Willie Mays, Kentucky Derby, Gary Williams and Friday's Top Sports Stories

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Willie Mays, Kentucky Derby, Gary Williams and Friday's Top Sports Stories
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Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams stunned the college basketball world when he announced his decision to retire from his post coaching his alma mater on Thursday. 

Williams had been running the show for Maryland for 22 years, and his decision to leave came as a complete shock to everyone around the college basketball world. He built the Maryland program into a perennial contender, one that ranks among the better teams in the sport year in and year out. 

Anytime you lose a coach with Williams' fire and passion for the game, it represents a major blow to your program and your hopes for the future. But considering the reputation Maryland has in the college basketball world, there are plenty of potential hires on the horizon, ranging from Villanova's Jay Wright to Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon to Butler's Brad Stevens. 

While I don't see this announcement crippling Maryland basketball moving forward, it's certainly tough to see them achieving the same level of success next season as they try to find Williams' replacement. 

If that's not enough sports news for you, one of baseball's all time greats, Willie Mays, turned 80 today. Mays remains one of the game's classiest and greatest ambassadors, and one of the legends of the sport. 

On top of that, the Kentucky Derby is just over 24 hours away, and the Kentucky Oaks, the pre-derby stakes event, is taking place today and gives the locals in Louisville a chance to see the track.

In other words, it's shaping up to be a wild day in the sports world. 

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