It’s unfathomable that Pippen could compete against guards half his age – but Phil said Sunday the Lakers have talked to Michael Jordan’s former sidekick. Uh, bad idea. If you want geriatrics who played in the triangle offense, why not Mike himself? He’s 44, but let’s guess that he has more left than does Scottie. Luke Walton will never be confused with Papa Bill, when it comes to talent, but since Luke got hurt, the Lakers are 6-12. His (looming) return will be a bigger bump than Pippen could provide. Look for the Clippers to pass the Lakers in the standings. Even with Shaun Livingston done and Sam Cassell dragging. The Clips have more talent still standing than do the Lakers, and trail them by only 3.5 games with 23 left. Which means the Clips might have a shot of winning a series, against Utah or San Antonio, while the Lakers are roasted by the Suns. Or Mavs, if they fall to No. 8 in the West. And they could. The Lakers are desperate, but not Scottie Pippen desperate … Phil Jackson’s team has lost eight of 11, Lamar Odom may be out for the season with a shoulder injury and Kobe Bryant is playing like he has no faith in anyone else in a Lakers jersey. Granted, that allowing can’t-get-there-from-here Humboldt State to host the NCAA Division II West Regional this weekend is nutty … but second-seeded Cal State San Bernardino could have avoided the mess if it hadn’t blown a game at UC San Diego. Cal Poly Pomona, for that matter, could have hosted had it not lost to Cal State Stanislaus, Monterey Bay and Sonoma State. Now everyone heads to the rainforest in Arcata. The CIF State basketball playoffs, which begin Tuesday, are organized by enrollment. That means lots of Inland Empire teams in Division I – six in the boys bracket (No. 8 Riverside King, No. 11 Arroyo Valley, No. 12 Corona Centennial, No. 14 Perris, No. 15 Murrieta Valley, No. 16 Kaiser) and four in the girls bracket (No. 2 Miller, No. 5 Etiwanda, No. 11 Silverado, No. 12 Perris). Division I is open to 16 Southern California schools for the first time, up from eight, and is a direct result of the high number of high-enrollment schools in this half of the state. Arroyo Valley makes its state playoffs debut at Los Alamitos on Tuesday, one week after losing in the Southern Section Division II-AA semifinals. The Hawks had “one-and-a-half” practices since falling to St. Bernard 57-52, coach Scott Smith said. “It’s going to be a little tough getting back in the mode, not knowing if we were going to be in the state playoffs,” Smith said. “So we’ll just go down to Los Al and have some fun.” Scary first-round D1 matchup: D4-AA finalist Kaiser (18-13), which faced five private schools with enrollments under 500 in its CIF-SS push (which ended with a title-game loss to Ontario Christian), at top-seeded L.A. Fairfax (23-5). Way-scary potential second-round matchup: Twentyine Palms at Artesia in D3. These two played seven divisions apart in the CIF-SS postseason. Twentyine Palms won D4-A by defeating Sherman Oaks Buckley; Artesia won D1-AA by defeating Santa Ana Mater Dei. Mater Dei rarely loses in the CIF-SS playoffs. Before falling to Artesia on Saturday, the Monarchs’ only Southern Section postseason defeat since 1991 (!!!) was to Pacific – in the 1998 Division I-A semifinals. Mater Dei won 14 CIF-SS titles in 15 years, according to Scott Smith, who coached that `98 Pacific team. Indulge us in a stroll down memory lane. Pacific topped Mater Dei 70-69 on a last-second putback by Demond Huff before a standing-room-only crowd at San Gorgonio High School. Pacific got 17 points off the bench from “where’d he come from?” guard Bobby Tossetti, 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Miller’s second-seeded girls seem to have the best chance of reaching the state title game March 24 in Sacramento. They would have to win four times, probably getting top-seeded Long Beach Poly in the SoCal final at Pauley Pavilion, March 17. Just a reminder of how tough it is to make the NBA: Mater Dei has put something like 100 players in Division I college basketball. But its NBA alumni? The list: Miles Simon (five games), Cedric Bozeman (23 games), Jamal Sampson (65 games in five seasons) and the Great Success, Leron Ellis, who averaged 3.0 points in 91 career games in three seasons in the 1990s. Major League Soccer is holding its breath. David Beckham left Real Madrid’s game Sunday with a potentially serious knee injury. Becks out for the season would be, uh, bad for MLS. Good news on Harold Strauss: The popular Colton High School football coach was discharged from the hospital Friday after suffering a heart attack the previous weekend and undergoing angioplasty to clear an artery. Strauss, 48, felt good enough Sunday afternoon to be “out of the house, visiting a friend,” daughter Tami said. Los Angeles’ attempt to play host to the 2016 Summer Games is a waste of time. The International Olympic Committee 1) isn’t going to make L.A. the first three-time host and 2) isn’t going to award the Games to anyone in the U.S. as long as anti-American global sentiment remains high. Ever want to be a face in a sports movie crowd? The Web site BeinaMovie.com is looking for people willing to hang around a basketball gym during shooting in Los Angeles later this month for Will Ferrell’s next movie, “Semi-Pro.” Major League Baseball’s preseason is far too long. Only