Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks to reporters during the team's NCAA college basketball media day in Lexington, Ky. The surprising returns of several starters from last year's NCAA runners-up has given Kentucky a 12-deep roster and created expectations of winning the national title. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship. The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald’s All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago – a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system. Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. ”At the end of the day, you’ve got to play the games and figure it out.” Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1.

Colsaerts builds 1-shot lead at BMW Masters (The Associated Press)

Nicolas Colsaerts from Belgium follows his shot during the second round of the European Tour Golf Tournament in Himmerland, Denmark, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Rene Schuetze) DENMARK OUT

Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is among the longest hitters in golf. Colsaerts overpowered the par 5s at rain-softened Lake Malaren for the second straight day on his way to an 8-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Alexander Levy of France going into the weekend of the BMW Masters. ”I kept on hitting good drives, which for me here is a big bonus because it’s pretty soft,” Colsaerts said. He beat Colsaerts, who had opened with a European Tour record-tying 60.

Inside the Hall | An IU basketball blog :: A preseason look at the stats that matter for Indiana

While it’s true talent is the biggest factor in winning big at any level in sports, there are also numbers and trends that we can correlate to success. Advanced statistics are the reason why Ken Pomeroy’s ratings are often more predictive than any top 25 poll or preseason prediction. This preseason, Indiana is being picked […]
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