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Marie is loving the baseball Cards and counting down the days until the Purdue football game.

I_medium As you're probably aware of, ESPN laid off a bunch of familiar names today. Regardless of how you feel about the worldwide leader as a whole or the individuals involved, this was not an occasion to celebrate.

It's easy to think of athletes or the personalities covering them as characters in a massive TV show, but that's not the case. Empathy has become something of a lost art, but I would encourage you not to revel in the misery of a person you've probably never met. Also, looking at some of the names here -- Dana O'Neil, Brett McMurphy, C.L. Brown -- it's clear that a bulk of the cuts were made in the reporting department, and not in the hot-takey, debate show department. That's sad, and not the greatest of signs if you're looking toward the era ahead.

I_medium The Louisville baseball team is back in action tonight, taking on Northern Kentucky at 6 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field. Tickets are five bucks, which is a small price to pay to see Brendan McKay, destroyer of worlds.

I_medium Eat it, VCU.

I_medium Louisville lacrosse player Brittany Read has been named the ACC Defender of the Week.

I_medium Mike Tirico is taking over for Tom Hammond as the voice of NBC's horse racing coverage.

I_medium This could have easily been written by a 45-year-old Kentucky fan.

I_medium Big-armed Miami quarterback Jack Allison is transferring.

I_medium More Camaros on playing fields.

I_medium Dion Waiters' feature for The Players Tribune was terrific.

I_medium I have been loving these tweets for a month now and firmly Team Patch (who has one eye) moving forward.

And in case you were wondering, "Patch" was "Patch" before he lost his eye.

Patch has confirmed.

I_medium CBS looks at the college basketball teams that have been most hurt and helped by early NBA Draft decisions, and lists Louisville as one of the biggest names still twisting in the wind.

Louisville Cardinals

Deng Adel, Donovan Mitchell are testing, while Jaylen Johnson is definitely gone. Louisville has an argument for the No. 1 spot in the polls heading into the season if Adel and Mitchell come back. Without them, the Cards are probably outside the top 15 for me. Rick Pitino hasn't had to deal with many freshmen and sophomores leaving early in recent years. Few teams are riding on more than Lousville with Adel and Mitchell (who could be a STAR next season).

I_medium The Wonders (or "Oneders") from "That Thing You Do" recently reunited to perform the movie's signature song and make Mrs. CC the happiest person on earth.

I_medium Some local media news.

I_medium Congrats to Josh Bellamy on being honored by the Bears with this year's Brian Piccolo Award.

I_medium Racing Dudes says these five horses -- including Patch ... who has one eye -- have no chance to win the Derby.

I_medium The best part of this Chinanu underhanded free-throw instructional video is him saying that he starts by "putting my hands on both sides of the ball like I'm about to shoot and underhand free-throw."

Hey, it's working for him.

I_medium Dez Fitzpatrick is one of Stewart Mandel's 15 biggest breakout stars of spring practice.

I_medium It's that time again.

I_medium It's been exactly a year since Laremy Tunsil's phone got hacked and the subsequent revelations resulted in him falling to pick 13 in the NFL Draft and Ole Miss being investigated by the NCAA. We'll never know who did the hacking because none of the people involved, including Tunsil, want us to know.

I_medium This is probably the only thing that could make me wish for more conference realignment.

I_medium Adam Zagoria tackles the fallout from the closing of St. Anthony's.

I_medium Incoming U of L walk-on Jo Griffin from South Oldham is playing in the Kentuckiana All-Star game at Walden tonight. Tip for the boys game is at 7:45.

I_medium This video rules.

I_medium U of L rugby has earned a spot in the national tournament for the first time ever, but they need your help getting there. Here's how you can help make their appearance happen.

I_medium Don't second guess yourself, buddy. State was correct.

I_medium Ballard baseball star and U of L commit Jordan Adell is trying to focus on his present, even though his future may entail being a top 10 pick in the MLB Draft.

I_medium Evvvvvverybody is about to start selling alcohol at games.

I_medium The Minnesota Vikings might still re-sign Teddy Bridgewater, but it looks like they're not willing to guarantee his 2018 salary.

I_medium Wright State grad transfer Mark Alstork talks about the recent interest that's been expressed in him by Louisville.

If Mitchell returns to school, Alstork likely will look elsewhere. But if Mitchell stays in the draft, major minutes open up at one of U of L's guard spots.

"We'll see how it goes," Alstork said. "They're not going to call me for no reason. I bet they'd have some sort of idea (of what Mitchell plans to do). They've had good success (with other graduate transfers like Trey Lewis and Damion Lee). I think it's a good situation. They have a position that I may fill."

Alstork averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists this past season, earning All-Horizon League honors. As a redshirt sophomore, Alstork scored 12.4 points per game. He sat out the 2014-15 season after transferring to Wright State from Ball State, where he averaged 5.6 points per game in 30 contests.

He is a career 37.3-percent 3-point shooter. He scored 15 points at Penn State in December.

Alstork originally entered his name into the NBA draft pool, and he said he still plans to work out and receive feedback on his draft status. His name was included on the NBA's early entrant list that was released Tuesday.

He doesn't expect to make a college decision until mid-to-late May, though he said he would cut his list to six or seven schools in the coming days.

I_medium Bobby Petrino with a quick quote on how Lamar Jackson improved this spring.

I_medium Congratulations to U of L lacrosse standouts Hannah Koloski, Brittany Read and Meghan Siverson on being named All-ACC.

I_medium And finally, despite a pledge by U of L to contribute more money for the KFC Yum Center's debt, Mayor Greg Fischer says it's unlikely the city will end up lowering its maximum annual arena payment.