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    导出博客文章VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Jay Wright and his Villanova players are ready to enjoy
    Thanksgiving and take a much-needed break from basketball.Josh Hart had 13
    points and 11 rebounds, Kris Jenkins scored 11 points and No. 2 Villanova
    knocked off feisty College of Charleston 63-47 on Wednesday night.The Wildcats
    improved to 6-0 a season after winning the national championship but struggled
    to put away the overmatched Cougars in their fourth game in seven days and their
    sixth in 13.It was not a pretty game, Wright said. We just found a way to gut it
    out.Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall added eight points and five rebounds apiece
    for the Wildcats, who shot just 5 for 17 from 3-point range and 8 for 22 from
    the field in the second half.Jarrell Brantley led Charleston with 18 points and
    seven rebounds. The Cougars shot 4 for 22 from 3-point range and committed 14
    turnovers.Its a good way to learn, Brantley said. Theyre a really good team and
    do a lot of things right. It will only help.Jenkins, who famously hit the
    title-winning shot to beat North Carolina at the buzzer last April, was held out
    of the starting lineup by Wright because he missed a class. But the senior
    forward came in just 3 minutes into the game and played 28 minutes, shooting 4
    for 7 from the field.Hart, who won MVP of the 2016 Gildan Charleston Classic
    after leading the Wildcats to the tournament title on Sunday, also shot 4 for 7
    from the field and 2 for 3 from 3-point range.He was called back into the game
    in the final minutes after Wright admitted to putting his walk-ons in too early
    -- not that it bothered the teams star senior.Im not really worried about
    minutes, said Hart, a Wooden Award candidate. Id love to play the whole game if
    the coach lets me.BIG PICTURECharleston: After starting a season with three
    straight wins for the first time since 2011-12, the Cougars have dropped three
    in a row to fall back to .500. But they will have some easier games coming up
    before entering play in the Colonial Athletic Association, where they were
    picked to finish fourth.Villanova: The defending national champs continued to
    roll through the early portion of their schedule. Four of their next five games
    come against Philadelphia Big 5 rivals, where the competition is always heated,
    with a marquee matchup vs. Notre Dame sandwiched in between.ULTIMATE
    CHALLENGEAlthough the Cougars left town with a loss, Charleston coach Earl Grant
    felt the game was, in many ways, a win-win for his program.My thought process
    coming into this game is its the ultimate challenge, Grant said. You get to play
    against the best team in college basketball. They won the championship last year
    and until someone beats them this year theyre still the champion. . We knew it
    would be hard but I think, at this time of year, hard things are good.NOVEMBER
    REIGNOver the past four seasons, Villanova is 25-0 in the month of November and
    have claimed four tournament championships in the month, including their recent
    run through the Gildan Charleston Classic.Wednesdays game was technically
    Villanovas fourth victory of the Charleston Classic -- after wins over Western
    Michigan, Wake Forest and UCF at TD Arena -- but the result didnt factor into
    the bracket.NO BOOTH, NO PROBLEM (FOR NOW)Phil Booth missed his third straight
    game for Villanova with left knee inflammation. But Wright said the injury is
    minor and hes eager to get one of his top guards back after the Thanksgiving
    break.I thought we held up pretty well, Wright said of his teams grueling
    stretch. If we werent getting Phil Booth back, I think Id be more concerned.POLL
    IMPLICATIONSAfter moving up a spot to No. 2 this week, Villanova figures to stay
    there behind top-ranked Kentucky barring any major upsets.UP NEXTCharleston aims
    to snap its three-game losing streak when it hosts USC Upstate on
    Sunday.Villanova will look for a record 15th straight Big 5 win against Penn at
    the historic Palestra on Tuesday.
