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Tuesday evening Cardinal news and notes

Happy Derby Week.

—Dez Fitzpatrick’s stock appears to be rising as we inch closer to the NFL Draft.

—U of L hoops incoming freshman big man Roosevelt Wheeler hasn’t fully recovered from the achilles injury that forced him to miss his entire senior season of high school ball, but he says he’ll be good to go by the time his first college campaign starts.

—Carlik Jones says his farewell to Louisville.

Definitely not crying.

The “what if” pile from the last few years of Louisville men’s basketball continues to grow.

—Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at Louisville football’s transfer additions.

—The 19th-ranked Louisville lacrosse team will open the 2021 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament against No. 1 North Carolina on Wednesday at noon in Chapel Hill. The game will broadcast live on the ACC Network.

—Best of luck to Elizabeth in Durham.

—Just days after starting its 2021 season, Louisville City FC made the stunning announcement that it had mutually agreed to part ways with head coach John Hackworth. Top assistant Danny Cruz has been elevated to the position of interim head coach.

—The full entries for the 14-race Kentucky Derby day card at Churchill Downs are out.

—Three-star RB Joseph Himon from Arkansas is the latest recruit to announce he’ll be taking an official visit to U of L this summer.

—The 50 best sets of the 2021 NCAA tournament:

—Mick Cronin’s UCLA Bruins are the early No. 1 in Gary Parrish’s latest 2021-22 rankings for CBS.

—Louisville lacrosse senior midfielder Caroline Blalock was named to the All-ACC Second Team, while freshman midfielder Bella Karstien earned ACC All-Freshman Team honors.

—Former Cardinal and current Louisville City FC midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo has been named the USL Player of the Week for the first week of the season.

—I am very excited about this year’s crop of “How I Got Home From Derby” stories. There’s still time to get yours in. Just email me at

—Bonkers stat.

—Louisville volleyball ends the 2020-21 season as the No. 11 team in the country.

This story of a 5-year-old boy with Down syndrome getting his dream weekend at UNC Chapel Hill will bring a smile to your face.

—Jawon Pass is now leaving Towson and re-entering the NCAA transfer portal. Here’s hoping he can find a solid spot to spend his final college season.

—There’s a new handicapper in town, and she likes (for questionable reasons) Millefeuille in the Oaks on Friday.

—The Green Bay Packers are planning on exercising the fifth-year option for former Louisville star Jaire Alexander.

—Lexington’s Railbird Music Festival is back in 2021.

—Racing Louisville FC took a tough 3-2 loss Monday night, but there were plenty of positives to take away from the performance.

—And finally, the Ravens could be on the verge of getting huge help for Lamar Jackson in the form of Julio Jones.