Canadas world junior team takes to the ice this morning for the first of three pre-competition games when they take on Finland. Auston Trusty Jersey . The game is currently delayed due to poor ice conditions. The teams are targeting an 11am et/8am pt puck drop. When the action resumes, you can catch it live on TSN and get in-game video highlights on TSN.ca and TSN Mobile. Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Zac Fucale, a 2013 draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, gets the call in net for Canada with Saginaw Spirit netminder Jake Paterson, who was on last years team, backing him up. Team Canada coach Brent Sutter still needs to cut three players from his 25-man roster (two defencemen and a forward), and these three exhibition games could prove critical as to which bubble players make it past the final cut. Injuries, of course, will also play a factor into Sutters decision. "Theyre not easy decisions, but the reality is weve got a couple-or-three guys banged up and were not exactly sure," said Sutter earlier this week. While Mooseheads star and Canadian alternate captain Jonathan Drouin has practiced with the team, hes not expected to play in Fridays matchup. Drouin was concussed in a game on Dec. 6 against the Quebec Remparts when he was hit from behind into the boards by Adam Erne. The Finns will provide a stiff test for captain Scott Laughton and the rest of Team Canada. The Finnish camp features six returning players from last years tournament, as well as 10 players already selected in the NHL Draft, including a pair of Nashville Predators goaltending prospects in Janne Juvonen and Juuse Saros, both taken in this past Junes draft. Just as Canada is lacking four of its five eligible players from the NHL (Minnesota Wild defenceman Mathew Dumba being the only of the quintet at the selection camp) the Finns are missing their two qualified players in Florida Panthers forward Alexsander Barkov and defenceman Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The player to watch on Finland might just be the son of a former NHL All-Star. Kasperi Kapanen, son of Sami Kapanen, is currently the top-ranked European skater for the 2014 NHL Draft. The KalPa forward is a highly regarded goal scorer with good hockey sense. After Fridays matchup, Canada next does battle with Sweden on Sunday before finishing up the exhibition schedule with a Monday game against Switzerland. Stitched USA Soccer Jerseys . -- Adam Tambellini scored three times and set up one more as the Calgary Hitmen won their sixth in a row by crushing the host Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-1 on Saturday in Western Hockey League play. USA Soccer Jerseys 2019 . Greece was on the wrong end of a 3-0 rout to Colombia in its first game of the tournament. They surrendered a goal in just the sixth minute of the contest, and despite some promising attacking play, failed to crawl back into the match. Japan, on the other hand, struck first in its match with Ivory Coast, with Keisuke Honda putting his side into the lead in the 16th minute.Its the big one. Middlesbrough face Brighton on the final day of the Championship season for a place in the Premier League - and unrivalled riches. The victor on Saturday will rub shoulders with the likes of Pep Guardiolas Manchester City next term but the biggest ever financial prize in football is also at stake, say financial analysts.Promotion to the Premier League for either club will see an uplift in revenue of at least £170m, according to Deloittes Sports Business Group, and at least £290m if they survive their first season. The experts also predict an increase in revenue for 2016/17 could propel Middlesbrough or Brighton into the worlds top 30 revenue-generating clubs. The winner of the match between Middlesbrough or Brighton could earn in the region of £170m by being promoted to the Premier League It doesnt get much closer than two glory-chasing sides level on points going into the final afternoon but who will prevail in front of the Sky Sports cameras? From the form book to the expert view, heres all you need to know...Whats the deal? Championship top three Team P GD Pts 1. Burnley 45 34 90 2. Middlesbrough 45 32 88 3. Brighton 45 30 88 Its pretty simple. Three points would secure promotion to the top flight alongside Burnley and the winner could still seal the title.If the Clarets lose to already-relegated Charlton at The Valley, a winner at the Riverside would see that side promoted as champions with 91 points to Burnleys 90. If Sean Dyches men win in south London, though, they will take home the silverware. Boros hopes were dealt a blow at Birmingham last weekend A draw would be enough for Middlesbrough as they have a superior goal difference.Bu it isnt all doom and gloom for the losing side. They would face sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs - with home advantage in the second leg - and could still earn promotion to the Premier League.Whos in form?Both sides are in decent form, but missed out on the chance to take maximum points last weekend. Middlesbrough drew with Birmingham on Friday, while James Wilsons late strike earned Brighton a point against play-off contenders Derby on Monday. Highlights from Brightons 1-1 draw with Derby in the Sky Bet Championship But they are both still on unbeaten runs. Boro have not lost in nine but have drawn the last three - including a 1-1 result against Burnley. The Seagulls made history at the start of the season when they went on a run of 21 games without loss - but were stopped in their tracks with a 3-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough just before Christmas. Since a 4-1 loss to Cardiff at the end of February, Brighton are now unbeaten in their last 13 Championship encounters, winning five of the last six. Aitor Karanka believes his side are even better than last season Any injuries to worry about?Karanka is unsure over the fitness of defender George Friend, who suffered a hamstring injury at Turf Moor last month.Karanka confirmed the clubs medical