900 AND COUNTING: Boeheim becomes 3rd coach in Division-I history to reach milestone win total with Syracuse’s win over Detroit

first_imgHere was Jim Boeheim, striding out of the tunnel, onto the court bearing his name for his 1,204th game as Syracuse head coach: his 900th win. At 68 years old, dressed for the occasion in his blue shirt and orange tie, the Carrier Dome crowd praised his every move with a magnificent roar.Appearing a few steps behind Boeheim came Dave Bing, the Syracuse legend, former teammate of Boeheim and mayor of Detroit. As college roommates, the pair spent countless nights in their room, dreaming and discussing their career prospects.On a historic, momentous evening, Bing’s presence was both heartwarming and nerve-wracking for the head coach who never envisioned this future as a lanky freshman walk-on in 1962.“When I went into the locker room he was already sitting there,” Boeheim said. “So that was the first time I’ve been nervous, in I couldn’t tell you. In a long time, anyway.”As Syracuse leapt out to a 19-point halftime lead, those nerves subsided a little, but Detroit stormed back late, nearly spoiling a night of celebration. Michael Carter-Williams made 5-of-6 free throws in the last 30 seconds to preserve a 72-68 victory for the No. 3 Orange (10-0).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s 10th win of the season gave Boeheim his 900th all time, placing him alongside Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as the only coaches in Division-I men’s basketball history to cross the 900-win threshold, beginning a celebration of the man who built Syracuse’s program into its current form.The game, despite how tight it got late, was not the main event for the 17,902 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse legends like Bing and Roosevelt Bouie did not just show up for a random nonconference game in December. This night was about Boeheim.Bing spoke with Boeheim before the game, and they talked about their history and friendship. Bing traveled to Syracuse unbeknownst to Boeheim.“This was his 900th win and there’s no way, regardless of what’s going on in Detroit, that I wouldn’t be here,” Bing said.Fans were handed miniature, cardboard Boeheim heads on popsicle sticks with nine minutes remaining that read “Coach Jim Boeheim 900 wins” on the back. Most waved them back and forth at the final buzzer.Boeheim was presented with a commemorative plaque that held a Boeheim jersey with the No. 900, similar to the one he was presented a little more than three years ago after his 800th win, and was honored on the court alongside his family and team.Then the montage played on the Carrier Dome screens, featuring images from throughout Boeheim’s 36 seasons as head coach. Legendary coaches Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino offered congratulations, along with media notables like Mike Tirico and Dick Vitale.Boeheim coached and spoke as if the number did not mean much to him. It was just another game, another win. He coached with the same demeanor.The same actions: Stern face, hands on his hips, tucked inside his jacket. The only difference was the special attendees and postgame celebration.“Whether I’ve won 800 or 900 does not matter,” Boeheim said. “Whether I’ve won 800 or 700, the reason I won 900 is I stayed longer than I ever thought I would have.”Syracuse guard Brandon Triche grew up in nearby Jamesville. His uncle, Howard Triche, played for Boeheim. In watching the montage and reflecting on the moment, Triche said Boeheim means a lot to the community and many in the area look up to him.Of all Boeheim’s accomplishments that displayed on the video screen, Triche picked one out as most memorable.“The 2003 one, everybody going crazy, winning the national championship,” he said. “What was going through my head was, ‘Will I be able to get that chance, to hold up a national championship trophy?’”After the game, Boeheim reiterated that 900 wins, while a large number, is not meaningful to him. It just means he has been coaching for a very long time. He deflected credit for any of his wins to his players and the Syracuse community all evening.“I’ve had tremendous players for a long time and that’s how you win these things,” he said. “That’s how you win games, and you coach a long time you’re going to win a lot of games. It’s as simple as that. If you’re in a good place and I’m in a good place, I’ve always felt I was.”James Southerland, who led SU with 22 points Monday, watched the montage and celebration unfold next to assistant coach Adrian Autry. Southerland was a freshman when Boeheim won his 800th game, and asked his coach, “Where were you?” Autry came back by telling Southerland he was there for Boeheim’s 350th.From Bing, to Autry, to Southerland and the current Orange, Boeheim’s legend has lasted longer than either the coach or his college roommate imagined.“There were so many nights when we were roommates that we just sat up and talked and dreamed and had visions,” Bing said, “and I don’t think either of us ever thought that he was going to be the coach and win 900 games.“But here we are.” Comments Published on December 18, 2012 at 3:00 am Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Soccer to host two non-conference schools

