Toronto FC downplays MLS Cup final rematch against Seattle

There’s no way of doing that,” said Toronto coach Greg Vanney.He offers the company line that Saturday’s game is just another chance to pick up three points. 10.“We obviously still have a bit of a sour taste in our mouths with how the year ended. Dig a little deeper and the emotion still seems raw, however.While politely crediting the Sounders for the Cup win, he acknowledged calling Seattle champion is “a hard thing to say, but it’s a reality. But we also understand that beating them in Seattle is not going to change anything,” he said. And usually it does not turn out well for the champions.The Cup-holders are 5-11-4 in those first rematches between the previous year’s finalists.Portland’s 2-1 win over Columbus last year marked the first time since 2009 that the champions extended their bragging rights over the Cup runner-up.After Seattle, Toronto travels to Columbus for an Eastern Conference showdown Wednesday. “Especially with this short turnaround … and we want to get some fresh guys out there that are really hungry to go get a result against the champion team.”The MLS Cup finalists have met at least once during the following season in every year since the league’s second campaign. Given Toronto played Wednesday – a 2-1 win over Orlando City – and the club had a long flight to a game on the artificial turf of CenturyLink Field, Vanney said he will “mix it up a little bit” when it comes to his roster.If so, Victor Vasquez could be a prime candidate to have the weekend off. TFC earned seven points over the same stretch.Toronto (4-1-4) has since found its stride and won three straight to rise to third place in the Eastern Conference. The Spanish playmaker, who leads the league with six assists, has a history of knee problems and artificial turf is not his friend.Vanney sees such long trips as “an opportunity to push some guys in different ways.”“We keep saying we have a deep roster so it’s important that at some point guys will see the field,” he said. Seattle (2-2-4) has lost just once in seven outings and stands seventh in the West.May is a hectic month for TFC, with eight matches. Toronto FC fans may have the date circled on their calendars but the team itself is playing down the revenge factor in Saturday’s MLS Cup final rematch in Seattle.It was just five months ago that the Sounders defeated Toronto in a penalty shootout at BMO Field after a 0-0 championship game that saw Seattle fail to register a shot on target during regulation or extra time. The Canadian Press It’s motivation too.”And he said once his team is ready to take the field Saturday, “there’ll be a little bit of a hunger that you want to try to get one back over this team.”Defender Eriq Zavaleta also said all the right things, while making it clear that Toronto has not forgotten Dec. “It’s not going to give us a better taste in our mouths and say, ‘Yeah, we deserved to win on that day last year.’ Because at the end of the day we know that chapter has ended and we’re on to a new one.”“It’s more of a yearlong revenge tour, if you will, than it is just a one-game thing,” he added.Both Cup finalists suffered through slow starts to the season.Seattle lost its opener and collected just six of 18 available points from its first six games. “You can’t ever make up for a final in a regular-season game.

Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman expected to make next start

Latos, previously listed as Sunday’s scheduled start against the Rays, will be replaced by Joe Biagini.“I think he has a chance to be a good one,” Gibbons said of Biagini, who has worked out of the bullpen.Gibbons said would be pleased if Biagini pitched four innings Sunday.Latos was 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA in three starts. “Said he’s good to go,” Gibbons said before Friday night’s game at Tampa Bay. 15, 2014.Last in the AL East, Toronto is also missing starting pitchers Aaron Sanchez (split finger nail) and J.A. “Said he’s feeling good.”Selected MVP of the World Baseball Classic after helping the U.S. Happ is playing catch but has not thrown off a mound.Gibbons expects Donaldson and Tulowitzki to return during a nine-game homestand that begins Monday.“They’re moving in the right direction,” Gibbons said.Toronto designated right-hander Mat Latos for assignment. win its first WBC title, Stroman allowed five runs and six hits in his shortest start since the Chicago White Sox chased him after two outs on Aug. Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says Marcus Stroman will make his next scheduled start Monday night against Cleveland.Stroman departed after three innings, his shortest start in three years, in the Blue Jays’ 8-6 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night because of tightness in his right armpit. Happ (elbow soreness) along with third baseman Josh Donaldson (right calf) and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring).Sanchez is scheduled for a bullpen session Sunday and is to pitch at extended spring training Tuesday.

