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The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski bought a minority stake in the Kentucky Derby horse named after him. The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski bought a minority stake in the Kentucky Derby horse named after him.

NFL's Rob Gronkowski buys in to namesake Ky. Derby horse Video included

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The horse named Gronkowski has won his last four races going into the Run for the Roses. 

New security measures will be in place at Churchill Downs during Derby Week Video included

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This year's visitors will be among the first to use the Downs' new expanded entry plaza.

Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start Video included

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The Reds have fired Bryan Price after a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season.

CRAWFORD | After hot finish, Kentucky's Gabriel will test the NBA Draft process Video included

Wenyen Gabriel will declare for the draft, but won't hire an agent. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Wenyen Gabriel will declare for the draft, but won't hire an agent. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Wenyen Gabriel averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds a game over his final eight games for Kentucky as a sophomore, and will test the NBA Draft waters, though he won't hire an agent. 

Sports Page Live Chat Replay -- U of L/UK baseball, NCAA tournament hosting streak at risk, Kentucky Derby favorites Video included

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You can take part in the live chat on Wednesday mornings starting at 10:30!

WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino dead at 82

WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino dead at age 82. WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino dead at age 82.
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He's being remembered as one of the pioneers of American pro wrestling. 

BOZICH | Louisville earns 8-2 RPI-boosting win over Kentucky Video included

Josh Stowers (center) scored a run and drove in a pair as Louisville defeated Kentucky Tuesday night. Josh Stowers (center) scored a run and drove in a pair as Louisville defeated Kentucky Tuesday night.
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Louisville spotted Kentucky a 1-0 lead and then scored the next eight runs while defeating the Wildcats, 8-2, Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. 

LANE | U of L wins rematch with UK on the diamond

Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said he does not check his team's rankings during the season.  (Eric Crawford photo) Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said he does not check his team's rankings during the season. (Eric Crawford photo)
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Louisville outhit Kentucky 9-3 and evened the season series at a game apiece with an 8-2 win Tuesday night.   

Diallo declares for NBA draft

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.Diallo is the fourth underclassman from this year's team to declare for the NBA Draft. 

BOZICH | Monday Muse: Louisville and Kentucky jostle for NCAA baseball position

Louisville and Kentucky will play baseball Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville and Kentucky will play baseball Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.
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Who needs the win more Tuesday night: Louisville or Kentucky baseball? Another former Cardinal player is getting closer to the big leagues. Who is Lee Corso's sleeper pick?

LEWIS | LouCity off to best start in club history Video included

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A stoppage time goal delivers a 2-1 win over Richmond.

CRAWFORD | Pass, Fitzpatrick are crowd pleasers in Louisville spring game

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino makes a point to sophomore quarterback Jawon Pass at the end of the first half. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville coach Bobby Petrino makes a point to sophomore quarterback Jawon Pass at the end of the first half. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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While injuries depleted the offense, new quarterback Jawon Pass and wideout Dez Fitzpatrick delivered what Louisville fans came to see in Friday's annual Spring Game.

LEWIS | UK finds plenty of offense in Blue-White scrimmage

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While Stoops is still working on the QB situation, one standout runner looks to add depth to the RB corps

BOZICH | Why Donovan Mitchell deserves NBA Rookie award over What's His Name

Donovan Mitchell has not given an inch to Ben Simmons in the battle for NBA Rookie of the  Year (eBay photo). Donovan Mitchell has not given an inch to Ben Simmons in the battle for NBA Rookie of the Year (eBay photo).
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On the eve of the NBA Playoffs, former Louisville star Donovan Mitchell has not given an inch to Ben Simmons in the NBA rookie of the year debate. Good for him. 

CRAWFORD | Mack's Louisville contract: Risk-management and reward

Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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With national scandals brewing around the nation, including at the University of Louisville, the contract of new Cardinals' coach Chris Mack represents a new level of responsibility facing coaches moving forward.

CRAWFORD | Louisville approves up to $4.25 million for Mack's Xavier buyout

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The University of Louisville on Friday approved a $4.25 million liquidation of athletic reserves to pay the Xavier buyout of new men's basketball coach Chris Mack.

