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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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University of Kentucky junior catcher Luke Maile - a 2012 All-Southeastern Conference selection - was picked in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Maile, a native of Crestview Hills, Ky. and a 2009 graduate of Covington Catholic High School, was chosen No. 272 overall, a release issued by the university's athletic department said.


UK, which just wrapped up a record-setting, 45-win season, can expect to lose juniors Brian Adams and Luke Maile. Both were selected in the eighth round, high enough to all but guarantee both will sign with their teams.

Men's basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari basking in post-title glow (David Jones, Florida Today)

Calipari mildly confesses he's happy he doesn't have to deal with being asked why he hasn't won a national title. Got one now, after this past season. And he could care less who wants to take a pot shot at how he won it -- with an influx of freshmen on a yearly basis who, thanks to the NCAA and NBA rules, must stay one year then can bolt for the pros.

"I've said the same thing over and over," he said. "It's not my rule and I don't like it at all. I even have solutions for it that I've put out publicly. But the national media want to play that negative card. They don't want to put out there what I'm saying."

Men's basketball: Slowing down just isn't in Calipari's nature (John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader)

It's just that after winning his first national championship you would think Kentucky's basketball coach would slow down.

Uh, no.

"I'll slow down when I'm retired," he said Tuesday.

Men's basketball: Calipari working to keep UK 'ahead of the curve' (Jerry Tipton, Lexington Herald-Leader)

Some reporters and those he termed "purists" might recoil from time to time, Calipari acknowledged.

"Because we're going to do some new things that are different," he said, "you are going to look at it and say, when did they have the time to think this stuff up."


After introducing his new fantasy camp for fans at a news conference Tuesday, Calipari opened it up for more general questions. It didn't take long for the topic of scheduling and the Hoosiers to come up. Calipari answered the initial IU question with a 585-word rant -- and he was hardly done after that.

"Schedule for America!" he said he hears from angry fans. "I'm not scheduling for America. I'm scheduling for us."

Men's basketball: Anthony Davis drawing big-time comparisons as NBA draft nears (Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune)

Opinions vary somewhat among the scouts interviewed this week. Davis' lack of experience doesn't give scouts much to evaluate. He played just one season at Kentucky and was a 6-1 shooting guard only four years ago.

But two longtime NBA scouts say Davis will develop into a perennial All-Star and could become a franchise player if he continues to develop. Both 
say he's far more likely to boom than bust.

"I don't think (being an All-Star) is too much to anticipate or consider," the Eastern Conference scout said. "He has tremendous physical ability and such a great work ethic. He has a tremendous upside."

Softball: Bandits a big hit at Rent One exhibition (Geary Deniston, The Southern)

Pitcher Chanda Bell, from the University of Kentucky where she was the only pitcher in school history to strike out more than 200 in each of her four seasons, made her first appearance as a member of the Bandits after being the only pitcher chosen from 44 total recruits.

"Saturday, the recruits played against the Bloomington Lady Hearts (against SIU players Katie Bertelsen and Allie VadeBoncouer)," Bell said. "My coach had been contacted by the Bandits, and after I saw I hadn't got picked up in the draft and I wanted to continue playing I said, 'Heck, yes, I will tryout for the defending champs.'

Former Wildcats making headlines

After struggling, Rajon Rondo helped carry Celtics (Gary Washburn, The Boston Globe)

Despite Rondo's befuddling performance, the Celtics managed to battle back to take the lead until the Heat responded with a 9-0 run to take a 78-72 advantage with 6:17 left.

It was then that Rondo decided to use his unusually large hands to place his imprint on the game. It began with hustle, when he didn't quit on the ball after Wade swatted Brandon Bass's dunk attempt, sending the crowd into the frenzy. Rondo ignored the potential momentum swing, leapt high and tapped the loose ball to Mickael Pietrus behind the 3-point line. Pietrus calmly converted to cut the deficit to 3.


There haven't been many Oklahomans play college baseball at Kentucky.

No, not before I got there, but then we had a couple. There was another kid from Tulsa the year after I left that was there for two years that I hosted on his recruiting trip (Tulsa Union's Gunner Glad) and then there was another kid from Owasso, Kevin Thulin, who went there. I split my time now between the Tulsa area and in Lexington, Ky.


Williams' troubles might give Woodyard the chance to have much more than a rotational role in Denver's 4-3 scheme next season, especially early on.

Woodyard, whose role has increased every year in Denver since the Broncos signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky in 2008, parlayed his outstanding 2011 season into a two-year, $3.5 million contract over the winter.

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