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TORONTO -- Much of the chatter heading into Saturday nights World Cup of Hockey semifinal (7 p. Womens Browns Jerseys .m. ET, ESPN2 and WatchESPN) is over whether Russia has the goods to upset Canada.The question itself underlines how much the rivalry between the two countries has changed over the years. The mere suggestion that Russia beating Canada would be deemed an upset -- well, 25 years ago that would have been blasphemy.Russia still produces great players, but its day as the top threat to Canada for world supremacy in the sport has long passed. Of course, a win by Alex Ovechkin and his Russian side on Canadian ice Saturday night would go a long way toward reversing that slide.And yes, it would be an upset by any definition of the word. Team Canada went a perfect 3-0-0 in round-robin play, trailing in a game for only 89 seconds, outscoring the opposition 14-3 and running its best-on-best winning streak to 13 games going back to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.It has been one of the most dominant stretches for hockeys birth nation in modern history.Thats all great, but that doesnt matter going into tomorrow, Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby said on Friday. Its all about the next one. I think the trust and belief is there. Its nice to have that; its good to have that experience with guys and the belief you can play different kind of games and overcome things. But its only as good as what you do with it. Tomorrow is a big one, and none of the [previous] games really matter.Russia went 2-1-0 in round-robin play, a closely contested 2-1 loss to Sweden its only blemish, and is playing a much better team game than it did when it crashed and burned in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympics.Best playersRussia:?Evgeny Kuznetsov has only one point in the tournament, his electrifying goal against North America, but hes been very noticeable throughout. Put on a line between Ovechkin, his?Washington Capitals teammate, and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues for the round-robin finale against Finland, Kuznetsov looked very comfortable and creative. KHLer Ivan Telegin, property of the Winnipeg Jets, scored a beauty against Finland on Thursday and, despite being a fourth-liner on this team, has had an impact in his limited role. Ovechkin has been dynamic in every game -- no surprise there. And finally, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been outstanding in this tournament, which is no doubt encouraging for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who hope to see him return to this Vezina Trophy ways. Hes stopped 91 of 96 shots in the World Cup for a sparkling .948 save percentage.Canada: So spread out are the contributions on his ridiculously deep team that 12 skaters have at least two points through three games for Team Canada. But theres no question that Crosby is leading the way. The best player in the world has been just that in this tournament -- on both sides of the puck. His line, with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, has been both an offensive and defensive juggernaut. John Tavares has three assists and has been a force every game. Fourth-liner Matt Duchene had the big game against Team USA and has been terrific overall, given his role. Reigning Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty has been all that. Netminder Carey Price is back to being Carey Price after missing most of last season with a knee injury.Matchup to watchSidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin. Well of course, right? Team Canada has last line change, and the two most logical options for coach Mike Babcock when it comes to matching up to Russias top line of Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Tarasenko are either Crosbys unit or the one centered by Jonathan Toews between Logan Couture and Steven Stamkos. Both options are solid. Crosbys line never seems to spend any time in its own zone in this tourney. Thats one way to defend.PredictionIts one game, which means Russia absolutely can win. And it can especially win if two things happen: Bobrovsky steals the game and Canada gets into penalty trouble, just as it did in the pre-tournament finale between both teams. Russia hasnt scored on the power play in three tournament games, but I wouldnt want to test the limits on that given the talent on those units.Yeah, you dont want to get into penalty trouble against them, Crosby said. With their power play and the guys they have out there, we have to make sure we find a way to stay out of the box, try to hold onto the puck as best we can and force them to take penalties.Anything can happen, but logic dictates that Canada has everything going for it. It has four forward lines creating massive puck pressure in the offensive zone, and once the Canadians have the puck, they keep it for long stretches. With Price the last line of defense on top of that, the back-to-back Olympic champions should prevail.?Canada wins 4-2. Elite Browns Jerseys . The Masters champion and winner of last weeks Australian PGA has a three-round total of 14-under 199 at Royal Melbourne. "Im in a really good position for tomorrow," Scott said. Orange Browns Jerseys .com) - Following a late-game loss to the reigning NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors will look to sustain their recent high-level play as they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again.Rory McIlroy has admitted he does not expect to retain his Race to Dubai crown this week, despite having an outside chance of denying Henrik Stenson. McIlroy heads into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship fourth in the standings behind Stenson, Danny Willett and the in-form Alex Noren, but a win could be enough to be crowned European No 1 for the third straight year if the top three struggle at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. Rory McIlroy says hes more concerned about ending the year as the world number one, rather than winning the Race to Dubai title. However, the world No 2 would require Stenson to finish outside the top 45 in the elite 60-player field, with Willett not making the top five and Noren finishing lower than second. McIlroy pipped Willett to the overall title with a dramatic victory over Andy Sullivan in the event last year, but he has effectively ruled out his chances of overhauling Open champion Stenson, who is also a two-time champion in the event. Victory in the FedExCup capped an excellent PGA Tour season for McIlroy Mathematically I can win, but its not going to happen, said McIlroy, when asked about his Race to Dubai hopes. I wouldnt hold my breath. I think the three guys that are ahead of me are playing very good golf, especially the two Swedes, Henrik and Alex.Alex with what hes done over the past few weeks, Henrik has had a fantastic year, and so has Danny, obviously... I dont expect those guys to play badly this week. Im just concentrating on trying to win the golf tournament and if I can do that, Ill be very happy. Rory McIlroy needs an unlikely set of results to retain his Race to Dubai crown McIlroy did not help his cause by opting to pull out of the Turkish Airlines Open earlier this month due to safety fears, but he reiterated that he was comfortable with that course of action.Im very happy with my decision, he added. Ive been here for the last couple of weeks and Ive done a bit of practice, enjoyed myself. So, no, no regrets at all. McIlroy believes Henrik Stenson will be crowned European No 1 McIlroy also insisted he was satisfied with his 2016 campaign overall, despite not managing to add to his four major titles, although he did claim the FedExCup for the first time after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship. Throwback Browns Jerseys. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price Asked to rate his season, he said: Its been good, Ive won a couple of things that I hadnt won before. I won the Irish Open, which a huge thing personally for me. It mightnt be the biggest tournament in the world, but personally to me in my mind, it is one of the biggest I play all year.That was nice to be able to knock that off - and to win the FedExCup, as well, was big. That was something that I hadnt won before, and to win that, and in the fashion that I did, and winning two of the last three Play-off events over there, that was very satisfying. McIlroy with the Race To Dubai and DP World Tour Championship trophies last year My play in majors was disappointing, missing the cut at the US Open and the PGA. I had a top five at The Open but that was soon forgotten because of what Henrik and Phil did.But majors aside, I feel like its been a pretty good, consistent year. But going into next year, Id like to think that my performances in the majors are going to be better. Live European Tour Golf November 17, 2016, 8:00am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass McIlroys top priority this week is to regain the world No 1 ranking from Jason Day, which he will do if he emerges victorious over the Earth Course for the third time.Its a big incentive for me, said the 27-year-old. Its been a while since Ive been in that spot. I know if I win this tournament, Ill finish the year at world No 1. So its a big incentive for me to try and get that back, and it would be nice to have that little bit of momentum going into next year.Watch the DP World Tour Championship live on Sky Sports 4 HD from 8am on Thursday.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: R2D contenders/permutations Rory wants Christmas No 1 Shots of the week Golf live on Sky Sports 4 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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