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    we look back at Boston Strong - a citys recovery from tragedy. PARIS --
    Cristiano Ronaldo didnt make the same mistake twice.In a semifinal penalty
    shoot-out against Spain at the 2012 European Championship, Portugals star played
    no part.He was fifth in line to step up to the spot. But, by then, the match was
    already lost. Spain had won the shootout 4-2 and Ronaldo never even got to take
    his kick.Against Poland on Thursday, Ronaldo was first in line.The end result
    was a victory that sends Portugal to the semifinals for a fifth time.It will
    next play the winner of Belgiums match against Wales.Here are five things to
    know about Portugals quarterfinal win in Marseille.---PORTUGALS NEW STARWith
    three-time world player of the year Ronaldo nearer the end of his career than
    the beginning, the search was already on for Portugals next star.Look no
    further.At just 18, and making only his ninth appearance for the national side,
    Renato Sanches stole Ronaldos thunder in his first start at the European
    Championship.Sanches equalizer for Portugal that cancelled out Robert
    Lewandowskis early goal oozed quality and remarkable self-confidence for a
    player so young and inexperienced on such a big stage.Sanches both started the
    move and finished it. Running, full of attacking intent, headlong into the
    Polish box, he flicked the ball wide to the quick-thinking Nani, who tricked the
    Polish defense by heeling it straight back to Sanches.Caressing the ball onward
    with his right foot, Sanches set himself up for a left-footed thump. A touch off
    Grzegorz Krychowiak made an already tough job nigh impossible for Polish `keeper
    Lukasz Fabianski, who couldnt get fingers to the ball despite his dive.The goal
    wasnt Sanches only contribution. The attacking midfielder was all over the
    pitch. He harassed Polish players and selflessly tracked back -- unlike Ronaldo
    -- from his right wing to help out with defense and then get Portugal going
    forward again.Portugals youngest ever player to be called up for a major
    tournament, surpassing the mark previously held by Ronaldo, is now heading to
    Bayern Munich, which paid Benfica 35 million euros ($40 million) for him.Could
    be a bargain.---WHO STOLE THE REAL RONALDO?Before scoring Portugals first
    penalty in the 5-3 shootout win, Ronaldo had been just a shadow of his usual
    self.Swinging a left leg at what could have been a match-winning goal in the
    last minutes of normal time but then missing the ball entirely: Was that Ronaldo
    or some impostor?That failure to connect with a golden opportunity to break the
    deadlocked score of 1-1 wasnt Ronaldos only glitch.He squandered a first half
    chance, scuffing the ball wide. Through on goal again in the second half, he hit
    into the side netting.And he thumped a free kick from 35 meters out straight
    into the Polish wall.Had he scored in normal time, Ronaldo would have matched
    Michel Platinis tournament record of nine European Championship goals.Instead,
    the accumulated misses made him look human.---RONALDO SHOULD HAVE HAD A
    PENALTYFelix Brych has mounds of experience, having officiated World Cup,
    Champions League and other matches.dddddddddddd. But the German referee made a
    very debatable call in the first half, not awarding what looked like a penalty
    for Ronaldo.In the heart of the Polish defense, Michal Pazdan stuck to Ronaldo
    like a shadow. He got too close in the 30th minute, shoving Ronaldo in the back
    and to the ground as the Portuguese forward prepared to receive Nanis in-bound
    cross in a threatening position in the box.The Real Madrid stars penalty appeals
    fell on deaf ears. Ronaldo looked terribly aggrieved, and understandably
    so.---LIKE HIM, LOATHE HIM, BUT ALSO RESPECT HIMIn the tunnel before kick-off,
    Portuguese defender Pepe was all sweetness and light, high-fiving the kids who
    accompanied the players onto the pitch.But the whistle brought the fighter out
    of him.By far the most experienced player in the Portuguese back line, with more
    caps (76) than the three other defenders -- Jose Fonte (14); Cedric (13) and
    Eliseu (18) -- combined, Pepe provided leadership and stability at the back.Few
    players divide opinion quite like the Real Madrid defender, notorious for his
    gamesmanship.But he was on his best behavior against Poland.He got a leg to a
    dangerous first-half shot from Arkadiusz Milik, diverting it away.He used his
    body to thwart Krychowiak as the midfielder made a scorching second-half run for
    the Portuguese area.Most important, his cool head and instructions to other
    players helped the team recover after Lewandowski scored the second-fastest goal
    in tournament history, just 100 seconds into the match.---PORTUGALS WEAK
    LINK:Poland quickly found a soft spot in Portugals defense, and exploited it
    ruthlessly.At 24, Cedric Soares was the youngest player in the Portuguese back
    four and the defender with the least national team experience.Polish winger
    Kamil Grosicki targeted the right-back with his first foray into Portugals half,
    collecting a pass from Lewandowski and then using his superior speed to overhaul
    the Southampton defender, who just -- but only just -- managed to get a foot to
    the ball and kick away the danger.It was an early warning for what happened
    seconds later: A long Polish pass bounced in front of Cedric and straight over
    his head to Grosicki, who was lurking behind him and then tore away downfield to
    center a cross to Lewandowski.The Bayern Munich striker scored with his first
    touch, right-footing the ball into the Portuguese netIt was Lewandowskis first
    goal in 645 minutes of European Championship football, since he scored against
    Greece in Polands first match of Euro 2012.----John Leicester is an
    international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at
    jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
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