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PARIS -- Cristiano Ronaldo didnt make the same mistake twice.In a semifinal penalty shoot-out against Spain at the 2012 European Championship, Portugals star played no part.He was fifth in line to step up to the spot. But, by then, the match was already lost. Spain had won the shootout 4-2 and Ronaldo never even got to take his kick.Against Poland on Thursday, Ronaldo was first in line.The end result was a victory that sends Portugal to the semifinals for a fifth time.It will next play the winner of Belgiums match against Wales.Here are five things to know about Portugals quarterfinal win in Marseille.---PORTUGALS NEW STARWith three-time world player of the year Ronaldo nearer the end of his career than the beginning, the search was already on for Portugals next star.Look no further.At just 18, and making only his ninth appearance for the national side, Renato Sanches stole Ronaldos thunder in his first start at the European Championship.Sanches equalizer for Portugal that cancelled out Robert Lewandowskis early goal oozed quality and remarkable self-confidence for a player so young and inexperienced on such a big stage.Sanches both started the move and finished it. Running, full of attacking intent, headlong into the Polish box, he flicked the ball wide to the quick-thinking Nani, who tricked the Polish defense by heeling it straight back to Sanches.Caressing the ball onward with his right foot, Sanches set himself up for a left-footed thump. A touch off Grzegorz Krychowiak made an already tough job nigh impossible for Polish `keeper Lukasz Fabianski, who couldnt get fingers to the ball despite his dive.The goal wasnt Sanches only contribution. The attacking midfielder was all over the pitch. He harassed Polish players and selflessly tracked back -- unlike Ronaldo -- from his right wing to help out with defense and then get Portugal going forward again.Portugals youngest ever player to be called up for a major tournament, surpassing the mark previously held by Ronaldo, is now heading to Bayern Munich, which paid Benfica 35 million euros ($40 million) for him.Could be a bargain.---WHO STOLE THE REAL RONALDO?Before scoring Portugals first penalty in the 5-3 shootout win, Ronaldo had been just a shadow of his usual self.Swinging a left leg at what could have been a match-winning goal in the last minutes of normal time but then missing the ball entirely: Was that Ronaldo or some impostor?That failure to connect with a golden opportunity to break the deadlocked score of 1-1 wasnt Ronaldos only glitch.He squandered a first half chance, scuffing the ball wide. Through on goal again in the second half, he hit into the side netting.And he thumped a free kick from 35 meters out straight into the Polish wall.Had he scored in normal time, Ronaldo would have matched Michel Platinis tournament record of nine European Championship goals.Instead, the accumulated misses made him look human.---RONALDO SHOULD HAVE HAD A PENALTYFelix Brych has mounds of experience, having officiated World Cup, Champions League and other matches. But the German referee made a very debatable call in the first half, not awarding what looked like a penalty for Ronaldo.In the heart of the Polish defense, Michal Pazdan stuck to Ronaldo like a shadow. He got too close in the 30th minute, shoving Ronaldo in the back and to the ground as the Portuguese forward prepared to receive Nanis in-bound cross in a threatening position in the box.The Real Madrid stars penalty appeals fell on deaf ears. Ronaldo looked terribly aggrieved, and understandably so.---LIKE HIM, LOATHE HIM, BUT ALSO RESPECT HIMIn the tunnel before kick-off, Portuguese defender Pepe was all sweetness and light, high-fiving the kids who accompanied the players onto the pitch.But the whistle brought the fighter out of him.By far the most experienced player in the Portuguese back line, with more caps (76) than the three other defenders -- Jose Fonte (14); Cedric (13) and Eliseu (18) -- combined, Pepe provided leadership and stability at the back.Few players divide opinion quite like the Real Madrid defender, notorious for his gamesmanship.But he was on his best behavior against Poland.He got a leg to a dangerous first-half shot from Arkadiusz Milik, diverting it away.He used his body to thwart Krychowiak as the midfielder made a scorching second-half run for the Portuguese area.Most important, his cool head and instructions to other players helped the team recover after Lewandowski scored the second-fastest goal in tournament history, just 100 seconds into the match.