Canadian cycling legend Giuseppe Marinoni gears up for new challenge

Marinoni says. British cycling great Bradley Wiggins, who broke the overall record in 2015 with a distance of 54.526 kilometres, called it “torture” and said it was the closest he would come to knowing what it’s like to give birth.“There are no teammates, no tactics, no shelter. Marinoni. Marchand set the hour cycling record in his age group; he is 105. Marinoni recalls of the day in 1978. Mr. The heart has its limits.”Mr. He honoured this bike,” Mr. That’s normal – Canada is a windy country,” the 79-year-old says in the spring chill. It’s an unforgiving endurance test pitting one cyclist in a race against the clock. Marinoni showed him the repair, the customer said that in any event, he was planning to buy a new bike anyway.“I took a pair of pliers,” Mr. After riding 22.547 km in an hour, he said all that he wanted to prove was that you could be 105 and still ride a bike. His fingers seem permanently stained with grease from a lifetime building bike frames. He’s a workhorse, and has been ever since he landed in Canada in the mid-60s to race for the Italian national team, and never left. “When younger riders say they can’t believe he’s nearly 80, he says he’s only 40 years old in one leg and 40 in the other.”She is philosophical about her husband’s time on two wheels. He didn’t trust me!”Hard work has never scared Mr. He rode the bike for his successful 2012 hour record and wouldn’t dream of attempting the new goal any other way, he says.“For me, Lovell was a great friend and a great champion. He returned the winning bike to Mr. He has lost his sense of smell. Its white hue has yellowed, the paint is chipped and scuffed, and the metal is exposed where Mr. Marinoni’s back is curved now, as if it’s been moulded to fit over a set of handlebars. Marinoni is training to break the hour record in the 80-to-84-year-old category this summer.The cycling legend is the first to admit he’s a little crazy to try.“Maybe I need a good psychologist,” he says. For him, that would be the most beautiful death possible.” Hutchinson, author of the book The Hour.(The finest example that there’s no age limit on athletic achievement is a Frenchman named Robert Marchand. Marinoni, even if he’s ready to admit his physical frailties. “I don’t feel I’m 80. But his eyes betray a single-minded focus on winning. “But if he dies, it will be the death of his dreams – on his bike. His buddies, both more than a decade his junior, say Mr. He broke five ribs rolling over a pothole during a riding mishap a few years back. “It’s like he’s superhuman.”Mr. He pulls off his helmet and exposes a head of damp grey hair.“The wind was very strong. I put it back to how it was. Last year, he logged 12,000 km on his bike, the equivalent of cycling between Montreal and Toronto more than 21 times.“But he won’t slow down,” Simone says. Lovell rubbed the frame with his shoe on each pedal stroke.The name on the frame, however, still says Marinoni.“I delivered it to him at noon,” Mr. But I want to do it for him. Marinoni recalls, reaching over to his work table and grabbing a pair in a rigorous re-enactment, “and broke the part. One day, a customer brought him an expensive bike to have a part fixed; when Mr. For a while, he made a living as a tailor – he even sewed suits for Montreal Canadiens players – before discovering his passion: building bikes.He has made more than 30,000 frames over the years, some of them for Canadian champions such as Tour de France stage winner Steve Bauer, some for everyday devotees who cherish them the way some motorcyclists cherish a Harley. Marinoni in his workshop in baggy work pants and protective goggles, wielding a blowtorch like an artist with a paintbrush, sometimes at 5 a.m., sometimes at 9 p.m., sometimes on holidays such as Easter.“For me, it doesn’t feel like I’m working,” he says. “We have to work hard to keep up,” says André L’Archevêque, 67. 