Last day to request refund for Kentucky Derby, Oaks tickets is July 17 Thursday, Jul 16 2020 

The refund request deadline was moved to July after the events were rescheduled to September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

        

How to get tickets for Racing Louisville FC’s first season Thursday, Jul 16 2020 

Fans can put down $50 to reserve their place in line to choose the best location in Lynn Family Stadium for the 2021 season.

        

Former UofL men’s hoops player, manager putting on virtual NCAA Tournament Thursday, Jul 16 2020 

Akoy Agau and Matthew Melander are doing it through their business called Primetime Sports.

        

DeSales, St. X football teams staying positive amidst uncertainty Monday, Jul 13 2020 

The Colts and Tigers continue to work out as they wait for a plan.

        

Masks, Thermometers and Protests At Louisville Soccer Stadium Opening Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

Louisville’s new soccer stadium opened its gates for the first time Sunday to thousands of fans willing to endure masks, temperature checks and the looming threat of coronavirus to become the first spectators in Kentucky to watch live sports since the beginning of the pandemic.

Nearly 5,000 people attended Sunday night’s match between Louisville City FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, as viewers around the nation tuned-in on ESPN 2.

It was a night of firsts: the opening of the new Lynn Family Stadium, the first team-based sports with fans in Kentucky since the pandemic began, the first game of the USL Championship season and the first time Louisville racial justice protesters have disrupted a live sports event with fans.

At one point, as protesters banged on the black metal bars of the stadiums gates, holding up signs and waving flags, a single man stood with his fist in the air completing the “I” in the massive “OUR CITY” statue outside the Louisville City FC game.

Above him, a digital billboard read “in our city, there is zero tolerance for racism.”

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A protester stands with his fist in the air completing the “I” in our city outside the Louisville City FC game.

But in the background of this microcosm of Louisville, it’s impossible to look away from another first: For the first time Kentucky is nearing 20,000 cases of coronavirus. Between July 6 and July 12, there was a 48.75% increase in positive cases of COVID-19, according to a news release from Gov. Andy Beshear.

Beshear’s “no mask, no service” policy went into effect as of Friday at 5 p.m. and was on full display 48 hours later as soccer fans walked into the Lynn Family Stadium. The stadium itself announced a number of rules to protect spectators — all of which were approved of in a plan shared with state officials.

The stadium announced 4,850 fans attended the game — amounting to about 32% of the stadium total capacity. The stadium required masks and temperature checks for all ticket holders before entering the stadium. Inside, they were asked to socially distance and make use of the hand sanitizer set around the facility.

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A temperature check outside the Louisville City FC Game.

One fan, Stuart Steinbock, said it was exciting and scary all at the same time.  He said he was excited to do something he had not done in a long time, but also, “it’s a lot of people,” he said.

“I haven’t been around this many people in months,” Steinbock said.

Brooke Neace said she was a little bit nervous to go to a big event but felt that the stadium had taken sufficient precautions to protect people.

“I mean, everyone is doing what they can to be safe so I just want to… go on living my life,” Neace said.

Just as the game was scheduled to begin, about a hundred or more protesters appeared, to remind the city that they want to see the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor arrested.

One protester used zip ties to attach a “Black Lives Matter” flag to one of the gates, another on roller skates held a sign saying “Kenneth Walker was NOT a drug dealer,” all one hundred marched together, chanted together and took a knee together.

“This doesn’t only affect us, it affects you,” said one a woman into a megaphone, speaking to the people inside the stadium. “So you all can go on with this game like nothing has happened in this city, but it has.”

And as they took that knee, on the other side of the bars, inside the stadium, an audience all wearing masks sat in small socially distanced clusters to watch a soccer game; everyone trying to go on living their lives in their own way.

Louisville men’s basketball adds Gabe Wiznitzer to roster Thursday, Jul 9 2020 

By John McCarthy —

University of Louisville men’s basketball tacks on a much needed big man to their roster. Gabe Wiznitzer, a 6-11 center out of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. signed his letter-of-intent July 8.

Wiznitzer joins Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier and Anton Gill as the fourth Cardinal to graduate from Hargrave before taking their talents to the Yum! Center. Wiznitzer averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 42% from the three-point line during his career at Hargrave.

He originally planned to be apart of the 2021-2022 recruiting class but opted to join the 2020-2021 recruiting class instead. Witnitzer chose the Cardinals over Ohio State, LSU, Iowa and West Virginia.

“We’ve been looking to add a big man to our frontcourt for some time. Gabe presents really good size, good skill, and tremendous work ethic,” Louisville head coach Chris Mack said.

Wiznitzer began his high school career at The Christ School in Arden, N.C. before transferring to Hargrave. He averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game during his time at The Christ School.

In 2019 he transferred to Hargrave to prepare for his collegiate basketball career. Wiznitzer flourished during his time at Hargrave, adding to his stat line and gaining national attention for his skill set.

“Spending last year at Hargrave was a bonus in his development. Our intention is to redshirt Gabe to aid in that development. During this coming season, Gabe will train, practice, and travel throughout the entire season,” Mack said.

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Male High School football continues to work as it waits for a plan Thursday, Jul 9 2020 

Bulldog head coach Chris Wolfe would like a clear answer on a season by July 27.

        

Louisville men’s basketball stops operations after positive COVID-19 tests Wednesday, Jul 8 2020 

By John McCarthy —

University of Louisville men’s basketball activities have come to an abrupt halt after two members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. U of L athletics has been testing student-athletes for COVID-19 regularly since May 29. U of L is not disclosing who tested positive within the organization.

This comes nearly two months after U of L reopened its doors to student-athletes for voluntary workouts. At this point, it is unknown if any other members of the men’s basketball organization have been exposed to those who tested positive.

“[Men’s] basketball is certainly a sport that is going to get a lot of attention. These two individuals exhibited signs and we were able to have them tested on Monday. Because we are part of the U of L health system we were able to get those results back quickly. Through quarantining and contact tracing we are able to make sure we have everyone covered in the program,” Athletic Director Vince Tyra said during a virtual press conference on July 7.

U of L men’s basketball has been following all CDC approved guidelines and regulations for involuntary workouts leading up to the incident. Proper quarantine guidelines will be in play for the members of the men’s basketball organization that were potentially exposed to the virus.

The possibility of positive tests has trickled into other sports as well. U of L football has continued to push back the start date of their season. The ACC’s original plan for the Cardinals to host North Carolina State on Sept. 2 is to be determined.

“You have to know that if you enter a season you are going to run into instances like we are running into now,” Tyra said. “There is a lot of monitoring going on to discuss these situations that campuses are individually having.”

Vince Tyra talked about the steps that would be taken if mid-season positive COVID-19 tests occur. “You have to be prepared. That is where you get into situations whether it is a no-contest or a forfeit. These are going to be things that we are dealing with for the first time,” Tyra said.

The 2020-2021 men’s basketball schedule has yet to be released.

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Pro women’s soccer team named Racing Louisville FC Wednesday, Jul 8 2020 

The National Women’s Soccer League’s newest expansion franchise will be known as Racing Louisville FC. The team begins play in spring 2021.

        

For the love of the game | Alternative Baseball enriches lives beyond the diamond Wednesday, Jul 8 2020 

The non-profit allows adults with autism and special needs to play the game of baseball. Now the group is looking to expand to Louisville.

        

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