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Looking Out for Number 8: University of Louisville fighting football Cardinal Lamar Jackson worked out at the NFL scouting combine this past weekend, the land where pro hopefuls get a chance to show off for their prospective new homes before the NFL draft in April.

Last week, reports surfaced teams were asking Lamar Jackson to work out as a wide receiver in addition to quarterback, reports NFL.com.

I said reports; it seemed to be more report, singular, quoting the same guy from Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager, citing anonymous sources.

Rumors of a requested position change have been greatly exaggerated, said Jackson, reports USA Today, NBC Sports, The Chicago Tribune and ABC News.

“No team has asked me to play wide receiver. I don’t even know where it come from. I’m strictly quarterback. Yes, sir.”

Which led Yahoo Sports to ask: Wait — did teams ask him or didn’t they? Jackson represents himself, so there’s no agent to go between. So what gives?

Well, someone is being less than honest.

They offer a false leak as a possible culprit as teams or agents may want to devalue Jackson’s stock ahead of the draft to manipulate the board or get him for less money.

So how’d he do?

Pretty darned good.

He elected not to run the 40-yard dash to keep the receiver talk at bay. Which is just fine. People know he’s fast.

And his midrange and long throws were on target.

He struggled a little with his outside game, but that’s been a thing.

Sports Illustrated said he stood out from the crowd, as much for how he held himself as his athletic prowess.

ESPN makes a case for him to go to the Saints. Sporting News ranks his prospects in order of best fit: Dolphins, Cardinals, Chargers and Bills. SB Nation’s Pats Pulpit thinks he’d make a great Patriot. USA Today’s BillsWire says The Bills are interested. And StillCurtain says he’s rumored to be at the top of the Steeler draft board.

NFL.com’s mock draft has him going to the Bills with the 22nd pick overall.

The NFL draft will go down April 26-28.

State Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville | Photo via LRC Public Information

Let’s Wait Awhile: Newsweek and HuffPost picked up Insider Louisville’s story on a Kentucky bill to ban child marriages.

Under current Kentucky law, a girl of any age can marry as long as she is pregnant and wedding the expectant father. Teens under 16 or 17 years of age can marry with parental consent.

Senate Bill 48, filed by Senator Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from marrying and a 17-year-old could only marry with a judge’s approval.

Kentucky ranks third in child marriages, according to the Tahirih Justice Center as reported by PBS’s “Frontline.” We’re behind only Texas and Florida. And for context most of those marriages involve a minor marrying an adult — that’s 86 percent of cases according to the same study.

According to Nicholas Syrett, author of “American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States”:

Almost all the evidence indicates that girls in cities don’t get married young, that girls from middle class or wealthy families, don’t get married young. This is a rural phenomenon and it is a phenomenon of poverty.

So this is kind of an easy one, one might think. But last week, Family Foundation of Kentucky, a conservative lobbying group, shut the vote down on concerns it gave power to the government that rightfully belonged to parents. Kentucky Family Foundation Spokesperson Martin Cothran would later say: “We did not come out in opposition to the bill. We just wanted to get it right.”

So on Tuesday the bill finally received its hearing, said Brides.com and on Wednesday, Kentucky Today said it passed the Senate by a vote of 34-3. Now it’s on its way to the House.

Sordid Lives: So the big Jennifer Lawrence headline this week is some sort of feud with Lala Kent. I had no idea what a Lala Kent was before this writing, but apparently it’s a person on a Bravo reality show called “Vanderpump Rules.”

I didn’t know what a Vanderpump was either.

We may have found the missing volumes in my pop culture library.

Ms. Lawrence, on the other hand, is an expert in the field of reality TV, and while appearing on an episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” (nope and nope), she may have questioned Ms. Kent’s sincerity and also called her a c***, says The Cut, HuffPost, Billboard and the loathed E!

Which Ms. Kent did not enjoy.

She tweeted three replies to the comment — all since deleted — giving the old clapback. And on Tuesday, she talked with Amy Phillips on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy.

Said Ms. Kent:

The thing is, no one wants to be called the c-word, especially by an A-list celebrity on national television.

I think that’s fair. That’s a fair point.

I was such a huge fan of hers, and it bummed me out. I thought that she had a little more class than that. You know, let’s leave the trash to people like me who do reality TV. Don’t try to steal my thunder, girlfriend!

So that’s your big headline. Your next biggest headline is the cat eating the canary at the box office this weekend as the juggernaut that is Marvel’s “Black Panther” completely swallowed up Ms. Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow,” says The New York Times.

Deadline wonders if sluggish sales for “Red Sparrow” combined with a low-rated Oscars broadcast are the victims of our current political climate.

Maybe, but here’s the thing: “Red Sparrow” reviews have been middling and not only is everyone still raving about “Black Panther,” it’s still selling out. People are going to take their shot on that one more than they’re going to worry with seeing a spy-thriller with lukewarm word of mouth.

The Oscars was a solid broadcast, but it’s still too long. I know a lot of people are just going to YouTube highlights and not worry with the four-hour broadcast and that’s a trend in TV viewing across the board as we’re all increasingly a la carte media consumers. So there’s that.

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See you next week.

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Kyle Ware
Kyle Ware is a Louisville-based actor, artist, educator and writer. His column, In Other News, appears at Insider Louisville every Friday.