Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jim Boeheim Says Wojnarowski Article Was Off Base, Takes a Shot at John Calipari

Syracuse head coach and  Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim has responded publicly to the Adrian Wojnarowski article from earlier this week.

Boeheim called the article off base and threw a few jabs at John Calipari to prove his point.

Here is an excerpt:

Boeheim said Kentucky coach John Calipari has complained to both him and USA Basketball about the extra access.

Boeheim noted that Calipari coached the Dominican team and happened to land Karl Towns, a top 2015 prospect who played on that team. Boeheim said Calipari has agreed to coach the United States Pan-American team next year.

“It’s a concern he has raised before,” Boeheim said. “That particular case he has mentioned. He’s said he thinks its an advantage. He got the No. 1 recruit in the country. It’s a little bit disingenuous of him. I like John. We get along fine. He feels Mike is getting an advantage. You could make that argument. But Duke isn’t getting any better players than they ever have.”

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Kentucky Fans Raid the Big Blue Madness Campground

Kentucky fans are out in numbers for this year's Big Blue Madness campout. Here is some footage from Kentucky Wildcats TV:


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Air Force to Visit Lexington Catholic's Tanner Johnson Today

Coaches from Air Force will stop by Lexington Catholic today to see Tanner Johnson:


Shirtless Dunk Attempt Turns Into an Epic Fail at Morehead State

I feel bad for this kid but this is a must watch video.

Watch as the dunker goes shirtless, then dunkless in the biggest fail you'll watch this month...or year:



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Jerry Meyer Says He Has Solid Info on Involvement of Shoe Companies in Antonio Blakeney's Recruitment

Almost immediately after news of Antonio Blakeney's decommitment from Louisville, Jerry Meyer of 247Sports said on Twitter that the move was "shoe company related."







Louisville, of course, is an Adidas school. The other four schools on Blakeney's list, including Kentucky, are Nike schools.

Today, Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal spoke to Blakeney's coach, who said shoe companies had nothing to do with his decommitment.

Meyer responded with this:

2015 Star Antonio Blakeney Expected to Visit Kentucky and Several Others

Antonio Blakeney, who just decommitted from Louisville last night, is expected to visit Kentucky and several other schools before making his final college decision.

Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Oak Ridge (FL), committed to Louisville two weeks ago. Last night, he opened his recruitment back up, saying he wanted to explore other schools on his list.

According to 247Sports, he'll visit Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and Oregon with his remaining four visits.

Here is an excerpt:

A source very close to Blakeney's recruitment has informed 247Sports that Blakeney intends to officially visit Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and Oregon with his remaining four visits.

The source also said that Louisville is still Blakeney's top choice at this moment. The better question, however, is whether or not Louisville will recruit Blakeney again.

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Blakeney ranks No. 13 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015 and No. 15 overall on the 247Sports list.

Photo: Rivals.com

Game Date Changed for Georgetown College vs. Kentucky

The date for Georgetown College's exhibition game at Kentucky has been changed to November 9 in Rupp Arena.

The game, which was originally scheduled for November 7, will tip at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here is an update from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky-Georgetown College men’s basketball exhibition game, initially slated for Nov. 7, will now be played Sunday, Nov. 9 in Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on the SEC Network.

In addition to the new date for the UK-Georgetown contest, Kentucky’s Nov. 2 exhibition opener against the University of Pikeville has been scheduled for 7 p.m. That contest will also air on the SEC Network.

Kentucky and Georgetown last met in an exhibition game to begin the 2005-06 season. The Wildcats prevailed by an 85-63 score. Kentucky and Pikeville have met twice before in exhibition play, with the Wildcats claiming victories in both appearances. UK is 51-4 all-time in exhibition contests and has won 37 of the last 38 played.

UK’s annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 27 will tip-off at 7 p.m. and will be carried online through the SEC Network+ digital platform and WatchESPN.

