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TORONTO -- Canada and Russia will meet in the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday. The hopes of many fans in these parts were dashed Thursday when the Russians calmly disposed of Finland 3-0 in their round-robin finale.The victory lifted Russia to the same 2-1-0 record as North America, but the 23-and-under kids did not advance thanks to the Russians victory over?Connor McDavids crew in round-robin play.A Finland victory Thursday would have sent North America into a semifinal against Team Canada, a matchup that had many people salivating given its unique nature. The 23-and-under North America team was half-composed of Canadians, and the idea of seeing McDavid versus Sidney Crosby just too much fun.Instead, well have to settle for another round of Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin, which is always intriguing although very much one-sided in the Canadian superstars favor.Crosbys Pittsburgh Penguins have twice eliminated Ovechkins Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup playoffs, including last spring, and a Crosby-led Team Canada crushed Ovechkin and Russia in the 2010 Olympic quarterfinals at Vancouver, the last time both countries met in best-on-best hockey. And Crosbys Canadian squad even beat Ovechkins Russian side at the 2005 world junior championships for gold.So perhaps this is Ovechkins chance, finally, to get his pound of flesh -- and on Canadian ice, no less. This is Russias first trip to the semifinals of a best-on-best event since the 2006 Torino Olympics, where Ovechkin and the Russians lost in the semifinals to Finland.Full credit is due to Russia for advancing to the semifinals here after a disappointing quarterfinal exit in its own Olympics in Sochi in 2014. In that game, the Finns beat Russia 3-1, so this was sweet revenge.Ovechkin made a brilliant play Thursday to set up Vladimir Tarasenko 3:42 into the middle period to open the scoring, and it was all the offense the Russians would need. Russia played a strong defensive game and very much limited Finlands opportunities. Finland, back-to-back Olympic bronze medalists, bows out with a 0-3-0 record, disappointing for sure by its own high standards. A lack of offense in this tourney -- ?the Finns scored only once in three games -- would be the teams downfall.Three Stars1. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Russia: The St. Louis Blues star was flying in this game, nearly scoring from the high slot in the opening period and then finishing off Ovechkins pretty feed in the second period.2. Alex Ovechkin, LW, Russia: The captain wasnt going to let his team bow out early again in a best-on-best tournament. His creativity on the opening goal was vintage Ovechkin.3.?Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Russia: The Columbus Blue Jackets netminder wasnt overly tested but looked poised. The former Vezina Trophy winner looks to be in fine form. Cheap Titans Jerseys. -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . Harold Landry Womens Jersey. - 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. 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LONDON -- British cyclist Lizzie Armitstead won an appeal against an anti-doping violation, clearing the world road race champion to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Armitstead missed three doping tests in a 12-month period, triggering a charge by U.K. Anti-Doping, a provisional suspension and the possibility of a two-year ban.She appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and a statement released on Armitsteads behalf on Monday said the first missed test -- from August 2015 -- was declared void by CAS because UKADs doping control officer had failed to follow procedure.On Tuesday, UKAD confirmed the ruling by CAS.We respect the outcome of the CAS hearing, said UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead, who added that the body was awaiting the written decision on why the violation was not upheld.Armitstead said she has always been and will always be a clean athlete and have been vocal in my anti-doping stance throughout my career.I am pleased that CAS has accepted my position, having provided detailed information demonstrating the situation around my strikes, she said in her statement.The 27-year-old Armittstead won a silver medal in the road race at the London Games in 2012 and is one of the favorites in Rio.dddddddddddd She won gold at the road world championships in the United States in September.Armitsteads first missed test came at a World Cup event in Sweden. The second was an administrative failure on Oct. 5 and the third was a missed test on June 9 following an emergency change of plans due to a serious illness within her family.She was charged by UKAD with three whereabouts failures on July 11.Sapstead said Armitstead chose not to challenge the first and second Whereabouts Failures at the time they were asserted against her.At the CAS hearing, Ms. Armitstead raised a defense in relation to the first Whereabouts Failure, which was accepted by the Panel, Sapstead said.Armitstead did not dispute the last two faults at CAS.UKAD has a policy of not publicly disclosing provisional suspensions, or details of cases, until an anti-doping rule violation has deemed to have been committed. Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '
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