Happy Saturday, Big Blue Nation.
The month of July is moving fast as the summer heat ramps up throughout the Bluegrass. This weekend is a busy one with a ton of stuff going on. Peach Jam rolls on in Georgia, golfers are jockeying for position at the Barbasol and The Open. MLB just resumed play, and the NBA Finals are starting to get intense.
It’s another great day as the football season is now just one day closer. Let’s get caught up to speed on everything going on. July has now turned into a busy season in the post-COVID world.
Jalen Duren at the Peach Jam
Down in Georgia at the 2021 EYBL Peach Jam, Jalen Duren is the biggest star participating in the first-class AAU basketball event. While playing, John Calipari was front and center watching the big man go to work. KSR’s Jack Pilgrim lays out the entire situation right now as this is a recruitment with plenty of work left to do.
Keldon Johnson is going for gold
Following the news that Bradley Beal and Kevin Love would not be members of USA basketball when the Olympics begin in Tokyo, a former Wildcat was called up to be a replacement. On Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Keldon Johnson will be representing his country.
Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee will replace Bradley Beal and Kevin Love on Team USA’s roster for the Olympics, sources tell ESPN. McGee will travel to Las Vegas to join team on Saturday. https://t.co/236CgYVau0
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 16, 2021
After receiving SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2019, the San Antonio Spurs selected Johnson in the first round of the NBA Draft at No. 29 overall. The 6-5 wing player took a big jump in year two while averaging 12.8 points and 6 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game with 67 starts.
Johnson will join former Kentucky players Devin Booker and Bam Adebayo as Team USA competes internationally.
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SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will not take the podium to give his state of the union address until Monday, but KSR’s football squad is more than ready for the event. Boots will be on the ground at The Wynfrey Hotel in a few short days with Mark Stoops, Darian Kinnard, and Josh Paschal fielding questions on Tuesday. However, this mega-event deserves plenty of attention. KSR is here to give it to you.
Football is coming.
At Keene Trace Golf Club, 10 players are within three shots of the lead heading into Saturday at the Barbasol Championship. J.T. Poston owns the 32-hole lead after going 65-66 to begin the tournament. Expect a lot more birdies from the pros as this tournament moves forward.
Over at Royal St. George’s, round three television coverage started at 7:00 a.m. and will run until 3:00 p.m. on NBC. With some very soft conditions, the course has been opened up for birdies, and players are taking advantage. Louis Oosthuizen posted a 64-65 to start the weekend, and that 129 on the card was the lowest 36-hole score in The Open’s history. Yet, the South African only leads 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa by two shots. The leaders begin their round at 10:55 a.m. while Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are just a few more shots back. Expect plenty of fireworks in the next couple of days. Here is when the contenders tee off:
10:05 a.m. — Justin Harding, Paul Casey
10:15 a.m. — Andy Sullivan, Marcel Siem
10:25 a.m. — Emiliano Grillo, Danie Van Tonder
10:35 a.m. — Dustin Johnson, Scottie Scheffler
10:45 a.m. — Dylan Frittelli, Jordan Spieth
10:55 a.m. — Collin Morikawa, Louis Oosthuizen
NBA Finals Game 5
The Bucks and Suns are set to take the court again tonight as the series moves back to Phoenix. A series does not begin until a road team records a victory, and that is still what we are waiting on in this Finals. The action begins tonight at 9:00 p.m.
Can Devin Booker post another huge scoring output? Will Giannis Antetokounmpo post another ridiculous block to swing a game? We’re about to find out.