first_imgThe No. 4 USC women’s soccer team looks to remain undefeated as it faces off against two non-conference opponents — Northern Arizona and Nebraska — this weekend. Maling took seven shots — including five shots on goal — in 80 minutes of play on Sunday and scored 2 of NAU’s 4 goals against Detroit Mercy in less than two minutes. She already has doubled her offensive production from last season in the first three games. McAlpine also said that along with slowing down Maling, the Trojan defense must hold up under the consistent high-pressure approach of the Lumberjacks. Given their track record this season, the Huskers will step on the pitch with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove, so the Trojans must remain ready. The Trojans should move the ball in McKeown’s direction if they want to be successful on Saturday. McKeown was named both the National Player of the Week and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for her performance last weekend. She was involved in every score against Florida State, scoring the first 2 goals and assisting on the game-winner. McKeown has now scored in every game this season and has already tied her 6-goal total from last season. While Northern Arizona is unranked, it might prove to be one of the Trojans’ toughest opponents yet. The Lumberjacks are coming in with a two-game win streak, a 2-0-1 overall record and last week’s Offensive Player of the Week junior forward Paige Maling. The Trojans will go on to face Nebraska Sunday with the hope of extending their winning streak to six games. Nebraska has gotten off to a sluggish start, especially in terms of scoring. The Huskers average less than a goal per game this season, while their opponents are scoring more than 2 goals per game. In their last two matches, Nebraska has struggled to score in the second half, resulting in a loss and a tie.  Although the Trojans beat one of the nation’s fiercest opponents in Florida State, McKeown says they will not rest easy in their preparation for Northern Arizona. Coming off a thrilling overtime win against defending champion Florida State, the team shows no signs of slowing down. Despite its impressive start to the season, though, junior forward Tara McKeown believes there is still room for her team to grow. “The key for us is the consistency in terms of our work rate and our aggression and in terms of how we compete,” McAlpine said. “If we start there then we allow our technical ability, our talent, our individual skills to show up on the field.” Head coach Keidane McAlpine said that containing Maling would be one of the most important factors in his team’s success on Friday. “What we try to do is to take away what they like to do [and] limit her touches, which will limit the crosses into the box,” McAlpine said. “If we’ve got the ball, they can’t score.” “I think that there is always something that we can work on and improve,” McKeown said. “During that [Florida] game, we focused a lot on getting our width and moving the ball … I think we executed that well.” “[Florida and Florida State] were really big wins for us so it’s good to have that in our back pocket,” McKeown said. “This whole week at practice we have just been focusing on doing the things that we have been doing well and continuing that into [the game against] NAU.” “Their style is very [much] push the ball forward, go, go, go, try to get high pressure, lots of pressure,” McAlpine said. Junior forward Tara McKeown is USC’s leading scorer in 2019, already totaling 6 goals through just four games. (Tal Volk / Daily Trojan) The Trojans will kick off against Northern Arizona 3 p.m. Friday before facing off against Nebraska noon Sunday. Both games will be at McAlister Field.last_img read more

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Antonio Conte sacked as manager of Chelsea, with Maurizio Sarri set to come in

first_img How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte.The Italian was informed of his departure on Thursday, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri set to replace him. ANTONIO CONTEDoB: 31/07/69Born: Lecce, ItalyTHE PLAYERLecce (1985-1991) Juventus (1991-2004) – Serie A (x5), Coppa Italia, Champions League, UEFA CupItaly (1994-2000) – 20 capsTHE MANAGERArezzo (2006-07)Bari (2007-09) – Serie B Atalanta (2009-10)Siena (2010-11)Juventus (2011-14) – Serie A (x3), Supercoppa Italiana (x2)Italy (2014-16)Chelsea (2016-18) – Premier League, FA Cup Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Conte returned to Chelsea’s training ground on Monday for the start of pre-season and has been putting the squad through their paces all this week.But he was summoned to a meeting on Thursday and told his services are no longer required.Former Napoli boss Sarri is expected to be appointed as his successor.Sarri led Napoli to a record points total last season as they finished a narrow second in Serie A behind champions Juventus.But he was replaced as manager of the Italian club by Carlo Ancelotti in May. Despite being axed by Napoli, Sarri remained under contract with the club and they have been seeking a compensation figure from Chelsea to allow him to join the Blues.Their president Aurelio de Laurentiis revealed on Wednesday that an agreement was close.“We are in the finishing line,” said De Laurentiis. “Now it depends on [Sarri] and Chelsea.“The Sarri affair is nearly at its conclusion, it all depends on him. My lawyers have submitted papers to his lawyers.”The agreement with Chelsea now looks to have been finalised, with Conte’s exit paving the way for Sarri to take over at Stamford Bridge. smart causal 3 Antonio Conte won two major trophies in his time at Stamford Bridge Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Maurizio Sarri left Napoli after three years in May 3 Conte was appointed as Chelsea manager in the summer of 2016, leaving his role as Italy head coach to take the job at Stamford Bridge.He enjoyed a hugely successful first season in English football, leading the London club to the Premier League title. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? possible standings 3 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Latest Premier League News CONTE FACTFILE NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ALTERED who plays? gameday How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence predicted possible xi Antonio Conte has left Chelsea after two years in charge However, the Blues mounted a miserable defence of their title last season, finishing fifth.They did end the 2017/18 campaign on a high by winning the FA Cup but there was intense speculation over Conte’s future throughout the campaign.The 48-year-old is understood to have angered the Chelsea hierarchy with critical comments about the club’s recruitment policy. Gianfranco Zola is being linked with a return to Chelsea as part of the backroom staff.Sarri is also set to be followed from Napoli by midfielder Jorginho.The Italy international was wanted by Manchester City but De Laurentiis claimed on Wednesday the 26-year-old would prefer to live in London and would be moving to Chelsea in a deal worth in excess of £50million.last_img read more

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