EKU Lands Commitment from 2015 Forward Nick Mayo

Nick Mayo, a 6-foot-7 forward from Maine, has committed to Eastern Kentucky University for 2015.



Mayo also had offers from Maine, UNH, Albany, Vermont and Miami(OH).

Parking Information for Big Blue Madness Ticket Distribution at UK

Here is parking information for fans who plan to take part in the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution at UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — As lines for Big Blue Madness ticket distribution begin later this week, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services reminds the community of the parking options available to Big Blue Madness ticket seekers.

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may use the Wildcat Alumni Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles; campers may also pay to use the metered spaces directly north of the Joe Craft Center for short-term unloading needs. Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed. After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the Black Lot, located south of Alumni Drive across from Commonwealth Stadium, where free parking will be available from Wednesday, Sept. 17, through Saturday, Sept. 20.

Free bus service will be available to transport fans back to the Memorial Coliseum vicinity. Lextran buses serve the Commonwealth Stadium area from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the CATS Yellow Night Route will be in service. From midnight to 5 a.m., the CATS Bus On-Demand Service may be utilized by calling 859-221-RIDE (7433). For more information on bus routes and service, please visit www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles. Riders can view real-time location of all CATS buses at http://uky.transloc.com or with the free Transloc app. Riders can view the actual location of Lextran buses with the MyStop Mobile iPhone app or at www.lextran.com/bustracker.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open overnight; however, no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.


Earl Clark Agrees to Training Camp Deal with the Memphis Grizzlies

Former University of Louisville star Earl Clark is hoping to keep his NBA career alive with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Clark has agreed to a training camp deal with the Grizzlies:


Former KSU Star Kenny Jones Signs with the Saint John Mill Rats in NBL Canada

Former Kentucky State University star Kenny Jones has signed with the Saint John Mill Rats in the National Basketball League of Canada.

Last season, Jones played for Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba in Argentina's TNA league. In 41 games, he averaged 19.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

Here is more from USBasket.com:

Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American power forward Kenny Jones (198-93kg-84, college: Kentucky State). It is actually his comeback to Saint John Mill Rats as he played here before. Jones played most recently at Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba in Argentinian TNA league. In 41 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Import player of the Year.

The previous (2013) summer Jones played at Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 32 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 25.5ppg and had 8.4rpg and 1.8apg in 2013 season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Mexican CIBACOPA All-Star Game. The most of previous (12-13) season he spent at Saint John Mill Rats. In 17 NBL Canada games he was third best scorer with high stats: 22.6ppg and recorded 8.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in 2012-13 season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 2nd Team. Jones also played at CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (LIBCENTRO) in Chilean league that season. In only one game he recorded high stats: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 2012-13 season.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Five-Star 2015 Shooting Guard Antonio Blakeney Decommits from Louisville

Antonio Blakeney, a five-star shooting guard who committed to Louisville just 11 days ago, has apparently reopened his recruitment.



Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, ranks No. 13 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

According to Blakeney, he's still considering Louisville:



Of course, just last week Blakeney said he was ready for Rick Pitino to add a few more championship tattoos.

Photo: Rivals.com

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports Puts Coach K and USA Basketball on Blast

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has put Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball on blast in an article released last night.



Wojnarowski says it's time to pull NBA veteran stars out of FIBA competition and insinuates that Team USA is currently little more than a "Duke façade."

Here is an excerpt:

Krzyzewski never violated an NCAA rule when he climbed aboard a flight, flew cross-country and addressed the 2013 under-19 USA Basketball national team at its Colorado Springs training camp. He addressed players in a group, and talked to them individually, sources told Yahoo Sports. For the record, Krzyzewski is USA Basketball's senior national coach and the visit gave him an opportunity to personally welcome those young men into the program's feeder system.

