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Buddy Boeheim acquires dad return to Sweet 16 as Syracuse tops WVU

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Mate Boeheim continued shooting, carrying his Hall of Fame father and eleventh seeded Syracuse back into the Sweet 16.

The Orange, a top program for forty years under Jim Boeheim, indeed showed they’re similarly pretty much as dangerous as a NCAA Tournament afterthought.

“To win two games and be doubted in both, the underdog, this means everything,” Buddy Boeheim said. “If you were to ask me a month or two months ago where I think we would be, I don’t think I would say Sweet 16, that’s for sure.”

“Buckets” Boeheim scored 22 of his 25 points after halftime to lead the Orange past third-cultivated West Virginia 75-72 on Sunday. Syracuse (18-9) progressed to confront second-cultivated Houston in a Midwest Regional elimination round.

The Orange were an air bubble group this year, a natural spot of late. They won their last two normal season games and once in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to sneak into the field.

Presently they’re making a beeline for Jim Boeheim’s twentieth Sweet 16, on account of his 6-foot-6, sweet-shooting child.

“I mean, he’s just been playing great,” Jim said. “He’s been putting the ball on the floor and getting his own shot. Teammates have been looking for him.

“He had some really good looks today. He was 6 for 13 (on 3-pointers). I’m surprised he wasn’t 10 for 13, really, the way he’s been shooting it. And I know he was disappointed in himself at halftime, but he showed kind of what he’s made of.”

The Orange moved on to the detriment of another instructing legend, Bob Huggins, in the second March Madness meeting between mentors with at any rate 900 Division I triumphs. Huggins won No. 900 when West Virginia beat Morehead State in the first round on Friday. Boeheim got his 982nd to Huggins’ expense.

Mate Boeheim made two straight 3s soon after halftime. His jumper and 3 on back to back belongings put Syracuse ahead 63-59 with 4:55 left, and he helped set the game aside with three late free throws.

After his peaceful first half, Boeheim got a motivational speech from previous Orange sharpshooter Gerry McNamara, who won the 2003 public title as Carmelo Anthony’s partner and is presently one of Jim Boeheim’s assistants.

“G-Mac just came up to me at halftime and said, ‘Keep going. I don’t care if you miss 200. Just keep shooting,’” Boeheim said. “I just said, all right, if I get clean looks, I’m going to have to take them and I’m going to start making them.”

Sean McNeil scored 23 points to lead the Mountaineers (19-10), who last made the Sweet 16 out of 2018. That was the fifth time West Virginia got that far under Huggins, who additionally made the local semis multiple times with Cincinnati.

WVU trailed 74-72 with 4 seconds left before Boeheim was fouled at midcourt on an inbounds pass. He made one free toss and missed the second, yet Miles McBride went subsequent to snatching the rebound.

The Mountaineers burrowed an early hole and briefly started to lead the pack back in the subsequent half. Yet, Boeheim continued replying with big cheeses.

“They shot it extremely well,” Huggins said. “It seemed like everything they shot went in, and they shot from deep. We wanted to make them bounce it and we let them get too many step-in shots.”

Joe Girard scored each of the 12 of his focuses before halftime, steadying the Orange while Boeheim battled. Quincy Guerrier and Marek Dolezaj additionally scored 12 each for Syracuse.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: The Orange are the air pocket group no one needs to play. They have progressed to the Sweet 16 each time they’ve been given a twofold digit cultivating, arriving at the Final Four as a 10 out of 2016 and the Sweet 16 as a 11 of every 2018. That later run finished when Jim Boeheim’s pack lost to Duke and Mike Krzyzewski, the lone past competition game between 900-win mentors. Syracuse lost in the first cycle two years prior when Buddy Boeheim was a freshman role player.

West Virginia: Like numerous Syracuse adversaries, the Mountaineers battled against the 2-3 zone with helpless shooting (37.1%) and turnovers (14). They refocused, yet couldn’t overcome the challenge.

Enormous NUMBERS

Mate Boeheim has 55 points so far in the tournament. Just Gary Clark (60 out of 1957) and McNamara (56 of every 2004) scored more in Syracuse’s initial two tourney games.

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract

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Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season

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Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons

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The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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