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The Minnesota Timberwolves Have Picked Up The Third Year Of Gorgui Dieng’s Contract

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Photo: @GorguiDieng

On Monday afternoon the Minnesota Timberwolves announced that they’ve exercised the third year option on former Louisville center Gorgui Dieng’s contract.

Dieng was selected 21st overall by Minnesota in the 2013 season and had a very solid rookie season. He played in 33 of the team’s final 35 games in this past season and appeared  in a total of 60 games. Dieng averaged five points, five rebounds in 14 minutes per game over the course of the season.

It was in the second half of the season where Dieng really came on. The former Cardinal was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month in March. Dieng started 15 of the final 18 games, averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds. He also had nine double-double’s in that span.

Dieng will receive $1.4 million before the 2014-15 season. His salary jumps to $2.3 million in 2016. Dieng’s initial rookie deal includes a qualifying option for a fourth year at $3.3 million.

Brian Brohm’s Double-Reverse Flea Flicker Earns Top Play On Sports Center

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Photo: Derek Leung – Getty Images

Former Louisville star quarterback Brian Brohm is spending these days up north in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Brohm got his first career start with the Bombers this past weekend.

Unfortunately for Brohm, not only did his team fall to Calgary 33-23, but he suffered a broken thumb during the game in will need surgery. On the bright side, Brohm was part of an impressive double-reverse flea flicker play that wound up as the No. 1 play on Sports Center.

Kyle Kuric Explodes For 21 Points With His New Pro Club In Spain

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Photo: Euro Basket

At this time four years ago former Louisville sharp-shooter Kyle Kuric was named 2010 UofL homecoming king.These days, Kuric is playing professionally in Spain and he started off the 2014 season with a huge performance.

After graduating from Louisville in 2012, Kuric spent his first two professional seasons playing for Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid, Spain. He averaged double figures in both seasons in Spain and averaged 13.9 points per game last year and shot 40% from the three point line.

Kuric played for the Oklahoma City Thunder summer league team in 2013 and in 2014 he was on the Los Angeles Clippers summer league roster.

He later signed with Herbalife Gran Canaria who is also a member of Spain’s top professional league. The club’s season began earlier this month and they’re off to a 2-0 start. In Sunday’s game, Kuric came off of the bench for 21-points in a 72-57 win.

The Memphis Grizzlies Have Waived Luke Hancock

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The Memphis Grizzlies announced on Monday evening that they’ve waived former Louisville sharp-shooter Luke Hancock. The former Cardinal signed a training camp deal with the Grizzlies at the end of August. Here is a release from the team.

The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard Luke Hancock, the team announced today.

Hancock (6-6, 200) recorded two points in nine minutes in his lone preseason appearance on Oct. 9 at Houston. Undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Louisville product signed with the Grizzlies as a free agent on Sept. 25.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 18 players.

Prior to the 2014 draft, Hancock worked out for the 76ers, Pistons, Bucks, Jazz, Rockets, and Celtics but wasn’t selected.

He played for the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets in the NBA’s two summer leagues. His best showing was with Houston, but apparently the Rockets weren’t interested in his services long term.

Hancock played two seasons for Louisville after transferring from George Mason in 2011. He was named a team captain for the 2012-13 season prior to ever playing a game for the Cardinals. Hancock averaged 7.7 points that season but went on to having of the post-season stretches in the program’s history.

He was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player during Louisville’s national championship run in 2013. Hancock scored 20 points in the national semifinals against the Wichita State. In the title game against the Michigan, the Cardinals trailed by 12 points late in the first half before Hancock scored 14 straight points to cut the deficit to one by halftime.

He finished the game five-for-five on three-point range and became the first player in NCAA Tournament history to be named the Most Outstanding Player despite not starting for the championship team.

Teddy Bridgewater Expected To Make His Second Start On Sunday

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Photo: Sean Gardner – Getty Images

Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to make his second career start on Sunday afternoon when the Minnesota Vikings take on the Detroit Lions. After leading the Vikings to a win over the Atlanta Falcons in week four, Bridgewater was sidelined this past week against the Green Bay Packers after suffering an ankle sprain at the end of the Atlanta game.

Missing last Thursday’s game may have been a blessing in disguise. The Vikings were crushed 42-10 and Bridgewater now looks like the most important and valuable player on the roster.

Teddy and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer both spoke to the media and all signs point to Bridgewater being back to 100% on Sunday.

I’ve been able to spend a bunch of time in the training room since we got back from Green Bay,” Bridgewater said. “The ankle is feeling good. I’m excited to get back out there for this game this weekend.”

Having to see his team take a beating while he was sidelined with an injury wasn’t easy for the former Cardinal.

“It was very hard,” Bridgewater said when asked about last week’s game. “Especially being a competitor, you always want to be out there with the guys, but that’s the good thing about the NFL, is we get to play Green Bay twice a year. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play them at Lambeau this year, but that’s the unique part about the NFL, you get to play the Green Bay Packers twice.”

Although he didn’t throw a touchdown pass in his starting debut, Bridgewater ran for a score and completed 19-of-30 passes for over 300 yards. Statistically his performance was as good as any rookie QB in his debut over the past few years.

“I hold myself to high expectations,” Bridgewater said on Wednesday. “At the same time, the game can turn out any way. We can go out and run the ball for 400 yards and I pass for 50 yards. It’s an overall team effort and we’re just going to expect the entire team to just play at a high level and not let the one loss in Green Bay affect us.”

Teddy Bridgewater Leads All Rookies In Jersey Sales This Week

Brad Penner | USA Today Sports

Brad Penner | USA Today Sports

Despite not playing last night in the Minnesota Vikings blowout loss to the Packers, former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was still one of the most talked about player in the NFL this week. In his first career start last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, Bridgewater helped lead the Vikings to an upset victory.

His popularity is going a long way when it comes to jersey sales. Dicks Sporting Goods’ updated Jersey Report shows that Bridgewater is lead all rookies in jersey sales this past week, jumping ahead of Cleveland’s Johnny Manziel. Bridgewater is third in overall sales for the entire season, behind Manziel and Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins.

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Update: Bridgewater Wants To Play Tonight. Vikings Will Make Announcement At 7 PM

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Photo: Getty Images

It appears that former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s spectacular week has hit a road block. Bridgewater made his debut as the starting quarterback from the Vikings on Sunday afternoon and led the team earn an upset win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Unfortunately, Bridgewater wasn’t able to finish the game, due to an ankle injury. The x-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with an ankle sprain. Bridgewater has been sidelined all week and hasn’t practiced with the team.

ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter says Bridgewater is unlikely to play on Thursday evening when the Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.



Update:

Video: Russ Smith Speaks At The New Orleans Pelicans Media Day

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Photo: Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans had their annual media day earlier this week where each member of the team spoke with the media. Below is former Louisville star Russ Smith’s interview with the New Orleans media members. Russ and the Pelicans have their first exhibition game on Friday evening and will be playing at the KFC Yum! Center against the Miami Heat.

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