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Murphys head. Chris Heisey, in the lineup for Billy Hamilt

TORONTO — Pavol Skalicky was named Slovakias player of the game Sunday night after a 5-1 semifinal loss to Canada at the world junior championship. Jason Kidd Mavericks Jersey.It was a head-scratching choice given the all-world effort from his netminder.Denis Godla made several acrobatic saves and consistently flustered the host side with his excellent play. The powerhouse Canadians eventually proved to be too much but the 19-year-old netminder almost single handedly prevented a blowout.The Air Canada Centre crowd was so impressed with his performance, fans chanted goal-ie, goal-ie, goal-ie during the post-game ceremony and let out a roar when Godla raised his glove to acknowledge the gesture.It was overwhelming and I will remember that for the rest of my life, Godla said through an interpreter.Godla made 39 saves and was the main reason Canada led by just one goal late in the second period. He had little chance on the two goals that Canada scored late in the frame and Slovakia started to wilt in the third due to the relentless pace.(Their) goalie was unbelievable, said Canadian forward Anthony Duclair. We run into a hot goalie tomorrow against Russia as well. Youve got to be ready for that and we cant get frustrated.The Canada-Russia championship game will be played Monday evening. Slovakia and Sweden will face off in the afternoon for the bronze. Slovakia had a few decent chances and took 15 shots on net but couldnt maintain any sustained pressure in the Canadian end. The visitors seemed content to play a low-scoring game, ride their hot goalie and hope for the best.It looked like a good plan for the bulk of the first two periods.We dont have a strong offence like we would like to have, Slovakia head coach Ernest Bokros said through an interpreter. Thats why we have to play our game on defence with the wonderful and beautiful goalie — Godla.David Soltes scored the lone goal for Slovakia, which opened the tournament by falling 8-0 to Canada in Montreal. Strides had been made since then but the Slovaks were flummoxed by the depth and speed of their opponents in the semifinal.We didnt help each other, said Slovak forward Martin Reway. One guy carried the puck and the other four guys just looked at him and waited for passes. Its not going to work against a team like Canada or Sweden.Slovakias high point came in a 2-1 win over Finland in the preliminary round. That was followed by a 3-0 loss to the United States and a 5-2 victory over Germany.Sweden, meanwhile, enters the bronze medal game after dropping a 4-1 decision to Russia.We have to win that game, Reway said. We had a great story this tournament and we now have to finish this tournament in a good way. Itll be a tough game but I think we are going to win that game.———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. Kostas Antetokounmpo Jersey . Some teams got significantly better, some teams divested themselves of talent and some teams had quiet afternoons, keeping the status quo. Jalen Brunson Mavericks Jersey.NYCFC confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that this week Lampard signed a contract to start in July — midway through the new teams first season in MLS.NEW YORK -- Alfredo Simon making his first start in more than two years. Manny Parra stepping into the closers spot. Turns out, all the Cincinnati Reds needed for a win in New York was a little role reversal. Simon pitched seven impressive innings and began the go-ahead rally with his second career hit and Parra got the final six outs for his first career save, helping the Reds beat the Mets 2-1 Sunday to salvage a win in the three-game series. "At the end of the game I didnt even really know what to do," Parra said. "It was awesome." Joey Votto had a sacrifice fly and Ryan Ludwick a tiebreaking single off Jonathon Niese (0-1), who was making his first start of the season after a being slowed by shoulder and elbow injuries this spring. Simon (1-0) made 99 relief appearances for the Reds since his previous start, on Sept. 28, 2011, for Baltimore, but manager Bryan Price tapped the right-hander because Mat Latos is rehabbing from knee and elbow operations. Price said Simon is one of the most durable guys on the staff and had no problem letting him go deep into the game. He lifted Simon for the left-handed Parra to start the eighth after allowing just four hits and throwing 79 pitches. "I was thinking I was a starter before and this is a good opportunity for me, and I tried to show the best I can," Simon said after his 20th career start. "Everything worked." Parra made 74 starts for the Brewers before switching to relief work in 2010. He retired all six batters he faced, pitching the ninth instead of J.J. Hoover, who gave up Ike Davis walkoff grand slam Saturday. Parra struck out Davis to end the Reds second win of the season then stood atop the mound for a moment before pounding his glove and walking toward catcher Brayan Pena. "Cant ask for any more for Simon and Manny Parra," Price said. Niese was nearly as effective in his debut, allowing six hits and two runs in 5 2-3 innings in front of dozens of dogs at Citi Field on Bark in the Park day. "I feel good, felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty well, obviously didnt have any pain," Niese said. The Mets, though, wasted an opportunity to compllete a sweep ahead of a nine-game road trip that begins in Atlanta on Tuesday. Jose Juan Barea Mavericks Jersey. The Mets finished their first homestand of the season 2-4. Simon took the mound in a game for the first time since March 24 but there was little rust. After an easy first for Simon, Davis slashed a sharp one-out grounder the opposite way down the third base line, a spot vacated by the pull shift, for a double. Davis scored on Juan Lagares single for a 1-0 lead. An inning later, Simon walked Niese and Eric Young Jr. doubled to left-centre with one out. But Daniel Murphy and David Wright struck out, starting a run of 10 in a row that ended when Simon hit Wright with a pitch. Simon started the Reds go-ahead rally in the sixth by lacing a line drive over Murphys head. Chris Heisey, in the lineup for Billy Hamilton, who has a jammed left middle finger, and Brandon Phillips each singled to load the bases. Votto followed with a sacrifice fly and Ludwick the tiebreaking hit, a single to left for a 2-1 lead. "The way he kept his sinker down and the fact he got a base hit, it was very exciting," Pena said of Simon. "He got us going." Jay Bruce grounded to first base, ending Nieses day on his 90th pitch. Gonzalez Germen relieved and pitched around Todd Frazier to face Zack Cosart with the bases loaded. Cosart grounded out to extend his hitless start to 0 for 18. Cosart then flew out to right field in the ninth. NOTES: Simon singled last season against Pittsburgh. ... Phillips has a hit in all 29 games hes played against the Mets in New York. ... Reds CF Billy Hamilton did not start for second straight day because of a jammed left middle finger. He thinks hell be able to play Monday at St. Louis. ... Mets INF Wilmer Flores was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Niese. ... Mets manager Terry Collins said hes sticking to the plan to have Lucas Duda serve as starting first baseman. ... Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton pitched the second of back-to-back outings for Double-A Pensacola. He gave up a hit in a scoreless inning Saturday night. ... Price said C Devin Mesoraco (strained oblique) is set to meet the team in St. Louis. ' ' '
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