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  • 12 Mar
    导出博客文章VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Jay Wright slipped in and out of his competitive consciousness
    in the national championship game. He cringed as a coach as Villanovas late lead
    trickled away against North Carolina. He loved the frenzy as a basketball fan
    watching the Wildcats and Tar Heels go shot-for-shot in one of the NCAA
    Tournaments classic finals.This is what its like when youre in the final and
    playing the best team in the country, Wright said. Little times it hits you
    like, wow, this is a great game.Little times. Like when North Carolinas Marcus
    Paige hit a double-clutch 3 to tie the game at 74 with 4.7 seconds left.When
    Paige hit that shot, I had a second or two to think, this game is unbelievable
    and it could go into overtime and make it even more amazing, Wright said.Oh, the
    game got more amazing -- no overtime necessary.Kris Jenkins squashed the OT bid
    with a shot forever engraved as the biggest one in Villanova -- heck, maybe
    March Madness -- history. Jenkins spotted up behind the right side of the arc
    and buried a 3 at the buzzer to deliver Villanova to a 77-74 victory.A miracle
    shot? Not quite. The Wildcats practiced that play for years and used a variation
    to reach the 2009 Final Four. The Wildcats were squashed by the Tar Heels in `09
    and crashed into a March funk that lingered until last season.With a
    championship banner to match one from 1985 nestled in the Pavilion rafters, the
    Wildcats must now hope that championship revelry doesnt equate to a follow-up
    hangover.The Wildcats suffered from a whopper following the 2009 run. The
    Wildcats dropped from 30 wins in 2009 to 25, 21 and then bottomed out at 13-19
    and no postseason in 2011-12. Wright could not say no to friends or speaking
    engagements in the immediate aftermath of 2009 and the program seemed to waver
    from its recruiting foundation. He chased McDonalds All-Americans or transfers
    who didnt necessarily fit the program and it took a few seasons to
    stabilize.There were definitely times at the end of that, it was spiraling,
    Wright said. It really didnt affect us until a couple of years later. I knew it
    then. ... We were really preparing for that this time.As distractions mounted,
    Wright vowed this summer to stay connected to his family, players, coaches and
    recruits. Yes, there were stops at the ESPYs and a trip to the White House, but
    the big picture of staying focused on this season and beyond was not lost on
    Wright. Wright, 354-157 with two Final Fours in 15 seasons at Villanova, reigned
    in his commitments even as charities and corporations wanted a piece of the
    championship `Cat.Wright tightened control this summer and even closed down the
    basketball office for a week in August for the first time so the entire staff
    could relax and regroup.Ive had to say no to a lot of people, and Ive probably
    disappointed a lot of people and I feel bad about that, I really do, he said.
    But the last time, I felt like it was my responsibility as the Villanova coach
    to do everything I was asked to do at Villanova. I did it. It got a little out
    of control. No, it got out of control.The Wildcats had not advanced out of the
    opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2009 and lost two straight seasons
    in the opening round as a 1 or 2 seed.In March, they were in a pressure spot
    again: a No. 2 seed about to play pesky Iowa with a Sweet 16 berth at stake and
    a potential burden lifted. Wright sensed pressure had seeped into the Big East
    powerhouses environment.Our fans were tense. Our families were tense. The
    Philadelphia media was tense, Wright said.Wright couldnt even break that tension
    with his confidants. Wright likes to linger in the locker room during pregame
    warmups and talk life with Villanovas team chaplain and sports psychologist. All
    Wright found were a bundle of nerves under the collar of Rev. Rob Hagan.I could
    even sense he was nervous for me, Wright said, laughing. This is big.The
    Wildcats instead cruised past Iowa. They followed with wins over Miami and
    Kansas, crushed Oklahoma by 44 in the Final Four and made first-weekend flops a
    distant memory.They didnt fear that failure, Wright said. But everyone else did.
    Id be lying if I said I didnt have a little bit of concern for them. I was not
    worried about it. But I was worried for them and everyone else.The Wildcats
    quickly learned being called champs comes with more than a ring and a banner. It
    means mingling with the president and getting hounded for autographs and photos
    on social outings.I definitely feel like were treated differently, Wright said.
    I can see it. I can feel it. All the time. I dont want to be different. I
    enjoyed the way we were doing it. Even losing in the second round, I was loving
    those teams.So the question looms, armed with a heap of expectations, can
    Villanova repeat?We could, Wright said. But we could lose to anybody again. Weve
    made it true. Weve lost to everybody and weve won it all. But I think were good
    enough.Jenkins, Jalen Brunson, preseason All-American Josh Hart and the rest of
    the returning core should keep the Wildcats on track to try and become college
    basketballs first repeat champions since Florida in 2006 and 2007.Villanova
    President Rev. Peter Donohue bellowed to fans last week at a kickoff celebration
    that Villanova is going to do it again!Thats pressure from the boss! Wright said
    with a smile over the house mic.Again the Big East favorites and ranked fourth
    in the AP preseason Top 25, the Wildcats wont judge this season on a
    banner-or-bust scale.The only way we can top that or be better than that is to
    be the best team we can be by the end of the year, Jenkins said. If that wins us
    another national championship, then cool.---More AP college basketball:
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    Paul Pierce.As the home of soccer in Canada, TSN and TSN2 deliver 15 games from
    the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship, which features Europes top eight U-21
    teams battling for continental bragging rights. Coverage begins Wednesday at
    11:45am et on TSN2 with host Israel vs. Norway. In total, TSN and TSN2 will
    broadcast every round-robin game, plus the semifinals and Final, airing Tuesday,
    June 18 at 11:45am et on TSN. Live coverage of the 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21
    Championship is also available on TSN Mobile TV and in French on RDS and RDS2.
    TSNs Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Vic Rauter lead TSNs studio coverage of the
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    Under-21 Championship. The 2013 UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship features
    England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, and defending
    champion Spain. Held every two years, the UEFA EURO Under-21 Championship
    showcases the games next generation of stars. Previous tournaments have featured
    some of the biggest names in soccer, including Frances Zinédine Zidane,
    Portugals Luís Figo, Spains Raúl González, and Englands Frank Lampard. TSN
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    Championship is as follows: Wednesday, June 5• Israel vs. Norway – 11:45am et on
    TSN2• England vs. Italy – 2:15pm et on TSN Thursday, June 6• Spain vs. Russia –
    11:45am et on TSN2• Netherlands vs. Germany – 2:15pm et on TSN Saturday, June 8•
    England vs. Norway – 11:45am et on TSN2 • Italy vs. Israel – 2:15pm et on TSN
    Sunday, June 9• Netherlands vs. Russia – 4pm et on TSN • Germany vs. Spain – 6pm
    et on TSN2 Tuesday, June 11 • Israel vs. England – 11:45am et on TSN• Norway vs.
    Italy – 11:45am et on TSN2 Wednesday, June 12• Spain vs. Netherlands – 11:45am
    et on TSN• Russia vs. Germany – 11:45am et on TSN2 Saturday, June 15• Semifinal
    1 – 11:15am et on TSN2• Semifinal 2 – 2:15pm et on TSN2 Tuesday, June 18• Final
    – 11:45am et on TSN Schedule subject to change ' ' '