Mullins aims for World domination

first_img The list is headed by Nick Williams’ Reve De Sivola and the Nicky Henderson-trained Oscar Whisky, while the latter’s stablemate Oscara Dara could also take part. Paul Nicholls is favouring the race for Coral Cup favourite Wonderful Charm, who was a hugely impressive winner on his British debut in the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow in October. Speaking in his Betfair column, the trainer said: “We have given it a lot of thought and if the ground stays dry from Monday onwards, it is now highly likely – but not definite – that Wonderful Charm will take his chance in the World Hurdle. “I think the horse could just be up to running a big race. We just don’t know how good he is, as he hasn’t been able to tell us on the racecourse yet. My instincts tell me he is very good.” Eleven horses have stood their ground for the Ryanair Chase and they include Sizing Europe, although Henry de Bromhead has an alternative in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The Mouse Morris-trained First Lieutenant is another potentially strong contender from Ireland, if he takes up the engagement instead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The home team is headed by Cue Card, who is heading for the race as Colin Tizzard in keen to avoid Sprinter Sacre. The trainer said: “He’s in brilliant form. He’ll stay in the Champion Chase in case something went wrong with Sprinter Sacre.” Willie Mullins has five horses among 18 confirmed for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham next week. Ireland’s champion trainer has left in Back In Focus, Fiveforthree, So Young, Zaidpour and Quevega, although the latter is on course to tackle the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle earlier in the week. Also among the confirmations are the Charles Byrnes-trained Solwhit and Tony Martin’s smart nine-year-old Bog Warrior. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Inter Allies 2-1 Hearts: How Fabin masterminded shock victory

first_imgB.A. United 1-0 Ashanti Gold Scorer: Selorm Geraldo Heart of Lions 1-0 Medeama SCScorer: Osman Sackey Hasaacas 3-1 WAFA SCScorers: Ibrahim Suleman, Daniel Egyin (pen), Frederick Quayson; Zakaria Mumuni New Edubiase United 2-0 Bechem UnitedScorers: Lamine Nasir, Fuseini Nuhu Aduana Stars 2-1 Berekum Chelsea Scorers: Richard Arhin – *2; Samuel Kyere This is the first time Allies have ever beaten Hearts of Oak – and it was done in style.A late strike by substitute Goeckel Ahotor was enough for Inter Allies as they beat Hearts of Oak 2-1 in a regional derby on match day 12 of the ongoing First Capital Plus Bank Premier League on Sunday at the Tema sports stadium.[CLICK HERE FOR FULL MATCHDAY 12 REPORTS]It was a game that both coaches displayed a lot of tactical proficiency but Inter Allies looked more deadly upfront but the defensive men of the Phobians stood tall for the challenge from the home side.The first half was keenly contested as both sides tamed each other, Inter Allies danger man, Sheriff Deo Mohammed was heavily policed by Hearts of Oak central pair of Vincent Atinga and Philip Boampong but the Phobians also came close the goal area of the home side but their attack was foiled by the Eleven is To One defense led by Baba Mensah.The first half ended goalless. From the recess, it was a different story, as Inter Allies dominated the early stages of the second half and in the 66 minute their hard work was positively rewarded as Ropapa Mensah benefited from a miscommunication between Philip Boampong and Tetteh Lugard to slot home the first goal after a long ball from Baba Mensah.The Phobians after the goal re-strategized as they started picking up the pieces and in the 83 minute mark Isaac Oduro beautifully curled in a 15 yard free-kick to level the scoring for the Phobians.Two minutes later Hearts of Oak nearly doubled their lead but Osei Kwame in post for Inter Allies saved the situation for the home side.However, when everybody taught the game was ending in a draw, Goeckel Ahottor who was introduced in the second half struck the winning goal from a 25 yards as Inter Allies held on to beat Hearts of Oak 2-1 which happens to be the first win for the Tema based club over the Phobians.FCPPL MATCHDAY 12 RESULTS Asante Kotoko 1-0 Liberty Professionals Scorer: Ahmed Toure Inter Allies 2-1 Hearts of OakScorers: Ropapa Mensah, Gockel Ahortor; Isaac Oduro Great Olympics 1-0 Wa All StarsScorer: Agbashie Dotse –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Pau Gasol struggling in leadership role for Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I have to find myself and find ways to get involved and not just be standing at the three-point line or standing far away from the basket,” Gasol said. “I have to find ways to keep myself active and involved.” That proved difficult as Gasol spent the first two weeks of the season battling a respiratory illness that affected his breathing. Though he said the symptoms have recently vanished, Gasol confirmed he has nursed a strained muscle in his left foot from the end of training camp. “It was sore a lot of times. But I don’t like to talk about things like that because they sound like excuses,” Gasol said. “I don’t like to make excuses when things go wrong.”Plenty of things have gone wrong.Gasol has appeared overwhelmed on defense, allowing New Orlean’s Anthony Davis (32 points) and Denver’s Timofey Mozgov (23 points) to have career nights. Gasol has also gone through a stretch where he’s shot below 50 percent in five of the past six games. It hasn’t helped that the Lakers have shown inconsistency with their three-point shooting in their wins (45.9 percent) and losses (36.6 percent). That makes Gasol’s job more difficult in striking the right balance between facilitating and scoring. All those issues have shadowed some positive developments. Gasol made two clutch free throws and blocked Kyle Korver’s potential game-winner two weeks ago against Atlanta. Though he only shot 1 of 10 against the Rockets, Gasol played a large part in holding Dwight Howard to an average 15 points and 14 rebounds“It’s going to take time for him. He hadn’t been in a situation where he’s been the main focus on a team since he was in Memphis,” Young said. “But he’s still Pau. He’s still good. It’s going to happen. He’s been in the league long enough to figure it out.”But the Lakers suggest that goes beyond Gasol.