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Thousands Welcome Wildcats Back to Lexington

From the Associated PressKentucky coach John Calipari and his players returned home to throngs of adoring fans today after winning the school's eighth NCAA championship Monday night. Blue-clad fans packed Rupp Arena and watched replays of Kentucky's 67-59 win over Kansas. Senior Darius Miller carried the NCAA trophy as players stepped off a sleek blue bus parked inside the arena to cheers and screams that are typical at a Wildcats' home game. Calipari first thanked the fans and said there were about 5,000 that welcomed the team at the airport. He told them: ``You people never cease to amaze me.'' Calipari says Kentucky had ``the best players and the best team'' this year in the tournament.(Photo by Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio)

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