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Cards to Get Purdue in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

from U of L The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face Purdue for the second straight year in the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.  Dates, times and television will be announced later. Ranked 15th nationally in the final Associated Press and USA Today polls last season, Purdue achieved a 27-8 record, won its 23rd Big Ten regular-season championship and reached the NCAA Tournament where it fell to Kansas in the Midwest Region semifinal.  Six of its top seven scorers return, led by 6-8 senior forward Vincent Edwards (12.6 ppg, 4.9 apg), 7-2…


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BikeShare Program Launches in Old Louisville, Downtown, Nulu

 NOTE: Hear an interview with the city’s Rolf Eisinger about the program on the Rusty Satellite Show Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville’s bike share program, called LouVelo, is now live and ready for use. LouVelo is owned by the city, which has contracted with CycleHop, a leading operator of major municipal bike share programs throughout North America, to run the program. The bicycles and station equipment are provided by PBSC, North America’s largest provider of bike share equipment. The LouVelo network will begin with 305 bikes positioned at 27 stations in downtown, Old Louisville, NuLu, and points in…


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Mornings at Churchill with the Contenders and Wagner’s

The magic of Derby Week is best exemplified in the pre-dawn mist any morning on the backside at Churchill Downs. Walk in from Longfield, and you see the effort it takes to stage the sport’s premier event. The beautiful beasts you encounter in the few hundred yards walking are bigger than you’d expect. They’re lively, too, heads bobbing through their stables, neighs heard from near and far away. You see exercise riders atop their steeds, guiding the stars of the show back and forth to the racing surface. Grooms pace around barns leading thoroughbreds by their bridles. You see the famous names on…


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Here’s another round-up of LouisvilleKY’s Kentucky Derby Festival’s latest news

FUTURE CAT, CARDS AND HOOSIERS STAND OUT AT BASKETBALL CLASSIC Louisville, KY. –  A crowd of 4,812 was on hand Saturday night at Freedom Hall as Team Lightning defeated Team Thunder 122-109 in the 44th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (University of Kentucky) was named Team Lightning MVP. WKU signee Taveion Hollingsworth was named MVP of Team Thunder. Xavier signee Naji Marshall was named the “Fan Favorite” in online voting by fans and spectators at the game. This year’s game featured top rated recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs, including University of Louisville signees…


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LouisvilleKy’s soccer team to get new Butchertown stadium

Story and photos from www.louisvillecityfc.com Louisville, Ky., – Three years ago, feeling Louisville needed professional sports to attract and retain talented young people in our community, 41 local residents launched a soccer club around which our town could rally. Aptly named Louisville City FC, the team has quickly built a reputation for winning and drawing some of the United Soccer League’s largest crowds. A study conducted last year by the City of Louisville determined a soccer-specific stadium is needed to maintain and grow the game here. Now, after months of work with various property owners, Louisville City FC is a step…


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Kentucky Derby Festival is kicking into high gear in LouisvilleKY

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from the Kentucky Derby Festival: More information can also be found at kdf.org.   Task competition to determine winner of the 2017 Great Steamboat Race   Louisville, KY.   – The jousting has begun for the 2017 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 3, on the Ohio River. Representatives of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati also participated in a Four Roses Bourbon tasting to determine which single-barrel bourbons would be served aboard each vessel during the race. The Four Roses barrel coded HW 48-4J was…


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Cards’ Center Matz Stockman to leave LouisvilleKY

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville junior center Matz Stockman will transfer to the University of Minnesota at the conclusion of the spring semester.  Stockman will sit out the 2017-18 season as a transfer before playing his final collegiate season the following year.   “I’ve had a great time at Louisville the last three years,” said Stockman.  “I’ve learned a lot, gotten to know a great many people and have become very close with our coaches and players.  I’m incredibly grateful for my time here.  I’ve improved a lot since I first arrived on campus and I will be…


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LouisvilleKY among best places to live for those who love March Madness

Philadelphia, Louisville and Los Angeles Lead the Field in Redfin report SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Philadelphia, Louisville and Los Angeles are the best U.S. cities to live in if you love March Madness, according to the latest report by Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. Redfin looked at factors that would make cities more fun and livable for March Madness fanatics, including number of times the city hosted the NCAA tournament, NCAA tournament appearances and final four runs by nearby schools, bars in the area and average home prices. Cities with traditional powerhouses nearby, such as Philadelphia (Villanova Wildcats), Louisville (Louisville Cardinals),…


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Louisville Guard Donovan Mitchell Earns First Team All-ACC Honors

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference five-man first team in a vote by league coaches and media.   The Greenwich, Conn. product was also selected to the ACC All-Defensive team after leading the conference in steals (66, 2.13 per game, 18th in the nation).  He is within eight steals of the UofL top ten for a season.   Joining Mitchell on the All-ACC first team are Duke guard Luke Kennard, North Carolina guard Justin Jackson, Wake Forest forward John Collins and Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson. …


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LouisvilleKY’s Derby Basketball classic releases 2017 roster

Louisville, KY.   – Tickets for the 45th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s go on sale tomorrow Friday, February 17. The high school all-star game will feature the next class of Cards, Cats and Hoosiers. The game is set for Saturday, April 15, at Freedom Hall. This year’s roster includes University of Louisville signees Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Lance Thomas and Jordan Nwora; UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; and IU signees Aljami Durham, Clifton Moore, Jr. and Justin Smith.  The remainder of the roster will be Top 50 rated recruits from the Nation’s top college basketball programs and will…