19 at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ont. Marinoni flew off to his native Lombardy region in northern Italy to begin his training in earnest. To set the bar in the 80-to-84-year-old group, he will have to beat the current record of 38.657 km.“I’m in my early 40s, and most cyclists my age would struggle to do that,” said Mr. Each time he goes out on his bike, I worry,” she says. These days you’ll still find Mr. Marinoni, who was the subject of the documentary Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame, is undaunted. Last year, Mr. “But in life, if you don’t have a goal, you’ll never go far.”He adds, “Of course, I could die. “It feels like I’m having fun.”Behind the sometimes gruff exterior, friends say, is a man with a mountain-sized heart, known to give cycling shoes to friends in need and put in extra hours to finish a job.On Thursday, Mr. I push myself to my limits just like I did when I was 20.”The record he’s seeking to break sounds deceptively simple: Ride around an indoor track and go as far as you can in 60 minutes. Marinoni’s mythic name in bikes comes a reputation as a curmudgeon, which he does little to dispel. He has racked up cycling victories, built a cult following as a bike-frame maker and, when he was 75, set the world record for his age group in one of cycling’s most prestigious benchmarks, the hour record.Now, the Quebec grandfather and wild-mushroom enthusiast is setting out to silence the doubters – the youngsters who foolishly try to pass him on rides, skeptics who think there’s no fire left in athletes in their sunset years: Mr. “It’s just you and the bike.”Mr. Marinoni has entered enough feats into life’s logbook to allow himself a rest. Like other older athletes, he’s pushing the boundaries of high-level performance.“When I’m on my bike, I’m ageless,” he says at Cycles Marinoni, north of Montreal, after his morning training ride. Marchand, a onetime firefighter and prisoner of war, may have gained some of his fortitude during his time in Canada: As a youth, he worked as a lumberjack in Ontario and as a stud-farm employee in Quebec, both of which he later recalled as back-breaking.)Mr. But cyclists compare the challenge to their own Everest, a required milestone for the sport’s biggest stars. I’m going to ride it – in his memory.”Along with Mr. “It’s dangerous. Last year, he almost had a catastrophic bike accident after losing his grip on his handlebars while going downhill at 75 km an hour and hitting an obstacle, leading him to finally agree to wear a helmet.But Mr. Instead, he’s turning to a 39-year-old steel bike he made for Canadian Olympian Jocelyn Lovell, considered the greatest cyclist of his generation. There’s just an athlete alone on the track,” said Michael Hutchinson, a former British professional cyclist who twice attempted – and failed – to break the hour record. “At 4 p.m., he was a Canadian champion.”Mr. Last January, Mr. Giuseppe Marinoni – master craftsman, champion cyclist, world-class grouch – rolls in from a 75-kilometre bike ride with two younger partners trailing behind. He reckons he’s shrunk about three inches in the past few years. Marinoni set the record in the 75-to-79-year-old category in 2012 for riding 35.728 km in one hour. Lovell had his career cut short when he was hit by a truck during a training ride in 1983, rendering him a quadriplegic. Marinoni was uncatchable. Though he won’t turn 80 until September, he is eligible to compete in the 80-to-84-year-old category because his birthday falls during the race year.His wife of 50 years, Simone, admits that all her husband’s hours pedalling on the road sometimes leave her concerned for his safety. Lovell died at the age of 65.“I could use a more high-performance bike. Marinoni could have his pick of the newest and sleekest bike for his attempt on Aug.

