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Sophia and Grady are ready to root Donovan Mitchell on to a Game 2 victory Wednesday night.

—The latest college baseball NCAA tournament projection from Baseball America has Louisville as the event’s overall No. 6 seed.

—This video of every new coach in college basketball talking about how fast they’re going to play is wonderful, especially considering the slowest team in the sport just won the national title.

—“No one is working harder” than Lamar Jackson right now.

—Louisville native Justin Thomas has launched his own foundation to serve up some help for the Louisville area.

—National basketball analyst Brian Snow says the addition of Fresh Kimble should help Louisville immensely in 2019-20.

“Overall it is very good for Louisville,” Snow said. “Louisville didn’t have one player on the roster who would be classified as a primary ball handler, and Kimble can be just that. He should start, and play a major role. Kimble needs to be more efficient as a shooter, and get in ideal physical condition, so he isn’t without flaws, but given the glaring need Louisville had for a player like him, it is a good addition for the program, and should help the Cardinals big time in the ACC.”

A native of Philadelphia, Kimble will come to Louisville after a stellar career with the Hawks. Following an Atlantic 10 All-Freshman season, Kimble was the team’s leading scorer as a sophomore before being sidelined with a broken bone in his left foot. He re-injured the foot in the opening game of his junior campaign and was sidelined for the season following surgery. He missed 10 games this past season with a hand injury, but finished as the team’s second-leading scorer.

“Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble comes to Louisville with a solid resume,” Snow said. “He was tested at the Atlantic 10 level, and while he wasn’t always the most efficient player, more often than not he rose to the occasion. Being a double figure scorer for two full seasons, shows he is capable of putting the ball in the basket, and also is a very tough kid, who is great for the culture of any program.”

—Louisville freshman Luke Nichols has been named ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Week. He led the Cardinals with a win in the high jump at the Louisville Invitational on Saturday afternoon, clearing the bar with a new personal best mark of 2.21m (7-03) that currently ranks sixth in the nation.

—Tonight the U of L softball team hopes to have the same success against Kentucky that the Cardinal baseball team had Tuesday night.

—Pervis Ellison, who has seen a healthy dose of Lamarr Kimble over the years, says the new Cardinal point guard reminds him of Michigan State star Cassius Winston.

“Did you watch Michigan State play?” Ellison asked.

No more than a dozen times, Pervis.

”Fresh plays just like Cassius Winston,” Ellison said.

The Michigan State wizard was voted first-team all-American by the Associated Press, named a finalist for the Wooden Award and point guard for the Spartan squad that made the Final Four.

”That’s exactly who he plays like,” Ellison said. “He’s what you want in your point guard. He’s the smartest player on the floor. He always makes great decisions. He’s got that Philly toughness. He’ll lead your team. He’s just like Cassius Winston.”

If Lamarr Kimble is Cassius Winston or even Cassius Winston Lite, then the University of Louisville absolutely has its guy to replace Christen Cunningham at point guard next season.

—NFL schedules for the 2019 season will be unveiled tonight at 8.

—In keeping with this week’s theme of feeling old, Dajuan Wagner has a son (and Milt Wagner has a grandson) who is turning heads on the AAU scene.

In the pre-internet age, Dajuan Wagner’s recruitment was the first one I can ever remember following. The CJ would give weekly updates on his high school games, and it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would wind up at Louisville.

Then, his dad got a job.

Remembering Michael Jordan Cologne, a disaster that was way ahead of its time.

—Cards in the playoffs tonight:

Celtics vs. Pacers Game 2 (7 p.m./TNT)

Jazz vs. Rockets Game 2 (9:30 p.m./TNT)

—U of L has inked a partnership with IMB Corp.

—Puma Pass is spending his summer with the Louisville Bats.

—Both Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro have confirmed that the loss to Auburn in the Elite Eight was their last one at Kentucky.

—To counter those defections, Kentucky is putting the full-court press on Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr. Then again, so is pretty much every major program in the country.

—The U of L men’s tennis team is the No. 11 seed in the upcoming ACC tournament. They’ll take on sixth-seeded Georgia Tech in the opening round.

—Two C-USA legends.

—The Louisville Cardinal serves up a state of the union conclusion for U of L athletics.

—And finally, the venerable Sean Moth talks about his two decades as the voice of the Cardinals.