The Batesville High School boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Greensburg for their annual invitational. Eleven schools were in competition on a very windy and chilly evening.After a hard fought battle, Batesville boys came out on top separated from East Central by a mere 3 points. Batesville finished with 60 points to East Central’s 63. Greensburg took 3rd with 102 followed by South Dearborn’s 116 and Oldenburg Academy finishing the top 5 with 120.Scoring for Batesville were Caleb Moster, who came in 7th, Connor Bell in 8th, Clay Yeaton in 14th, Brice Keeton in 15th and Quinten Gowdy in 19th. While the top 2 runners ran an outstanding race, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th runners really stepped it up and ran hard through the finish to bring Batesville the victory. Also running on Batesville’s varsity team were Alex Batta in the 40th spot and Elliot Main in 45th. In the reserve race both Will Sittloh and Josh Nobbe ran personal bests. Will with a time of 23:39 and Josh with a time of21:10. Derek Nobbe also ran a good race with a time of 21:04.On the girls side, it was East Central that out nudged the Bulldogs by 7 points. East Central finished with 50 points to Batesville’s 57. Greensburg took the 3rd place spot at 67 points. They were followed by Connersville in 4th with 101 and again Oldenburg Academy finished out the top 5 with 117. Leading the way for Batesville was Emma Gausman in 6th running at 20:43. She was followed by teammate Mary Poltrack in 7th at 20:58. Maria Wessel was 3rd for Batesville in 13th, Audrey Weigel 17th and Kylie Lehman 20th. Also running for varsity was Sarah Poltrack in 24th place with Katie Baumer right behind her in 25th.Again, even though the JV race was not scored, the team really ran well, with 5 girls running a personal best in very windy conditions. Winning the girls race and running a personal best was freshman Carly Fitzpatrick with a time of 22:56. Batesville also captured the next 6 spots. In order they were Madeleine Robben, Audrey Maupin, Breanna Hartman, Anna Kick, Cheyenne Laker and Taylor Meyers. Heidi Shaw came in 10th followed closely by teammate Mary Catherine Barnett in 12th. Also receiving awards were Candice Roell in 16th and Kate Poltrack in 19th. Besides Carly, Anna Kick, Taylor Meyers, Kate Poltrack and Nikki Elkins ran personal bests for the night.The Bulldogs now have a week off of competition as they prepare for the tournament round. Sectionals is next Saturday, October 10th, hosted by South Dearborn at Moores Hill Elementary School. Boys run at 9:00am and the girls will follow. Good Luck Bulldogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Also the winner of a topless special at Salina earlier this season, he took the Friday checkers following a late restart, beating Dustin Daniels and Clay Sellard to the stripe. Tim Watts and 12th starting Kurtis Pihl rounded out the top five. Taking home $750 checks were IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner Jeff Ware and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner Tyler Nerud. Brad Gallagher’s Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers paid $325. Money topped Friday’s main event for IMCA Modifieds, earning $1,500 and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Angel Munoz, Mike Petersilie, Bryan Rigsby and Colton Miller were next across the line. Win number 29 on the season for Ware came from the outside row one start. He led every lap, with Jesse Vanlaningham