INDIANAPOLIS -- Nobody will accuse these Kentucky kids of being the fastest learners. Wholesale Blackhawks Jerseys . Not this season. And certainly not during most of Friday nights game against Louisville. But once again, late in the game with everything on the line, they figured things out just in time. Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer for the go-ahead score with 39 seconds left and Julius Randle made a pair of clutch free throws to lift the fantastic freshmen of Kentucky to a 74-69 victory over their in-state rivals. The eighth-seeded Wildcats (27-10) led for a grand total of 65 seconds in this Midwest Regional semifinal. Theyll play Michigan on Sunday for a trip to the Final Four. "I told them before the game, youll get punched in the mouth and youre going to taste blood," coach John Calipari said. "You can fight or you can brace yourself for the next shot. They fought." Fourth-seeded and defending champion Louisville ends its season at 31-7. Few expected a run this deep for the Wildcats as this season played out and their five freshmen starters struggled to play a team game. But theyve been learning slowly. They trailed by 13 midway through the first half, then by seven with 4 1/2 minutes left. Suddenly, things kicked in. Actually, it was a sophomore, Alex Poythress, who scored five points and blocked a Russ Smith layup attempt during a 7-0 run that tied the game at 66 with 2:11 left. "Alex Poythress won the game for us," Calipari said. "We were begging him the whole game to start playing, and he played at the right time." From there, it was the Kentucky freshmen -- the Kiddie Cats -- who showed all the poise against the defending national champs, who were led by seniors Smith (23 points) and Luke Hancock (19). Harrison took a pass from Julius Randle and spotted up in the corner for the go-ahead shot. Both finished with 15 points, as did yet another freshman starter, Dakari Johnson. On the next possession, Louisvilles Wayne Blackshear got fouled. The 71 per cent career free throw shooter missed the first. Randle came down and made two free throws to put Kentucky ahead by three. Harrison guarded Smith and forced him to miss a tough 3-pointer on the next possession -- "His first stop of the game," Calipari quipped. A few seconds later, the Wildcats were chest bumping and Calipari was pumping his fists to a loud stadium that was about two-thirds Kentucky blue, one-third Cardinals red. Kentucky has now knocked off previously undefeated Wichita State, defending national champion Louisville and has a meeting with last years runner-up, Michigan, coming next. Earlier, the Wolverines beat Tennessee 73-71. The latest win for Kentucky was the ultimate lesson in patience for a team that, for so long, had trouble showing any. They were touted on T-shirts as the team that would go 40-0 and win the national title, then all head off to the NBA. Two out of three is still possible. "They finally have surrendered and lost themselves in the team," Calipari said. "Its just taken a long time." Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who fell to 11-1 in Sweet 16 games, produced a matchup zone that the Wildcats had trouble working through. The Cards took the double-digit lead early, yet went to halftime only up three despite holding Kentucky to 33 per cent from the floor. The difference in Pitinos mind: Louisville went 13 for 23 from the free throw line while Kentucky went 22 for 27. And the Wildcats had a 37-29 rebounding edge, which also led to eight more second-chance points. "I told them we probably beat ourselves a little bit down the stretch," Pitino said. "But how can any of us complain with the run weve been on?" Louisvilles string of Final Fours will end at two and there will be a new national champion. Making this win even more impressive for the Wildcats: They played almost the entire game without Willie Cauley-Stein, an NBA-caliber forward who sprained his left ankle early. "Its not a good ankle injury, let me just put it that way," Calipari said. Another NBA prospect, James Young, fouled out with 5:32 left. That left it to Harrison, his twin brother, Andrew (14 points) and Randle, a lottery pick in waiting who was a monster inside. He had 12 rebounds to go with the 15 points. Hes had a double-double in all three tournament games. Calipari makes no apologies for recruiting the best talent and taking his chances theyll leave before they really set up shop at Kentucky. That strategy helped him bring the eighth national title back home two years ago. Now, Kentucky is a win away from the programs 16th trip to the Final Four. Chicago Blackhawks Shirts . -- The Chicago Bears say they have agreed to a one-year contract with centre Roberto Garza. Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys . The Grizzlies erased most of a 25-point deficit before Durant, the leagues scoring champion, got hot.TORONTO - Life after the CFL will begin in early January for Mark Cohon.The league announced Thursday that Cohon will step down as commissioner Jan. 9 under a mutual agreement between Cohon and the leagues board of governors. Board chairman Jim Lawson will then assume the role of interim commissioner until Cohons replacement is found.Lawson also heads up the committee thats searching for Cohons successor. Cohons contract as commissioner is due to expire in April.Excellent candidates have come forward and while there is no firm deadline for naming the next commissioner, the process is going well, Lawson said in a statement. I look forward to working closely with CFL president Michael Copeland, the senior staff at the CFL league office and our clubs across the country to continue our efforts to accelerate the growth of our league and plan for the 2015 season.In August, Cohon announced he wouldnt seek a contract extension to remain on the job after his current deal ended. The 48-year-old Chicago native succeeded Tom Wright as CFL commissioner in 2007 and signed a three-year contract extension in 2012.Its unclear if the league bought out the remainder of Cohons contract or will continue to pay him through completion of the deal. Cohon wasnt available for comment Thursday.During his final state-of-the-league address during Grey Cup week in Vancouver, Cohon said he plans to take his time finding a new job.One of the reasons why I decided not to seek a new term was I wanted the next challenge, he told reporters. Im going to take my time, I really am going to take my time. Blackhawks Jerseys China. Cohon will leave the CFL on stable ground. It still has four years remaining on its blockbuster television deal as well as the collective bargaining agreement with its players.In March 2013, Cohon helped negotiate a five-year deal with TSN reportedly worth $43 million a year that was more than 2 1/2 times the previous agreement. The result was increased league payments to its teams.But the television money made for a contentious, testy negotiation with the CFL Players Association last spring. The players voted to go on strike and threatened to walk off the job just prior to the season before agreeing to a five-year deal at the last minute, ensuring the 2014 campaign opened on time and clubs started sharing in the extra television revenue.The uncertainty surrounding the future of the Toronto Argonauts — the franchise continues looking for a new home with its Rogers Centre lease set to expire in 17 — and the leagues labour strife highlighted what was a challenging final season for Cohon.Injuries to proven offensive stars like quarterbacks Travis Lulay and Darian Durant, receivers Chad Owens and Any Fantuz as well as running backs Jon Cornish and C.J. Gable dramatically impacted the on-field product. Defences dominated as scoring and total offence were down — thanks in part to conservative offensive play — as B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian became the first pure defensive performer to capture the leagues outstanding player honour.Off the field, attendance and the leagues TV ratings were both down in 2014. ' ' '
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