“He’s going to get double-teamed. He will pass first and look for you. We have to knock those shots down,” Hill said. “He’s not the quickest big man, so when he’s trying to guard, we have to help cracking down on his man.” D’Antoni has downplayed whether fielding six different starting lineups has negatively affected team chemistry. But after initially scoffing at Gasol’s preference to operate in the post last season, D’Antoni conceded he still needs to feature him better on offense. “We’re trying to get him to be able to get him in the low post a little bit more, get him to dive a little bit more and be able to deliver the ball a little bit more,” D’Antoni siad. “Once he does that, we know he’s very talented in both spots. He should be the focus of our offense all the time whether it’s inside, which should be a lot, and whether he catches the ball at the high post and makes other people better.”So far, the Lakers say they remain patient with that process. But Gasol sounds weary of how long that will take. After all, this marks the moment Gasol wanted when more responsibility fell on him.“Guys look up to me for help and advice and for leadership,” Gasol said. “I do have to be there for them. I have to be reliable and accountable for my teammates.” So far, that hasn’t happened.Gasol enters the Lakers’ (4-6) game tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies (3-5) at Staples Center averaging 13.4 points on only 39.4 shooting in 28.3 minutes. It’s hard to believe, but those numbers fare slightly worse than his career-lows last season, when he averaged 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting in 33.8 minutes amid a reduced role and various ailments that sidelined him for 33 games. “With Kobe out and Steve Nash out, it makes things more difficult,” Gasol said. “We have to fight through it. There’s nothing we can do other than bringing a positive mindset and bringing effort every night.’Lakers forwards Nick Young and Jordan Hill have noticed Gasol bringing that mindset by being more vocal during practice and film sessions. They also hear Gasol feeding them positive messages every day. But that hasn’t overshadowed the more concrete issues that have emerged as Gasol has tried to excel in a larger role. That sparks questions beyond whether Gasol bulking up this offseason will prove enough to square up against Memphis’ frontline that includes his brother, Marc, and forward Zach Randolph. center_img This should’ve marked the time that Pau Gasol would no longer feel constrained in unleashing the full set of skills that once helped the Lakers secure two NBA championships. Dwight Howard’s departure to Houston paved the way for Gasol to assume his role in the post. An offseason procedure on his knees left him feeling refreshed. The Lakers invested in various castoffs on one-year contracts that boast athleticism and outside shooting, two key ingredients that help Gasol to facilitate the offense. With a prolonged training camp and a better understanding of his game, coach Mike D’Antoni no longer asks Gasol to stand behind the three-point line or run at a faster pace than his 33-year-old body allows. Long-term injuries to Kobe Bryant (left Achilles tendon) and Steve Nash (back) have also propelled Gasol into a role he has never assumed through 5 1/2 seasons with the Lakers.“Pau knows that he has to lead us,” D’Antoni said. “He has to be the guy to dominate the game.”last_img read more

Rajon Rondo’s buzzer-beater lifts Lakers over Celtics

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt went in.The 32-year-old veteran was carried off by his gold-clad teammates, giving the Lakers (28-27) a much-needed 129-128 win after a week that had crushed their spirit, and leaving an assembly of Boston fans torn by a former hero stealing the game. It was Rondo’s first go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime in his 13 seasons in the NBA, and it was one for the storybooks.“It definitely feels surreal,” he said. “I haven’t watched the replay yet but this is one I’ll be playing for the rest of my life.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.As Rondo (17 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds) prevented another New England-based team from inflicting suffering on a legion of Los Angeles fans, a strong performance by LeBron James – a 28-point, 12-assist, 12-rebound triple-double – was relegated to the background. Rondo also topped the go-ahead bucket of Celtics star Kyrie Irving (23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) moments before.Just when it looked like the Celtics had the game wrapped on a Marcus Morris 3-pointer, giving them a six-point lead with a little more than a minute left, the Lakers punched back. