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    TORONTO -- One by one, the Canadian players strolled into the media room at Air Canada Centre on Thursday afternoon for an off-day availability at the World Cup of Hockey. Uomo Adidas NMD R2 PK W Grigie/Rosa .The teams semifinal opponent had yet to be decided so questions and answers were broad in nature. There was talk about the process, doing the little things right, and sticking to what has worked in three straight round-robin victories.The Canadians have been playing so well, it really seems as if it is up to the opposition -- it ended up being Russia in the semifinals -- to figure out a way to beat them rather than the opposite.That went unsaid Thursday, but the numbers speak for themselves.Canada (3-0-0) is the only team with a perfect record. It has allowed just three goals overall, controlled the play for extended stretches and is averaging almost five goals and over 43 shots a game.The Russians were in control of their own destiny entering play against Finland on Thursday. A 3-0 victory assured them of second place in Group B and eliminated North America, the speedy squad of players age 23-and-under from Canada and the United States.There are several reasons why the reigning Olympic and World Cup champions are favored to win again. Canadas goaltending has been strong, the team rolls four strong lines and the defense is tight.The Russians, meanwhile, have a solid netminder in Sergei Bobrovsky and are anchored up front by forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. There will be no shortage of motivation on Saturday night for a team eager to eliminate Canada on home ice.The opportunity is huge, Ovechkin said. They have a pretty good team with solid players. We just have to match it.The Canada-Russia semifinal offers a renewal of a classic hockey rivalry, though fans will likely be disappointed they wont get to see the Canadians take on the highly skilled young guns on North America.It made no difference to Team Canada.Were more focused on playing our game, our system, Canadian forward Brad Marchand said. You might have to tweak a couple things here and there but for the most part, were more concerned about how we play. Our style, how our effort is. Just working hard and normally when you do that, good things can happen.Head coach Mike Babcock said his lineup will be announced after practice Friday. Ryan Getzlaf, Shea Weber and Carey Price are good bets to return after getting a rest Wednesday night in a 4-1 win over Team Europe.Canadas offensive depth has been on display throughout the tournament.The top line of captain Sidney Crosby, Marchand and Patrice Bergeron shone in a 6-0 rout of the Czech Republic last Saturday. The fourth line of Joe Thornton, Matt Duchene and Ryan OReilly was strong in a 4-2 win over the United States a few days later.Assistant captain Jonathan Toews took a turn in the spotlight with a three-point night against Team Europe. The offense has been in top form even though star forwards Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Getzlaf are still looking for their first goals of the tournament.Russia finished round-robin play with a 2-1 record, scoring eight goals while giving up five against.Its going to be a great, great challenge and we accept it, Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov said.Team Europe will play Sweden in the other semifinal Sunday. The best-of-three final series begins Tuesday night. Uomo NMD R1 Adidas Nere Cargo Olive . The Clippers were angry about blowing a big lead; the Kings didnt like being in that kind of hole and nearly digging themselves out only to lose. Scontate Adidas Stan Smith Bianche/Marroni . Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. .Y. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team thats having trouble scoring goals.The Australian Open saw Novak Djokovic hold off an eventually spirited challenge from Andy Murray to claim his 11th career major, but what did we learn from 2016’s first Grand Slam? Djokovic downs Murray Report as world number one claims Grand Slam number 11 Will the big four still be in place by the 2017 Australian Open? We asked Sky Sports expert Barry Cowan to assess the major talking points from the Melbourne Slam.Heres what Cowan expects to see in the season ahead… Will Djokovic complete a clean sweep of Grand Slams?Hes the best clay court player, the best grass court player, and the best hard court player. Hes head-and-shoulders above everyone. But we dont know what the rest of 2016 holds. Does he get an injury? Does he suffer a surprising loss that affects his confidence? The Wizard of Oz A look at Djokovics six Melbourne victories Hes entering his peak and has areas of his game that can get better. But mentally he is at the top of his sport. There are very few people that have an aura and can smell fear, come out of the traps and impose themselves. His self-belief has rocketed.As is the case with any great sportsmen or women, they dont let leads go. Andy Murray played well in the second and third sets of the Australian Open final but the damage had been done because he was chasing.Is time running out for Federer to win a 18th Grand Slam?Hes playing great tennis - its as good now as its ever been. But his belief that he can beat Djokovic is getting lower and lower with every passing match between them. I was disappointed in how Federer approached the semi-final against Djokovic - he was reactive and cant keep a high level of performance sustained for a long period. Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after losing his semi-final against Novak Djokovic The competition above Federer has increased because Novak is playing tennis like weve never seen before and it makes the top guys uncomfortable. Its different to how Roger and Pete Sampras played.Roger hasnt shown me anything in the last year in the really big matches that he can play free-flowing tennis under pressure against Novak. Until he does that, Novak will start every match between them as the favourite.Can Raonic repeat his impressive run to the semi-final?Hes someone I always felt would win a Slam. I doubted myself three monthss ago but you have to look at the bigger picture. Uomo NMD Human Race Pharrell x adidas Bianche/Colorful. Milos Raonic is an improving force in the mens game He has an incredible serve and a great forehand. At 6 5 he can impose his game on the best players. Above all, he has an attitude where he wants to be the best. The turning point was a few years ago against Murray when he was taken to the cleaners, he realised that the way he was trying to play wasnt productive against the big four.He plays a different style of tennis from the top guys - hes coming to the net more, hes aggressive although his backhand is improving, it is still a weakness against the best. Hell be back in the worlds top eight and theres no reason why he cant consistently be in the latter stages of Grand Slams. Petchey: Murray closer Andy Murray is within touching distance of Novak Djokovic How can Murray keep pace with Djokovic?Andys in a great place, he did tremendously well to reach the final after the emotions of the past two weeks. To beat him, you have to play your very best for three out of five sets.But Murray must find other ways in his game to make life uncomfortable against Novak. He cant beat Novak at his own game. Can he do that? Absolutely, hes done it before to win the US Open and Wimbledon finals. He leaves no stone unturned in his power to become the best player he can possibly be.And finally… Jamie Murray is a Grand Slam winner.Third-time lucky for Jamie, brilliant. Hes riding high, hes now No 2 in the world in doubles. There was a risk when he changed partners. I wondered if it was worth that risk but it absolutely has been. They combine styles and it helps that theyve been friendly off the court for a number of years.Theres a gap at the top of the doubles game. No team have been able to dominate the past couple of years, the Bryan brothers are on the slide - theyre not as good as they were. Jamie has his first mens Slam under his belt and it should be an unbelievable year for him and Soares. 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      April 23, 2018 1:55 AM MDT