South chairman wants action on late postponments

first_imgMr Cooney says it might be time for officials to adopt a more hardline approach to getting games played. Michael Cooney made his comments as the division has had to nominate a representative to take part in this weekend’s County U21 hurling championship semi-finals because their own competition hasn’t been completed yet.In a further twist to the story Carrick Swans are set to go straight through to the county decider as there won’t be a team from the North in the last four.The latter division are playing their semi-finals on Sunday and have decided not to nominate any of the remaining clubs to compete in the county competition.last_img

Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeremy Lin making an impact beyond box score

first_imgA buzz hovered around the arena, long after Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash dazzled the crowd with encouraging signs that their health has not failed them.Instead, Jeremy Lin took over the spotlight. You would not know if you just glanced at the box score, his six missed field goals in the Lakers’ 98-95 preseason win Monday over Denver in San Diego sticking out like the torn ligament in Nick Young’s right thumb. But Lin’s 10 assists reflected the 26-year-old guard’s success in bringing offensive clarity among an assorted cast of role players.“I just want to figure out how I can bring my strengths and apply it best to this system,” Lin said. “It’s kind of like a chess match in learning and figuring it out.”The Lakers expect Lin to finish with the same efficiency as his last season with Houston, where he shot 57.8 percent off drives, a statistic that only trailed LeBron James. But with the Lakers losing Young as their top reserve for about the next eight weeks, coach Byron Scott said Lin will become either the first or second reserve to enter the game. Bryant found hypocrisy in the deal, considering the NBA had a lockout in the 2011 offseason. Bryant has also sparked criticism for signing last year with the Lakers to a two-year extension worth $48.5 million. It ensured he stayed the NBA’s highest paid player, but limited the Lakers’ flexibility in building a roster around him.“Players are ‘encouraged’ per new CBA to take less to win or risk being called selfish+ungrateful,” Bryant tweeted, ‘while nbatv deal goes UP by a BILLION.’”Lighter scheduleThe Lakers’ practice on Tuesday consisted of film study and player walk-throughs, marking the team’s lightest training camp session that has mostly featured heavy conditioning drills and full-court scrimmages. All of the Lakers’ starters, including Bryant and Nash, watched film and then received treatment.Meanwhile, the Lakers reported Wesley Johnson feeling better from a patellar tendon in his left knee and will likely practice today. Forward Xavier Henry participated in five-on-zero drills on Tuesday after sitting out all of last week with back spasms. As for Nash and Bryant, Scott plans to keep their minutes consistent through at least the next five exhibition games, including when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at Staples Center. Bryant posted 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and five assists in 21 minutes in the Lakers’ preseason opener against Denver, while Nash finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 accuracy and five assists in 20 minutes.Kobe systemLin has played with plenty of the NBA’s top stars, including Carmelo Anthony (New York), Dwight Howard (Houston), James Harden (Houston) and Bryant (Lakers). How does Bryant distinguish himself?“How hard he works and his attention to detail.” Lin said of Bryant. “The stuff that he thinks about or talks about, only someone who is really trying to analyze every single thing about the game would be able to understand something like that.”Staff writer Chris Trevino contributed to this report “Jeremy didn’t shoot the ball well,” Scott said, “but he did a great job of orchestrating the offense and making great passes.”Plenty of them went to Lakers forward Ed Davis, whose 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting featured him and Lin working off one another on pick-and-roll sets. The chemistry worked so well that Scott has considered ensuring that the two play together in future exhibition games. “Sometimes you don’t always need to score or get as many assists,” Lin said. “As long as you’re aggressive, something will open up.” Taking a standBryant seemed irritated on Tuesday, and the reasons had nothing to do with skepticism about his recovery or the Lakers’ rebuilding process. The NBA announced this week a nine-year extension with ESPN and TNT that begins in 2016-17, a deal that reportedly will triple the $930 million the league currently makes in television and digital rights. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more