subject: World Peaces energy off the benPosted: 6:14am, Jan 23, 2013
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YARMOUTH, N. Patrick Willis Red Jersey .S. -- Canada West will defend its championship in the final of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge. Seb Lloyd scored the lone goal as Canada West beat Canada East 1-0 in a semifinal Friday. Canada West will face the United States in the final Sunday, after the Americans beat Switzerland 7-4 in the other semifinal. Lloyd scored at 3:24 in the second period, while goaltender Jonah Imoo stopped 17 shots. Charlie Finn made 23 saves in net for Canada East, which will play the Swiss for bronze Saturday. Earlier, Nicholas Schilkey and Vince Hinostroza scored two goals apiece for the U.S., which opened a 5-0 lead after the first period. Alex Kile, Ryan Fitzgerald and Blake Heinrich also scored for the Americans, who will play for gold for the fourth time in five years. Luca Fazzini, Robin Leone, Jan Neuenschwander, Christoph Bertschy scored for the Swiss, who had three goals in the third to attempt a late comeback. Both teams needed two goaltender. Michael Bitzer and Eamon McAdam combined to stop 32 shots for the U.S., while at the other end Melvin Nyffeler and Luca Boltshauser made a total of 31 saves. Aldon Smith Red Jersey .Y. -- Shanshan Feng set two personal goals this year on the LPGA Tour. Ray McDonald Jersey .J. -- Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL is close to beginning labour talks with the NHL Players Association. . -- Miami Dolphins punter Brandon Fields has agreed to a four-year contract extension. Frank Gore Elite Jersey . The contract is a three year deal at $3.5, $3.75 and $4 million per year, respectively. Ahmad Brooks Jersey . An announcement to cancel games for the rest of November is expected as early as Friday. Cancelling major events such as the Winter Classic and the All-Star game could be the leagues next move. The league cancelled regular season games from Oct.OAKLAND, Calif. - Canadian Steve Nash sliced through the lane, broke down the defence, and created shots for Kobe Bryant time and again, just the way he has for teammates throughout his brilliant 17-year NBA career. So much for an adjustment period. Bryant had 34 points and 10 rebounds, Nash finished with 12 points and nine assists in his first game in almost two months, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Golden State Warriors 118-115 in overtime on Saturday night. "Its easy. Its very easy. Its beyond easy," Bryant said about playing with Nash, from Victoria, who had missed 24 straight games while recovering from a small fracture in his lower left leg. "You put two guys together who can do opposite things and it fits extremely well. When I get a rebound, I look to get the ball in his hands because I know I will be getting an easy shot." While defence remains an issue for the Lakers, the offence had no problems in Nashs return. Metta World Peace and Nash each made a go-ahead three-pointer in the final minutes of regulation before the Warriors came back. World Peace scored 20 points, and Nash converted a step-back shot for the final basket in overtime to lift Los Angeles to its fourth straight victory. This one had 20 lead changes, eight ties, and a sellout crowd of 19,596 cheering every possession as if it was the last one. "To play 40 minutes after seven weeks was more than I could ask for," Nash said. "I felt in a decent rhythm. I feel positive about it. Well see (Sunday). Ill have to keep working on it. I know it will be sore and painful but Im used to that." As well as the Lakers looked at times, the Warriors seemingly had the game in their hands. Jarrett Jack scored 29 points and David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a disappointing collapse for Golden State, which had won 11 of 14 to get off to its best start in 20 years. As so often has happened in this one-sided California rivalry, though, the Lakers took over when it mattered most. "This will not put a damper on our Christmas spirits," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Were excited about where were at, and were excited about where were headed." For the first time in a long time, the Lakers and Warriors share that sentiment. The 38-year-old Nash was injured in the second game of the season, the former Phoenix stars first with the Lakers, who have struggled for most of this season without their point guard. Nash showed no signs of rust throughout the game, and not in the crucial moments, either. Nashs three-pointer gave the Lakers a 103-102 lead with a little less than 2 minutes left in regulation. Festus Ezeli answered with an alley-oop from Jack to put the Warriors back ahead, only to watch Bryant swish a pull-up jumper from 20 feet on the other end. After Lees jumper gave Golden State the lead again, World Peace made a corner three to put Los Angeles ahead 108-106 with 24.1 seconds remaining. Jack followed with a tying, step-back shot, and the Lakers took over with 14.9 seconds left before Bryant missed a jumper over two defenders at the buzzer. Bryant made three quick jumpers in overtime, including a fadeaway that left him pumping his fist near the Warriors bench, to put Los Angeles aheaad by four. Aldon Smith Black Jersey. . He sank 16 of 41 shots and has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games. After Stephen Currys three-pointer trimmed the Lakers lead to one, Nashs step-back shot in the paint over Curry extended Los Angeles cushion again. Curry missed a potential tying three-pointer before Los Angeles grabbed the rebound — and the game. "The guy is a winner," Lakers coach Mike DAntoni said of Nash, who he also coached with the Suns. "There was a difference before the game. He changes everything. He changes the whole perspective." The Lakers handed Golden State its most lopsided-loss of the season on Nov. 9, a 101-77 rout in Los Angeles. In the past two months, the Lakers had continued to slide while the Warriors had become surprising winners. The matchup Saturday marked the first time the Warriors faced the Lakers with a better record through at least 25 games since April 23, 1994. DAntoni said before the game that Nashs return could be a fresh start for the franchise, especially with more difficult matchups looming, including one against the New York Knicks (19-7) on Christmas. He said the lineup with Nash is what he envisioned when the Lakers called him in November to replace Mike Brown, who was fired after a 1-4 start to his second season. With Nash anchoring DAntonis fast-paced system, the Lakers had no problem settling in offensively. They scored 15 points off 10 turnovers in the opening quarter to take a 31-27 lead. Dwight Howard was in foul trouble throughout, and the centres absence hurt Los Angeles on the other end, with the Warriors moving in and around the paint almost unchallenged. At one point, Jack juked Nash and every other defender Los Angeles threw his way. He scored 15 points in the second quarter, sparking a 14-0 run that helped put Golden State ahead 61-53 at halftime. The up-and-down pace had everybody winded. Curry had to ask Jackson to come out for a moment in the third quarter as Golden State played its fourth game in five nights. After a brief rest, Curry keyed another surge to give the Warriors an 88-74 lead early in the fourth quarter. Bryant practically willed the Lakers back by himself — with Nashs help, this time — as he has done so often in his illustrious career. He finished an alley-oop from Nash on the next play with two hands, sliced Golden States lead to 90-88 when he dunked after a give-and-go bounce pass from Howard midway through the fourth, and tied the game at 95 with a three-pointer in the face of Harrison Barnes minutes later to set up the frantic finish. "It was the collective energy were playing with, and thats the most important thing," Bryant said, "the fact were fighting together as a group through adversity." NOTES: Darius Morris started at shooting guard for the Lakers ahead of World Peace, who had 20 points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes. DAntoni said he likes World Peaces energy off the bench, but he will still make some starts depending on the matchup. ... The Lakers have swept the Warriors in three of the last four seasons, including all four during the 2011-12 campaign. They have two more games against each other this season. ... Carl Landrys put-back layup at the halftime buzzer was waved off after officials reviewed television replays. ' ' '

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