By Charles RichardsonFORMER West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding believes England’s overuse of Jofra Archer is tantamount to “abuse”.Holding claimed England’s regular deployment of Archer, who bowled 22 of the 75 overs on the penultimate day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, was “unsustainable”.“Archer bowled a third of all the overs bowled. That’s a spinner’s quota,” he told The Independent. “If you keep bowling him like this you will lose the 96 mph delivery. He’ll still bowl fast, 90mph, but do you want to lose the express pace? It is not just about this match or the next, but next year and the one after that.”South Africa’s Kagiso RabadaHolding compared Archer to South Africa’s leading quick, Kagiso Rabada who is the same age as Archer (24), has bowled more than 7 000 overs in Test cricket – more than any other fast bowler his age – and has a history of back trouble, which has caused him to soften the speed of his deliveries.“It’s abuse,” Holding said. “When I was bowling, we had three other quicks just as fast. We could share the burden.”While Archer’s spell was ruthlessly impressive – it ultimately forced Australia’s batting talisman Steve Smith from the field with injury – Holding believes that England’s firecracker needs to be monitored closely in the future.“England need to be very careful with Archer. He is obviously very fit, as you could see with his recovery from the side strain. Like me, he is tall, not big and muscular. He relies on rhythm and looks very relaxed running in. All that is in his favour but it is not sustainable for England to use him like this in every match.Holding’s warning was echoed by Jim Pate, senior physiologist at the centre for health and human performance, who spoke exclusively to Telegraph Sport.“Even for a bowler with such a fluent action as Jofra Archer’s, there are inherent risks in one bowler being asked to take on such a big workload in one match,” he said.“Fast bowling places a big strain on different areas of the body: there is a huge amount of stress running through the knee and ankle in the landing leg (although Archer’s smaller jump into the crease mitigates against this a little); there is pressure on the shoulder, which generates so much of the pace in the delivery; and there is tension running through the bowler’s side.“The nature of high-performance athletes is that they will push themselves to the limits of what their bodies can endure – and often beyond. It is the job of the coaches to ensure the athletes are protected from themselves and not allowed to go too far into the danger zone which can lead to injury.” (Yahoo Sport)
Redshirt senior striker Alex Anthony gets by a Stanford defender. USC lost 3-1 on Sunday in its penultimate regular-season game. Photo by Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe fifth-ranked women’s soccer team hosted No. 1 Stanford on Sunday at McAlister Field, falling 3-1 after beating the Cardinal 3-0 in the same fixture last season.The match was set to be a thriller on USC’s Senior Night, with two undefeated Pac-12 teams battling late into the season. Stanford entered the game with a 9-0-0 conference record compared to the Trojans’ 8-0-1 mark.But Stanford quieted the crowd in the 15th minute, drawing first blood. Cardinal midfielder Jaye Boissiere landed a cross from the top corner of the 18-yard box onto the head of Kiki Pickett. Just outside the 18-yard box, Pickett redirected the ball toward the bottom-right corner of the Trojan goal — just out of the reach of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kaylie Collins — to grant the Cardinal an early 1-0 lead.USC quickly responded just two minutes later. With her back to the net, redshirt junior midfielder Sydney Myers received a pass from sophomore defender Julia Bigham. Myers found the equalizer with a quick turn inside the penalty box and a low shot rifled through traffic to the near post. The goal marked Myers’ second of the season — her first came a month ago in a 4-0 win over Oregon State.In the 26th minute, going toe-to-toe with freshman forward Tara McKeown, Cardinal junior midfielder Michelle Xiao beat McKeown on the outside and delivered an arcing ball just underneath the Trojans’ crossbar to once again take the lead. The remainder of the first half was scoreless thanks to a fantastic flying save from Collins on a header from freshman forward Civanna Kuhlmann. With some words of wisdom from head coach Keidane McAlpine, USC was able to regroup and come out flying in the second half. McAlpine said the main focus of his team talk was being aggressive.“We wanted to apply more pressure to their backline, and that was probably the biggest change in the second half,” McAlpine said. “It created enough chances. We just didn’t take them.”The aggressive mentality and playstyle produced several scoring opportunities for the Women of Troy — none of which were converted into goals. But the Trojan backline played lockdown defense throughout the second half and were able to keep their team in the game. Collins faced 18 shots in the match — her highest tally this season — and saved seven. But after making comebacks a habit throughout this fall, the Women of Troy did not respond on Sunday, and Stanford netted its second unanswered goal.Despite the strong defensive performance, the Cardinal sealed the game in the 63rd minute with its third goal on the day, when Catarina Macario sent a bending free kick into the top-right corner beyond a sprawling Collins. Sunday marked the first game since Aug. 19, 2016 — last year’s season-opener against Santa Clara — that USC has conceded 3 goals in one game. The loss to the Cardinal was the Trojans’ first against a Pac-12 team in 2017, and their conference record fell to 8-1-1. The Women of Troy will now prepare for their final game of the regular season on Friday, when they face off against crosstown rival No. 2 UCLA. “We have to play a full 90-minute game,” redshirt junior Sydney Myers said. “We have to match the aggression and give our 100-percent effort the whole game. I think we are going to be just as good as we were last year.”The Trojans fell 1-0 to the Bruins at the StubHub Center last season, and they look to avoid a repeat this Friday in Westwood against a dominant UCLA team.
LeBron James: Lakers season ‘not what we signed up for’ “It’s going to be that message every day for the final three weeks,” Walton told reporters. “It’s still about players getting better. It’s still about going out there and respecting the game and giving everything we have to try to win. We owe that, like I said, to ourselves, our teammates, the organization, to the fans.” 🎥 Luke talks about what led to JaVale’s career-high night. pic.twitter.com/Yo8bv91MvM— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 23, 2019With the Lakers are on a five-game losing streak, Walton said his team will have to find a way to win their next game against the Kings in order to reverse the pattern. The Lakers officially have been eliminated from the playoffs for the sixth season in a row, but coach Luke Walton remained optimistic Friday.The deciding game on Los Angeles’ playoff hopes came Friday when the Lakers fell 111-106 to the Nets. When asked how it feels to have been eliminated, Walton played it coy as he revealed that his message going forward will be the same and he just wants his players to embrace the final stretch of games. “It’s just tough when you’re down and you’re losing games,” Walton said, “and it seems that all the bounce is the calls, all the 50-50 things just happen to go against you.”So that’s not me feeling sorry for us. That’s me telling the guys, look, we got to keep playing this hard and find a way to scrap the next win out because it’s the only way to get off the type of skid that we’re on. But I do give our guys a lot of credit for coming and competing like that again tonight. Unfortunately, it ended up in a loss again.”Hopes were high in Los Angeles that the Lakers would make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2013 season when they signed LeBron James to a four-year contract. Instead, Los Angeles is 31-41 and sits 11th in the Western Conference. This will mark only the third time in James’ 16 NBA seasons he has missed the playoffs. Related News LeBron James, Lakers eliminated from playoff contention