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TORONTO -- The pressure of playing at home, in the biggest match of their young careers, proved costly for Canadas under-20 womens soccer team Tuesday. <a href="http://www.chelseasoccerjerseysonline.com/womens-papy-djilobodji-chelsea-jersey/" target="_blank">Papy Djilobodji Jersey</a> . The Canadians dropped a 1-0 decision to Ghana in the opening game for both teams of the FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup, a disappointing result for a host team thats hoping to go far in this tournament. &quot;This is our first major tournament, and also its at home, we had a lot of people in the stands for us. It was a little added pressure,&quot; said forward Nichelle Prince. &quot;We knew it was coming, but its kind of different when you step on the field, and we had to get adjusted to that. It took us a few minutes to do that.&quot; Sherifatu Sumaila scored the games lone goal in the 22nd minute against a Canadian team that was on its heels in the early going. Sumaila capitalized on a cross from Edem Atovor, pouncing on a rebound after Canadas keeper Kailen Sheridan had pushed a shot away. &quot;I dont think it was too much pressure, but it was certainly new pressure,&quot; said Canadian coach Andrew Olivieri. &quot;The biggest word right now is adapt for them.&quot; Olivieri also said it was &quot;a bit of a curse&quot; not having to go through a qualifying tournament prior to the World Cup -- Canada automatically qualified as the host country. So Canada was lacking big-game experience &quot;. . . not playing in big matches that you have to win. So this is the first match theyre faced with the need to get a result,&quot; he said. Some 14,834 fans turned out to the National Soccer Stadium -- or BMO Field to its regular tenants, Major League Soccers Toronto FC. The crowd was predominantly red and white, but was dotted with numerous Ghana flags. And a large pocket of Ghana fans stood all game long, dancing and banging drums, their singing growing in volume as the night wore on. If the Ghana fans numbered 1,000, they made it sound like they were 10,000. &quot;We have so many Ghanaians here, they have made us feel at home, and we have felt it,&quot; said Ghanas coach Bashir Hayford. &quot;When we advance, when we progress, the number will be quadrupled.&quot; Canada brought a different energy to the second half, and a &quot;different quality from all the players.&quot; &quot;Thats part of the learning experience, players getting adapted to playing in front of the home crowd, a lot of expectation, a World Cup first for many of them, so it took us too long to adapt,&quot; he said. Canada had 55 per cent of the possession against the bigger and faster Ghanaians, and had several decent scoring opportunities. Emma Fletcher banged a shot off the post late in the first half, while Prince, a second-half substitute, beat two defenders to get off a left-footed shot while falling down. The shot went straight into the hands of Ghanas goalkeeper Victoria Agyei. Kadeisha Buchanan, a regular on John Herdmans Canadian senior side, was solid on the back line, and almost scored in injury time, poking at a loose ball during a scramble in front of the net that shot over the crossbar. Asked if he was pleased with his teams performance, Olivieri answered &quot;Nope.&quot; &quot;Id say I was pleased with the energy and lot with what the players brought in the later stages, when we were more desperate,&quot; he said. &quot;Id love to see better from us, certainly early in the game. A lot more progressive play, a lot more play towards the front, and just a lot more confidence.&quot; Sheridan, a keeper Clemson University, said there was added pressure playing on the tournaments first day, and against a strong team such as Ghana. &quot;But I think thats something you have to deal with,&quot; she said. &quot;(The crowd) was great, it was crazy walking down the tunnel and seeing all the fans,&quot; she added. &quot;It was nice to be in our home country and on our home turf for the first time for me. It just gave me a rush. I was coming (down the tunnel) and I couldnt stop smiling.&quot; The Canadians best showing at this tournament came in 2002 when they lost to the United States in the gold-medal game in Edmonton -- the beginning of international careers for the likes of Christine Sinclair and Kara Lang, who would go on to become household names in Canada. Both Canada and Ghana were knocked out in group phase two years ago in Japan. 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It puts pressure on a defence to play 24 seconds worth.&quot; Roberts scored 18 points, Austin Rivers added 16 points, Tyreke Evans had 11 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had eight points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans (32-41). Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili scored 15 points each, Patty Mills added 13 and Tim Duncan had 12 points and eight rebounds. San Antonio (57-16) extended its lead to 3 1/2 games over Oklahoma City (53-19) for the leagues best record. In addition to winning its last 17, the Spurs have won 20 of 21 and have not lost since falling 106-85 to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 21. &quot;It is sweet to be a part of that,&quot; Ginobili said. &quot;It is not something that happens very often because it is a long spread of game, a month or two. Here or there you have a bad game or the opponent has a bad one, but a lot of things have combined for us to have this type of streak. We played really well and we are healthy.