Well, the trip did something else, too: It gave the Duke coach unfiltered access to two of the best high school players in the nation. Florida's Billy Donovan was the under-19 head coach. Virginia's Tony Bennett and VCU's Shaka Smart were his assistants. They probably didn't need Krzyzewski's voice, but he probably didn't ask their permission, either.

The roster of college stars happened to include two 17-year-old prep phenoms: Chicago's Jahlil Okafor and Houston's Justise Winslow. When Krzyzewski makes his triumphant return this week, two freshmen stars will be awaiting him on Duke's campus: Okafor and Winslow.

Within the college recruiting game, no one ever considered it a coincidence when one of those younger USA Basketball national teams would detour through Vegas to watch Krzyzewski and his Duke assistants on the training camp floor with the biggest basketball stars in the world.

Without the access of USA Basketball, there's a strong belief within the basketball community that Krzyzewski would've never landed Jabari Parker. Only, he had it, used it and signed him. He's on a tremendous run, and let's face it: Krzyzewski is so untouchable, he could keep Mason Plumlee on this World Cup roster without much of an uproar.

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Lindsey Wilson Men's Basketball Team Hits Lake Cumberland

The Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team hit Lake Cumberland over the weekend to take a well-deserved break from a tough week of practice.

Assistant coach Chris Starks posted several pictures on his Twitter account (click here to check out all the pics).

Looks like they had a great day on the water:





Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Miami Dade Transfer Tre Boutilier

Kentucky Wesleyan College has added Tre Boutilier, a 6-foot-5 transfer guard from Miami Dade (JUCO) College, for 2014-15.

Boutilier averaged 10.7 points last season at Miami Dade. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Here is a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — Miami Dade's Tre Boutilier has transferred to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final two years of eligibility, as announced by KWC head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Boutilier, a 6-foot-5, 200 pound guard/forward from North Preston, Nova Scotia, earned All-Southern Conference first-team honors as the leading rebounder with 8.9 per contest for the Sharks as a sophomore.. He also finished 18th in the nation (JuCO) in offensive rebounds.

The junior-to-be scored a fourth-best 10.7 points and led the team in blocks with 12. He handed out 33 assists and collected 35 steals. His shooting percentages were 40.2 percent from the field and 48.3 percent from the free throw line.

Boutilier started 16 of 30 games played in helping the team to a 21-9 record and the Region VIII quarterfinals for coach Stephen Cowherd.

"Tre's a very versatile athlete who will play on the wings and inside," Osborne stated. "His strength is his offensive rebounding ability and his intensity and resolve on the court."

He played his freshman season at Division II Emporia State where he averaged 4.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 14.4 minutes in 21 games. He shot 40.4 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point territory and 35.0 percent from the free throw line.

Boutilier received All-Canadian recognition at Father Henry Carr High School. He averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals as a senior in 2011-12 for coach Paul Melnick.




UMASS and Vermont Visit Brad Calipari

Former Lexington Christian Academy point guard Brad Calipari spoke with coaches from UMASS and Vermont over the weekend.

Calipari, who is now in the Class of 2016, has transferred to The MacDuffie School in Massachusetts.


Video: Karl Towns Dunking at John Calipari Fantasy Experience Camp

Check out this video of Kentucky freshman Karl Towns doing an array of dunks at John Calipari Fantasy Experience camp:


Lexington Christian's Matt Rose Commits to Samford

Matt Rose, a 6-foot-6 guard at Lexington Christian Academy, announced over the weekend that he has committed to Samford.

Samford is coached by former University of Kentucky star Scott Padgett.


John Wall to Wear Florida Gators Onesie to Practice

Former Kentucky star John Wall lost a bet last season to Washington Wizards teammate Bradley Beal.

Beal, who played a Florida, and Wall bet on a game last season between the Wildcats and Gators. Florida won the game.

As a result, Wall will have to wear a Florida Gators onesie on the first day of practice for the Wizards.