staff will assess Friend on Saturday morning, but does not anticipate doubts over other players.Ritchie de Laet stands by to step into the defence for Boro should Friend fail to make the cut. Middlesbroughs George Friend could be missing on Saturday Brighton will be missing defender Lewis Dunk, who starts a two-match ban following his red card against Derby on Monday.That means a first appearance since January for club captain Gordon Greer alongside Connor Goldson at centre-half.Any omens from the stats?Boro have won three of their last four league encounters with the Seagulls (D1).Brighton have not conceded a goal in any of their last three trips to the Riverside, winning two (D1). Brighton manager Chris Hughton has urged his squad to use the underdog tag to their advantage Boro have kept more clean sheets in league competition than any other team in the top four tiers this season (22). Weston McKennie Jersey. Tomer Hemeds 17 goals have won Brighton 16 points this season; only Andre Grays goals (22 points won) have been more valuable.Brighton have scored the first goal in more matches than any other team this season (28); with Chris Hughtons men avoiding defeat in all of those games (W21 D7).Are the managers confident? Seagulls boss Chris Hughton is backing his side to do the business and was in bullish mood following Mondays draw with the Rams.We will be going there with a winning mentality and we need to show enough quality, he said. Theres no doubt Middlesbrough will be the favourites and theyll be pleased with our result, but weve given ourselves every chance. Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell is confident Brighton can beat Middlesbrough We have been good away from home for the majority of the season and we havent lost today. It is a big task but not one that is impossible.Boro boss Aitor Karanka is hoping home advantage pays dividends and believes his side are better than the one that suffered an agonising play-off final defeat last season. We have this game at home in front of our support and I am really positive, he told the Gazette.We have it in our hands. We have the final at our own stadium and we are better than we were last season. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Birmingham and Middlesbrough It will be a really tough game, a really difficult 95 minutes. But we ready. I am ready, the club is ready, the fans are ready, and especially the players are ready.It will be tough but I think if I had to choose Brightons situation or ours I would choose ours, definitely.Whats the expert verdict? Sky Sports Football League expert Ian Holloway will be at the Riverside and describes the showdown as a double final.I cant believe Im fortunate enough to go. I can honestly tell you I dont know which way its going to go, he said. I dont know whos going to handle the pressure of it that well. I urge the Middlesbrough supporters to get right behind your team. I know they want it really badly and its been a long time since they dropped out of it [the Premier League]. Ian Holloway admits he has no idea whether it will be Middlesbrough or Brighton who will grab the final automatic promotion spot Chris Hughton and his Brighton team know theyve got to win. Sometimes worrying about a draw - it stops you going for broke so sometimes its better to know what youve got to do.The game will be won or lost in the nerves and who can play the occasion. Who can go through the process rather than be caught up in the emotion of the game. Its like a tug of war and its a one off - like a double final for the neutrals this year.Middlesbrough have got the chance to put the play-off final from last season behind them. Will that carry into this year? I hope not, but truthfully I cant wait to see and the atmosphere will be something else and I just know someones going to be disappointed. Craig Hignett believes Middlesbrough will beat Brighton If its Brighton, they will be more than delighted with their season anyway and I think theyll fancy their chances with the way their team is playing. If its Middlesbrough who miss out, Im sure that it would be harder for them because of last season. I feel for whoever doesnt do it, but theyve all had great seasons and I cant wait to see how it unfolds.Who do you think will be taking the final automatic promotion spot to the Premier League? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @SkySportsFL. Also See: Whats still to be decided? Loan Watch: Who has impressed? Crucial FL72 games live on Sky Championship nominees for April ' ' '
Out of the disaster that was last season for the Edmonton Eskimos, the team accomplished perhaps the most important task of a rebuilding squad. Ken Sears Jersey . A 4-14 record (last in the West Division) with a seventh ranked offence in terms of points scored and sixth-ranked defence wasnt pretty. Nor was the contract extension given to Kavis Reed early in the year. But few expected the Eskimos to truly compete in the tough West Division and figured 2013, the first of the Ed Hervey era, would be a rebuilding year. The main goal Eskimos fans hoped would be accomplished was, the team found what looks to be their quarterback of the future in Mike Reilly. Edmonton procured Reilly after a three-year apprenticeship in BC under one of the best QBs in the game Travis Lulay. In his first year as a full-time starter Reilly impressed with 4,207 passing yards and 24 touchdowns to 18 interceptions while missing some game action due to a late-season concussion. Buoyed somewhat by injuries around the league, Reilly was second in the league in passing and when you add his impressive 709 yards on the ground, was only 300 yards behind league-leader Henry Burris for most combined yards. The 29-year-old also proved to have the heart of a champion, a quality surely revered by the City of Champions. Reillys gutsy play made him a quick fan favourite but there is a disadvantage to his full speed, caution to the wind playing style as well. Buck Pierce was loved and respected two provinces over for his gutsy efforts the past