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first_imgat Michigan 61 Greg Oden scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help the Buckeyes win their 14th game in a row. After trailing by six, the Buckeyes held the Wolverines scoreless for the final 3:54. At No. 4 Wisconsin 52, Michigan State 50 Kammron Taylor’s 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining lifted the Badgers, who avoided going into the postseason with three consecutive losses. No. 6 Memphis 64, SMU 61 Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points with the key basket late and the Tigers won their 19th consecutive game. At No. 7 Texas A&M 94, Missouri 78 Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a career-high 26 points to help the Aggies win their regular-season finale. At No. 9 Georgetown 59, Connecticut 46 Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Hoyas ended a decade of frustration against the Huskies and clinched at least a share of the Big East regular-season title. At No. 10 Nevada 69, New Mexico State 65 Marcelus Kemp scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and Nick Fazekas had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wolf Pack. No. 11 Southern Illinois 53, Bradley 51 Matt Shaw’s tip-in with 3.2 seconds remaining lifted the Salukis in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. At No. 20 Marquette 75, No. 12 Pittsburgh 71 Wesley Matthews and David Cubillan scored 20 points each to keep the Panthers from clinching a share of the Big East regular-season title. At No. 17 Oregon 70, Oregon State 49 Bryce Taylor scored 22, Aaron Brooks had 18 and the Ducks won their final three games of the regular season. No. 18 Butler 67, Loyola of Chicago 66, OT A.J. Graves, the nation’s second-leading free-throw shooter, hit six foul shots in the final 53 seconds of overtime to lead the Bulldogs to the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament in a game in Fairborn, Ohio. Arkansas 82, at No. 19 Vanderbilt 67 Gary Ervin scored 21 points to keep the Razorbacks’ slim NCAA tournament hopes alive. No. 22 Notre Dame 73, at Rutgers 66 Colin Falls scored 22 points and Russell Carter had 17 as the Irish clinched a first-round bye in the Big East tournament. At No. 24 Maryland 79, North Carolina State 59 Mike Jones scored 21 points in his final home game for the Terrapins’ seventh consecutive win. Eastern Kentucky 63, Austin Peay 62 Josh Taylor converted a layup with 2.9 seconds left to give the the Colonels the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship in Nashville, Tenn. and earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. The title. Governors won the regular-season Belmont 94, at East Tennessee State 67 Andy Wicke and Andrew Preston each scored 18 points and the Bruins won a second straight Atlantic Sun Conference tournament championship and NCAA tournament bid. At Winthrop 84, VMI 81 Torrell Martin had 17 points to lead the Eagles to the Big South Conference tourney title and NCAA tournament spot. Davidson 72, at College of Charleston 65 Freshman Stephen Curry scored 29 points to lead the Wildcats back to the NCAA tournament by winning the Southern Conference tournament championship. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAWRENCE, Kan. – Julian Wright figured Kevin Durant would slow down eventually if Kansas just kept doing what it was doing. Wright had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the third-ranked Jayhawks overcame a 16-point deficit and another electrifying performance from Durant to beat No. 15 Texas 90-86 Saturday to claim its fifth Big 12 championship. Durant, the conference leader in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, was unstoppable as the Longhorns (22-8, 12-4) took a 51-35 lead late in the first half of the Big 12 title showdown. With Kansas double-teaming Durant, other Texas shooters got open looks and at one point the Longhorns hit 12 shots in a row. Kansas put together a 24-7 run after he got hurt and took a 59-58 lead on Wright’s basket. “I just wanted to suck it up and play for my team,” said Durant, who limped noticeably much of the second half. “They picked me up while I was out, so I just took the pain and tried to suck it up for the team.” Durant finished with 32 points. No. 1 Ohio State 65, center_img Durant, a candidate for national player of the year, made 10 of his first 14 shots and scored 25 in the first half. But the 6-foot-9 freshman crumpled to the floor with an ankle injury with about 11 minutes left in the second half and was not the same player when he returned from the locker room. “Durant was on fire the first half,” Wright said. “We just tried to keep playing defense the way we were taught to play it and tried to limit his easy points. But he was awesome.” last_img read more

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first_imgCINEMAS are fighting hard to buck the trend during the economic gloom as people look for light relief away from the recession blues.Over 17 million cinema tickets will have been purchased nationwide this year as people opt for a night in the front of the big screen to get away from the country’s economic woes.Mr Mark Doherty, proprietor of Century Cinemas in Letterkenny and Chairman of the Independent Cinema Association, admitted that like all sectors cinemas too were feeling the pinch and have had to work hard to get people in. “People want something light. The comedies and romantic comedies are particularly popular at the moment,” he said.“People are looking for relief and something to take their mind off their problems,” he added.Mr Doherty admitted the country’s cinemas were not immune to the effects of the recession and have suffered a decline in business.As a result cinemas have had to diversify their business to appeal to a broader audience and events such as the screening live concerts and opera shows have helped during tougher economic times. “We’re probably riding the recession better than most sectors but we are still feeling the effects of it.“ We are having to work that much harder to get people in. There are strong titles coming up at the end of the year so we’ll have to see how they perform. We could see a drop in admissions,” he said.The preference for light relief type shows is reflected in admission receipts. Avatar, with €6.2m worth of admissions, was the most watched film in Ireland this year, while the Toy Story and Shrek franchises also scored highly. Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After were in second and third place respectively. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was in fifth place while Iron Man 2 and Sex and the City 2 were also in the top 10.Unfortunately, for hard nosed cinema buffs, it isn’t the sort of stuff that will challenge the intellect.With the exception of movies now on show such as ‘London Boulevard’, ‘Machete’,  ‘The Americian’ and ‘Due Date’, it is the likes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Deathly Hallows, ‘The Little Fockers’ and the Disney movie ‘The Tron Legacy’ and the latest from the ‘Chronicles of Narnia franchise and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ that will put bums on seats. Mr Doherty stressed there was a strong tradition of cinema-going in Ireland dating back to the austere, post-emergency 1950s.“I think it’s a generational thing. People remember going to the cinema as children and are used to coming out. It’s a great social night out,” he said.The Letterkenny Cinema has recently acquired a ‘theatre licence’ and will have it available for the Simply Red farewell concert live by satellite from the 02 in London on Sunday, December 19 at 8.30pm.“The Theatre Licence permits us to serve wine and alcohol during live events. We’re also providing the service during the series of operas live from the New York Metropolitan House that runs up until May,” Mr Doherty added. EndsDONEGAL CINEMAS FIGHTING TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE was last modified: December 9th, 2010 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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