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—The late Dr. William Ridgway, namesake for the on-campus Ridgway Center, left UE the school’s largest ever donation of $39 million after his death in March, the university announced Monday. From speaking to a few folks who would know, it can’t be determined yet how or if the gift will affect athletics development. It was mentioned that the money will be used to advance UE’s facilities master plan, which includes a Carson Center renovation.

—UE’s baseball team secured its second straight Missouri Valley Conference series victory over the weekend, taking the first two of three games against Southern Illinois at Braun Stadium. It wasn’t until Sunday’s 13-5 loss to the Salukis that they suffered a defeat. UE next hosts Indiana on Tuesday.

I broke down the MVC realignment situation in Sunday’s paper, which at this point remains fluid despite some reports last week that the league had invited Illinois-Chicago after site visits to perspective members. Still, as UE president Thomas Kazee joked, there’s no sure addition yet unless the MVC can lure Ohio State (his alma mater) from the Big Ten Conference.

—UE senior Samantha Heck will join a few familiar faces from April 30-May 14 on a team of all-stars touring China for women’s basketball games. Northern Iowa’s Jacqui Kailin and Illinois State’s Jamie Russell will also play for the NetScouts USA Women’s All-Star team.

—UE’s softball team opened an 11-game homestand over the weekend with a 2-1 series victory over visiting Northern Iowa. The Aces next host Middle Tennessee State in a 1 p.m. Wednesday doubleheader at Cooper Stadium.

—Freshman Alex Turner’s 3-under 68 on Sunday in the NYX Hoosier Invitational led the Aces men’s golf team to a 13th-place finish (of 18 teams) at Indiana’s home tournament. Evansville native David Mills led the Hoosiers’ victorious “A team” with a three-day score of 209.

—UE’s women’s tennis team split its weekend MVC matches, beating Bradley 5-2 on Saturday before a 5-2 loss Sunday to Illinois State.

In his weekly Courier & Press column, UE soccer coach Mike Jacobs listed a number of lessons that can be learned just from watching the NCAA tournament while giving a tip of the cap to Butler and coach Brad Stevens, who come to the Ford Center next season.

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