Nenagh’s Donncha Ryan among starting 15 for Munster Champions clash

first_imgRob Kearney is at full back for Leinster for their clash with Toulon in France on Sunday.Fergus Mc Fadden and Captain Isa Nacewa are on the wings with Teo’o and Fitzgerald in the centre and Sexton and Boss in the half backs.Cian Healy starts in the front row alongside Rihcardt Strauss and Mike Ross while Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy are in the second row with Ruddock, Van Der Flier and Heaslip at number 8.Ten of the starting 15 started in last season’s 25-20 semi-final extra time loss to Toulon in Marseille.Ian Madigan and Dave Kearney are amongst the replacements along with Jordi Murphy and Jack Mc Grath.Tonight Ulster host Toulouse at Kingspan stadium while in the Challenge cup an injury hit Connacht welcome Newcastle.Both matches kick off at 7.45. The team is Andrew Conway at full back with Earls and Zebo on the wings and Saili and Hurley in the centre with Keatley and Murray in the half backs.Cronin, Scannell and Botha are the front row with Foley and Donncha Ryan in the second row and Copeland, O’Callaghan and Stander in the back row.Munster has lost their last two matches but Simon Zebo says the atmosphere in the camp is still good…last_img read more

Chicago Cubs rough up LA Dodgers rookie Julio Urias in 7-2 win

first_imgCHICAGO >> Throwing to a new catcher didn’t matter. Wearing a new number on the back of his jersey didn’t matter. A different media market in a different time zone, even the absence of his family in the bleachers — nothing Thursday could alter the fact that Julio Urias is simply not ready to be a major league pitcher.The cold truth played out on a warm day before 37,422 at Wrigley Field, as the Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs improved on baseball’s best record (37-15) by winning three of four games in the series, while the Dodgers (28-27) return home having won three and lost four on a seven-game road trip.Urias kicked off the trip Friday by failing to complete three innings against the New York Mets. He ended it with his first major league loss.For the Dodgers, the decision to give their top prospect a second chance presented a bit of a Catch-22: The only way anyone could know whether Urias would rebound in his second start was to give him a second start. When Urias was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth inning, the Dodgers trailed 6-1. After two starts, his ERA stands at 9.39. “Julio’s going to be just fine,” Roberts said reassuringly. “He’s going to be better.” It’s usually safe to bet on baseball’s top pitching prospect approaching his potential.In the moment, though, this trip forced the Dodgers to grapple with Urias’ learning curve while simultaneously measuring their championship hopes against two of baseball’s best teams. The Mets are the defending National League champions. The Cubs are the presumptive favorites this year. Of greater concern than Urias: The Dodgers scratched only eight runs and 16 hits over four games in Chicago.“Their starting pitching — you win with starting pitching and they’ve got it,” Roberts said of the Cubs. “The offense there’s always terrific. Guys are always getting on base. They slug. They have swagger.”It was this combination that exposed the gap between the best team in the majors and the best pitcher in Triple-A. Roberts did not commit to giving Urias another start in another five days, when the Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies. Ready or not, the Dodgers had little choice but to promote Urias after he threw 27 consecutive scoreless innings for their top affiliate and Alex Wood was sidelined with an elbow injury. Wood is expected to miss more than a month.Urias “has the most talent probably in this locker room,” Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson said. “I mean, he’s 19 years old. He can compete up here. That’s why he’s up here.”Thompson’s solo home run against Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks (4-4) gave the Dodgers their first run Thursday. Corey Seager’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning drove in Kiké Hernandez with the second run.The loss dropped the Dodgers 5 1/2 games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants — their largest deficit all season. Clayton Kershaw will take the ball Friday after being named the National League’s pitcher of the month. He’ll face the rebuilding Atlanta Braves at home, a simple formula for success for a team that could use one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img To his credit, the 19-year-old left-hander rarely nibbled around the edges of the strike zone or overthrew catcher A.J. Ellis’ target. Both were problems in his debut, a game caught by Yasmani Grandal. Urias copped to being nervous in that game, which is understandable. His body language and composure on the mound were better Thursday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, but so was his opponent. The Cubs scored six runs against Urias — five were earned — on the strength of three laser-tagged home runs.Chicago was already ahead 2-0 when Javier Baez hit a two-run blast in the fourth inning. Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant hit home runs on consecutive pitches in the fifth. “I felt like my pitches were hitting their spots,” Urias said through an interpreter. “That’s what I liked about my outing.“It’s just those pitches I missed on, they were able to capitalize.”last_img read more