and Tony Slothower scored next. Tenth starting Tathan Burkhart and Mike Traskowsky were fourth and fifth, respectively. Clay Money collected a second straight Mid-America Clash IMCA Modified feature win Friday at Salina Speedway. The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate earned $1,500 for the victory. (Photo by Mike Pfeifer) Hobby Stocks – 1. Jeff Ware; 2. Jesse Vanlaningham; 3. Tony Slothower; 4. Tathan Burkhart; 5. Mike Traskowsky; 6. Taylor Huss; 7. Chad Borgman; 8. Eric Cross; 9. Chris Lierz; 10. Cody Green; 11. Dion Priddy; 12. Bingston Rogers; 13. Greg Szalay; 14. Kyle Thompson; 15. Skyler Wissman; 16. Duane McAnarney; 17. Mallory Stiffler; 18. Tristan Grape; 19. Elliott May; 20. Caleb Davis; 21. Michael Wade. “It’s pretty cool. I wish we could have gotten both shows in (Saturday was a rainout) and gone back-to-back racing against a lot of the best competition in Kansas,” said Money, who started outside row one and led the last 19 of 20 circuits. “Hopefully we can win it again next year.” Gallagher sped from fifth to take the lead at halfway, then hold off Shawn Hein, Toby Schwein, Drake Bohlmeyer and Brad Mayland for the Sport Compact victory. Nerud notched his fifth victory of 2019, logging a lot of practice laps on Thursday and finding the right setup for his first Salina checkers before heading home and going to work on Saturday. Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Nerud; 2. Jacob Olmstead; 3. Travis Burger; 4. Jason Caldwell; 5. Tyler Watts; 6. Seth Schroer; 7. Ernie Drown; 8. Zach Nitsch; 9. Shay Simoneau; 10. Tim Echevarria; 11. Tim Stallbaumer; 12. Billy Carreno; 13. Tony Filbert; 14. Mark Smith; 15. Tyler Wolf; 16. Joe Feyen; 17. Tristan Phillips; 18. Ron Tex Jr.; 19. Luke Stallbaumer; 20. Fred Traskowsky. Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Pfeifer; 2. Angel Munoz; 3. Mike Petersilie; 4. Bryan Rigsby; 5. Colton Miller; 6. Eric Rempel; 7. Jeremy Zorn; 8. Scott Phillips; 9. Troy Burkhart; 10. Matt Baker; 11. Kolby Stegman; 12. Mark Zorn; 13. Mike Burian; 14. Daniel King; 15. Joey Richmond; 16. Jason Rogers; 17. Gary Pesicka; 18. Dominic Thyfault; 19. A.J. Finch; 20. Tanner Portenier. Feature Results “I just tried to hold my line and be smooth after the last restart,” he said. After a number of early restarts, Kyle Pfeifer raced from seventh starting to the lead five laps into the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. Last year’s runner-up went on to the $1,000 checkers as cars battled for position behind him and the feature stayed green after midway. Jacob Olmstead started 10th and ended as the runner-up, with Travis Burger, Jason Caldwell and Tyler Watts close behind. SALINA, Kan. (Sept. 27) – A second straight Mid-America Clash feature win had Clay Money already looking forward to the 2020 season-ending special at Salina Speedway. Modifieds – 1. Clay Money; 2. Dustin Daniels; 3. Clay Sellard; 4. Tim Watts; 5. Kurtis Pihl; 6. Tyler Sutton; 7. Derrick Brown; 8. Danny Holt; 9. Curtis Barnes; 10. Ronnie Burkhardt; 11. Derek Smith 12. Larry Sutton; 13. Jacob Schmutz; 14. Anthony Roth; 15. Kaid Calhoon; 16. Nate Ginest; 17. Steven Bowers Jr.; 18. Brad Morris; 19. Danny Morrison; 20. Corey Lagroon; 21. Jordy Nelson; 22. Brian Knoell. Sport Compacts – 1. Brad Gallagher; 2. Shawn Hein; 3. Toby Schwien; 4. Drake Bohlmeyer; 5. Brad Mayland; 6. Amber Bird; 7. Alison Bird; 8. Zach Bohlmeyer; 9. Austin Bird; 10. Ashlyn Bird; 11. Blake Holmes; 12. Josh Howard; 13. Lane Crowder.
