—It’s Battle of the Barrel Day between No. 11 Louisville and No. 2 Vanderbilt. First pitch at Jim Patterson was moved up to 4 p.m. because of expected bad weather later this evening.
—El Ellis talks with the Courier Journal about using his doubters as motivation as he prepares to make the jump from junior college to the ACC.
—I am an admitted homer here, but man, every piece of evidence that has been unearthed throughout this absurd process has pointed to the conclusion that Kenny Johnson never paid Brian Bowen Sr. a cent.
In addition, no other witnesses corroborates Bowen Sr.'s story and Johnson's bank statements do not reflect any such withdrawal. pic.twitter.com/CoZ8QtKyb9— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) May 4, 2021
The only evidence that the infamous transaction did take place? Brian Bowen Sr. testifying in federal court that it did ... after twice telling the FBI that Johnson never paid him a dime.
I hope we’re extremely aggressive in defending ourselves here, because naked aggression appears to be the only route to something resembling a fair decision.
—The CJ’s Cameron Teague Robinson looks at five Louisville football players who could hear their names called during the 2022 NFL Draft.
—The Indianapolis Star covers Popeye Williams’ commitment to Louisville.
—Luke Murray has landed on Dan Hurley’s staff as an assistant coach at UConn.
Squandering our time with Bill Murray as a Louisville fan is something that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
—College basketball and horse racing are both definitely dying though. Someone save them.
Here are the ten most-watched (non-football) sporting events since sports went on hiatus in March of last year: pic.twitter.com/aYgQsNUQZS— Sports Media Watch (@paulsen_smw) May 4, 2021
—Cardinal Authority has a Q&A with Louisville football recruiting coordinator David Cooper.
—D’Corey Johnson, a 9-year-old singing sensation from Louisville, is an absolute star in the making.
—A Super Golf League could be coming in 2022.
—The Athletic names Kenderick Duncan as the 14th-biggest impact transfer for the 2021 college football season.
14. DB Kenderick Duncan Jr., Georgia Southern → Louisville
Duncan was a playmaker in practices this spring who quickly won over his Louisville coaches and teammates and flashed the potential to be an All-ACC performer. The grad transfer brings experience with 22 career starts and is a big, physical defender and a great tackler at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. His coaches have been amazed by his football IQ, understanding of concepts and how quickly he’s picked up their defense.
—U of L women’s golf star Lauren Hartlage has been named to the United States team for the 2021 Palmer Cup. That event will be played June 11-13, 2021 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
—Turfshow Times has a lengthy and informative look at what Rams fans should expect from TuTu Atwell in his rookie season.
—CBS says Atwell was the most surprising pick of the Rams’ draft.
—Highlight of the day:
—Louisville baseball signee Ethan Wood has been a dominating presence during his final season of high school ball.
—Louisville Report previews the week ahead for Cardinal baseball.
—The Athletic tells the story of how Jim Boeheim wound up with a minor stake in a Kentucky Derby horse.
—David Cobb of CBS updates his top hoops transfers list and has Noah Locke at No. 30 and Jarrod West at No. 50.
—Many people believed TuTu Atwell’s size would keep him from hearing his name called until the draft’s third day. It did not.
—And finally, beat Vandy.