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TORONTO -- The World Cup of Hockey is here to stay, that much the NHL and NHL Players Association have made fairly clear. Cheap Lightning Jerseys .Just what form it will have moving forward, however, remains very much up in the air.Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock didnt hold back when I asked him Tuesday morning what his feedback would be about the World Cup if the NHL and NHLPA asked him for it.Two cities, only night games, bring the pools together -- close, close together -- so you have crowds every night, not moving players around, began Babcock, and it was obvious he had been waiting for a while for someone to ask. Based on where you finish, what your world standing is thats how youre ranked in the tournament, thats how you pick dressing rooms, thats how you pick everything.Thats fair, actually. When you go to the Olympic Games, the swimmer in the heats who swims the fastest gets the best lane; thats how it should be. But this young guns [North America] team, or whatever it was [called], was spectacular. Next time is there going to be a?[Connor] McDavid?and an [Auston] Matthews?and those guys there? So you better be careful what you do with that.Team Europes done a great job, Babcock continued. Theyre right here in the final, [so its] pretty hard to knock it and yet I like country on country. I like the opportunity to represent your country where the heats on you and youve got to deliver. I think thats a huge part of the Olympic Games. The other thing is, the World Cups great. Its not the Olympics. Lets not get confused.OK, everyone got all that?First and foremost, if Babcock had his way theres no way the NHL and NHLPA would pull out of sending players to the 2018 South Korea Games. That decision needs to be made by the end of the year, and unless the IOC changes its tune on not wanting to pay for player contract insurance and travel costs -- as it has in the past -- NHL participation is definitely in peril.Also notable is that Babcock clearly feels that the next World Cup should be made up of teams representing their countries and not include the 23-and-under North American team or the team hes facing in the finals, Team Europe. I happen to agree with him. I think a traditional field is the way to go, with a European qualifying event the year before the next World Cup to determine the final few teams in the field. If the NHL doesnt go to South Korea, I think there will be even more onus on having an Olympic-like, traditional field for the next World Cup.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said on Tuesday that no decisions had been made, either way, yet in terms of which teams would take part in the next World Cup.We havent evaluated [that] yet. When we debrief with the Players Association well focus on the format of future World Cups, Bettman told (But) I dont think anybody can suggest that this tournament wasnt more exciting because of the Team Europe and Team North America concepts. Theres no doubt that those two teams were more competitive than the seventh and eighth countries would have been.Team Europe winger Nino Niederreiter, who is from Switzerland, was asked Tuesday morning about whether hed want to play for the Swiss in the next World Cup or come back as part of Team Europe.At the end of the day its a lot more emotional when you play for your own country, said Niederreiter. Here, you got put together a couple of weeks ago and youre eight nations in one place and for one team. At this point you dont really play for your country, you play for the teammates you have. So its a mixed feeling. Even being in the finals, its a different feeling than when you play for Switzerland in the final. Theres literally no pressure on us (Team Europe). All the pressure is on Canada.Dont get him wrong, Niederreiter says the whole Team Europe experience has been amazing. But when push comes to shove, playing for a solid hockey country like Switzerland and having that emotional attachment is preferable. After all, Switzerland did beat Canada at the Torino Olympics in 2006 and lost in a shootout to the Canadians at Vancouver 2010. So its reasonable for Switzerland to want to have its own entry in the World Cup. On the flip side, look at it from?Anze Kopitars perspective.Slovenia, Kopitars home country, will never have a chance to make a World Cup field. So for him, this is a unique opportunity with Team Europe and hes really enjoying the ride.I think everybody bought in really quick. I mean, Ive said it many times, everybodys really excited to be here and Id be lying if I said I was completely sold on this concept for sure. You dont know what youre getting into, said the?Los Angeles Kings?captain. It makes it so much easier if the guys buy in right away. We have a really good group of guys. It was a lot easier than I expected for everybody to kind of match up and create the chemistry thats brought us to this point. Tyler Johnson Jersey . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. Jake Dotchin Jersey . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. . The Masters champion and winner of last weeks Australian PGA has a three-round total of 14-under 199 at Royal Melbourne. "Im in a really good position for tomorrow," Scott said. CHICAGO -- Chris Sale tied a career-high with his 17th win. He added to the highest innings workload of his career. And hes never felt better physically.Sale also knows that what might have been his final start of the season may also be his last with the White Sox.Melky Cabrera and Leury Garcia homered to back Sale and Chicago routed the sloppy Tampa Bay Rays 13-6 on Tuesday night.Sale (17-9) allowed three runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings, retiring the last seven batters in Chicagos fourth straight win.We wanted me to feel good at the end of the year. I think we accomplished that goal, Sale said. Unfortunately, its for nothing.With the White Sox failing to make the playoffs for the eighth straight year, general manager Rick Hahn has hinted at an offseason rebuild. Sale and his team-friendly contract could produce a big haul of prospects.I dont think theres probably a better feeling than winning with the team that drafted you and staying with the team that drafted you, Sale said. But this is baseball, this is sports. You cant always choose and pick where you want to be.Cabrera belted a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and Garcia added a three-run shot in the third. Garcia also tripled when Mikie Mahtook misplayed his liner to center in a two-run second.Rays starter Alex Cobb (1-2) lasted three innings, allowing eight runs and eight hits in the Rays fifth straight loss.Tim Anderson added three hits, including a solo homer in the eighth off Chase Whitley, the 204th allowed by Tampa Bay this season.Ex-White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez had a two-run single in the second and Curt Casali led off the fourth with a homer for the Rays.Sale, who was once 14-2 and the AL starter in the All-Star Game, won for just third time since July 2 despite giving up four straight hits in the second.Manager Robin Ventura, whose future is also uncertain, believes Sale has become a better pitcher this season because hes not always throwing so hard.Hes learned how to stay in the game longer, conserve pitches, and let defense work for you, Ventura said.The lefty had received three runs or fewer in eight of his last 12 starts, but run support was no issue this time. Dan Girardi Jersey. Adam Eaton returned from an injury with two hits and scored two runs, Anderson also had an RBI double and the White Sox added two runs on first baseman Brad Millers wild throw home in the fifth.The White Sox had 14 hits, eight for extra bases.Cobbs ERA swelled to 8.59 in his fifth start since returning from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has given up 15 runs over 4 1/3 innings in his last two starts.Its part of the lumps and growing pains of coming back, manager Kevin Cash said. Its been a long road back but him being healthy, thats what were most concerned about.Sales next start on normal rest would be Sundays season finale. But sitting at 221 1/3 innings, the White Sox are considering shutting him down.That stuff is going to work itself out, Sale said of the possibility of being dealt. Whether Im here, there or anywhere -- a little Dr. Seuss for you -- Ill be there.TRAINERS ROOMRays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (wrist) missed his second straight game since getting hit by a pitch. Kiermaier said there was still pain when swinging. Hopefully, another day will help, he said. ... Nick Franklin (hamstring) remained sidelined.White Sox: Eaton (hip) started for the first time since crashing into the wall while making a catch Friday in Cleveland. Im not going to give up a double for not feeling great, Eaton said of his hard-charging style. If its the wall we have here, I play the next day. It just happened that the wall was really hard.GARCIAS NIGHTGarcia scored two runs and his drive to left-center in the third was his first homer of the season and second of his career. The 25-year-old spent most of the season at Triple-A Charlotte.QUERECUTOS FIRSTTampa Bay 2B Juniel Querecutos two-run triple in the ninth off Matt Albers was his first major league hit.UP NEXTRays rookie LHP Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65 ERA) makes his last start of the season Wednesday night against White Sox RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-7, 3.83). NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '
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