&quot; New Orleans was without Anthony Davis, its leading scorer and rebounder. Davis injured his left ankle 4 minutes into the Pelicans victory over Utah on Friday night. &quot;Its a joint/soft tissue injury right now,&quot; New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. &quot;He did it in his normal routine. Hes listed as day to day. Well see how he feels tomorrow.&quot; Williams said the Pelicans would have had a tough task even with Davis and the Spurs showed why early. &quot;They jumped on us,&quot; Evans said. &quot;They just moved the ball hit shots and we couldnt make a shot.&quot; San Antonio opened the game on a 23-6 run, with Belinelli picked up where he left off Friday night. He was 4 for 5 on 3-pointers against New Orleans after going 6 for 9 on 3-pointers Friday while scoring a game-high 27 points in a 133-102 victory in Denver. &quot;Hes been really steady for us and he plays a great all-around game,&quot; Popovich said. 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Starting goaltender Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury Thursday as the Leafs went on to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime. Bernier left the game at 8:22 of the third period favouring his left leg after Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger pushed Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron on top of Torontos goalie. Ranger was assessed a minor penalty for interference on the play and Bernier was replaced by James Reimer, who made 10 saves to record his 12th win of the season. &quot;We were just kind of spinning around, pushing each other in front and he was looking for position,&quot; said Ranger of the battle with Bergeron. &quot;I was pushing him around, next thing you know, I just pushed him and he was on top of (Bernier). &quot;I want (Bernier) to be on the ice and on our team. We need him. Hes a key part of us. I hope that everything is OK. I dont know whats going to happen here.&quot; Leafs coach Randy Carlyle announced post-game that Bernier would undergo a MRI on Friday. 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Now theyve added another top-market free agent in Vanek, whose 277 goals are the eighth-most in the NHL since his debut nine years ago. &quot;What intrigued me the most was obviously with Zach signing here and Suter signing here, this team is getting really good and is very good,&quot; Vanek said, adding: &quot;Im extremely thrilled to be a part of the Wild and of a group like this.&quot; According to a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke to on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the value, Vanek will make $5.5 million this season, $6.5 million in 2014-15 and $7.5 million in 2015-16. Vanek lives with his family in Stillwater, an idyllic riverfront suburb a few miles from Xcel Energy Center. He played two seasons at the University of Minnesota before turning pro with Buffalo and called winning the national championship with the Gophers the &quot;best thing&quot; hes done in his hockey career. &quot;To be a part of the Wild now and go after the big prize and having a chance to do it in Minnesota is beyond my wildest dreams,&quot; Vanek said. Vanek was the fifth overall pick by the Sabres in 2003. He had two 40-goal seasons for them, but last fall he was traded to the New York Islanders, who later dealt him to Montreal. He totalled 27 goals over 78 games with the three teams. In the playoffs with the Canadiens, he had five goals and five assists in 17 games. Vaneks production slipped at times this season, and he was even benched briefly during the post-season, but the Wild werent deterred. &quot;It certainly wasnt my best one I can tell you that. But Ill take the blame for that,&quot; Vanek said. &quot;Its not always easy moving around and being away from my family.&quot; Vanek will play on either the first or second line, with some combination of Parise, Jason Pominville, Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund likely filling the other top five forward spots. Vaneks 113 power-play goals since his 2005-06 rookie season are the third-most in the NHL in that span. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Vanek has the type of finishing ability around the net the Wild have lacked. &quot;Theres no question that we do have some skill, but we dont score goals easily,&quot; coach Mike Yeo said. Vanek turned down seven-year offers, including from the Islanders. When Pominville was traded to the Wild last year, Vanek was the one who encouraged his long-time Sabres teammate. &quot;He loved Buffalo a lot, which I did too,&quot; Vanek said. &quot;But I told him, Youll like it there. Theres a lot of good fans. And after a week or so, he called me and said, You know what? Youre right. I do like it here a lot.