As well as debutant Van der Merwe, Aled Davies, Aled Thomas and Steven Shingler came into the Scarlets’ back division while hooker Kirby Myhill took over from the injured Emyr Phillips from the 20-8 win at Zebre. Leinster coach Leo Cullen made five changes from the side which defeated the Newport Gwent Dragons including a first start for fly-half Ross Byrne. Scarlets adopted an expansive approach and led 15-0 after largely dominating the first half. It was all Scarlets early on as a fourth-minute penalty from Shingler was followed five minutes later by a try for flanker Davies, who was put over down the left by captain John Barclay. Leinster pounced on a few errors from the home side to create some of their own pressure but Fergus McFadden was short with a 15th-minute penalty and then wing Hadleigh Parkes produced a fine tackle to stop Nacewa going in at the left corner. It was more Leinster pressure which actually produced a runaway try, with Van der Merwe picking off possession in his own 22 and running in unopposed from 75 metres. Shingler converted to give the home side a 15-0 advantage. Matters did not get much better for the Irishmen after the interval, with centre Noel Reid handed a yellow card in the 43rd minute for a cynical ruck offence. And against 14 men Scarlets scored their third try, Van der Merwe’s second, to see them lead 22-0 on 53 minutes. Press Association Shingler kicked a penalty on the hour when the Scarlets might have thought of instead going for the bonus-point try, and the chance of that ebbed away as Leinster ended the match much the better. First Nacewa went over after some good inter-passing in the backline, a try converted by McFadden. That seemed to instill some self-belief in the visitors though McFadden butchered a chance down the right, dropping the ball with the line at his mercy. But Leinster did grab a second a minute from time when Tracy went over from short range, a try converted by McFadden. Van der Merwe, who scored a try in each of Canada’s four World Cup pool games, celebrated a score in each half after flanker James Davies opened the try scoring, but the Scarlets would have been disappointed not to have got a bonus point. For Leinster the try scorers in the second half were full-back Isa Nacewa and replacement James Tracy. Canada’s World Cup star DTH van der Merwe crossed twice as Guinness Pro12 leaders Scarlets stretched their unbeaten start to four games with a 25-14 victory over Leinster at Parc y Scarlets.
LOS ANGELES — Julius Randle has been on the bench, in the doghouse and out of the Lakers’ long-term plans.But he just keeps playing so well.If the Lakers are resigned to eventually parting with Randle, either by trading him before the Feb. 8 deadline or letting him walk in free agency, the fourth-year forward is making a point of showing what they’d be giving up on.His 22-point, 14-rebound performance in Tuesday’s 99-86 win over Sacramento was just the latest of his frequent uprisings in this tumultuous season. It was just the fifth time this season he cracked 30 minutes. That made Randle something of an enigma on the roster this season. But he has value.If the Lakers will have to renounce Randle’s rights just to get under the cap threshold to sign their target superstars next summer, then, the thinking goes, they should trade him now to get some return on investment.But what if Paul George and LeBron James don’t decide to make L.A. their next stop? Do the Lakers really want to watch Randle average double-doubles somewhere else for the next 10 years?Before he started playing so well, the Lakers were believed to be open to a bargain-basement price on Randle, considering even a straight swap with disgruntled and benched Dallas center Nerlens Noel.The price tag is going up.In spurts, Randle plays like someone the Lakers would not mind paying for years to come. On Tuesday, he matched his season high with six assists. “I just feel like we have a lot of guys who are trying to score,” Randle said, “so (I’m) making a better effort defensively and playmaking for guys. It’s better for the team.”Despite his ability to produce, the Lakers have always viewed Randle as an incomplete player, prone to turnovers – he had six against Sacramento – and limited defensively. Walton found a way to neutralize those defensive woes, however, by moving Randle to the bench, where he was able to switch on virtually every possession.“He, in my opinion, is one of the best bigs in our league at switching and guarding every position on the floor, one through five,” Walton said. “In the starting lineup, we need him to play more traditional coverage and schemes.”That is where he has struggled in the past, going head-to-head against bigger and more talented adversaries.If the Lakers are trying to showcase him for a trade by starting him, as has been suggested by media reports, then Randle’s defense is the likely tradeoff.In the meantime, the points and rebounds should continue to add up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe is averaging a career-high 13.4 points per game despite averaging six fewer minutes than last season. He has thrived in his last three games starting alongside Lonzo Ball, notching double-doubles in two of the three games and finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds in the other.“He is such a dynamic athlete,” Coach Luke Walton said, “that when he drives the lane, when he is under control, we always get something good.”So why is Randle’s departure from the Lakers viewed as so inevitable? He was included in an ESPN report this week that the Lakers have made both him and Jordan Clarkson available in trades, as well as Larry Nance Jr.As the organization commits to a core of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, the other promising young players in whom they have invested so much have become extraneous, especially if their salaries will cut into the Lakers’ ability to sign one or more max-contract free agents.The writing has been on the wall for Randle since Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka declined to sign him to an extension before October’s deadline, setting him up for restricted free agency next summer. He lacks the defensive skills and passing acumen of Nance and the floor-spacing ability of Kuzma and Brook Lopez. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
MORE: NFL coaches vote Reid SN’s 2018 Coach of the YearUnion Broadcasting said when it suspended Kietzman that his comments “were clearly not to his or our standards.” The company apologized to Reid, his family, the Chiefs and listeners.Kietzman apologized to Reid on the air, but he also insisted that he was only speaking about the Chiefs and Reid failing to “fix” players and employees, most recently wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Britt Reid is a Chiefs assistant coach and Garrett Reid also served on his father’s staff; those hires, according to Kietzman, made referencing Reid’s family history relevant.MORE: Chiefs reportedly hopeful after ‘positive’ meeting between Hill, NFL He told Awful Announcing: When Reid decided to hire his sons to try to help them, it ceased being a personal, private matter in my opinion. When a tax payer supported football team hires convicted felons, it is absolutely worthy of scrutiny. Andy Reid has hired several convicted criminals in his career and asked fans to trust him. Some have worked out, many have not.Kietzman has also noted he has done charitable work in preventing teen suicides.Kietzman hosted “Between the Lines” on WHB, in which he is an investor, for 22 years. A Kansas City sports radio host is out of a job less than a week after making comments about Chiefs coach Andy Reid that were roundly criticized.Kevin Kietzman and Union Broadcasting, Inc., parent company of station WHB, “mutually agreed to part ways,” the company announced Friday. Kietzman had been suspended since Tuesday after saying on the air that some of Reid’s past attempts at being a disciplinarian “did not work out well in his family life.” Reid’s son Garrett died of a heroin overdose in 2012; another son, Britt, has served time in prison on gun and drug charges.