first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jim Boeheim’s wife, Juli, has told the 43-year head coach that their son Buddy should play more. That’s what Syracuse’s head coach said on Wednesday night, adding that Juli reminds him every day. Buddy put his head down and laughed when he was told.“Oh no,” Buddy said before the question even finished. “I think that’s more the mom in her, not really the coach, but it’s always nice when you go out there and play well when you’re starting especially.”Buddy started for Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) on Wednesday in a 73-59 win over Pittsburgh (14-19, 3-15) in the ACC tournament. Tyus Battle missed the game with a bruised back, so for the first time since SU’s opening two games of the season, Buddy got the nod from the opening tip. He finished with a career-high 20 points, career-high six rebounds, career-high four assists and a personal 8-0 run that gave the Orange a second-half jolt.“He’s been well prepared to be able to step up in this kind of game,” Boeheim said.Early in the first half, the Panthers inbounded underneath their offensive basket but lobbed a pass out toward the 3-point arc. Buddy leapt for the interception, dribbled behind his back and converted a layup. He’s said all season he’s wanted to be more than a shooter, and it showed. Buddy’s second bucket of the first half came from deep on the right wing when he banked in a 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Orange went into halftime down six points. Buddy’s teammates encouraged him to take more shots, he said. So out of the locker room, again on the floor to start the half, he did.“Guys were telling me I needed to look more for my shot in the second half,” Buddy said. “And that’s what I did and they were finding me.”It started in the lane again, off a drive to his left that finished with a short righty floater. Then Buddy stepped into a 3 at the top of the key. Finally, the Buddy-only run culminated with a 3 from about five feet beyond the top of the arc. Syracuse led and wouldn’t trail again. Pittsburgh used a timeout. And Buddy walked calmly toward midcourt before pointing at his jersey and being surrounded by teammates who sprinted over to pound chests with him. “In practice, we make him scream, we make him react to shots and stuff,” Frank Howard said. “We make him show a little bit of emotion. He’s a competitor, regardless, he’s just not very vocal about it, and he’s young. That got me hype today. That kind of all turned us up.”Buddy assisted on 3s from Elijah Hughes and Howard soon after. The Orange broke the game open, and free throws down the stretch helped the freshman surpass his previous career-high of 16.After the game, Buddy sat at his locker speaking to reporters with an ice pack on his right hand. He’d hurt part of his thumb at some point in the first half, but he credited adrenaline for not allowing him to remember when. He wasn’t worried about it, though.“I shot better in the second half, so I don’t think it’s a big problem,” Buddy said. Buddy hadn’t started a game since the first two Syracuse played, back on Nov. 6 and 10. After a solid exhibition slate, he combined to shoot 2-of-18 in his first starts. When the Orange returned to fuller health, Buddy was relegated to a bench role that he thrived in when the calendar changed to 2019.But Wednesday, in the first postseason game of his career in the uniform he grew up dreaming to wear, Buddy was back in the starting lineup. He led his father’s team in scoring in a win that seemed far from certain with Battle out of the lineup.“When you can shoot the ball like that, that’s a big-time weapon, and it opens up so many other things in your game,” Pitt head coach Jeff Capel said.And when the final buzzer sounded, with the teams lining up for handshakes, Buddy found himself side-by-side with Battle. The Syracuse junior, who’s scored 20-plus points in 34 different games with the Orange, brought up that it was Buddy’s first time doing so. Then, the usual starter and the freshman that took his place Wednesday laughed.“I was like yeah, I almost missed it ‘cause I missed those free throws and I was a little worried,” Buddy said. “But I got it. Most important, we won that game, so that’s the biggest thing.” Published on March 14, 2019 at 1:17 am Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe chief of Germany’s football association (DFB) has revealed that one of the team’s triumphant players has damaged their World Cup trophy.Joachim Low’s men defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final after extra-time to win the inter-continental tournament for the fourth time in their history, following on from 1954, 1974 and 1990 victories.The Mannschaft were welcomed home from Brazil to jubilant scenes and toured Berlin with the trophy during midweek, however, they may have celebrated a little bit too hard as their World Cup trophy has been damaged by an unknown member of the Germany team.”At one point, a small piece of our World Cup trophy was chipped off,” DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach is quoted by Die Welt as saying. “But do not worry! We have specialists on the case who can fix it.”We have investigated persistently who it was that damaged the trophy, but the investigation was concluded without a result.”Luckily for Germany, the cup they have been given by Fifa is just a replica of the World Cup trophy they were presented with at the Maracana on July 13, which is estimated to be worth over €10 million. Fifa – it would seem wisely – tends not to trust football associations with the trophy after the original World Cup award, the Jules Rimet trophy, had a history of being a target for thieves before being stolen for good in 1983 from Brazil.last_img read more

first_imgLuis Suarez makes his return to football this weekend when he is expected to play for Barcelona against Real Madrid.El Clasico will see Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar take on Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema (Gareth Bale is injured).That is not the only derby taking place, though, as Greek sides Olympiakos and Panathinaikos go head-to-head, so talkSPORT looks at five of football’s craziest derbies, ranked by the arrow to see the top five. 1. Fenerbahce v Galatasaray: Turkey (Intercontinental Derby) – The recent encounter, known as the K?talararas? Derbi, between the two, won by Galatasaray 2-1, saw Gala fans recreate Graeme Souness’ iconic 1996 celebration (picture from @GalatasaraySK). The Scot, then manager, provoked the opposition when he planted a flag into the Fenerbahce pitch after a Turkish Cup final win – fuming was not the word… 3. Celtic v Rangers: Scotland (The Old Firm) – Police in Glasgow may be missing out on valuable overtime after Rangers were booted out of the top flight in 2012, but their health is presumably much better. The back pages are usually dominated for days leading up to this highly anticipated clash. 6 5. Flamengo v Fluminense: Brazil (Fla-Flu), Red Star Belgrade v Partizan Belgrade: Serbia (Eternal Derby), Roma v Lazio: Italy (Il Derby Capitolino) – In Brazil, Flamengo’s football team was created in 1911 after nine players from Fluminense broke away to form a rival side in Rio, while in Belgrade, Red Star and Partizan contest what is known in Serbia as Veciti Derbi – Eternal Derby. The fixture between Roma and Lazio in Italy is well known for the chaos that can follow when the two sides meet in the capital. 2. Boca Juniors v River Plate: Argentina (El Superclasico) – Both clubs were actually formed in La Boca in Buenos Aires, but River left in the late 1930s and set up in the money bags area of Nunez (hence the Los Millonarios nickname) while Boca stayed put. Head to either stadium and it is a see of colour – blue and yellow for Boca Juniors and red and white for River Plate. 6 6 6 6 4. Olympiakos v Panathinaikos: Greece (Derby of Eternal Enemies) – Traditionally Olympiakos represented the working class and Panathinaikos the upper class in Athens. Once the petrol bombs have been dealt with (first image) the local police will tell you that they’re both as bad as each other. Even players aren’t safe… Click the arrow to see five of football’s craziest derbies – This weekend sees two big derby clashes as Real Madrid and Barcelona go head-to-head in Spain, while in Greece Olympiakos and Panathinaikos play out the ‘Derby of Eternal Enemies’. Two hate-filled fixtures, so talkSPORT looks at the world’s most highly-charged football matches. 6last_img read more