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VAL GARDENA, Italy -- Canadas Erik Guay gained a measure of revenge by winning the prestigious Val Gardena downhill Saturday, a year after missing out on the victory because of changing weather. Anders Lee Jersey . Guay, from Mt. Tremblant, Que., clocked one minute 56.65 seconds down a Saslong course lined with huge jumps and filled with tricky terrain, making up time over the last few gates to edge Kjetil Jansrud of Norway by 0.12 seconds. "It is sweet," Guay said. "I skied really well and took the chances necessary." It was the fourth career World Cup victory for Guay, who also won gold in downhill at the 2011 world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Johan Clarey of France finished third, 0.24 back, and overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal was fourth, 0.29 behind. Bode Miller placed fifth, 0.39 behind, for his best finish in a speed event this season. Miller took last season off to recover from left knee surgery and he is improving race by race as he prepares for the Sochi Olympics in February. Miller would have made the podium if he was just a bit faster on the flats and said getting his equipment dialed in after so much time off was a big factor. "Theres so many details, you never know what it is thats really causing the problem," the 36-year-old two-time overall World Cup winner said. "The fact is we just dont have the whole thing together right now. Were close, and were getting there." Miller made up more than half a second on the technical lower section. "On the top I didnt feel like I was going fast," Miller said. "I took a little bit of risk in some parts and pulled off some decent turns and I skied pretty well but its one of those courses where theres not enough to it to bring it back in with my technical ability." Guay thought he had won this race last year until a drastic weather change helped later starters on a shortened course, with Steven Nyman of the United States taking the win and Rok Perko of Slovenia claiming second, relegating Guay to third. "I had a great run last year," Guay said. "In my mind I skied the best that I could have with my start number and not to take anything away from Nyman and Perko but the conditions do change and thats the reality of our sport. "I know that ski racing is like that," Guay added. "Ive been on the good side of the hundredths and Ive benefited from good weather sometimes. So you take it when you can and you forget it when youre on the other side." While it wasnt quite as drastic as last year, when winds played a role, changing light once again made a big impact. Guay, Svindal and Miller had to deal with less light on the gliding section on top but then all three racers excelled on the more technical section of the course. The highlights of the Saslong are the camel bumps, which launch skiers into the air for nearly 80 metres (90 yards), and the twisty and technical ciaslat section -- two areas that come one right after another midway down. There are also numerous little bumps and jumps, making for constant air time. "A lot of times Val Gardena goes under radar with Wengen and Kitzbuehel getting so much attention but I think its one of most fun courses on the World Cup," Guay said. Guays performance was all the more impressive considering that he had left-knee surgery in the off-season and missed most of preseason training. Jansrud also had left-knee surgery after a crash in the super-G at last seasons world championships in Schladming, Austria. Jansrud took silver in giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Saturdays result matched his best downhill finish from March, 2012, on home snow in Kvitfjell. Clarey also finished third in this race four years ago for his only other career podium. He stood first when the 2011 race was abandoned beause of strong winds after 21 racers had completed their runs. "Its unbelievable for me," Clarey said. "I almost quit skiing five months ago after my back injury." In the overall standings, Svindal moved 175 points ahead of Marcel Hirscher, who does not race downhill. Svindal also leads the downhill standings, 53 points ahead of Guay. Nyman was an early starter and made a big mistake midway down and had to make an acrobatic recovery to avoid injury. But his race ended there. Brice Roger and David Poisson of France also fell. Poisson slammed into the safety netting at full speed but eventually got up and skied down. The circuit moves over the Gardena pass for a giant slalom Sunday in Alta Badia, where Ted Ligety will attempt to duplicate his dominant win from last season. Anthony Beauvillier Jersey . Anderson is scheduled to have neck surgery April 8 to repair the injury, which occurred when he collided with the Celtics