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “It’s super tough on a team, mentally, physically,” Kuzma said. “And for us to come out and everything we’ve been dealing with, not just trade rumors but freaking injuries, imbalanced rotations and everything, it was great to get a win. And we can build on this potentially.”The Lakers found true life for the first time in the third quarter, raining down 3-pointers and making nine of them. Kuzma scored 14 of his points in that frame, leading to a lopsided 42-27 run. It was part of a new franchise high 22 3-pointers, three more than any Laker team had ever made.The Lakers showed the sluggishness in the first half that had dragged them down in Indiana. As Tatum (22 points) and Jaylen Brown (18 points) got out to fast starts, the Lakers couldn’t hit shots – save for Lance Stephenson, who brought a peppy 14 points off the bench, all in the first half. But his hot streak didn’t coincide with a lively start for the Lakers, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half.The fact that the Lakers responded was what Coach Luke Walton hoped to see, and what he hopes to see more of in the coming months.“It was an all-out team win,” he said. “I think that’s what I was happiest with tonight. You go down the line and it was about making little plays throughout the game and stepping up for each other.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Kentavious Caldwell-Pope broke a franchise record with the Lakers’ 20th 3-pointer of the night. Then on the subsequent possession, he helped save a wild James toss in-bounds before passing it back to James, who nailed a game-tying triple from the corner in the final minute.A pair of free throws from Jayson Tatum (the Celtics shot 20 for 20 from the line) gave his team the lead, but Kyle Kuzma took it back with a 3-pointer with 18.5 seconds left.Rondo’s buzzer-beater against one of the NBA’s toughest home teams showed a dramatic turnaround from two days before, when the Lakers were dismantled in a 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. After that game, in which the team looked distracted and lifeless, they sought some resolve to salvage the remainder of the season and push themselves back in the playoff picture.“We needed a response,” James said. “Just a lot was going on with our ball club in Indiana, just from energy to what they need, to the trades and everything, it just played into our heads as a collective group and for us to bounce back like this after the trade deadline, we know this is is who we have, this is our group and this was a big step for our team.”The game capped a day when emotions were already running high: The Lakers finally crossed over the midday trade deadline, concluding a period of fraught speculation and rumor about whether the franchise would trade much of its roster for New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis.The big deal never materialized, but nonetheless, the Lakers traded away three of their players who saw the floor in their previous game in Indianapolis: Svi Mykhailiuk, Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley. The fruits of their maneuvers, Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala, had not yet joined the team.That left the Lakers a bit short-handed on the road, with Josh Hart getting back on the floor and playing through knee tendinitis to help compensate.Many of the players discussed as trade chips in the last week showed their value: Kuzma scored 25 points, 19 in the second half. Caldwell-Pope had 17 off the bench. Brandon Ingram’s shooting (4 for 14) was off-target, but his length on defense was an irritant to Irving for nearly 40 minutes.If being the subject of trade rumors was a burden before the deadline, after, that weight had clearly been lifted.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates Kyle Kuzma, middle, and LeBron James (23) in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram passes while being defended by the Celtics’ Marcus Smart during the first half of Thursday’s game in Boston. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics battle for a rebound during the second quarter of their game at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) grabs a rebound against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11), forward Jayson Tatum (0) and forward Marcus Morris (13) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James had fun drafting the All-Star teams for the second year in a row, and his selections only added to speculation about players he might try to lure to the Lakers this summer. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Lakers coach Luke Walton directs his team during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Lakers fans take pictures of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler (5) goes to the hoop against Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20), forward Daniel Theis, middle, and guard Jaylen Brown, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics defends a shot from LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers falls on top of Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grabs a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) goes to the hoop against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers catches a pass during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, right, chats with New England Patriots football head coach Bill Belichick and his girlfriend Linda Holliday before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics battle for a rebound during the second quarter of their game at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after Kyle Kuzma #0 scored