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Lexington becomes a college baseball town, plus more Big Blue Links

Kentucky’s Kole Cottam celebrates with teammates after scoring during 8-6 win over North Carolina State in the NCAA Regional at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky on Sunday June 4, 2017.
Kentucky’s Kole Cottam celebrates with teammates after scoring during 8-6 win over North Carolina State in the NCAA Regional at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky on Sunday June 4, 2017. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Monday:

▪ Kentucky finds its bats and itself just one game away from Super Regional at Louisville, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Cliff Hagan Stadium is the place to be on Monday night, says yours truly.

▪ Kentucky’s big inning forces deciding game, reports Nick Gray for the Raleigh News and Observer.

▪ Zack Thompson gave up a homer on his first pitch but little thereafter as UK baseball beat Indiana 14-9 in Sunday’s first game, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Kentucky baseball forces a winner-take-all final, reports Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal.

▪ All Kentucky pitchers on deck save one, says Derek Terry of Cats Illustrated.

▪ Kentucky exacts revenge over Wolfpack, reports Alex Forkner of the Cats Pause.

▪ Marcus Carson bounces back for the Cats, says Joe Mussatto of SEC Country.

▪ UK steps it up to make it to Monday night, reports Charlee Scahefer of the Kentucky Kernel.

▪ Louisville edges Xavier to advance to Super Regional, reports the Courier-Journal.

▪ Louisville players don’t care if its Kentucky or North Carolina State, reports Rick Bozich of WDRB.

▪ Davidson pulls a stunner to eliminate No. 2 national seed North Carolina, reports C. Jackson Cowart for the Charlotte Observer.

▪ Season-ending defeat is just miserable for North Carolina, reports Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer.

▪ Bethune-Cookman upsets Florida to force deciding game, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.

▪ It wasn’t over until 3 a.m., but Arkansas stays alive with win over Missouri State, reports Eric Bolin of SEC Country.

▪ Arkansas delivers in Baum’s finest hours, reports Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

▪ Auburn suffers heartbreaking 10-inning loss to Florida State that sets up winner-take-all game, reports Matthew Stevens of the Montgomery Advertiser.

▪ Clemson and Vanderbilt meet in winner-take-all game Monday at Clemson, reports Brad Senkiw for The State.

▪ Mississippi State advances to play Southern Miss, reports Patrick Ochs of the Biloxi Sun-Herald.

▪ Forty-six wins down, two to go for Omaha for LSU, writes Ron Higgins of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

▪ Lexington native Leslie Ladd is the only female in the 15-person scouting department for the Jacksonville Jaguars, reports Jarrett Van Meter for the Herald-Leader.

▪ Addition of Brian Bowen changes Louisville basketball possibilities, says Eric Crawford of WDRB.

▪ Ex-UK player Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, currently at Western Kentucky, is giving up basketball, reports Elliott Pratt of the Bowling Green Daily News.

▪ Golden State proves unstoppable, beats Cleveland in Game 2, reports Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

▪ With Steve Kerr back, the Warriors are a complete team again, says Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle.

▪ Ender Inciarate’s career day leads Braves over Reds 13-8, reports AP.

▪ Rex, Rob Ryan involved in scuffle in Nashville bar, reports

▪ Florida playing for national title in Women’s College World Series, reports the Gainesville Sun.

▪ Alabama’s new baseball coach, former UK assistant Brad Bohannon, is known as one heck of a recruiter, reports Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News.

▪ Ole Miss expected to address NCAA allegations this week, reports Parrish Alford of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal.

▪ Ex-Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire set to join Florida, reports Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel.

▪ Zaire to Florida means Georgia’s path just got tougher, says Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

▪ LSU defensive end Arden Key is rejoining the Tigers, reports Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports.

▪ Tennessee shouldn’t have to play Alabama every year, argues John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

▪ New Tennessee AD John Currie is not tipping his hand, writes Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

▪ Frank Martin reflects on his five-year journey to the Final Four, reports David Cloninger of The State.

▪ Three things learned from this year’s SEC Spring Meetings, from Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph.

▪ IMG Academy has become ground zero for college football recruiting, says John Crist of Saturday Down South.

▪ NCAA recruiting freeze stops coincidence hires, says Duan Rankin of the Montgomery Advertiser.

▪ Peyton Manning played golf with President Trump, reports the AJC.

▪ Tim Tebow is a major league star living a decidedly minor league life, says Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

▪ Hubie Brown to receive Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, reports Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.

▪ Immigration officials arrest 16 at Saratoga Springs, reports Tom Precious of the Blood-horse.

NCAA Baseball Tournament

Super Regionals

Oregon State vs. Clemson-Vanderbilt winner

Cal State-Fullerton vs. Texas-Long Beach State winner

Texas Tech-Sam Houston State winner vs. Florida State-Auburn winner

LSU vs. Southern Miss-Mississippi State winner

Davidson vs. Houston-Texas A&M winner

Louisville vs. Kentucky-North Carolina State winner

Arkansas-Missouri State winner vs. TCU-Dallas Baptist winner

Wake Forest vs. Florida-Bethune-Cookman winner