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Kansas holds off Seton Hall to reach Sweet 16

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Kansas led just 31-26 at halftime, when Delgado had already piled up 12 points and 12 rebounds, and was forced to make some significant adjustments in the locker room.On defense, Self called for double-teams on Delgado whenever he got the ball down low, especially when Azubuike was sitting on the bench. On offense, he had his guys throw it to Azubuike on the block or rely on Mykhailiuk — by nature a 3-point specialist — to slash to the basket.Together, they helped the Jayhawks stretch their lead to double digits.Delgado kept the Pirates in the game, though. Azubuike went to the bench with four fouls with about 9 minutes left, and coach Kevin Willard instructed his own guys to go right back to their center.Delgado was so effective that Self gambled by putting ’Doke right back in the game.“He was the best player in the game,” Self said. “He was a man. We knew he was good. And not having Doke in there more hurt us, because physically he was able to get the best of us.”Seton Hall closed to 63-59 with 3:22 to go, but Newman answered with a 3-pointer and a pair of foul shots, and the poised Jayhawks never allowed the Pirates to come all the way back.“I thought it was an extremely well-played game,” Willard said. “I thought the kids left everything on the floor for both teams. I’m proud of the way my guys kept fighting back. You just have to give Kansas credit. They made a lot of big shots late.”SELF’S RECORDSelf improved to 35-13 in the NCAA Tournament with Kansas, highlighted by a national title in 2008. That breaks a tie with his predecessor and current North Carolina coach Roy Williams for the most tourney wins in school history. Williams was 34-14 with the Jayhawks. Morocco bid: $16B for 2026 World Cup venues, infrastructure The Jayhawks needed all of them.Azubuike stood toe-to-toe with the Pirates’ bruising Angel Delgado, and he drew enough attention on offense to spring his high-scoring guards for open looks. The result was a 28-point performance from teammate Malik Newman, 16 more from Svi Mykhailiuk, and a gritty 83-79 victory that pushed the top-seeded Jayhawks to their third consecutive Sweet 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“If ’Doke wasn’t able to come back from his injury, we don’t win,” coach Bill Self said. “I was hoping for 20 minutes. That was what I was hoping. And he could have played more.”Lagerald Vick added 13 points for Kansas (29-7), which converted every crucial play down the stretch to advance to the semifinals of the Midwest Region. The Jayhawks will face the winner of Sunday night’s game between Auburn and Clemson next week in Omaha, Nebraska. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Delgado finished with 24 points and 23 rebounds in a virtuoso effort for the No. 8 seed Pirates (22-11), who snapped a four-game NCAA Tournament skid in the opening round. But he was less effective when Azubuike was in the game, a matchup that often sounded like battleships colliding.“It stinks, basically, to leave like this,” Delgado said, “because we had so much expectation. We wanted to win every game, be the best team in the tournament.”Khadeen Carrington finished with 28 points, many of them on 3-pointers in the closing minutes, and Myles Powell added 14 as the pair of guards tried in vain to keep Seton Hall alive.It was 71-66 with 53 seconds left when Devonte Graham made two free throws for Kansas. Carrington kept answering for the Pirates, but the Jayhawks were unflappable at the foul line.“I think it was the four-minute timeout, Coach told us in the huddle we were in the bonus. Just get down there, keep getting fouls,” said Newman, the MVP of last week’s Big 12 Tournament. “I was able to hit them quick and I was able to get to the line and make my free throws.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)WICHITA, Kan. — Udoka Azubuike had practiced once in the last 11 days because of a lingering knee injury, and the mammoth Kansas forward’s three-minute stretch in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament was about as underwhelming as his herky-jerky free-throw stroke.He managed to go 22 minutes against Seton Hall on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT BIG PICTURESeton Hall was often rattled by a crowd that gave Kansas a hometown advantage. The game was played about 2 hours south of the Jayhawks’ campus in Lawrence, and about 90 percent of the 15,000-plus at Intrust Bank Arena cheered on the home-state school.Kansas survived without much production from Graham, who scored 29 against Pennsylvania in the first round. He took a wicked shot to the head from a teammate late in the first half, and wound up with eight points on 1-for-7 shooting.UP NEXTThe Jayhawks are headed to Omaha for the regional semifinals. 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Gordon has new outlook on life

first_imgGordon’s records are easily Hall of Fame material. A former go-kart and later USAC champion, Gordon scored over 600 feature wins before entering NASCAR. Once he reached the Nextel Cup Series, he compiled impressive statistics at a rate not seen since Petty’s heyday. He leads all active drivers with wins and 56 career poles. All that history didn’t keep Gordon from missing the 10-race NASCAR playoff in 2005. With new crew chief Steve Letarte on board, Gordon made the Chase last season but only won twice (at Infineon and Chicagoland) in 2006 after scoring at least three victories a season over the previous decade. “It was a little frustrating, but I knew with Steve Letarte coming on board it would take a little while for the chemistry to get built,” said Gordon, who ended the season with four top-5s in the final five races. “When we won in Chicago, I thought here we go, we’ve got the makings of getting on a streak here. That didn’t materialize even though we were solid and strong. We had some issues that we’ve worked out. … I’m pretty excited where we are with the team right now.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The four-time NASCAR champion assured media members recently that winning races and championships will remain a high priority. “Racing is extremely important to me, just as important today as it ever has been,” said Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet. “I don’t want anybody to think for a second my competitive edge is going to go away because I’m having a child. At the same time, I’m having a child and you never know what comes along with that. With a new wife and a baby on the way, Jeff Gordon has heard the rumblings. Will the 15-year Cup Series veteran be as committed to racing as he once was? center_img “I want to give 100 percent as a father, but I want to give 100 percent on the race track, as well. It’s going to be how you separate those two and when you separate them that’s going to be the biggest challenge for me.” His challenge Sunday is to win the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. Gordon, who finished 13th in last year’s race, is the track’s top performer with three wins, six top-5s and one pole in 13 races. After finishing fifth in September’s Sony HD 500, his earnings at California surpassed $1.8 million. When the Vallejo native won a fourth Cup series title in 2001, many predicted it was a matter of time before he tied the record of seven championships held by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Six seasons – and no new titles – later, a new question has been whether he can simply win a fifth. “Winning my first championship was something I never dreamed of,” said Gordon, 35. “As a kid growing up, you want to race. To get to this level and be competitive and to have won a race and now to have four championships, I have nothing to prove. I’m not just out here to set records. I love what I do, I love being competitive. I think I’m capable and our team is capable of winning more races and championships. If I never win another one, I’m content with that. But I wouldn’t be happy with that.” He entered the 2007 season seventh on NASCAR’s all-time win list with 75 victories, just one behind Earnhardt. last_img read more