McCoughtry Makes Her Mark

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Give it up for Angel McCoughtry.

The University of Louisville All America was named to the WNBA All-Rookie team. She was, in fact, tied as the leading vote getter with DeWanna Bonner,  from Auburn, with 12 votes.

McCoughtry topped all WNBA rookies in points (12.8) and steals (2.2) and ranked fifth in assists (2.1). She helped propel a team that finished with only four wins in 2008 to second place in the Eastern Conference this season.

A few weeks after leading the Louisville women to the national champion game, McCoughtry was the No. 1 draft, packing her stuff and heading to Atlanta.

Take a break, girl. You’ve earned it.

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New Arena Deal Is A Big Deal

[stextbox id=”custom”]The new downtown arena’s naming rights may have just become more expensive.

The new arrangement between  the Louisville Arena Authority and AEG is huge. The Los Angeles-based company is the world’s leading sports, entertainment and venue facilitator. They cater the really big entertainment names.

“The new downtown Louisville arena is destined to be one of the world’s premier venues.  Its waterfront location in the heart of a vibrant downtown business, retail, convention and entertainment district will truly distinguish it as a best-in-class facility,” said Bob Newman, AEG’s facilities chief operating officer.

Among the facilities the company owns, operates or provides services to are STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), The Rose Garden (Portland, Ore.), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.) and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar).

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Louisville Announces Basketball Schedule

The University of Louisville’s 2009-10 basketball schedule has been announced. It includes 14 games on national television, and 21 home games in Freedom Hall.

U of L will open its season on Nov. 17 against Arkansas in the Hall of Fame Showcase at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The doubleheader, televised by ESPN2, will also include Memphis facing Kansas in the second game of the evening. theskedge

The Cardinals will continue with the Hall of Fame Showcase in its next three home games in Freedom Hall against East Tennessee on Nov. 21, Morgan State on Nov. 22 and Appalachian State on Nov. 23. U of L will venture on the road again in its next outing, traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada to face UNLV on Nov. 28.

U of L will play its next eight games at home in Freedom Hall during the month of December, including a Dec. 19 matchup with Western Kentucky televised on ESPN2.

U of L closes out its home stretch and the month of December as the Cardinals face USF on Dec. 30 in its first Big East Conference game of the season. The Cards follow that contest with their final non-conference game of the season at Kentucky on Jan. 2 on CBS.

The Cards’ 18-game league schedule includes two games each against Connecticut, St. John’s and Syracuse. Louisville closes the regular season against Syracuse on March 6 in the final game U of L will play in Freedom Hall.

Timing Is Everything

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Great news for University of Louisville football: the 2009-10 U of L basketball schedule reportedly will be announced Thursday or Friday this week, allowing most of the hoopla to subside almost a full week before the next football game. Good move, if true.

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Paying Homage To Tobias Harris

he good news is that Tobias Harris, one of the top ranked players in the class of 2010 basketball recruits, has the University of Louisville on his list of potential schools.

The bad news is that the 6-foot-8 prospect from Long Island also has 10 other schools on the list. Coaches from all of them are scheduled for in-home visits over the next the next few weeks.

The other discouraging news is that Kentucky (the Nike factory outlet)  and Syracuse (winner of the Fab Melo lottery) are on the list.

Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 9 — Kentucky
Thursday, Sept. 10 — Georgia Tech
Friday, Sept. 11 — Notre Dame
Saturday, Sept. 12 — Syracuse (noon)
Saturday, Sept. 12 — Connecticut (3 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 12 — Louisville (6 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 13 — St. John’s (3 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 13 — Tennessee (6 p.m.)
Monday, Sept. 14 — Oklahoma
Tuesday, Sept. 15 — West Virginia
Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Maryland

Small wonder so many schools think they have a special “in” with this player. He loves to entertain, and is flattered by scholarship offers.

One would hope the process gets a little old after the sixth visit, and he’s ready to make a decision.