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Ex-UK star Andy Green gets into it with Dodgers; more Big Blue Links

The San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers come onto the field during an argument during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 30, 2017, in San Diego. Padres manager Andy Green, former UK baseball star, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had their own confrontation.
The San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers come onto the field during an argument during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, June 30, 2017, in San Diego. Padres manager Andy Green, former UK baseball star, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had their own confrontation. Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Saturday:

Ex-UK star Andy Green, now manager of the San Diego Padres, got into it with the Dodgers, reports Mike Axisa of CBS Sports. “In the bottom of the first, Dodgers lefthander Alex Wood had some words with Padres left fielder Jose Pirela, who was standing at second base following a leadoff double. Wood thought Pirela was stealing signs. The Wood-Pirela exchange led to the two managers, Dave Roberts and Andy Green, getting into a heated argument. At one point Roberts went around the umpire and pushed Green.”

Berry Trammel of the Oklahoman on the Thunder dealing for Paul George: “Sorry, Lakers. Sorry, Boston. Sorry, Cleveland. You all could have used the Pacers’ star swingman. But no team will make better use of George than the Thunder. OKC is back in the championship hunt.”

Former Western Kentucky tight end Mitchell Henry is remembered, reports Brad Stephens of the Bowling Green Daily News. “Henry, a former WKU tight end, had just been released from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad in November when he experienced shoulder pain. Doctors in his native Kentucky discovered a mass on his chest and diagnosed him with acute myeloid leukemia. Henry fought the disease for the final few months of his life before he died early Friday morning. He was 24.”

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Dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams is the total package, reports Chris Fisher of 247Sports. “We like Williams a little more every time we see him,” 247Sports scouting director Barton Simmons said. “The guy does everything well. He may not do any one thing at a rare level but he’s also has no real deficiencies. During a competition period, Williams made a throw on a vertical route that was one of the better throws of the day.”

Kansas donors getting new sections at Allen Fieldhouse, reports Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star. “University of Kansas donors will be inheriting two more prime-position sections from students for basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse, the result of an agreement between KU Athletics and the student senate finalized last week. Section 19 — a group of 420 seats adjacent to KU’s bench in the middle and upper sections — will be reallocated to boosters as part of an arrangement that will lower students’ season-ticket combo packs from $179 to $159.”

Imagine if you could bet legally on SEC football, writes John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “This upcoming football season could be more intriguing than usual. How intriguing? That’s up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Our most esteemed legal experts have agreed to rule on New Jersey’s bid for legalized sports gambling in their next session, which begins in October. Louisiana and Mississippi are among the states in New Jersey’s corner.”

Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Son on how the SEC East can pull even with the West. “A year ago the SEC East managed all of two wins in 15 games against the West. It got better last year with five wins. Woo-hoo. The two divisions play 14 regular-season games against each other, and the East has become the whipping boy for the best division in college football. But there is a path to .500. I’m not saying it’s an easy one, but if the East is going to pull even record-wise, here are the seven games it needs.”

LSU basketball lands a huge commitment, reports Sheldon Mickles of The Advocate. “Little did (first-year coach Will Wade) know that, a week later, he would get one of the really, really good kids in the nation — right in his new backyard — on Friday when Scotlandville point guard Ja’Vonte Smart, the 21st-ranked player on the 247Sports.com list for the Class of 2018, announced his commitment to LSU. This spring, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Smart narrowed his list of potential schools to Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Florida State, Oklahoma State and LSU. At the time, there was little indication that the hometown Tigers had any kind of an edge over the five-star recruit’s other suitors.”

USC quarterback Sam Darnold continues to impress, reports Dan Parr of NFL.com. “The buzz about USC quarterback Sam Darnold is only going to keep growing. He made sure of that on Friday during a competition among the college quarterbacks serving as counselors at Nike’s The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. Darnold won the competition with the highest score ever recorded in its history, per USA Today’s Paul Myerberg.”

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