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    导出博客文章SOCHI, Russia – The Canadians had to hurl nearly 60 shots at the Latvian goal to scratch their way into a semifinal matchup with the Americans, but by the time it was over head coach Mike Babcock was convinced the experience would be beneficial, much as it was four years earlier. Sam Bradford Jersey . "Did I want to win 7-1? Absolutely,” said Babcock after a nervous 2-1 win in the quarter-finals against Latvia. “Do I think its better for my team that we won the way we did? For sure." It took every bit of mustard his team could find to finally get past the unlikely challengers from Latvia – a team they had never lost to in either the Olympics or World Championships – and avert disaster. Kristers Gudlevskis, an unheralded 21-year-old draft pick in executive director Steve Yzermans Tampa Bay Lightning organization, stopped 55 shots and held the Canadians to just a single goal for the first 53 minutes of regulation. Patience was tested and tested again and again with every chance, opportunity and flurry squashed by the apparent back-up Latvian netminder, starting with a Sidney Crosby breakaway in the opening moments and continuing right on through the rest of the night. "Obviously when youre talking about 10 minutes left in the third and you look up and youve got 50-some-odd shots you dont want it to be one of those nights," said Crosby after the win. "I think that you just try to trust that eventually those chances will go in, stick with it." Patrick Sharp became just the fourth Canadian forward to score, his first goal in the middle frame matched minutes later on a mildly shocking Lauris Darzins breakaway. From there the Gudlevkis show rolled on in ever-surprising fashion, some of the most gifted offensive talents on the planet stonewalled by a goaltender who was starting for the American Hockey Leagues Syracuse Crunch as recently as Feb. 5. There was the stop on Jeff Carter in alone in the second period, a blocker save on Rick Nash in the third, a jam attempt by Chris Kunitz just a few minutes later. For a forward contingent struggling to score these were familiar troubles building in a game that Canada had no business not winning. "If you look at tonight besides picking the puck up and throwing it in the net what could you tell someone to do in those situations," said Crosby, who still has yet to score in this tournament. "We had some great chances. Youre getting chances like that theres not a lot you would change. Its not like you were going in there adjusting and trying to figure something out. I think its just the ultimate test of your patience when youre getting chances like that and you need to find a way to score." Its ultimately that persistence and push through the wall of a hot goaltender that Babcock believes will benefit his team moving into a 2010 gold medal game re-match with the Americans on Friday. Though they had only mild difficulties against Norway and Austria, the Canadians really only faced a stiff test from Finland in the final game of the preliminary round, a tilt they scratched out in overtime on the second of two goals from Drew Doughty. On this night it was another defenceman proving the hero. Shea Weber fired a cannon past Gudlevskis with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, easing the nerves of a tense nation on the other side of the globe. "We just talked about the hockey gods," Babcock said. "You just keep doing things right, youre going to be rewarded. We had some chances. So we just thought if we kept doing it, wed get our chances, wed get a break, wed score a goal." Though they inched closer to it in the close win over Latvia, Canada has yet to truly resemble the powerhouse it was expected to be here in Sochi. But they have, true to Babcocks word, gotten better with each day gone by. They enter the semifinal, however, as an unlikely underdog, squaring off against an American squad thats stomped all of its competition here in Sochi. With the hottest player on the planet in Phil Kessel – who has nearly as many goals here in Russia (five) as the entire Canadian forward group (six) – and a battle-tested Jonathan Quick between the pipes, the U.S. has the look of a favourite in what should be an enticing rematch of the gold medal game in Vancouver. "Its what its all about," said Jonathan Toews of the matchup. "Canada-USA, I think has become a bigger rivalry than Canada-Russia. Theres a lot of animosity, lot of feelings like theres something to prove between both teams. Its for the chance to go play for a gold medal. It doesnt get any better than that." It took a few bumps and a similar crescendo for Canada to top the U.S. in Vancouver in 2010. There were familiar stumbles along the way – including a preliminary round loss to the U.S. – but ultimately, the Canadians got their game together as the tournament stretched on, dominating the Russians in the quarter-final before edging the Slovaks and Americans en route to gold. Babcock is mindful of that path when he looks at the winding road thus far in 2014. "The Olympic Games isnt supposed to be easy,” he said. “They dont just give the medals out. You earn the medals. Now wed like to put ourselves in a situation to compete for one and we have another day to prepare [on Thursday]." Chase Edmonds Jersey . The Toronto Argonauts (11-7) look for an opportunity to repeat as CFL champions when they host the surging Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) on Sunday. Patrick Peterson Jersey . The alleged sexual assault is believed to have happened over the weekend of Feb. 1, when the hockey team was in Thunder Bay for two games against Lakehead University. The criminal investigation branch of the Thunder Bay Police Service is leading the investigation with help from Ottawa police.LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Frankie (The Answer) Edgar dominated B.J. Penn en route to a third-round TKO on "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 19 finale card Sunday night, defeating The Prodigy for a third time. Penn, who had come out of retirement for the fight, promptly called it quits again. Edgar (16-4-1) was too quick for a sluggish Penn, who had no answers in a lopsided battle of former champions before 6,500 