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the 2006 semifinal
Jenni Asserholt deflected a shot into the net for a first-period goal and Sweden held on to beat Japan 1-0 on Sunday in their opening game of the Sochi Olympics womens hockey tournament. Valentina Wallner stopped 19 shots for the Swedes. Nana Fujimoto made 22 saves for Japan, which had not qualified for the Olympics in womens hockey since the sport was added to the Winter Games in Nagano in 1998. Sweden is the only team other than the United States or Canada to have reached an Olympic gold medal game, beating the Americans in the 2006 semifinal and earning a silver. But the Swedes have struggled lately, falling into the second-tier Group B that will have to compete for two spots in the quarterfinals. Air Force 1 Retro Outlet .com) - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were among the third-round winners Friday at the French Open. Air Force 1 Discount . He scored two highlight-reel goals in a three-minute span -- the second on a sideways bicycle kick in the 78th minute -- to give the Whitecaps a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers before a crowd of 20,303 at B. And like the near entirety of last season, Jonathan Bernier and Torontos goaltending tandem is up to the task. Air Force 1 Mid Outlet . The Sochi organizing committee said in Fridays statement that the torch relay reached the North Pole on Oct. 19. Russian Polar explorer Artur Chilingarov, who led the mission, lit a special bowl at the North Pole sign. Air Force 1 Store . Needing to bulk up on both sides of the line, the Falcons agreed to terms with guard Jon Asamoah, defensive end Tyson Jackson and defensive tackle Paul Soliai. Asamoah and Jackson played last season with Kansas City, where Asamoah lost his starting job.NEW YORK, N.Y. - U.S. national team midfielder Mix Diskerud has agreed to a contract to play for New York City FC, the first major move for the Major League Soccer expansion team since its parent company decided to keep Frank Lampard at Manchester City for the rest of the Premier League season.The 24-year-old Diskerud has five goals in 25 international appearances and was part of the U.S. under-23 team that failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. He was a member of last years World Cup team but didnt appear in any games in Brazil.The son of an American mother and Norwegian father, Diskerud played for Stabaek in Norway from 2008-11, spent the first half of 2012 on loan to Belgiums Ghent and had played for Norways Rosenborg since August 2012. His contract expired at the end of the 2014 season.NYCFFC had been first in MLSs allocation ranking, which gave it priority to sign a U.dddddddddddd.S. national team player coming to the league after playing abroad.NYCFC, which announced the deal Tuesday, has been criticized by fans and media over the handling of Lampard. NYCFC announced last July that it had signed the English midfielder for its inaugural season in 2015.Lampard then started playing for Manchester City, which like NYCFC is controlled by City Football Group, and on Dec. 31 Manchester City said Lampards contract had been extended through the end of its season. NYCFC said last weekend that Lampard had signed a contract to join it in July 2015.The team also said Tuesday it will play preseason exhibitions at Scotlands St. Mirren on Feb. 10 and at Denmarks Brondy five days later. ' ' '

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