Press Association The Italian has opted to leave QPR defender Dunne, 33, out of his selection to visit the Cardiff City Stadium on August 14, while Wolves’ former England Under-21 international Stearman is overlooked despite acquiring an Irish passport last year. Dunne, who returned to the Ireland squad after a year out in June’s victory over Georgia, is still recovering from a groin injury but has been taken on QPR’s pre-season tour of Turkey. Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has not included defenders Richard Dunne or Richard Stearman in a provisional 26-man squad to face Wales in an August friendly. Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, also 33, and Millwall winger Andy Keogh are omitted as Trapattoni looks to experiment with a younger selection. Nowich midfielder Anthony Pilkington, 25, could earn his first cap having received his first Irish call-up for a friendly against Poland in February. Ireland were unbeaten in 2013 until last month’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Spain, claiming impressive victories over Georgia and the Faroe Islands and holding England to a 1-1 draw in a Wembley friendly. Trapattoni said: “We can draw a lot from our performances in May and June. The team showed strong character and enthusiasm against Spain, England and Georgia, and picked up three vital points against the Faroe Islands. “The players have demonstrated that they are building on each game, and are working very well together. “This fixture will allow us one more opportunity to prepare for the important World Cup qualifiers in September against Sweden and Austria. We will use this time to experiment and develop confidence ahead of the games. “I am looking forward to assembling the squad in Cardiff on August 11.” The Football Association of Ireland confirmed the squad will be shortened ahead of the fixture to accommodate injuries. Provisional Ireland squad: Forde (Millwall), Westwood (Sunderland), Randolph (Birmingham), O’Shea (Sunderland), St Ledger (Leicester), Wilson (Stoke), Coleman (Everton), Kelly (Reading), O’Dea (Metalurg Donetsk), Clark (Aston Villa), McShane (Hull), Whelan (Stoke), McCarthy (Wigan), Green (Leeds), Hendrick (Derby), McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Pilkington (Norwich), McClean (Sunderland), Brady (Hull), Meyler (Hull), Quinn (Hull), Hoolahan (Norwich), Long (West Brom), Sammon (Derby), Walters (Stoke), Cox (Nottingham Forest).
LOS ANGELES — During the one time of the year when LeBron James can truly play general manager, he gave fans an insight into the team of his dreams.Two rounds into Thursday night’s draft for the Feb. 16 All-Star Game, it looked a lot like the superteam some thought might come to pass for the Lakers last summer.With his first pick, James – a team captain for the third straight year by virtue of leading fan voting – selected Lakers teammate Anthony Davis. He then selected Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers forward who spurned the Lakers this summer in free agency, setting up a dramatic rivalry many believe will be settled in the Western Conference playoffs.On All-Star Weekend in Chicago, they’ll be running out together as teammates, along with Dallas playmaker Luka Doncic and Houston’s high-scoring James Harden. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I know we have a lot to go on here in Los Angeles,” James said on the TNT broadcast as he picked Leonard. “There’s a lot been talked about us and them, and them and us. But for this weekend, we will be teammates.”James was widely expected to pick Davis first overall, even as he joked at Lakers shootaround that he was surprised his seven-time All-Star teammate was picked at all. He hammed up the joke on the broadcast as well, saying that he only wished to do the Chicago native a solid.“This is tough. This is very tough,” James deadpanned. “The only reason I’m picking him is because he happens to be from this city.”James also picked Portland guard Damian Lillard, Philadelphia playmaker Ben Simmons, Houston guard Russell Westbrook, Denver center Nikola Jokic, Boston forward Jayson Tatum, Oklahoma City point guard Chris Paul and Indiana big man Domantas Sabonis on his team.“There’s no wrong choice,” James said. “We’re all All-Stars, they’re all All-Stars for a reason.” The Lakers’ Frank Vogel, who will be coaching Team LeBron, said he did not watch the broadcast, but was satisfied with his star’s selections, offering a soft endorsement: “Like I’ve been saying about our Lakers team, I like our team.”Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo made Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid, “my African brother,” he said, his first selection, then took Toronto forward Pascal Siakam (like Embiid, a native of Cameroon), Boston guard Kemba Walker and Atlanta point guard Trae Young as his starters. His reserves included Miami teammates Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, Utah center Rudy Gobert, New Orleans forward Brandon Ingram, Toronto guard Kyle Lowry and Utah guard Donovan Mitchell. He picked his Bucks teammate Khris Middleton first among reserves for a second straight year.James is looking to go 3-0 as an All-Star captain, after his team beat the one picked by Golden State’s Steph Curry in 2018 and topped the one Antetokounmpo selected last year as well.NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and the seven other victims of the helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26 will be memorialized throughout the weekend.Players on Team LeBron will all wear No. 2, in tribute to Gianna Bryant. Players on Team Giannis will all wear No. 24, in tribute to Kobe Bryant. And all participants in All-Star Weekend will wear a patch with nine stars, commemorating the nine victims.There is a charity component to the game, with $500,000 at stake for Chicago-based programs.The first three quarters will essentially become mini-games, each worth $100,000 to the winning team. Scores will be reset after the first and second quarters, and then the scores will be added up after the third quarter. From there, the game clock gets turned off for the rest of the night and the first team to add 24 – another nod to Kobe Bryant – to whatever the leading score after three quarters was wins the game and captures another $200,000 for its charity.“I love the idea,” James said.James’ team will be playing to benefit Chicago Scholars, which assists children trying to become first-generation college students. Antetokounmpo’s team will play for After School Matters, which funds after-school activities and summer programs.News services contributed to this story.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — The man who killed a former Iowa State University golfer has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.A Story County judge pronounced the mandatory sentence Friday on 22-year-old Collin Richards. He’d pleaded guilty on June 14 to first-degree murder for the Sept. 17 slaying of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena. Police say Richards stabbed her while she was playing on a course near the campus in Ames, leaving her body in a pond.Richards had been staying at a homeless encampment in nearby woods.Barquin Arozamena was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and came to Iowa State to pursue her career.A lawyer for her family told The Des Moines Register that relatives hope Richards’ sentencing will let them attain some closure. Celia Barquin Arozamena.