Kelly: Punch drunk, the Raptors throw in the towel in Game 3

This year, those little drifts in focus have been reduced from entire nights to a few minutes at a time. Toronto wasn’t bad. “You work all year to go against the champ in a boxing match … and then you go to the rope-a-dope instead of going 15 rounds?” Casey said.   But it was like that all around. Casey was there to dangle the red cape to his team. Will competitiveness thwart prudence? The most reliable of Toronto’s frighteners was lost at the outset when Kyle Lowry scratched himself with an injured ankle. He noticed, and James noticed him noticing. Now down 3-0 to the defending NBA champions, Casey acknowledged reality – that this thing is over. He has about 150 million reasons to end his season immediately. Regardless, it doesn’t matter. You could put the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers out there against James, and they would not slow his roll. Believe it or not, that was the most interesting thing. However many you’ve got, it still won’t be enough. “We just want to get better every game,” he said. You didn’t see him for much of three quarters. “I wish I could be out there helping my teammates. After losing again on Friday night, Dwane Casey delivered a pre-eulogy for the season and for his team.“They gave everything they had,” Casey said. That is the goal,” Lowry said in the morning. In years past, he has allowed himself to drift in and out of the post-season, often taking teammates with him, only fully applying himself when the stakes are highest. The going theory on this series was that Toronto would get pummelled on aggregate, but that the Cavaliers might take a breather in the middle. Because it sounds like a threat. Then James began to put in the boot. He’s also as stubborn as an especially stubborn mule. To their credit, Toronto was in it for three quarters. His approach to Sunday’s Game 4? Because all that awaits them there is Clevelanders, a moribund downtown casino and more humiliation. This was a small, meaningful breach of etiquette. They had three times as many second-try points (15 to 4). For long stretches on Friday, James was not himself. Drake, up to his usual courtside arm-waving, ‘What ref?’-ing shenanigans, was there to goad the opponents. Unfortunately, Steinian repetition is not a substitute for functioning hinges. Two!It’s hard to win in the present NBA, but it’s especially hard if you’re going to shoot like a team time-warped in from the 90s. What did Toronto have? It isn’t just about the 15 guys in the room. In the aftermath, Casey was left looking for a stat to give him hope. They’d done it before.That now looks like a false premise, owing almost entirely to LeBron James. One of the few things that remains interesting about this series is whether we’ve seen the last of Lowry. Why not give the Raptors one or two at home? Maybe they’ll win the NBA’s Participation Award. Below-the-belt, you might say. Because why not? Losing this series is not about statistics or match-ups. The goal is to try to play tonight. During a break in play during the first quarter, Casey spent a long moment shrieking at the referee. So what it was was a reminder that the cliché isn’t true. It doesn’t matter at this point. Casey had come as close as he ever will in the prelims in putting out a half-hearted bounty on James. Tucker, who would intimidate most reasonable men. Toronto made two. Which is actually quite long. Cleveland’s Kyle Korver tilted it the other way with a pair of spirit-killing threes in the late-third, early-fourth. You will often see cruelty on the court, but you rarely see rudeness. Even P.J. Casey and Drake (returned from a long absence). Cleveland made 13 three-pointers. You don’t want to get swept, especially in your home building … When things get hard on Sunday, do you keep fighting, do you keep scrapping, keep scratching? James came into his post-game presser looking ridiculous – camouflage jacket, acid-wash jeans and a fedora – and profoundly serene. “We came up short.”By 21 points. Some to them – DeMar DeRozan (37 points) in particular – were good. They do have to go back to Cleveland, one way or the other. He found it in the three-point numbers. It’s about one team having the best player alive, and the other team not having him. “To beat the champ, you gotta throw punches, whether its haymakers, undercuts, maybe a couple below the belt.”James must’ve heard it. He’d pop up every now and then, running the floor, shouldering people out of the way, staring out into the middle distance like he knew how it was going to end. That’s a sort of progress. He had 13 points in the fourth quarter – six more than the entire Toronto team at the point he vacated the game for good. Cleveland had twice the number of rebounds (49 to 25). Rather than move away, James stood well within the Toronto coach’s personal space, eyeballing him throughout. You need more men than that to beat LeBron James. There are only a few Raptors capable of similar tactics, none of whom will frighten James. Neither attempt worked. They had four times as many turnovers (16 to 4) – which isn’t a good thing, but is an astounding imbalance when you win a game 115-94.What they had most importantly was LeBron James. That’s the goal. Casey pretended not to notice, but there are few humans alive who are more physically remarkable than James. “It’s about pride. Because then you don’t have to go back to Cleveland (for Game 5).”If that’s an option, I’m going to guess his team is going to choose ‘don’t go back to Cleveland.’ For a bunch of good reasons.

