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Ex-Kentucky star Cousins responds to Brittney Griner’s challenge

Athletes with Kentucky ties in the Rio Olympics

29 athletes and one coach with ties to the commonwealth will vie for gold in the Summer Games in Rio. Over half of the athletes have ties to track and field.
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29 athletes and one coach with ties to the commonwealth will vie for gold in the Summer Games in Rio. Over half of the athletes have ties to track and field.

A modern day Battle of the Sexes is brewing at the Olympic Games in Brazil this week.

The United States’ men’s and women’s basketball teams both are undefeated in pool play and on their expected tracks as favorites to claim gold medals.

Since the players don’t seem to be finding a lot of competition on the floor, a pair of them went toe-to-toe off the floor this week.

Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-9 three-time All-Star for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, and formerly of Baylor University, challenged Sacramento Kings big man and one-time Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins to a game of one-on-one, according to an article written by USA Today’s Sam Amick.

“I would love to just go out there and play against (Cousins),” Griner said from Brazil, where both teams reside on a luxury cruise ship. “We talk a lot of crap to each other. I love talking to him. He’s really funny. I would love to just go out there and play against him.

“I’ve never really been around him before until now, but he’s like that big brother, just to talk smack to and who is always competitive. He’s awesome.”

As you might imagine, Boogie took the bait.

“Whenever you’re ready to get it on camera and see her get embarrassed, I’m ready for it,” Cousins told USA Today with a smile after practice on Tuesday.

Kentuckians in the Olympics

Thursday’s results:

No athletes with Kentucky ties competed Thursday

Competing Friday:

Marcelo Acosta (U of L swimming/El Salvador): 1,500 freestyle qualifying, 12:58 p.m.

DeMarcus Cousins (former UK basketball/United States): U.S. vs. Serbia, 6 p.m.

Andrew Evans (former UK track and field/United States): Discus throw qualifying, 8:30 a.m.

Henri Junghaenel (former UK shooting/Germany): 50m rifle prone shooting qualification, 8 a.m.; finals, 10 a.m.

Angel McCoughtry (former U of L basketball/United States): U.S. vs. Canada, 2:30 p.m.

Grigory Tarasevich (U of L swimming/Russia): 4-by-100 medley relay qualifying, 2:48 p.m.; finals, 10:04 p.m.

David Verburg (former Fleming County resident/United States): 400-meter run qualifying, 8:45 p.m.

Kelsi Worrell (U of L swimming/United States): 4-by-100 relay qualifying, 2:38 p.m.

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