Having won the Munster title for the first time in November the Tipp champions will face London kingpins Tir Chonaill Gaels on Saturday.Commercials PRO Ned Brophy says despite the distraction of winning the county’s first ever provincial title at this level the team is very much focused on this weekend’s game in Ruislip.Throw-in is at 1.30 on Saturday in London and Tipp FM will have regular updates from the game.
Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Chandler has played 30 of 32 possible games since landing in Los Angeles 10 games into the season. The 36-year-old does have a substantial injury history, failing to top the 50-game mark in either of the two previous seasons in Phoenix.Going against Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, the Lakers leaned a little harder on JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac to help control the glass by boxing the Pistons bigs out and allowing guards to get rebounds. Six different Lakers had at least five rebounds as the home team topped Detroit 47-34 on the glass. Griffin had zero rebounds – something that’s never happened before in his career.“That was the focus,” second-year forward Kyle Kuzma said. “I tried to make sure he wasn’t supposed to get rebounds. The game plan was to limit Drummond and him on the boards, because those guys are beasts, so make sure to block him out, and the guards did a great job of flying in and getting rebounds.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThere’s nearly no precedent for James missing 11 games in a regular season: He’s only missed more once, during the 2014-15 season in Cleveland. In 13 other non-lockout seasons, James has played in at least 74 games. In the lockout season in 2011-12, James played all 62 games of the regular season.Despite his injury, James is still the leading vote-getter in the West for the upcoming All-Star game. It’s a reminder of how much the Lakers could use their injured marquee player, who was in the midst of another statistically brilliant season before going down Christmas Day against the Warriors.At the very least, the Lakers have cobbled together back-to-back wins without James, or Rajon Rondo (sprained finger) who is out likely until at least later this month. The team has also become more cohesive on defense, ranking sixth in the league (104.4 defensive rating) during the last eight games. After a 113-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Coach Luke Walton said he was encouraged by the progress.“I thought our team showed a lot of growth in the – whatever you want to call it, post-LeBron injury, LeBron and Rondo injuries,” he said. “There were times in that game tonight where in previous games we would’ve just split and gone down and taken quick shots. But I thought our guys did a really nice job staying composed, continuing to share the ball, continuing to make plays and ultimately, winning by competing on the defensive end.”Walton said Wednesday that James would not travel with the Lakers to Utah. LOS ANGELES — The latest injury stint for LeBron James is marching toward unprecedented territory.The 34-year-old Lakers star was medically evaluated on Thursday for his strained left groin, which has already caused him to miss eight games. James is progressing to limited on-court work, but he still is expected to miss at least the next three contests, butting his potential return up against one of the most challenging portions of the Lakers’ schedule.The latest timeline makes James (27.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 7.1 apg) an almost-certain scratch for Friday’s road game at Utah, as well as home games against the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, both in the basement of the Eastern Conference. The Lakers said Thursday that James will be re-evaluated on Jan. 16.That is an important deadline: The Lakers (23-19) travel that day for a two-game trip against Oklahoma City and Houston, two Western Conference contenders, before returning home for a marquee game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers, who are 3-5 without James, would face an uphill challenge to win any of those games if he can’t suit up. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years CHANDLER GETS NIGHT OFF; LAKERS STILL DOMINATE GLASSOne of the team’s biggest presences remained on the bench Wednesday night, as veteran center Tyson Chandler did not enter the Pistons game despite suiting up. According to Walton, that was the plan.“I’ve been looking to try and rest Tyson,” Walton said. “We’ve been leaning on him pretty heavy. It was one of those things where if we needed him, he was going to be ready.”Related Articles
By Kathy MieleIt was after dinner and my son Alex and I were taking a walk around the neighborhood.We didn’t have to go far before the fragrance of our neighbors’ grill seemed to fill the air. I inhaled deeply. “I have to say I love the smell of a steak cooking on the grill,” I said to Alex as we were busy walking off our dinner of hamburgers that I’d cooked on the stove.“It does smell good,” Alex agreed. We walked a little further when he turned to me and asked, “Why don’t we barbecue anymore?”“That’s a good question.” We’d made it to the end of the block when a new smell overwhelmed us. “Wow, whatever they’re cooking, it sure was marinated with a lot of garlic! It smells great!”As we walked further along I tried to think of when we’d used our grill last. It had been so long ago that I couldn’t even remember if we had any propane left in the tank. We hadn’t grilled this season and I’m pretty sure we didn’t last summer either.“Your dad’s not big on grilling.” I explained.“Why does Dad have to be the one at the grill?” Alex asked. “You could do it.”“Are you kidding? I’m busy getting everything ready in the kitchen!” I argued. “I can’t be walking outside every 5 minutes checking on a piece of meat! It’s easier for me to just cook it inside with everything else!”“O.k.,” Alex sounded wary. “I didn’t mean to get you upset.”“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to snap at you,” I apologized. “I’m just not big on grill cooking.”We walked a few blocks more in silence until we came across a new smell. “Someone’s cooking with charcoal.” I said. “I have to say I love the smell of lighter fluid.”“Isn’t lighter fluid like gasoline?” Alex asked. “It can’t be good for you.”“I’m sure it’s not good for you but nobody really thought about that when I was a kid.” I had to smile when a favorite memory popped into my head. “My dad would use so much lighter fluid you could actually taste it on the burger,” I told Alex.“I think I’d rather skip the charcoal grill and stick with the propane,” Alex said as he kicked a stone down the road.“You know I could teach you how to cook on the grill,” I said.“Why would I want to do that?” Alex asked.“It’s a great skill to learn.”“Let’s see,” Alex said then thought for a moment. “You don’t cook on the grill and neither does Dad but somehow you think I’m going to like doing it?”“I didn’t say you’d like doing it. I really can’t think of anyone who likes standing outside during a heat wave and cooking over an open flame. It’s really all about the flavor you get when you cook on a barbecue.”“You know what I like the flavor of?” Alex said. “The cheeseburger you made tonight. It was perfect!”“I’m getting the feeling that I’m not going to be able to talk you into manning the grill this summer.”“Nope.” We were coming around the corner of our block and our walk was almost over. Alex gave me a quick pat on the back. “But, that was a really great try.”
By Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – The Route 35 Village proposal resumes before the township Planning Board on Wednesday, but only the commercial aspect is expected to be on the agenda.The board will resume hearing the application for the Shoppes at Middletown – 338,455 square feet of retail, restaurant and movie theater space with 1,786 parking spaces. The Shoppes are to be built on 52 acres along Route 35 of the overall 118-acre tract.The land is bounded by Route 35 North, Kings Highway East, Carriage Drive and Kanes Lane. While it has some businesses and homes on it, it is mostly woods and open space – and is probably best known as home of the Calico the Clown/Spirits Unlimited liquor store sign.The applicant for the Shoppes at Middletown is John Orrico/Village 35 of Purchase, New York.On the rear 66 acres, or at the Carriage Drive end of the property, Toll Brothers of Horsham, Pennsylvania, proposes the Oaks at Middletown, a 350-townhouse complex. The 350 townhouses break down to 280 units at open-market price and 70 units of “affordable housing.”In June, the Planning Board consolidated the commercial and residential applications for the 118 acres. Planning Board Chairman John Deus said the consolidation was to bring clarity on hearing the proposals to the board and public – allowing engineering, traffic and other related components of the commercial and residential applications to be heard at the same time.But the township Planning and Community Development Department is not expected to deem the residential application complete in time for the Sept. 7 meeting.Toll Brothers filed the Oaks at Middletown application May 27, said the development’s lawyer, John A. Giunco. But the Planning and Community Development Department requested more information on “various engineering and supporting reports,” Giunco said. “They wanted more detail.” Toll Brothers resubmitted the application Thursday, Aug. 25, Giunco said. He said the Planning and Community Development Department has 45 days to review it – which would expire the week of Oct. 9.“We’re ready to move before the board, but it’s unlikely the board will be able (to hear the Oaks at Middletown application beginning Sept. 7),” Giunco said.The Planning Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the municipal complex at the corner of Route 35 South and Kings Highway.This will be the third appearance for the Shoppes at Middletown. So far, only the engineering aspects of the Shoppes at Middletown have been heard by the board.Orrico says he will not discuss the project outside of the hearings as long as they go on. The site, which has seen various unsuccessful development proposals over the last two decades, has drawn the scrutiny of the public. For example, there is a “Stop Village 35” Facebook page.Cindy Squassoni, who lives in the Heritage Hills development of single-family homes at the Carriage Drive end of the property and is one of the opponent leaders, said there is a “right to build” on the property. But she raised various concerns – the size of the project, its lack of open space being preserved, traffic, drainage, aesthetics and impact on schools.“Traffic is horrifying in my mind,” said Squassoni. “Pretty much our neighborhood is going to be a shortcut between (Routes) 35 and 36.”As for the schools, “they’re filled to capacity, as is,” she said.The 118 acres has not yet been subdivided, Giunco said. The property is owned by Mountain Hill LLC, which is the local Azzolina-Scaduto family.
The Nelson Leafs are currently the best team in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The Green and White boast a league-best 32-11-2-1 record heading into the final three weeks of the season.However, the season could fall like a house of cards should the Leafs falter in the final six games, beginning Friday in Fruitvale against the defending KIJHL champs.“I believe so,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida when asked about the February games.“We’ve got a big weekend coming up against BV and (at the end of the season against Castlegar) these are the top three teams in the league I think those games will go a long way to deciding who wins the Murdoch.”Nelson hosts the Hawks in a return engagement Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs then travel to meet Revelstoke and Sicamous on the road next weekend before concluding the season with a home-and-home series against the rival Rebels from Castlegar.Nelson missed out on a great opportunity to make the final six-game ride a little easier when the club lost 4-0 at home to Revelstoke Grizzlies.Once again the Leafs outshot the Grizzlies but could score when it counted.“We’re focusing not just on the offence but also playing a full game in all facets of the game,” Maida, trying to sugarcoat the fact the Leafs have difficulty scoring of late, including Sunday’s shutout loss. “We just want to play our game and everything will take care of itself.”It’s now or never for the Leafs.First up is the Hawks, a team Nelson holds a 4-2 season series against and has outscored 41-26.Beaver Valley is a much different team than the one Nelson smoked 12-0 earlier this season.The Hawks, trailing Nelson by five points, now have one of the most potent offences in the league thanks to the addition of Ryan Edwards (18 points in six games) and high-scoring Dallas Calvin (second in league scoring with 70 points).Nelson may get some much-needed infusion into the lineup with the return of center Matthew Naka.The Vanderhoof star has been sorely missed since breaking an ankle in a freak accident before Christmas.“We’ve got guys coming back off injury and everyone is skating so hopefully we’ll have a full lineup for Friday,” Maida explained.ICE CHIPS: Expect to see a lot of Marcus Beesley down the stretch in goal. The 20-year-old Prince George native was traded for to backstop the Leafs in the playoffs. . . . Castlegar travels to the East Kootenay to face the Columbia Valley Rockies Friday and Golden Rockets Saturday. . . . One player the Leafs must get going is captain and leading scorer Colton Schell. The veteran winger has nine points and two goals since Christmas.