't believe that after the way he gushes on and on about Augusta, CBS' Jim Nantz got married at Pebble Beach.
■ Did you see where a Florida shrimp boat in Florida found a prosthetic leg with a UK logo?
WKYT reports that it belonged to Fred Robinson, who played football for the Cats in the 1980s. A Florida resident, he lost it while swimming over Memorial Day weekend.
That's no fish story.
■ The winner of the European Cup soccer tournament gets to bail out Greece.
■ When the analysts buried the Heat after Miami lost Game 5 to Boston, that 9-year-old kid who yelled "Good effort! Good job!" to the players as they left the floor turned out to be right for not giving up on his heroes.
John Clay: (859) 231-3226. Blog: johnclay.bloginky.com. Twitter: @johnclayiv.