DeRozan puts Raptors on his back, but Cavaliers still thunder to a win

For three quarters, the Toronto Raptors kept things from getting out of control. They’re the champs for a reason.”Valanciunas finished with 19, Powell 13 and Ibaka 12. The big man joined DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell.Drake was courtside, so was Gord Downie. And Powell was keeping James somewhat quiet.The Raps trailed 28-24 by the end of the quarter, and Delon Wright – not Lowry – was the point guard subbed in for Joseph.  It was the first time Toronto had lost three straight games since February.“Man you’ve got to give them credit. They looked briefly capable of answering with a win after letting the Cleveland Cavaliers dominate them in the first two games of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.DeMar DeRozan tried putting the team on his back, rumbling for 37 points two days after settling for a career playoff-low five. “He wanted to. We competed for 36 minutes tonight, but them 12 minutes, they ran away with it. “Honestly, today we were not giving up but they were better than us.”Game 4 will be played Sunday afternoon in Toronto, with the home team looking down the barrel of elimination. The trainers told him he shouldn’t try to go, because he was in so much pain.”Jonas Valanciunas returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in Game 2 and scored 23 points. “DeRozan was amazing – he gave everything he had,” said James. The fans were all decked in white shirts printed with red maple leafs and they booed LeBron James each time he touched the ball.Unlike in the games in Cleveland, the Raptors kept the Cavs from building a huge first-quarter lead. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love had 16 apiece for Cleveland.“We were fighting,” said Valanciunas. He looked himself for the first time in the series – getting opportunities, drawing fouls and vaulting over his defenders to hit jumpers in a 13-point quarter.With two minutes left in the half, Toronto finally earned its first lead since the opening moments of Game 1. He’d tally 35 points on this evening.DeRozan played more than 40 minutes. There were early positives for Toronto, starting with lots of buckets from Ibaka and Valanciunas. It was Powell who finally drained Toronto’s first one from beyond the arc with three minutes left in the third. “We just tried to make it tough on him and weather the storm.”Instead of keeping it close with the reigning champs to the final buzzer, the Raps let the game spiral out of control as Cleveland’s Kyle Korver hit some daggers, and the Cavs buckled down defensively. The Raps got just nine points from their bench. “We just couldn’t get nothing to fall, and they turned it up offensively and ran away with it. Lowry remained seated.Powell, who left the game briefly in the first quarter after rolling his ankle, came back big – sticking to the much bigger and more experienced James and keeping him somewhat quiet, as well as rolling to the basket himself to score.DeRozan – who was smothered under double-teams in Game 2 and went 2-for-11 – picked up steam in Friday’s second quarter. DeRozan missed his first four field-goal attempts, but finally starting making them 10 minutes in. They’re a hell of a team,” said DeRozan, who said he thought he could have kept playing without that rest at the start of the fourth. “They really locked in on us,” said DeRozan. Instead the reigning NBA champions thundered to a 115-94 win, and took a 3-0 series lead.The Raptors started Cory Joseph in place of Lowry, who injured his left ankle in Game 2. The star point guard came out for warm-ups but was unable to go.“He was going to try, but it was still bothering him, and he was limping badly,” said Toronto Coach Dwane Casey. The Raptors couldn’t hang with him off the floor. Despite struggling mightily to get and make three-point shots, the Raps went into the locker room up 52-49.JR Smith – bringer of much defensive frustration for DeRozan in Games 1 and 2 – got five fouls midway through the third quarter Friday and went to the bench with DeRozan already having 30 points on the sheet.The Raptors missed their first dozen three-point attempts, yet still they were hanging with the Cavs point for point. When you see them knocking down their threes, it’s kind of deflating.”Toronto fans moped to the exits early as their team was outscored 36-17 in the final stanza. Toronto would go a dismal 2-of-18 from distance on the night.James, who averaged 37 points in the first two games, was showing more of his superstar talent late as the Cavs wore on the Raps and built a 23-point fourth-quarter lead. “It’s tough. But Kyle Lowry was out with a sprained ankle, and his all-star backcourt mate couldn’t do it alone.

