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Ben Ballard serves up the ending Game of Thrones deserved.

—The U of L softball team came up just short of making the first super regional in program history, falling to host Northwestern 4-3 in Sunday’s final regional game. Despite that disappointment, year one under Holly Aprile was a massive success for the Cards.

—After decades of the number being retired, the Buffalo Bills have finally decided to let players start wearing O.J. Simpson’s No. 32 again. The first player to receive the ... honor? Former Louisville running back Senorise Perry.

—This is wild.

—Donovan Mitchell is preparing for a worldwide Adidas tour in July following the release of his signature shoe. He’ll leave on July 6th for a tour that will hit Asia, France and Germany.

—In an attempt to provide some clarity, U of L has made some changes to the section and seat numbering at Cardinal Stadium for the upcoming football season. Check out the updated seat map here.

—Athlon ranks Jawon Pass as the 11th-best quarterback in the ACC for 2019.

11. Jawon Pass, Louisville

Appalachian State never finished below third in the Sun Belt in scoring offense under Scott Satterfield’s watch. Louisville’s offense averaged only 19.8 points a game last season, so Satterfield’s track record should provide some optimism for Louisville this fall. Improved play under center is a must if the Cardinals are going to contend for a bowl in Satterfield’s first year. Pass completed 54 percent of his throws for 1,960 yards and eight touchdowns to 12 picks in 2018. The Georgia native ranked as the No. 204 prospect out of high school, so there’s certainly some talent for Satterfield, coordinator Dwayne Ledford and quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce to mold in 2019.

—Former Florida State QB Deondre Francois will walk-on at FAU this fall.

—A look at the top 10 class of 2020 recruits that Jeff Walz and the U of L women’s basketball staff have their eyes on.

—This is awesome.

—New Courier Journal U of L football beat writer Cameron Teague introduces himself to the city.

—Five-star prospect Trendon Watford just committed to LSU, as Will Wade continues to live a strong ass existence in Baton Rouge.

—Fairly impressive athleticism from Aidan Igiehon.

—The latest NBA mock draft from Sports Illustrated has Jordan Nwora going 37th overall to the Mavericks.

—Jamon Brown’s summer of good deeds continues with the big man donating a large chunk of change to help keep Louisville’s public swimming pools open.

—Not a bad little week.

—Talented class of 2020 WR Dexter Rentz Jr. says Louisville is his front-runner.

—Montrezl Harrell is the heavy favorite in Las Vegas to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

Sixth Man

Montrezl Harrell -800
Domantas Sabonis +600
Lou Williams +800

Williams as a distant third feels wrong, but what do I know.

—What’s it like being the biggest dude in college football? Minnesota’s Daniel Faalele explains.

—If you’re gonna get cute on graduation, get cute in a way you know you can execute.

—Kentucky remains behind the rest of the country when it comes legalized gambling.

—A pair of police officers who both played in the NFL (one out of Louisville and the other out of Indiana) are bringing a different perspective to both the force and their community.

—A U of L football helmet has become a very important prop for the U of L baseball team.

—After flirting with taking the Michigan job, Ed Cooley has signed a contract extension with Providence.

—It’s college football preview magazine season (now and for the next 39 months) and Street & Smith has Louisville’s first opponent, Notre Dame, ranked No. 7.

—Manual’s 1909 squad was tough.

—A former Tennessee RB commit is hoping that U of L gives him a call.

—Joe Lunardi has updated his early Bracketology for 2020 and has Louisville as a No. 2 seed.

—Miami RB Kejon Owens is high on Louisville.

ON OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE MIX

“Louisville for sure. I still talk to Syracuse, too. I talk to Coach [Nick] Monroe. We still keep in contact. I’m probably going to get a visit up there. FAU and FIU are in it, but they are close around here so I can just go whenever I want.”

—Jim Burch, the first African American official in the ACC, passed away today at the age of 91.

—Highlights from the weekend that was at Jim Patterson Stadium:

—The next stop for the Louisville baseball revenge tour is Durham.

—Here’s a Next Ones video analysis of Jordan Nwora.

—And finally, R&R is back on 790-KRD this afternoon from 3-6 talking Cardinal sports and whatever the hell else is going on. As always, you can listen here.