Local celebrities test their skills in the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Video included

WDRB's Keith Kaiser tested his skills in the celebrity game at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. WDRB's Keith Kaiser tested his skills in the celebrity game at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
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WDRB in the Morning's Keith Kaiser and meteorologist Hannah Strong were among those trying to keep up on the court. 

LEWIS | Hines-Allen drafted in WNBA second round Video included

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Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen goes 19th overall in Thursday's WNBA draft. She leaves Louisville with a school record 118 wins.

LACETT | Bats crushed by Iron Pigs

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The Bats gave up a season high 15 hits in defeat. 

CRAWFORD | Pass moves into the spotlight, and under a microscope, for Louisville's spring game Video included

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Jawon Pass will take the reins of the Louisville football offense in Friday night's annual spring game.

Solid gold trophy for 144th Kentucky Derby unveiled at Churchill Downs Video included

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The trophy coveted by thoroughbred racehorse owners around the world is waiting to be claimed at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

RAW VIDEO: U of L Coach Bobby Petrino talks about spring football Video included

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The improvements made by the team going into Friday's Red and White Scrimmage. 

Louisville reschedules Red-White Spring Game for Friday due to impending weekend weather

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The Louisville Cardinals will wrap up spring football practice a day early.

BOZICH | Kentucky, Calipari and Payne answer any questions about recruiting mojo

John Calipari (right) and Kenny Payne showed their recruiting mojo again this week with a pair of commitments from top high school players in Georgia. John Calipari (right) and Kenny Payne showed their recruiting mojo again this week with a pair of commitments from top high school players in Georgia.
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Questions about Kentucky's basketball recruiting mojo were answered this week when John Calipari, associate head coach Kenny Payne and the staff landed commitment from two top recruits. 

CRAWFORD | Why recruiting against Louisville is so easy, and the challenge Mack faces

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A new federal indictment in the college basketball corruption investigation and the subsequent discussion give a glimpse into how difficult the coming months may be for Louisville coach Chris Mack as he works to turn the page for the troubled program.

LEWIS | Cards will debut new defense in spring game

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After a dozen practices this spring, the Louisville players (and coaches) are acclimating to a different defensive system

LANE | Kentucky basketball roster continues to evolve

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The UK basketball roster had one addition and two subtractions for the 2018-2019 season.  One commit, one going pro, one transferring.

CRAWFORD | Way back with Mack: New Louisville staff knows head coach well Video included

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Louisville coach Chris Mack got something he badly needed in assembling his first Cardinal coaching staff: A familiarity with how he likes to do things.

BOZICH | Monday Muse: Adel's decision; Kentucky's roster; McKay's sizzling start

The Monday Muse returns with a look at Deng Adel, Kentucky's projected roster and Brendan McKay's hot start. The Monday Muse returns with a look at Deng Adel, Kentucky's projected roster and Brendan McKay's hot start.
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The Monday Muse returns after a March Madness absence with a look at Deng Adel's NBA decision, Kentucky's roster, Brendan McKay's hot start and more. 

BOZICH | Louisville's Deng Adel NBA bound but not ranked in Top-100 prospects Video included

According to Yahoo Sports, Deng Adel has hired an agent and will not return to Louisville for his senior season. (Eric Crawford photo). According to Yahoo Sports, Deng Adel has hired an agent and will not return to Louisville for his senior season. (Eric Crawford photo).
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Although Deng Adel is not currently ranked as one of the Top 100 prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft, Yahoo Sports reports that Adel has hired an agent and will not return next season.

Twin Spires glow purple to raise awareness of crime victims' rights Video included

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The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs were lit in purple Monday morning to honor National Crime Victims' Rights Week. 

CRAWFORD | Mack introduces his Louisville coaching staff: Murray, Pegues and Gaudio

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The University of Louisville officially announced the hiring of three assistant coaches by new basketball coach Chris Mack.