Here is more from CSNWashington.com:

See, Wall lost a bet with teammate Bradley Beal over a game between Kentucky and Florida last spring. Kentucky didn't come through and the stakes were that Wall had to wear a Gators onesie, basically an adult jumpsuit that isn't very becoming of a 24-year-old NBA All-Star. It never happened, though Wall said it wasn't because of a lack of effort to find one.

"It's getting made," Wall said as a guest on CSN's SportsTalk Live on Friday night. "It's taking forever to get a onesie made in my size. I'm always paying up on my bets."

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

John Calipari is in San Francisco Tonight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is on the West coast tonight. He is at the 49ers' game right now:


Former Wildcats, Faried Earn World Cup Gold Medals with Team USA

Team USA was never seriously challenged as they rolled through the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, which ended with a 129-92 demolition of Serbia in today's gold medal game.

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Kenneth Faried were all key players for Team USA throughout the tournament.





CBSSports.com says the real story of the gold medal game was Cousins but Davis or Faried might have been Team USA's MVP during the event:

The real story of the gold medal game, though, should be DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins -- who despite what coach Mike Krzyzewski has said, was rumored to be in danger of being cut for Mason Plumlee -- came in with Anthony Davis in foul trouble and made a huge impact. He protected the rim, disrupted all sorts of shots, crashed the glass and controlled the game. He also walked away from every brush-up and conflict, never overreacting to fouls. The DeMarcus Cousins the Kings get in camp looks to be wildly different than the knucklehead they've dealt with. If this experience sticks with Cousins, look out.

But the real MVP was probably either Davis or Kenneth Faried. Faried, who wasn't even expected to make the team, even in his own mind admittedly, was a major difference-maker. His energy was infectious, his defense was better than it's ever been in NBA play, his attitude was inspiring. Davis, on the other hand, looked like the best player in the tournament for long stretches.

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Cousins posted this picture on Instagram:



Friday, September 12, 2014

Knott County's Evan Hall is Visiting Eastern Kentucky Unviersity This Weekend

Knott County Central big man Evan Hall is making an official visit to Eastern Kentucky University this weekend.



Hall, a 6-foot-7 small forward, recently visited IUPUI and Northern Kentucky University. He still plans to visit Morehead State.

WKU Says Jordan Green is No Longer with the Men's Basketball Program

Western Kentucky University has announced that freshman Jordan Green is no longer with the men's basketball program:




Nerlens Noel to Run Like Rocky Balboa

Former University of Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel is planning to run like Rocky Balboa soon.

Noel, now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, plans to emulate Sylvester Stallone's runs through Philadelphia during the "Rocky" movies.

A camera crew will follow Noel around the city as the does the runs. Noel is hoping to use the runs to promote an annual "Nerlens Noel Rocky Run 5K" to raise money for charity.

According to Philly.com:

A camera crew will track Noel as he works out at 11 a.m., goes through a shootaround session at noon, and grabs lunch. Starting between 1 and 1:30, Noel will run at the various spots around the city that Stallone used in his movies’ iconic training sequences, including the Italian Market, Independence Hall, and Kelly Drive. Noel’s “run” will culminate around 3 p.m. at the Art Museum, where 100 to 150 middle-school and high school students will join him as he sprints up the steps. Then everyone will have Papa John’s pizza, since Papa John’s is one of the event’s sponsors.

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In case you've never seen the scenes from the movie:


Information on Kentucky's 2014 Big Blue Madness

The University of Kentucky has announced that Big Blue Madness tickets will be distributed on September 20.

Here are details about the distribution and more:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2014 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 a.m. ET at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at Ticketmaster.com. Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2014-15 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Broadcast info will be released at a later date.

Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of four tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household. All duplicate orders will automatically be cancelled. All patrons require a ticket, regardless of age. Please note that due to the anticipated stage set-up inside Rupp Arena, the view may be partially obstructed during a portion of the event for the following sections: 11, 34-44, and 238-241.