&quot; Unlike in the other major pro sports, Minnesota can be a destination market in the NHL because of its hockey roots. The addition of Parise and Suter and the Wilds advancement to the Western Conference semifinals this spring were further steps toward NHL prominence. &quot;People recognize the talent that you have. So were getting better. Were in a good place,&quot; general manager Chuck Fletcher said. Defenceman Clayton Stoner (Anaheim), left wing Matt Moulson (Buffalo) and centre Cody McCormick (Buffalo) departed the Wild as unrestricted free agents. Others in that category not expected back are left wing Dany Heatley and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Defenceman Nate Prosser could return for the right price. The Wild also signed defenceman Stu Bickel (one year) and centre Brett Sutter (two years) to two-way contracts, adding depth with players wholl likely bounce between AHL affiliate Iowa and the parent club. The 27-year-old Sutter, the son of Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter, has played in 54 career NHL games with Calgary and Carolina. Bickel, a native of Chanhassen who played one season for the Gophers, played in 67 games for the New York Rangers over a two-year span. 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The first NBA game in South America now will be missing its biggest star.ATLANTA - With a runner on second and first base open, the Cubs played it by the book and walked Justin Upton. Even before leaving the batters box, Upton flashed a grin to Freddie Freeman, who also grinned as he waited on-deck. They seemed to know what was coming. Freemans single up the middle drove in Jason Heyward from second base in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves recovered from Craig Kimbrels blown save to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday night. Freeman said he savored the opportunity when the Cubs walked Upton. &quot;It puts a smile on my face,&quot; Freeman said. &quot;I dont know if you saw on TV, but after the second, third and fourth pitches Justin and I were kind of just laughing at each other. 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Only four seconds later, Meszaros beat Price with a high shot through traffic off a feed from Milan Lucic. Eller said the Canadiens may finally be getting a hang of retaining the lead. &quot;We learned a little bit from the last game and we didnt panic,&quot; said the Danish centre, who has eight points in seven post-season games after a disappointing regular season. &quot;You know they are going to come hard when youre down by two. They gave it all theyve got and we were prepared for it and held strong.&quot; &quot;We werent as good as them in the first period and that cost us,&quot; countered Bruins forward Jarome Iginla. &quot;After that, we were playing catch-up. &quot;We found a way to get ourselves back in it, but the first period was the biggest difference in the game. 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Jayson Werth homered and Tyler Clippard (4-3) tossed one scoreless inning for Washington, which took two of three from Arizona after being swept in Oakland. &quot;We needed this one,&quot; Nationals manager Matt Williams said. &quot;It salvages the road trip. It started off really bad and its nice to get this one and head home on a positive note.&quot; The Diamondbacks had just come off a solid road trip and McCarthy put them in good position to win four straight series for the first time in nearly three years. Arizona lost to Washington in the ninth inning Monday night, and then had a surprising meltdown in the series finale by one of baseballs best relievers over the past few seasons. Aaron Hill homered and made several spectacular plays at second base for the Diamondbacks. &quot;I had a lot of swing and misses over the top and a lot of balls chopped foul,&quot; Ziegler said. &quot;I felt like I had decent stuff. 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But this isnt Des Moines, this is a big gymnasium on Chicagos west side. Its the second day of the NBA combine and in this large gym are plenty other large, young men with huge reputations from other corners of America. And they want to steal Melvins dream. Because in front of NBA general managers and scouts there are no pep bands to proclaim Ejims college achievements; all he has are his broad shoulders and a basketball - his tools to answer the crucial question: Who is Melvin Ejim? But dont they not know him already? &quot;I dont think they knew as much about me,&quot; Ejim says, and his smile turns into a sneer. &quot;If anything, people knew about me more in the Big 12 (NCAA conference), and everybody appreciated what I did, but it was still kind of downplayed. &quot;But I think once I got the Big 12 Player of the Year, and I beat out Andrew Wiggins - who is a phenomenal player - people started to realize: Wait, Wiggins was in that league? Marcus Smart was in that league? 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Does he really have to sell himself so hard to get drafted? &quot;I think he does,&quot; says Matt Kamalsky, director of operations for the college prospect website DraftExpress. &quot;When you look at guys getting drafted who are significantly older than their class, its very rare for guys over 23/24-years old to get picked at all, let a lone make a team, and then be successful at all in the NBA. &quot;But just because it hasnt happened doesnt me it wont work for him.