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  • 14 Aug
    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino wasnt happy with all the bad shots his 10th-ranked Cardinals hoisted up early against Old Dominion -- especially with ones by sophomore Donovan Mitchell.In the first half he was trying to win a game of H-O-R-S-E, see the most difficult shot he could take so he could win the game, Pitino quipped.Mitchell went on to score all 15 of his points after halftime to help the Cardinals hold off Old Dominion 68-62 in overtime in the final game of the first day at the Battle 4 Atlantis.Mitchell went 0 for 3 from the field in that scoreless first half, but went on to hit three 3-pointers -- including the long straightaway shot on Louisvilles first possession in overtime that put the Cardinals (4-0) ahead for good.Kind of like what Coach said: just kind of forced the issue, Mitchell said of the first half. Thats not really what you want to do, especially coming out here and playing in your first real tournament like this. You just have to settle down and let the game come to you.Mitchell also hit some key free throws and came up with a couple of key plays, one being a steal in the paint with his team protecting a 59-58 lead with 1:22 left in OT.Quentin Snider scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals on a night when they struggled to knock down much of anything, while Mangok Mathiang nearly won it in regulation for Louisville with an inside basket with 14.4 seconds left.Louisville shot 24 percent in the first half and 30 percent for the game.Brandan Stith scored 22 points, including a putback with 6.3 seconds left to answer Mathiang and force overtime for the Monarchs (2-1). Old Dominion shot just 38 percent, but hurt its chances most by missing 17 of 32 free throws.We left a lot of points out there, ODU coach Jeff Jones said. And free throw shooting was certainly a big part of it. But I think offensively, I dont think Im going to be sleeping very well. There were a bunch of times where we had opportunities and we just kind of shot ourselves in the foot.BIG PICTURELouisville: Pitino pointed to his teams first-half shot selection as a factor in the bad shooting percentage, but said he was happy with his team showing enough toughness to overcome it and play better as the game wore on.Thats the storyline of the game, not that we shot bad, Pitino said. Its the fact we overcame it and won the game.ODU: The Monarchs have won 52 games the past two seasons and have four returning starters, so this was a winnable game against a power conference team that simply got away. The free throw shooting, in particular, stood out along with 22 turnovers -- the kind of mistakes that proved too costly against a Top 10 opponent.You look out there and see as hard-fought as that game was, Jones said. I wish we had back some of those offensive possessions.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Cardinals have climbed from No. 13 in the preseason AP Top 25 , but theyll get a tough test to stay in their current perch when they play a high-scoring Wichita State team on Thursday.WILD FINISHStith nearly found a way to top his OT-forcing shot. He stole the ensuing inbounds pass and launched a hurried 3-pointer from the corner that missed. Louisville got the ball back with 1.4 seconds left after a review for an inbounds play, but Deng Adels final heave from beyond halfcourt wasnt close.UP NEXTLouisville: The Cardinals wont have much time to prepare for Wichita State in a game scheduled to tip off roughly 14 hours after this one wrapped up. The Shockers played the days first of four games.We wont make any excuses, Pitino said. Well just have to adjust on the fly and see what happens. But we have no prep time.ODU: The Monarchs will face LSU on Thursday in the losers bracket on Day 2 of the three-games-in-three-days event.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25 Brent Burns Sharks Jersey . The Clippers were angry about blowing a big lead; the Kings didnt like being in that kind of hole and nearly digging themselves out only to lose. Antti Suomela Sharks Jersey . After slipping from the summit during the week, the Gunners overcame struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains second-half brace. http://www.officialsharksnhlshop.com/evander-kane-jersey/ . -- The goal posts lying flat on the field, Arizonas fans lingered on the field, congregating around the locker room entrance nearly 30 minutes after rushing out of the stands. Erik Karlsson Sharks Jersey . 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"Since Ive been managing in the major leagues, this is definitely the toughest stretch weve ever had." The sweep denied Manuel the 1,000th win of his managing career. At 52-65, the Phillies are three games behind the third-place Mets in the NL East and open a three-game series Monday in Atlanta. "Id have to go back and look, but I dont think Ive ever had a stretch like this either," shortstop Rollins said. "Weve had some stretches where we lost some games in a row, but wed find a way to put some wins in a row right after that. But it isnt happening right now." Kevin Frandsen had two of the Phillies four hits. Philadelphia had not been swept by the Nationals-Expos franchise in a series of three games or more since losing a four-game series from August 25-28, 2003, while in Montreal. "Some games were losing were getting outplayed, but some games were not making the right plays," Rollins said. "Were not making pitches, were not getting the hits, and that makes it very tough when youre out there playing and youre battling and you hope to come up with the big hit. Sometimes you will, sometimes you wont. We havent at all." Strasburg (6-9) dominated the reeling Phillies for his first win since July 7 against San Diego. The Nationals had lost five straight games started by the right-hander. "Hed get ahead of us with either his fastball or his breaking ball. Hes tough," Mannuel said.dddddddddddd "His breaking ball really set up his fastball later in the middle innings until the end of the game. He was good. Power when he wanted it." Washington scored two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth against Kyle Kendrick (10-9), who surrendered 11 hits -- all singles -- over 5 1-3 innings. Making his fourth start against the Nationals this season, Kendrick allowed six runs, four earned. Hes 3-5 in his last eight starts with a 7.07 ERA. "Its just been frustrating the last few starts for me," Kendrick said. Werth, who had a go-ahead, two-run homer among his three hits Saturday, delivered an RBI single in the first inning to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Steve Lombardozzi also had three hits, including an RBI single. In between wins, Strasburg went 0-3 with 4.93 ERA in five starts. Two of Strasburgs six victories on the season have come against the Phillies. Strasburgs biggest stress came starting the second inning. He winced after throwing a second straight ball to Domonic Brown, leading to a visit from the Nationals training staff. After walking Brown on four pitches -- the only walk he issued -- Strasburg struck out Darin Ruf and Cody Asche on his way to retiring 14 of the next 15 batters. The right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in 11 of 13 home starts. "It felt good," Strasburg said of finishing the game. "Its something that you try and do every time out. Ive learned how to go out there and get outs with less pitches." Wilson Ramos and Denard Span each had RBI singles in the fourth inning. Chase Utleys throwing error in the fifth allowed two runners to score. Lombardozzi tacked on an RBI single for the Nationals third run of the inning. Notes: Philadelphias last road win came July 19 at Cincinnati in its first game after the All-Star break. ... Brown has a six-game hitting streak. . The Phillies road trip continues at Atlanta on Monday with LHP Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.81 ERA) facing RHP Julio Teheran (9-5, 2.96). ' ' '