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Monday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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Nice to see night life returning.

—The Louisville baseball team had a monster Saturday, sweeping a double-header with Duke to ensure a series win over the Blue Devils.

—I can’t get enough of the Bob Baffert/Medina Spirit story.

—With name, image, likeness rules potentially going into play as early as this summer, we are watching the NCAA’s influence, power and leverage diminish before our eyes.

—Rodger doesn’t lie.

—Matt McGavic of Louisville Report dives into how Chris Mack should use the two scholarships he has at his disposal.

—U of L men’s golf standout John Murphy will make his Walker Cup debut in 2021.

—Johnny Manziel believes Lamar Jackson is the best dual threat quarterback in the history of college football.

—Keep calm, Popeye is coming.

—Next season in college basketball, technicals will be assessed to players who fake being fouled.

—The Courier Journal’s All-State basketball team for the 2020-21 high school hoops season is out.

—The deadline for players to withdraw from the 2021 NBA draft will now be July 7.

—Yes it is and yes he can.

—Louisville has gotten into the mix for Bydarrius Knighten, a defensive back grad transfer from SEMO State who was an All-American at the FCS level.

—Terry Rozier dropped a career-high 43 points for Charlotte on Sunday night.

—We should know by the end of the week whether or not the NCAA baseball tournament is coming to Jim Patterson Stadium this year.

—Despite being nationally ranked for the duration of the season, Louisville was not selected for the 2021 NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament.

—The CJ examines how Mitch Barnhart responded to the hundreds of Kentucky fans who emailed him complaints about the basketball team kneeling during the anthem in January.

—The latest Louisville baseball notebook from Cardinal Authority is out.

—Go Cards.

—Pitt hoops star Justin Champagnie is headed to the NBA draft and not leaving open the possibility of a return to college.

—For the first time, the women’s NCAA golf tournament is at the U of L Golf Club this week.

—If you’ve got an hour to kill, Rolling Stone counts down the 100 greatest sitcoms of all-time.

—Dana Evans says her experience at Louisville fully prepared her for life in the WNBA.

“I really think Louisville has prepared me for this moment, in so many different ways,” Evans said Wednesday during the Wings’ 2021 Media Day. “I’ve been prepared, and I’ve been just trying to enjoy the game and have fun, and just soak it in - because this is a dream come true, and I’m playing the game that I love.”

Evans says that one aspect that Louisville has prepared her for is the increased physicality at the next level. She specifically credits sports performance coach Kaitlynn Jones for preparing her in the weight room, and so far in training camp, the only physical aspect she believes needs to improve upon is fighting through screens.

“I feel like I’m able to take a bump, get to where I want to get to,” she said. “On the defensive side as well, I can kind of bug them and get to where I need to get to as well. I would say it’s translated, pretty good for me so far.”

—The Louisville softball team will host Duke in the ACC tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. Tickets are available here.

—The most successful season in Cardinal field hockey history came to an end with a heartbreaking shootout loss to Michigan in the NCAA tournament semifinals on Friday. North Carolina claimed its third straight national title by defeating the Wolverines in overtime on Sunday.

—A number of key football recruiting targets have scheduled their official visits to U of L.

—And finally, I am once again asking for your news and notes picture submissions. Because of the lack of travel over the last year, we have a shortage in that department for pretty much the first time since we started doing this over 10 years ago.

Fire them to me on email (MikeRuth5@aol.com), Twitter or wherever else.