In swimming, Ellen Keane will compete in the SM8 200m IM heats just before 2pm and Ailbhe Kelly also goes in the S8 100m FS heats at 3:23pm.In Cycling, Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal are in action in the Individual Pursuit B qualifier at 2pm.Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan are in action in the PT5 women’s triathlon at 3:20pm while Damien Vereker and Carrick-on-Suir’s Sean Hahessy go in the Individual B Kilo final just after half 3. Michael McKillop is chasing his second 1500m gold medal.The reigning champion goes in the T37 final just before 4pm.Elsewhere on the track, Orla Comerford goes in the T13 100m final at 3pm.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The few, the proud, the Clippers …It’s hard to tell who the old guys are in this series. Six Spurs are in their 30s including Tim Duncan, who’ll be 39 for Game 4; Manu Ginobili, 37; and Tony Parker, 32, assuming that was him getting outscored 52-11 by Chris Paul in Games 1 and 2.The Clippers are the athletic, highlight-reel team with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, both 26, and CP3, 29.Happily for the Spurs, just when they were about to be thrown on the garbage heap of NBA history — starting in 2008 when CP3’s New Orleans Hornets stunned them in the second round — they built a new, young team around their venerable Big Three. Unhappily for the Clippers, they’re still working on a supporting cast for their dynamic, young Big Three.Remember those posters coach Doc Rivers put up of his players, covering the Laker banners?If you look up there now, you see the starting five flanked by Jamal Crawford and some bearded guy I didn’t recognize right off.Oh, right, that’s Spencer Hawes. I didn’t recognize him without his ponytail.He was supposed to be an important piece, but it didn’t turn out that way. Four Clippers went 43 minutes or more in Wednesday’s overtime loss, but Hawes didn’t get on the floor. And those, effectively, are your 2014-15 Clippers.However this series goes — and no, it’s not over, defeatist as Clippers tradition and Lakers fans would like to be — it’s not the old guys who are undermanned, seeing as how they have so much in the way of reinforcements.In Game 2, when the defending NBA champions walked the edge of a razor, their bench played 103 minutes to the Clipper reserves’ 47.Take out Ginobili and Crawford, who are essentially starters coming off the bench, and the Spurs’ reserves played 81 minutes to the Clippers’ 26, outscoring them 39-6.Rivers has a lot of ways to handle questions about his bench, including turning the pre-Game 1 media session into comedy standup when it started off with three questions about his bench.“Maybe we’re exaggerating the importance of the bench,” began the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, about to ask another.“Apparently,” said Rivers, laughing. “That’s four questions.”Solutions require something more, like clearing out most of their reserves and getting better ones. Rivers hasn’t been able to and won’t get another shot until summer.So what happened to get the Clippers into this predicament?Two things. Rivers was a veteran coach but, effectively, a rookie GM when he arrived in 2013.Rivers took over a skeleton staff, owner Donald T. Sterling’s interpretation of lean and mean.The summer before, they lost GM Neil Olshey after letting his contract run out. Sterling, typically, put off any thought about an extension — this was the guy who had just landed CP3 — only to see Portland’s Paul Allen swoop in and hire him away.That summer, a committee handled personnel: coach Vinny del Negro, team president Andy Roeser, newly promoted GM Gary Sacks, and, in effect, CP3 as lead recruiter.By the way, they did great, signing Crawford, Barnes, Lamar Odom, Grant Hill and fielding the NBA’s highest-scoring bench.Rivers’ early choices — surely with help from CP3 — looked solid but didn’t turn out that way.When they made good ones — signing Darren Collison — they wound up with nothing to show for it.Collison backed up Paul brilliantly, but with Glen Davis, who’s really 6-7 3/4, forced to spell Jordan, the priority was a backup center, preferably one with shooting range.Hawes looked perfect, having just averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and made 40 percent of his 3-pointers starting in Philadelphia.Well, he was perfect until he got here and his game went missing.“I’ve seen guys have horrible regular seasons and then break out in the playoffs,” said Rivers in March. “We still believe in him, just like the other 20 teams that wanted to sign him in the league.”It was worse than that. To get the money to sign Hawes, they had to cut Collison.To replace Collison, they signed Jordan Farmar, coming off his second Laker stint in which he reportedly alienated everyone on the staff.That was a non-starter, or at least a non-finisher. Farmar was cut Jan. 16.Rivers then brought in his son, a quirky hire since Austin wasn’t a point guard or a veteran with an established game.Rivers now has former assistants Dave Wohl (who worked under Doc in Orlando and Boston) and Kevin Eastman in the front office.So it’s a skeleton staff no longer, nor is there a rookie personnel guy in charge.Aside from that, the challenge remains.