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  • 25 Apr
    NEW YORK -- Amile Jefferson set career highs with 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to an 84-74 victory over No. 21 Florida on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.Luke Kennard scored 29 points and freshman Jayson Tatum added 22 for the Blue Devils (9-1), whose only loss was to Kansas on this same court in the Champions Classic in November.Twice in the final 8 minutes the Gators (7-2) got within seven points but both times Kennard scored to hold off Florida, once with a 3-pointer and again with a long layup off a steal.The 6-foot-9 Jefferson, who also blocked four shots, was 11 for 14 from the field. Kennard went 11 of 16, including 5 for 7 from 3-point range.Kevaughn Allen led Florida with 21 points, and John Egbunu had nine points and 12 rebounds.They were a better team tonight, Florida coach Mike White said. I thought our guys were really jacked up for the opportunity. I thought Amile Jefferson was amazing, just absolutely amazing.Duke closed the first half with an 8-2 run -- Jefferson and Tatum had four points each -- for a 41-31 lead.Allen, Dukes preseason All-America, had an off night shooting (2 for 10, including 1 for 5 on 3s) but he had eight assists to go with his six points.BIG PICTUREFlorida: In the first eight games of the season, six different players led the Gators in scoring. ... White was 3 years old when Krzyzewski started coaching at Duke. ... Because of renovations at the OConnell Center on the Florida campus, the Gators wont play their first home game until Dec. 21 against Arkansas-Little Rock. All their games are either on the road or at neutral sites until then.Duke: Krzyzewski is 29-10 at Madison Square Garden as Duke coach. ... The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with Florida 13-4. ... Jefferson was coming off a career-high 20 points against Maine. He had 14 rebounds four times. ... Duke had five double-figure scorers in seven of its nine games coming in. The Blue Devils had three against Florida, all over 20 points.JIMMY VThroughout both games, videos were shown during timeouts featuring cancer survivors or those whose life has been affected by the disease. The Garden also showed Jim Valvanos speech at the ESPYs when he announced the formation of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The crowd of 15,294 broke into a prolonged round of applause when it ended with Valvanos now famous Dont give up. Dont ever give up.I miss him, Krzyzewski said of Valvano. Im glad he had the vision to get this thing started.GOOD DBoth teams played solid man-to-man defense and it was such a halfcourt game that there were only 18 fast-break points, 10 for Florida.FAMILY TIESKevin White, the athletic director at Duke, is the father of Florida coach Mike White.UP NEXTFlorida: The Gators head for a real rivalry game, Sunday at Florida State.Duke: On Saturday the Blue Devils travel to Las Vegas to meet UNLV. Discount Shoes Ireland . Arsenal failed to take full advantage of its main rivals stumbles on Saturday as substitute Gerard Deulofeu levelled with a hard shot from a tight angle in the 84th minute to give Everton a deserved point. Ahead of a crucial fortnight that will see them play against Napoli in the Champions League, Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal leads by five points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea. Nike Shoes Ireland From China . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. http://www.nikeshoesoutletireland.com/ . -- Yogi Ferrell orchestrates pretty much everything in Indianas offence. Nike Shoes Ireland Sale .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. Wholesale Shoes Ireland Free Shipping .com) - The Chicago Blackhawks aim for their third three-game winning streak of the season when they host the struggling Edmonton Oilers in Sundays battle at the United Center.The International Scouting Services May prospect rankings were released on Wednesday and while positioning were shuffled around, the top 10 players remained intact. Portland defender Seth Jones remained as the top prospect, followed by Halifax Mooseheads teammates Nate MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. Russian forward Valery Nichushkin and Finnish forward Sasha Barkov rounded out the top five. Sault Ste. Marie blueliner Darnell Nurse remained in sixth while Swedish forward Elias Lindholm moved up to seventh, bumping London Knights defender Nikita Zadorov down to eigth. The ninth and 10th rankings remain the same as the month of April, seeing Ottawa 67s centre Sean Monahan and Londons Bo Horvat completing the top-10, respectively..dddddddddddd The biggest leap up the rankings this month has been Steve Santini and Madison Bowey. Both players moved up five spots to 17th and 22nd, respectively, for the month of May. Santini, who spent the 2012-13 season playing for the U.S. NTDP squad, has been described by the prospect report as someone who "does all the little things on the ice that can go easily unnoticed to the untrained hockey eye." The report also noted that Bowey, who played for the WHLs Kelowna Rockets this season, has good linear speed with decent mobility but is relentless on his man, on and away from the puck. Click here for a look at the Top 30 from the May ISS rankings. The NHL Draft is scheduled for June 30 in Newark, New Jersey. ' ' '