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  • 22 March 2019
    If it is not your day, it is likely it wont be your evening either. On the first day of the Kolkata Test, New Zealand woke up to the news that Kane Williamsons illness had not subsided, and that he was not going to play. Some fans might have thought a new captain might at least win the toss. The new captain, Ross Taylor, thought he had, but reality struck immediately. Match referee David Boon told him Virat Kohli had. It was a commemorative coin, Taylor said suggesting he didnt quite get the head and tail on the coin right. Thought Id won it. Then Boonie said Kohli had won.For a while it did seem like a good toss to lose as the bowlers picked up early wickets, but once the Indian lower order took them across 300, it was always going to be a losing battle for New Zealand. The toss here didnt play that big a part, though. Taylor agreed. [Would have been] nice to bat first but dont think that wouldve had made too much difference, Taylor said. They put us under pressure at times, and we werent able to sustain it with the bat.Indias first-innings score gave them a 112-run lead, which meant New Zealand couldnt afford to attack for too long even when they had India down at 43 for 4 and 106 for 6 in the second innings. Id hark back to being 100 runs behind in that first innings, Taylor said when asked of a third straight failure to run through Indias tail. In hindsight it would have been nice to score a few more runs and if India were 3 for 40 and their lead wasnt as much. Any time you are playing catch up from that far behind, there is a lot of what-ifs.We could go through every session. At the end of the day we were beaten by a better side. Our pacemen were definitely positive and even the way [Mitchell] Santner and Jeets [Jeetan Patel] bowled. Jeets coming in, wasnt easy [for him] after only being in the country for a day and a half. To bowl as well as he did in that first innings and score some valuable runs, [without which] we could have been even further behind the eight ball. Yes we are disappointed, weve got to take the positives and hopefully we can play better in the next match.One of the positives was their bowling, which improved from Kanpur. The bowlers fought throughout and thats something we can take to Indore, Taylor said. It was pretty hot and humid out there. I liked the way they kept trucking in asking for the ball and the hostility they bowled with sometimes. Were seen as a friendly team and still are, but as a fast bowler you need a bit of mongrel. So for Henners [Matt Henry], who hasnt played for a while, to come and get six wickets on that wicket was good. Were still fizzing to go for Indore, hopefully we can play some fear-free cricket to put India under pressure.Taylor rued not being competitive for long enough. Winning key moments was important, Taylor said. The way Saha came out in both innings when the game was in balance, those two fifties put us on the back foot. Rohits innings was outstanding but full credit to our bowlers running in. A similar wicket would be good and hopefully Kane can win the toss.There was at least that bit of good news for New Zealand. Williamson came to Eden Gardens on the fourth day, and has shown signs he might be ready for the Indore Test, which begins on Saturday. Anytime you have your skipper and best player out it is disappointing, Taylor said, but there has been times when Kane hasnt played one-day internationals and this probably isnt going to be the last time, with injuries; the team has to step up.We cant rely on Kane all the time. It was good to see him walking about [today]. Im sure hell be a bit lethargic over the next couple of days; its still pretty tiring losing a few kilos and being stuck inside. But there are positive signs hell be ready for the next match, and it will obviously be good for the team to have our skipper back.Losing a few kilos is not just Williamsons concern. He might have been down with fever, but the others have never played Test cricket in such heat and humidity. These are some of the earliest Tests in an India season. The summer temperatures have hardly started to go down. It has taken a toll on New Zealand, which can partly explain some of their failures to get the tail out.Definitely up with hottest test series Ive been part of, Taylor said. A lot of their bowlers and batsmen were tired too. Pretty hot and humid. [In an] ideal world, [we would] send players [early] and get exposure. Comes down to funding but lucky some players come into IPL who mix and mingle with the stars of today to get knowledge.Kohli says its cooler in Indore so Im happy. Cheap New Balance Shoes Uk . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. 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The Minnesota Vikings and former coach Brad Childress denied allegations from former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks that the team had a bounty system in 2008-09 that was similar to the one allegedly run by the New Orleans Saints.The NFL had no comment on whether it would investigate Hicks claims, which were revealed in a new book about Brett Favre by author Jeff Pearlman.It was part of the culture, Hicks said, according to an excerpt published by Deadspin. I had coaches start a pot and all the veterans put in an extra $100, $200, and if you hurt someone special, you get the money.The Vikings response: There is no truth to it.Childress, who now works as co-offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, said Thursday, I had a great opportunity to coach a lot of great people there, including Artis Hicks, at the Minnesota Vikings. I have too much respect for the Wilf family [and] professional football to have anything to do with a bounty system. Im going to let it stand at that.Some current and former Vikings also denied any knowledge of any type of bounty or payment-incentive system.I havent heard of any bounty program since Ive been here [since 2007], defensive end Brian Robison said Thursday. Im very unaware of a bounty program. Im not going to sit here and talk about it all day. It is what it is. If Artis wants to say stuff like that, obviously, hes trying to bring attention on him. So what? At the end of the day, like I said, Im unaware of any bounty program thats happened here in the time that Ive been here.I was very surprised. I actually saw it [Wednesday] and I was like -- basically the first thing I said, in the car with my wife, was, What the hell? It was very shocking to me. But you know, its not surprising. We were on a roll, and of course, all this comes out when you get a loss. Whatever. It is what it is.Former linebacker Ben Leber and former punter Chris Kluwe also denied the claims on Twitter and chatted back and forth:The Vikings, of course, were the most prominent victims of the Saints alleged bounty program, with claims that a specific bounty was placed on Favre in the 2010 NFC Champioonship Game by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.ddddddddddddAnd Childress was the one who reportedly informed the NFL that he had heard about the bounty on Favre from a player.The league initially found no evidence of wrongdoing against the Saints when it first investigated in 2010. However, the league reopened its investigation in 2012 based on further claims from former Saints coaching assistant Mike Cerullo.The NFL then found that the Saints ran an injury-incentive program for three years under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, including rewards for players being carted off or knocked out of games through legal hits. The league doled out the most severe punishments in its history, including year-long suspensions for head coach Sean Payton and Williams, and the loss of two second-round draft picks.The league attempted to suspend four players, including Vilma for a full year. All of the player suspensions were ultimately overturned after numerous appeals, with former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue serving as the arbitrator and finding that he saw no justification for such unprecedented punishments.Tagliabue wrote in his decision that he believed Vilma offered some sort of bounty on Favre in a team meeting but that it wasnt clear if it was a serious pledge or amount to trash talk that occurs regularly before and during games.Since that time, there have been other reports of players claiming that they were involved in similar injury-incentive programs, most prominently from several former members of the Washington Redskins when they played under Williams.However, the NFL said it found no evidence of wrongdoing following investigations into both the Redskins and the Buffalo Bills, where Williams previously coached.A separate claim in Pearlmans book was also refuted Wednesday when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers strongly denied that he referred to Favre as Grandpa the first time he met him in 2005.ESPNs Ben Goessling and Adam Teicher contributed to this report. 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