Tipperary duo to start for Munster.

first_imgCashel’s Paddy Butler lines out at 7 while Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan starts at 6.Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony miss out on selection through injuryMurray met with a specialist yesterday and is required to rehab a medial ligament knee injury for the next 6 weeks. The team in full is Felix Jones at full back with Keith Earls and Simon Zebo on the wings.Andrew Smith forms a centre partnership with Captain Dennis Hurley while Ian Keatley is paired with Duncan Williams in the half backs.Dave Kilcoyne, Eusebio Guinazu and BJ Botha are in the front row while  Billy Holland and Toulon bound Paul O’Connell are in the second row.Donnacha Ryan, Paddy Butler and CJ Stander form a formidable back row.The bench consists of Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Sean Dougall, Jack O’Donoghue, Cathal Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan and Ronan O’Mahony.The game kicks off at 6.30pmlast_img read more

Jordan Clarkson believes he will play in Lakers’ opener

first_imgWith a smile on his face, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson stood out on the practice court on Saturday without any noticeable signs that anything bothered him. That marked a stark contrast from when Clarkson reported feeling “a little sharp pain” in his right shoulder in the Lakers’ preseason finale against Golden State on Thursday. Then, Clarkson left midway through the second quarter before spending the rest of the evening wearing ice.Recalled Lakers coach Byron Scott: “We were scared to death after the game about him even missing the opener.”But after an MRI exam on Friday showed nothing more than soreness in his right shoulder, Clarkson practiced on Saturday and sounded optimistic about his health. Will Clarkson play when the Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at Staples Center?“I think so,” said Clarkson, though the Lakers will have a better idea early next week. Clarkson also revealed that he has two strained muscles behind his right shoulder. But Clarkson contended that the level of pain from Friday to Saturday dropped from five or six to three or two on a scale of one to 10. “I feel like that will be gone Monday or Tuesday as long as I keep getting treatment and keep working,” Clarkson said. “I’ll be all right.”Swift changesAmid persistent injuries and losing, Scott employed 16 different starting lineups during the 2014-15 season. Scott also rarely hesitated to make lineup changes if he became unhappy with a players’ performance. Will he do the same in the 2015-16 campaign?“If somebody is not getting the job done, it’s just like last year to a certain extent,” Scott said. “If I don’t see the productivity on both ends of the floor, I won’t have a problem or hesitate to make changes.”Deadline loomingThe Lakers have until Monday to trim their 16-player roster at least down to 15. The Lakers will likely have to choose from retaining Metta World Peace or Jabari Brown. The pros and cons on keeping each player vary. The 35-year-old World Peace is two years removed from the NBA, but he could bolster the Lakers’ with his defense and mentorship. The 22-year-old Brown has upside and can score, but the Lakers have a bloated backcourt. Said Scott: “Either way that goes will be a tough one. But I have to do it.” • HEISLER: Jim Buss sticks head up, gets pie to faceIt appeared likely Clarkson would at least sit out of Saturday’s practice after the Lakers said they planned to treat him “conservatively.” So did Scott until Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told him otherwise.“Gary told me today he wanted to see where he was and if he can shoot the ball,” Scott said. “My first thought is, ‘He’s not doing anything today.’ But Gary said, ‘No I think he’s fine. Let him out there and see what he can do. That’s what we did.”Not entirely. Scott described the Lakers’ practice on Saturday as “real light,” consisting of nothing more than five-on-zero half-court drills. Scott reported Clarkson completing all drills at 50 percent pace. And Clarkson said he did not takes any shots, conceding that the injured shoulder affects when he’s “lifting up a little bit.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mary Kom, Jamuna Boro and Lovlina Borgohain all finish with Bronze while Manju Rani…

first_imgAdvertisement 7qrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3prb8eWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7lx7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) azrWould you ever consider trying this?😱9l1ejCan your students do this? 🌚9lvRoller skating! Powered by Firework The semi-finals of the Women’s World Boxing Championship are over and debutant Manju Rani (48kg) was the only Indian to reach the final, as six-time champion Mary Kom (51kg) along with Jamuna Boro (54kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) had to settle for bronze medals on Saturday. Manju, who defeated Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat 4-1 in the semi-final; will take on second-seed Ekaterina Paltceva of Russia in the title clash on Sunday.Advertisement India’s gold medal dream continues with Manju Rani, who put up a fantastic show against her opponent Raksat. The Haryanvi girl straightaway went for counter-attacks in the first two rounds, before changing gear to offensive mode in the final three minutes of the game.Advertisement Mary Kom, on her quest for the seventh title unfortunately lost 1-4 to Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu, the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. While Jamuna, had to suffer a 0-5 loss to the top seeded Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei. Lovlina, on the other hand, fought extremely well against China’s Yang Liu and was ultimately beaten 2-3 in a tough contest. Not to forget, this was her second successive third-place finish in the tournament.“I am very disappointed with the decision. I think I fought much better and did not deserve to lose but I will try to ensure that this setback helps me achieve bigger things,” Mary Kom said after her bout.Advertisement But even after this loss, the 36-year-old had a wonderful campaign and won her first world medal in the 51kg category adding to her long list of accomplishments.Jamuna Boro, fought all her heart out but her much taller rival took the height advantage and struck some heavy blows on the Indian.“I am happy with the bronze but I think I could have done better. Obviously I made mistakes, that’s why I lost. I will go back and make sure those mistakes are not repeated and I do better next time,” Boro said.Lovlina Borgohain however, fought really hard against a wily Yang Liu. The Assamese pugilist did well in counter-attacks but Liu took the upper-hand with her more forcefully-struck punches. Advertisementlast_img read more