against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after Kyle Kuzma #0 scored against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton instructs his players in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a shot over Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens instructs his players in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, middle, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates LeBron James (23) and Kyle Kuzma, right, in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) dive for the ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James struggles to retain possession of the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, and forward Jayson Tatum, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James struggles to retain possession of the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, and forward Jayson Tatum, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson (6) dive for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Former Los Angeles Lakers Ron Artest, left, and former Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett laugh together as they watch the first quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) and guard Terry Rozier (12) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) yells to a teammate in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) complains to the referee as Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) looks on in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens instructs his team in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gestures in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) argues a call with the referee as Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram (14) and Kyle Kuzma (0) talk to each other in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, middle, celebrates his game-winning shot at the buzzer with teammates LeBron James, left, and Kyle Kuzma on Thursday night in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers, center, is picked up by LeBron James #23 and Kyle Kuzma #0 after scoring the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers, center is swarmed by teammates after scoring the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo is mobbed by teammates after his game-winning shot in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with Rajon Rondo #9 after Rondo scored the game winning basket against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers defeat the Celtics 129-128. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates Kyle Kuzma, middle, and LeBron James (23) in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 53The Lakers’ LeBron James drives past the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the second half of Thursday’s game in Boston. James had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 129-128 victory. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)ExpandBOSTON — It was an ending stranger than fiction: Rajon Rondo, Celtics great, buried his old team.This time, as a Laker.It was the shortest player on the floor, the 6-foot-1 Rondo, who found the ball that had ricocheted off an Al Horford blocked shot, and threw up a 20-foot jumper as the clock ran out at TD Garden, the arena where he once hung a banner by helping defeat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.Celtics coach Brad Stevens called it a nod from the “Basketball Gods.” Kyle Kuzma called it “Celtic luck.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

DONEGAL SFC: SUPERB NAOMH CONAILL STUN ST EUNAN’S WITH CLINICAL DISPLAY

first_imgDONEGAL SFC: Naomh Conaill have sent out a real message of intent after their demolition of St Eunan’s this evening at O’Donnell Park.Goals from Leon Thompson and Brendan McDyer did the damage – but it was the overall dominance form Naomh Conaill that really impressed. With home advantage many fancied St Eunan’s to edge out Naomh Conaill as they bid to retain their Donegal SFC title.However, Martin Regan’s side had other ideas and they’ve sent out a real warning to all the other sides who have ambitions of lifting the Dr Maguire.Naomh Conaill got off to a flyer and got two quick scores from Leon Thompson and Brendan McDyer settled the visitors down.Then they netted a crucial goal, Brendan McDyer sent a long ball inside and Thompsn got on the end of it and finished superbly. The goal stunned the hosts and they struggled to make any inroads into the Naomh Conaill defence.John O’Malley, Darragh Gallagher and McDyer all added points while Eunan’s could only muster one more score.Half-time score: St Eunan’s 0-02 Naomh Conaill 1-05 Maxi Curran would have been unhappy at half-time but he would have told his team to make sure they got off to a good start in the second-half.However, they did the opposite, Naomh Conaill scored another goal almost from the restart.It was Brendan McDyer who netted and there was no way back for St Eunan’s after that. Seamus Corcoran, Cathal Ellis and a brace of points from Leon Thompson cemented their advantage.St Eunan’s were battling valiantly to get back into the game but Naomh Conaill were just too good for their hosts.St Eunan’s added six points in the second-half but never got the goals they craved that would have got them back in the clash.In the end Naomh Conaill ran out TEN point winners in what was a superb display from Martin Regan’s side. Final score: St Eunan’s 0-08 Naomh Conaill 2-12DONEGAL SFC: SUPERB NAOMH CONAILL STUN ST EUNAN’S WITH CLINICAL DISPLAY was last modified: August 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more