Feeling lost without March Madness? Here’s how the absence of sports affects fans’ psychology Thursday, Mar 26 2020 

Dr. Daniel Wann said taking away sports means taking away an activity that helps people meet their basic psychological needs, like the need to escape.


Father of Louisville wide receiver dies of coronavirus Thursday, Mar 26 2020 

Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Corey Reed Jr. and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them.


Bellarmine pole vaulter reaches new heights despite championship cancellation Tuesday, Mar 24 2020 

Benton Stone set an unofficial personal and school-record jump that went viral on Twitter, racking up more than 200,000 video views, 350 retweets and 5,000 likes.


Olympic hopefuls lean on each other in limbo Monday, Mar 23 2020 

The longest standing member of the International Olympic Committee told USA Today the Olympics will be postponed to 2021.


Lamar Jackson Heisman bobblehead now available Saturday, Mar 21 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring Lamar Jackson in the Heisman Trophy pose in his Louisville Cardinal uniform the morning of March 19.

The bobbleheads are being produced for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum by Forever Collectibles, an official licensee and manufacturer of Louisville Cardinals and NCAA merchandise.

“Lamar’s bobbleheads have been among the most popular we’ve had over the past year and we kept getting requests for a Louisville bobblehead,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We think this bobblehead of Lamar in the Heisman pose turned out great and will be a fan favorite for Lamar’s fans in Louisville, Baltimore and across the country.”

These new bobbleheads are now available for pre-sale through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s online store. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered up to 2,020 and will cost $40 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order and will ship to customers in July.

Photo courtesy of The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

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UofL forward Jordan Nwora named AP All-America 3rd team Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Nwora joins Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga; Jared Butler, Baylor; Tre Jones, Duke; and Jalen Smith, Maryland as AP All American third team selections.


The ACC cancels athletic activities for the rest of 2019-20 academic year Thursday, Mar 19 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The ACC made the decision to cancel sporting activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year March 17. Previously, the ACC decided to suspend all athletic activities until further notice, but a unanimous decision was made in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

“Our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of other during these uncharted time,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”

U of L’s Director of Athletics, Vince Tyra, addressed Cardinal fans March 16 and said, “We are in this business because we are driven to see results. We are competitors at heart, but right now that’s impossible to do. Our focus right now needs to be on how we can console, motivate and guide those around us – and to use this time to lay the critical groundwork for our next, best chapter. I am so proud of the student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans that call themselves Louisville Cardinals.”

“Our program is no stranger to adversity and rising to the next challenge is part of the Cardinals’ DNA,” Tyra said. “We will get through this together and I believe our best days are ahead of us.”

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Kentucky Derby Delayed For The Second Time In History Amid Coronavirus Concerns Tuesday, Mar 17 2020 

The Kentucky Derby will be postponed for the second time in its 146-year history.

The race and its affiliated events are the major economic driver for the Louisville area’s economy, and equally important to the region culturally. Officials announced Tuesday it would be pushed back to September 5, making it the latest major sporting event changed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Public health experts are encouraging everyone to stay away from crowds to avoid spreading the disease.

The historic race’s first postponement was in 1945, at the end of World War II. It is traditionally run on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs.

Last week, Mayor Greg Fischer ordered that a slew of events through early April be canceled or postponed, including the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Fillies Derby Ball. That move seemed to spare Thunder Over Louisville, scheduled for April 18. The massive fireworks show was projected to draw 725,000 attendees. But on Tuesday, the Kentucky Derby Festival announced all events would be moved, and the new date for Thunder is August 15.

But on Sunday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people stay away from gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. That time period would cover the Derby, and all the events leading up to it. And on Monday, President Donald Trump issued new short-term guidelines, including avoiding groups of more than 10 people and canceling discretionary travel.

Such recommendations, if applied to Derby and its surrounding events, would make attendance a public health threat.

It’s official: 146th Kentucky Derby now September 5 Monday, Mar 16 2020 

Thunder Over Louisville will take place on August 15, while the Oaks and Derby will happen on Labor Day weekend.


Former Louisville star Donovan Mitchell infected with coronavirus Monday, Mar 16 2020 

By Cole Emery —

NBA star and former Louisville athlete, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive for coronavirus March 12. Mitchell appeared in his first public interview since the diagnosis on ABC’s “Good Morning America” March 16 via video call.

“The biggest thing for me is just to stay in isolation and just keep to myself,” Mitchell said. “I have no symptoms, which is a unique situation.”

Mitchell’s case came soon after his teammate, Rudy Gobert, became the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the NBA on March 11.

“I could walk down the street. If it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s the scariest part the virus. You may seem fine and be fine, but you never know who you may be talking to and who they’re going home to.”

During his quarantine, Mitchell has been playing NBA 2K20, watching movies and watching some old highlights of himself from his college and NBA career.

Mitchell also discussed his contribution to help pay for lunches in the Granite School District in Salt Lake City. The program, which the team announced Monday March 9, will allow students in the district to obtain a meal at no charge while schools are participating in a closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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