Gerald Wallace during a game in Boston on Jan. 3. The 6-foot-10 Pelicans forward, who had been averaging 19. Leo Komarov Jersey . Freddie Roach said if the Rios fight "does not go well, we will seriously talk about his retirement," but that Pacquiao was training as well as ever for the Nov.TORONTO - Connor McDavid made hockey look fun. Canada made it look easy.McDavid had a goal and two assists and captain Curtis Lazar scored twice as Canada blew out Denmark 8-0 Friday night at Air Canada Centre in the quarter-finals of the world junior championship. It was a show of force from the undefeated Canadians, who advance to play Slovakia in the semifinal Sunday.It was too much for us to face in Canada with their speed and physicality, Danish coach Olaf Eller said. We faced an amazing team, which, with their speed and extremely quick transition game, killed us.McDavid earned player of the game honours and deservedly so. The projected No. 1 pick dazzled in his first game at Air Canada Centre, recording one assist falling down, scoring a goal by deking the goalie out of the net and picking up another assist by turning a defenceman inside out.Lazar, his right-winger, said sometimes he gets wowed by McDavid and has to catch himself. Teammates on the bench get to enjoy more of the 17-year-olds play.Were all starstruck just like the fans, winger Anthony Duclair said. Hes a great player and hes got unbelievable skill.McDavid now has two goals and seven assists through five games at the world juniors.Hes been our best player the whole tournament, winger Max Domi said. Sometimes the puck goes in for him, sometimes it doesnt. Tonight it went in.It went in a lot for Canada. In addition to McDavid and Lazar, Canada got goals from Sam Reinhart, Lawson Crouse, Nick Paul, Brayden Point and Nick Ritchie.Depth of scoring was again evident, just as it was in the tournament-opening blowout of Slovakia.Its huge, said Lazar. To get contributions from guys: Ritchie, Crouse, Paul, etc., thats big for us especially were getting down to playing for keeps. ... We need to get all guys going and firing on all cylinders.Canada was firing on all cylinders Friday night from the first shift, when the top line of Domi, Reinhart and Duclair hemmed Denmark in its own end. That was a preview of things to come.By the time the night was over, Canada outshot Denmark 50-14. The result would have been even more lopsided had Danish goaltender Georg Sorensen not made a handful of memorable stops.But the pllays the 18,448 fans in attendance and those watching on television will remember mostly belong to McDavid. Casey Cizikas Islanders Jersey. .On Lazars goal to open the scoring, McDavid drove to the net and around it and kept his head up as he was falling to the ice. Mid-slide, McDavid found Lazar in front, and the 19-year-old Ottawa Senators forward beat Sorensen short side.Its good that he was there I guess, McDavid said.On his goal, McDavid picked off the puck in the neutral zone and turned on the speed before stopping at the edge of the crease. He deked enough to get Sorensen out of position and could slide it into the net for his second of the tournament.He took like two strides and he just took off and just beat everyone to the net, Domi said. I dont know how he did it. Their goalies a great goalie, but he was in the corner. I think any goalie wouldve been on the corner off that cutback.McDavid offered up one more highlight-reel play in the third period when he poked the puck past Denmarks Victor Eskerod. That started a tic-tac-toe passing play to Lazar and Point Canadas seventh goal of the night.Coach Benoit Groulx was proud of his team for not displaying any selfish play during the rout, which did have a major negative. Forward Robby Fabbri suffered a high-ankle sprain early in the first period and is out for the rest of the tournament.IIHF rules prevent Canada from replacing Fabbri on the roster, so 12 healthy forwards remain for Sundays semifinal against Slovakia. Russia plays Sweden in the other game.Canada beat Slovakia 8-0 on Boxing Day in Montreal. Players see the Slovaks as stronger now than they were then.Its not going to be as easy as that last time, for sure, Lazar said.Its unclear whether Groulx will go back to Zach Fucale in goal against Slovakia. Fucale was barely tested in a 14-save shutout.Notes — Several players from Canadas gold-medal-winning 1993 and 1994 world junior teams were honoured during the first intermission. Captain Martin Lapointe, Anson Carter and Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Jason Botterill were among those in attendance. ... Denmark is coached by Olaf Eller, father of Montreal Canadiens centre Lars Eller.___Follow @SWhyno on Twitter. ' ' '



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