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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Louisville Lands Pitt Transfer Yacine Diop

Yacine Diop will transfer from Pitt to Louisville for her final season of eligibility.

Diop was Pitt’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Last season, Diop tied her career high of 26 points against Louisville.

The forward will be immediately eligible.

UofL Basketball Picks Up Commitment From Samford Grad Transfer

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Photo Courtesy of samfordsports.com

UofL Basketball picked up a commitment today. It’s been a long time since that sentence has been written and it feels glorious. The committed player is 6’2 Grad Transfer PG Christen Cunningham out of Samford University.

Cunningham is actually from Georgetown, KY. He attended Henry Clay High School in Lexington and played for former UofL player Ellis Myles on his Louisville Magic AAU team. While at Samford, Cunningham was coached by Scott Padgett who is from Louisville and played under Pitino at that school down the road.

At Samford, Cunningham was a true PG. He was an excellent ball handler and floor leader with a physical style of play. Cunningham showed the ability to get to the rack and finish through contact. He has a nice midrange and 3 point shot. Where Cunningham truly shines, however, is his passing ability. He makes really nifty passes and his court vision allows him to see guys before they are open.

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2018 NFL Draft Weekend Wrap-Up

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We all saw Jaire Alexander and Lamar Jackson get drafted in the 1st round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. Then we saw Geron Christian get drafted in the 3rd round Friday night.

However, they weren’t the only Cards to find an NFL home. Here are a list of the other players who now find themselves on NFL rosters.

Trevon Young DE/LB 

Trevon Young was a JUCO star who chose UofL over Iowa. In his first season, he showed himself to be a sack artist with excellent speed from the edge. He ended up with 8.5 sacks which ranked 33rd nationally per gocards.com. Then in the 2015 Music City Bowl, Young suffered a hip injury similar to one Bo Jackson suffered that ended Bo’s career.

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UofL Men’s Basketball Names Kahil Fennell New Director Of Operations

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Photo Courtesy of Kahil Fennell’s twitter

Kahil Fennell is coming to the University of Louisville after spending one year as an assistant coach at Portland State. He played three years at Redlands University where he graduated with a degree in history and earned all-academic honors.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to give a warm welcome to Kahil and his family. Welcome to Louisville!

Geron Christian Drafted By The Washington Redskins In The 3rd Round

We got the pleasure of watching both this young man & his older brother do great things here at the University of Louisville & know that Geron will continue to flourish at the next level. He was the 19th lineman ever drafted from UofL and is destined to be the best ever. He definitely has the potential to be. Here are the highlights of draft day for Geron. Good luck from us here at CSZ and we hope that you the fans enjoy what we have for you.

PRESS RELEASE

Rocco Gasparro

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Lamar’s Introductory Press Conference (Videos)

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Lamar Jackson was formally introduced as a Raven today along with his new coaches and fellow draft pick, Hayden Hurst. While the coaches are still keeping things tight lipped about what they plan to do with all of Lamar’s talents, one thing is for sure. Lamar will be a quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens. Check out all of the videos from Lamar’s first NFL press conference below!

Lamar Receives Surprise Message From His Brother After Being Drafted (Video)

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Photo Courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel

Good luck watching this without tearing up.

Jaire Alexander And Lamar Jackson Go First Round Of 2018 NFL Draft

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We at CardinalSportsZone.com wish these two young men & the one drafted today the very best if luck in their journeys. Here is a press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander and quarterback Lamar Jackson were selected in the first round of the 2018 National Football League Draft Thursday evening AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The two first-round selections for the Cardinals are the second most in school history, one shy of equaling the 2014 draft, when three players went on the first day.

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Lamar Jackson Is A Baltimore Raven

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Photo Courtesy of UofL Football Twitter Account (@UofLFootball)

Lamar Jackson, possibly the greatest football player to ever don a UofL Football uniform, was drafted 32nd overall by the Baltimore Ravens tonight.

The former Heisman winner was electric as a college player. He was the first player in college football’s long history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in back to back seasons. Lamar has the arm strength to make every throw a QB needs to make combined with unreal agility, quickness, speed, and running ability.

Baltimore has Marty Mornhinweg as their OC. He was OC in Philadelphia when Michael Vick had arguably his best years as an NFL QB.

Joe Flacco may also be on his way out after this year, allowing Lamar to learn for a year before taking the reigns.

Lamar appears to have found a perfect fit with the Ravens and he appears he’s ready to prove his doubters wrong.

Congrats from Cardinal Sports Zone, the UofL fans, and Coach Bobby Petrino to the great Lamar Jackson! We are happy for you and wish you the best.

