Cricket News I will be fine in five days’ time, says Virat Kohli

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: India captain Virat Kohli batted with a lower back pain in the second Test against England but is confident of regaining full fitness ahead of the next game starting at Nottingham on August 18. India lost the second Test by an innings and 159 runs on day four at Lord’s.Kohli could score just 17 from 29 deliveries before becoming Stuart Board’s victim in the second innings which folded for 130 in 47 overs.“It is a lower back issue, coming up again and again, purely because of the workload and the number of matches I have been playing,” Kohli said when asked if he batted with an injury which affected his movement on the crease.“It’s five days to go. I am confident I will be fine in five days’ time with a bit of rehabilitation. I should be okay,” he said.Indian batsmen capitulated once again and they were all at sea against the moving ball. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the Indian batsmen, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44).“I am not very proud of the way we played to be honest. It is first time in the last five Test matches we’ve been outplayed. But credit to England, they were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side. And we deserved to lose,” he said.     Asked if the conditions had favoured the opposition, Kohli said, “We can’t really think about those things. You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too. “We will not sit around and say that we didn’t have the best of conditions. Their bowlers were relentless with the ball. Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable,” he added.Asked if inclusion of an extra seamer would have been better, he said, “Yeah looking back, I think we got the combination a bit off.”Winning team captain Joe Root praised his bowlers.“Less stressful, definitely. Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform, ask the right questions to the batsman,” Root said. Also Read | England vs India 1st Test: Virat Kohli and co suffer heartbreaking defeat in series opener“To get that far in front, it is testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes. I am really pleased for Woaksey (Chris). When you’ve got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve.”Asked about the remaining three matches, Root said, “We are in a really good position to be in at the moment. But we have got to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted. “Obviously, we have another day now to rest and recover, get our heads around what we’ve done this week. Still areas where we can improve, that’s the exciting part. Chuffed to bits. Pleased for the guys, it is a lot of hard work. Lot of fellas that weren’t getting headlines, but you’ve got to pull together as a team. It’s a great team performance,” he added. last_img read more

Lady Ice Badgers are historic powerhouse

first_imgDriven by destiny, leadership and prowess on both the offensive and defensive end, this team stands alone.No, I’m not talking about the ’85 Bears who finished 15-1 and went on to dismantle the competition in the playoffs, cruising to victory in Super Bowl XX. Nor am I referring to Michael Jordan and his Bulls’ wondrous 1995-96 team that went 72-10. And I’m certainly not citing any of the Celtics teams back in the 60s, the Montreal Canadiens during the 50s through 70s, or even the UCLA teams that won seven straight NCAA titles between 1967 and 1973.In fact, I’m not talking about a team or season that is even on the national radar. What I’m talking about is the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Look at it. What you’ll find is downright absurd. And outside of Madison, practically nobody knows it. Just like those teams, the Badgers are in a league of their own.Chew on these numbers. Last season, the Badgers capped a 36-4-1 finish with their first national championship. This year, it has been more of the same.Now, there is still plenty of hockey left to be played. They have more talent than some NCAA men’s teams, and they certainly have more heart than Ricky Bobby.There have been some ridiculous streaks in sports lore, including the 1971-72 Lakers’ 33-game winning streak, Oklahoma football’s 47-game winning streak from ’53 to ’57, the 1916 New York Giants’ 26-gamer on the diamond and the 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins’ 17-gamer. These are the streaks of the best there ever were.Sports are difficult to compare across one another, no doubt, but the women’s hockey team won — not tied — 18 straight games, and put together a string of 26 games where they skated to just one tie, going 25-0-1, before being blanked by the Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth. For basically three-fourths of a season, the hockey team didn’t lose. To put the duration of that streak in perspective, it would be like the Bulls winning 60 consecutive games that historic season. In football, 26 consecutive games would have assured Matt Leinart’s Trojans two consecutive undefeated seasons. And he still would have gone home with a doggy bag for the remainder.But this UW team isn’t just about one streak. No, after Wisconsin lost 2-0 to Minnesota-Duluth, it has begun another streak. Currently, it is riding a 13-game unbeaten streak. So in the past 40 games, the Badgers have gone 36-1-3 (.938). Although it isn’t perfect, it’s pretty darn close.To me, I find it borderline absurd that when Johnson talked with me a few weeks back about their “slip-ups” to St. Cloud State, we were talking about ties. Not losses, but ties. This team is that good: a tie, not a loss, means the Badgers didn’t play to their utmost potential.And what potential they have. Entering the weekend where Wisconsin outscored Minnesota State 5-0 and 8-0, it ranked No. 4 in the country in goals scored and No. 1 in goals allowed at 1.08. On the power play, the Badgers score at a 32 percent rate (best in the nation) while holding their opponents to a 9 percent conversion rate.During the month of January, the Cardinal and White has outscored its opponents 42-2 over eight games. At one point the Badgers pitched four-straight shutouts and out-shot their opponents by a three-to-one margin. Now if Bobby Boucher were a real athlete, I could put this team’s dominance in perspective, but since he’s not, I feel that there isn’t anyone or any team right now that would do them justice.Sure, Wisconsin is just 1-1-1 when trailing after the second period. But it’s never in that position, so there isn’t much cause for concern. The fact that they have had the lead after two periods in 24 of 28 games says it all.Of course this season would all go to waste if they didn’t win the NCAA Championship, which, according to Johnson, could very well happen.”Once playoff time comes around, Coach always says you can blink your eyes and it can be done,” said freshman forward Meghan Duggan, who is tied for second among rookies with 37 points. “So we’re just going to stay on track and keep playing the way we’ve been playing.”But let’s be realistic. On any given night this squad is going to win 94 percent of the time. Odds are in their favor.And with players and leadership who have been there before and played in the big games, as well as the almost gut-wrenching talent they have up and down their roster, there isn’t a team in the country who will beat them.I know it’s a long way to the eight consecutive championships that the Celtics won during the 60s, but the Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team is well on its way.Kevin is double majoring in journalism and economics. If you would like to discuss the women’s hockey team’s success or possibly your list of the best teams ever, he can be reached at read more

