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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris Sale will return to the Chicago White Sox rotation Thursday. But closer Matt Lindstrom will likely not return before late August with surgery scheduled. Sale, an American League All-Star pitcher the past two seasons, will come off the disabled list Thursday and start against the New York Yankees. Lindstrom, who limped off the field in the ninth inning Monday with a left ankle injury, has a torn sheath protecting the outer tendon. He will undergo surgery Friday with the recovery time projected around three months. Lindstrom had the White Sox first six saves of the season before the injury. Manager Robin Ventura said right-hander Ronald Belisario, who logged a save Tuesday, would be his closer. Sale went on the disabled list April 22 with a flexor strain in his left arm. He allowed one run and one hit in seven innings against Boston on April 17 in his previous start, throwing a career-high 127 pitches and reported he was sore the next day. "Im excited," Sale said. "Its been a long time. Its something Ive been looking forward to. Its been longer than I expected. I think it was just our taking time and not rushing back before the rehab process (was over), to come back at 100 per cent." Sale made a 68-pitch rehab start, striking out 11 in four scoreless innings with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Kansas City before a game against the Royals with no problems. Sale, who has won 28 games the past two years, is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts this season. "Its big," Ventura said having Sale back. "A guy like him you get a pretty good feeling that youre going to win. Hes proven that. With everything hes gone through, it feels good." The White Sox went into their game Wednesday against the Royals at 23-24 despite losing Sale for more than a month and with major league home run leader Jose Abreu and Lindstrom on the disabled list with ankle injuries. 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Florida Panthers Gear .com) - The Grand Slam season will get underway Monday at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where a new champion will be crowned this year.KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Canadas Brianne Jenner is making a habit of scoring big goals against the United States.Nine months after kickstarting her countrys memorable comeback victory in the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics, Jenner had the only goal of the shootout Saturday as Canada defeated the U.S. 3-2 in the final of the Four Nations Cup womens hockey tournament.After an exciting 4-on-4 overtime that included power plays and plenty of chances for both teams, Jenner roofed a backhand in the second round of the shootout before Genevieve Lacasse sealed it with saves on Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight.Its always extremely intense, said Jenner. We take every game against them really seriously. Theyre our rivals and we dont want to drop a game to them. To see it go to shootout doesnt surprise me.The game marked the first final between the two squads since Canadas dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory at the Games in February, and came on the heels of another 3-2 win in round-robin play on Wednesday.I guess its becoming a typical Canada-U.S. game in womens hockey — just a real exciting game, said Canadian head coach Doug Derraugh. A real tough, hard-fought game. Back and forth, both teams had great chances. What more can you ask for?The players were phenomenal. It was a real energetic, passionate group.Jennifer Wakefield scored twice in regulation for Canada, while Lacasse stopped 33 shots through 80 minutes of action.Knight and Decker replied for the U.S., which got 26 saves from Molly Schaus.What a hell of a game. What an awesome thing for womens hockey, said U.S. head coach Ken Klee. It was a fantastic hockey game. Both teams played well, both teams had chances, both teams moved. It was just an awesome hockey game.Theres some disappointment. Losings no fun and were not satisfied with it but we played our hearts out. At the end if you play your hearts out you have nothing to hang your head about.Canada has now won the Four Nations Cup a total of 14 times — including last years event in Lake Placid, N.Y. — while the U.S. owns the other five titles.Im really proud of the group and what we accomplished here. This was our goal, said Canadian captain Haley Irwin. We got better each game and I think theres a lot we can take from this.Its a bounce here, a bounce there and you just have to make sure youre leaving everything out there.The two giants of the womens game brought vastly different rosters to Kamloops than the ones that took to the ice in Russia for the Olympics as both programs look to develop younger players with an eye towards the 2015 womens world hockey championship and beyond. Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford, Caroline Ouellette and Gillian Apps were among the veterans that didnt take part in the tournament for the Canadians, while 11 Olympians stayed home for the American team.But the new faces didnt lessen the importance or intensity of the final at the sold out Interior Savings Centre.Tied 2-2 after two periods, the U.S. came close to taking the lead three minutes into the third when captain Alex Carpenter fired a shot off the post behind Lacasse that stayed out.Canada looked to have grabbbed a 3-2 edge of its own at 9:07 when Natalie Spooner buried a rebound, but the play had already been whistled dead on a delayed penalty.dddddddddddd.Canadas Bailey Bram then had other great chance with under two minutes to go off a scramble in front as her shot from the side of the net slid through Schaus and just wide of the opposite post.The hosts then had another opportunity when Irwin was hauled down by Megan Bozek with 25 seconds left in regulation, but they were unable to capitalize in the dying seconds of regulation or early in the extra period.Down 1-0 after the first, the Americans tied the game just 50 seconds into the second when Decker moved down the right side and fired a shot that snuck inside Lacasses post for her second goal of the tournament.Every time we play the Canadians its going to be a one-goal differential, said Decker. It didnt go in our favour tonight (but) were learning from it.Coach just said theres no such thing as moral victories, but its a learning experience.Knight then gave the U.S. its first lead at 9:48 on a breakaway with her third goal at tournament after jumping on a bad turnover by Jocelyne Larocque.Canada was awarded a penalty shot with just over four minutes left in the second when Jillian Saulnier was brought down on a short-handed breakaway, but she lost control of the puck at the critical moment of her showdown with Schaus and didnt even get an effort on target.Wakefield finally got the goal Canada desperately craved when she snapped home her second of the night and third overall after taking a pass from Spooner from the corner with 2:10 left in the period to send the teams to the locker-rooms tied 2-2 after 40 minutes.Canada opened the scoring at 15:46 of a physical and fast-paced first period on the power play when Tara Watchorn blasted a high one-timer from the point that Wakefield tipped past Schaus.The U.S. players and Klee protested that the goal should have been disallowed because Wakefields stick was above the crossbar — even pointing at the big screen above the ice surface — but the call on the ice stood. There is no video review at the tournament.We build it up to be such a rivalry. Its two great teams here, said a dejected Carpenter. We look forward to getting better every day, so every time we step out there against the best in the world its amazing.In the third-place game earlier Saturday, Sweden scored with less than four minutes to go in regulation against Finland before winning 2-1 in overtime.Jenni Asserholt scored exactly nine minutes into overtime for Sweden after Emma Nordin tied the game with 3:33 left in the third period. The goals were the first two of the tournament for the Swedes, who got 27 saves from Kim Martin Hasson. Michelle Karvinen scored in the second and Eveliina Suonpaa made 14 stops for Finland, which didnt allow a shot against in the first period.Notes: Jamie Lee Rattray, who missed Canadas game against Finland on Friday, was back in the lineup against the U.S. ... The womens world hockey championship is set for March 28 to April 4 in Malmo, Sweden. ... Saturdays attendance for the gold-medal game was 5,816. ' ' '

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