---PORTUGALS WEAK LINK:Poland quickly found a soft spot in Portugals defense, and exploited it ruthlessly.At 24, Cedric Soares was the youngest player in the Portuguese back four and the defender with the least national team experience.Polish winger Kamil Grosicki targeted the right-back with his first foray into Portugals half, collecting a pass from Lewandowski and then using his superior speed to overhaul the Southampton defender, who just -- but only just -- managed to get a foot to the ball and kick away the danger.It was an early warning for what happened seconds later: A long Polish pass bounced in front of Cedric and straight over his head to Grosicki, who was lurking behind him and then tore away downfield to center a cross to Lewandowski.The Bayern Munich striker scored with his first touch, right-footing the ball into the Portuguese netIt was Lewandowskis first goal in 645 minutes of European Championship football, since he scored against Greece in Polands first match of Euro 2012.----John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. 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OMAHA, Neb. -- November college basketball games typically dont mean much in the big picture of a season.As far as Greg McDermott was concerned, No. 22 Creightons 79-67 victory over No. 9 Wisconsin on Tuesday night meant a whole lot.You could argue it might be the best win weve had since Ive been here when you consider where were trying to get the program back to, where the Wisconsin program is today, and in the manner that we did it, the Bluejays seventh-year coach said.Khyri Thomas scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, breaking open a close game with a three-point play and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions, as the Bluejays beat a Wisconsin team reached the Sweet 16 and returned all five starters.Maurice Watson Jr. had 17 points and 10 assists and Marcus Foster added 15 points for the Bluejays (2-0).I think new can go super far, especially in conference play and in the (NCAA) Tournament, Thomas said. We have so many athletic guys.The game was part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games matching Big East and Big Ten teams the first week of the season.Coming in here, I knew it would be a heck of a challenge, Badgers coach Greg Gard said. Gregs got a very good team; hes kind of earmarked this year as being their year. Congratulate his team on playing very well. We showed at times some very uncharacteristic Wisconsin-like handlings of possessions where we got a little disheveled at times.Bronson Koenig scored 21 points and Nigel Hayes had 16 points to lead the Badgers (1-1). But Wisconsin made only 3 of 26 3-pointers after starting 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. The Badgers also committed 16 turnovers, 12 of them by starters.Nobody forces Wisconsin into 16 turnovers, nobody keeps Wisconsin off the free-throw line, McDermott said. For us to beat a veteran team like they are, that plays the right way, and the success theyve had in their careers, is really a feather in the cap for our team.Hayes, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, scored 11 points in the first 12 minutes and was held scoreless until there were 11 minutes left in the game.Thats whhen Creighton started its decisive run.ddddddddddddCole Huffs jumper from in front of the Creighton bench put the Bluejays up 52-50. After Toby Hegner hit a 3, Thomas stripped the ball from Koenig, drove for a layup and converted a three-point play. Happ missed on the other end, and then Thomas drilled a 3 to make it 63-52.BIG PICTUREWisconsin: Typical November game. The Badgers glut of turnovers and impatience on offense, especially in the first half, will provide plenty of fodder for film study. Weve got to be able to touch the post more and try to play more inside-out, Gard said.Creighton: The Bluejays have one of the best home-court advantages in the nation, and they were fueled by it.The Bluejays got out to a quick lead, never let the Badgers go on a big run and got big-time defensive performances from 7-foot redshirt freshman Justin Patton and the 6-8 Huff.POLL IMPLICATIONSCreighton will merit a promotion in the Top 25 if it goes unbeaten this weekend in a tournament in the Virgin Islands. Wisconsin probably will drop, but not much.THOMAS RISEThomas went from struggling through conference play last season to becoming a major contributor in the NIT, averaging 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in three games.All of a sudden, his frame of mind changed going into the offseason, McDermott said. His motivation was better, his confidence is in a different place, hes eager to get into the gym because he tasted a little success in postseason basketball. That has carried over.ANTHEM PROTESTHayes and Jordan Hill, as they did in Wisconsins exhibition game and opener, stood a couple feet behind teammates during the national anthem. Hayes has said he doesnt take a knee on the court because it would be painful, so he chooses to stand back.UP NEXTWisconsin hosts Chicago State on Thursday.Creighton plays Washington State on Friday at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.---More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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