LEWIS | Pass progressing as U of L starting QB

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Pass impressing the Louisville coaching staff with a four touchdown performance in Friday's scrimmage

IMAGES | U of L women's soccer team plants trees for Arbor Day Video included

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Team members say they love to enjoy nature, so it was the perfect community service project for them.

CRAWFORD | Dino Gaudio Tweets he's leaving ESPN to assist Mack at Louisville

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Former Wake Forest coach and current ESPN analyst Dino Gaudio says he's leaving his broadcasting job to become an assistant coach for Chris Mack at Louisville.

CRAWFORD | Former Louisville program assistant wins NCAA appeal in sex-for-recruits case

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Former University of Louisville program assistant Brandon Williams had all penalties against him vacated by the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee on Friday.

Derby Countdown: Signs updated at Churchill Downs Video included

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The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and crews have finished making sure signs at the historic track are up to date

Expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium progressing on schedule

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Construction crews are making progress on renovations at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. 

TRANSCRIPT | New Louisville coach Chris Mack sits down with Eric Crawford and Tom Lane

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A transcript of new Louisville coach Chris Mack's interview with Eric Crawford and Tom Lane of WDRB News.

Organizers hoping snow won't affect Papa John's 10 Miler on Saturday Video included

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As of now, the race is set to start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 -- and organizers are hoping the chance of snow Friday night won't change that.

Rick Pitino doubts a future in college basketball in national radio interview Video included

Former Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino Former Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino
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Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino admitted Thursday it's probably not going to work out for him in college basketball.

Atherton High School grad up for 'Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games' award Video included

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Louisville's own Oksana Masters is up for a big award. Here's how you can cast your vote.

CRAWFORD | Mack on the move in first days as Louisville coach, sits down with WDRB Video included

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New Louisville coach Chris Mack sat down with WDRB's Eric Crawford and Tom Lane to talk about recruiting, his current roster, his background in basketball and the kind of team people can expect.

Sports Page Live Chat Replay -- NCAA tournament wrap up, Chris Mack, IU's NIT championship Video included

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You can jump into the action when the chat happens live on Wednesday mornings starting at 10:30!

LANE | Jimi Keating fueling Spalding baseball's rise Video included

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He's one of the best pitchers in all of Division Three and an inspiration from home has changed the path of his life after baseball.  

LEWIS | Cunningham embracing preparation as backup QB

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U of L redshirt freshman Malik Cunningham knows this is a "next man up" sport, so he's working this spring on running the offense if his number is called

BOZICH | My final college basketball Top 25, including U of L, UK, WKU and IU ratings

One last ranking of the top college basketball teams from the 2017-18 season. One last ranking of the top college basketball teams from the 2017-18 season.
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One last ranking of the Top-25 teams from the 2017-18 college basketball season, expanded to include Louisville, Western Kentucky and Indiana, as well as Kentucky. 

CRAWFORD | Spalding to leave Louisville for NBA Draft after three eventful seasons

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Louisville's Ray Spalding has announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft and to hire an agent.

U of L's Ray Spalding announces he's skipping senior year for the NBA draft

U of L's Ray Spalding will skip his senior year and enter the NBA draft. U of L's Ray Spalding will skip his senior year and enter the NBA draft.
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The Louisville-native used Instagram to make the announcement and thank everyone from his mom to the Cardinal fans. 

WSJ: UK, IU and U of L take top spots on list of most valuable college basketball teams

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An associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus looked at every college team, as if it could be bought and sold like a professional franchise.

LACETT | Former Wrestler now ref, recalls training in Louisville Video included

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“Life is about chapters,” said the Cincinnati native. “It’s where you are right now in that chapter and making the best of it.” 

CRAWFORD | After a college hoops season of ugliness, Villanova rides beautiful game to title

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Villanova dominated the NCAA Tournament without multiple McDonald's All-Americans, but with a team concept that inspired championship confidence.

Louisville Bats begin 2018 season with new rules and a top prospect Video included

Changes are going into place for the Louisville Bats 2018 season. Changes are going into place for the Louisville Bats 2018 season.
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The Louisville Bats will host the Toledo Mud Hens on April 6th.

