9 or could move up a spot as No. 8 Louisville is the only team ahead of it in the rankings with two losses.WEEKEND SWEEPWith the

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The World Cup of Hockey begins Saturday, Sept. 17, from Toronto when Team USA faces Team Europe in group play at 3:30 p.m. ET?(ESPN2).?Its time to stop worrying about who isnt on this team -- therell be plenty of time for recrimination and finger-pointing after the tournament for ignoring?Phil Kessel, Tyler Johnson, Kevin Shattenkirk and Justin Faulk if things dont go the Americans way during the upcoming World Cup of Hockey -- and focus on who is on this hard-working, hard-nosed team.Team USA GM Dean Lombardi, head coach John Tortorella and their highly efficient staff have assembled a surprisingly fast, very physical squad that will try to dictate pace of play with a vigorous forecheck and a game that hopes to be strictly north-south -- although the teams two pretournament games against Canada have shown that is still a work in progress.How Team USA could winFirst and foremost, alternate captain Patrick Kane is going to have to have the kind of tournament he hoped to have in Sochi at the 2014 Olympics but didnt. Kane is the defending NHL MVP and scoring champ, and Tortorella has put him in a leadership role that will up the ante for the?Chicago Blackhawks?star. If Kane is going -- and by extension that will mean the U.S. power play, which has been under the tutelage of associate coach and Hall of Famer?Phil Housley, is going -- that will take some of the pressure off the rest of the forwards.That said, Max Pacioretty, Blake Wheeler and Zach Parise?will have to find a gear they didnt hit during Team USAs two-game split with Canada during the warm-up last week. The Americans arent likely to get a ton of offense from the back end, but watch for Dustin Byfuglien, who has one of the hardest shots in the game, to keep opponents off-balance with his forays into the offensive zone. Jonathan Quick is the U.S. No. 1 because of his résumé, which includes two Stanley Cup rings, and his stellar performance in leading the U.S. to a victory over Canada last Friday. If Quick is on his game, anything is possible for this group.How Team USA could loseErik Johnson and Jack Johnson were repatriated from the 2010 U.S. Olympic team that earned a silver medal in Vancouver, and Matt Niskanen was added to the group ahead of more offensive-minded players such as Shattenkirk, Faulk and Cam Fowler, all of whom were in Sochi. Was Niskanen the right choice? Were about to find out.The U.S. looked disorganized in its own zone for long stretches against Canada. So trying to exploit its blue line, which doesnt appear to be as mobile as the Canadians, Swedes or Team North Americas defensive corps, will likely be the plan for opponents when the tournament starts. The Americans opted for more grit up front in the form of Justin Abdelkader, Brandon Dubinsky and David Backes. If the Americans get behind, though, they lack the explosiveness of a Russia or Sweden or Canada to erase deficits -- and that could be a fatal flaw.What to watch for: Beat Canada, or bustRight from the get-go, Tortorella and his staff opted to go with having Joe Pavelski play down the middle with Kane, even though Pavelski played on the wing with Joe Thornton at center in San Jose all last season. No one wins the World Cup without going through Canada at some point, and the teams will have played three times by the time the finals arrive (twice pretournament and once in the round-robin), so there will be familiarity and bad blood aplenty if we get a repeat of the classic 96 finals.Nike Air Max Shoes Online . - Connor McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime as the Erie Otters came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Nike Air Max Shoes China http://www.cheapairmaxshoes.com/ . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. CTV Edmonton also says Pocklington gave a $100,000 cash deposit as part of the conditions of his bail, and that he will be out on bail until his appeal is heard. Cheap Nike Air Max Shoes Free Shipping . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. Wholesale Nike Air Max Shoes . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.LOS ANGELES -- Jordin Canada wowed with moves in the lane, spectacular passes and pull-up jump shots. UCLA coach Cori Close doesnt ever let the guard or any other player glance at the Jumbotron to check out replays, but Sunday wouldve been a good day for a watch party.Canada and her teammates will see plenty of highlights at the end of film sessions, the only time Close allows what she calls passion plays to be shown, after leading the ninth-ranked Bruins over Michigan 84-64.Canada had 16 points, a career-high 14 assists and no turnovers while Monique Billings and had 19 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. Kelli Hayes added a career-high 16 points.I dont think were close, but I think we made a huge step today, Close said.Canada is on the Naismith Trophy watch list for the best player in womens college basketball.Most of the time Im working on things I need to get better at, Canada said. I dont really like to think about stuff like that. My concern is getting better and growing.The Bruins (7-1) took a 10-0 lead and extended their home winning streak to 18 in a row dating to last season. UCLA has won 22 straight against unranked opponents.Michigan (8-3) was led by Kysre Gondrezick with 18 points and Hallie Thome with 15 points.The Wolverines were without three players -- Boogie Brozoski and Sam Trammel stayed home to prepare for exams, and Nicole Munger was out with an injured left foot.Billings had 11 points and 12 rebounds as UCLA took a 45-25 halftime lead.All five starters for UCLA scored in double figures.BIG PICTUREMichigan took a step backward as it struggled to move the ball offensively and let UCLA dominate inside. It had played well the last few games and fared much better against then-No. 10 Florida State in a 76-62 loss.UCLA did whatever it wanted offensively, getting high-percentage shots and using its stiffling defense to fluster Michigan.dddddddddddd Its performance will serve as a good warmup for its longest road stretch of the season.POLL IMPLICATIONSUCLA should stay at No. 9 or could move up a spot as No. 8 Louisville is the only team ahead of it in the rankings with two losses.WEEKEND SWEEPWith the UCLA men beating Michigan at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday and the women doing the same on Sunday, the Bruins made it a weekend sweep. The Michigan mens team sat behind the Michigan bench for Sundays game and the teams were scheduled to share a charter flight back to Ann Arbor, providing they could return as there is a snowstorm. Some players on the UCLA mens team were in attendance as well.THROUGH THE TREESMichigan tried to pack the lane with its interior defense but that didnt bother Canada, who drove the lane and scored on layups and jumpers or kicked the ball out.Mentally Ive always had that where I dont fear anyone, Canada said. Im not afraid to play anyone, thats just the mentality that I have.QUOTE OF THE GAMEUCLA played phenomenal. Ive watched a lot of film, and I dont know if they played as well as they played tonight. I thought they really clicked on all cylinders. They defended us extremely, extremely well. They played incredibly hard. They executed on the offensive end. They rebounded the heck out of the ball. Theyre a great team. -- Michigan coach Kim BarnesUP NEXTMichigan: Just finished seven consecutive road games away from the Crisler Center and returns home for four consecutive games against Ohio, Vermont, American and Rutgers.UCLA: Has feasted on a home-heavy schedule and now hit the road for three consecutive games -- at UC Santa Barbara, South Carolina and North Carolina AT&T. ' ' '

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