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- ESPN Insider Chad Ford released version 1.0 of his NBA Mock Draft. To no surprise, Kentucky Wildcats litter the first-round draft projections. Ford has point guard John Wall going No. 1, forward DeMarcus Cousins No. 4, forward Daniel Orton No. 11, forward Patrick Patterson No. 12 and guard Eric Bledsoe No. 18. It's truly amazing to see how a guy like Orton, who played sparingly in his first season at UK, has risen so high. It's worth repeating that should the NBA Draft on June 24 go according to Ford's mock draft, it would be the first time in NBA history that four players from the same team were selected with the top 12 picks. You must be an ESPN Insider to view the full mock draft.

- With a 12-game improvement from the season before, the UK men's basketball team posted the third-best turnaround among all NCAA Division I programs this past year. Only Coastal Carolina (plus 15) and Loyola Marymount (plus 13.5) had better improvements from the 2009 final records to the 2010 final marks. The game improvements factor in wins, losses and total number of games played.

- Former Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks made a pretty distinguished list ranked by After guiding the Cats to four consecutive bowl games, the website ranked Brooks No. 5 as one of the top five coaching hires in the Southeastern Conference over the last decade. Brooks beat out the likes of national championship head coach Les Miles of LSU, Bobby Petrino of Arkansas and newly hired Derek Dooley at Tennessee. Florida's Urban Meyer, Alabama's Nick Saban, LSU's Nick Saban and Georgia's Mark Richt ranked 1-4, respectively.

- Very good story by ESPN blogger Chris Low on senior defensive end DeQuin Evans. Low looks back at Evans' journey into college football, his upbringing in a rough neighborhood and how he managed to land in Kentucky.

- UPDATE at 5:15 p.m.: Former UK golfer J.B. Holmes is making noise on the first day of the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, long considered the fifth major of the PGA Tour. Holems shot an opening-round 6-under-par 66 and currently sits in second place behind Robert Allenby as the first round continues. Check out live stats at

Holmes poised to pounce on Tiger-less tour?

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Thumbnail image for holmes.jpgTiger Woods' void on the PGA Tour is going to effect anyone and everyone in professional golf, including former UK golfer J.B. Holmes.

In the absence of Woods, Holmes has skyrocketed to No. 11 in's golf power rankings. has put together a very open (and tentative) rankings of the world's top 20 players, without Woods, of course. makes sure to note that the rankings aren't necessarily a list of the world's most talented players, only a compilation of the the hottest teams. It's also a list of people they believe are on the verge of a big 2010 without Tiger.

Holmes currently ranks 11th on the PGA Tour money list with $971,905. The former UK star has notched two top-10 finishes in four starts this season.

Holmes has two career victories on the PGA Tour, both coming at the FBR Open. He played at UK from 2002-05.

Ex-Cat Holmes in 2nd place at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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holmes action.jpgFormer University of Kentucky standout golfer J.B. Holmes is in second place after the first round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Holmes carded a 7-under par on Thursday.

Holmes, the 2005 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, was posted seven birdies and one eagle on the day. The eagle was a score of two on the par-4 eighth hole. The native of Campbellsville, Ky., native started on the 10th hole scoring a 4-under par. On the final nine holes of the day, Holmes shot 3-under-par. 

Holmes, a member of the 2005 SEC Championship team, has played brilliant golf in 2010, finishing in the top 30 in both events he has played in. Last weekend, Holmes finished tied for third at the Northern Trust Open, shooting a 4-under-par for the final round and ending the tournament at 13-under-par.

Holmes, consistently one of the longest golfers off the tee in the PGA, is averaging 292.9 yards per drive this season, good enough for 11th on the tour. Holmes currently is 21st in the FedEx Cup standings.  

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