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Baseball

The Cardinal Nine fell to Kentucky 8-7 on Tuesday night, marking the third straight game in the series that has been decided by a single run. U of L led by two heading into the eighth but surrendered three runs in that inning and another in the ninth.

At 24-10 and 8-4 in the Big East, Louisville, thought to be a legitimate national title contender before the season, might be looking at having to win a second straight Big East Tournament in order to advance to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year. The Cards currently sit tied for third in a down Big East conference, and are just 4-7 away from Jim Patterson Stadium.

The good news is that both Chris Dominguez and Justin Marks are still wearing Cardinal red, and that Dan McDonnell's teams have closed strong in each of his first two seasons at U of L.

Louisville begins a three-game series with Rutgers tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Football

--With the Spring Game just a day away (has there ever been less talk about a U of L Spring Game?), the quarterback battle has reportedly become a two-horse race between N.C. State transfer Justin Burke and JuCo transfer Adam Froman. Though each and every candidate has apparently struggled mightily with the deep ball throughout spring practice, the coaching staff reportedly have given the edge to Froman because of his speed and Burke because of his experience and intelligence.

--Darius Ashley's play is generating a lot of the same buzz we heard about Victor Anderson a year ago.

--Speedy Jacques Caldwell has been moved from wide receiver to corner and has been working with the first team since Johnny Patrick went down with an ankle injury.

--Card Chronicle favorite Rock Keys has made the switch from tight end to defensive line.

--Steve Kragthorpe's seat is hot.

Basketball

--Earl Clark has selected Blue Entertainment Sports Television NBA player agents Dan Fegan and Byron Irvinas his representation, according to SportsBusiness Journal.

--Here's your updated early entry list for the 2009 NBA Draft:

Player School Year Pos. Ht. Wt. Agent?
Dominique Archie South Carolina Jr. F 6-7 200 No
DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh So. F 6-7 265 Yes
Chase Budinger Arizona Jr. F 6-7 220 Yes
Nick Calathes Florida So. G/F 6-6 195 No
Patrick Christopher California Jr. G 6-5 215 No
Earl Clark Louisville Jr. G/F 6-9 225 Yes
Dwayne Collins Miami (Fla.) Jr. F 6-8 240 No
Brandon Costner NC State Jr. F 6-9 230 No
Austin Daye Gonzaga So. F 6-11 200 No
DeMar DeRozan USC Fr. F 6-7 200 Probable
Eric Devendorf Syracuse Jr. G 6-4 180 No
Devan Downey South Carolina Jr. G 5-9 175 No
Tyreke Evans Memphis Fr. G 6-6 220  
Roderick Flemings Hawaii Jr. F 6-7 210 No
Jonny Flynn Syracuse So. G 6-0 185 Yes
Taj Gibson USC Jr. F 6-9 225 No
Blake Griffin Oklahoma So. F 6-10 250 Yes
James Harden Arizona State So. G 6-5 218 Yes
Paul Harris Syracuse Jr. F 6-4 230 No
Jordan Hill Arizona Jr. F 6-10 235 Yes
Jrue Holiday UCLA Fr. G 6-3 180 No
Damion James Texas Jr. G/F 6-7 220 No
James Johnson Wake Forest So. F 6-9 245 Yes
Mac Koshwal DePaul So. C 6-10 255 No
Jodie Meeks Kentucky Jr. G 6-4 210 No
Tasmin Mitchell LSU Jr. F 6-7 240 No
B.J. Mullens Ohio State Fr. C 7-0 275 Probable
Patrick Patterson Kentucky So. F 6-9 235 No
DaJuan Summers Georgetown Jr. F 6-8 235 Yes
Shawn Taggart Memphis Jr. F 6-10 240 No
Jeff Teague Wake Forest So. G 6-2 180 No
Hasheem Thabeet Connecticut Jr. C 7-3 265 Yes
Dar Tucker DePaul So. F 6-5 215 Yes
Greivis Vasquez Maryland Jr. G 6-6 190 No
Jeremy Wise Southern Miss Jr. G 6-2 165 No
Nic Wise Arizona Jr. G 5-10 175 No

It's safe to say that the Big East is losing a considerable amount of talent.

--And finally, Louisville is a two seed in the first of hundreds of meaningless mock 2010 NCAA Tournament brackets.