LACETT | Louisville City stays perfect

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Greg Ranjitsingh provided the shutout and breakfast.

CRAWFORD | Pitino-owned filly headed for the Kentucky Oaks, but he is not Video included

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Coach Rocks, a filly co-owned by Rick Pitino, won the Gulfstream Park Oaks on Saturday to jump to No. 2 on the Kentucky Oaks points standings, but Pitino says he won't attend the race as long as the current leadership is in place on the University of Louisville board of trustees.

Horse named after Patriots' Rob Gronkowski to run Kentucky Derby

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Kerri Radcliffe of Phoenix Thoroughbred, which owns the horse, said the name was fitting.

BOZICH | Pain -- and questions -- after Louisville's Final Four defeat

Teaira McCowan punished Louisville with 21 points and 25 rebounds in the national semifinals Friday night. (AP photo) Teaira McCowan punished Louisville with 21 points and 25 rebounds in the national semifinals Friday night. (AP photo)
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Louisville lost its national semifinal game in overtime to Mississippi State Friday night -- and there will be plenty to howl about for years for the Cardinals. 

CRAWFORD | Final Four frustration shouldn't overshadow Louisville's shining season

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The loss hurt, but Jeff Walz and the Louisville women's basketball program fulfilled their Final Four promise.

CRAWFORD | Near miss: Louisville goes cold in OT to fall to Mississippi State 73-63 in Final Four Video included

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Eric Crawford with a quick look at Louisville's national semifinal game against Mississippi State.

CRAWFORD | Louisville women locked in on Mississippi State task in last Final Four practice Video included

Arica Carter makes a point with coach Jeff Walz during Louisville's last full workout before facing Mississippi State in the Final Four. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Arica Carter makes a point with coach Jeff Walz during Louisville's last full workout before facing Mississippi State in the Final Four. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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In their final workout before Friday's national semifinal matchup against Mississippi State, the Cardinals were relaxed, but focused. Eric Crawford provides a look at the scene.

CRAWFORD | The wit and wisdom of Louisville coach Jeff Walz

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Louisville coach Jeff Walz has become a favorite on the podium at the NCAA Tournament -- or anytime. A look at some of his more outspoken -- or more insightful -- comments over the past week.

LACETT | Jackson impresses at Louisville’s Pro Day Video included

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"I came out here to prove to the guys I can throw any pass under center,” Jackson told the NFL network.

CRAWFORD | Seven takeaway quotes from Chris Mack's first Louisville news conference

Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra with Chris Mack. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra with Chris Mack. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Seven key quotes from Chris Mack's introductory news conference as Louisville basketball coach.

BOZICH | Louisville's Chris Mack hire: What to like AND what to watch

Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack huddled with (from left) son, Brayden (3) and daughters Hailee (11) and Lainee (12) during his introduction Wednesday. Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack huddled with (from left) son, Brayden (3) and daughters Hailee (11) and Lainee (12) during his introduction Wednesday.
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Louisville has settled on Xavier's Chris Mack as the replacement for Rick Pitino as the Cardinals' basketball coach. What to like and what to watch about the new Louisville coach. 

CRAWFORD | For a Louisville program under a cloud, Mack's arrival brings clarity Video included

Chris Mack was named University of Louisville basketball coach on Wednesday. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Chris Mack was named University of Louisville basketball coach on Wednesday. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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On the day he was introduced as University of Louisville basketball coach, Chris Mack said, "It's tie to turn the page and build something special once again."

VIDEO | Louisville names Chris Mack men's basketball coach Video included

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After nine years at his alma mater, Chris Mack is now the men's basketball head coach at the University of Louisville.

BOZICH | The coach who signed new Louisville coach Chris Mack still remembers him Video included

Former Evansville coach Jim Crews is the guy who recruited Chris Mack out of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. (AP Photo) Former Evansville coach Jim Crews is the guy who recruited Chris Mack out of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. (AP Photo)
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Before Chris Mack became a rising star in the coaching profession, he was a player at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. What does Jim Crew remember about the guy he recruited to Evansville?

