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Postby kaisy on Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:41 am

INAWASHIRO, Japan -- Mikael Kingsbury and Audrey Robichaud led a four-medal performance for Canada in difficult conditions at a World Cup moguls event Saturday. Kingsbury, the defending World Cup champion from Deux Montagnes, Que., scored 23.41 points to secure his sixth title this season. "I had a difficult time in the finals run, actually I didnt ski the run I wanted to ski but I fought and made it into the super finals," he said. "It was very slick so you really had to control your speed, I learned from my finals run and managed to put it together for a clutch performance in the end, so Im super stoked." Bradley Wilson of the United States was second, followed by Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., in third. Bilodeau topped the standings after an excellent performance in the first finals round was disappointed with his third-place showing. "I landed a bit too heavy on the top air and I was a bit too fast which made me make some little mistakes," he said, adding that the challenge was keeping speed in check because of the slick course. "I think (the Canadian team is) very strong technically and thats what made the difference for us." After eight of 12 events, Kingsbury leads the standings with 705 points, followed by Bilodeau (513) and Patrick Deneen (443) of the U.S. Quebec Citys Robichaud won her first title of the season in the womens event, scoring 20.62 points to finish ahead of Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic and Montreals Chloe Dufour-Lapointe. "I really didnt do my best run for the super final and I was actually pretty disappointed in myself, especially after I had such a great run in the finals," Robichaud said. "When I got to the bottom and saw the scores I thought they had made a mistake, but I guess all the other girls made some mistakes too -- the course was pretty difficult and tricky on the top section so it was really easy to make mistakes." Justine Dufour-Lapointe, also of Montreal, who leads the mogul standings with 478 points, was fourth. Buccaneers Doug Martin Jersey . The 15th seed from Thornhill, Ont. will face 56th-ranked Croatian Ivan Dodig on Thursday after Dodig stunned third-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-2, 6-4. Raonic, 20, and Dodig, five years his senior, have never played before. Elite Mike Alstott Jersey . The 30-minute production features Howard, Stoughton, Martin, and Koe drafting a new third, second, and lead. The mixed teams will compete for $100,000 in prize money during The Dominion All-Star Curling Draft Show Presented by Pintys this weekend live on TSN from Casino Rama in Rama, ON. ... Kp-23.html . -- LaMarcus Aldridge thought the whole thing was strange. Carl Nicks Jersey . -- The Chicago Bears reached the Super Bowl under coach Lovie Smith and consistently boasted a formidable defence. Youth Vincent Jackson Jersey . A ponderous field-position struggle resulted in only three field goals going into the fourth quarter. NAPIER, New Zealand -- Canada coach Kieran Crowley has rewarded the players who combined to beat Tonga in their opening match with a chance to cause a Rugby World Cup upset against France on Sunday. Crowley announced his squad Friday, retaining the same starting XV which scored two late tries in a 25-20 comeback win over Tonga two days earlier. "Theres always a challenge and it can be tempting to make the changes," Crowley said. "But weve been through a good recovery process, so they should be all OK." Canadas coaching staff decided that the momentum and confidence gained from beating Tonga was more important than resting players in case of fatigue, with the matches just four days apart. "We wanted to reward an outstanding performance," forwards coach Neil Barnes said. "And with the four-day turnaround, consistency is key." Crowley, however, does admit the short turnaround may test the limitiations of his squad against France. "Were not used to this sort of game without the turnaround, so its a bit of a question mark isnt it?" he said. "But I guess Sunday will tell." But flyhalf Ander Monro insists the occasion will override the tiredness. "You feel sore, you have the odd bump," he said. "But Ive done it before, and once you get out there and the adrenalines pumping you just sort of get on with it." Canada and Wales are the only teams to retain unchanged starting XVs this weekend, with the Welsh facing Samoa on Sunday in Hamilton. Canada dominated Tonga in the set-piece and will be bidding to test Frances impressive pack, with Pat Riordan leading the forwards at hooker, France-based Jamie Cudmore at lock, and bushy-bearded Adam Kleeberger at flanker.dddddddddddd Cudmore will face several of his Clermont Auvergne club teammates, including France captain Aurelien Rougerie, flanker Julien Bonnaire and scrumhalf Morgan Parra. Left winger Phil Mackenzie scored a late try to down the Tongans, and he will be chasing his fifth try in as many games when he runs out against France -- although one was uncapped against the Barbarians in one of three warmup matches. France had lopsided wins in its previous three tests against Canada -- 50-6 in 2005, 47-13 in 2004, and 35-3 in 2002. But the World Cup seems to inspire the Canadians, and France won their two contests at this tournament by far tighter margins: 19-13 in 1991 and 33-20 in 99. France has won six of their seven meetings, losing away to Canada 18-16 in 94. Cudmore and Kleeberger were both on the field last time the teams met, six years ago in Nantes, when France scored 25 points in each half and ran in seven tries to overwhelm the Canadians. Props Hubert Buydens and Jason Marshall both did well against Tonga, but they will face a harder test against Toulouses Jean-Baptiste Poux and Luc Ducalcon. Canadas most capped player, scrumhalf Ed Fairhurst, will lead the backs alongside Monro. ---- Canada: James Pritchard, Ciaran Hearn, DTH Van Der Merwe, Ryan Smith, Phil Mackenzie, Ander Monro, Ed Fairhurst; Aaron Carpenter, Chauncey OToole, Adam Kleeberger, Jamie Cudmore, Jebb Sinclair, Jason Marshall, Pat Riordan, Hubert Buydens. Reserves: Ryan Hamilton, Scott Franklin, Tyler Hotson, Nanyak Dala, Sean White, Nathan Hirayama, Conor Trainor. ' ' '
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