Canada opens world hockey championship with win over Czech Republic

The Canadians withstood the early attack and opened the scoring at 6 minutes 9 seconds when O’Reilly beat netminder Petr Mrazek after taking a pass from behind the net by Mark Scheifele.“That was a great play by Scheifs,” said O’Reilly, a veteran of Canada’s past two winning worlds teams “He’s fast, made a strong play to me and I just got lucky trying to get it off to the net. “I wanted to make the most of it.”Canada’s head coach Jon Cooper earned the win in his first-ever World Championship assignment, and said he enjoyed the experience. “They made a good play across, hit the post, went back to the other guy. “The Czech fans, it was really fun to be a part of. Radil scored a power-play goal, beating Pickard on the open side, to spoil the shutout.“They earned that goal,” said Pickard, who was named Canada’s player of the game after making 28 saves. The chants and the cheers, it’s a really, really cool environment. “I knew I had a read on the puck and made a play from there.”Canada extended the lead with a power-play goal just 55 seconds into the second period. Luckily for me, it went in.”“I heard O’Reilly calling for it,” added Scheifele, who was also part of Canada’s team in 2016. It was definitely nice to answer that.”Barrie restored Canada’s two-goal lead 2:09 after the Czech goal, then Skinner added an empty-net goal with 42.1 seconds left.Czech forward Roman Cervenka was forced to leave the game after taking a puck to the face in the third period.Pickard helped Canada win gold last year in Russia. The Czechs, boosted by the lively crowd at the AccorHotels Arena, recorded the first six shots of the game on netminder Calvin Pickard. I’m really excited to go through the rest of this.”Canada will take on Slovenia on Sunday. Matheson threaded a shot from the point through a crowd to make it 2-0.The Czechs halved the lead with 7:19 left to play in the third period. He allowed one goal in two games as the backup to Cam Talbot.“It’s definitely a privilege,” Pickard said of his starting assignment. I can live with that one.“Tyson [Barrie] got a huge goal right after that to make it 3-1 and kind of break up their momentum. Four different Canadian players scored and captain Claude Giroux had two assists as the two-time defending champions opened the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic on Friday.Ryan O’Reilly, Mike Matheson, Tyson Barrie and Jeff Skinner scored for Canada. Lukas Radil had the lone goal for the Czechs. A tribute to the fans and the fans of Paris that came out.“It was a fun environment for two countries that aren’t France.

Morales has big night at the plate, Blue Jays rally to beat Rays

Chris Archer struck out 11 in six-plus innings.Toronto’s Francisco Liriano had his third consecutive subpar outing at Tropicana Field, allowing three runs, five hits, five walks and hitting a batter in 3 2/3 innings.Liriano gave up five runs, three hits and four walks over 1/3 of an inning during a start here April 7, and all three Rays the lefty faced in a relief appearance last Sept. After Morales’ shot off Diaz, Smoak homered on the first pitch from Justin Marks, who was making his first appearance this season.Tampa Bay centre fielder Kevin Kiermaier was hit on the right hand by Liriano’s pitch during the fourth and left after the fifth. 2 reached base.Robertson and Norris hit consecutive solo shots before Steven Souza Jr. made it 3-0 later in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk that ended Liriano’s night.Souza, who entered 1 for 15 with eight strikeouts, walked in all three plate appearances against Liriano.Smoak had an RBI single in the fifth and Morales tied it at 3 on his two-run shot off Archer in the seventh.Morales had two hits in three at-bats against Archer and is 15 for 25 (.600) including three homers off the Rays ace. Morales has six homers overall this season.Archer gave up three runs, four hits and walked one.Kevin Pillar had an RBI double in the eighth. Kendrys Morales had two late homers and drove in five runs, helping the Toronto Blue Jays rally from a three-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 on Friday night.Morales hit a two-run shot during the seventh inning and completed his 18th career multihomer game with a three-run drive off Jumbo Diaz (0-2) in a five-run eighth that put Toronto ahead 8-4. Justin Smoak added a solo homer in the decisive eighth and finished with two RBIs for Toronto, which avoided becoming the major league’s first 20-loss team (10-19). The Blue Jays got their sixth win in 17 road games this season.Aaron Loup (1-0) limited the Rays to one run after Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh.Daniel Robertson and Derek Norris each homered for the Rays. Odorizzi will be making his second appearance since missing two starts due to a left hamstring strain. He was to get X-rays.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Manager John Gibbons said RHP Marcus Stroman (right armpit tightness) will make his scheduled start Monday night against Cleveland.Rays: SS Matt Duffy (left Achilles tendon surgery) had an intensive baserunning session.UP NEXTBlue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (1-1) and Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-1) are Saturday’s starters.

