Links and notes for Wednesday:
▪ After Tuesday night’s draft lottery, ESPN’s Chad Ford has his mock draft 7.0 set. Ford has Jamal Murray going to the Boston Celtics with the No. 3 pick. He has Orlando taking Skal Labissiere at No. 11. He has Tyler Ulis going to the Denver Nuggets with the No. 15 pick.
▪ Kentucky football has added an assistant strength and conditioning coach for football, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. Deonte Mack follows Mark Hill from Bloomington to the weight room in Lexington.
▪ The Cats are among those on Jedrick Will’s Top 10 list, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. The offensive tackle from Lafayette is one of the nation’s most coveted recruits.
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▪ UK’s Chip McDaniel is tied for the lead in the NCAA Golf Regional. The former Clay County star shot a 67 on Tuesday.
▪ Kentucky softball is preparing for this weekend’s NCAA Regional at John Cropp Stadium. A pair of freshmen, Abbey Cheek and Katie Reed, have played an important role in the Cats’ success this season.
▪ Kentucky baseball picked up a 4-1 win at Murray State on Tuesday. The Cats close out the regular season with a home weekend series against Missouri.
▪ Rick Pitino reported that center Chinanu Onuaku underwent a successful heart procedure and will probably stay in the NBA Draft.
▪ Devin Booker brought a friend and luck to the Big Apple for the Phoenix Suns. Booker was the team’s representative at the NBA Draft lottery. He was joined by 16-year-old Suns fan Jenna Warren, who has Down Syndrome.
▪ Reports say Oklahoma guard Austin Grandstaff will transfer from the Final Four team. Grandstaff started out at Ohio State before moving to Norman.
▪ In the Indians’ 13-1 rout of the Reds on Tuesday night, Cincinnati gave up a grand slam with walks. You read that right.
▪ The wife of ex-Eastern Kentucky University basketball coach Jeff Neubauer, now at Fordham, has apparently been tweeting about his alleged affair.
▪ Saturday Down South takes a look at how Eddie Gran’s previous backfields compare to the one he now has at Kentucky.
▪ We’re three days away from the Preakness.
▪ Looks like ex-UK manager and former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel could land on his feet with the Orlando Magic.
▪ The Warriors will try to return to being the Warriors on Wednesday night, down 1-0 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s a 9 p.m. game on TNT.
▪ A 6-year-old was severely injured by a foul ball at a Charlotte Knights’ minor league baseball game. The boy suffered a skull fracture and concussion.
▪ The SEC will follow the ACC’s lead and go to a more collaborative effort on replay calls this football season.
▪ You can read my random notes column for the print edition here.
ESPN sets TV schedule for first college football weekend
Thursday, Sept 1
8:00 - South Carolina at Vanderbilt (ESPN)
Saturday, Sept 3
7:30 (a.m.) - Georgia Tech vs. Boston College at Dublin, Ireland (ESPN2)
12:00 - Oklahoma at Houston (ABC)
12:00 - Hawaii at Michigan (ESPN)
3:30 - LSU vs. Wisconsin at Green Bay (ABC)
5:30 - Georgia vs. North Carolina at Atlanta (ESPN)
8:00 - USC vs. Alabama at Arlington, Texas (ABC)
9:00 - Clemson at Auburn (ESPN)
Sunday, Sept 4
7:30 - Notre Dame at Texas (ABC)
Monday, Sept 5
8:00 - Ole Miss vs. Florida State at Orlando (ESPN)
Note: More games to be added.