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KUUSAMO, Finland - Eirik Brandsdal led a Norwegian trio to victory in the mens sprin
12-04-2019, 05:28 PM,
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KUUSAMO, Finland - Eirik Brandsdal led a Norwegian trio to victory in the mens sprin
KUUSAMO, Finland - Eirik Brandsdal led a Norwegian trio to victory in the mens sprint at the World Cup cross-country skiing opener on Saturday. Tim Raines Jersey .He was followed by Petter Northug and Sondre Turvoll Fossli, while another Norwegian, Finn Haagen Krogh, was fourth.Canadian Alex Harvey, of Saint-Ferreol les Neiges, Que., finished in 14th place.The 26-year-old was the lone Canadian to earn a spot in the head-to-head heats with the top-30 qualifiers after posting the 17th fastest time, but was unable to advance past the opening round after finishing third in his heat.Alex showed today he is in great shape, but I think we just need more races at this time, said Tor Arne Hetland, the new World Cup coach for Cross Country Ski de Fond Canada. We need to ski a little faster. The other nations were a little better today, but we need to be patient.Norway also saw success in the womens sprint as the versatile Marit Bjorgen took her 67th World Cup race victory.The 34- year-old Bjorgen held off Slovenias Katja Visnar while Majken Caspersen Falla, the Norwegian Olympic sprint winner, was third.I am grateful for the win today, really happy as we Norwegian girls had very good skis and speed, Bjorgen said. I have always have been good on these tracks ... Im looking forward to the 10K (on Sunday). Miguel Castro Jersey . This weeks topics include his take on the Kevin Pillar incident, All-Star snubs, the firing of Padres general manager Josh Byrnes and more. Mark Belanger Jersey . - Free agent defensive end Will Smith has signed with the New England Patriots. https://www.cheaporioles.com/1618i-steve...ioles.html . The 26-year-old Sobotka injured his left leg playing for the St. Louis Blues in a 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. The Blues said he would not recover from the injury in time for the Olympic tournament. ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation. Theyre just too well-stocked at defensive end, Sams position. Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers. He arrived via the media entrance at Rams Parka still looking right at home clad in a T-shirt, shorts and flip flops. He shook hands with two reporters and accepted well wishes but declined further comment before heading upstairs to see the coach who wasnt afraid to add the first openly gay player to the roster. Or to cut him loose. Fisher said numerous times during his post cutdown-day news conference Saturday that releasing the SEC co-defensive player of the year was a "football decision." Sam was outplayed in the preseason by Ethan Westbrooks, the Rams top target when signing undrafted free agents. The coach pointed out four other late-round picks were released, and thought it a sign the franchise is on the upswing. There were no regrets. Fisher and Sam both said it was never a distraction, and the coach believed that would be the case if Sam landed with another team. "There were no issues, thats the thing," Fisher said. "No issues in the team meeting room, on the field, anyplace." All 21 players released Saturday cleared waivers. "Some may be coming back," Fisher said. "You may see them Sunday on the practice squad, and some you may never ever see again." The meeting with Sam was postponned a day so he could attend Missouris opening victory over South Dakota State. Mychal Givens Jersey. The Rams appeared unlikely to re-sign Sam to the 10-player practice squad because the defensive line is their strongest unit. Sam had three sacks, one more than Westbrook. But most of the preseason, he was playing with the second- and third-stringers. Westbrooks was the Division II defensive player of the year when he had 19 1-2 sacks for West Texas A&M, a school the Rams tapped a few years earlier for quarterback Keith Null. "He was very productive and played all four spots," Fisher said. "He is a very, very talented young player that I think has a really good future." Fisher noted only one defensive lineman had more preseason snaps than Sam, so he got a full shot. And that there were more than enough pass rushers with Robert Quinn and Chris Long starting plus productive backups William Hayes and Eugene Sims. Tackles Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald, the latter a first-round pick this year, also are sack threats. "Its the strength of our team," Fisher said, adding carrying nine defensive linemen was a "significant number." "If you go with 10, then youre going to be short someplace else, and were just not there." Theyre not as deep in the secondary, minus cornerback Trumaine Johnson (knee) for probably the first month. They need numbers at linebacker, with just five on the roster. Backup centre-guard Barrett Jones is sidelined indefinitely after back surgery. ' ' '
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