Fit-again Sean O’Brien is fit to face the Italians if required, though Ireland may choose not to risk the combative flanker who is finally past 14 months of shoulder problems. Cian Healy remains in line to return from a long-term hamstring injury to face France in round two, with Johnny Sexton expecting the all-clear on Thursday for the Dublin clash with Les Bleus on Valentine’s Day. “Conor Murray trained well on Friday and he progressed to full contact training,” said Kearney. “He has seen a specialist, we had an open training session in the Aviva (Stadium) on Friday and Conor took a full part in that. “There was some minor contact in that session but he came through it really well, and we would expect that Conor would be available for selection.” Munster scrum-half Murray’s fitness will be a clear boost when Ireland launch the defence of their Six Nations crown against the Azzurri this weekend. Only last week boss Joe Schmidt was sweating on injuries to both front-line scrum-halves – Murray and Leinster’s Eoin Reddan – but now both could face Italy. Racing Metro fly-half Sexton will miss Saturday’s tournament opener as he completes his enforced 12-week lay-off after a string of concussions. Conor Murray has been passed fit for Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy in Rome. Ireland bosses expect the Lions playmaker to receive the all-clear in time to train fully next week, in a bid to return against France on February 14. “Jamie Heaslip continues to rehab his shoulder and we are hopeful that he’ll train fully tomorrow,” said Kearney. “I would say there’s probably some small doubt about him, but he’s recovered really well. “Jamie being the professional athlete that he is, he really does look after his body extremely well and would have worked on it over the weekend. “So I suppose the next day or two will tell a lot, but there would be a small degree of doubt about him, maybe, yes. “We are hopeful Cian Healy will return to full training at some stage this week. “Depending on how he goes this week, if he comes through some tests he will be allowed to train fully for the rest of the week. “I suppose if that happens with Cian, given the athlete that he is, I would expect that he would be in consideration for the French game, yes. “Eoin Reddan is making good progress from a knee ligament injury and we’re hopeful that he’ll train tomorrow also. Jonathan Sexton is seeing his neurologist in Paris on Thursday. “I must say he’s been in camp all last week, he’s trained really well, very focused, taking a full part except for the full contact. “So he’ll see his neurologist on Thursday, hopefully he’ll get a clean bill of health and it will be all systems go for the following week.” Wing Dave Kearney is expected to be fit for selection against Italy despite suffering a nasty shoulder injury in Leinster’s 20-20 Champions Cup draw with Wasps on January 24. Lock Mike McCarthy has not been ruled out of the Italy clash despite suffering a heavy concussion in Friday night’s Ireland Wolfhounds match, while Luke Fitzgerald has recovered from illness. Ireland team boss Kearney also confirmed flanker O’Brien came through the Wolfhounds clash unscathed. “Sean came through really well, he’s a little stiff and sore as you’d expect after his first game back in, what, six months and going straight into a pretty competitive international-type match,” said Kearney. “But he came through it really well, he’s in good form and he’s really happy to be back obviously in the mix.” The British and Irish Lions scrum-half has battled neck trouble for the last month but is back in full training and ready to start Saturday’s Stadio Olimpico clash. Ireland team manager Mick Kearney admitted “some small doubt” over number eight Jamie Heaslip, who is carrying a shoulder injury. Press Association
Published on December 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Beat writers Brett LoGiurato and Andrew John analyze Syracuse’s chances against the ACC’s N.C. State on Dec. 4.
