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United States daze to Canada in final to catch gold in World Junior Hockey Championship



The United States upset intensely favored and undefeated Canada 2-0 in Edmonton, Alberta, on Tuesday to win the gold medal in the principal world junior ice hockey title played in an bubble.

In a defensive special, Boston College goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Spencer Knight halted every one of the 34 shots he looked to make sure about Team USA’s first gold since 2017.

Knight recorded his third shutout of the occasion, the most for an American goaltender in the competition. Forward and Anaheim Ducks draft pick Trevor Zegras drove the competition in scoring with 18 focuses and was named most important player of the competition. The 18 focuses were the second most by an American part in competition history. Zegras additionally tied the record for most focuses by an American in his reality junior vocation with 27 in the course of the last two competitions.

The U.S. started to lead the pack in the primary time frame off a redirection at the front of the net from Los Angeles Kings prospect Alex Turcotte. That objective was the initial 5-on-5 objective Canada had permitted in the World Junior Championship and the first occasion when it had followed anytime in the competition.

“That was by far the biggest goal I’ve ever scored in my life,” said Turcotte, who was the No. 5 generally draft decision of Los Angeles in 2019 and was essential for a year ago’s U.S. crew that was dispensed with in the quarterfinals.

The U.S. overpowered Canada for stretches of the primary time frame and held a 13-9 shots-on-objective bit of leeway notwithstanding the 1-0 lead.

Zegras extended the Americans’ lead 32 seconds into the second time frame when he gathered the puck and slipped it past Canadian goalie Devon Levi, who was inclining the incorrect way.

That goal gave Zegras a bind with previous NHL player Jordan Schroeder for USA Hockey’s record-breaking scoring lead at the World Junior Championship with his 27th point gathered in the course of the last two competitions. He positions fifth among players who have showed up in numerous World Junior Championships with 2.25 focuses per game, a rundown that is driven by Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg.

Zegras additionally got second put on the Americans’ single-competition scoring list, assembling 18 focuses to lead all major parts in the 2021 competition. He moved past Jeremy Roenick and fell one short of Doug Weight’s record of 19, set in 1991. He was the lone U.S. player to be named to the competition top pick group, joining Canada’s Levi, Dylan Cozens and Bowen Byram, Finland’s Ville Heinola and Germany’s Tim Stuetzle.

Canada had outscored rivals 41-4 preceding Tuesday night’s last in its offer to rehash as world junior boss.

“This is the first team that really pushed back in the first period. We were not used to it and it took a little bit of time to get back at it. After we adjusted, we were really good, but we didn’t score,” Canada coach Andre Tourigny said.

The U.S. ended up shielding for a significant part of the second 50% of the game. Canada outshot Team USA 25-8 over the last two time frames, remembering a 15-1 shots-for objective favorable position in the last edge.

“We had our looks, but Knight played great. We didn’t get the bounces,” said Cozens, who led Canada and finished second among all players with 16 points in the tournament.

Knight, who was chosen thirteenth by and large by the Panthers in the 2019 NHL draft, made a few major recoveries in his third and last outing to the World Junior Championship. In the wake of gathering shutouts in games against the Czech Republic and Sweden in the fundamental round, he turned into the lone U.S. goalie to record three shutouts in a solitary competition and the simply American to gather three shutouts in his reality junior vocation. He was named U.S. player of the game.

Notwithstanding records set by U.S. players, Team USA video mentor Theresa Feaster turned into the principal lady to fill in as an associate mentor for a gold award winning group at the competition. Feaster has been on lead trainer Nate Leaman’s staff at Providence College for as far back as seven seasons, including the previous four as organizer of men’s hockey activities, separating video and measurements for the instructing staff.

“I told the guys after the game, I was going to be proud whether we won or lost this game,” said Leaman, who won the NCAA men’s hockey championship with Providence in 2015. “This was a group that cared about each other. They had good character. The team came together and they cared more about a team than anything individually.”

The success gave USA Hockey its fourth back to back triumph over Canada in a World Junior Championship last, having procured wins in 2004, 2010, 2017 and 2021. USA is 4-1 in gold-decoration games against Canada, which claims 18 golds in the competition’s set of experiences.


LB Jerome Baker agree to three-year, $39 million contract extension with Miami Dolphins



The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with linebacker Jerome Baker on a three-year contract extension worth $39 million, including $28.4 million guaranteed, his representative, Drew Rosenhaus, revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins later reported the extension however didn’t disclose financial terms.

Baker is one of the Dolphins’ defensive leaders and welcomes energy on and off the field. He represents considerable authority in pass coverage, and assisted the Dolphins with developing the most noticeably awful scoring defense (30.9 points per game allowed) in 2019 to the fifth-ranked scoring defense (21.1) in 2020.

A 2018 third-round pick, Baker was moving toward the last year of his rookie deal. He was gotten some information about his pending free agency and where he saw Miami in the image. It was a foretelling of this deal.

“I want to play here for the rest of my career. I love it here. I love the fans. I love the organization. I love everybody here,” Baker said. “Yeah, I definitely see myself playing here for a long time.”

Bread cook, 24, gets his desire, as he’s presently scheduled to remain in Miami for the following four seasons.

Presently eyes go to another of the Dolphins’ 2018 draft picks and 2022 pending free agent tight end Mike Gesicki for an potential extension.

Baker had a career-high seven sacks and seven tackles for loss last season in a new hybrid linebacker role. He also eclipsed 100 tackles (112) for the second consecutive season and still can’t seem to miss a game in his NFL career.

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French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic tops Rafael Nadal to reach final match



Sprinting, sliding and stretching, anticipating each other’s moves for four sets and over four hours, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal produced a masterpiece in the French Open semifinals.

