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Chelsea, Carol and a noted University of Louisville basketball player enjoyed the spring game last Saturday.

I_medium Due to this weekend's weather, the Louisville baseball team will play double-header against Duke today. First pitch for game one is slotted for 3 p.m. at Jim Patterson.

I_medium U of L softball has also changed the weekend schedule for its series against Florida State.

I_medium Donovan Mitchell gets a nod from Sports Illustrated's defensive efficiency awards.

Donovan Mitchell, 6'3" sophomore., Louisville: Merely staying on the floor for 32.3 minutes per game while playing the level of defense Rick Pitino demands is no joke. Playing that much and leading the ACC in steal percentage (at 3.6), and guarding opponents' best perimeter scorers for the nation's No. 8 defense, is worthy of recognition—even if Mitchell had more shot-blocking help on his back line than the other guards on this list.

I_medium It's looking more and more like Rutgers could be a perfect landing spot for Kyle Bolin if he's hoping for a chance to start. First, the Scarlet Knights dismissed former U of L QB commit Tylin Oden. Then there was yesterday's news that fellow signal caller Zach Allen had torn an ACL. Best of luck to Kyle as he continues to work towards a decision.

I_medium Bolin hasn't been offered by Texas yet, but he's on the Longhorns' radar.

I_medium I am prepared to fight Randy Edsall.

Larry Taylor too. At the same time.

I_medium Virginia guard Marial Shayok, the hero of the team's tournament win over UNC-Wilmington, is transferring to Iowa State.

I_medium Louisville lacrosse will host No. 7 Syracuse for Senior Day on Saturday at 1.

I_medium This is cool.

I_medium The latest CBS Sports mock NBA Draft has Donovan Mitchell going to the Detroit Pistons with the 12th pick. That's the earliest I've seen anyone project Donovan taken so far.

I_medium A new national champion on the wall.

I_medium Shoutout to the Irish Rover and its patrons for running off some Nazis last night. Nazis are bad.

I_medium The U of L men's tennis team will celebrate Senior Day at 3:30 Friday afternoon against Duke.

I_medium Seth Davis spoke up in defense of Rick Pitino today.

"A cloud has been hanging over the program for a couple years now," Davis said. "It's been a rough deal. Given the difficulties of the situation, I think the university's done everything they can to try to mitigate the ultimate damage. ... I would be surprised if something really bad came down. They might want to come up with something to add to it for some type of effect - another postseason ban, or another suspension or something along those lines. I think the worst is over."

A writer for Sports Illustrated and an analyst for CBS, among other titles, Davis didn't mince words when asked about Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and his level of involvement with the case.

"I have not seen a single iota of evidence or indication that Rick Pitino knew what was going on," Davis said. "I personally would be flabbergasted if he knew what was going on. ... I'm open to any evidence to the contrary, but you would think, with all the journalistic investigations and the NCAA - everything that's going on - someone would find a text message or email. There hasn't even been an accusation of someone who said, ‘I told Rick Pitino. He knew about this.' So the idea that he knew about it, to me, there's been absolutely no indication that that's the fact."

I_medium The 18th-ranked Louisville rowing team is headed to the Clemson Invitational.

I_medium The Duke Chronicle previews this weekend's baseball series at Jim Patterson.

I_medium Louisville continues to pursue four-star quarterback Justin Rogers.

I_medium And finally, for those interested, here's the soundtrack for this year's Thunder over Louisville.