&quot; Its not a unique perspective: Too old and too small are ubiquitous descriptions of Ejims flaws in most scouting reports. He spent four years at Iowa State, while Wiggins, Ennis and Stauskass immediate talent created immediate hype. The highest Ejim is projected to be selected is somewhere in the mid-to-late second round. After the Top 30 draft picks, however, there are little-to-no guaranteed contracts. But criticism and long odds wont blunt Ejims smile. 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I did it in college and being able to translate that to the (NBA) 3-point line — just showing people that I have the capability to do that, the capability to play on the perimeter as a [small forward] and it was gratifying.&quot; &quot;Just listening to him talk its very obvious - and its not with all these guys - he knows what he needs to do in order to put himself in the best position to get drafted,&quot; Kamalsky says. &quot;Guys dont have that kind of degree of self-awareness and maybe that maturity is a positive.&quot; And maturity, and perspective are Ejims greatest strengths. He came to the combine not just to show, but to tell. He wonders: Why would a general manager just obsess over a freakish, young talent that needs constant work? When here he is, learning, adapting, and thriving. Ejim remembers those early, early mornings - sometimes 6 am - walking or biking or busing to the Brampton or Mississauga YMCA. Sometimes hed have to bring his brothers health card and pretend to be someone else, because money was too tight for a membership, and one person can only have so many guest passes. And most of the time young Melvin wouldnt even get on the court; hed be off to side with a ball, watching his uncle and his uncles friend play, listening whenever he was told to: &quot;Melvin, work on your handles.&quot; And he grew bigger and stronger and better, but he was still often an inch or inch and a half shorter than many others. So he worked and worked, from Amateur Athletic Union basketball to the NCAA. He counts his uncle, David, AAU coach Mike George (now his agent) and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, as part of his inner circle because they ingrained in him the everlasting directive; and if you listen to older, wiser Melvin long enough the mantra hits you like his smile: &quot;I still think I can do a better job of being a better player. 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James has faced cramping issues in the past and the four-time MVP was unable to move Thursday following a layup to get the game within two. &quot;My body just shut down, basically my body said, okay, enough jumping for you for the night. Youve had enough,&quot; James said after practice on Friday. &quot;Nothing I could do about it.&quot; That didnt stop social media from exploding, questioning James toughness. &quot;I really dont care what people say about me,&quot; noted James. The two-time Finals MVP, the Heat, the Spurs and frankly anyone in attendance Sunday night should feel relieved. The AT&amp;T Center staff fixed the problem and it should be very comfortable for Game 2. &quot;It will be fine. Weve been assured of that,&quot; said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. The extreme conditions played a role in Game 1, but were the same for both squads. When James had to be carried back to the bench, the Spurs finished the game on a 31-9 run with six minutes to go. Danny Green, who set an NBA Finals record with 27 made 3-pointers last year, caught fire late in Game 1. He drained three long balls during the decisive run and finished with 13 points. Tim Duncan contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker poured in 19 points and handed out eight assists, and Manu Ginobili totaled 16 points and 11 assists for the Spurs, who shot a scorching 14-of-16 from the floor in the fourth, including a perfect 6-of-6 mark from long distance. Tiago Splitter added 14 points and Boris Diaw pulled down 10 rebounds. The Spurs shot 59 percent for the game and 52 percent from long range. &quot;Were not as good as we used to be defensively. So if thats going to diminish, you need to do something at the other end of the floor to make up for it,&quot; explained coach Gregg Popovich. &quot;We changed our pace, and the way we approach things at the other end of the floor to make up for what were going to lose defensively. 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Bouchard picked up where she left off, putting the pressure on a player who had defeated her in three previous meetings including the Rogers Cup in Toronto three years ago. She took victory on her third match point when Petkovic hit the net with a return. Bouchard produced 30 winners and 14 unforced errors, breaking five time in the match lasting less than 90 minutes. She next plays Frances Alzie Cornet, who beat top seed and five-time champion Serena Williams for the second time this season, winning 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a stunning upset. Cornet won their previous meeting on clay at Strasbourg last year. &quot;I played well, even though it was straight sets it was a battle,&quot; said Bouchard. &quot;It was tough with the lone rain delay, but it was the same for both girls &quot;Im happy I was able to close it out with any serve, being aggressive and taking the ball early. During the rain delay I tried to conserve energy -- I wanted to give it all on the court. 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