—It’s a top five showdown tonight at Jim Patterson Stadium where No. 3 Louisville will face No. 2 Vanderbilt in the annual “Battle for the Barrel” rivalry game. First pitch is set for 7 p.m., and ESPNU has the TV coverage. Here’s a preview.
—Scott Satterfield will be tossing out the first pitch this evening.
—Country House is now out of the Preakness just like Maximum Security, which is ... not great for horse racing.
Only one way to save this race: Open it up to all animals.
—247 Sports currently has Luke Murray ranked as the second-best recruiter in the nation for the 2019 class. The only person ranked above him is on paid administrative leave while Arizona figures out how to fire him.
—Love that Asia Durr has linked up with former Card/current trainer of the stars Chris Brickley in New York.
—The CJ’s Danielle Lerner serves up her first U of L basketball recruiting big board for 2020.
—The Post and Courier ranks the 28 football coaches in the ACC and SEC, and has Scott Satterfield at No. 19.
—Louisville basketball won’t be taking an overseas trip this summer, but a handful of programs in the ACC will. Here’s the list.
—This is a cool thing for Louisville golf.
☝️week from today:— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) May 6, 2019
@UofLGolfClub hosts an #NCAAGolf Regional for the first time in school history.
And No. 4-seed @UofLMGolf tees off with a home-course advantage!
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—The Kentucky Derby is far more than a two-minute race. It’s a weeks-long holiday season that affects all parts of life in Louisville and supports multiple cottage industries. Good read here.
—Thanks to its partnership with ESPN/Disney, the ACC feels good about distribution heading into crunch-time for the ACC Network’s launch.
—The Cardinal Authentic spring tent sale is going down this Saturday.
—Ronald Ollie went from the comic relief of “Last Chance U” to signing with the Raiders.
—Louisville will be the No. 5 seed in this week’s ACC softball tournament. The Cards open postseason play against fourth-seeded North Carolina Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
—Congrats to Anas Mahmoud, who won an Egyptian Basketball Super League championship in his rookie season with Zamalek.
It’s the first title for the club since 2007.
—UMass basketball has been dead for two decades, which is sort of sad considering how prominent a part the program played in college basketball’s story of the ‘90s.
—The U of L women’s golf team is in 13th-place after one day of NCAA Regional play.
—Have to think more of this at the Major League level would help attendance numbers and TV ratings.
My man. Taking a leak at 2nd base during his first TBall game. Legendary. pic.twitter.com/zcfSNXtGQZ— Jared Postma (@rjaredp) May 3, 2019
—Marquette transfers Sam and Joey Hauser have narrowed their options to Virginia, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
—Unless he gets cut before the series starts, Tim Tebow will be playing at Slugger Field this week.
—Photographer Shawn Hubbard won the first-place award in the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame 51st Annual Photo Contest for a photo of Lamar Jackson.
—Jaelyn Withers is excited to get to U of L and get to work.
Cleveland Heights four-star forward Jaelyn Withers said he’s super excited to arrive on campus later this summer and get to work with the Cardinals.
“I’ve been great and I’m excited,” Withers told Cardinal Authority. “I’ve just been working out and getting ready for the summer in The Ville.”
The 6-foot-9 Withers said his senior season was a major adjustment.
The native of North Carolina moved to Ohio for his senior year of high school, and it led to a different role on his team, and new experiences at Cleveland Heights.
“The season went OK,” Withers said. “It was a new situation for me and it was tough at times. It was new for me and the team and the coaching staff.
“At my other school I was just asked to score. Here I was being asked to do a lot more.”
Withers said he felt like the procedure helped him become a better all-around player.
“I’m excited to get to The Ville and get to work,” he said.
—Former Louisville-area prospect David Sloan has committed to Kansas State.
—If you’re tired of the Derby fallout, the CJ has some other local sports news for your digestion.
—And finally, I’m flying solo on R&R this afternoon. I’ll have Evan Daniels to talk about his final rankings for the 2019 class, Sean Moth to preview Louisville/Vandy, and Dave Lackford to talk about the state of U of L football recruiting. You can stream the show here.