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Thursday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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Jack Lewis wants Bama.

—The 2018-19 Louisville sports season officially gets underway tonight with the women’s soccer team hosting Wright State at 7:30 inside Lynn Stadium. Here’s a preview.

—The men’s soccer team continued its preseason with a 1-0 exhibition victory over No. 2 Indiana Wednesday night.

—Lamar Jackson has already started giving back to his hometown.

We’ve gotta get the right year on that Heisman Trophy sign though.

—Speaking of Lamar Jackson, let’s all come together and vote LJ as the “Best Highlands Restaurant.” A few years ago we got Gorgui to third in the “Best Chef” category, so I think this is definitely doable.

—Brian VanGorder was open and straightforward with the media on Wednesday, saying that his defense has a lot to improve on after a poor scrimmage showing earlier this week.

—Notre Dame’s freshly unveiled New York Yankee-themed uniforms are just awful.

—ESPN and Marvel teamed up to produce some comic book covers for the biggest games of college football’s opening weekend. Here’s Louisville-Alabama:

—Duke took the court for the first game of its exhibition series in Canada Wednesday night, and Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett both looked pretty sensational. I don’t know if the Blue Devils are going to be good enough to win a national title, but they’re going to be fun as hell to watch against everyone besides us.

We can still hate them though. Evil stuff can be fun.

—Single game Louisville football tickets are now on sale.

—Eric Bossi looks at the most mysterious basketball recruitments from the 2019 class, and pretty much everyone listed is being courted by Chris Mack.

Why the mystery?

Mark Watts is fun. He puts up points in bunches, he’s not shy about letting the shots fly and he’s more commonly known as “Rocket” than Mark. Guys like that draw a lot of attention. Add in that he recently released a top eight, took it back and then put out a top nine and you’ve got the makings of a potentially wild recruitment.

Who is involved? Watts recently released a top nine that includes Connecticut, Florida State, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and USC.

—LSU and Clemson have announced a “Death Valley Tigers” home and home series that will begin in 2025. I’d be more interested if the winner got to keep the nickname and the stadium name and the loser had to change.

—A good list to be on.

—Mekhi Becton is ready to take another (very large) step forward in year two.

—The felony weapons charge originally filed against Chane Behanan has been dismissed.

—USA Today writes about Stanley King’s commitment to Louisville.

—Danny Ainge is wondering where the summer defense is from Scary Terry.

—The Associated Press has its token preview of Louisville football. If you didn’t know that the Cardinals lost former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, then whoa boy you’ve got some preview reading to do.

—Alabama’s secondary isn’t taking the Dez Fitzpatrick bait.

—I’ve always loved CJ McCollum.

We’re all trying, Jennifer.

—Rick Pitino says he wasn’t responsible for naming one of his horses “Party Dancer.”

Imagine trying to explain to your 2014 self why the sentence above necessitated the writing of about 35 stories on a mid-August Wednesday.

—Columbus voyage replica ships are currently docked in Louisville, so if defacing replica ships is your one vice, please try and contain yourself for at least the weekend.

—If we have this technology, it needs to be utilized before a game this season.

The new AD seems to be on board.

Play the old Kane entrance music, incorporate fire somehow, beat Florida State by approximately 73 points.

—If you can, please help the Kentucky Humane Society “clear the shelter” this Saturday.

—CBS picks the best college football team in every state.

Kentucky

Louisville: The Lamar Jackson experience wrapped up after last season, but the 2016 season left an indelible mark on the program -- which is head-and-shoulders above every other Division I program in the state. -- Barrett Sallee

—And finally, a very happy fourth anniversary to Earl Clark and his lovely wife. Getting married on the same day as you two is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me.

Also, a happy fourth anniversary to my lovely wife. But that’s a secondary congratulations.