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in Tagebücher 19.03.2019 04:42
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Czech Republic versus Team USA, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)You might as well call this one the First Flight Home Cup. Because at the end of the night, regardless of who wins, who scores, which goalies make the best saves, which team has the best puck luck, both these teams are done. The Czechs have lived down to the expectation they would be underdogs, getting waxed 6-0 by Canada and then losing in overtime to Team Europe. They have scored just twice, which, oddly enough, matches the offensive output of the Americans, who were shut out 3-0 by Europe and then were eliminated from the semis after losing 4-2 to the Canadians. In talking to a handful of U.S. players on Wednesday, several mentioned the need to end the tournament strongly. It will take stronger internal fortitude than weve seen thus far from the Americans for that to happen, although motivation will also be an issue for a Czech team that has looked lost defensively and whose best player has been goalie Petr Mrazek. For those of a sentimental nature, its possibly this is the last time youll see some of the veteran Americans in the familiar red, white and blue at international best-on-best tournaments, given the uncertainty over future Olympic participation by the NHL and the emergence of young American stars Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, Shayne Gostisbehere and others. Even if the NHL goes to the Olympics in 2018, its likely that Thursday night will be the swan song for two-time Olympian David Backes, as well as Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson and Erik Johnson, all of whom earned Olympic silver in 2010. Do not underestimate the emotional element of that for those American players in this game.Line watch: One of the frustrating parts of this tournament -- and their last four international games going back to Sochi -- for the U.S. has been an utter lack of scoring, especially from their top players. The U.S. has two goals in their last four best-on-best games and just one of those was scored by a forward. In short, pick any of the high-end American forwards, whether its Patrick Kane, Blake Wheeler, Joe Pavelski or Max Pacioretty, and this game marks a chance of at least regaining some offensive respect. -- Scott BurnsideFinland versus Russia, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN)This game has plenty at stake. Russia enters with a 1-1 record and can advance to the semifinals against Canada with a win. Team Finland is 0-2 and is already eliminated from moving on, but it could play the role of spoiler with ? a victory. If Finland wins, Russia is eliminated and Team North America advances to play Canada. The young stars have been so exciting to watch and it would only help this tournament if they advance. For Russia, this could decide the international legacy of Alex Ovechkin, who has not won much in best-on-best competitions. If the Russians advance, they would be an intriguing matchup in the semifinals because no one picked them to reach the next round. Sure, the Russians are loaded with offensive firepower, but their defense is suspect. The teams speed and offensive abilities could wreak havoc in the next round, so it would be interesting to see if they can defeat Finland to get there. The Finns are a proud group and despite their record in this tournament, theyve played OK. The biggest thing for the reigning Olympic bronze-medal winners is to not get blanked in the wins column.Line watch: Its all about the goalies in this game. For Finland, it appears Tuukka Rask will be back in net. He played well and made 28 saves in a 2-0 loss to Sweden on Tuesday, and even though Finnish coach Lauri Marjamaki did not announce his starter Wednesday, Rask should get the nod over?Pekka Rinne, who lost 4-1 to Team North?America on Sunday. If Rask plays against Russia and plays well again, it would be exactly what he needs to start the season for the Boston Bruins. For Russia, Sergei Bobrovsky has been solid in net. This will be his third game of the tournament and hes stopped 70 of 75 shots in that span. -- Joe McDonald Puma Shoes Clearance Australia . Ivanovic was leading 7-5, 1-0 when Hantuchova withdrew after falling 0-40 behind in the second game. The match started slowly for Ivanovic, who surrendered her first two serves as Hantuchova took a 5-3 lead. Puma Shoes Australia Store . -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,570 by the NFL on Wednesday for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. http://www.pumaaustraliawholesale.com/ . With the first unit struggling of late and Amir Johnson - one of the teams iron men - hobbling on an injured right ankle, Patterson knew he could get the nod in a challenging matchup against one of the leagues up and coming players at his position. Cheap Puma Shoes Online Australia . Ancelotti says Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury but "but he doesnt feel comfortable yet so we wont risk him." Madrid is third in the Spanish league, six points behind leader Barcelona, going into Saturdays game against Valladolid. Cheap Puma Shoes Australia . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. CHICAGO -- Matt Garza felt he was just a bit off with his command on Tuesday. That was just enough for the Chicago Cubs to break through against the Brewers right-hander.Trevor Cahill came off the disabled list to throw five innings of two-hit ball in his first start in nearly 16 months, and the Cubs beat Milwaukee 4-0 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.Garza (4-5) allowed three runs and two hits but needed 103 pitches to get through five innings.The three walks hurt, he said. To me, the three walks are the three runs.Just one of the runners to score reached on a walk, but Garza thought walks played a role in each rally.They did a good job of grinding out at-bats, he said. They fouled off a lot pitches. Granted, I didnt have the best command today. It was definitely a grind.Garza allowed a run in a 28-pitch first inning and his run-scoring wild pitch in the third made it 2-0. In the fourth, Cahill successfully bunted a 3-2 pitch, and first baseman Chris Carters flip home wasnt in time to get a sliding Chris Coghlan.Cahill allowed two walks and struck out Manny Pina with a runner on third to end the fifth.I was just trying to go as many as I could, Cahill said. I was fortunate to get five and, hopefully, didnt beat up the bullpen too much.Mike Montgomery followed with two innings, Hector Rondon worked the eighth and Joe Smith walked two in the ninth before Aroldis Chapman got two outs to close a three-hitter.Cahill (2-3) also drove in a run with a safety squeeze bunt, and the Cubs added runs on a wild pitch and Addison Russells sacrifice fly.Chapman hit 103 mph while striking out two for his fifth save with the Cubs, who ended a two-gamme skid.ddddddddddddChicagos Jason Hammel (12-5) was to face fellow Chase Anderson (7-10) in the second game.Cahill was a 2010 All-Star before consecutive 200-inning seasons with Oakland. But the right-hander struggled in Arizona, started three games for Atlanta in April last year, moved to the bullpen and was released before signing with Chicago.He was a reliever until going on the disabled list with right knee tendinitis. But he was stretched out in a rehab assignment and had good command in his first big league appearance since July 9.Coghlan hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth off Damien Magnifico, who made his major league debut.NO BRAUNBrewers slugger Ryan Braun, who homered twice and drove in six runs Sunday, wasnt in the Game 1 lineup. He flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.TRAINERS ROOMBrewers: Struggling RHP Michael Blazek went on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. He was really just fatigued, manager Craig Counsell said. But because of the scheduling situation and because hes had some elbow soreness this season, we thought it was best to be safe. Magnifico was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs.Cubs: Manager Joe Maddon said RHP John Lackey (shoulder stiffness) could have his next start pushed back. . RHP Pedro Strop (knee surgery) was off crutches. Hes expected to miss at least a month.visiting clubhouse.Were on top of each other, thats for sure, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.UP NEXTCubs RHP Jon Lester (12-4, 2.93) faces RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-12, 4.07) on Wednesday night. ' ' '

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