CRAWFORD | After telling Xavier he's leaving, Mack set to be named Louisville coach on Wednesday Video included

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Multiple sources say that Chris Mack will be named Louisville basketball coach on Wednesday.

Sports Page Live Chat Replay -- Is U of L about to have a Mack Attack?, David Padgett's future, UK's NCAA season ends Video included

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This week's Sports Page Live Chat is in the can, and both Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford were on deck to answer a host of questions about U of L's future and the town's worst-kept-secret.

CRAWFORD | Five quick thoughts on Chris Mack to Louisville Video included

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Eric Crawford has five initial thoughts on Chris Mack becoming the new Louisville men's basketball coach.

LANE | WKU Falls in NIT Semi's to Utah

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WKU goes 7-of-24 from the three-point line and falls just short of advancing to the title game in New York. 

VIDEO | Louisville fans give grand farewell to women's basketball team en route to the Final Four Video included

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The Louisville women's basketball team got a grand farewell Tuesday afternoon as its bus left for the Final Four in Columbus. 

BOZICH | Louisville basketball update: Tyra, Mack, Payne

Vince Tyra's first assignment as the Louisville athletic director is to recruit a men's basketball coach. Vince Tyra's first assignment as the Louisville athletic director is to recruit a men's basketball coach.
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Vince Tyra was named Louisville's athletics director Monday. He said he wants the school's next basketball coach on board at the Final Four in San Antonio this weekend. 

CRAWFORD | David Padgett: Looking back, but moving forward after Louisville experience Video included

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David Padgett sat down with WDRB News on Monday, talking about the season, his future, the next U of L coach and the former U of L coach he spoke with often during the season.

Vince Tyra named permanent U of L athletics director Video included

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He's been the interim athletic director since Tom Jurich was fired from the university last fall.

CRAWFORD | NFL Network to broadcast Louisville football Pro Day on Thursday

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The NFL Network will televise the University of Louisville football pro day on Thursday, as part of its continuing coverage of Lamar Jackson.

CRAWFORD | Even 'haters' can't diminish Walz's excitement for Louisville's Final Four run

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University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz met with reporters Monday to talk about Louisville's Final Four matchup with Mississippi State.

CRAWFORD | Louisville's Walz speaks from the bottom of his heart, and the top of his game

Louisville coach Jeff Walz gets a pat on the back from senior Myisha Hines-Allen when he gets emotional during the post-game news conference Sunday. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville coach Jeff Walz gets a pat on the back from senior Myisha Hines-Allen when he gets emotional during the post-game news conference Sunday. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz is at the top of his game, but he's also showing a great deal of perspective during his program's third Final Four run.

LACETT | Cards to face Mississippi State in Final Four

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Teaira McCowan led the way with a  team high 23 points. 

CRAWFORD | Tyra, expected to be named permanent AD Monday, calls Sunday 'a great day for U of L'

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Vince Tyra called the University of Louisville's 33-point women's basketball victory over Oregon State in the NCAA Elite Eight "a great day for U of L," and declined to address speculation that he will be named permanent athletic director when the athletics association board meets Monday morning.

CRAWFORD | You could tell: Louisville women fulfill Final Four promise

Louisville coach Jeff Walz hugs Asia Durr as she leaves the game in Louisville's regional final win over Oregon State. (WDRB photo by Cindy Rice Shelton) Louisville coach Jeff Walz hugs Asia Durr as she leaves the game in Louisville's regional final win over Oregon State. (WDRB photo by Cindy Rice Shelton)
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The University of Louisville women's basketball team showed championship promise all season. On Sunday, it delivered in the Lexington Regional finals to earn the program's third Final Four berth.

CRAWFORD | Louisville women are Final Four bound after crushing Oregon State Video included

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The University of Louisville women ran away from Oregon State to win the Lexington Regional for a trip to the third Final Four in program history.

