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Daily Noontime – December 8, 2011

The Boston Bruins will look to rebound on Thursday against Florida! (Photo Credit: Sports of Boston)

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into another edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines, news and more to kick-start your day!

Headlines: 

* Despite losing their first game since October, the Boston Bruins are hopeful they’ll get back to their winning ways on Thursday when they host the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden.

* Due to injuries, the Chicago Bears will be forced to use Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

* On Wednesday, former Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle inked his name on a Florida Marlins contract, which is worth $58 million for four-years.

* Here’s an interesting article from the Detroit Free Press — Should the MLB change their dress code for the media? Thoughts? Suggestions?

* According to multiple reports — the Big East will add Boise State and four other schools to join their conference for the football season.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* No. 24 Harvard at No. 9 UConn (NCAA Basketball) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Tampa Bay at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Vancouver at Montreal (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

With the NBA camps set to open on Friday, here’s a video that’ll get you ready for the upcoming season! 

#1 Syracuse Scores 8-Goals in the Fourth, Beat Providence, 13-3

By Matt Noonan

FOXBOROUGH, MA – During the months of March and April, Gillette Stadium is usually the home to the New England Revolution (MLS), but on an overcast Saturday afternoon in April, it was instead the backyard to the New England Lacrosse Classic.

Four schools from the northeast, which included Syracuse, Providence, Dartmouth and Princeton all gathered to showcase their skills, but also play lacrosse in front of 5,316 fans and game one featured a Big East clash that resulted in another win for the best team in the nation, the Orangemen, as they defeated the Friars, 13-3.

“We knew were going to get that [win],” said Syracuse University head coach John Desko.

“In a low scoring game, I don’t think people expected that, but I thought the environment was great,” said Providence College head coach Chris Burdick.

“I thought our kids responded to the environment very well because you’ve got to look at it from our point of view, teaching and growing the program. Our freshmen just got exposed to a Final Four environment, so that’s the goal for us to end up at that level eventually.”

The Friars scored first when Sean Wright set up Steve Lydon, which resulted in a 1-0 lead for Providence, but the excitement didn’t last long, as Syracuse responded nearly three minutes later when Bobby Eilers recorded his first of three goals.

Providence recorded two more goals during the first quarter, thanks to Evan Helda and Wright, but those would be the only scores the Friars would register for the day. Syracuse eventually tied the score after the first quarter and then added one goal in the second and another in the third, before tallying eight in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t want to come out in the second half and do stupid things and let them get a goal or two,” said Dasko. “We changed our offense in the fourth quarter and fortunately broke free in the fourth quarter for a bunch of goals.”

Syracuse literally scored on every offensive possession in the fourth quarter, as Jeremy Thompson, Stephen Keogh, Joel White, Derek Maltz, Pete Coleman, Steve Ianzito and Eilers all recorded goals. Also, the Orange completely outshot the Friars, 40-12.    

“It’s exciting playing at a NFL stadium with that kind of crowd. I love getting up for

the big crowd,” Syracuse attack Stephen Keogh said after his team’s win.

“I just want to do anything I can for the team. If it’s scoring big goals like that I’m fine with that, but we have so many other players that can step up with that. Fortunately it’s been me so far, but it’s not always going to be me, other people stepping up and just as long as we get the win that’s all that matters to me.”

Obviously, the Friars coaches and players were rattled during the electrifying fourth quarter, but this game was certainly a confident booster, especially for an up and coming college lacrosse program.

“We can play with them,” said Providence midfielder Steve Lydon. “We showed that we could stay with them for three quarters. Unfortunately we couldn’t finish them off, [but] we were confident going in, we weren’t going to back down from it also that’s what we had and we just couldn’t fall through.”

The Orangemen maybe indeed the best lacrosse school in the country, but after a game like today, they certainly know they are indeed vulnerable and can be beaten. Whether Providence’s three quarters scared Syracuse is unknown, but again, after a game like this one, Providence should certainly hold their heads high because theire efforts did not go unnoticed.

“Right now, I think the guys responded and played up to the level and up to the environment and I’m proud of them for [their effort],” said Burdick.

NCAA March Madness Day Seven Wrap Up

Walker and Lamb have been an important tandem, which has helped guide the Huskies to the Final Four!

By Andy Lindberg

Mr. Sheen, today there were NCAA basketball games on TV, did you watch any?

“Uh, duh.”

What were the results of those games?

”Winning!”

Note to the reader, Charlie Sheen was not at all interviewed by me for this recap, but if he was, that’s probably how it would have gone. As a tribute, I’ll be quoting Sheen and his “bi-winning” insanity throughout this article.

Butler’s Shelvin Mack was tired of pretending like he wasn’t a total frickin’ rock star from Mars with his 27 points in a win over Florida.  That’s the stat of the day, wee children.

It’s probably safe to say that Mr. Mack was in beast mode.  The game went to overtime as 8th seeded Butler Bulldogs continued it’s rambling plethora of upsets so far in the tournament.  They’re not ranked low enough to call them giant-killers by any means, but they’re most assuredly connoisseurs of the upset.  I mean, c’mon, bro; they’ve got tiger blood.

Someone needs to unplug Kemba Walker’s brain because dude, can’t handle it.  Does that make sense?  Not really, but a good Sheen-ism rarely does.  UCONN was bangin’ seven-gram rocks on Arizona, because that’s how they roll.  With 1 seed Ohio State out of the picture, one wonders if this UCONN team is trying to mack on a championship again.  They’ve been unstoppable since the Big East tourney.

