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Tuesday evening Cardinal news and notes

It's not quite time for the 2017 Card Chronicle Summer Tour, so here's this from Hugh Pritchett holding it down in Maui, where he lives.

I_medium It's Battle of the Barrel night at Jim Patterson, where No. 2 Louisville will host rival and 25th-ranked Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. Here's your preview.

I_medium Louisville is No. 14 in Sports Illustrated's post-spring college football power rankings.

I_medium Donovan Mitchell checks in at No. 18 on Sam Vecenie's latest NBA draft big board for The Sporting News.

I_medium You're not a rookie anymore, my friend.

I_medium Former U of L athletes are among those who have their Derby outfits critiqued here.

I_medium The Fort Worth Star-Telegram looks at Devonte Fields.

That the NFL Draft came and went without Devonte Fields' phone buzzing was not a shock. The surprise came in the immediate minutes, hours and days after the draft when no one called.

As a freshman at TCU in 2012, Fields was the Associated Press' Big 12 defensive player of the year. His old teammate at Arlington Martin, Myles Garrett, went No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns.

Garrett was always the better prospect out of high school, but Fields is still a guy who was rated as a first-round draft pick following his freshman year at TCU, before he was dismissed from the school after a domestic violence charge.

"Very disappointed!" said Fields, who finished his career at Louisville, in a Twitter message on April 29.

He later tweeted: "Wish I never went to TCU." He has removed the post.

The last two weeks have not been easy for Fields. He would not agree to an interview for this column.

The story also reports that Fields is just three courses short of earning his degree. Here's hoping he gets it.

I_medium The Missouri Valley has elected to fill the void left by Wichita State's departure to the AAC with the addition of Valparaiso. Murray State was informed Tuesday morning that they would not be receiving an invite to the league, which means the Valley is likely only adding one program. There had been some talk that the league would move to 12 teams, in which case the Racers would have been a likely choice.

I_medium The complete lineup for this summer's Forecastle Festival has been released, and once again, I have not been asked to perform.

I_medium The only book you'll ever need is coming this fall.

We'll all attend the Pulitzer ceremony together.

I_medium Wave-3 tried to catch up with the kids of the Valley Sports Little League world champions from 15 years ago, but things haven't gone especially well for them.

I_medium U of L transfer target Mark Alstork announced yesterday that he was visiting Georgetown in a manner that made some think he was announcing a commitment.

Alstork later clarified that he was just announcing that he was headed to the District for an official visit.

I_medium The Spun goes full internet and ranks the 10 most delusional fan bases in college football for the 2017 season. Louisville checks in at No. 3.

I_medium Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. is staying in the NBA draft.

I_medium Kentucky's former director of basketball operations has been indicted on charges of defrauding former UK athletes of $1.3 million.

A former University of Kentucky basketball staffer and NCAA employee who became an adviser to professional athletes was indicted by a federal grand jury late last week on felony charges of defrauding clients for nearly $1.3 million, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

Leon Smith, who operated Lexington-based Legacy Pro Management Group and Legacy Athlete Management, is charged with 14 counts of fraud involving four unnamed athletes between 2011-15, according to a copy of the indictment obtained by Yahoo Sports. The alleged victims in the scheme are identified in the indictment only by initials, but sources told Yahoo Sports that three of the four are Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack ("S.M.") and former NBA players Darius Miller ("D.M.") and Josh Harrellson ("J.D.H.").

The indictment says Smith was authorized to "conduct financial transactions on (clients') behalf and therefore entrusted Smith with his or her financial account data, dates of birth, social security numbers, and other personal and financial data." Smith, the indictment alleges, then used that access to siphon athletes' money into his own business accounts.

According to court records, Smith has been given a May 15 arraignment date in U.S. District Court in Lexington, Ky. If found guilty of all counts, Smith could face a maximum penalty of more than 30 years in prison and a monetary forfeiture of the $1.298 million he is alleged to have stolen.

Who would have thought that director of basketball ops would be an entire state's most scandalous occupation?

I_medium This story on the decline of former Miami Dolphins captain Nick Buoniconti is lengthy (admittedly I'm stopped in the middle at the moment), but beautifully put together.

I_medium The story of top 2018 recruit Marvin Bagley III is both strange and highly intriguing.

I_medium The Dodgers have claimed former U of L pitcher Justin Marks.

I_medium This year's Derby was the fifth most-watched horse race of any sort since 1989.

I_medium Stop me if you've heard this before, but NC State might be a sleeping giant in the ACC's Atlantic Division this year (I actually sort of believe it this year).

I_medium Bellarmine baseball has been named Hero Sports' D-II Team of the Month.

I_medium James Harden bought Montrezl Harrell a $30,000 chain "because he liked it."

James Harden averaged 11.2 assists per game during the regular season, which is by far the highest total of his career. Apparently that generosity has spilled over into his life off the court, as well.

Celebrity jeweler Boodaddy Diamonds, who describes himself on social media as the "jeweler to the stars," told TMZ over the weekend that Harden and Houston Rockets forward Montrezl Harrell were recently looking at some pieces when Harrell came across a chain he loved. According to the jeweler, Harden secretly picked up the $30,000 tab for his teammate.

"He takes care of his boys, man," Diamonds said.

Harrell is playing under a rookie contract that is worth about $3 million over three years. He's doing pretty well for himself, but it's a lot easier for Harden and his $29 million salary to afford a $30,000 chain.

I like things too, James.

I_medium American Pharoah has had his first foal and it is named, appropriately enough, First Pharoah.

I_medium One proposal in the effort to keep bowl games interesting is to let redshirts play. I think that would be a very wise move.

I_medium DePaul got a commitment from a five-star guard last night. Do your worst, North Korea.

I_medium This is the dream. It's always been the dream.

I_medium The campaign for Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympics is underway.

I_medium Florida State, Louisville and Miami are all teams that must get better play from their offensive lines if they want to win an ACC title in 2017.

I_medium Louisville's Maryssa Becker has been named the ACC's Player of the Week for softball.

I_medium And finally, Forbes recaps the best moments from the 2017 Kentucky Derby.