■ I would love to see Phil Mickelson complete his personal grand slam and win the U.S. Open this weekend at Chambers Bay.
My pick: Rickie Fowler.
■ Based on the data, if you are the football coach at Kentucky, you have to look outside state lines for talent.
An ESPN study shows that over the past 10 years, the commonwealth did not rank among the top 10 states when it comes to producing SEC talent.
In fact, only Vanderbilt signed fewer in-state players (17.5 percent) than did Kentucky (19.2 percent).
■ Love him or hate him, LeBron James gave all he had in the NBA Finals.
■ I have no problem with Andre Iguodala being picked as the MVP of the NBA Finals. Then again, I don't put much stock in MVP awards in the first place.
■ The Reds are having a bad year, but not Todd Frazier. The third baseman has hit 20 homers and is on pace to hit 51 for the year.
That would put him second only to George Foster for the franchise's single-season record. Foster hit 52 homers in 1977. The last Red to hit 40 or more homers was Adam Dunn (40) in 2007.
■ Frazier is also on pace to hit 48 doubles. No Red has ever had 40 doubles and 40 homers in the same season.
■ That play Monday night in which starting pitcher Jon Moscot dislocated his shoulder — all of three batters into the game at Detroit — applying a tag in a rundown pretty much sums up Cincinnati's season.
■ Hoping the current voting trend stays the same and seven of the eight American League starting spots for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14 belong to the Kansas City Royals. Maybe that would finally expose the farce that is the fan vote.
■ Fox says it got 5 million viewers for the USA-Nigeria Women's World Cup game Tuesday night. Remember, a good bit of that match was up against Game 6 of the NBA Finals on ABC.
■ Speaking of the NBA Finals, it earned the highest television rating since Michael Jordan's final Chicago Bulls title in 1998.
■ This week's viral Twitter picture: The car of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer blocking in someone who parked in his spot at the OSU football offices. Turns out the car belonged to a graduate transfer place-kicker.
■ Golden State scored 29.4 percent of its points on three-pointers, a record for an NBA champion. By contrast, NCAA champ Duke scored 27.5 percent of its points via three-pointers. Kentucky scored 21 percent of its points via three-pointers.
■ Another sign that times have changed, nine of the 12 players who made the cut for the USA U-19 team have no college experience.
■ If only UK signee Isaiah Briscoe, who made that U-19 team and who told the Herald-Leader's Jerry Tipton, "I can do everything," had just a little more confidence.
■ Canada's government reported Wednesday that it was the victim of a cyberattack. Hope the St. Louis Cardinals have a good alibi.
■ Del Mar reportedly is putting together a $5 million bonus in hopes of enticing American Pharoah to race at the San Diego track. And Del Mar won't be alone.
■ Wrote Sunday about Tom VanMeter, owner of Lexington's Stockplace Farm, where Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was foaled in 2012. I should have mentioned that he also bred 2014 Derby runner-up Commanding Curve.
■ Friends of former Louisville tight end Pete Nochta, who played high school football at Tates Creek, have put together a Go Fund Me page to help Nochta in his fight with cancer. The son of former UK football player John Nochta was diagnosed recently with lymphoma. The site is Gofundme.com/ peteslymphomafund.