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2014 Wjc Preview: Usa Looking To Repeat With A Mostly Different Roster

Game Preview: USA VS. BRAZIL

professional sports. After reaching the Western Conference semifinals in four consecutive seasons, Chivas USA has averaged less than eight wins a season over the last four years, finishing last in the conference three times. Fittingly the team has also had the league's worst attendance the last two seasons, drawing just 8,366 a game last year, a whopping 36% drop from the season before. This should be of concern to the league and Commissioner Don Garber, who is negotiating a new national TV deal to replace one that will expire after next season. At a time when Garber can point to expansion, a leaguewide attendance average that tops figures for both the NBA and NHL and the highest level of play in MLS history, the league's continued growth remains stunted by a poorly run team in its second-largest market. Garber's recent expansion roadshow, which has MLS exploring the possibility of placing teams in Miami; Atlanta; St. Louis; Austin, Texas; and Minneapolis, proved interest in the league is at an all-time high. Selling Chivas USA and relocating the team in one of these deserving markets would both save the franchise and bolster the league.
More: http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-s-sn-dysfunction-continues-at-chivas-usa-20131224,0,3238633.story

USA TODAY Sports' Week 16 NFL predictions

USA TODAY Sports' Week 16 NFL predictions Staff report, USA TODAY Sports 3:01 p.m. EST December 19, 2013 Might the potential return of Bears WLB Lance Briggs (55) fix the Bears run defense (or at least slow down Eagles RB LeSean McCoy)? (Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images) SHARE 17 CONNECT 32 TWEET 3 COMMENTEMAILMORE news The NFL schedule has reached Week 16, so it goes without saying that playoff implications abound. Perhaps no game will have higher stakes than the Chicago Bears' visit to the Philadelphia Eagles, a contest NBC liked so much that it flexed it into the Sunday Night Football slot at the expense of Patriots-Ravens. Depending on how things play out Sunday afternoon, both the Bears and Eagles could be in position to clinch their respective divisions by the time their 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff rolls around.
More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/12/19/staff-picks-week-16-predictions/4129531/

World junior championship: Team USA might lack star power, but new crew may earn its stripes

The 59, 175-pound Grzelcyk was the final player cut from last years WJC squad but has made the team this year. The Charlestown, MA native has gotten off to a bit of a slow start for Boston University this season, having posted just eight points (two goals, six assists) in 17 games to date. Grzelcyks smart play has been further enhanced by his improved defensive zone play, and it hasnt come at the expense of his creative offensive side. The 510, 200-pound Butcher is part of Denvers outstanding defensive corps that has generated a good chunk of the teams scoring so far this season. The Sun Prairie, WI native has posted four points (three goals, one assists) in 17 games for the Pioneers. All three of his goals have come on the power-play. Butcher possesses outstanding offensive instincts and is very poised with the puck.
More: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/101591/2014-wjc-preview-usa-looking-to-repeat-with-a-mostly-different-roster/

USA edge Europe in Duel in the Pool thriller

How will they handle Howard, Amare, and Lebron? They wont. USA will attack, attack, attack and get Barbosa and Splitter in foul trouble. What can Brazil do to win? Hire a Voo-Doo priestess and put a curse on Kobe. Which my sources have informed me they have already done. Wont work.
More: http://lakernation.com/game-preview-usa-vs-brazil/

Dysfunction continues at Chivas USA

Nationally, the Federal Trade Commission oversees guidelines that are less restrictive than California's, saying that a product claiming to be made in the USA "must be all or virtually all" made in America, said Julia Solomon Ensor, an attorney in the enforcement division of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection. "On the one hand, of course we think it's important for companies to promote the good work they're doing in the USA," she told this newspaper. "On the other hand, our primary goal is to prevent consumer deception." The national standard of "all or virtually all" leaves plenty of wiggle room for interpretation. The FTC will suggest ways for companies to comply, but the decision on what meets the FTC guidelines is left to the nation's civil courts, just as California civil courts determine whether a product meets the state standard. In California, it's against state law to include a "Made in America" or "Made in the USA" label when any part of the product "has been entirely or substantially made outside of the United States." That means every single part essentially has to be made and assembled in the United States to carry a "Made in the USA" label in California.
More: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24790568/california-lawmakers-consider-changing-standard-made-usa

USA: What Time Will Santa Be at My House, Where are You Santa?

Forward Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers, OHL): The first-round pick of his hometown Chicago Blackhawks will need to be "He brings grit, he brings skill, he literally does it all," Gillies said. "I look forward to seeing him in a bigger role, although he was phenomenal in a shutdown role last season with Cole (Gaudreau) and Piets (Blake Pietila)." Forward Vince Hinostroza (Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Hockey East): The ND freshman was a late add for the evaluation camp, but has the ability to use his speed to beat defenders to the outside and create opportunities. Hinostroza, like Hartman, is an Illinois native who belongs to the Blackhawks, after being taken No. 169 overall in 2012. Forward Nic Kerdiles (Wisconsin Badgers, Big Ten): The Anaheim Ducks second-rounder is a power forward with a big shot and finishing touch around the net. Kerdiles had a four-game multi-point streak going when he left Wisconsin to join Team USA's evaluation camp. Forward Stefan Matteau (Albany Devils, AHL): Was cut from the '13 squad but provides some beef along the boards.
More: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/world-junior-championship-team-usa-might-not-star-155131794.html

California lawmakers consider changing standard for 'Made in the USA'

Fighter jets serve multiple purposes. First they insure to protect Santa. Second, they help Santa arrive on time. And finally, Santa reportedly simply enjoys seeing our jets besides his sleigh. NORAD tells news Over the past 50 years, our fighter jets (F-16s, F-15s and CF-18s) have intercepted Santa many, many times. When the jets intercept Santa, they tip their wings to say, Hello Santa!
More: http://news.lalate.com/2013/12/24/usa-what-time-will-santa-be-at-my-house-where-are-you-santa/

View gallery US swimmer Kevin Cordes competes in the 200-metre breaststroke at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona on August 1, 2013 (AFP Photo/Javier Soriano) London (AFP) - The United States edged Europe by a single point as the Duel in the Pool came down to a thrilling tie-breaker in Glasgow on Saturday. After 30 events over two days at the Tollcross Swimming Centre, the venue for the swimming events at next year's Commonwealth Games, the two sides were locked on 131 points. It left the USA facing the prospect of defeat for the first time in the competition, which is billed as the Ryder Cup of swimming. Inspired by local favourite Michael Jamieson, who prevailed in the 200 metres breaststroke, the European side had built company website a 68-54 lead after Friday's first day. They carried their momentum into Saturday's early Kim Kardashian races, but the USA hit back with wins for Michael McBroom, Conor Dwyer, Olivia Smoliga, Eugene Godsoe, Jessica Hardy and Kevin Cordes. Cordes's victory left the two http://my.opera.com/newmanrsnz/blog/2013/12/13/kim-kardashian-s-first-post-preggers-bikini-photo-reveals-there-s-definitely teams on 97 points and they matched each other stride for stride as the tension inside the arena mounted. Europe's women set a new world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay, prompting a standing ovation, only for the USA to prevail in the men's race to tie the scores once again.
More: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/usa-edge-europe-duel-pool-thriller-183159267--spt.html

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