New Delhi: Still chasing her long cherished dream of clinching an Olympic gold for the country, boxing legend M.C.Mary Kom, who on Saturday became the first woman to win six World Championship gold medals, said the hunger is still there.With the gold medal effort in the 48 kilogram light flyweight category, the 35-year-old mother of three, also qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Mary, however, rued the fact that her weight category is still isn’t in the Olympics and wants to get over from the disappointment of not being able to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”First of all, I would like to thank all my friends. They came to see my play. Especially for me, in the contingent, to cheer for us. Today, I am a little bit emotional, since I have been feeling there is no category in the Olympic Games,” said the Manipuri pugilist, nicknamed “Magnificent” Mary.”Because of your love and support, I am able to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Four years ago I was not able to qualify. I am still suffering from making the weight,” she added.Thanking her fans for their love and support, Mary, who on Saturday matched Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the World Championships history, said: “Thank you for your love and support. I don’t have anything to give, except for a gold in the country.””I am still dreaming about winning the gold in 2020,” she quipped.Mary had won the bronze medal in the 51 kg weight category at the 2012 London Olypics. IANS
NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had its all-important Apex Council meeting on Friday and as expected, domestic cricket dominated the discussion as the fate of the domestic players in the country needs to be given priority with an eye on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact.Speaking to IANS, an official who was part of the meeting said that the Apex Council members were united in the thought that the domestic fixture needs to be looked at immediately and a plan was discussed to go back to the old style of each team playing games in their own zones. “We had a healthy discussion on the fate of domestic cricket and how we can go forward with an eye on the travel restrictions and the important health guidelines that have come into effect due to the pandemic. Although it is at a nascent stage, but it was discussed that we could go back to having teams playing Ranji Trophy games in their own zones rather than travelling across the country as that would be much easier in the current scenario,” the official said. Asked about the fate of the Indian Premier League, the official said that an official announcement can only be made once the ICC makes an announcement with regards to the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be played in Australia in the October-November window. “We cannot make an announcement till the ICC gives us a final call on the T20 World Cup. But we could see an official word after Monday’s ICC meeting and once that is done, we can go ahead and make the necessary announcement,” the official explained. Even though calls for postponement of the 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup have grown in the last couple of months, the ICC has preferred to play the waiting game and is yet to make an official announcement on the fate of the showpiece event. IANS Also watch: Truck Catches Fire in Nagaon; Locals Suspect Foul Play
___South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone.The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials. ___The second edition of FIA’s Motorsport Games has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The multi-disciple event between various nations was scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Circuit Paul Ricard near designated host city Marseille. The new dates are Oct. 22-24 next year at the same place.The next games are set to see the introduction of rally and historic motorsport events.Paul Ricard also hosts a Formula One race. It is scheduled for June 28 but widely expected to become the 10th of 22 races this season to be called off amid the virus outbreak. Associated Press Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month.Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.”Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.Clubs are eager to resume the Bundesliga to avoid financial losses. They are negotiating a tricky political landscape and opposition from some fan groups.The governors of German states Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have called for a restart of soccer on May 9 but not all states are on board. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 21, 2020 The Latest: Concern raised in Germany about testing players
Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp said Tuesday that he could not understand why ‘retired’ Cameroon defender Joel Matip was currently unavailable to the Reds because of the African Nations Cup.Klopp had to pull Matip out of Sunday’s Premier League draw with Manchester United because of a confusion over the player’s international status. Both Matip and Liverpool believe the 25-year-old — who has not played for Cameroon since September 2015 — has retired from international football.Yet he was still named in Cameroon’s squad for the ongoing African Nations Cup in Gabon.The Cameroonian Football Federation had a right to select him under FIFA rules and, with the player not having reported for international duty, the global governing body has the power to suspend Matip from club football for the duration of the tournament.Liverpool had hoped the CFF would respect Matip’s decision to retire and Klopp feels the Merseysiders are now having to suffer an unfair punishment. FIFA, however, have yet to soften their stance.“There are not a lot of times in my life when I have been in a situation like this, not even a similar situation,” said Klopp at a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup third round replay tie away to Plymouth Argyle this evening.