Lakers’ Rob Pelinka tries to defuse Magic Johnson’s explosive statements

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — As Magic Johnson cranked up the heat around the Lakers’ front office, Rob Pelinka attempted a different approach: standing down.The Lakers’ general manager spent most of a Monday morning press conference, meant to introduce new head coach Frank Vogel, deflecting accusations sparked by Johnson, who abruptly resigned as president of basketball operations on April 9.Johnson accused Pelinka of “backstabbing” him by telling league personnel and even Johnson’s friends outside of basketball that he was not often in the Lakers’ office. Pelinka responded by calling the charges “not true” and suggesting Johnson’s understanding was misguided by third parties. He said he enjoyed his two years working alongside Johnson, and that they had spoken since his resignation – as recently as a few days before Johnson smeared him on national television.“These things are surprising to hear and disheartening,” Pelinka said. “But I look forward to the opportunity to talk with him and sit down with him and work through them just like in any relationship. They’re just simply not true. I stand beside him, I stand with him as a colleague, as a partner, I’ve always supported everything he’s done and will continue to.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPelinka called Johnson an “unbelievable person to work with” who “fills the room with joy and vision.” It was a drastically different tone than what Johnson had to say about his former right-hand man.Johnson launched his salvo on ESPN’s morning show “First Take”, with Pelinka taking the brunt of the blows. Even though Johnson himself acknowledged splitting time between his Lakers role and his outside businesses (Johnson also is a part-owner of the Dodgers), he said he felt undercut by Pelinka who he thought sought more power within the organization.“If you’re going to talk about betrayal, it’s only with Rob,” he said. “I wasn’t having fun going to work, knowing that you want my position.”But Johnson also said his power was undermined in other ways by other Lakers staffers: He cited a meeting with team owner Jeanie Buss and chief operating officer Tim Harris in his final week with the Lakers when Harris, who oversees the business side of the franchise, argued to keep then-head coach Luke Walton when Johnson wanted to fire him.Johnson called it “the final straw” in his decision to quit, which he made public in an impromptu press conference without warning Buss or anyone else within the Lakers. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions He also cited strain from being a mentor to president of the South Bay Lakers Joey Buss and director of scouting Jesse Buss, who are half-brothers to Jeanie Buss. He said both saw themselves in higher roles within the team hierarchy.Johnson took accountability for several miscues from a 37-45 season, including allowing free agent Brook Lopez to walk and not signing enough shooters. He attempted to justify other moves that have been criticized, including the decision to trade D’Angelo Russell, who has become an All-Star in Brooklyn.But at the end of the day, Johnson surmised, there were “too many voices” directing the Lakers, which had led them to make other mistakes. Missing on Ty Lue in the head coaching search was apparently one of them in Johnson’s eyes: “Vogel is a good coach, but Lue is better,” he said.The Lakers attempted to counter Johnson’s narrative with a show of strength: Much of the team’s front office sat in the front row at Vogel’s introductory press conference, including Joey and Jesse Buss, Ryan West and Nick Mazzella. Kurt Rambis, a special advisor, stood in the wings, as did star player LeBron James. Notably, Jeanie Buss did not appear publicly at the press conference, but she was in the building on Monday watching it unfold.Pelinka painted the Lakers’ collaborative structure as a strength rather than a weakness.“I think the most important thing is that players look to who we really are and not what the impression is of what others are trying to create us to be,” he said. “And I think all of us know when we come to work every day that there is stability and strength and togetherness here.”Pelinka brought some clarity to the apparent streamlining of power within the Lakers: Johnson’s position as team president has been eliminated. Pelinka now reports directly to Jeanie Buss, making recommendations on all basketball matters for her to either approve or reject. He cited Vogel’s hire as a decision that he had made with Buss’ sole approval.Pelinka claimed that Kurt Rambis and Linda Rambis, two figures who appear to have gained increased influence on the Lakers’ key decisions, have remained in the roles they had before Johnson left.Related Articles Vogel said he couldn’t speak to Johnson’s experiences with Pelinka before he arrived, but that his dealings while going through the hiring process had been good. He described Pelinka’s values and vision as aligned with his own.“I’ve been very impressed with him as a front office man, the vision that he has for what we’re going to build with the roster, and I really look forward to working with him, honestly,” Vogel said. “It’s been all positive. It really has.”While Pelinka did his best to douse Johnson’s most serious accusations, one of the hardest outstanding claims Johnson made is that Pelinka cannot be trusted – a perception that has been reported in other corners of the NBA. But Pelinka said his ability to perform as a GM hasn’t been compromised, whether that perception is true or simply another rumor that has gained outsized steam.“My job is to not worry about what other people may think or say about me as a person,” he said. “My job is to do the work and what’s best for this franchise. I think that’s where my focus is. We all know in sports, that when you’re winning, great things are said. When you’re losing, the naysayers and the negativity comes out. That’s just the nature of this business.”last_img read more