Here are some interviews Lamar did just after having his name called as well as they official draft card for Lamar from the Ravens.

Here is a tweet from Lamar himself with his instant draft card.

Jaire Alexander Is A Green Bay Packer

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Photo Courtesy of UofL Football Twitter Account (@UofLFootball)

One of the best CBs to ever play at UofL, Jaire Alexander, was just drafted 18th overall by one of the most storied franchises in the NFL in the Green Bay Packers.

Jaire is arguably the best CB in the draft. He’s got swagger, he can pick off passes, and he’s got speed to return them for TDs. He can also be a game breaking punt returner if called upon to do it.

Jaire will make Green Bay Packers fans happy with his skill, swagger, and style. He made UofL fans very happy with his play and his personality.

Congrats to Jaire from Cardinal Sports Zone, all UofL fans, and Coach Bobby Petrino.

Photo Gallery: Myisha Hines-Allen 17-18

Myisha Hines-Allen has completed her basketball career at the University of Louisville. She finishes with over 1,900 points, 43 double-doubles and 124 career starts. She was selected 19th overall in this year’s WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics. Thank you Myisha!

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Nunnsense | KY Derby 144 Preview And Contenders

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Photo: Jeff Nunn

I want all of you to win money. In order to do that you need 2 things. 1) Knowledge 2) Luck. No matter how much you know, you still need a little bit of luck. Also keep in mind that an uneducated bet has very little chance of returning a profit. That’s where I come in. I want to give you enough information (without getting too technical) to make an educated wager that will improve your chances of making money this Derby.

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No Cancellation This Time As 2018 G Courtney Ramey Visits UofL Today

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Missouri G Courtney Ramey, one of the highest rated unsigned players left in the 2018 class, is scheduled to make a visit to the University of Louisville today.

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Baseball Cards In The Pros: 4/16 – 4/22

There were a couple of movers this week in the ranks as Matt Koch went up to the Big Leagues and started a game for the Arizona Diamondbacks twirling 6 solid innings of 2 hit baseball.

Male High School’s very own, Jeff Arnold was moved all the way up from A (advanced) to AAA in the Giants organization.  While the jury is still out on how the Tampa Bay Rays will utilize Brendan McKay at the Major League Level last years 4th overall pick is continuing to impress in the Midwest League. If you live in Bowling Green or can get there you should watch him play for the Hot Rods before his inevitable move up the minor league latter occurs.  Kade McClure continues to be the definition of consistency as he picked up 2 more wins this week with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

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2019 UofL Football QB Commit Invited To Under Armour All-America Camp

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UofL 2019 QB commit Jaden Johnson has been invited to participate in Under Armour’s All-America Football Camp in Chicago, IL.

The camp, per Jaden Johnson’s tweet above, will be on May 6th from 8 am to 2:30 pm.

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Lamar Jackson Highlights (Video)

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Need something to get you through this Monday? How about 20 minutes of Lamar Jackson’s greatest moments? Thanks to Just Bomb Productions, we’ve got just that for you.

Lamar Is Ready For The NFL, Is The NFL Ready For Him?

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Lamar Jackson is a once in a life time athlete who made his mark not only on the University of Louisville record books, but college football record books as well. With the NFL draft just one week away, Lamar remains the draft’s biggest story. Lamar Jackson is ready for the NFL, but is the league ready for him? Mina Kimes and Domonique Foxworth with The Undefeated talk about how Lamar can change the NFL, if it’ll allow it.

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Photo Gallery: Ray Spalding 17-18

With Ray Spalding entering his name into this year’s NBA draft, he finishes his Louisville career with over 800 points, 600 rebounds and shooting 55% from the field. The Trinity High School product started 48 games for his hometown school. Thank you Ray!

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Oriente’s 8th Inning Heroics Push Louisville Past UVA

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Danny Oriente’s two-RBI single in the bottom eighth punctuated a 2-for-3 day at the plate as Louisville (26-11) rallied to a 5-4 win over Virginia (22-17) in a back-and-forth tilt between both teams.

The win pushed Louisville’s current winning streak to six games, and Oriente extended his hit streak to 11 games. In that stretch, Oriente is batting .513 (20-for-39) with 18 RBIs, and his streak is tied for the longest of any Louisville batter this season.

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Cards Down The Hoosiers 11-7

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The Cards made the travel up to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers. Led by strong pitching and strong bats the Cards were victorious. Nicole Pufahl single in the top 3rd let the Cards jump out to 1-0 lead.

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