Former Clare and Dublin manager Anthony Daly will work with Limerick next season.The two time All-Ireland winning captain has agreed to take up the role of Director of Limerick’s Underage Hurling Academy.As part of the position, Daly will also act as team coach to the Limerick Minors and will form part of manager Leo O’Connor’s backroom team.
Ghana coach Avram Grant says he has seen massive improvement in the team since taking charge of the team a year ago.Today – December 1 – marks exactly a year since Grant officially started work as head of the senior national team. The former Chelsea boss believes the Black Stars have been impressive in his first year in charge of the team.“We scored 20 goals in 10 officials games which I think is good. I don’t like to speak about the past but before I came we had conceded a lot of goals and it was a target for the players not to concede so many goals and I think we have improved on this very well,” he said when he met the press on Monday at the GFA Secretariat.“Football is balanced. If you score and the difference is not good then there is a problem so I think this is a big improvement in our game but I know we need to continue with this.“I am very proud of the players I have worked with so far because they have really improved.”The Israeli was appointed on November 27, 2014. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Playing musical chairs with a starting lineup is not conducive to winning in the NBA. For the Lakers, they are not winning and that’s why it’s never surprising when first-year coach Byron Scott announces he is changing the starting lineup.After starting Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre, Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington the past seven games, Scott on Sunday against Dallas started Ellington and Clarkson at the guard positions, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hill at the forward spots and rookie Tarik Black at center. It will stay this way for a good 10 games, Scott said before his team was defeated 100-93 by the Mavericks at Staples Center.Black had six points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in the first half, after which the teams were tied 44-44. His brightest moment came on a strong drive to the basket that began at the top of the key and culminated with a left-handed layup. Black finished with six points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 26 minutes.Boozer led the Lakers with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench, Clarkson and Johnson scored 15 apiece, Ellington scored 13 and Ed Davis had 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Scott said the main reason for this lineup change was to get a long look at Black, who at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds is not the biggest post in the world; he was a power forward in his college days at Kansas.“I wanted to see Tarik Black a little more,” Scott said before tip-off. “That was the big reason. Kind of change it a little bit more to an athletic starting five than the previous one.”Black had played in 17 games for the Lakers since coming over from Houston, for which he played 25. Black had started six consecutive games for the Lakers, then Scott changed the lineup for seven games beginning with a Feb. 22 victory over Boston at Staples Center.Black played a grand total of 13 minutes during those seven games – he played four minutes against Boston and nine minutes in Friday’s loss at Memphis. He rode the bench the five games in between.That apparently didn’t mean Scott does not think highly of Black. Quite the contrary.“He’s really strong down there,” Scott said. “He’s udersized, but I want to see what he can do in a 10-, 15-game stretch with maximum minutes played, to see if he could play out there, see if he can stay out of foul trouble, see if he can rebound the ball like I think he can and run the floor, defend.”Black was relaxed as he spoke with reporters at his locker before the game. He had averaged 4.5 points and 5.1 rebounds while averaging 17.1 minutes before Sunday. Certainly, he is hopeful of making a lasting impression over the next few weeks.“Yes, sir,” he said. “But this is my rookie season. I have a long way to go to become the player I want to be. As of right now, my rookie season, I’ve gotten a lot of playing time, a lot of experience other guys haven’t gotten. And right now is another opportunity just to get better; that’s the way I’m looking at it.”Black likes what he has shown thus far.“I’m progressing very well because I work on my game every day,” he said, with both humility and pride.But he wasn’t thrilled that his team led 90-84 Sunday with 6:35 to play, only to have it outscored 16-3 down the stretch.“It sucks, man, it sucks,” Black said. “It’s a bad feeling, man, when you’ve got the game in your hands, you have control of it. We just let it slip away.”Clarkson said Dallas won because it got “Defensive stops and they were scoring, making shots.”The Lakers’ widest margin of defeat in this five-game skid is seven points three times. They led by four points (71-67) after three quarters at Memphis on Friday before the Grizzlies outscored them by 11 in the fourth.Closing out games in victorious fashion is not coming easy, to be sure.“(It’s) a talent thing,” Scott said, “and experience kind of helps.”The Mavericks had no such trouble, thanks in part to Ellis, who scored eight of his points in the fourth.“He was huge,” teammate Chandler Parsons said. “It’s nothing new to us. We’ve seen him do it a lot this year. He’s one of the better closers in the game in the fourth quarter, so we are going to need him to continue to do that and hit big shots for us.” The Lakers led 77-75 after three quarters. The score was tied 90-90 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game, then the Mavericks (41-24) took over. The Lakers (16-46) have lost five in succession, the Mavericks snapped a two-game losing streak.“Not bad,” Scott said afterward of his 11th different starting lineup. “Good energy. I thought we played hard, as we’ve been playing. … I thought Tarik was active, just like I wanted him to be.”Dallas got 31 points from Monta Ellis, 13 off the bench from Al-Farqou Aminu and 12 from Dirk Nowitzki. The Lakers outrebouned the Mavericks 47-33.Kobe Bryant was on the Lakers’ bench for the first time since his season-ending rotator cuff injury. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error