Oilers blow three-goal lead late in third, lose to Ducks in double OT

It doesn’t matter what building you are playing in.”The Ducks outshot the Oilers 13-7 in the first period but it ended scoreless thanks to Talbot. On another, he smothered a puck directed at him from in close by Ryan Kesler. The goal was Draisaitl’s eighth against Anaheim this season. We have believed from the beginning that we can play with this team.”The Ducks scored three goals in a span of 3:01 within the game’s final three-and-a-half minutes to send it to extra time. That left the Oilers down a defenceman, and led to Larsson piling up the big minutes. “But if you look back on history, there is no rhyme or reason on whether you win or lose. The Edmonton goalie recorded three saves in the first 25 seconds and later thwarted two excellent scoring chances for Getzlaf, one on a 2-on-1 and the other on a penalty shot.On the latter, Getzlaf broke free up the center of the ice and was held by Milan Lucic as he beared down on the net. In a luxury suite in the arena, Wayne Gretzky, now an Oilers executive, stood shaking his head.The Oilers took a 3-0 lead on Friday night over the Pacific Division champions with goals in the second period by Leon Draisaitl, McDavid and Drake Caggiula. Cam Talbot made 54 saves in the losing effort, rescuing the Oilers numerous times.Adam Larsson, the Edmonton defenceman, led all players in ice time, playing just two seconds shy of 45 minutes. The craziness continued in California on Friday night.The Anaheim Ducks became the first team in NHL playoff history to force overtime when trailing by three goals with less than four minutes left in regulation, and then went on beat the Oilers, 4-3, on a goal by Corey Perry with 13:03 left in the second extra period. Connor McDavid, who had a goal and an assist, logged 35 minutes and 43 seconds. In 10 games against the Ducks – regular season and post-season combined – he has 15 points.The goal was the third in as many games for McDavid and his fifth in the playoffs. “We got to the last three-and-a-half minutes and felt we were in control.“We are all pissed off and down right now, but we have to come back with a game at home that is that much better. They are playing in the post-season for the first time since 2006.The game took so long that it started on Cinco de Mayo and nearly ended on Seis de Mayo. On Wednesday night, they took an early 2-0 lead at Rogers Place before falling in extra time.Edmonton’s Benoit Pouliot could have given the Oilers a 4-0 lead late but banged a shot off the top of the post from the side of the net on a 2-on-1 with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.Talbot had made 14 saves in the first overtime period. Edmonton’s 20-year-old captain, nominated this week for both the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award, also had an assist when Caggiula scored. The Ducks had five players that played more than 30 minutes, led by Cam Fowler (35:01).In all, there were 90 shots taken and 102 face-offs.“I thought it was a hell of a game,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. Getzlaf then fired wide of the right post on the penalty shot after Talbot refused to bite on a fake.Less than two-and-half minutes into the game, Oilers defenceman Matt Benning had to be helped off the ice after he was checked hard by Nate Thompson. All three came with goalie John Gibson pulled to give them an extra attacker, and with a number of fans having left the rink already certain about the outcome. Then the Oilers lost Andrej Sekera, another defenceman, three and a half minutes later when he was checked into the boards by Getzlaf. The better team is going to win. Their bench looked crestfallen; head coach Todd McLellan stood, his eyes staring down at his feet. Among them was a glove save on a shot by Vermette in heavy traffic. It was McDavid’s first multi-point game of the postseason.Friday night was the sixth time in franchise history that the Ducks had hosted a Game 5 during the playoffs with a series tied at two games a piece – and the first they have ever won.“Obviously, you feel more comfortable in your building,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. The victory gave Anaheim a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series, with an opportunity to end it in Game 6 in Edmonton on Sunday night.The Oilers came within an eyelash of beating Anaheim at the Honda Center for the third straight time, but seemed to fold under the relenting pressure. The tying goal was a backhand by Rickard Rakell that eluded Talbot during a huge scrum in front of the net.The Oilers asked for a replay review believing that Ryan Kesler had interfered with Talbot in the pile-up, but the goal was allowed to stand.“I don’t think I know what interference is anymore,” McLellan said.The loss was the Oilers second in a row in overtime. Benning returned, but only after passing a concussion test. A third time a shot squeezed through his legs but was swept out of harm’s way as it trickled near the goal line by defenceman kris Russell.The Oilers also survived through the first overtime period despite having been called for a penalty for having too many players on the ice during a shift change. Sekera skated to the bench with help from Lucic but never returned after suffering an apparent lower-body injury.

