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Cappie Pondexter led the Sky with 22 points.WINGS 92, STARS 84SAN ANTONIO -- Odyssey Sims scored 20 points and Dallas beat San Antonio to end an 11-game losing streak and give coach Fred Williams his 100th victory.Skylar Diggins added 16 points for the Wings (10-21). Moriah Jefferson scored 27 points for San Antonio (6-24).Custom Alan Trammell Jersey . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club. Custom Tigers T-shirts .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. http://www.customtigersjersey.com/ . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season. Tigers Jerseys China . JOHNS, N. Authentic Custom Tigers Jersey . On Mar. 16, coming off a "fight of the year" performance at UFC 154 the previous November, St-Pierre faced Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in what would be his eighth defence of the welterweight title. Using his superior athleticism, St-Pierre cruised to a five round, unanimous decision victory setting up a much-anticipated title defence against number one contender Johny Hendricks.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said he specifically picked out the 13th-ranked Cardinals early-season schedule to provide maximum competition for his talented roster.Pitino said he and his staff chose out-of-conference games against teams that had talent returning, veteran leadership and a good RPI.Enter Evansville.The Purple Aces travel to Louisville for a Friday clash (7 p.m. ET) at the KFC Yum! Center.What we did was, we wanted people who had at least three starters back when we were scheduling, we wanted teams with experience and we wanted teams we thought would be a Top 100 RPI team, Pitino said. And when you watch Evansville on tape, you realize they are so well-coached.Why all the focus on schedule the right kind of teams?We made it a goal of ours to have the No. 1 schedule in the nation, Pitino said. We also wanted to have our best recruiting class, and we obviously want to reach our potential come March. And playing a tough schedule does that for us.As good as the Louisville coaches think Evansville will be, the Aces were picked just ninth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.I think our guys understand, Aces coach Marty Simmons said. They hear the talk and people know that we lost a great group of young men through graduation. Weve got a really good group, and they want to do really well. I think theyll use it as motivation.Evansville finished the 2016 season 25-9, its best season in decades, falling to Northern Iowa in the championship of the Missouri Valley tournament.The Aces notched wins last season against Belmont, UC Irvine, Murray State and Illinois State. Their games against major conference teams last season were a 74-64 loss vs. Providence and an 89-76 at Arkansas.Senior guard Jaylon Brown leads Evansvilles returners. He averaged 10.8 points per game last season and is the floor general for the Purple Aces.He will square off against Louisvilles leader, junior point guard Quentin Snider, whom Pitino recently described as the only returning player who has proved something in a national game.ddddddddddddLouisvilles lineup is fairly inexperienced, but Evansville has to make up for the loss of its leading scorer, leading rebounder and leading shot-blocker.Friday night will be the debut -- or rather return -- of a classic brand of Pitino basketball. The Cardinals coach recently said he is in the final stages of his Hall of Fame career, and he wants to go out while coaching his favorite brand of basketball -- up-tempo, full-court press and man-to-man defense. It was the style Pitino had during his final two seasons at Kentucky in 1996 and 1997.The Louisville coaching staff installed the faster system during the offseason, and the Cardinals first two exhibition games were played at a much faster pace than their fans are used to seeing.Pitino said he expects Louisvilles early-season games to be very fast-paced -- and a little sloppy.Interesting enough, William and Mary and Evansville will play up-tempo, they screen a lot and their ball movement is great, and they play like us with a lot of motion, Pitino said.The coach said Louisville fans will have to be patient with the Cardinals as they will be turning the ball over and making a few more mistakes early in the season as they get used to this new approach.Am I a little nervous and apprehensive? Yes I am, Pitino said. Even after 40 years of coaching, Ill still be nervous, but Ill be the only one, everyone else will be fine, but Ill be nervous.Louisville returns Snider, power forward Jaylen Johnson and post Mangok Mathiang as players with starting experience. A pair of super sophomores, shooting guard Donovan Mitchell and small forward Deng Adel, are back, too. ' ' '
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