first_imgThrow-in is at 3.30 in Semple Stadium on Sunday and Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the game in association with O’Donovan Marquees, Birdhill. Tipp will go into the game as underdogs but the players believe in their own ability and will be going to Thurles to win. Influencial Tipp player Brian Fox says Tipp have momentum going into the game Colm Cooper starts for the Kingdom at centre forward having recovered from the knee injury which kept him out of action all last year.Cooper believes if Tipperarys underage stars stay focused on the game winning an All Ireland fooball title in the next few years is a realistic possibility.last_img

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first_imgGUYANESE Elliot Vieira stormed the front row of the SOAR (Southern Ontario Association of Racing) and snagged his second chequered flag in as many weekends as superbike action continued in Canada over the weekend.The former Caribbean Champion Vieira returned to the Grand bend in Canada last weekend for his second weekend of Pro-sport 600cc action where he snapped up his second win.Qualifying on P2 during the Saturday Session, the Guyanese snagged the lead early on Sunday and never looked back, picking up his second straight win in as many weekends racing.He also snagged a second place finish in the 1000cc event aboard the same 600cc bike he had earlier used.On Saturday, Vieira contended that the bike was working well and he was confident of win.last_img

first_img Published on December 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Gerry McNamara. Pearl Washington. Sherman Douglas. Brandon Triche. Adrian Autry. Jason Hart. None were better during their freshman season than Tyler Ennis is this year, according to Jim Boeheim.“As a freshman point guard, he’s playing better than anybody I’ve ever had,” Boeheim said without changing his inflection. “And I’ve had just a few very good freshman point guards.”Ennis starred at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon, igniting No. 2 Syracuse to a 68-63 win over St. John’s (6-3). He put on a clinic in front of 16,357, guiding the Orange to its fifth consecutive 10-0 start to the season. The poised freshman hit six free throws in the final 1:20 of the first half and two more to ice the game with 42 seconds remaining. He scored 15 points in the first half and shined down the stretch. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He always makes the right play,” Syracuse guard-forward Michael Gbinije said. “For him to be able to think like that and play like that at such a young age is what really makes him special.”In the first half, he converted on a high-arcing lefty floater to give Syracuse a five-point cushion. He found Jerami Grant for a monstrous dunk. He even banked in a 3. Ennis controlled the tempo of the game, breaking the press with ease, penetrating the lane and finding his teammates. Boeheim thought SU was rated too high at the start of the season. On Sunday, he said the Orange has potential to be a good team, but isn’t a good team yet. But Ennis has exceeded expectations, and so has Syracuse. A No. 9 spot quickly changed to No. 2. As Michigan State, Louisville and Kansas dropped like flies from the ranks of the unbeaten, SU’s record remains unblemished.C.J. Fair’s been the main option, but Ennis has been a close second, feeding Fair and Trevor Cooney the ball and scoring when he’s open. “Maybe the rating people were smarter than I am,” Boeheim said wryly. “They knew Tyler was better than whatever his rating was. He’s been the difference.”He was the difference Sunday. For a while, it appeared St. John’s would stage the comeback and the upset. But Ennis and Fair fended them off. In Maui, Ennis dropped 28 on California as the Orange pulled away for the win. Against Indiana, he fueled a second-half surge. The learning curve that usually stumps freshmen hasn’t been there. “Really if he played like a normal freshman,” Boeheim said, “we’d be about 7-3 right now.”Not all of Ennis’ afternoon was flawless, though. In the second half, he hit a dry spell, missing three straight shots and committing a turnover to start the half. St. John’s, led by D’Angelo Harrison, sliced into SU’s lead. A bucket by Harrison gave the Red Storm its first lead at 55-54. Then Ennis returned to form.He found Fair for a baseline jumper, hit two free throws and then scissored through the lane for a layup. The basket gave Syracuse a 62-60 advantage, one it never relinquished.“He really struggled in the second half,” Boeheim said. “He was really playing like a freshman and he doesn’t do that usually, but then he made a couple unbelievable plays.”He showcased the same composure he has all season. And the result was yet another Syracuse win.“He’s definitely confident and he’s poised as a freshman,” Fair said. “That’s important for us because we’re not in a situation where we need to build a point guard. He’s already what you need.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

first_img“The first thing that came into my mind is that he’s (Kobe’s) a killer,” said Virginia junior guard Justin Anderson, who earned All-ACC second-team honors by averaging 12.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting his last season. “I would love to play with a killer.”Bryant’s presence caused a stir for obvious reasons, considering his five NBA championships and third-place standing on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. But it arguably struck a stronger nerve for Stanford senior guard Anthony Brown, who grew up idolizing Bryant when he played for Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach.“I saw every day that he’s giving all that he has,” said Brown. “There’s a lot of players that might take off during the season. Kobe doesn’t.”Injury updateEllington said he has fully healed from a separated right shoulder that kept him out for the last eight games of the 2014-15 season. The Lakers hope to retain Ellington once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. But that could partly hinge on Ellington’s market value as well as which elite talent the Lakers can acquire in the June 25 NBA draft and in free agency. The Lakers received an early glimpse of their future on Thursday for reasons besides hosting their second round of draft workouts.Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle also participated in a series of full-contact, half-court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills, something he said he has done for the past month after rehabbing his surgically repaired right leg he injured in the 2014-15 season opener. “It’s been real good,” Randle said in a brief interview with Los Angeles News Group. “It’s been good with how I feel conditioning-wise and the smoothness of (my movement).”The Lakers plan to have Randle complete those drills for at least a week before the team’s medical staff determines if he can advance to 4-on-4 drills. Should he navigate that without any setbacks, Randle said he would then progress to full-court 5-on-5 drills. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Lakers have held out hope Randle could heal completely enough to play on the team’s Las Vegas summer league team in July. But the Lakers will not have Randle play unless he’s completely recovered to ensure that he arrives to training camp in late September fully healthy. “If I feel like I can play summer league, I think I’ll be fine,” Randle said. “But I’ll take it a day at a time.” A familiar sightLakers general manager Mitch Kupchak stood off the to the side, watching various draft prospects complete individual drills. But during the tail end of Tuesday’s draft workouts, there was something else that kept Kupchak busy.He was chatting with Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who both observed draft workouts and made informal small talk with Randle, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson. Bryant also told Lakers coach Byron Scott he felt encouraged with his surgically repaired right shoulder, which the Lakers expect will fully heal in five months.last_img

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