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BBL: New UK football commit; USA keeps winning; Patrick Patterson’s new deal

Kentucky coach John Calipari directs his USA U19 team during a timeout in the FIBA World Cup in Egypt.
Kentucky coach John Calipari directs his USA U19 team during a timeout in the FIBA World Cup in Egypt. USA Basketball

Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

Highly-touted linebacker Xavier Peters picks Kentucky, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “A look at the list of scholarship offers that Xavier Peters has accumulated over the past few months is enough to justify his status as one of Kentucky’s biggest additions for the class of 2018. Peters — a 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker from West Chester, Ohio — announced his commitment to the Wildcats on Tuesday, giving a UK a major recruiting victory over some of the top college programs in the country.”

John Calipari’s USA team beats Italy to win group play, reports the Herald-Leader. “The United States, coached by John Calipari, won Group D with a 3-0 record, posting victories over Iran, Angola and Italy. All 16 teams in the World Cup advance to the single-elimination round of 16 beginning Wednesday. Group play was used to establish seeding. The United States will take on Mali, the last-place finisher in Group C, on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. EDT.”

Watch live at 9:30 a.m. Team USA in FIBA World Cup

Patrick Patterson agrees to deal with Oklahoma City, reports the Herald-Leader. “Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski’s report was sourced, and The Oklahoman’s Tony Horne reported that he could also confirm the deal. Free-agent contracts can’t be signed until Thursday.”

Aaron Harrison is fighting for a roster spot, reports Mike Sielkski of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Nobody wanted to talk to Aaron Harrison, not really. He had been shooting long jumpers on a court at the Philadelphia 76ers’ practice facility Thursday, during the first day of the team’s summer camp workout. It wasn’t the main court, though. It wasn’t where the established guys were. The established guys — Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, Nik Stauskas, even Markelle Fultz, who hasn’t played an NBA regular-season game yet — shot on another court, the one next to where Harrison flicked three-pointers from the top of the key.”

Bam Adebayo is flashing his regular season role, reports “Through Bam Adebayo’s first two games in Orlando, the HEAT are doing their part to ensure he isn’t lost in the usual big man shuffle. As he gets touches on both the elbows and the block, including a regular diet of jumpers, Adebayo is leading the team in shots (30). The efficiency hasn’t been there (10 makes) but it’s the volume that’s of greatest interest right now. “

Homer Bailey picks up first win since return, reports Pat Graham of the AP. “Homer Bailey wouldn’t read too much into one solid outing. Still, it was a big step in the right direction for the right-hander whose career has been riddled by arm injuries. Bailey went six effective innings for his first win since Aug. 12, Billy Hamilton had a two-out, two-run single after missing a game with a bothersome back and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 8-1 on Tuesday night.”

Could legal betting coming to NASCAR? asks Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. “Before he followed original Kentucky Speedway owner Jerry Carroll into motorsports, Mark Simendinger spent a decade as an executive at horse racing’s Turfway Park. Over the years, the Kentucky Speedway general manager said he has thought often about how it would work if his past world merged with his current one — and there was legal, pari-mutuel wagering on NASCAR races.”

Prized NBA free agent Gordon Hayward picks Boston, reports Chris Forsburg of espn. “The Boston Celtics finally got their fireworks -- on the Fourth of July, no less. Gordon Hayward, the prize of this summer’s free-agent class, announced Tuesday that he’s going to play for the Celtics, choosing their maximum-contract offer over those from the Utah Jazz, his team since 2010, and the Miami Heat.”

Missouri wading into one-and-done waters, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star. “The NBA’s 2005 collective bargaining agreement introduced a new term into college basketball’s lexicon: one-and-done. It’s a phenomenon — the league required U.S. players to be 19 years old and a year removed from high school to be eligible beginning with the 2006 draft — with which Missouri is largely unfamiliar.”

Is Big 3 a basketball league or a traveling sideshow? asks C. Jackson Cowart for the Charlotte Observer. “Cuttino Mobley walked to the postgame podium, sweat trickling from his brow as he tried to catch his breath. He took a seat next to DeShawn Stevenson, who hit the game-winner for Power in the BIG3’s debut last week in Brooklyn. This weekend at the Spectrum Center, it was Mobley’s turn to knock down two game-winning free throws to cap off the most competitive of Sunday’s four games.”

Kentucky football commitments for 2018




Brenden Bates


Cincinnati, OH

Jarren Williams


Lawrenceville, GA

Marquan McCall


Oak Park, MI

Akeem Hayes


Hollywood, FL

Alex Reigelsperger


Huber Heights, OH

Darian Kinnard


Cleveland, OH

Davoan Hawkins


Hollywood, FL

DeAndre Square


Detroit, MI

Domonique Williams


Highland, KS

Keaton Upshaw


Lima, OH

Marvin Alexander


Hollywood, FL

Quintin Wilson


Cincinnati, OH

Tyler Bentley


West Chester, OH

Xavier Peters


West Chester, OH

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