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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Twitter1.pngFor many Kentucky coaches, players, journalists and fans, Twitter has become a part of their everyday lives. With that in mind, Cat Scratches will select a handful of topics from around the world of Kentucky sports and highlight some of the best of what those coaches, players, journalists and fans are communicating to their followers on Twitter.

UK football prepares for road matchup with No. 8 Florida 
On Saturday at 7 p.m., the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats will take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU as UK looks to end a near quarter century losing streak against Florida.

Larry Vaught, Danville Advocate-Messenger (@vaughtsviews) - Cat Walk at the Swamp. Fans should gather by 4:45pm near Gate 15 off Stadium Rd.

Running Back Derrick Locke (@locke20) - "Preparation for Florida"

Matt Jones, Kentucky Sports Radio (@KySportsRadio) - "Danny Trevathan broke his hand against Akron and kept playing. Will have cast on his hand versus Florida"

Linebacker Danny Trevathan (@DTrevathan22) - "Being strong and wrapping it up like my role model @PatrickWillis52 ..time to take it to the swamp!! Preparation been started!! Godspeed"

Men's Basketball prepares for Big Blue Madness, Blue-White Game
The UK men's basketball team will tip-off the upcoming 2010-11 season in October with the annual Big Blue Madness on Oct. 15 and tge Blue-White Game on Oct. 26. This week, details regarding the sale of tickets to both events were announced.

The official Twitter of UK Athletics (@UKAthleticsNews) - "Tickets for Big Blue Madness will be available Oct. 2, at 7 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online. Tickets are free again this year and there will be a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders at and will have a minimal service fee attached, limit of two tickets per household. Fans lining up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29."

The official Twitter of Rupp Arena (@Rupp_Arena) - "Who's excited for Big Blue Madness in 23 days? We can't wait to host another season! #RTL"

Sydney Hiance named SEC Player of the Week
On Monday, senior goalkeeper Sydney Hiance was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Hiance registered two shutouts last week in wins over Evansville and South Alabama. The two shutouts brought her career total to 19, good for third place in school history. The award was also Hiance's sixth conference award of her career, best in school history.

The official Twitter of UK Athletics (@UKAthleticsNews) - "Women's soccer GK Sydney Hiance has been named SEC Defensive Player of the Week, her sixth career SEC award:"

Women's soccer head coach Jon Lipsitz (@UKCoachLipsitz) - "Congratulations to Sydney Hiance for earning SEC defensive player of the week" UK Athletics Works with

God's Pantry
God's Pantry is a food bank that works to fight hunger across central and eastern Kentucky. UK Athletics is proud of the work that players and coaches do in conjunction with God's Pantry. Visit this link to support God's Pantry.

John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) - Got some recruiting travel later in the weekend but I was very happy to be able to join our players today as we visited elementary schools in conjunction w/God's Pantry. I absolutely love getting out in the community w/our guys & stressing the importance of educ. 2 youngsters. Huge credit goes to our AD, @UKMitchBarnhart, for making events like these possible for all our student-athletes. It's really what being part of the UK family is all about.

The official Twitter of UK gymnastics (@UKGymnastics) - "Video and Photos from the UK Gymnastics team's work with God's Pantry BackPack Program tonight:"

UK Hoops assistant coach Matt Insell celebrates Birthday
On Wednesday, third year assistant coach Matt Insell celebrated his 28th birthday. His players and fellow coaches offered him well wishes on his big day. That's really one of my favorite things about Facebook and Twitter -- it's a whole lot easier to remember people's birthdays.

The official Twitter of UK Hoops (@UKHoopCats) - "Happy Birthday to UK Hoops assistant coach @minsell We hope you have a great day! Go Big Blue!"

Head coach Matthew Mitchell (@UKCoachMitchell) - "Happy Birthday to @minsell! He's a great friend and I hope he has a great day!!"

Assistant coach Kyra Elzy (@CoachLZ) - "Happy Birthday to my little brother - Matt Insell. We will celebrate when you get back. Today is a BIG work day....LOL."

Point guard Amber Smith (@A_Smith_24) - "Happy Birthday to my Coach @minsell !!"

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