“I don’t want to blame anybody but I think our supporters deserve to know about the process we are in.“In this moment, we are sure we did nothing wrong. We are sure Joel Matip did nothing wrong. He didn’t play for Cameroon since 2015. Since he has been here he has not been a Cameroon national player.“In this moment he is not in the squad of Cameroon, so he cannot play for them, but in this moment we have not a 100 percent guarantee he could play for us. That is the situation.”Matip, signed from Schalke in pre-season, recently recovered from an ankle injury.Klopp would like him to play at Home Park against fourth-tier Plymouth but does not expect FIFA to lift his ban in time.“I would consider lining him up Wednesday game but I don’t know if I can. From the sports side it would make sense – perfect game for him, but I am not sure if I can,” explained the German manager“FIFA told us that this Friday they will decide if they open a case on it or not.“I accept rules in life but I think they should always be based on human senses. For me, not a lawyer or a legal person, it is pretty difficult.“If he had not been injured — but he was – then he couldn’t have played from January 2. If FIFA opens a case — and I don’t know but I don’t think they will because we are sure everything is all right — then it would be 7-10 days until we get a decision.“We conceded an offside goal at Man Utd. That doesn’t feel good but I am kind of used to it. In this case it is really hard.”Plymouth held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield last week and Klopp is expected more fierce resistance on Wednesday.“They are allowed to defend with all they have,” said Klopp. “It is up to us.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Following a short two game road trip up to the Pacific Northwest, the USC Trojans (9-11, 1-6) will return home on Thursday night to take on the Colorado Buffaloes (10-9, 3-4).Despite losing both games on the road to Oregon and Oregon State, the Trojans showed great effort and signs of improvement. Their lack of experience, however, cost them dearly in late-game situations.The Trojans fell behind to Oregon but were able to battle back and tie the game before the Ducks went on a 9-0 run to put the game out of hand.After battling back and forth with Oregon State, the Trojans were unable to close out the game. With less than 30 seconds left, the Trojans had a chance to tie the game.Oregon State guard Gary Payton II stole the in bounds pass, however, and sealed the victory for the Beavers, who currently sit at third in the Pac-12.USC has been getting steady production from starters Katin Reinhard and Nikola Jovanovic, but the lack of help off the bench has held back a strong starting unit.In their two road games, the Trojans only got 21 points from their bench.Head coach Andy Enfield admits that his team has been growing and improving as the season wears on and that he is hoping to pull out some close games in the future.“Tonight, it went down to the last 30 seconds.” Anfield said after the 59-55 loss to Oregon State. “We’re getting better, but it’s frustrating when you don’t come out at the winning end.”Colorado heads to Southern California coming off an impressive 90-58 win over the Washington State Huskies.After winning their first two Pac-12 games, the Buffs lost four straight before defeating the Huskies last Saturday.The Buffs have yet to win a game away from Colorado, going 0-6 this season; USC is currently 6-4 at home. Colorado defeated USC 86-65 back on Jan. 4, however.USC has come a long way since that 20-point blowout, showing signs of a team that could develop into a possible Cinderella story, if luck goes their way. The Trojans have really only played one bad half of basketball against UCLA, where they were outscored by over 20 points in their last five games.Aside from that game the Trojans have battled close with some of the top teams in the Pac-12, losing at the buzzer to Stanford and down the stretch to Oregon and Oregon State, while snatching up a win against Cal at home.“I think we’re improving.” Enfield said. “However, we need to try to win some games.”Enfield hopes USC will be able to finally get a win against a struggling Colorado team. If the Trojans hope to avenge their 20-point loss, they will need more consistent team scoring. As a team, the Trojans are shooting just over 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from the 3-point line.Guards Jordan McLaughlin and Katin Reinhardt, along with forward Nikola Jovanovic currently lead the team in scoring but when one of them has an off night, USC struggles to get their offense going.Since his return from an elbow injury two weeks ago, McLaughlin has really struggled to find his shot. In his four games after retuning, the freshman is shooting just 29 percent from the field including an icy 4-19 from downtown. McLaughlin has found other ways to help the Trojans, however, by leading the team in assists and steals per game.While the Trojan offense has had its trouble, the defense has been fantastic over the past two games.After being exposed by UCLA, the Trojans kept both Oregon and Oregon State under 40 percent shooting while forcing them into 21 turnovers combined.The Trojans will need to keep their defensive intensity up and the offense will come around.The Buffs are lead by senior guard Askia Booker, who sits fifth in scoring in the Pac-12 with 16.3 points per game, and sophomore forward Wesley Gordon, who averages 7.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.In their previous meeting, the Buffs scorched the Trojans from beyond the 3-point arc, shooting above 50 percent and were able to get to the free throw line 19 times. The Trojans struggled to take care of the ball and gave up way too many open shots.Enfield has gotten the best out of his defense lately and will have to hope they continue to keep their intensity at the same high level.The Trojans and Buffs will tip off at the Galen Center on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be aired on FOX Sports 1.