the National Football League spends more time doing nothing that matters. UCLA’s Bruins probably need to win only once in the Pac-10 Tournament this week to secure a regional No. 1 seed … but we doubt their ability to make the Final Four. Let alone win it. UCLA is just too soft inside. USC’s Trojans may be in the midst of a season-ending four-game losing streak. After getting swept in Washington, the Trojans open the Pac-10 tourney vs. Stanford, and a defeat should leave them about a No. 6 seed (and thoroughly vulnerable) in the NCAA tourney. When John Masi and Big West champion Long Beach State rolled into UC Riverside on Saturday – and rolled out 91-75 victors – the smattering of UCR fans in the crowd had to be thinking: Did we fire the right guy two years ago? Stan Morrison, UCR athletic director, dumped Masi, the Riverside coaching icon who was 462-269 in 26 seasons (42-89 after the ill-advised move to Division I), and the Highlanders have gone 12-46 since. It would have been wiser to keep Masi and fire Morrison. Kudos: To NBA guys Steve Nash and Chris Kaman for getting haircuts. Condolences: To Nash and Kaman, who found out the hard way that length doesn’t hide thinning hair. Lookalikes: Barry Bonds, Gary “Can’t Talk About Human Growth Hormone Stories” Matthews Jr. At least when it comes to “looking guilty.” Where are they now? Diana Taurasi, WNBA scoring champ from Don Lugo High School, is spending another winter playing basketball in Russia, where the money is better. Taurasi is with Spartak Moscow Region, which plays Dynamo tonight with second place in the Superleague Standings at stake. They said it: “Scottie, don’t do it. Don’t hurt yourself, man. You’ve had a great career.” – Lakers alumni Michael Cooper on a Pippen comeback. And finally: Phil Jackson loves old guys, but a 41-year-old guard should be too much even for him. And if it isn’t, then Jerry Buss, please stop him. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But the answer is not Scottie Pippen, who graciously informed the NBA last month that he is ready for a comeback. At age 41. Three years after playing in his last competitive game.
Cllr Seamus O DomhnaillA stretch of 1.5 kms of water main between Falcarragh and Gortahork will be replaced to address the problem of major water disruption in the Cloughaneely area. There has been an unprecedented amount of bursts along the N56 between Falcarragh and Gorathork in the past 14 months which has caused massive disruptions to the supply and indeed much frustration to householdersIn welcoming the news Cllr. Seamus Ó Domhnaill said the works will initially involve a detailed design being carried out for the works which will involve investigations and the drawing up of a scope of works so that the tender document can be put out for consideration and contracts signed. “This work will involve large scale replacement which is badly needed and will ensure that the large number of bursts and stoppages which households on the Falcarragh – Gortahork water supply scheme have experienced will be dramatically reduced or ceased altogether.It is expected the total cost will be in excess of €500,000”.This allocation according to Ó Domhnaill “ is very much welcome as it will ensure that the leaks and bursts which are currently occurring will no longer be a factor.“People expect and deserve a proper level of service from the Water utility and I am pleased to have secured this confirmation after much discussion and many meetings. There will of course be some disruptions while the new pipes are being fitted but I believe the end result will justify the minor disruptions which will occur,” said Ó Domhnaill.The Pipe replacement will take place on the N56 national secondary road between Falcarragh & Gortahork. Ó Domhnaill aded that he has received assurances that any damages which occur to the roads network will be fixed to at least as good a standard as they currently are which is important as there has been much investment on this road in recent years.“Given the fact that design works must now be carried out and the job put out to tender it is expected that it will be the latter end of 2016 or very early in 2017 when the actual construction will commence but today signifies a major positive departure given that the green light has been given and confirmation received that this project will be funded once these works will be carried out”.The annoyance which has been caused in the local community over the last number of months has been sizeable and this announcement will go some way in abating this annoyance and insuring that the community receive a proper level of service from Irish water into the future, added Ó Domhnaill.“The local water team have done trojan work recently in replacing pipes when bursts occurred on this water main and thanks must be afforded to the team for their work and continued dedication to ensuring the supply pipes are repaired when required. I am hopeful that the design works will be carried out imminently and I will ensure that I will continue to exert pressure upon Irish Water until this job has been completed to a satisfactory standard.”LEAK-PRONE CLOUGHANEELY WATER SUPPLY TO GET A MAJOR OVERHAUL was last modified: February 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burstsCllr Seamus O DomhnaillCloughaneelydonegalFalcarraghgortahorkpipeswaterread more