Guard Jeremy Lamb had 19 points off the bench for the Huskies and Walker wasn’t aggressive, he was dominant with 20.  Apparently UCONN loves to party, but what’s not to love?  Arizona made a valiant attempt at a comeback––(I love how we as “sportswriters” must resort consistently to the most archaic and regal phrases to convey anything in sports)––but the attempt fell short is it just feels like it’s UCONN’s year to a certain extent.  Kemba needs a time-out from his goddesses and he’s on a drug, it’s called Charlie Sheen.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, the winner (winning!) of UNC and Kentucky will face UCONN in the Final Four.  Also on deck, Kansas tries to become the only #1 seed to be a warlock and do its job against 11th ranked VCU on their way to, in all likelihood, lose to Butler.  Seriously now, Butler’s an F-18, bro.  And they will destroy teams in the air.  They will deploy their ordinance to the ground as well.

For those of you who were wondering, last week’s matchup between Wile E. Coyote and The Roadrunner did not go in Coyote’s favor.  It never does.  The Roadrunner’s an F-18, bro.

Count the Sheen-isms!

Don’t Count Out UConn

Jim Calhoun's squad has been rather impressive thus far, but do they have what it takes to win?

By Brian Willwerth

At first glance, it may not seem all that surprising that the Connecticut Huskies are back in the Elite Eight for the tenth time in school history.

UConn has been ranked for much of the season.  The Huskies have a candidate for national player of the year, not to mention a hall of fame coach.  They have a history of coming through in big games.

But until now, all has not been rosy in Storrs during the 2010-11 campaign.

Flash back to earlier this year.  The NCAA came down hard on Jim Calhoun, citing the head coach’s failure to create an atmosphere of compliance within the program.  As a result, he will serve a three-game suspension at the start of conference play next year.  UConn has also been placed on three years’ probation, but is not banned from appearing in the postseason.

The sanctions coincided with the team’s struggles down the stretch.  The Huskies lost four of their last five regular-season games, and seven of eleven overall.  That’s not exactly confidence-inspiring basketball to a legion of fans in a state where college basketball is king.  The Huskies were the #9 seed entering the Big East Tournament.

That’s where everything changed.  UConn went on to win the conference tournament, winning five games in five days.  The Huskies earned the #3 seed in the West Regional.  A lot of the pundits wondered, would they be tired after playing five spirited games in a row at Madison Square Garden?

Answer:  no way.

They started their tourney journey in Washington, D.C., knocking off Bucknell and Big East foe Cincinnati.  They stayed alive by knocking off #2 seed San Diego State Thursday night in front of a pro-Aztec crowd in Anaheim.

To study UConn’s success, you don’t have to look much further than Kemba Walker, who has practically single-handedly put his team on his back during the current eight-game winning streak.  He’s scored 33 and 36 points, respectively, in the last two NCAA games.  He has made one big shot after another; who could forget his buzzer-beating jumper against Pittsburgh in the Big East quarterfinals?

And so here are the Huskies, on the brink of their fourth trip to the Final Four.  The West Regional suits them just fine.  That’s the regional they came out of each of the three previous times.

In 1999 and 2004, they won the national championship.  The only standing in their way is an equally-hot Arizona team.  Don’t think for a moment the Wildcats didn’t raise a few eyebrows with their second half performance against Duke.  They emphatically made sure the Blue Devils would not repeat as national champions.

UConn is red-hot right now.  And in a tournament where two of the #1 seeds have fallen, the Huskies have as good a chance as anyone to cut down the nets in Houston.

Don't Count Out UConn

Jim Calhoun's squad has been rather impressive thus far, but do they have what it takes to win?

By Brian Willwerth

At first glance, it may not seem all that surprising that the Connecticut Huskies are back in the Elite Eight for the tenth time in school history.

UConn has been ranked for much of the season.  The Huskies have a candidate for national player of the year, not to mention a hall of fame coach.  They have a history of coming through in big games.

But until now, all has not been rosy in Storrs during the 2010-11 campaign.

Flash back to earlier this year.  The NCAA came down hard on Jim Calhoun, citing the head coach’s failure to create an atmosphere of compliance within the program.  As a result, he will serve a three-game suspension at the start of conference play next year.  UConn has also been placed on three years’ probation, but is not banned from appearing in the postseason.

The sanctions coincided with the team’s struggles down the stretch.  The Huskies lost four of their last five regular-season games, and seven of eleven overall.  That’s not exactly confidence-inspiring basketball to a legion of fans in a state where college basketball is king.  The Huskies were the #9 seed entering the Big East Tournament.

That’s where everything changed.  UConn went on to win the conference tournament, winning five games in five days.  The Huskies earned the #3 seed in the West Regional.  A lot of the pundits wondered, would they be tired after playing five spirited games in a row at Madison Square Garden?

Answer:  no way.

They started their tourney journey in Washington, D.C., knocking off Bucknell and Big East foe Cincinnati.  They stayed alive by knocking off #2 seed San Diego State Thursday night in front of a pro-Aztec crowd in Anaheim.

To study UConn’s success, you don’t have to look much further than Kemba Walker, who has practically single-handedly put his team on his back during the current eight-game winning streak.  He’s scored 33 and 36 points, respectively, in the last two NCAA games.  He has made one big shot after another; who could forget his buzzer-beating jumper against Pittsburgh in the Big East quarterfinals?

And so here are the Huskies, on the brink of their fourth trip to the Final Four.  The West Regional suits them just fine.  That’s the regional they came out of each of the three previous times.

In 1999 and 2004, they won the national championship.  The only standing in their way is an equally-hot Arizona team.  Don’t think for a moment the Wildcats didn’t raise a few eyebrows with their second half performance against Duke.  They emphatically made sure the Blue Devils would not repeat as national champions.

UConn is red-hot right now.  And in a tournament where two of the #1 seeds have fallen, the Huskies have as good a chance as anyone to cut down the nets in Houston.