Rodney Williams was confident that Syracuse’s defense would transform. Back in April, during spring ball, the redshirt junior safety felt a difference in the defensive backs’ position room. The group had added two graduate transfers while its younger cornerbacks developed even more.And, it turns out, Williams was right. Last year, the defense allowed more than 500 yards per game, ranking 122nd in total defense. This year, the team ranks 37th in total defense and leads the nation in stopping third-down conversions.What Williams didn’t see, though, is that the improvements made to the unit would cost him his job. Williams played in 11 games last year and started the last 10. He, Daivon Ellison and Kielan Whitner played the majority of time across the two safety spots.To start the year, sophomore Evan Foster locked down one safety spot; at 6-foot, 211 pounds, he is the most physically imposing of the Orange defensive backs. Antwan Cordy initially held the other spot, but a season-ending injury in the season-opener removed him from consideration. Graduate transfer Jordan Martin, a converted cornerback, replaced him.But Martin injured himself midway through the Week 7 matchup against Clemson, and it was announced after the Miami game that he’d be out for the year. As a result, Williams has returned to a starting role.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I knew my opportunity would come,” Williams said, “and then, when it did, I would be ready for it.”Williams credits the improved play of the defensive backs to an increased familiarity with the system that defensive coordinator Brian Ward installed. He and his teammates don’t have to think as much about the plays, he said, and they can let their instincts take over.Sometimes, he said, it was tougher for him early in the season when he was unsure about when he’d see the field. He stressed though that he maintained the same mindset and approach to practice. He talked about how he felt lucky to just be in the spot he was — playing football and getting a “free education” — and that he attributed his approach toward practice to being able to take a step back and see the bigger picture.“Rodney’s out there battling,” head coach Dino Babers said. “There’s been some situations where I think he’s done a fantastic job. And then obviously there’s some situations where he’s been rusty.“He’s not completely healthy yet,” Babers continued. “I think he’s still working on things in the training room, but he’s out there giving us great effort.”That’s been a constant theme for Williams in his time at Syracuse. He has struggled with injuries since he first arrived. He was awarded a medical redshirt after his freshman season, which ended in the second game of the season.He’s had other injuries that have made him miss a game or two here and there in the other two years he’s played. Like most players who come back in the middle of a season, though, he’s never been fully healthy.“I feel like the potential for Rodney to play at a really, really high level has always been there, even when we were freshmen,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said.Franklin said that Williams is playing with a lot of “swag” recently. Williams seems more confident and sure of himself than he did even a year ago.With two defensive backs out for the year, the options for Syracuse in what was once a deep position are now very limited. The Orange will have to keep relying on Williams to make an impact. He’s up for the challenge.“It’s lightyears (beyond last year),” Williams said about how much more comfortable he feels this season. “I’m a way better football player than I was last year.” Comments Published on November 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+
As the Wisconsin women’s hockey team prepares for the WCHA Final Face-Off against Minnesota-Duluth, the success of the team may depend more on special teams than ever before this year.Wisconsin has had plenty of success on the power play this season, scoring 39 power-play goals on 160 chances, putting them at a 24.4 percent conversion rate. The Badgers’ opponents have scored only 14 goals on 128 chances on the power play, resulting in a success rate of only 10.9 percent.“It becomes a crucial part of the game,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “When you get an opportunity, you need to capitalize. Seems to be this time of year it’s tough to score goals – games are tight. So, if your power play is working, that’s going to help you get better opportunities in games.”Despite Wisconsin’s overall success on the power play this season, the Badgers struggled in that regard in their first postseason series last weekend versus Minnesota State. The Badgers went 1-for-5 on Friday and again on Saturday.The Badgers won both games in shutouts, 7-0 and 4-0, paced offensively by senior forward Hilary Knight, who tallied two assists in Saturday’s contest. But Knight knows that every power play the Badgers don’t capitalize on is a missed opportunity.