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Axel Barnett may have just been born, but he already knows that he loves the Kentucky Derby and wants DePaul Day to make a comeback.

—A very happy 240th birthday to the city of Louisville. We’re still havin’ fun, and you’re still the one.

—Best week in the best city.

—If you missed it last night, Scary Terry put on another show.

—New U of L grad transfer Christen Cunningham says he’s ready to help bring Louisville back to an elite level.

I’m going to do everything in my power to help Coach Mack get this program back to the elite level, where it was at,” Cunningham said in an interview with Courier Journal on Monday evening. “I know the Cards missed the (NCAA Tournament) last year, but my main goal coming here is to win championships and make the tournament. I’d just tell the fans that we’re going to play hard, come to work every day with a blue collar mentality and I think we’ll be fun to watch.”

It’s fitting that Cunningham was Mack’s first pledge at Louisville — his connections to the program and the city run deep.

He is a close friend of former Louisville point guard Quentin Snider, who was his roommate on road trips when they played for the Louisville Magic travel team in high school. Ellis Myles, a former Louisville player, coached the team and now serves as the director of the program. Cunningham’s brother, Trae, was a student manager for former coach Rick Pitino, too.

Cunningham has remained close with Myles and Snider, saying he watched as many of Snider’s Louisville games as possible. And Myles reached out to Louisville’s new coaching staff for Cunningham the day after Cunningham received his release to transfer from Samford after graduating.

”It feels great, just knowing I grew up really watching Louisville and Kentucky and getting to understand the culture between the two programs,” Cunningham said. “It’s great to be in a blue blood, high-major program. Obviously I understand what it means to play for the University of Louisville, something a lot of kids in Kentucky would dream of doing.”

—Dale Romans says he can’t talk Rick Pitino into attending this year’s Kentucky Oaks, even though a horse Pitino co-owns is the third choice.

—Kyle Bolin has received a rookie camp tryout invite from the Philadelphia Eagles.

—The fallout from the FBI stuff isn’t just affecting Louisville anymore.

—Tickets for the 2018 U of L men’s and women’s soccer seasons are now on sale.

—Card Chronicle fans on reddit should check out this offseason college football Risk(ish) game.

—Jeff Greer gives an updated look at the Louisville basketball recruiting big board.

—Knocking out work tasks at the beginning of Derby Week so you don’t have to deal with anything after Wednesday:

—After a year away from basketball, Shoni Schimmel is back with the New York Liberty.

—Louisville track and field teams finished the weekend with nine wins in the seeded events and on Senior Day at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational.

—Shoutout to former Card Kenney Walker on his SportsCenter appearance.

—After all the hype, why didn’t the Patriots draft Lamar?

—The 31 teams that passed over LJ8 are probably going to regret it.

—Still in midseason form.

—After one of the biggest productions you’ll ever see for a college announcement, Romeo Langford picked Indiana. I like it for college basketball more than I would have liked him picking Vanderbilt or Kansas. I don’t like it as the fan of a team that has to play at Indiana next season.

—Lamar loved seeing how excited Jaire got when he heard his name called.

—Chris Mack has made five hires to finish out his Louisville basketball staff.

—Drew Bledsoe himself is officially on the Terry Rozier bandwagon.

—Louisville has officially offered a scholarship to four-star power forward Omar Payne from Florida.

—The U of L women have received a huge transfer from Yacine Diop, who was basically Pittsburgh’s entire team last season. She led the Panthers in both scoring and rebounding and her addition will go a long way towards replacing the inside production of Myisha Hines-Allen.

—Can’t get enough of these.

—For anyone looking for a job in media, Vox is hiring.

—Happy belated 10-year anniversary to one of the greatest pictures ever taken.

Bruno being in awe of Pete Wentz will never not make me smile.

—Male High has hired Hopkinsville’s coach of the last eight years to take over the Bulldogs’ boys basketball program.

—And finally, it’s Battle of the Barrel night in Nashville. Here’s a preview of Louisville-Vanderbilt.