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February 21, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Canada will have the opportunity to defend the gold medal it won four years ago at Vancouver, a chance it earned Friday with a thoroughly sound defensive effort that stifled a fast and prolific U.S. team in the Sochi Olympic hockey semifinals. A second-period goal by Jamie Benn, who wasn't invited to Canada's Olympic orientation camp last summer but played his way onto the team, held up as the difference in a 1-0 victory by Canada at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Benn redirected a pass from defenseman Jay Bouwmeester past a helpless Jonathan Quick and Benn's teammates protected the lead with discipline and energy.
February 21, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - The team that bulldozed its way through the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament while averaging five goals a game exited the semifinals meekly, unable to score once. Team USA's speed was neutralized and its in-your-face attitude pushed right back in its own face by Canada, which had been pushed to the brink by Latvia - Latvia? - in the quarterfinals and has been subjected to daily roastings from armchair critics back home. In a dramatic turnaround, Canada raised its game to an art Friday.
February 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Marielle Thompson heard a voice, someone calling "inside," up high on the course in the women's ski-cross final at the Winter Olympics. It was her Canadian teammate, Kelsey Serwa. Thompson gave Serwa a little space on the first turn. The four-woman final on Friday featured the two Canadians, Anna Holmlund of Sweden and France's Ophelie David. "We definitely try to help each other," said the 21-year-old Thompson, who is three years younger than Serwa. "I'm not going to cut her off. That's just how we went the whole way down.
February 21, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Aw, Canada. It's hard to work up any sort of serious dislike for those quaint neighbors living in America's attic, but this hockey thing is getting ridiculous. Twice during a 24-hour period at the appropriately named Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Canadian Olympic team has danced all over the United States, first the women, then the men, causing one nation to joyously scream and the other one to, well, absently shrug. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi We just don't care about pucks as much, do we?
February 20, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - When these are the rivalries - Canada facing the U.S. in one semifinal of the Olympic hockey tournament after Sweden plays Finland in the other - Xs and O's and detailed analysis have less to do with the outcome than pure, unfettered emotion. Asked whether the U.S. will try to take the middle of the ice away from Canada, which has won all four of its games despite modest production from its forwards, center David Backes laughed and insisted the question was too technical.
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ramsey Lambert has been hired as the new football coach at La Canada. He most recently coached at Oak Hills. He also has coached at Silverado in Victorville.  
February 19, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - This is what Team USA wanted: another crack at Canada, a chance to avenge an overtime loss in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic final, and a chance to make this journey and story uniquely its own. The U.S. men continued their strong offensive showing with a 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic in the Sochi quarterfinals, setting up a semifinal meeting Friday with Canada. By contrast, Canada needed a third-period goal by Shea Weber to defeat Latvia, 2-1, in its quarterfinal.
February 19, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - Just about every speedskater at the Olympics has been asked about the United States' stunning inability to win a medal. Questions typically touch upon the controversial race suits the skaters swapped mid-competition. But U.S. speedskater Maria Lamb didn't race until the women's 5,000 on Wednesday, the last individual competition. She finished 16th. "I know we're all capable of so much more than these Games have shown," the three-time Olympian said. "To have to watch [my teammates]
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