Marathoner falls 26 seconds short of cracking 2-hour mark

The duo still completed the marathon with Tadese shaving nearly four minutes off his personal best with a time of 2:06:51. At Breaking2, Eliud Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles faster than any human ever … Desisa finished in 2:14:10.That left just Kipchoge chasing the landmark time.The 32-year-old continued in his trademark relaxed style and passed the halfway mark in 59:54, but his average pace of 4:36 per mile was just not enough, despite his final sprint to the tape.Kipchoge would have needed an average of less than 4:35 per mile — an improvement of about seven seconds per mile on Kimetto’s record, or around 2.5 per cent.“I tried to maintain the pace,” Kipchoge said. Kimetto set the world mark in Berlin in 2014.Organizers first listed Kipchoge’s time as a second faster, then changed it to 25 seconds off the 2-hour mark.“I rank this as the highest-ever performance in my life,” Kipchoge said. It’s a moment of global inspiration that will encourage every athlete, in every community, to push the limits of their potential.”The Monza track was selected after extensive research that included average temperature, air pressure and wind levels.Two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, from Ethiopia, and Eritrean half-marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese were also part of the attempt, which started at 5:45 a.m. That message is really special to me.”It wasn’t a road race, with runners completing 17.5 laps around the 1.5-mile Monza Formula One track. local time, but finished well off the pace.Desisa was dropped after 50 minutes, with Tadese falling back shortly afterwards. “But I’ve never seen anything like what we saw today.“Today, millions of people around the world watched as running history was written. “We are human,” Kipchoge said. This is not the end of the attempt of runners on two hours.”Widely considered the best marathon runner in the world, Kipchoge did break his personal best time of 2:03:05, which was set at the London Marathon last year. This achievement represents more than a race. “I am happy that I’ve reduced by 2 1/2 minutes the world record.”The Kenyan added: “We are going up the tree … Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours.Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometres) around an oval track in an impressive 2 hours, 25 seconds, smashing Dennis Kimetto’s world mark of 2:02:57 by 2 1/2 minutes and raising hopes that one of world sport’s most famous barriers can be broken. I’ve seen iconic athletes leave it all on the track,” Nike CEO Mark Parker said. I’ve seen the magic of gold shoes and swift suits. The Breaking2 project was held on the 63rd anniversary of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile in 1954.Kipchoge’s time didn’t go down as an official world record, sanctioned by the IAAF, due to variables like pacers entering mid-race and drinks being given to runners via mopeds.And, after three years of planning, Nike’s audacious attempt at breaking the two-hour barrier remained just that, despite the aid of a shoe that its designers say will make runners four per cent more efficient.“I’ve been part of many races over my career at Nike. “The aim of ‘Breaking2’ was to pass the message that running less than two-hour marathon is possible. “As a human you are not a machine so you cannot go 2.50 exactly, and those micro-seconds really have an effect.” I have lifted a branch and I am going onto the next one.