The early crop of "how I got home from Derby" stories for this year has been even better than a year ago. Keep submitting (MikeRuth5@aol.com) before the post goes live on SBNation.com Thursday morning.
After being criticized by her head coach for showing up to training camp out of shape, Shoni Schimmel has been traded from the Atlanta Dream to the New York Liberty.
Chinanu Onuaku is not a first round pick in the latest NBA mock draft from CBS.
Bloggin' Russ Smith is here to blow your frickin' mind. Or just make you really confused.
Spike Albrecht will finish his college career as a Purdue Boilermaker.
Jennie Rees has a great breakdown of every Derby contender, giving you reasons why each will and will not wear the garland of roses on Saturday.
The lawsuit filed by U of L students against Katina Powell has been dismissed. That could actually be a good thing as far as Louisville basketball's situation being resolved as quickly as possible is concerned.
The defamation lawsuit against Powell brought forward by several women named in the book, however, has not been dismissed and will move forward.
It appears as though the prep school world is coming to Louisville.
Basketball fans should be familiar with Findlay Prep and Huntington Prep, two of the biggest powerhouse prep programs in the country. Kentucky and Louisville have both recruited players from those programs, along with hundreds of other universities across the country.
But fans in the Commonwealth need to familiarize themselves with Derby City Prep, a prep school that plans to keep top basketball players in the state while bringing in talent from across the country.
"We'll be providing elite basketball talent with the tools to succeed on and off the court," founder Bryan Just said. "Surrounding these teenagers with role models in every aspect of life. We want to really show them the value of doing things the right way. That's what Derby City Prep will be all about."
There are still several questions that will have to be answered for Just and Derby City Prep. Most prep schools are just basketball teams and the players attend a local high school in the area for their schooling.
Huntington Prep students attend St. Joseph Central Catholic in Huntington, W.Va. Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., sends its students to Henderson International School.
As of now Derby City Prep is unsure of where its players will go to school, although Just said in the next week or two they should have it determined.
It sounds like this OJ documentary is going to be riveting.
ESPN ranks Louisville football's 2016 schedule as the 51st most difficult in the country.
Wanna see someone jump over 7'6 Mamadou N'Diaye (remember him?) in a dunk contest? Sure you do.
The Sporting News has Lamar Jackson as the 14th-best quarterback in college football for 2016.
For a hint of the upside, look at Jackson's last two games. In wins against Kentucky and Texas A&M, Jackson passed for 357 yards, rushed for 412 yards and totaled seven TDs. Put that over a full season, and you have something in the neighborhood of Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy year. Jackson must develop more accuracy, and another spring and fall camp with Bobby Petrino won't hurt.
Louisville has offered a scholarship to class of 2017 point guard Saben Lee from Arizona.
Another class of 2017 recruit, Brandon Randolph, says he "grew up following" Russ Smith's career at Louisville, which both makes me feel stupid old and makes me excited about the potential of the Cards landing another super-talented guard from New York.
Post positions and morning line odds are out for Friday's Oaks race.
And finally, R&R is live from the frontside of Churchill Downs this afternoon from 3-6. I plan on winning a billion dollars and then quitting in the middle of the show. That's something you'll want to hear.