several years. He also spent a sizable amount of time on the injured list before the Winnipeg Blue Bombers decided it best to move on from the courageous quarterback. Reilly would do well to find a nice balance between winning at all costs and career longevity, something the Eskimos are likely preaching to him as well. With the QB position solidified, the Eskimos attacked another major deficiency in landing a promising head coach in the off-season. Chris Jones learned the CFL craft with the Montreal Alouettes, picking up a Grey Cup ring in the process, before expanding his role with the Calgary Stampeders and earning another championship. He was a hot commodity when he jumped ship to the Toronto Argonauts, helping the team win the historic 100th Grey Cup, the third of his career. Jones is a proven winner and a coach that will demand results; he brings a much different style to the table than that of his predecessor, Reeds. Albeit big ones, Jones and Reilly are just two pieces of the puzzle. And the Eskimos need to get better filling the many holes they still have on the roster. The objective now may be to speed up the process. Eskimo fans will have to learn a lot more patience if the team is only checking off one item per year on the “to-do” list. That said, the Lions, Calgary Stampeders, and Saskatchewan Roughriders all figure to field contenders once again in 2014. Edmonton should be afforded at least one more year of rebuilding. With Reilly in tow at quarterback and Jones looking promising at head coach, the Eskimos can focus on building a more complete roster top to bottom. Notes Expansion Draft The Eskimos lost a trio of promising young players in the expansion draft to Ottawa. International receiver Carlton Mitchell was plucked in the first round but his loss wont be felt as much nationals Alexander Krausnick, a centre, and Justin Capiciotti, a defensive lineman. Free Agency Edmonton remains in rebuilding mode and added a couple nice pieces to their roster during free agency. The biggest chip was cornerback Patrick Watkins, who followed his defensive coordinator Chris Jones out west. Edmonton also nabbed some offensive linemen in Justin Sorensen and Andrew Jones, and national receiver Akeem Foster. CFL Draft The Eskimos had the fewest picks in the draft with just five and were one of three teams to not take a single offensive lineman. Instead, they targeted the skill positions in grabbing WR Devon Bailey from St. Francis Xavier in the first round and RB Aaron Milton from Toronto in the second round. The teams final three picks included DB Raye Hartmann from St. Francis Xavier in the fourth round, K/P Zackary Medeiros from Montreal in the sixth round, and DL Michael Dadzie from Regina in the seventh round. Mitchell Robinson Jersey . Louis, MO (SportsNetwork. Langston Galloway Jersey . Roma has a game in hand but now second place is even at risk for the capital side as Napoli moved to within three points with the win. "The result is not always fair," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. "If we play like this until the end we will win many matches.Mouse Morris was still pinching himself on Sunday morning following Rule The Worlds tremendous victory in the Crabbies Grand National at Aintree. Named to be a superstar, the nine-year-old has suffered repeated injury problems in recent years, twice fracturing his pelvis, but has been brilliantly nursed back to full health by his popular trainer.The Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding arrived on Merseyside a maiden over fences after 13 starts, but broke his duck in the grandest manner in the hands of teenage riding sensation David Mullins Morris said on Sunday morning: It hasnt sunk in properly yet.The horse is in great form. You wouldnt believe it but you could run him again today. Its unbelievable.It has been a testing 12 months for the County Tipperary handler following the tragic death of his son, Christopher, last summer.Morris was reduced to tears and lost for words in the immediate aftermath of Saturdays momentous triumph and admits he could not believe what he was seeing.Watching the race I thought we were going to be third and I was going to be very happy with that. It would have been a fantastic run, he said.From where I was watching it, I didnt really believe it until he passed the winning post.Hes a horse I always thought an awful lot of until he had his injuries. Hes a typical National horse - hes a big horse that jumps well and has a bit of class.The funny thing is hes actually a good ground horse. Because of his injuries, his rear end isnt as strong as it should be muscle-wiise and I think the better the ground the better he is. Carmelo Anthony Jersey . As for future plans, Morris said: Id say its very unlikely hell run again this year, anyway. Well let the smoke clear and dust settle and well see where we are after that. The horse wont be abused, that is for sure.However, speaking to Sky Sports News, Ryanair boss OLeary seemed keener upon making sure that Rule The World would now retire on a high.Well, look, well see how he comes out of the race in the next couple of days, he said.Punchestown would obviously be the next [possible] outing, but well let Mouse decide in the next couple of weeks whether he runs in Punchestown or not.As I said yesterday, my only concern is the horse is now nine, he has suffered two pelvic fractures over the last three or four years and he has suffered a lot of injuries - I would be conscious now having had a Grand National winner not to do anything that would endanger him or threaten him or run the risk of pelvic injury.Well sit down and think about it over the summer. If I had my way Id like to retire him, but I think in this case well let Mouse decide what he wants to do and I know Mouse will make the right decision by the horse.If he wants to train him on next year, then well train on. If not, well retire him and mind him and look after him for the rest of his life in Gigginstown. Also See: Live results service Full racecards Get Sky Sports ' ' '