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SOCHI – If its not Canada, it could be the inspired bunch from the host-country. Simon Mignolet Jersey . If its not the Russians, it could be the Swedes, Finns, Czechs or Americans. The gold-medal winner likely will come from this group in Sochi, but forecasting the Olympic champion in the mens hockey tournament has never been easy. Since the participation of NHL players in 1998 there have been three different winners in the Czech Republic, Canada, Sweden and Canada again in four Winter Games. Its a short-term event and things can go wrong in a hurry for the top teams. A hot goaltender can steal a game in the medal round and all of a sudden a favourite is sitting on the sidelines. Just ask Hockey Canada. Were the Canadian teams that won gold in Salt Lake City in 2002 or in Vancouver in 2010 any better than the 1998 group that was stoned time and time again by Dominik Hasek in Nagano? Just ask Sweden about 2002, when goalie Tommy Salo surrendered that fluky late-game winning goal off his bean from 70 feet out off the stick of Belarus defenceman Vladimir Kopat. Who would have thought Switzerland could have pulled off its surprise run to the final at the world championship last spring? Like the sophisticated watches the Swiss are known for, the hockey teams timing was impeccable. It peaked at the perfect moment for wins over the Czech Republic and United States in the quarterfinal and semi-final, respectively, only to lose to Sweden in the finale. So, with all that in mind, what country will give Canada the biggest challenge in its gold-medal defence at the 2014 Winter Games? Here are the odds as of Monday night from bodog.ca. • Canada 19-10 (about 2-1)• Russia 12-5• Sweden 9-2• USA 6-1• Finland 11-1• Czech Republic 12-1 And, if you like to play the long odds: • Switzerland 25-1• Slovakia 33-1• Norway 200-1• Latvia 400-1\• Austria 750-1• Slovenia 1,000-1 Dominic Solanke Liverpool Jersey . The 19-year-old from Westmount, Que., was edged 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3 by third-seeded Alize Cornet of France. Cornet broke Bouchard twice in the last set and saved six break points in the three-hour match. Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Jersey . Hamilton signed offensive linemen Mike Filer, Joel Reinders, Landon Rice and Carson Rockhill.Michael Carrick says its not a surprise that the eyes of much of the footballing world will be on Manchester this season. Manchester United and Manchester City, armed with two of the games most prestigious managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, will be looking to challenge for the title this season.The two sides were due to come face-to-face on Monday in a friendly match in Beijing, before the game was cancelled due to recent weather events. The first competitive derby meeting of 2016/17 is set for Saturday, September 10 - live on Sky Sports. Both clubs underachieved last season but, with Mourinho and Guardiola now at the helms of each, the upcoming battles this term could be mouth-watering prospects. JJose Mourinho helps launch Manchester Uniteds new home kit for the 2016/17 season Its exciting and interesting, not just for us being involved but for everyone else looking in to see how its going to go, Carrick told MUTV. Jordan Henderson Liverpool Jersey. There will be a lot of focus on both clubs and well battle it out to see who finishes on top. Both teams look in good shape with two top managers. Well certainly be better than last season and looking to be a lot stronger and getting back to the top.Carrick confirmed he is feeling okay again after missing the defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai following a knock on his knee during training from Paddy McNair. Carrick (L) feels pre-season preparations have been going well The 35-year-old feels pre-season preparations have gone well so far, with an opportunity for some important bonding with the new manager, coaching staff and players.Its gone well in terms of what we want to get out of the trip, he added. The Dortmund game was disappointing but training has gone well.Its about getting your fitness work in and also getting to know the manager and the staff and the new players; its been a good bonding exercise, which has gone well. Also See: Utd v City in China called off QUIZ: Pogbas Man Utd career International Champions Cup guide Jose ruffled over China pitch Disocunt Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap NFL Black Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys ' ' '


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