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Sundays championship game of the Tires Pro Invitational features two early breakout stars in No. Adidas Pas Cher Destockage . 11 Xaviers J.P. Macura and Northern Iowas Klint Carlson.Macura, a junior sharpshooter, poured in a career-high 28 points in the Musketeers win over Clemson on Friday. It was an impressive performance highlighted by six 3-pointers, some from way beyond the arc.Clemson coach Brad Brownell called Macura unbelievable. He just kept backing up on us, Brownell said.Xavier coach Chris Mack credited Macuras teammates for getting him the ball. The Musketeers (4-0) had 17 assists.His teammates really wanted to find him, Mack told reporters. If youre hot the way he was, its nice to know that people are looking for him in transition. And we ran a few plays for him to get him open.Carlson was equally spectacular in Northern Iowas comeback win over Oklahoma on Friday. He scored 22 points and led the Panthers back from an 18-point deficit in the second half with a barrage of 3-pointers and some slick moves to the basket. Eighteen of Carlsons points came in the last six minutes of regulation and overtime.I guess I was feeling it, Carlson told reporters after the overtime win over the Sooners. I dont even remember how many shots I took, but at that point, I was just glad they were going in.Xavier and Northern Iowa each suffered heartbreaking losses in the NCAA Tournament last season. The Musketeers surrendered two 3-pointers to Wisconsin in the final 12 seconds of a second-round loss to the Badgers.Four of the Musketeers top six scorers returned from last years NCAA Tournament team, including junior guard Trevon Bluiett, who had 21 points against Clemson.Bluiett, who needs just eight points to reach 1,000 for his career, combines with Macura to give Xavier one of the top backcourts in the nation.Macura was the Big Easts sixth man of the year last season and looks like hell contend for player of the year this season. Hes averaging 19.5 points during the Musketeers 4-0 start. Xavier is expected to contend with defending national champion Villanova in the Big East.Last season for Northern Iowa ended in gut-wrenching fashion. The Panthers squandered a 12-point lead in the final 44 seconds against Texas A&M and ended up losing in overtime to the Aggies in the second round of tournament.Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson has a relatively young roster, featuring seven freshmen, but the Panthers played beyond their years in the comeback win against Oklahoma.We kept playing defense and rebounding when our offense was not very good and I like that, Jacobson said after the win over the Sooners. And the other thing I like was that a relatively new group believed we could get all the way back.The Musketeers and Panthers will tip off at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday at HP Field House in Orlando, Fla.Xavier has won three regular-season tournament titles in the last 10 seasons. Adidas Pas Cher Chine . The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. Chaussure Adidas Pas Cher Chine . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. . Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Nearly 18 million people were watching on TV when the Canadian womens hockey team rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the U.S. 3-2 in overtime to win Olympic gold in 2014.A few thousand fans are expected to show up when the Canadians play the Americans at USA Hockey Arena in suburban Detroit on Saturday in the first Team USA Winter Champions Series, resuming one of the best rivalries on ice, and many more will be tuned in on NBCSN. The two teams will meet again Monday night in Sarnia, Ontario, wrapping up a home-and-home set of friendlies that will likely stoke the flames of an emotionally charged series.Its womens hockey at its finest, said Megan Bozek, who plays defense for the U.S. Expect blood, sweat and tears put into every shift, every period, until the last puck drops. .... The heart, the passion, the grit that we play with, and that Canada plays with, its the best 60 minutes of hockey that youll see in womens hockey.Even though the stakes will be low for the national teams, the intensity is expected to be high as extremely competitive athletes hope to help their country win while doing enough to earn a spot on the team for the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation world championship in the same venue this spring and the Olympics the following year.And unlike NHL players , everyone knows the best female hockey players will be going for gold in South Korea in about 14 months. Canada and the U.S., though, are helmets and shoulder pads above the rest of the world.The Canadians have won four straight Olympic golds, beating the Americans in three of those finals. The U.S. beat Canada in 1998 when womens ice hockey became an Olympic sport. Only Sweden has also finished among the top two at the Olympics, earning silver in 2006, and the rest of the field has had to settle for bronze medals.Since the first IIHF womens world championships in 1990, the Canadians and Americans have not allowed another country to advance to the finals. The U.S. beat Canada earlier this year at the world championships, winning the eight-nation tournament for the third straight time over Canada and sixth time in seven opportunities.We take that seriously and it still hurts, Canadian forward Haley Irwiin acknowledged. Vente Adidas Pas Cher. Its a great time of year for us to play them again in a way we havent in the past. Its a great opportunity to see where were at.USA Hockey believes it is set up for continued success, including at the Olympics where it will desperately seek an elusive gold medal. Since losing a heartbreaker in Russia, the Americans have won seven of 10 closely contested games against Canada at five international events. With a deep and talented pool of players, USA Hockey invited 37 prospects to it training camp this week and a vast majority of them have already finished their college careers.In 2010, we had nine or 10 post-grad players in our pool and now we have 24, said Reagan Carey, general manager of the U.S. national team. Thats a significant leap.And, its not a leap to say these women are truly doing it for the love of the game because none of them are, or will, get rich by playing hockey. The most an American or Canadian woman can make, in fledgling pro hockey leagues and with financial support from USA Hockey or Canadas Athlete Assistance Program, is about $35,000 in U.S. dollars.All of us are making a sacrifice and we realize that, said Anne Schleper, who plays defense for the Americans and for the Buffalo Beauts in the National Womens Hockey League. Womens hockey has come a long way, but it still has a long way to go.With a little more than a year to go before the 2018 Olympics, the games Saturday and Monday will provide a preview of the Pyeongchang Games because about half of the women who participated in the dramatic gold medal game in Sochi will be on the ice. The two teams never just show up and go through the motions when theyre on the ice together, either.This rivalry transcends not just womens hockey or womens sports, but sports in general, Carey said. Whatever rivalry you can think of, magnify that, because thats what its going to look like. This rivalry has been happening since the early 1990s and every game is a battle.Were determined to settle that in 2018, but you get a glimpse of that.---Follow Hockey Writer Larry Lage at ;Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike Basketball Jerseys Hockey Jerseys China Supply Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Sale Authentic College Jerseys MLB Jerseys China Stitched Soccer Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Jerseys ' ' '