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Rob Allison’s February dream became a June reality.

—Vanderbilt’s 13-2 win over Duke on Sunday means that the Cardinals and Commodores will be squaring off in the first game of the College World Series for both. The two rivals also met in the first game of the 2014 CWS, with eventual national champion Vandy prevailing there, 5-3.

—Here’s how the CWS looks with two supers to be decided on Monday.

—Thomas Jackson, a wide receiver grad transfer from North Carolina, says he found the perfect landing spot in Louisville.

—Eric Crawford shares his thoughts on U of L baseball’s most recent ticket punch to Omaha.

—Summing up the weekend that was in cartoon form.

Also this:

—We gave you the behind the scenes scoop a few months ago, but the pink seats at Cardinal Stadium are officially going back to red.

—Donovan Mitchell has been added to the USA Basketball roster for 2019-20.

Featuring 20 NBA standout players, including six who are new additions to the 2019-20 USA Basketball Men’s National Team roster, USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo today announced the athletes who will attend the Aug. 5-9 USA Basketball Men’s National Team training camp that will be used to select the 2019 USA World Cup Team.

USA National Team members who are confirmed to participate in the 2019 Las Vegas training camp include: Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets).

Added to the 2019-20 USA National Team roster and participating in the August USA National Team training camp are: Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) and P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets).

Eighteen of the 20 players boast of prior USA Basketball experience, and the group includes five players who are U.S. Olympic gold medalists and five players have won FIBA World Cup gold. Barnes (2016), Davis (2012), Harden (2012), Love (2012) and Lowry (2016) have each captured Olympic gold, while Davis, Drummond and Harden were part of the gold medalist 2014 USA World Cup Team and Gordon and Love were members of the gold medalist 2010 USA World Cup Team.

—Speaking of Donovan, he’ll be signing autographs at Visionworks on Market Street this Friday afternoon.

In far less exciting news, R&R will be there as well.

—DRays Bay says Brendan McKay is ready for the Major Leagues.

—Andy Katz has Steven Enoch at No. 5 on his list of candidates for the Kareem Award, which goes to the best center in college basketball.

—There’s a new addition coming to this shortly.

—Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun Sentinel serves up three reasons why DeVante Parker has been the most dominant at Dolphins camp.

—BetOnline has released spreads for the first week of the college football season and Louisville is a 20-point dog against Notre Dame.

Saturday, Aug 31st

Ohio State -26 vs. Florida Atlantic

Nebraska -32.5 vs. South Alabama

N.C. State -20 vs. East Carolina

Illinois -14.5 vs. Akron

Indiana -17 vs. Ball State

Kentucky -13 vs. Toledo

Mississippi State -22 vs. UL Lafayette

Memphis -6 vs. Mississippi

Tennessee -26 vs. Georgia State

Eastern Michigan -6 @ Coastal Carolina

Alabama -30.5 vs. Duke

Stanford -6.5 vs. Northwestern

Virginia Tech -2 @ Boston College

Syracuse -17.5 @ Liberty

South Carolina -7.5 vs. North Carolina

Florida State -3.5 vs. Boise State

Arkansas State -3.5 vs. SMU

Michigan -30 vs. Middle Tennessee State

Iowa -21 vs. Miami Ohio

LSU -26 vs. Georgia Southern

Virginia -1.5 @ Pittsburgh

Missouri -14.5 @ Wyoming

Auburn -2 vs. Oregon

Texas -20 vs. Louisiana Tech

Washington State -34.5 vs. New Mexico State

USA -10.5 vs. Fresno State

Sunday, Sep 1st

Oklahoma -26 vs. Houston

Monday, Sep 2nd

Notre Dame -20 @ Louisville

—There are still a handful of spots available for the upcoming Bellarmine basketball camps.

—North Oldham’s Justin Powell has committed to Auburn.

Thanks for nothing, Levitch.

—Max Preps has Trinity as the fourth most dominant high school football program in America over the last decade.

—The Male High softball team is on the verge of a perfect season.

—If you compile all the early college hoops rankings out there, Louisville sits at No. 4 heading into 2019-20.

—The story of how Kawhi Leonard ended up at San Diego State is a good one, and not just because it features a Lorrenzo Wade mention.

—The Toronto Raptors have cost McDonald’s over a million bucks in french fry money.

—Jordan Nwora was a guest on the latest installment of Andy Katz’s podcast.

—Jordan also spent a chunk of his weekend at the ballpark.

—ECU has now been to six super regionals without breaking through to the College World Series. The frustration in Greenville is palpable.

—Lou City took down Loudon United 2-1 over the weekend.

—Congrats to the Louisville couple that won a million dollars playing Powerball.

—A nice video recap of the weekend that was at Jim Patterson Stadium.

—John Calipari says there are teams that Kentucky will not schedule because they are “obnoxious,” which ... you know what, everyone gets to insert their own joke in this spot. However you would have ended that blurb, that’s the way it gets to end in your mind.

—On the latest episode of One Shining Podcast, Greg Oden singles out Jordan Nwora as a college player he really likes watching.

—And finally, R&R is back this afternoon from 3-6 recapping the ass kickings of the weekend and getting ready for the trip to Omaha. You can listen here.