Djokovic halted Nadal’s offered for a fourteenth French Open title and gave the King of Clay simply his third loss in 108 matches at the tournament by returning to win a thrill ride of an semifinal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 at Roland Garros on Friday night.

In one more display of tremendous tennis between the rivals, the match lasted on for 4 hours, 11 minutes. In the wake of trailing 0-2 in the fourth set, Djokovic rattled off six consecutive games to avenge his loss to Nadal in last year’s final.

“Just one of these nights and matches that you will remember forever,” said the top-cultivated Djokovic, who arrived at his 6th last at the clay-court major tournament to tie Bjorn Borg for No. 2 in the occasion behind Nadal (13).

“Definitely the best match that I was part of ever in Roland Garros, for me, and (one of the) top three matches that I ever played in my entire career — considering quality of tennis, playing my biggest rival on the court where he has had so much success and has been the dominant force in the last 15-plus years. And the atmosphere, which was completely electric.”

The 34-year-old Djokovic will look for his second prize at Roland Garros and a nineteenth significant title generally speaking when he plays in Sunday’s last against fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is only 22.

It will be the 29th career Grand Slam last for Djokovic, and the first for Tsitsipas, who beat Alexander Zverev in five sets in an semifinal match prior Friday.

Nadal had won the past four titles in Paris, part of his assortment of 20 Slams, attached with Roger Federer for the most by a man in tennis history.

Nadal, a 14-time winner of the French Open who turned 35 last week, fell to 105-3 in his profession at Roland Garros. His first loss came against Robin Soderling in 2009; the following against Djokovic in 2015.

“Each time you step on the court with him,” Djokovic said, “you know that you have to kind of climb Mount Everest to win against this guy here.”

Nadal and Djokovic truly riled up the group at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Halfway through the third set, Djokovic won a 23-stroke point with a forehand winner and windmilled his arms about half-dozen times, earning a standing ovation and chants of “No-vak! No-vak!” On the following point, Nadal produced a forehand winner and screamed, prompting chants of “Ra-fa! Ra-fa!” and a wave in the stands.

Nadal said the defining moment came when Djokovic saved a set point while down 6-5 in the third.

“Anything could happen in that moment,” Nadal said. “I make a double fault and then [miss on] an easy volley in the tiebreak. … These kinds of mistakes can happen. But if you want to win, you can’t make those mistakes. That is it. Well done for him. A good fight out there. I tried my best and today was not my day.”

The third set alone endured 60 minutes, 33 minutes, and a 11 p.m. nationwide curfew in time set up due to COVID-19 was drawing closer. Djokovic’s past match had been deferred over 20 minutes while the audience – limited to 5,000 individuals under Covid limitations – was gotten out of the arena, yet a declaration was made Friday to tell everybody the public authority consented to allow them to remain until the finish of the match.

Prior drones in French of “We won’t leave! We won’t leave!” were replaced by choruses of the national anthem and cheers of thanks for President Emmanuel Macron.

Nadal recovered from the dropped third-set tiebreaker to steal a break at the start of the fourth.

Neither would surrender or yield, yet Djokovic crushed spirit to 2-all and was on his way.

“Something clicked,” Djokovic said.

Nadal noted thereafter that playing in the cooler night air implied balls bounced lower, lessening the impact of his lefty forehand’s heavy topspin.

“That’s more favorable for him, the conditions,” Nadal said. “By the way, doesn’t matter. That’s tennis. The player who gets used to the conditions better is the player who deserves to win. So no doubt, he deserved to win.”

The intensity was palpable from the beginning of the evening, and Nadal zoomed to a 5-0 lead on the way to winning the main set. It was reminiscent of last year’s final, which he won 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. That was just the fourth shutout set lost by Djokovic in 341 vocation Grand Slam matches up to that point – and the first in a major final.

Nadal tumbled to 259-7 in majors in the wake of winning the first set; as per ESPN Stats and Information research. Two of those seven misfortunes presently have been to Djokovic.

There wouldn’t be another Friday, on the grounds that Djokovic made two key tactical adjustments – moving a lot further back than expected to return serve and choosing to zero in on serving toward Nadal’s strike – and quickly made clear this would be an exemplary between two of the best ever at what they do.

They defended in ways rarely seen. Tracked down the right blend of force and contact. Conjured up impossible-at-first-glance winners that nobody else would attempt, not to mention effectively utilize. Returned just as anybody, combining to generate 38 break points.

It was the 58th matchup between the opponents, more than some other two men in the game’s proficient time. Djokovic currently drives 30-28, however he trails 10-7 in Slam meetings and 7-2 at the French Open.

Djokovic won the French Open in 2016 and could join Rod Laver and Roy Emerson as the lone men to win every one of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice.

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QB Sam Noyer heads to Oregon State for final season



Previous Colorado quarterback Sam Noyer will utilize his last year of qualification at Oregon State.

Noyer, who is from Beaverton, Oregon, declared his proceed onward Twitter on Friday.

Noyer tossed for 1,101 yards and six touchdowns in six beginnings last year for Colorado, which went 4-2 in the abbreviated Pac-12 season. He likewise scrambled for 208 yards and five TDs.

With the Beavers, Noyer is expected to compete with redshirt junior Tristan Gebbia and sophomore Chance Nolan.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound QB additionally expressed gratitude toward the Buffaloes.

“From an 18-year-old kid to a 23-year-old adult, I have learned so much from this city, this institution and most importantly, this football program. I have met lifelong friends and made memories that I will cherish forever,” he wrote. “It was truly an honor to wear ‘Colorado’ across my chest.”

Noyer played at safety for the Buffaloes in 2019 preceding returning to quarterback last season.

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