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Wednesday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

It might be the offseason, but young Luca Sample is still all business.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The Louisville baseball team continued the troubling trend of Cardinal squads giving out-of-character performances against Kentucky, committing four errors and leaving 11 runners on base in a 4-2 loss to the Wildcats Tuesday night. The poor performance gave UK a season sweep of the Cards for the first time since 2011.

There's no time to pout for the Cards, however, who now turn their attention to a huge weekend series in Orlando against AAC-leading Central Florida.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_mediumgreat profile of Shoni Schimmel from the New York Times.

Wearing turquoise jewelry inherited from family members and a special gift from her great-grandmother, a beaded necklace that wove a Native American design within a cross, Schimmel described her playing style, or what she calls "rez ball."

"Just have that killer instinct and go out there and just play whatever you're feeling," said Schimmel, a 5-foot-9 Louisville guard. "Hey, you're open? Pull up. Throw a behind-the-back pass? Why not?"

She has attracted a devoted following through a combination of her flashy play and embracing of her heritage. On Monday night, Schimmel, who has lived on a reservation, became the highest drafted Native American player in W.N.B.A. history, selected eighth over all by the Atlanta Dream.

"For me to kind of have that flair to my game, I think it's definitely going to bring a lot more to the W.N.B.A., because I'm not just your robotic basketball player," said Schimmel, who averaged a team-high 17.1 points and 3.8 assists for Louisville this past season. "I like to mix it up."

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium A trio of future Cards are ready for this weekend's Derby Festival Classic festivities:

Ls might need some work, but there's plenty of time for that.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Jayme Thompson, a former four-star safety from Toledo, is leaving Ohio State and lists Louisville, Kentucky, Syracuse and Missouri among his possible landing spots.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The reaction in Louisville to the NCAA's decision to approve unlimited meals for Division-I athletes.


This could end poorly.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Take it for what it's worth, but Teddy Bridgewater has been spending an awful lot of time with the Vikings over the past few days.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Five best Courier-Journal Q&A participants? Philon, Philon, Philon, Philon and Philon.

What are you hearing from NFL teams?

PHILON: I just did a work out with the New England Patriots. I got calls from Miami -- from about six or seven different teams, talking about my highlight films and the background checks. They're trying to get a feel of who I am because I wasn't a high-profile guy. They were really happy seeing my film. It's just about getting that work out now.

What did the guys who saw your Pro Day say?

PHILON: A lot of the scouts told me to keep working. They were impressed with my numbers, with what I weighed in at and how good I was able to move. 6-2, 300.

What do you make of all this chatter about Teddy? Are you surprised he's been the most talked about prospect?

PHILON: I'm not really surprised with it. They had to figure out something that was wrong with Teddy. I didn't think he threw that bad, but I'm not a scout. I know Teddy's a good player. He won games. He's done it the past two years and one day doesn't make a person. I think Teddy's gonna come out OK in the Draft.

He spits hot fire.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The U of L women's lacrosse team remains the lone unbeaten squad in the Big East, but has two crucial games left before beginning their postseason run.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The full schedule for the airings of Teddy Bridgewater's "Gruden's QB Camp" segment:

Thu, April 17 11:30 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPN2
Tue, April 22 9 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPN
Thu, April 24 5 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Thu, April 24 11:30 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Fri, April 25 12:30 a.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Fri, April 25 3:30 a.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Fri, April 25 6:30 a.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Fri, April 25 9:30 a.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Thu, May 1 9 a.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Sun, May 4 9:30 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPN2
Tue, May 6 4:30 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Wed, May 7 9:30 a.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNEWS
Wed, May 7 8:30 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPN Classic
Mon, May 12 9 a.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Mon, May 19 8 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Tue, May 20 9:30 a.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU
Wed, May 21 8 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater ESPNU

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium According to Lexington-based sports reporter Mike Fields, Louisville has offered a preferred walk-on spot to Scott County standout Trent Gilbert.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium An NFL coach reportedly compared to Teddy Bridgewater to Willie Beamen, a fictional character from the movieAny Given Sunday who is actually nothing like Teddy.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Tennessee has Richard Pitino on its short list of candidates to replace Cuonzo Martin. I think Richard loves Minnesota, and I'm not sure that UT is a better job...but it is much closer to home.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium There's actually no argument.

Love you, Tobiah.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Pat Forde says that college basketball's rule-makers are continuing the trend of trying to make the game more fan-friendly.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Your updated who's leaving/who's staying draft tracker.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium A reminder that taking a selfie next to a moving train is almost always a poor decision.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium If you missed Luke Hancock and Russ Smith today in Florence, you can catch them tomorrow in Lexghanistan.


I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium The 77-year-old trainer of likely Derby favorite California Chrome has guaranteed a victory on the first Saturday in May.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium If you have the time, this is a terrific story on college hooper turned author Marcus Burke.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium U of L students feeling stressed out about final should take a look at the list of events being offered by the "Finals Blitz" folks. I see there's one that includes hanging out with dogs, which I will now be attending since I once felt stressed over education and enjoy hanging out with dogs.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium A scouting profile of Marcus Smith.

I_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium And finally, Russ Smith says that he believes Terry Rozier is a "future All-American."