Making way are Liam Boland and Emmet Moloney who drop to the subs bench.The starting 15 is:1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash2. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle3. John Meagher – Loughmore-Castleiney4. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash6. Robbie Kiely (Capt.) – Carbery Rangers7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule8. Liam Casey – Cahir9. Steven O’Brien – Ballina10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle11. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials15. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-CastleineyThrow-in is at 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon in Semple Stadium.Tipp FM will have live coverage of the game in association with Cleary Motors Renault – Thurles. Liam Kearns has handed a first start to Loughmore Castleiney’s John Meagher for Tipp’s second game of the National Football League.Cahir’s Liam Casey comes into the side to face Roscommon at midfield.
“I mean, the Xs and Os and the things on the court, they speak for themselves,” said Blake Griffin, who is having an MVP-type season under Rivers. “But the mental side that he brings, just his experience as a coach and almost his stories he tells and the way he reads basketball situations, I think is interesting and unique.“Every time he speaks during practice, for me it’s a learning experience whether it’s a short speech that he didn’t put much thought into, or whether it’s something that he really wants to bring home to us.”Darren Collison echoed that sentiment.“He’s been there, done it all,” said Collison, whose team will take on Golden State in a Western Conference first-round playoff opener at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Staples Center. “Every time he talks, it’s as if he’s done it before. That’s always good for a young team that’s never done it before.”Rivers began his coaching career at Orlando, earning Coach of the Year honors in 1999-2000. When his team began 1-10 in his fifth campaign, he was shown the door. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was only last season that then-Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro led the team to a franchise-record 56 wins. Then, bam, the Clippers lost in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs and the party was over.The Clippers announced not long after they would not bring back Del Negro. Stories surfaced that players — in particular point guard Chris Paul — may have influenced that decision. Clippers management eventually took the fall, claiming it made the call and it did not involve Paul.Then again, Del Negro intimated it was true during a subsequent radio interview, suggesting the team wanted to keep Paul happy so it could re-sign him, which it did in July to a five-year contract. A local columnist also had owner Donald Sterling hinting players perhaps played a part.If some of the players indeed did not like Del Negro, that does not seem to be the case with current coach Doc Rivers. By the time some of the team’s top players were done talking about him at a recent practice, one got the feeling Rivers is like E.F. Hutton. When he talks, players listen. After a year off to work in the broadcast booth, Rivers began his nine-year stint with the Boston Celtics in 2004. In 2007-08 he led them to the NBA championship. He had earned that ultimate respect as a coach. Not that he boasts about it.“Well, good,” said Rivers, when told his current players credit his experience for helping them set another franchise record with 57 victories this season. “I don’t happen to know that. I don’t know if I really believe that anyway. I really don’t. It’s great to say and I’ll pay them all later. But I really don’t know that.“I think the experience is what they’re going to experience. I can’t experience it with them or for them. As a team I can because we’re on the same team. But they know how to play and that’s what I keep telling them. We know how to play basketball, we just have to make sure we know how to play it together.”That was Rivers’ goal when he arrived. He knew he had lots of individual talent, and he wanted to make sure it could be formed into that collective superpower.“We needed to become a great team,” Rivers said. “We’d become great individuals, some of the guys. That’s not going to win for you. I think for us it’s learning how to trust each other and to be a great team. And you know, you have to sacrifice to be a great team.“And the greater the player, he probably has to sacrifice more. In some ways, he has to do less sometimes to be great. And that’s uncomfortable for guys.”Rivers has center DeAndre Jordan playing the best ball of his career by concentrating on defense and rebounding. Jordan led the NBA in rebounding (13.6 avg.) and field goal percentage (67.6) this season, becoming only the third player in history to do so — Wilt Chamberlain (eight times) and Dwight Howard are the others.Jordan had never averaged more than 8.3 rebounds. He also was third in the league in blocks at 2.48 per game. The kudos should go to Rivers, Jordan recently said.“He just makes you want to run through a brick wall for him,” Jordan said. “That’s what he puts in everybody. And it’s not just because the way he talks, it’s how he looks at you in the eyes so you know that it’s something that he really believes in.”Whether Paul did or did not want Del Negro to hit the road is a moot point by now. The look in his eyes when asked about Rivers speaks volumes.“Confidence, competitiveness,” Paul said, listing Rivers’ traits. “He’s, to me, probably one of the most competitive persons in the league. His will to win.”Former Indiana Pacers star and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, now an analyst for TNT, is more than a little impressed with what Rivers has done. He remembers how just Tuesday, when the Clippers were up by some 20 points over Denver, Rivers was still yelling at Paul, Griffin and Jordan.“I’ve always told people great players want to be coached hard,” Miller said. “And Doc Rivers coaches you, along with Gregg Popovich (of the Spurs), they coach you hard no matter who you are. There are no favorites. The main objective is winning and that’s why most players, they respond to positive criticism by Doc Rivers. I just think he’s done a fantastic job.“You would have thought when he came in Day One his job was to sit Chris Paul down or sit Blake down. His number one job was to sit DeAndre Jordan down and say, ‘Look, for us to be successful, you’re not even going to sniff the offensive end. I want you to be the reincarnation of Bill Russell. Block shots, rebound and run the floor. Whatever scraps you get offensively, that’s offensive rebounding or lobs in transition.’“It has changed the culture of the Clippers. And that’s all Doc Rivers.”And if he loses in the first round like Del Negro did last season, do the good vibrations turn bad? Former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy — currently an analyst for ESPN — doesn’t think so. Not if the Clippers are smart.“He commands respect because of his past success and also he is a sharp, intelligent, charismatic leader and he’s going to the Hall of Fame. And so they would be foolish not to hang on every word that he has to say,” Van Gundy said. “He knows winning, he knows what it takes, he knows what leads to losing and so I think that those guys are being really bright by making sure they’re listening all the time to what he has to say.“And I don’t think one series loss in any particular round would impact how they view him, because you’ve gotta be more long-range thinking if you’re a coach in evaluating players who may lose in the first round, or if you’re a player evaluating a coach who loses in the first round.”
Search and rescue personnel are looking for the pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle that crashed in the North Sea on Monday morning, according to Stars and Stripes.The plane, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in England, was on a routine training mission and had one pilot on board, base officials said. It went down off the coast of East Yorkshire at 9:40 a.m., local time.The cause of the crash and the status of the pilot were not immediately known, they said.An F-15C from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing skidded to a stop at Joint Base Andrews, Md., last month after the pilot declared an in-flight emergency. No injuries were reported.On June 10, 2018, an F-15C from the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, crashed into the ocean south of Okinawa. The pilot ejected and was recovered by Japanese rescue forces.The 48th FW is the only Air Force F-15 fighter wing in Europe, and consists of more than 4,500 active-duty military members.RAF Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England, according to their website.