LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jeff Walz was more subdued in his postgame interview, but the Louisville coach didnt back down from last weeks viral rant about losing being unacceptable.Judging from the resilience his seventh-ranked Cardinals displayed in the clutch against No. 17 Kentucky, players got the message loud and clear.Asia Durr scored four of her 15 points in overtime, including a key free throw with 2:47 remaining for a five-point lead, and Myisha Hines-Allen had 26 points before fouling out to help the Cardinals edge the Wildcats 69-67 on Sunday.Louisville (7-2) ended a five-game losing streak in the annual Bluegrass rivalry. The Cardinals rallied from a 54-50 deficit with four minutes to tie the game twice and had a chance to win at the end of regulation but couldnt get a shot off. They regrouped to score the first five points of OT behind Durrs 3-pointer and the first of Hines-Allens two jumpers before she exited with 1:15 left.Briahanna Jackson added a reverse layup and Jazmine Jones and Mariya Moore a free throw each that proved a cushion against Maci Morris 3 with five seconds left that got Kentucky (6-2) to 68-67.Jackson added a free throw with 4.1 left and Louisville sealed off Taylor Murray long enough for the horn to sound and spark a celebration for the Cardinals and their fans.(Louisville athletic director) Tom Jurich talked to us after practice one day and he was telling us just how important this game is, said Hines-Allen, who made 13 of 22 from the field. We hadnt beaten Kentucky in five years, so this was not only for us but the city was well.The win ended a two-game losing skid and provided some vindication after Walz questioned his teams resolve after a 78-72 loss to No. 5 Maryland and talked about entitlement in postgame comments that are still getting online hits.This time, Walz had nothing but praise for his team after their gut-check performance.We fought, which I was proud of, Walz said. I stand 100 percent behind my postgame comments, which I never believed would get to where it was. Lets not be so sensitive.Makayla Epps had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Murray 21 points for Kentucky, which shot 42 percent from the field in its attempt for a second straight win over a ranked team. Morris had 10 points.We were in it the whole time, Epps said. If she (Taylor) had one more second on the shot clock, who knows? If it had went in maybe we would have won in double overtime. Overall it was a great game on both sides.THE BIG PICTUREKentucky: The Wildcats zone defense succeeded in denying passing lanes inside and forcing Louisville to shoot a lot from the perimeter with little success. On the other hand, they committed 19 turnovers leading to 18 points, were beaten 49-40 on the boards and seemed to be a step slow as OT began.In overtime we might have been a little gassed, a little fatigued, coach Matthew Mitchell said. We just couldnt stay organized.Louisville: Teams dont often win shooting 37 percent from the field and 9 of 20 (45 percent) from the foul line, but the Cardinals somehow overcame those numbers. Walzs postgame rant after the loss to Maryland seemed to do the trick as the Cardinals outscored the Wildcats 17-4 on second-chance points and didnt let a late deficit bother them. Moore had eight points and Jones seven. Jackson and Cortnee Walton had 10 rebounds each.NO HARD FEELINGSWhile social media offered up a lot of feedback to Walzs comments, Hines-Allen said her coachs assessment was right.We all took it to heart, she said. We knew we had Kentucky coming in next, so we had to chew it had to take it and come ready to play. It started in practice because we had energy that next day. He was completely right.UP NEXTKentucky: Hosts Middle Tennessee on Friday night. The Wildcats lead the series 14-4 with four straight wins.Louisville: Returns from finals to host another in-state rival in Western Kentucky on Sunday. The Cardinals trail the series 20-15 and lost 71-69 last season in Bowling Green.---More AP College Basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.orgCheap NCAA Jerseys China . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. 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Cheap College Jerseys From China .Y. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team thats having trouble scoring goals.CLEVELAND -- Mark Shapiros love for Cleveland and its people runs deep, personally and professionally.Its where the Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO began his career, raised his family and helped orchestrate a baseball renaissance in the 1990s thats enjoying a 21st-century revival. In many ways, it will always be home for Shapiro.Over the past few months, Shapiro has enjoyed from afar seeing Cleveland celebrate this summer as the Cavaliers won an NBA title, ending a half-century drought for the city, and hes watched with pride as Indians fans rallied around a team that has been overlooked -- even in October.Its been some ride.I just feel bad that were going to have to put an end to it, he said with a chuckle over the phone on Wednesday.Shapiro finds himself the man in the middle of the AL Championship Series as his new team, the Blue Jays, will face with the Indians, the franchise that gave him his start, for a spot in the World Series.And it wont just be an emotional reunion for Shapiro. