Beat writers expect Duke to beat Syracuse by double-digits

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) set up a third meeting this season with Duke (26-5, 14-4) by beating Pittsburgh on Wednesday, 73-59. The Blue Devils had a double bye to the ACC tournament quarterfinals. It’ll be the rubber match between two teams that beat each other on the road this season.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen.Billy Heyen (24-8)Dancing with the DevilsDuke 80, Syracuse 61Tyus Battle, per Jim Boeheim, is “probably two or three days” from being ready to play. Syracuse has no reason to risk him against Duke in a game that means a lot more to fans than to NCAA Tournament implications. Without Battle, there’s not enough firepower for the Orange to keep up with Duke’s four freshmen for 40 minutes. SU will get some rest ahead of Selection Sunday with Wednesday’s win keeping them safely in the field. Charlie DiSturco (23-9)The big 4Duke 82, Syracuse 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet another showdown between Syracuse and Duke this season. Unlike the other two times, the Blue Devils will start their death lineup that includes Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Tre Jones and Cam Reddish. I thought this same prediction earlier in the year before Reddish’s sickness and Jones’ injury mid-game, and I think the same will hold true. Duke is just too good for SU, especially with Tyus Battle battling injury. Matthew Gutierrez (19-13)Duke dominanceDuke 75, Syracuse 62It’s hard to envision scenarios in which Syracuse comes out on top Thursday. The only way would be a lights-out shooting display. Otherwise, even a few big games from individual players probably won’t be enough against a national title contender in the Blue Devils at full strength. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 14, 2019 at 10:49 amlast_img read more

SPAIN: Del Bosque controversially selects Casillas ahead of De Gea

first_imgSpain boss Vicente del Bosque once again kept faith with captain Iker Casillas in goal ahead of rising star David de Gea for his side’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine on Friday.De Gea has been in sensational form for Manchester United this season, while Casillas has come under increasing pressure at Real Madrid due to high-profile errors against Atletico Madrid and Schalke in recent months.There is widespread speculation that De Gea could even replace Casillas at Madrid next season with his contract at United due to expire in 2016 and talks over a new deal having stalled.Casillas was also one of the main culprits in the European champions’ feeble defence of the World Cup last year, but Del Bosque has persisted with his reputation for being loyal to his established stars.However, Juventus striker Alvaro Morata is handed a first start in a competitive international in the absence of injured Chelsea front man Diego Costa.Spain and Ukraine are locked on nine points apiece in Group C, three points behind leaders Slovakia, with two sides qualifying automatically for the championships in France next year. –last_img read more

Young BIH Basketball Players Against Georgia

first_imgThe male basketball team of BIH will play against Georgia tonight in the first game of the quarterfinals of the European Championship of the B Division for players until 16 years of age, which is being held in Sarajevo.In the second round, the BIH team placed in the quarterfinal group and are on track for the European A-division.The first game of the quarterfinals will take place tonight t 18:30 against Georgia in the Cultural-Sports Center Ilidža, and on Thursday at the same time they will play against the Czech Republic.In the quarterfinal group they will meet with the Czech Republic and Georgia, and Denmark with whom they played in the first round.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Amel Tuka: Colors of the National Flag do not deserve anything less than a Gold

first_img“I am not asking for a lot, but giving back several times more“, said the best BH athlete of all times, who won the first time in a race at 800 meters at the prestigious Diamond League in Monaco, when he charmed the audience around the world with his new personal record.The modest 24-year-old Amel Tuka is currently in Italy, preparing for the World Championship that will be held from 22nd to 30th August in Beijing. He will come to B&H for a very short time, probably on 9th August.What Tuka showed in Monaco, at the prestigious Diamond League, which gathers only the greatest world athletes, was praised by the biggest world media. With the time of 1:42.51 at 800 meters, Tuka charmed al lovers of athletics, and achieved the 10th result of all times in the world of athletics, broke his personal record, as well as the state record, which was not broken for a long time.He believes in a good result in Beijing at the end of the next month, as he believed in it during the competition in Monaco. As he said, colors of the flag of B&H, do not deserve anything than gold and he will give his best to reach it in China in around a month.(Source: read more