EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 3, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — I FEEL WARE’S PAIN

Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome compound fracture of lower right leg in the Cardinals’ Elite 8 victory over Duke.

Ware said he felt no pain immediately. He didn’t even know he was injured until he looked down at the leg and saw the coming out of the skin.

I also suffered a compound fracture sliding into home plate when I was 10-year-old playing baseball. I broke the tibia and fibula and one of the two bones cut through the skin.

Like Ware, I initially had no idea I was injured. The umpire told me to stay down on the ground and so I did what he said. When my mom, dad and sister rushed down from the stands, I looked at my leg and saw a big bump in my stirrup socks.

“Mom, can you get the baseball out of there,” I said.

“Chris, I don’t think that’s a baseball,” replied my mom, a nurse who knew exactly what happened.

I was on the field for about 10 minutes before the ambulance arrived and felt no pain at all. It wasn’t until I got into the ambulance that things began to hurt — a lot.

Good luck, Kevin Ware, on your recovery. I feel your pain .... literally.

FABULOUS FRESHMAN

Former North Andover lacrosse start Olivia Boudreau is off to a terrific start for Division 1 George Washington.

The freshman is fifth on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 3 assists for 13 points. She has taken the fifth most shots (21) on the team as well.

Boudreau was the CAL Large MVP last year when she netted 88 goals. She poured in 69 goals as a junior All-CAL selection.

VONLEH IN MCDONALD’S ALL-American GAME

Don’t forget that Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh will play in the McDonald’s All-American baseball game today at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Vonleh, who will play at Indiana, will be on the East Team.

GOLDEN BOYS

The San Francisco Giants will receive their World Series rings April 7 while wearing specially-designed jerseys from Majestic and caps from New Era embossed in gold.

The Giants will play the St. Louis Cardinals that day.

The official gold caps and jerseys will be available online at MLB.com.

TOPS ON TV

The Red Sox will play against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium today at 7:05 p.m. on NESN (channel 51). Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz, who allowed just two runs in 22.2 innings during spring training, will get the start against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.

The Celtics will play the Detroit Pistons at home today at 7:30 p.m. on CSNNE (channel 52). Boston has lost seven of its past nine games.

JAGR TO BOSTON

Future Hall of Famer and the newest member of the Boston Bruins, Jaromir Jagr, (14 goals, 12 assists this year) is considered one of the top playoff performers of all-time.

“A two-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh (1991 and 1992), Jagr ranks first among active players in Stanley Cup Playoff goals (78), assists (111), points (189), power play goals (24) and game-winning goals (16),” according to his NHL.com bio.

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