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A below-par Saracens stepped up in the second half to beat Premiership rivals Northampton 29-20 in their European Champions Cup quarter-final on Saturday. Saracens extended their unbeaten record in the Champions Cup but were guilty of indiscipline and careless mistakes allowing Northampton to take a 10-6 lead into the break.Saracens had romped through the group stage with six wins,claiming a try-scoring bonus point in all but one of them, and were firm favourites against an injury-ridden Northampton side. It took a 69th minute try from Chris Ashton to push a team parading six of Englands Grand Slam winners clear, the wing switching on the afterburners and picking a clever line to cross in the corner. Billy Vunipola on the charge for Saracens Ashtons try lifted his tally since completing a 10-week ban for making contact with the eye area of Ulsters Luke Marshall to three in two games.On the other wing, Chris Wyles plundered a late opportunist try to assure victory, while Owen Farrell finished with a 19-point haul that saw him complete every shot at goal.The result has set up an all-Premiership semi-final against Wasps, who were last-gasp winners over Exeter earlier in the afternoon, at the Madejski Stadium on April 23.Northampton were squeezed into submission during the final quarter, but the fact they had pushed the tournament favourites so hard was an achievement in itself given their injury crisis.Eight front line players numbering 207 caps - among them Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood and George North - had been lost to the treatment room yet they were magnificent with backs-rows Teimana Harrison and Ben Nutley outstanding. Teimana Harrison of Northampton breaks with the ball against Saracens For all their injury problems, it was Northampton who left 11 points begging during an impressive start that saw the sin-binning of Saracens openside Will Fraser for a late tackle on Ben Foden.Stephen Myler pushed two simple penalties wide of the uprights before wing Jamie Elliott blundered by dropping the ball over the line when all he had to do was touch down. In the same move, Nutley failed to put Kahn Fotualii through an obvious hole.The try eventually came in the 16th minute, however, when Harrison easily rounded opposite number Billy Vunipola, broke down the right touchline before feeding Ken Pisi for the try. Maro Itoje picked up the man of the match award as Saracens beat Northampton Farrell replied with a penalty but Northampton remained in control with a mazy run from Elliott launching an attack that finished when Myler steered the ball between the posts.Billy Vunipola ran over Harrison from a scrum and Petrus Du Plessis blasted a hole as the favourites made a bulldozing start to the second half, but Taylors try was ruled out after Fraser had blocked Luther Burrell.With a strong wind at their backs, Saracens were happy to kick down field but Northamptons mix of intelligence and determination kept them in the hunt against the odds.Myler and Farrell swapped penalties to leave Saints 13-12 ahead before Courtney Lawes flattened England team-mate Farrell as a nerve-shredding final quarter counted down.It was Saracens who found the extra gear when it was needed, creating the gap for Ashton to dash over before Wyles brought a sense of relief to Allianz Park. Lawes late try ensured the scoreline was kinder to Saints. Air Force 1 Green Fake . Louis, MO (SportsNetwork. Air Force 1 Black Sale . Englands only win in the four most recent trips north had been tight, and Scotland was expected after losing 28-6 to Ireland six days ago to show some venom against its archrival. http://www.airforce1storesale.com/fake-a...utlet.html. - A week after a late-game debacle on defence, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed they can finish. Air Force 1 Off White Fake . -- DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 16 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings snap a seven-game losing streak by defeating the Chicago Bulls 99-70 on Monday night. Air Force 1 Womens On Sale . -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line over the past eight seasons.Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Harrison scored 15 points and No. 1 Kentucky stayed unbeaten with a relatively restrained 69-53 win over Missouri on Thursday. The Wildcats (20-0, 7-0 SEC) made only two 3-pointers, blocked just one shot and recorded a mere eight assists. Still, they trailed for just 59 seconds, in part because of their 27-13 free throw advantage, but largely from their seemingly impenetrable defense, which forced 15 turnovers. Aaron Harrison scored 11 points, Devin Booker added nine, and Dakari Johnson chipped in eight points and seven rebounds for the victors. Kentucky is off to its first 20-0 start under John Calipari and sent Missouri (7-13, 1-6) to its first six-game losing streak since the 2005-06 season. Wes Clark led the Tigers with 19 points, while Johnathan Williams III added 10 points in a losing cause. These teams met in Lexington two weeks ago, and Missouri was on the losing end of an embarrassing 86-37 final score. When Kentucky scored the first six points in the opening 90 seconds Thursday, there was palpable tension in the crowd hoping their Tigers could at least keep it respecctable.dddddddddddd That concern waned when Williams drained a 3-pointer, and visions of an upset ensued after Clark hit consecutive 3s to give Missouri a 13-12 lead. The Wildcats quieted things by scoring 12 of the final 16 points of the first half, but the Tigers were still within a manageable 34-25 at the break. After making 54.2 percent of their shots in the first half, the Wildcats were held without a field goal for nearly five minutes after the break. They did, however, attack the basket and force multiple fouls to quickly earn their way into the bonus. Missouri was within six before Andrew Harrison scored seven straight points -- five from the foul line -- to give Kentucky a 45-35 cushion. The closest it got from there was 11. Game Notes Kentucky has won all eight meetings vs. Missouri ... Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein was held scoreless until making a layup with under three minutes to play ... The Wildcats bench outscored Missouris reserves 30-15 ... Kentucky hosts Alabama on Saturday ... Missouri ends its three-game homestand Saturday against Ole Miss. ' ' '
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