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins also came up in Clevelands organization, working alongside Indians president Chris Antonetti, manager Terry Francona and many others.Shapiro was flying to Cleveland on Wednesday and planned to have dinner with his sister, Julie, who lives in the area. On Thursday, hell arrive at Progressive Field as he did for more than two decades, and although he knows the direction to the visitors clubhouse, Shapiros first stop will be the Indians executive offices, where he plans to visit colleagues who are as close as family.Ive got not just friendships, but deep friendships both in the community there and throughout the Indians organization, up and down it, he said. Its not just walking in to play the team, its walking in to play a group of people where you have a deep history and a profound respect. But I can tell you, because weve played them seven times already, when the first pitch gets thrown, the only emotion I feel is a competitive desire to win.Shapiro spent 24 seasons with the Indians, breaking in as an unpaid intern in the early `90s. But it didnt take long for the Princeton-educated son of respected sports agent Ron Shapiro to advance through the ranks and become one of baseballs top executives. Shapiro has always done it the right way, displaying class and humility while molding the Indians into a model organization and helping them navigate through difficult years when the turnstiles slowed and the club had to re-invent itself to stay competitive.However, Shapiros impact with the Indians goes way beyond statistical data. His personal skills might be what set him apart.I didnt like Mark when he was here. Howss that? Francona joked before turning serious about both Shapiro and Atkins.ddddddddddddIm so close to both of them that itll be fun to say hello, said Francona, who used to take diligent notes whenever Shapiro spoke. Im sure they feel the same way we do -- they want to beat our brains out. But then when its over, thats never going to affect a friendship. Next time I probably see them will be at the winter meetings and well be laughing and Im sure something will happen during this (series) well be laughing about.It could be a year, it could be a month, it could be two years. When youre friends like that, it kind of goes beyond time or uniform or anything like that.During his time with the Indians, Shapiro was approached by numerous organizations, turning down an offer from the Cleveland Browns. He was content, but maybe needing a new challenge, Shapiro accepted a position with the Blue Jays and decided to leave the only team he had ever known.Shapiro spent much of the past year commuting between Cleveland and Toronto, where he was rudely welcomed after popular GM Alex Anthopoulos was pushed aside to make room for him. Shapiros transition was beyond tumultuous, as he was lambasted on sports talk radio and in columns across Canada. Some of the attacks were personal and vicious.Shapiro accepted the criticism, put his head down and went to work.Antonetti never worried that Shapiro would change peoples opinions of him.I talked to Mark frequently, especially at the outset, Antonetti said as the Indians took batting practice in anticipation of Fridays Game 1. I never had any doubt that once the city, the organization and the country got to know Mark Shapiro the person and the executive that they would embrace him. Hes a transformational leader and a phenomenal human being, and those are two pretty good attributes that will end up endearing you to people.When the Indians wrapped up their Division Series victory against Boston, completing a three-game sweep at Fenway Park, Shapiro watched on TV along with his son, Caden, who used to shag flies during batting practice in an Indians uniform.While the Shapiros have changed colors, their affection for Cleveland remains.We were both happy, not just for the chance to come back, but happy for the staff and the organization and the players, Shapiro said. But as he grows up he learns about the game and hes 100 percent a Toronto Blue Jay now, just like me, but with the Cleveland Indians running through our veins. They will always be an important part of our lives and history. ' ' '
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