CRAWFORD | One win from the Final Four, Louisville women know the drill vs. Oregon State

The Louisville women's basketball team huddles around coach Jeff Walz after winning in the Sweet 16. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) The Louisville women's basketball team huddles around coach Jeff Walz after winning in the Sweet 16. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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The Louisville women's basketball team will face an upstart team like it was in its 2013 run to the national title game, but Cardinals' coach Jeff Walz hopes he has the squad to stop Oregon State's momentum.

LACETT | Louisville City game postponed

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 No makeup has been announced but one is expected soon.

BOZICH | Louisville basketball coaching update: Mack, Payne, Vitale

Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra is leading the search for the school's next basketball coach. Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra is leading the search for the school's next basketball coach.
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ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said the Louisville basketball job is Chris Mack's if the Xavier coach wants it, but a group of former U of L players continue to push for former Card Kenny Payne.

CRAWFORD | Falling down, getting up, Fuehring keeps rising for Elite Eight-bound Louisville

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Louisville junior Sam Fuehring falls a lot on the basketball court, but it's her ability to get back up that is the story.

CRAWFORD | Late night "nite, nite:" Durr, Louisville down Stanford to reach Elite Eight

Asia Durr is introduced in the starting lineups before Louisville's victory over Stanford Friday at Rupp Arena. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Asia Durr is introduced in the starting lineups before Louisville's victory over Stanford Friday at Rupp Arena. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Asia Durr led Louisville to a convincing victory over Stanford, earning the top-seeded Cardinals a berth in Sunday's Elite Eight in the NCAA Lexington Regional.

BOZICH | Louisville basketball cannot afford error with Home Run Hire

It's a challenging environment for Louisville to hire the school's next basketball coach. It's a challenging environment for Louisville to hire the school's next basketball coach.
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Hiring a new basketball coach is never easy, but it's more challenging in the environment around college basketball this season. 

CRAWFORD | Six things Louisville needs from its next men's basketball coach

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The University of Louisville men's basketball program is in no ordinary position. Eric Crawford runs through the extraordinary list of things required of its next coach.

CRAWFORD | In Stanford-Louisville NCAA matchup, a premium on coaching

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Louisville coach Jeff Walz faces a Hall of Fame counterpart in Stanford's Tara Vanderveer when the teams meet tonight at 9 p.m. in NCAA Lexington Regional.

BOZICH | Opportunity lost: Kentucky, Calipari will never have easier Final Four path

John Calipari explained Kentucky's loss to Kansas State to Lisa Byington of CBS after the game. John Calipari explained Kentucky's loss to Kansas State to Lisa Byington of CBS after the game.
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Kentucky and John Calipari will never have an easier path to the Final Four, but missed free throws, turnovers and some coaching errors led to a Kansas State upset Thursday night. 

BOZICH | Kansas State pothole knocks Kentucky off direct path to Final Four

Kentucky moved within one game of a trip to the NCAA Final Four by defeating Kansas State Thursday night. Kentucky moved within one game of a trip to the NCAA Final Four by defeating Kansas State Thursday night.
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Kentucky had a direct path to the NCAA Final Four but John Calipari's team was upset by Kansas State Thursday night. 

CRAWFORD | Louisville women all smiles heading into NCAA Sweet 16 matchup with Stanford Video included

Louisville's players celebrate with ESPN's Debbie Antonelli after she beats Jeff Walz in a game of P-I-G. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville's players celebrate with ESPN's Debbie Antonelli after she beats Jeff Walz in a game of P-I-G. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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While more pressure comes with a No. 1 seed, the University of Louisville women's basketball team doesn't act like it is feeling it on the eve of an NCAA Sweet 16 matchup with Stanford Friday night in the Lexington Regional.

CRAWFORD | Louisville wants an "elite coach" -- who are the elite coaches in the game today?

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With Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra saying the school wants an "elite coach," an examination of the elite coaches in college basketball today.

LEWIS | WKU moves on to NIT Final Four in New York City

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WKU into the NIT semifinals after a big road win at Oklahoma State.

IN HIS OWN WORDS | Tyra news conference: 'We need an elite head coach' Video included

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University of Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra's comments after Wednesday's announcement that David Padgett would not be retained as basketball coach.