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Penn (16-10-2) occupied the centre of the cage but did little while Edgar circled and attacked. When Edgar took Penn down, he hurt him repeatedly. Referee Herb Dean finally stopped the carnage at four minutes 16 seconds of the third round. "Frankie did a great job," said Penn. "I shouldnt have come back. I shouldnt have been in the ring tonight." And the 35-year-old Hawaiian said hes headed back to retirement. "Of course, this is the end," an emotional Penn told the post-fight news conference after getting stitches. "Im thinking to myself why did you step back in the Octagon after the beating that Rory MacDonald gave you (in December 2012)? The reason is because I really needed to find out. If I didnt make this night happen for myself, I would have always wondered ... I guess I just needed some closure." Despite the bloody loss, Penn said he would have regretted not fighting more. UFC president Dana White didnt stick around to watch the whole fight. "What more do you want, B.J.?" he told the post-fight news conference before Penn arrived. "Theres nothing left to prove." Penn, a baseball cap hiding the damage around his eyes, lowered his head to the table at one point when asked about his legacy. He was too emotional to speak. White jumped in to fill the void. "Hes one of the best 155-pounders of all time," White said. "He built that weight class and he was responsible for helping build the UFC. Thats his legacy." Unlike the first two fights, which were held in the lightweight (155-pound) division, Penn and Edgar met this time as featherweights (145 pounds). Edgar, who was a 4-1 favourite Sunday, took away Penns lightweight title in 2010 and then beat him again in a rematch four months later. He later lost the 155-pound crown to Benson Henderson. Penn, who also once held the welterweight title, last fought in late 2012 when he was beaten comprehensively by Canadas MacDonald in Seattle. He asked to come back to have another crack at the 32-year-old Edgar, with the UFC appointing them rival coaches on the reality TV show. Edgar had gone 2-3-1 since their first two fights while Penn went 1-2-1 before retiring after the MacDonald loss. Sunday marked Penns 23rd fight in the UFC, fourth most in UFC history. It was Edgars 16th trip to the Octagon. A serene Penn ran out to cheers and the familiar Hawaiian strains of the late Israel Kamakawiwoole, although the music quickly morphed into an uptempo remix. The lights dimmed and the pro-Penn crowd started booing. Edgar ran in to "Kick in the Door" by The Notorious B.I.G. The fight started as the first two did. Edgar darted in and out while Penn looked — unsuccessfully — to connect. Edgar scored an early takedown, alternating with launching kicks at the downed Penn and jumping back on top of him. Dean eventually let Penn get up, to cheers from the crowd. It was more of the same in tthe second as Penn chased the speedy Edgar to little effect before being taken down. Bene Benwikere Jersey. The round ended with Edgar scoring with heavy blows from above. Penns face was showing damage as the third round began. The Hawaiian tripped midway through the round, finding himself on his back again. An elbow opened Penns face up as Edgar scored at will in a painful round to watch. "I almost feel bad about it," Edgar said of the finish. The card, coming on the heels of UFC 175 Saturday night, marked the finale to International Fight Week in Las Vegas. The Season 19 finalists were all from Edgars team, marking only the second time in TUF history that one team filled all four spots (Canada also did it in the "TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia" series. Middleweight Eddie (Truck) Gordon overpowered Dhiego Lima in 71 seconds to win the 185-pound Season 19 crown. Gordon (8-1) put Lima down with a pair of overhead rights at the fence and then landed a dozen more blows until Montreal referee Yves Lavigne stepped in. The 30-year-old Gordon, who trains with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, has a degree in finance, marketing and communication from Fordham University. Lima (10-2), who fought five times in the Edmonton-based Maximum Fighting Championship, was competing one division above his normal welterweight class. It was an almost exact replay in the 205-pound final as Corey (Beastin 25/8) Anderson hurt Matt (Gutter) Van Buren (7-3) early and often. The fight was stopped after just 61 seconds. Anderson (5-0) has a degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a liberal arts degree from Lincoln College. Both winners earned a UFC contract and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Coaches aside, Season 19 was seen as one of the more disappointing in the series history. White admitted Saturday night that he tried not to think about it any more. Saturdays fight was Penns first at 145 pounds, adding another chapter that has seen him fight all over the weight map, including heavyweight. He looked ripped at Fridays weigh-in — "awesome," according to White. While an icon in the sport and one of only two fighters to win UFC championships in two different weight classes (Randy Couture was the other), Penn came into Sundays card having won just one of his last six bouts. Two of those losses were to Edgar. Also beaten by Nick Diaz, he defeated former welterweight champion Matt Hughes and fought Jon Fitch to a draw. Canadians went 1-1 on the undercard. Sarah (Cheesecake) Moras (4-1) of Kelowna, B.C., won her UFC debut with a 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 decision over Alexis (Sneaky Zebra) Dufresne (5-1) in a fight contested mainly on the ground. Lightweight Jesse (The Body Snatcher) Ronson (13-5) lost a 29-28, 28-29, 30-27 decision to Kevin (The Motown Phenom) Lee, finishing on the wrong end of a split decision for the third UFC fight in a row. Earlier on the main card, flyweight Dustin Ortiz won a 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 split decision over Justin (Tank) Scoggins (9-1), Ortiz (14-3) is ranked 13th among 125-pound contenders. Heavyweight Derrick (The Black Beast) Lewis stopped American-based Brazilian Guto Inocente (6-3) with some nasty ground-and-pound in the first round. 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