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Still not much in the way of news (I guess it's officially summer), so let's scan over a few stories around the Big Blue Nation:

- Nick Fierro, a Morning Call Sports Reporter and Philadelphia Eagles insider, reports that former UK cornerback Trevard Lindley has a realistic shot of starting at cornerback for the Eagles as a rookie.

"Lindley has displayed that same kind of recovery speed at cornerback and was able to consistently make plays on passes as a result. Don't be surprised if he's in the mix to start at right cornerback by September. He'll have to pass Ellis Hobbs and Joselio Hanson on the depth chart. But Hobbs, regardless of what the Eagles say, still has to prove he's not damaged goods after that serious neck injury that landed him on injured reserve last season and basically kept him out of all team drills this spring. And Hanson, though way more savvy at this point, doesn't possess as much natural ability."

- Speaking of former football players, UK great Andre Woodson is competing for a starting quarterback job in the UFL, according to the New Enterprise.

- Cliff Brunt from the Associated Press has a great story on Patrick Patterson as he tries to impress the Indiana Pacers, who have the 10th pick in the NBA Draft. Brunt points to Patterson's academic success as a reason to believe in Patterson's work ethic.

"Any NBA team with questions about Patrick Patterson's work ethic should check his academic record. While he was a basketball star at Kentucky, Patterson was completing class work at an accelerated pace. Most players who leave school early put graduation on hold, but Patterson took just three years to get his degree in communication and leadership development."

- Perennial All-Star and a likely future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd spoke highly of former UK guard John Wall on a teleconference Monday. Jerry Tipton from the Lexington Herald-Leader has the scoop.

"He's a talent," Kidd said of Wall. "A lot of these guys can play above the rim now. He has the athletic ability. He can set up open guys. He can score. So I think the future is very bright. ... He will shine at the next level as long as he keeps working hard."

- Despite a valiant comeback in the ninth inning, the Alabama baseball team fell short of a College World Series bid with Monday's loss to Clemson. That finalizes this year's CWS, which will start Saturday, with eight teams bidding for the national championship. The Southeastern Conference has two teams, Florida and South Carolina, representing the league. 

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