Big weekend in the County Senior Hurling Championship with the semi-finals to be decided.

first_imgBut Maher admits they haven’t run into them on the pitch that often but acknowledges they have a lot of quality players. He described Templederry Kenyons as the most impressive team of the campaign up to now.Throw-in at Semple Stadium is at two o’ clock this Sunday and you can hear live updates on Tipp FM. Thurles Sarsfields Chairman Michael Maher has been impressed with their opponents.They’ll face Templederry Kenyons in Thurles on Sunday. Sarsfields needed extra-time to edge past Nenagh Éire Óg in their quarter-final, while Templederry had less trouble disposing of Burgess.last_img read more

Banged-up Lakers find a way to win over lowly Phoenix Suns

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was that kind of game.So little was going right even before tipoff, as the Lakers had to play without LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, and the Suns were without DeAndre Ayton. The style of play — sloppy and undisciplined — was a sign of just how much star power was missing in action.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Without their two top scorers, the Lakers had to look further down the bench for help.The most unstoppable weapon was Brandon Ingram, who was 9 for 11 from the field for 22 points, driving to the rim against a soft Suns interior, without Ayton to help challenge. He added four assists in the effort. The only thing that slowed him down was his own propensity to foul: He played just 32 minutes, getting his fifth foul in the first minute of the fourth quarter.Recently elevated to the starting lineup, Ivica Zubac also looked like a star against an inferior opponent. The 7-footer found little resistance around the rim on his way to 24 points and 16 rebounds to go with four blocks to help lock down the paint.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was also consistent for the Laker on catch-and-shoot attempts, knocking down 24 points — many of which came on the end of Rajon Rondo’s 11 assists.It was the second straight game that Rondo had double-digit assists since he’s returned from 14 games out with a sprained ring finger. Walton seemed relieved to have at least one of his generals back on the floor.“It’s like playing with a good quarterback,” he said. “He knows how to lead you where you like to catch it, the type of zip to put on a pass. Those types of things, you get more comfortable. That’s why we’ve missed him so much this year.”The Lakers led by as much as 17 points. The Suns never led at all.There was a fourth-quarter stretch when the game was starting to look dicey, as the Suns crept to within six points. That was when Stephenson’s virtuouso night served the Lakers well: He had 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with 7 of 10 shooting.“I’ve told him before, he’s got the power to really affect the group both in a positive way and a negative way,” Walton said. “It’s how he uses that power, that energy, because he just has that personality.”It helped that the Lakers employed a blitz strategy on scoring maestro Devin Booker, who had to shoot 18 times to get his 21 points. But Walton said he was frustrated by ill-timed fouls, such as hand-checks and charges, that allowed the Suns to stay in the game. Phoenix was 27 for 32 from the line.But all in all, with as few bodies as they could wield, Walton thought the Lakers did well enough just to win, after a run of three straight losses. Any victory, even ugly, is a needed one as the Lakers trudged over the 50-game mark.“It’s tough to assess it but I think I love our mental toughness, having been able to kind of get through it,” Rondo said. “We’ve had some tough stretches but the season, it’s a long season. And if we can continue to try to go into the [All-Star break] with a little momentum and then come back after the break, we’ll be fine.” PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, goes up for a dunk as Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley, second from left, shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson, left, and forward Richaun Holmes, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, and forward Michael Beasley defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, right, shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Actors Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes, left, shoos as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, second from right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, second from left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, goes up for a dunk as Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, goes up for a dunk as Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – This brutal stretch of Lakers basketball in January can use some levity wherever it can be found.On Sunday night, Lance Stephenson’s fourth-quarter air guitar seemed to fit that bill.The moment he launched his third 3-pointer of the night, Stephenson ran down the sideline for his signature celebration, stopping to rip a solo for a few seconds. The Staples Center fans, who moments before had been relatively quiet while enduring a mud-slinging contest between two struggling teams, broke out in jovial applause.“Once you get the crowd going,” Stephenson said, “we are definitely unstoppable.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img But Stephenson was one of the Lakers (26-24) who kept a 116-102 victory from tumbling out of his team’s control on Sunday night. And he even helped make it worth watching — kind of.“We didn’t play the cleanest of games,” coach Luke Walton said. “But we found a way to win, and we needed a win.”The Lakers managed to win relatively comfortably (something that hasn’t happened often in the 16 games James has missed) against the Western Conference cellar-dwellers Suns, who they had clobbered twice before. There was more frustrating injury news in the game, as Josh Hart asked to be taken out during the second half while dealing with knee tendinitis — Walton said he expected Hart would not practice on Monday. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more