Big Blue Links for Saturday:
Kentucky baseball beats Alabama 3-2 in series opener, reports UKAA. Zack Brown allowed just two runs over seven innings as Gary Henderson’s club improved to 2-18 overall and 7-3 in the SEC. The two teams are scheduled to play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
In a win for the SEC, the NCAA bans satellite camps, reports Ralph Russo of the AP. The move came after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh held satellite camps in the south last year. The new rule says camps can only be held at a school’s facilities or facilities regularly used by the school.
Tyler Ulis wins the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s best point guard, reports the Herald-Leader. Providence’s Kris Dunn, Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Iowa State’s Monte Morris were the other finalists. The award was presented Friday night in Los Angeles.
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Karl-Anthony Towns’ superb rookie season was preceded by grief, reports Jon Krawczynski of the AP. Towns was close to former NBA star Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins, who passed away before the season. Towns’ father and Dawkins were friends for 20 years.
Dwayne Sutton commits to Louisville, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. A former start at Louisville Manual, Sutton is transferring from UNC-Asheville. Sutton averaged 12 points and 7.7 rebounds as a freshman last season at UNCA.
UK volleyball player Ashley Dusek is named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Indianapolis roster, reports UKAA. The squad is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline and is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National team.
Donnie Tyndall’s lawyer is threatening legal action against the NCAA, reports Grant Ramey of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. The former Tennessee coach was given a 10-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA on Friday for violations that occurred when Tyndall was the basketball coach at Southern Miss. Tyndall was the head coach at Morehead State before going to Southern Miss.
Mark Bradley of the AJC likes Josh Pastner, but he doesn’t like the Georgia Tech hire. Pastner underachieved as head coach at Memphis, where he followed a high bar set by his predecessor, a certain John Calipari. Pastner replaces Brian Gregory at Georgia Tech.
Quarterback Luke Del Rio impresses in Florida’s spring football game, reports Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald. Gators coach Jim McElwain said Del Rio, a transfer from Oregon State, has the edge at the position as the team goes into summer. UK plays at Florida next September.
Former Vanderbilt football player found guilty of rape in re-trial, reports Stacey Barchenger of the Tennessean. Cory Batey was found guilty of aggravated rape of an unconscious woman after a jury deliberated for less than three hours on Friday.
Early injury to Lexington’s own Ben Revere will test the Washington Nationals’ plan, writes Jerry Brewer of the Washington Post. Revere played his high school baseball at Lexington Catholic. He has played for the Twins, Phillies and Blue Jays before going to the Nats this year.
Tyler Ulis has always exceeded expectations, writes Anthony Crawford of the Kentucky Kernel. The sophomore guard turned in one of the best seasons ever by a UK point guard before announcing his intentions this week to turn pro.
Kentucky softball travels to No. 8 LSU, reports The Advocate. UK is trying to bounce back from a three-game sweep last week by visiting Auburn.
California sex harassment scandal leads to different fates for two coaches, reports Thomas Peele of the Mercury News. Assistant basketball coach Yann Hufnagel was treated much different than diving coach Todd Mulzet.
Storylines for the 2016-17 college basketball season, from C.L. Brown of ESPN. What happens with NCAA investigations into North Carolina and Louisville programs top the list of questions for the coming months.
Brandon Knight has sports hernia surgery, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. The former Kentucky guard decided to shut it down for the rest of the NBA season. Knight had last season cut short by ankle surgery.
Former UK baseball star Andy Green gets first win as MLB manager, reports Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. After being shut out three straight games by the Dodgers in opening series, San Diego bounces back to pound Colorado 13-6.