Camping Out

At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. At that time, campers are encouraged to be courteous to their fellow Wildcat fans and use caution when crossing the Avenue of Champions, over onto the Coliseum block to occupy a spot in line. Public safety officials will be on site to aid and assist in a safe move-in. Campers displaying unsafe/disorderly conduct risk being removed from line. The Athletics Department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures; portable generators; and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking is prohibited due to safety concerns. Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products are not permitted.

A maximum of four (4) control cards per tent will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. Fans will receive a maximum of four (4) tickets per control card on Saturday morning. Fans are encouraged to start lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. Control cards will not be distributed after 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and all persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m.

Parking and Transportation

As lines for Big Blue Madness ticket distribution begin next week, Parking and Transportation Services would like to remind the campus community of the parking options available to Big Blue Madness ticket seekers.

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may utilize the Wildcat Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles; campers may also pay to use the metered spaces directly north of the Joe Craft Center for short-term unloading needs. Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed. After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the Black Lot, located south of Alumni Drive across from Commonwealth Stadium, where free parking will be available from Wednesday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 20.

Free bus service will be available to transport fans back to the Memorial Coliseum vicinity. Lextran buses serve the Commonwealth Stadium area from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the CATS Yellow Night Route will be in service. From midnight to 5 a.m., the CATS Bus On-Demand Service may be utilized by calling 859.221.RIDE (7433). For more information on bus routes and service, please visit www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles. Riders can view real-time location of all CATS buses at http://uky.transloc.com or with the free Transloc app. Riders can view the actual location of Lextran buses with the MyStop Mobile iPhone app or at www.lextran.com/bustracker.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open overnight; however no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

New Dorms near Coliseum

With two new dorms complete on the Lexington Avenue side of the Joe Craft Center, campers are asked to be respectful of students residing in these buildings and not gather or otherwise loiter on the grounds of these new dorms near Memorial Coliseum.

UK Assistant Barry Rohrssen is Visiting Tyus Battle Today

Kentucky assistant Barry Rohrssen is in New Jersey today to see Tyus Battle:



Battle, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, ranks No. 16 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.


Taylor County's Quentin Goodin is Visiting Florida This Weekend

Taylor County High School star Quentin Goodin will visit Florida this weekend.

Goodin, a 6-foot-2 point guard, ranks No. 78 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.



Coaches from Tennessee, Alabama and Xavier visited Goodin earlier this week:



Photo: Rivals.com

Morehead State Visits Taylor County's David Sloan and Brandon Berry

Coaches from Morehead State University recently visited sophomore David Sloan and senior Brandon Berry at Taylor County High School:




Kenneth Faried Disappointed Spain Lost: "I wanted to beat them in their own country"

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried is disappointed that Spain lost to France in the World Cup of Basketball.

Faried, who has been one of Team USA's top stars in the event, didn't mince words when asked about Spain.

After Team USA's 96-68 win over Lithuania in the semifinals, Faried said he is disappointed that the Americans won't be able to play Spain.

"I am disappointed," Faried said. "I wanted to beat them in their own country."

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Faried, who along with Team USA guard Klay Thompson has been in the spotlight this summer more than he typically is in the NBA, was the exception in terms of revealing his true feelings about the Spaniards. He said some media members were guilty of giving Spain "too much hype" while being "borderline disrespectful" to the American big men and their chances of succeeding against brothers Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka.

"I've been trying to hold my tongue for this one," Faried said. "I felt as though we came out and did our job, and y'all kept saying, 'Oh, you're not going to beat Spain.' Spain couldn't even beat France. When Spain can meet us at the championship game, then come talk to me."

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

DeMarcus Cousins Scares Jonas Valanciunas to Death After Elbow

Team USA's DeMarcus Cousins gave Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas a big time scare after the Lithuanian planted an elbow in Cousins' throat during today's game:



The game between the two rivals was chippy throughout. Even Coach K ended up in a scuffle after the game:


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