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Alumn and Former Major Leaguer comes back to coach at 'Nova

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Hey, hey, hey... it's Friday! Did this week go as slowly for you as it did for me? Well, yee-haw one more day until the weekend.

Let's kick off the final day of the work week with some links...

HB2 bill leaves a hole in Duke's basketball schedule | Yahoo Sports
When New York governor Andrew Cuomo banned all state-funded non-essential travel to North Carolina earlier this year, his decision had an unforeseen impact on the University of Albany basketball program. The Great Danes have been forced to cancel their previously scheduled Nov. 12 road game at Duke.

Villanova Names Kevin Mulvey Head Coach of Baseball Program |
A well-known name in the Villanova baseball program was tabbed as the Wildcats next head coach on Thursday afternoon, as Kevin Mulvey was named the 11th full-time head coach in the programs 150-plus year history. Mulvey, a former standout pitcher for Villanova who reached the major leagues during a successful professional career, is elevated to the head coaching position after spending the previous four seasons as the teams lead assistant coach.

Report: Kraft Group an investor in bid to buy UFC |
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, brothers with ties to Las Vegas, own 81 percent of UFC. They could potentially be interested in buying the Raiders from owner Mark Davis and move the franchise.

Can You Find the iPhone on This Freaking Carpet?
There’s an iPhone laying somewhere on this carpet. You have to stare really hard and probably scour every pixel of this picture and possibly stop blinking for at least four minutes in order to find it, but I promise you that it’s there. Jeya May Cruz dropped her iPhone onto this rug and basically saw her phone vanish before her eyes. Who knew iPhones had an invisibility feature.

Mark Cuban on Thon Maker: “for a 40-year old, he can still play” | The Big Lead
Thon Maker scored 17 points in the Milwaukee Bucks summer league loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Las Vegas on Wednesday. During the game, Mavs owner Mark Cuban joined the ESPN2 broadcast and was asked about Maker. Without missing a beat, Cuban made a joke about Maker's age.

Basil Smotherman Suspended from 2016-17 Purdue Season Opener | Hammer and Rails
The anticipated return of Basil Smotherman will have to wait until the Boilermakers' game against 'Nova.

Creighton is ready to regain momentum - Today's "U"
Entering the third year post-McBuckets, Creighton has its best chance to get back to its winning ways. Consistency has been hard to find over the last two years, but with a roster full of offensive threats, this may be the time the Jays can regain momentum.

Wichita State releases study on feasibility of adding football - Underdog Dynasty
WSU officials released a 69-page report entitled "Football Benchmarking Analysis" prepared by College Sports Solutions on June 21, and are now looking for community feedback.

Has Kentucky Basketball Finally Shown a Chink in the Armor? - A Sea Of Blue
Last years early exit may be a sign of things to come.

Military Academy Athletes No Longer Required to Give Two Years of Service in Active Duty - Underdog Dynasty
Federal service academy athletes can now serve their two year requirement on reserve duty, opening the door for those players to go pro immediately out of college.

By the way, the difference between a Senior and a Freshman as seen on Twitter.