NBA free agency rumors: Hawks ‘would welcome’ back Vince Carter Thompson had scored a game-high 30 points before being forced to leave the contest, living up to the lethal “Game 6 Klay” persona he’s taken on in recent years during the postseason. But Golden State didn’t quite have enough firepower to top the Raptors without Thompson and Kevin Durant, who ruptured his Achilles in Game 5.The Warriors ended up being closed out in a 114-110 loss and saw Durant join the Nets over the offseason. But Thompson is still focused on contributing to the Warriors teams of the future, as he signed a five-year, $190 million deal with the team in July and has had multiple specialists look at his knee.”I’ve heard varying opinions about, especially medically, I don’t want to rush it ’cause I want to play until I’m 38, 39, 40 years old,” said the 29-year-old Thompson. “That’s my plan, especially because the way I can shoot the ball. I would love to see the floor this season. I don’t know when that is.”Thompson, a five-time All-Star, averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and shot 40.2% from beyond the arc in 2018-19. But an ACL tear can make continued excellence uncertain. Thompson acknowledged that injuries are part of the game and appreciated the Warriors’ long-term commitment.”So many great teams in history, not only basketball but all sports, have been struck by an injury bug,” Thompson said. “And us, the Warriors, we were, that five-year run we had, five straight Finals, we were very lucky. We obviously had bumps in the road, but nothing as traumatic as what me and Kevin went through. LeBron James ‘shocked’ by David Griffin’s comments about being ‘miserable’ with Cavaliers, report says “I knew I did something. But I’ve never had the severity of an ACL injury or an injury that bad,” Thompson told ESPN when recounting his injury. “So me, personally, I didn’t think it was that bad, initially. My adrenaline was so high being Game 6, whatever. I thought I sprained my knee; that’s all I thought it was.”But when I went back to the locker room, it swelled up a lot, didn’t feel right. It’s just not a good feeling when you feel helpless and the team’s out there competing.” Related News Klay Thompson won’t rush to get back to playing in 2019-20, but he is eager handle some unfinished business.The Warriors star tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and will likely miss the majority of next season. He’s in uncharted territory during a critical transitional period for Golden State. “So it was humbling, but the Warriors showed their loyalty and their respect for me, offering me that five-year deal. Jumped on that as soon as I could, just because the history with this team and the franchise it would be so hard to leave. And the feeling of, you know, unfinished business, getting that close in the Finals, or to the fourth championship — tasting it — just being out of reach.”It’s the pain of sports, but it’s what keeps me motivated.” Klay Thompson says Warriors’ dynasty is far from over: ‘It would not be smart to count the Dubs out’
The U-17 national team of Bosnia-Herzegovina was defeated today in Ljubuški by Northern Macedonia with 1:3 in the first of two friendly matches scheduled.The guests come to advantage in the 38th minute. Georg Stojanovski entered the penalty area of the BH team from the left side and sent the ball into the middle where one player was blocked first, but the Ardijan Chilafi managed his best to hit for 0:1.In the 40th minute, Metin Iljazi sent the ball to the left for Chilafi, who was precise once again for Northern Macedonia’s advantage of 0:2.The BH cadet team reduced the advantage of the guests in the 62nd minute. The Macedonian defenders stopped Aleksandar Kahvić with an offence in the penalty area, and the penalty shooter was Denis Dizdarević for 1:2.The cadet team of Northern Macedonia scored its third goal in the 84th minute. Enis Bukji made a free kick from his own half and sent the ball to the right side of the BH penalty area for Dashmir Elezi, who shot accurately for 1:3.After the breakthrough of Viktor Grbić in the 86th minute, the Macedonian defenders stopped him with a foul and another penalty for the BH team was awarded. This time, responsibility was taken by Alem Japaur, but goalkeeper Stefan Tasev defended his shot.The same teams will play another match in Ljubuški on 14th February at 10:30 h.Bosnia and Herzegovina – Northern Macedonia 1:3 (0:2)Goals: 0:1 Chilafi (38th), 0:2 Chilafi (40th), 1:2 Dizdarević (62nd, penalty kick), 1:3 Elezi (84th)Bosnia and Herzegovina: Eldin Lolić, Haris Hasanović, Nermin Mujkić, Hamza Redžić (81st minute, Emir Brković), Anel Kadrić, Armin Durić (46th minute, Alem Japaur), Armin Karić (67th minute, Hamza Hadžiavdić), Emir Derviškadić (46thminute, Nikola Ćebić), Aleksandar Kahvić, Denis Dizdarević (67th minute, Viktor Grbić), Matej Šakota (46th minute, Adnan Berbić). Head Coach: Nermin ŠabićNorthern Macedonia: Stefan Tasev, Marko Ristov, Bljend Zekjiri (46th minute, Borjan Popovski) Enis Bukji, Matej Angelov, Metin Iljazi (46th minute, Dashmir Elezi), Georg Stojanovski (66th minute, Mite Mitev), Ardijan Chilafi (90th+1 minute, Donart Ibraimi), Besar Gudjufi (79th minute, Marko Sofijanoski), Mirche Stoilov (79th minute, Nikola Pavleski), Mateo Sofijanoski (66th minute, Erion Shuku). Head Coach: Dragi Kanatlarovski