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  • July 10, 2019
    导出博客文章WASHINGTON, D.C. -- From a pure hockey standpoint, Team Canada is filthy rich in
    talent.But Team USA was built to steal that fame and fortune at the World Cup of
    Hockey.The two teams will square off in the round-robin portion of the
    best-on-best tournament on Sept. 20 at Torontos Air Canada Centre (8 p.m.,
    ESPN). Theyve already split a pair of pre-tournament games in preparation for
    the World Cup, and their intense rivalry was on full display. The animosity is
    only going to increase once the puck officially drops.Team USA goalie Cory
    Schneider described Canada as arguably the best team in the tournament and said
    that having faced the Canadians in warm-up games will help the Americans.Playing
    against the best, prepares you the best, Schneider said.Is Canada really the
    better team, though?No.In terms of team concept, Team USA has the upper
    hand.Yes, I said it. Bring on the comments -- but just be ready for the I told
    you so when the tournament is over. Last week I picked Team Sweden to win the
    2016 World Cup of Hockey, but this isnt about who is going to win this
    tournament. Its strictly between Team USA and Canada.The American roster was
    built to slow down Canada. Every team has some level of depth in this
    tournament, but Team USA has the right kind of depth. Players have accepted
    their roles, and the management group quickly gave this team an identity when
    the roster was formed. The chemistry has been evident during training camp. Ive
    been covering Team Sweden and Finland, but now that Im back on American soil for
    games at Verizon Center on Tuesday (Team USA vs. Finland, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and
    Wednesday (Team Sweden vs. Team Europe, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3), I want to give my
    impressions of the U.S. team -- whether you want them or not.I understand there
    are some extremely talented players --?Tyler Johnson, Phil Kessel, Kevin
    Shattenkirk and Justin Faulk -- who were not selected to the roster, but the
    vision of Team USAs management group, including coach John Tortorella, has built
    a team that can beat Canada.I like the fact that many teams in this tournament
    have focused on small-area games during practice, including Team USA. Those
    drills help players make quicker decisions in tight situations, and because the
    talent level throughout this tournament is off the charts, most of the goals
    scored will be in the dirty areas. Thats where size and skill will be a factor
    for the Americans.Were trying to get more work underneath the hashmarks so
    theres pressure and theres some combativeness within it, explained Tortorella.
    Its just, how much do you give them? Small-ice games are a very important part
    of hockey, especially early on when youre with your guys.Canada will score goals
    -- theres no denying that. If youre wondering how Team USA will produce offense
    against the Canadians, it has to come from secondary scoring. We know Patrick
    Kane is going to score, but others on the roster will need to produce, including
    the likes of Max Pacioretty, Justin Abdelkader, Ryan Kesler and T.J. Oshie. Team
    USA cant make any mistakes when facing Canada. When they play for real, its
    going to be fast-paced and its going to be fun to watch.Canada is loaded with
    plenty of two-way players, but if the U.S. can establish its speed early and
    maintain that structure and physicality, theres no reason not to think the
    Americans can beat Canada. Team USA isnt about to completely pound the Canadians
    into submission or try to beat them in one-on-one situations. The mindset is to
    keep the momentum and not allow Canadas best players to reach the elite game
    level.Team USA has to limit Canadas offensive zone possession time. If the U.S.
    makes a mistake in its own end, Canada will make it count.Im glad we played
    Canada, Tortorella said, because they are a really good team, probably the best
    team in the tournament right now. ... I think it really gave us a focus on that
    we just werent close enough to the puck on our breakout, so we didnt come out
    clean. We just werent supporting enough, and we certainly werent close enough or
    really even gave ourselves a chance to forecheck because we got stubborn at the
    blue line in trying to make too many plays instead of putting it behind them.For
    this story, I reached out to a few different hockey personnel on both sides of
    the border. I polled players from other teams in this tournament, and the
    majority believe Team USA will beat Team Canada.Both teams are talented,
    probably the best two teams in the tournament, said one current NHL player who
    is neither American nor Canadian. But the identity and chemistry and the role
    players, I like the U.S. more.Canada has won three of the past four gold medals
    at the Winter Olympics, including the 2010 Vancouver Games and 2014 Sochi Games.
    That international success will end against Team USA this time around.
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    the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. MOSCOW -- Russia has
    appealed a ban of its athletics team from next months Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    over doping, the countrys Olympic committee said Sunday.Russian Olympic
    Committee spokesman Konstantin Vybornov confirmed to The Associated Press by
    e-mail that the appeal had been filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport
    and would be heard July 19.If Russia wins, the Olympic application deadline will
    be extended to let Russian athletes apply, the ROCs legal department head
    Alexandra Brilliantova told the Tass news agency.The case is being brought
    jointly by the ROC and dozens of top Russian athletes.The IAAF, tracks world
    governing body, suspended Russia in November after a World Anti-Doping Agency
    report detailed widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian track and field.
    The ban was upheld by the IAAF in a vote last month.A case has been filed at CAS
    today and a hearing date of 19 July set. We believe the deadline for team
    submissions should fit with this timeline, the IAAF said in an e-mailed
    statement.The IAAF ban already allows a small number of Russians to compete at
    the Rio Olympics if they can show they have been based outside the country and
    subject to testing from a respected, non-Russian anti-doping
    agency.ddddddddddddBrilliantova said Sunday that she believed only two Russians
    would currently fit the criteria out of more than 80 who have applied to the
    IAAF. While Brilliantova did not name the duo, they are likely to be the
    U.S.-based long jumper Daria Klishina, who is a two-time European indoor
    champion, and the Italy-based pole vaulter Alyona Lutkovskaya.In addition, the
    IAAF has already approved an application from Russian athlete and doping
    whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, whose testimony of doping within the Russian
    team, including undercover footage of apparent doping confessions, formed an
    important part of the evidence against Russia in the WADA
    investigation.Stepanova is due to return to competition next week at the
    European championships, racing in the 800 meters as a so-called neutral athlete
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