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TORONTO -- Late in Team Europes exhibition victory over Sweden, Danish forward Frans Nielsen looked at his countrys flag on his sleeve and reflected.Nielsen remembered the 200 times Denmark played Sweden and lost.We tried so many times, but theyre just too good, Nielsen said.But on a team that mixes players from Denmark, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Norway, Nielsen beamed with pride that he finally -- finally -- beat the Swedes. It didnt matter that it was a pre-tournament game with no points on the line because Team Europe now has a belief going into its World Cup of Hockey opener Saturday against the United States.Its fun to come to a tournament like this and feel like you have a chance to do something, Nielsen said.Coach Ralph Krueger, a Canadian who serves as chairman of the Southampton Football Club, calls it the magic of Team Europe, the only one at the World Cup that wont have an anthem played before its games. Critics have complained that mashing together leftover European players is too gimmicky a concept, but the group together makes the World Cup far more competitive than if individual countries had to go up against titans like Canada and Sweden.Anze Kopitar is the only NHL player from Slovenia and knows his national team couldnt win a tournament like this. Slovakia has enjoyed some international success, but in a best-on-best competition, it cant hold up as well, and neither can most of the other countries.Together, its different.You dont feel like a complete underdog where youre going to be outshot 50-10 and your goalie needs to make numerous saves in order for you to have a chance to win a game, Danish forward Jannik Hansen said. You feel like the playing field is leveled a little bit because now you have the depth that is always lacking when you play these teams.Slovak goaltender Jaroslav Halak wont be counted on to be a hero. Halak stopped 34 of 36 shots against Sweden and could see a similar workload against the U.S.Hell have help because Europe is deep up front with playmakers Marian Gaborik and Thomas Vanek, all-around winger Marian Hossa and speedster Mats Zuccarello. Big Zdeno Chara and underappreciated Roman Josi anchor the defense, which will be tasked with stopping Patrick Kane and the Americans.Krueger believes it was good for his team to get whacked a couple of times by North America to shake off some summer sluggishness, break bad habits and prepare for the U.S.It was the best thing for us, he said.That is, until Europe scored five goals to chase The King, Henrik Lundqvist, and beat Sweden on Wednesday in Washington. Beyond giving Nielsen a sense of relief, that win was a major boost.Its just another step we took in the right direction, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said. 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Thibaut Courtois Jersey. -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. Zakaria Bakkali Belgium Jersey. -- PGA TOUR Canada member Steve Saunders took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web. PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State talked about starting fast against Arizona.Mission accomplished.The No. 25 Cougars jumped to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and crushed Arizona 69-7 on Saturday for their seventh consecutive victory.Everything we touched worked, coach Mike Leach said.Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns for Washington State (7-2, 6-0 Pac-12, No. 25 CFP), which had its highest points total since 1997 and the most ever against a Pac-12 opponent.The Cougars hadnt won seven straight games since 2002. They and No. 4 Washington remain the only teams with undefeated Pac-12 records.We played together the whole game, Leach said. We talked all week of playing a complete game. Im glad we didnt let up.Washington State scored on its first six possessions and held a 38-7 lead at halftime.It feels amazing, said running back James Williams, who rushed for 72 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.Leach noted he has been on both sides of such blowouts.We are definitely not that good and they are definitely not that bad, Leach said. The defense did a good job of finding a way to keep them out of the end zone.Arizona (2-7, 0-6), which has lost six games in a row, struggled on offense behind quarterbacks Brandon Dawkins, Anu Solomon and Khalil Tate. They combined to complete 11 of 23 passes for 128 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.Im embarrassed and we should be embarrassed and it starts with me, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. Thats a good team. They played well and we didnt. `Were better than this, even with all the adversity.Falk, who was relieved late in the third quarter by Tyler Hilinski, completed 32 of 35 passes. He was not intercepted or sacked. Hilinski completed 15 of 17 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Combined, the two quarterbacks threw six touchdown passes against only five incomplete passes.Thats pretty good, Leach said.It was a real good, complete win, Falk, whose 91 percent completion rate was a team record, said. Our mentality was right all week.Washington State piled up 614 yards of offense while limiting Arizona to 286 yards. Samajie Grant rushed for 77 yards for the Wildcats.ddddddddddddWashington States Gerard Wicks ran for two touchdowns, and Tavares Martin Jr. caught two touchdown passes.Rodriguez said he believes his team can turn things around.Well climb out of this, he said. Its just right now its not fun.Washington State opened the scoring with Erik Powells 23-yard field goal on its first possession.On the ensuing series, Shalom Luani intercepted Brandon Dawkins pass deep in Arizona territory and returned it to the 8. Williams caught a touchdown pass from Falk on the first play for a 10-0 lead.Wicks scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on Washington States next possession.With Solomon now playing quarterback, Arizona turned the ball over on downs at midfield. Falk hit Gabe Marks for a 2-yard touchdown pass and a 24-0 lead, still in the first quarter.Arizona drove deep into Washington State territory, but Solomon fumbled and the ball was recovered on the 7 by WSUs Peyton Pelluer. Jamal Morrow caught a 53-yard pass from Falk to place the ball on Arizonas 10, and Tavares Martin Jr. caught a 7-yard touchdown pass for a 31-0 lead.Wicks scored on a 1-yard run for a 38-0 lead.Solomon fired a 47-yard touchdown pass to Cam Denson as Arizona got on the scoreboard with 1:55 left in the first half.THE TAKEWAYArizona: The Wildcats rotated their quarterbacks all game, but could not generate much offense. The defense proved porous to WSUs Air Raid.Washington State: Played without star nose tackle Robert Barber, who has been suspended from school for his role in a fight at a party. But Washington State had a big day on defense anyway, holding Arizona to 158 rushing yards, 50 of them on one play.POLL IMPLICATIONSWashington State is certain to move up in the Top 25 poll after this convincing victory over a long-time nemesis. Arizona still leads the series 26-16.UP NEXTArizona hosts Colorado next Saturday.Washington State hosts California next Saturday.---More AP college football at www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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