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Kentucky reflects, Louisville advances; plus more Big Blue Links

Kentucky’s Austin Keen (22) welcomes teammates back to the dugout in the ninth inning during UK’s 6-2 loss to Louisville in an NCAA baseball super regional at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, June 10, 2017. Louisville beat Kentucky 6-2.
Kentucky’s Austin Keen (22) welcomes teammates back to the dugout in the ninth inning during UK’s 6-2 loss to Louisville in an NCAA baseball super regional at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, June 10, 2017. Louisville beat Kentucky 6-2. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

▪ Louisville ends Kentucky’s baseball season two wins short of College World Series, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Louisville baseball proves it’s still a cut above the Cats, says my column.

▪ Nick Mingione’s first season better than anyone could have expected, writes Derek Terry of Cats Illustrated.

▪ UK’s best-ever season only the beginning, writes Alex Forkner of the Cats Pause.

▪ Nick Mingione changed the program and the players changed his life, reports Joe Mussatto of SEC Country.

▪ Louisville makes up for losing in super regional last two years, says Rick Bozich of WDRB.

▪ Dan McDonnell in the spotlight is a good thing for Louisville, says Eric Crawford of WDRB.

▪ Brendan McKay was again the star in Louisville’s home finale, reports Danielle Lerner of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Louisville dreams all the way to Omaha, writes Gentry Estes of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Zach Reks next chapter could be even better, writes Dick Gabriel of Big Blue Insider.

▪ Kentucky women fourth in NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, reports Jake Most for UKAA.

▪ Kentucky bench-warmers rate higher than All-SEC players as NBA prospects, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Three dark clouds Kentucky football must evade in 2017, from Mark Story of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Louisville football lands dual threat quarterback from Florida, reports Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Bob Stoops talked the talk and walked the walk against the SEC, says Duane Rankin of the Montgomery Advertiser.

▪ Florida headed to College World Series after win over Wake Forest, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.

▪ Texas A&M beats Davidson to advance to College World Series, reports Richard Croome of the Bryan/College Station Eagle.

▪ Tennessee baseball overdue to join NCAA Tournament party, says Mike Strange of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

▪ Vanderbilt baseball’s season ends with loss to Oregon State, reports Adam Sparks of the Tennessean.

▪ LSU beats Mississippi State 4-3 in Super Regional opener on Saturday, reports Logan Lowery of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal.

▪ Never-say-die Tigers just 27 outs from Omaha, writes Ron Higgins of NOLA.com.

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