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PHOENIX -- Exactly as his coach asked him to, Bradley Beal is bringing out his A game. His latest bit of wizardry moved Florida a win away from the Final Four and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss, Rick Pitino. Beal, the freshman with NBA written all over him, scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting Thursday night to help the Gators to a 68-58 victory over Marquette. Next up for No. 7 Florida (26-10) is a West Regional final Saturday against Louisville and Pitino, who taught ol Billy The Kid a lot of what he knows. "Obviously, Ive said that outside of my parents, hes the most influential person in my life," Donovan said. The most influential person on Donovans team? On this night, it was Beal. He also had six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots, including one on Jae Crowder while the third-seeded Golden Eagles (27-8) were desperately trying to claw back after trailing by 14. Crowder, a senior and the Big East player of the year, never found his touch. After sitting for eight minutes in the first half with foul trouble, he finished with 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting while another Marquette senior, Darius Johnson-Odom, also went 5 for 15 in a struggle to reach 14 points. Torontos Junior Cadougan started at guard for Marquette and had no points and five assists. "We struggled being in rhythm most of the game," coach Buzz Williams said. "Jae has always played more than 12 minutes in a half, but its dangerous for him to pick up his third, so he sat a lot the half. When youre playing against a team as good as Florida and youre playing without your key guys, its hard for that rhythm to get established." Erving Walker had 11 for the Gators, including a three-pointer that came after Patric Young scrapped for an offensive rebound with 2:05 left. It snapped a 6-0 Marquette run that pulled the third-seeded Golden Eagles to within six. But the biggest difference maker was Beal, a high school national player of the year whom Donovan has been pushing to be more assertive, especially after the Gators lost four of five heading into the tournament. "He doesnt want to step on toes; hes very aware of his place on the team," Donovan said, in explaining Beals slow acceptance of a leading role. "You cant do anything but love him because of the way he handles himself." In the second half, Beal served up about five perfect examples of what he can do when he steps up a bit. Blanketed by Marquettes Todd Mayo, Beal hesitated, took a stutter step, then breezed past him for a reverse layup that wouldve made George Gervin proud. It was the second time hed blown past Mayo for a layup. He also had a three-pointer, a couple of free throws and a pretty assist to Young to help the Gators go up 56-44 with less than five minutes left. For cappers, he dunked for the last points of the game, leaving him one short of the high-water scoring mark of his one-year -- one-and-done? -- college career. This is Floridas second straight trip to the regional final. Last year, the Gators lost to Butler -- one of the NCAA tournaments great stories of 2010 and 2011. An early candidate for 2012 could be the upcoming coaching showdown. Donovan was the undersized-but-gritty guard who helped Pitino and Providence make a run into the Final Four back in 1987. A bit later, Donovan went against his mentors advice, quit a job on Wall Street then came to be Pitinos assistant. A great coaching mind was born, and now Donovan has two national titles and three trips to the Final Four, compared to one championship and five Final Fours for his old boss. According to STATS, Pitino is 6-0 against Donovan, two of those in Florida-Louisville matchups. "These are hard games, because theyre such close relationships," Donovan said. "But I do think the game is really about players playing in the game who are going to be competing on Saturday." Marquette, meanwhile, exits the tournament in the round of 16 for the second straight year. Mayo had 11 for the Golden Eagles, who shot 31 per cent and were held 18 points under their season average. "Anytime you get beat, its a bailout to just say you didnt make shots," Williams said. "You always give credit to the opponent, the staff that beat you." Kenny Boynton (11 points) made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to ice it for the Gators, who won back-to-back titles in 2006-07. Wholesale Hydro Flask China . It certainly isnt a coincidence that Dwight Howard has scored at least 20 points in each game of the winning streak. Hydro Flask Water Bottle Wholesale . 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TORONTO -- After watching Paul Rangers head hit the glass, Toronto Maple Leafs players witnessed their teammate getting wheeled off the ice at Air Canada Centre on a stretcher. Before finding out that the veteran defenceman was "stable, conscious and alert" at a local hospital, the Leafs were left helpless to worry at the first intermission. "Its not a good feeling," winger Joffrey Lupul said. "He obviously didnt look great when he was leaving the ice. So youre trying to clear your head and focus on the next period. But you cant lie -- obviously part of you is wondering whats going on with him." Ranger suffered the injury with 4.1 seconds left in the first period when he was boarded by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn. It looked like the 29-year-old turned at the last second before Killorn finished his check, and then Rangers head made a violent collision with the glass and he went down to the ice. From Leafs goalie James Reimer to Lightning coach Jon Cooper, there seemed to a consensus that Killorn was not trying to injure Ranger on the play. "Its kind of a scary moment, one of those plays where I commit to hit someone without knowing if they are going to turn, so its just an unfortunate play," said Killorn, who added that he left Ranger a voice-mail message. "He kind of, as Im going in to hit him, makes a quick turn play and Im already committed at that point. Im trying to think of what else I could have done, in my head you look back to prevent that, but its just a tough, quick-bang play." Killorn was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct that the Leafs were not able to score on. It was expected that the NHLs department of player safety would take a look at the play, though that is standard procedure, especially when that kind of punishment is handed out on the ice. Any further discipline for Killorn was certainly not a prevalent post-game topic after the Lightnings 5-3 victory over the Leafs. Instead, there was concern over Rangers condition. Ranger was down on the ice for roughly seven minutes as medical personnel broought out a stretcher and officials decided to play the final few seconds of the first period at the start of the second.ddddddddddddLeafs players huddled around close to end boards where he went down, while Lightning players Ryan Malone, Teddy Purcell, Mike Kostka and Nate Thompson remained on the ice and watched from afar. "When that stretcher comes out thats, I think, a whole nother level when you realize the severity of it," Leafs winger Mason Raymond said. "Obviously were just hoping the best for him right now." Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos, who had a hat trick in his seventh game back after missing four months with a broken leg, expressed empathy but saw no malicious intent on Killorns part. "Those are the plays we are trying to get rid of -- its such a bang-bang play, obviously Killer didnt mean to do it," Stamkos said. Toronto defenceman Tim Gleason, who was on the ice with Ranger when the incident occurred, said a similar thing happened to him during the pre-season when he suffered a concussion. "It probably doesnt look like much, but all it takes is a little bit," Gleason said. "Its a fast game, so it looked like he was going kind of face toward the glass or body toward the glass, I guess you could say. It just took a little extra nudge." Leafs coach Randy Carlyle got a look at a replay during the first intermission but didnt have a chance to study it. At first glance, he said it looked like a "textbook" hit from behind. Reimer called it "just one of those tough plays." "I dont think he meant to dummy Range from behind," he said. "Just one of those quick plays in hockey where the puck was there, he kind of turned around and he kind of came with speed. I dont think anyone tries to injure another person or hurt someone like that. Its too bad." Ranger, who was dressed for the 48th game this season, has four goals and eight assists. The 29-year-old made his return to the NHL this season after leaving his last team, the Lightning, abruptly early in the 2009-10 season. China NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Online Stitched Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Outlet College Jerseys For Sale Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys For Sale Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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