“You’ve lost a great chance to score a goal,” Knight said. “It’s demoralizing when you get a penalty, but even more so when you don’t score a goal.”Despite the Badgers’ inability to take advantage of their opponent last weekend when it was a man down, they created plenty of opportunities. The Badgers had six of their 20 shots come on the power play in game one and followed that up with 29 the next day. During just one power play Saturday, the Badgers notched six shots and a goal.Wisconsin has attempted 57 more shots on the power play than their opponents, and the Badgers also have a shot percentage of 14.7, compared to only 6.7 percent for their opponents.“If you’re creating opportunities, that’s all you can ask for,” Johnson said. “Some games the puck is going to go in, and some games it isn’t. This time of year, it comes down to your ability to execute.”On the flip side, Wisconsin doesn’t commit a lot of penalties, but when it does, it has done a stellar job of stopping the opposing teams from taking advantage.Wisconsin ranks first in the WCHA in the penalty kill at 89.1 percent, and the Badgers did not allow Minnesota State to gain any momentum on the power play in their first series, holding them to 0-for-1 Friday and 0-for-4 Saturday. Junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough has helped the Badgers with their penalty kill since returning from injury.“That’s even more of a motivation or momentum changer,” McKeough said of the penalty kill. “When you get a penalty called against you, it kind of brings a team down. But when your four players are able to outwork their five players, it definitely brings a momentum shift to the rest of the team.”A key component to the Badgers’ kill has been the performance of their goaltender, sophomore Alex Rigsby, who has gone the last 167 minutes without allowing a goal. Wisconsin’s shutouts of Minnesota State this weekend were also the eighth and ninth time the goaltender has posted zeroes this season.Rigsby is leading the WCHA in goals allowed, giving up only 1.34 goals-per-game, save percentage at 95.2 percent and in winning percentage at 88.9 percent.“Your goalie has got to be good,” Johnson said. “She has to be your best penalty killer.”Wisconsin has been very good about not taking many penalties, having had 151 called on them, which is 30 fewer than their opponents. The Badgers have the second fewest penalty minutes in the WCHA, trailing only Bemidji State.The Badgers have an advantage on the ice of 30-plus minutes over their opponents, which has helped them create momentum throughout the course of the season. And momentum could very well be the key for the Badgers to win in the postseason.“Hockey is a game of momentum,” McKeough said. “In any point in time when the five of us are clicking, it’s definitely a help.”The Badgers rank second in the WCHA in power play percentage at 24.4 percent, trailing only Minnesota, who ranks first at 25 percent. As Wisconsin enters the Final Face-Off, Johnson knows that the power play will be the key to the team’s momentum and possibly whether it will win or lose.“The ice gets tilted if you spend time in the offensive zone on a power play,” Johnson said. “Anytime you can score a goal, it creates energy for everybody on your team.“The biggest thing is to make sure you are working and don’t get outworked by the opposing teams’ penalty kill.”
Speaking after his loss to Goffin, the 31-year old said: “I am off. My season is finished.”“I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. But I am really not ready to play, no?“I really fought a lot during the match but knew that there was probably a big chance to be the last match of the season. That’s what it is going to be.“It is not a decision at all, it’s about the pain. I cannot hold with enough power to keep playing. I tried, but seriously (it) was a miracle to be very close in the score during the match.” he added. World number one Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the ongoing ATP Finals in London after he was severely hampered by a knee injury while facing David Goffin of Belgium in his one and only match at the tournament.He was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 at London’s O2 Arena in a thrilling three-set contest before he revealed that he would be pulling out of the tournament.Nadal’s withdrawal means that he has pulled out of this competition on six occasions in 13 years of qualifying. Fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta will replace him. RelatedATP Finals Wrap (Pete Sampras Group): Dimitrov Into Semis With Victory Over Goffin As Busta Is BustedNovember 16, 2017In “Sports”ATP World Tour Finals: Federer Makes Winning StartNovember 12, 2017In “Sports”Paris Masters 2017 Stage 2 Highlights; Nafael Defeats Pablo Cuevas Remains Number OneNovember 3, 2017In “Sports”