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Each Wednesday here at Cat Scratches, we're going to take a look back at the latest week's news in UK Athletics from around the web.

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Football: Cats get new look (Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader)
Amid swirling spotlights, a smoke machine going great guns and driving music that made the venerable Lyric feel like a dance club, UK and Nike unveiled the Wildcats' new football uniforms for 2011.

"It looked like we were launching a new fragrance," Phillips joked afterward.

Men's basketball: Miller eager to do his part (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Darius Miller will have a significant role as one of the Wildcats' few veteran leaders next season. The team will have super sophomores in forward Terrence Jones and guard Doron Lamb, as well as the top-rated class of incoming freshmen. As the team's most experienced player, the 6-foot-7 former Kentucky Mr. Basketball is ready to take on a leadership role.

"I feel comfortable with it," the senior-to-be said. "I can't wait to get the season started. I'm just going to do the best I can to get better over the summer."

Men's basketball: Calipari congratulates Delk on new job (Herald-Leader)
Former University of Kentucky star Tony Delk, who served the past two seasons as UK's assistant director of basketball operations, was named an assistant coach at New Mexico State on Saturday.

Delk helped the Wildcats to a 2011 Final Four appearance, 2010 Elite Eight finish, SEC Championship and SEC Tournament Championship.

Football: Q&A with Joker Phillips (Darrell Bird, The Cats' Pause)
TCP: What did you learn about yourself in that first season as the boss?
PHILLIPS: I stretched myself way too thin with things outside of football. Rich told me on the way out that, 'Hey, you've got to learn how to say no.' But I wanted to get our message out there, what our program is about. And not only was I trying to sell the Big Blue Nation our plan, I was also trying to sell the coaches our plan. Now, they understand our plan enough that if someone calls from the Rotary Club I don't feel like I'm the one who has to do it. If someone calls from Cincinnati, Rick Minter can handle it. Steve Pardue has the Owensboro area, and he can get the message out over there because we're all speaking the same language now. Everybody is on the same page so now I can do more football.

Former Wildcats making headlines


John Wall gets basketball fix in DC's Goodman League (Perry Green, AFRO Sports)
That was the case July 2, when Washington Wizards star John Wall teamed up with the Baltimore's Finest squad to take out the Sweat Mob, 133-118, in the headliner game held at Spingarn High School in Northeast, D.C.

Wall, 20, showed off the freak athleticism that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, speeding up and down the court to score a game-high 41 points. He even showed off a long-range jumper that he's been working on this offseason, one of his weaker areas that needed improvement. A few three-pointers in the first half helped Baltimore's Finest leap out to a 74-56 lead at halftime.

"I've been working on it, so I'm getting more comfortable [shooting from range]," Wall told the AFRO. "I just have to keep working and working."


25-year-old Collin Cowgill storms into PCL (Chris Gabel, RGJ.com)

His throws are routinely cut off during fielding drills. His locker is in the middle of those belonging to the team's Spanish-speaking players. And he's a regular recipient of ribbings from his elders.

As the youngest position player on the Aces, Collin Cowgill is treated like the little brother in many ways.

Cowgill takes the jokes, gives a few back and says he couldn't ask for better teammates.

"It's because they like him," manager Brett Butler said.

 

Randall Cobb finds lockout frustrating (Wes Bowling, WVLT-Knoxville)

Before he can play football, Randall Cobb is playing the waiting game.

The former Alcoa and Kentucky star is staying busy as he rides out the NFL lockout. Saturday he was in Alcoa, signing autographs at the MLK Center.

"[The lockout] is frustrating, but at the same time it's a good time to get a little bit of a break," Cobb said.

"Hopefully we get things rolling and get this whole situation over soon."
Knicks' fans: Get read to meet 'Jorts' (Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal)
Still, Harrellson fills an obvious need for the Knicks, whose toothless stable of big men last season included Ronny Turiaf and Jared Jeffries. Harrellson's chances of making the team are unclear, but the Knicks are desperate for a bruising center to reduce the load of star power forward Amar'e Stoudemire.

"He showed that he'll bang people around," D'Antoni said of Harrellson last week.

Undrafted Kentucky players preparing for NFL lockout's end (Jennifer Smith, Herald-Leader)
(Chris) Matthews and many of his former UK teammates are doing everything they can to prepare for their opportunity to make a roster when the lockout finally comes to an end, whenever that might be.

"As soon as this thing is over with, they're expecting everyone to come in ready to go," he said. "They're not giving nobody no breaks."

Matthews and DeQuin Evans, a former UK defensive end, train together in the mornings lifting weights and working out with a personal trainer.

Wall discusses rise from unranked prospect to No. 1 pick (Franklyn Calle, SLAM Online)
In June of 2007, Wall--a rising junior--had no scholarship offers and wasn't ranked. Relatively unknown outside of his hometown of Raleigh, NC, the 6-4 guard took an 18-hour drive to Chicago looking to make a name for himself at one of Reebok's tryouts. It was there where Wall would go from having no name to instant fame, and go from being unranked to eventually climbing to the top spot of his class and getting drafted as the top pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.

To this day, Wall continuously credits Reebok and the Headliner Try Out for granting him the opportunity to showcase his talent and get the exposure that once wasn't available to him. Following his outing in Chicago, he was invited to take part in the Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia. And right from the first game, Wall's landing on the national stage took place--his explosive guard play turned heads and had everyone asking, "Who's that kid?" His 28-point performance against the team that featured Brandon Jennings, who was ranked the top player in the nation at the time, set the tempo for a historic week.


News from UKathletics.com

General: 64 Wildcats on SEC Spring Honor Roll

Women's soccer: Fourth of July favorites

Baseball: Notebook: Five Wildcats sign pro contracts

General: UK launches redesign of Interactive site

Football: Trevathan named to Bednarik watch list

Men's tennis: Four to be inducted into Robert Purnell Wildcat Hall of Fame



Video of the week


Anthony Davis recently participated in the Amare Stoudemire Skills Camp and this highlight video is the evidence. In it, Davis flashes the ridiculously diverse skill set that made him the No. 1 recruit in the nation according to many outlets. He's a big man, but he can run, jump and shoot like a guard. He's also an absolute terror on the offensive glass and is a deflection machine on defense.

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