AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week This week should provide some answers. If form holds, Garon will get games against Colorado and Calgary (on Sunday) while LaBarbera will get his chance against Dallas on Thursday. Luc Robitaille, who missed Sunday’s game with a sore groin, did not skate Monday and is questionable, at best, for Wednesday’s game. Murray said Robitaille would not make the trip unless it was certain he could play one of the games. “He’s a quick healer, so we’ll see if he can skate (today),” Murray said. The news was better for Jeff Cowan (groin), who didn’t skate Monday but remains on track to return for Sunday’s game, barring any setbacks this week. “He feels considerably better,” Murray said of Cowan, who has missed the last four games. There remains no firm timetable on Valeri Bure (back), who has been out since Sept. 29. Michael Cammalleri, who was a healthy scratch for two of the Kings’ first three games, has returned strong, with one goal and three assists in his last four games. Cammalleri no longer is in danger of being pulled from the lineup, but scoring isn’t just what the Kings are looking for from Cammalleri, who had 46 goals in 79 games while playing in the American Hockey League during the lockout last season. Murray’s main issue with Cammalleri is with the player being strong on the puck and relying more on aggressiveness than finesse to get the job done. It seems that the message might be getting through. “We’ve told Mike how he has to play,” Murray said of the 5-foot-9 Cammalleri. “I look at the good small players in this league, and they all have a physical edge to them. “Doug Gilmour was a small man but he played big. If you’re going to be a small player in this league, you can’t play small, and Mike has played big in the last four games.” Rich Hammond can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Garon’s starts have come against Dallas, Minnesota and Detroit, three teams that entered Monday with a combined record of 12-5-1 this season, while LaBarbera has beaten Phoenix, Edmonton and Columbus — all at home — teams with a combined record of 5-12-1, in an odd bit of reverse symmetry. “I would definitely say Mathieu has had the tougher of the schedules so far,” Murray said. “We think that both have played pretty well. Mathieu definitely had some challenges in Dallas (in the season opener).” Given no reason to scrap his alternating-goaltender system, Kings coach Andy Murray will go back to Mathieu Garon on Wednesday, and Murray hopes it’s a while still before he has to make a choice. The raw numbers make it seem as though there’s a disparity. Each goalie has played three games; Garon has a 1-2 record and has allowed nine goals and has a.878 save percentage, while Jason LaBarbera is 1-2 and has allowed four goals to go with a .945 save percentage. But it’s not that simple.
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner has praised Virat Kohli and said the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is a brilliant competitor.Kohli, who missed the first three matches of RCB due to a shoulder injury, returned with a bang slamming his 27th fifty against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday. (Kohli won’t give me a Christmas card but I’ll buy him a lemonade: Lyon)Kohli was in sensational form last year, hammering a record 973 runs in the 2016 IPL, including four hundreds. In international cricket too, the India captain was in a scintillating form with close to 2600 runs. He also became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to score double centuries in four consecutive series. He first achieved the feat against the West Indies then hit three more against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh. (RCB will be tough to beat with Kohli and De Villiers back: Clarke to India Today)However, his form dipped against Australia before he suffered a right shoulder injury on the first day of the third Test in Ranchi. He missed most part of that match and was ruled out of the fourth and final game, which India won to capture the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.”When you step onto the field for you country, you do everything you can to win. That’s the player Virat is. No matter what team he’s in, he goes out there and gives his 100 percent. He’ll do what he has to do to win,” Warner told India Today in an exclusive chat.advertisementWATCH FULL INTERVIEWKohli had taken on the aggressive Australians after the DRS row erupted in Bengaluru and had even taken exception to Lyon’s “head of the snake” remark after India had won the second Test to draw level in the four-match series which they eventually won.While Kohli and Aussie skipper Steve Smith were often embroiled in a war of words in their respective press conferences, there was plenty of sledging in the middle which spiced up an already tense contest.After India had wrapped up their seventh successive series win at the HPCA Stadium, Kohli said his friendships with the Australian cricketers were damaged permanently. However, he clarified later that the comment was meant only for a couple of the Aussies and he continued to share cordial relations with other players. (Kohli keeps my passion for cricket alive, says de Villiers)Warner termed the India-Australia series as “fantastic”.”We played the best cricket we could to give the fans the entertainment they deserved. It was a fantastic series. Every day of series had something new, that’s what we loved about this series. Expectation was India would win 4-0, we held our own and it came down to the last match,” Warner said.