really low and Joe Root was fortunate to get his bat down in

really low and Joe Root was fortunate to get his bat down in

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TORONTO -- Most people thought that culling together players from eight different nations to comprise Team Europe would turn out to be a sideshow. Robert Bortuzzo Jersey . Many believed that the patchwork squad would become the laughingstock of the World Cup of Hockey.That most definitely has not been the case, and now Team Europe has a chance to eliminate one of the top contenders to win this tournament when it faces Team Sweden in the semifinals on Sunday at Air Canada Centre (1 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN app). Team Europe finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 2-1 record, including victories over Team USA and the Czech Republic, before losing to Canada.The Europeans 3-0 win over the U.S. in the opener for both teams stunned everyone in the hockey world and jump-started Europes run to the semifinals. Prior to this best-on-best tournament, no one knew what to expect from Team Europe, but its evident this team has come together both on and off the ice and is motivated to reach the finals. In its final preseason game, Team Europe trounced Sweden 6-2 and scored five goals on 22 shots against Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.Now that the Europeans believe in themselves, theyll be even tougher to eliminate. Coach Ralph Krueger has pushed all the right buttons and Team Europe is poised to win. Sweden (2-0-1) is still considered a strong favorite, however. The Swedes defeated Russia and Finland, but dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Team North America.Best playersSweden: Without a doubt, Lundqvist has been Swedens best player. Despite missing the first game of this tournament against Russia because of the flu, he has been outstanding the past two games and has proven why he should still be considered a world-class goalie. He has made a total of 81 saves on 85 shots the past two games, and will need to continue to stand on his head against Team Europe if Sweden is to advance to the finals. This tournament is likely the last time Lundqvist, 34, will represent his country in international competition. Hes proud of his international success and wants to end it with a World Cup of Hockey championship.Europe: Its tough to single out one player on this roster. The reason this team reached the semifinals is because it believes in the team concept. In order for Europe to advance, forward Mats Zuccarello needs to produce. He has one goal and two assists for three points in three games, but Europe needs more from him and his line.Matchup to watchSwedens third line of Carl Hagelin, Marcus Kruger and?Jakob Silfverberg?has been a solid, shutdown unit in this tournament. This threesome has used its speed and forechecking ability, including a little bit of grit, to slow down the oppositions top lines. That will likely be the case again against Team Europe. Expect that line to match up against Europes top unit of Marian Hossa, Anze Kopitar and Tomas Tatar.We saw how Hagelin, Kruger and Silfverberg were able to neutralize Team North Americas top line, including?Connor McDavid, after the young squad jumped out to an early lead. Sweden needs to play a more patient game than it did against Team North America. Once the Swedes settled things down and controlled the play, they held the attack for the final two periods of regulation before the loss in OT. Sweden needs to control the puck and not turn it over, which is something the team has done a few times in this tournament. Also, special teams will become a big factor in this game. Sweden uncharacteristically went 0-for-5 on the power play against Team North America. Meanwhile, Europe is 11-for-12 on the penalty kill in this tournament.PredictionPrior to the start of this tournament, many people, including me, picked Sweden to win it all. I still believe Swedens depth, ability to score, overall team defense and the fact that Lundqvist has been solid will equal a win over Team Europe and set up a three-game championship series against the winner of the Canada-Russia semifinal. I believe it will be a low-scoring game, but that Lundqvist will stand on his head once again.?Sweden wins 2-0. Martin Brodeur Jersey . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. Jori Lehtera Blues Jersey . - After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees expressed confidence in the direction of his team and, perhaps more importantly, showed a willingness to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFLs salary cap. ... es-jersey/ . But the quarterback hopes to stay involved in football after officially calling it quits Tuesday. "Id love to look at those opportunities as they arise," Pierce said in an interview from his Winnipeg eatery. Deciphering swingThe first ball of the day didnt move in the air but tailed back in after pitching. The seam was pointing towards third slip, which should have taken the ball away but it didnt. James Anderson is a great bowler because of his masterful wrist and one could easily assume that the ball in question came back in because he flicked his wrist at the point of delivery. But perhaps that wasnt the case, for an identical ball (same wrist and seam position) last night went away from Ajinkya Rahane. Whats happening here? Is trusting the seam position to decipher the swing a bad choice? Anderson has a slightly open action for an outswing bowler and the moment he doesnt finish the action nicely, the ball doesnt move away in the air or off the pitch. It tends to happen at the start of a new spell. Remember the first ball after lunch on the first day? It drifted on to Virat Kohlis pads even when Anderson had 7 fielders on the off-side.Kohlis footwork on the driveWhen Kohli started as a young first-class batsman, he had a really short and across front-foot stride. He worked around it by playing the ball really late. But once in a while, he would find himself in a tangle because of the nature of his stride. If theres one thing that Kohli has changed it is his head position in the stance and that has not only led to a better understanding of where his off stump is but also allowed him to have a long forward stride as opposed to the earlier short and across stride. Nowadays, its worth watching his front-foot defence and drives from the square angle, for it reminds you of his evolution as a batsman.Sahas Moeen misjudgementWriddhiman Saha was lbw to Moeen Ali after went back to a ball that was not particularly short. There is something about Moeen that encourages you to go back, for he bowls a flatter trajectory and the moment a batsman sees the flatter line, he gets tempted to stay back. This error of judgement tennds to happen more often when either you are new at the crease or Moeen is at the start of a new spell. Patrik Berglund Blues Jersey. Shami finds the sweet spotAlastair Cooks trigger movement is really pronounced and takes him deep inside the crease. Whenever you see a batsman with such a trigger movement, its believed that if you pitch the ball fuller, you will have him in a spot of bother. In theory it looks very simple but when you look at Cooks Test record, you realise that it isnt as simple after all. There are a couple of aspects to Cooks technique - since he is acutely aware of his off stump, he leaves the ball really well. So, if you pitch full and outside off, he is equipped to let them go. Then if you bowl a little too straight, you end up playing to his strengths, for he is really strong off his legs. Since his front-foot stride is either marginal or non-existent, hes also mindful of the fact that pushing hard with hands would land him in trouble. But once in a while, early on in his tenure, he will get an ideal delivery that dismisses him. Mohammed Shami found that length and line on the delivery that saw the back of Cook.Roots response to variable bounceThe first ball of the seventh over stayed really low and Joe Root was fortunate to get his bat down in time. Once that happens to you, you try and play everything off the front foot with a vertical bat but its easier said than done against bowlers operating close to 90 mph. It is also tough to forget about years of conditioning with regards to your response against the short ball. Root decided to do something spectacular on the following ball - he stepped down the pitch and flicked it for four. Its rare to see that in the seventh over of a new Test innings but the idea was to be proactive instead of waiting for the next ball to stay low. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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