BOZICH | They Said It: Calipari, Gilgeous-Alexander, Weber on Kentucky-Kansas State keys

Quade Green (from left) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and P.J. Washington led Kentucky through practice Wednesday. Quade Green (from left) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and P.J. Washington led Kentucky through practice Wednesday.
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They Said It from the South Regional in Atlanta: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's journey from the Derby Classic to Mr. Indispensable; John Calipari on Jarrod Vanderbilt's availability and more. 

IN HIS OWN WORDS | David Padgett's farewell news conference

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A transcript of David Padgett's news conference after the announcement that he would not be retained as Louisville coach.

RAW VIDEO | U of L's David Padgett reacts to announcement that he will not be retained Video included

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In the end, Padgett said he was proud of his time with the team -- and wasn't ending on a sad note.

CRAWFORD | In brief stint as Louisville coach, Padgett ran the race with class Video included

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David Padgett was expected to announce on Wednesday that he and the University of Louisville are parting ways after his stint as interim head coach of the troubled basketball program.

Sports Page Live Chat Replay -- NCAA brackets, U of L's tumultuous season, UK preps to take on Kansas State Video included

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What's in store for David Padgett? Who will emerge from UK's matchup against Kansas State? And what does Eric Crawford think of U of L's tumultuous season?

BOZICH: Can 3 Stars (Kansas State) really play with 5 Stars (Kentucky) in Sweet Sixteen? Video included

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Can a team of 3-star recruits beat a team built on mostly 5-star recruits in the NCAA Tournament? Kentucky has a king-sized talent advantage on Kansas State in their Sweet 16 matchup.

Sports Page Live Chat Replay -- Final Four picks, U of L's NIT games, UK's place in the NCAA tournament Video included

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The chat happens on Wednesday mornings starting at 10:30!

CRAWFORD | A hard fall (and winter): Four thoughts after the end of Louisville's season Video included

Louisville junior Ray Spalding stops for a moment late in Louisville's NIT quarterfinal loss to Mississippi State. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville junior Ray Spalding stops for a moment late in Louisville's NIT quarterfinal loss to Mississippi State. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Eric Crawford with four thoughts after Louisville ended its season with a blowout loss to Mississippi State.

LEWIS | U of L opens spring practice on winter-like day

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Former U of L head football coach John L. Smith visited campus on the first day of spring practice.

CRAWFORD | Walz, Louisville hope fans make trip for prime-time NCAA matchup with Stanford

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Louisville coach Jeff Walz hopes a late tipoff for Friday's NCAA Sweet 16 game against Stanford in Rupp Arena doesn't keep Louisville fans from attending.

RAW VIDEO | U of L's Jeff Walz previews Friday's women's basketball matchup against Stanford Video included

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U of L women's basketball head coach Jeff Walz held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Cardinals' matchup against Stanford in the Lexington regional semifinal on Friday.

LACETT | Cards ready to begin post-Lamar era in spring ball

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On Tuesday, the Cardinals will hit the practice field for the first of 14 practices this spring.

Student government says Louisville to cut student athletic fee in half

Louisville student government president Vishnu Tirumala. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville student government president Vishnu Tirumala. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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University of Louisville students will see their student athletics fee cut in half during the coming school year, according to the school's student government association.

CRAWFORD | Louisville keeps having big fun in little dance, pounds MTSU 84-68 Video included

Ryan McMahon gives the bench a smile after making his fourth straight three in the second quarter. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Ryan McMahon gives the bench a smile after making his fourth straight three in the second quarter. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Louisville took a liking to the NIT's extended three-point line, shooting better than 50-percent from beyond the arc in a second-round win over MTSU.

BOZICH | Louisville Sweet Sixteen-bound after dominating Marquette, 90-72 Video included

Louisville senior Myisha Hines-Allen scored 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and posed for dozens of pictures after the Cards beat Marquette Sunday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Louisville senior Myisha Hines-Allen scored 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and posed for dozens of pictures after the Cards beat Marquette Sunday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.
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Louisville thundered to 34 points in the first quarter while defeating Marquette in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday. The Cards advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in Lexington. 

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