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Brody is beyond ready for tailgate burgers.

—Donovan Mitchell spent his 4th of July showing up at random Utah fan BBQs and pool parties in Salt Lake.

—Congrats to the 364 U of L athletes who made the ACC Honor Roll for the 2017-18 academic year.

—Yahoo ranks the performances of all 65 Power 5 schools over the last five years, and Louisville checks in at No. 28. Stanford tops the list.

—Yacine Diop is officially in the house.

—Jordan Nwora was the co-top performer at the African World Cup qualifiers.

—Heading into his sophomore season, Mekhi Becton has “raised his level.”

—Lamar Jackson is going to be unfair to play with in Madden.

—Your daily reminder to vote Donovan Mitchell for Best Breakthrough Athlete.

—Via the release of the UConn women’s basketball schedule, Louisville will host Geno Auriemma and the Huskies on Jan. 31 next season.

—Mark Stoops has earned another Maker’s Mark bottle in my opinion.

—Maryland has reportedly received multiple subpoenas in connection to the federal probe of hoops corruption. Welcome to the party, Under Armour.

—The Big Ten has been dealing with a pair of ugly scandals at Michigan State and Ohio State, and yet conference commissioner Jim Delany still hasn’t said a word.

—The LEO serves up five things to do in Louisville this weekend.

—Louisville was the hottest city in America yesterday, which seems like something that should never happen.

—The extreme heat canceled racing at Ellis Park after just two races.

—Branden Klayko, the great Louisville blogger who passed away last summer at the far too young age of 33, wrote often about his love of alleyways. Now he’ll have one named in his honor.

—It appears Zion Williamson is in great shape and still capable of jumping entirely too high.

I don’t care if he can’t do anything else on the basketball court, I’m still very excited to watch him play next season.

—Former Cardinal and current Los Angeles Ram Jamon Brown has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first two games of the season for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

—Friday Irrelevance:

—Syracuse fans think one of their athletes deserved the ACC Male Athlete of the Year award more than Lamar Jackson did.

—Jody Demling says Louisville will find a way to get the ball in the hands of freshman playmaker TuTu Atwell in 2018.

—If you live in Louisville and have ever wanted to hold a bat that was used by Babe Ruth, well my friend, your ship has finally arrived.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will add a thrilling new experience to its line-up on Monday, July 9, when guests can hold a bat that was actually used by Babe Ruth! The bat will be added permanently to the museum’s groundbreaking Hold a Piece of History exhibit, which was created almost 10 years ago and quickly became a crowd favorite. This extraordinary opportunity is the museum’s way of celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Ruth signing a contract with Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the makers of Louisville Slugger baseball bats.

As part of the day’s celebration, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will give away gold-colored mini-bats featuring Babe Ruth’s signature to the first 714 ticketed guests; a nod to the Babe’s career homerun total. Ruth’s contract will also be on display and guests can enjoy Babe Ruth trivia contests throughout the day. One guest will be chosen for the honor of being the first to hold Babe’s bat.

—The CJ continues its schedule breakdown with an early look at the Florida State game.

—Louisville City FC’s upcoming match against Toronto FC II, originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 28 at 7 p.m.

—Liquor Barn and Party Mart are now delivering alcohol to residences in the Louisville area. This is a huge step in my goal to not have to leave the house for anything by the year 2028.

—Grudge Match II looks awful.

—I like the new “One Good Thing” feature that Eric Crawford is bringing to WDRB.

—And finally, we’re wrapping up the week on R&R this afternoon from 3-6 on 790-KRD. Listen here.