JCPS to suspend next week’s regular season football games due to COVID-19 surge Friday, Oct 30 2020 

The school district said football teams will only be able to practice in small groups. The KHSAA cross country championship on Oct. 31 will proceed.

        

Men’s soccer off to a bumpy season start Thursday, Oct 29 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville men’s soccer collected another tough loss Oct. 24 at the hands of talented ACC rival Pittsburgh. The Cardinals find themselves in a 1-4-1 on the season, including a 1-3 record in the ACC standings.

Although the Cardinals’ record needs work, we have witnessed excellent improvement on the offensive side of the ball for Louisville this season. Junior Pedro Fonseca has been trigger happy and playing healthy. Fonseca has taken eleven shots attempts, booted for seven points, and has swished three goals so far this season.

Senior Elijah Amo has also been an important facet of Louisville’s offense. Amo has put up a pair of goals this season, sinking two of his three goal attempts this season.

On the defensive side of the field, it is no secret that the Cardinals’ goalkeeping needs some work. Louisville has tried to rotate in three different goalkeepers to try and accumulate more saves, but the struggle has continued.

The Cardinals mend to snap their two-game losing streak on Oct. 30 when they host Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. A win over the Hokies would give Louisville their second ACC win of the season.

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Louisville football to host ‘blackout’ game on Halloween Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

The Cards are asking fans to wear black to support the team as they host Virginia Tech at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

        

David Johnson is the key to success for men’s basketball this season Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

By John McCarthy–

ACC Men’s Basketball will be alive and well this season and there’s a lot of returning talent, which means big competition.

Louisville, Duke, Florida State and North Carolina will all have returning talent.

Last week the Cardinals named senior Malik Williams and graduate transfer Carlik Jones as team captains. Another emerging leader for the Cardinals is sophomore point guard David Johnson.

Johnson’s performance in the 2019-2020 season was a pleasant surprise for Louisville. He posted a season stat line of 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game on 49% shooting. Johnson has made big strides since graduating from Trinity High School in Louisville.

The Cardinals will look to Johnson for more breakout performances in the 2020-2021 season. Johnson is known to show out in big-time conference rivalries.

When the Cardinals traveled to Duke to take on the Blue Devils last January, Johnson had his best game of the season. He broke out for 19 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Johnson carried the Cardinals to victory that afternoon, taking the No. 3 Blue Devils down on their home floor.

University of Louisville men’s basketball’s schedule has yet to be released for this season, but expect big things from David Johnson.

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Louisville handles Florida State 48-16 Monday, Oct 26 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals blew out the Florida State Seminoles 48-16. U of L football has struggled in its last four games and rebounded well against the Seminoles. They settle down Florida State who entered their bout with Cardinals on cloud nine after upsetting No. 5 North Carolina last week.

Florida State got the game started with a touchdown only a couple of minutes into regulation. The Cardinals responded with ten minutes left in the first quarter via a nine-yard touchdown run by sophomore Javian Hawkins. Two minutes later, Hawkins turned in a highlight play in form of a 70-yard touchdown run, putting the Cardinals up 14-7. The Cardinals were able to sneak in another touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter when junior Malik Cunningham completed a pass to senior Ean Pfeifer for a 13-yard touchdown.

At the 12:47 mark in the second quarter, Cunningham completed a bomb to sophomore Tutu Atwell for the 58-yard touchdown pass. A couple of minutes before halftime junior James Turner chipped a 28-yard field goal to put the Cardinals up 31-14 at the half.

Hawkins scored his third touchdown to start the Cardinals off in the third quarter. Then, with only two minutes left in the third, U of L forced a safety on the Seminoles to put the Cardinals up 38-16 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was all Cardinals. Turner booted a 39-yard field goal only 45 seconds into the final quarter. Atwell grabbed his second touchdown after a two-yard run. Louisville snapped their four-game winning-streak in spectacular fashion with a 32-point blowout.

Cunningham was 16-24 on his passes, throwing for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Hawkins totaled 171 yards on 16 carries. Atwell had a whopping 3 receptions for 129 yards.

U of L will faceoff with No. 19 Virginia Tech on Oct. 31.

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Western linebacker bounces back from season-ending injury with ‘terrific senior year’ Friday, Oct 23 2020 

Head coach DaMarcus Smith was able to help Stephens by drawing from his injurie experience during his time at Seneca.

        

U of L Football looks to redeem itself against Florida State Friday, Oct 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

University of Louisville football is eager to bounce back from its 1-4 season start. Their comeback tour begins Saturday, Oct. 24 at Florida State.

The Seminoles are coming off a huge win over former No. 5 North Carolina. The Cardinals head to Tallahassee, Fla. after losing a hard-fought bout at No. 4 Norte Dame.

U of L has an extensive history with the Seminoles. Back on Sept. 17, 2016, the Cardinals were No. 10 in the nation at the time going up against the powerhouse No. 2 Seminoles. U of L smoked the highly touted Seminoles 63-20 behind Heismann Lamar Jackson.

Florida State leads the overall matchup between the two schools 16-4.  The Cardinals will look to change the narrative of their season while tuning down the Seminoles, who are coming off their biggest win the past two seasons.

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Louisville Volleyball looks to continue their domination Friday, Oct 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville volleyball is off to an electric start to their season. The Cardinals are 4-1 on the year and look to continue their four-game winning steak come Oct. 23.

In the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, the University of Louisville made a huge jump in the standings last weekend. U of L hopped up to No. 6 in the nation and now sits comfortably in the top 15.

The Cardinals are also leading the nation in statistics categories as well. U of L is number one in the nation in blocks per set, fourth in hitting percentage, and fourth in opponent hitting percentage. A trio of highlight players for the Cardinals lead the team in key statistics. Sophomore Amaya Tillman is number one in the nation for blocks per set. Sophomore Aiko Jones is number five in the nation for blocks per set. Senior Anna Stevenson is number five in the nation for hitting percentage.

Jones was named player of the week on Oct. 13 and continues to be a standout leader for the Cardinals on the floor. U of L faces Pittsburgh on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

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JCPS Superintendent says data will drive decision about fall sports Thursday, Oct 22 2020 

Dr. Marty Pollio he would consider suspending sports games next week due to the coronavirus cases.

        

UK & U of L basketball at odds over location of this year’s matchup Tuesday, Oct 20 2020 

By John McCarthy–

University of Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack recently expressed his concern regarding the location of U of L’s matchup with its in-state rival, the University of Kentucky this season.

Because of complications due to COVID-19, Mack suggested that playing Kentucky at a neutral site would minimize the risk of complications or restrictions.

John Calipari, head coach of UK’s men’s basketball, strongly disagreed with Mack on the rescheduling of this year’s commonwealth matchup to a neutral location.

U of L would have to host Kentucky at the Yum! Center this season without fans in attendance. Kentucky on the other hand would potentially be able to host fans and students when Louisville heads to Rupp Arena for the Cardinals and Wildcats 2021-2022 season matchup.

“Chris and I have talked and he expressed his concerns. While I understand the difficulty and the complications created by the pandemic, we are prepared to come to Louisville to play this season under the previously agreed terms,” Calipari said.

Via U of L and Kentucky’s contract, each school trades off home-court advantage year by year. If the 2020-21 matchup were to be rescheduled to a neutral site, it would cause turmoil prior to next year’s face off.

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