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Baby Lyla likes life in the ACC more than cupcakes. And she effing loves cupcakes.

I_medium Spread Check: Louisville by 7 (opened at -10).

I_medium ESPN says that almost half of the FBS has already been eliminated from playoff contention, but Louisville is one of the teams still very much alive.

I_medium Asia Durr, the No. 1 girls basketball player in the country according to most scouting services, is set to announce her college choice on Tuesday afternoon at 3. More than a few people are predicting that she will pick the Cards.

She is, uh, she is pretty good.


Could be a banner day for Jeff Walz and the program.

I_medium There's no question that it's going to be a huge night for the 24th-ranked Louisville volleyball team, which will be taking on No. 16 Kentucky at 7 p.m. inside the KFC Yum Center. The staff has asked that all U of L fans attending the game wear red.

Here's your match preview, and here's a feature on Cardinal star Katie George via the C-J.

I_medium L.J. Scott thanks the guys up front for his first big achievement as a Louisville Cardinal.

I_medium In light of recent events, I have decided to claim the 2006 game at Rutgers as a Louisville victory. Congratulations to the undefeated 2006 Cards.

I_medium For all the bellyaching over Bobby Petrino's recruiting, Louisville's 2015 class is now ranked No. 30 in the country according to Rivals, one spot ahead of Michigan State. As long as Petrino can pull in classes that are around that top 30 range, I like our chances of staying in the ACC's top tier.

I_medium Former Centre soccer sensation Atif Chowdhury had his bachelor party in Austin last weekend, which means this happened during Charlie Strong's nightmare against BYU:

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I_medium The U of L men's soccer team will be hitting the road for the first time on Tuesday, when they travel to face No. 15 Saint Louis. The Billikens lead the all-time series with the Cards, 12-2, and own a 6-1 advantage in matches played at SLU. Here's your match preview.

I_medium Jonathan Blue gives us our first look at the 2014-15 basketball team together, sans Dillon Avare and David Levitch.

I_medium U of L baseball has landed a commitment from Illinois' top-ranked middle infielder.

I_medium Mark Coomes takes a look at college football recruiting rankings and how they translate to actual on-field results. The results are, as you might expect, somewhat mixed.

I_medium William Gay is a pretty awesome dude.

Cornerback William Gay, whose mother was shot and killed in a domestic violence act, said he will reach out to Rice, who was released by the Ravens today after a video showed him knocking out his fiancée with a punch in an elevator earlier this year.

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"It was very disturbing,'' said Gay, who said he was 7 years old when his mother was killed by his stepfather. "It's painful to watch it. To see a woman get hit like that is just painful. You can't watch it too many times. I just watched it once and couldn't look at it anymore."

"I'm going to reach out [to Rice]. I love trying to prevent domestic violence. I'm going to reach out in any type of way just to give him a talk and let him know on my end, how it hurt me, how it changed my life."

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"Even when I came into the league, not too many people knew about it,'' Gay said of the circumstances of his mother's death. "But by me talking about it, me getting involved with different women's groups about domestic violence, it helped me grow as a person. It can help others as it helped me."

He would like to convey that to Rice, who was Baltimore's star running back with 6,180 yards rushing over the previous six seasons. Rice, a New York native, played at Rutgers University.

"Someone could have died, that's all,'' Gay said. "That's how I feel about the situation, so we need to do everything we can to help Ray Rice. Because we don't need to run away from him and say he's evil. It's an issue, we need to deal with it and we need to help Ray Rice and his [wife] to be better from it."

A very awesome dude.

I_medium The latest ESPN bowl projections have both experts predicting that Louisville will face Michigan in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

I_medium Streaking the Lawn gives an exhaustive review of Virginia's win over Richmond last weekend.

I_medium Your week 3 football schedule wallpaper.

I_medium Gerald Christian's birthday cake was appropriately Cardinal:

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I_medium For the first time ever, adidas has slipped to No. 3 in the US sportswear rankings, now trailing both Nike and Under Armour. Perhaps that will mean some super cool things on the horizon for U of L.

I_medium James Sample gets some love in this week's Forde Yard Dash.

I_medium The ACC Digital Network's new power rankings have Louisville down a spot to No. 3 this week, but only because of Virginia Tech's huge road win over Ohio State.

I_medium Rutherford nephews getting down at the game Saturday:

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They refused to leave early because they wanted to keep doing the "Cards first down" cheer. We've come a long way in a very short amount of time. Thanks, Bobby.

I_medium It was a big weekend for the 15th-ranked Louisville field hockey team, which went up to Evanston and upset No. 14 Northwestern, 1-0. Senior Becca Maddock notched the game's lone goal, as the Cardinals improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1980. U of L now travels to Virginia to face the Cavaliers the evening before the football team does the same thing. A win in Charlottesville would match the best start in program history.

I_medium The main catalyst behind Virginia's defensive success so far might be junior defensive end Eli Harold.

As the Cavaliers prepare to face No. 21 Louisville in their ACC opener, getting back in the win column gives them some great momentum after opening the season with a narrow defeat to UCLA.

"It just feels good to get that taste out of your mouth after coming so close," Harold said. "Tech last year, could've beat them. Georgia Tech, could've beat them. We had a 21-0 lead on Duke and they came back and beat us. Just being so close and now finally getting that victory that you need to build up that confidence, it's very big."

I_medium Calvin Pryor gave a strong performance in his NFL debut on Sunday, but former Jet and Raven linebacker Bart Scott is worried that his hitting style might wind up shortening his career.

I_medium The CCBM Brewery is hard at work cooking seasonal favorites like the MichAlee Harris and the Tobijah Brewley.

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I don't even have to apologize, you guys already know I'm sorry.

I_medium Five-star small forward Miles Bridges, the No. 21 player in the class of 2016 according to both Rivals and 247 Sports, will visit Louisville this weekend.

I_medium The latest "Adam Asks" feature from the C-J's Adam Himmelsbach is a particularly good one with U of L legend Kenny Klein.

I_medium Your Red & Black Rewind for the past week:


I_medium Louisville's fall baseball season is officially underway.

I_medium The U of L women's golf began its 2014 campaign with a victory at the Cardinal Kickoff over the weekend. Junior Laura Restrepo fired a 3-under-par 141 to capture the individual title.

I_medium And finally, let's name this hippo Matz.