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louisville, ky.» Quentin Snider scored a ca­reer-high 22 points, in­clud­ing a key drive with 1:44 re­main­ing, to help No. 10 Louisville beat No. 6 Ken­tucky 73-70 on Wed­nes­day night in the 50th bat­tle for Blue­grass brag­ging rights.

Af­ter man­ag­ing just two re­bounds in 28 min­utes last year in Lex­ing­ton, Snider re­bounded with 10-of-19 shoot­ing to help the Car­di­nals earn a sig­na­ture win against their in-state ri­val. But he needed help down the stretch with Jaylen John­son’s layup with 16 sec­onds left and Dono­van Mitchell’s two free throws with eight sec­onds left for a three-point edge that helped end a four-game los­ing streak in the se­ries.

Ma­lik Monk’s 3-point at­tempt to tie for Ken­tucky bounced off the front of the rim with three sec­onds left, and Deng Adel grabbed the re­bound to seal the win for Louisville (11-1).

De’Aaron Fox led Ken­tucky (10-2) with 21 points while Monk had 16 a game af­ter scor­ing a fresh­man-record 47 against North Carolina.

• Josh Hart scored 20 points to lead No. 1 Vil­lanova to its 18th straight win, 90-48 over Amer­i­can.

• Johnathan Mot­ley had 17 points and 11 re­bounds to lead five dou­bledigit scor­ers, and No. 4 Bay­lor fin­ished its per­fect run through non­con­fer­ence play with a 89-63 vic­tory over Texas South­ern.

• Luke Ken­nard scored 21 points while Duke star Grayson Allen re­ceived a tech­ni­cal foul for his third trip­ping in­ci­dent in a year dur­ing the fifth-ranked Blue Devils’ 72-61 vic­tory over Elon.

• Zach Collins scored 21 points as un­de­feated and No. 7 Gon­zaga beat South Dakota 102-65 to start a sea­son 12-0 for the first time.

• Kennedy Meeks scored 10 of his 18 points dur­ing No. 8 North Carolina’s dom­i­nant sec­ond half in an 85-42 win over North­ern Iowa.

• Kansas fresh­man cen­ter Udoka Azubuike, a 7-footer from Nige­ria who was av­er­ag­ing 5.0 points, 4.4 re­bounds and 1.6 blocks, will miss the rest of the sea­son be­cause of a left wrist in­jury.

• Katie Lou Sa­muel­son scored 23 points and Kia Nurse added 20 to help No. 1 UConn women rout Nebraska 84-41 for the Huskies’ 86th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. The streak is the sec­ond long­est in NCAA women’s bas­ket­ball his­tory be­hind the 90 straight UConn won from 2008-11.

• No. 15 Colorado was up­set 82-75 at home against Wyoming. It was the first loss for the Buffs (10-1), who were led by Kennedy Leonard’s 29 points. Liv Roberts led Wyoming (7-3) with 21 points and 11 re­bounds.

In a wild fourth quar­ter, Wyoming outscored CU 31-29.

Rapids open at home.

The Rapids will open the 2017 Ma­jor League Soc­cer sea­son at home against New Eng­land on March 4.

Min­nesota United will play its firstever game at Port­land on March 3 in the first match of the 2017 MLS sea­son, and At­lanta United will make its de­but two days later at home against the New York Red Bulls.


Notre Dame hired Mike Elko as its de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, hop­ing he can turn around a unit that strug­gled at the be­gin­ning of last sea­son and was blamed in part for a down year for the Fight­ing Ir­ish. Elko has spent the past three sea­sons as the de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Wake For­est af­ter two years at Bowling Green. … Bay­lor was fined $5,000 for NCAA foot­ball re­cruit­ing vi­o­la­tions, the lat­est blow for a pro­gram try­ing to pick up the pieces from a sex­ual as­sault scan­dal and strug­gles on the field. The NCAA an­nounced the pun­ish­ment af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that as­sis­tant foot­ball coaches vi­o­lated NCAA rules in spring 2015. The penal­ties were not se­vere, with the NCAA ac­cept­ing most of the school’s self-im­posed pun­ish­ments, in­clud­ing ban­ning two as­sis­tants from off-cam­pus re­cruit­ing for 12 weeks and game sus­pen­sions that have al­ready been served.

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