St Michael continue their unbeaten run

first_imgSt Michael’s FC continue their unbeaten run this season.They won their 14th game on the trot yesterday against Clodiagh Rangers in the FAI Junior Cup.They’re out again on Sunday against BT Harps in the fourth round of the competition at home. Photo © Pixabay Saints Manager James Chalky Walsh says it’s been a good start to the season…last_img

Lakers rookie Moe Wagner (knee) out all of preseason

first_imgIt’s going to be a while to get a look at the Lakers’ first-round pick over the summer.Moritz Wagner, the rookie 6-foot-11 forward from Michigan, is expected to miss all six preseason games with the knee contusion that’s affected him since Summer League, the team acknowledged Saturday afternoon. He’ll be reevaluated later in October.Only Lonzo Ball and Wagner are scheduled to miss the Lakers’ preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday evening in San Diego.Wagner has been sidelined for much of the first week of camp with the left knee injury that first ended his Summer League tenure early. Wagner played five games over the summer, averaging 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Lakers. Walton would play today … if he couldAs coach Luke Walton has talked extensively about positionless basketball the past few days, a question naturally arose: Would he have played well in the current era instead of the post-dominated early 2000s when he did?Walton said he thinks so, but joked he didn’t know whom he could guard.“I think that’s the way the game’s meant to be played,” he said. “I grew up watching the old Celtics and Lakers and the way they used to push it and pass it and their skills. I mean, granted, they had bigs, but Kevin McHale, Larry (Bird), James (Worthy), those guys were skilled bigs. I love the way it’s going.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Does that mean if Shaquille O’Neal – a former teammate of Walton’s – came along again , he wouldn’t fit in?“Every team would be panicking,” he said. “We’d all be trying to figure out what Scot Pollard we could sign to try to draw some offensive fouls.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNuggets scouting report from JamesIt might be LeBron James’ first season on a Western Conference team, but that doesn’t mean he’s unfamiliar with the competition in this half of the NBA.Asked by a reporter for a rundown of the Nuggets, James was pretty thorough:“For the most part, it starts with the Joker [Nikola Jokic] – he’s going to be the guy in the middle of the floor playmaking and all those guys moving around from Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap is a great playmaker as well, and then they bring in Will Barton and those guys off the bench.“So they play with a lot of high pace,” he added. “They move the ball. They share the ball. I know [coach] Mike Malone from my days back in Cleveland, so I know what he’s all about. So, there’s your scouting.”Several media outlets reported Harris, the second-leading scorer from last season, is questionable for Sunday’s game. James is expected to play limited minutes.last_img read more

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins could determine outcome of NBA Finals — for better or worse

first_imgMORE: Warriors players call out Raptors fans for “bulls—” behaviorCousins quickly made headlines after Golden State’s Game 5 victory for his comments about the smattering of fans who cheered when Durant went down with an Achilles injury. Cousins had a pointed response.”F— them.”Cousins doubled down and labeled the fans “trash.””We’re only idolized as superstar athletes, not human beings,” he said. “It’s always about what we can do between those lines.””Trash. So trash. Like I said, we’re only idolized as superstar athletes. Not human beings.”– DeMarcus Cousins on Raptors fans cheering after KD’s injury— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 11, 2019Most people stop reading after the F-bomb, but the back half of Cousins’ comments have more value. His attitude has been dissected throughout his career. If anybody could come close to the criticism Durant faces — and it’s still not close — then that player would be Cousins.Maybe that’s why Cousins responded the way he did between the lines in the aftermath of Durant’s injury. Cousins checked in with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter after Durant was helped off the floor. He scored seven straight points with a pair of layups and a 3-pointer and grabbed two rebounds. That burst allowed Golden State to build a 46-35 lead it held until the 5:13 mark of the fourth quarter.Cousins’ contribution to the game was crucial considering he’s missed most of the playoffs with a quad injury. He played for nearly 20 minutes and finished with 14 points (6-of-8 shooting) and six rebounds. In Golden State’s two wins, he has averaged 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds. In the three losses, he is down at 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.Cousins is a 20-10 player for his career, but it’s unrealistic to expect that kind of production now. If he can be close to a double-double guy and play a little more than 20 minutes per game, then the Warriors will have a chance to be the second team to come back from a 3-1 deficit.With Cousins, you never know. He was involved in three key plays in the final two minutes. Cousins was called for offensive goaltending on a Stephen Curry miss with 1:59 that could have gone either way. He also triggered a defensive goaltending call on Kyle Lowry (it was) and got caught on an illegal screen (it was) that set up Toronto for a potential game-winning shot.Chances are Golden State will need Cousins on the floor in these same critical situations in Game 6.Replay Review (Foster): whether call of offensive basket interference was correct in Q4 of #GSWatTOR. Ruling: Confirmed, offensive basket interference (ball was partially inside the cylinder).— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) June 11, 2019That’s the chance they will have to take, and it circles back to those comments.”F— them.”Cousins is talking about Toronto fans, but it might as well be everybody who wants the Warriors’ reign at the top of the NBA to end. For those who thought this series was over when Durant went down, Golden State had something to say about that. Cousins had even more to say afterward.This is exactly the kind of against-the-world attitude Golden State needs to have for the rest of the series without Durant and perhaps Kevon Looney, who exited Game 5 with a chest injury. Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala are not used to trailing in a series, but they typically respond well when facing playoff deficits.The “Splash Brothers” will splash, and Green and Iggy know their roles on both sides of the ball. They need Cousins to be the X-factor in Game 6 on Thursday. The Warriors need everything DeMarcus Cousins brings for the rest of the 2019 NBA Finals.Even if it’s a volatile mix of attitude, minutes, buckets, rebounds, fouls and controversial plays, the Warriors will take what they can get here. With Kevin Durant out, Golden State needs Cousins to be the complementary piece to a core that has delivered three NBA championships in the last four seasons. With one more victory, Golden State could put the pressure back on a Toronto franchise that missed the first of three chances to close the door.Who would you take in a Game 7? The home team or the defending champions?If Cousins is that missing piece in Game 6, then we already know our answer.last_img read more