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19/08/2016

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MONTREAL -- Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau is confident that Canada will beat Ecuador even without its top two singles players, Milos Raonic and Frank Dancevic. Danilo Gallinari Nuggets Jersey . Both will sit out the Americas Zone Group 1 series in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with injuries. On Thursday, Tennis Canada announced Raonic, of Thornhill, Ont., underwent successful hip surgery Tuesday in Vail, Colo., and is expected to make a full recovery. The sports governing body in this country added Raonic is already riding a stationary bike and is expected to resume hitting a ball in about six weeks. Laurendeau feels Canada has enough depth to beat a modest Ecuadorean team that will be without its long-standing star brothers Nicolas and Giovanni Lapentti "Its two young teams and its a great chance for our young guys to step up," Laurendeau said Thursday. The first match Friday has Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C., against Ivan Endara followed by Vancouvers Philip Bester facing Julio Cesar Campozano. Saturdays doubles match has veteran Daniel Nestor of Toronto and Pospisil against Roberto Quiroz and Emilio Gomez. The two sides switch singles opponents for the fourth and fifth matches Sunday. It is the second round of Group 1 play. Canada defeated Mexico 4-1 in March, when Raonic went 2-0 in singles and won the doubles with Pospisil. The winner will advance to the prestigious World Group next year, along with the winner of a series pitting Brazil against Uruguay. Raonic, who suffered the hip injury at Wimbledon, would have been the only player in the series ranked in the top-100 in the world at No. 26. Dancevic is ranked 146th. But Canadas players are still much higher-ranked than Ecuadors, with Pospisil 191st, Bester 229th and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., 259th. Campozano is 384th, Endara 497th, Quiroz 875th and Gomez 909th in singles. However, rankings often go out the window when national teams are involved. "I see it as a difficult tie," added Laurendeau. "Its always tough in South America. Its on slow clay. Its tough weather with a tough crowd." It will help to have the veteran Nestor, one of the worlds top doubles players who has long experience playing before hostile crowds in the Davis Cup. "I appreciate everything he does for us," said Laurendeau. "Hes the French Open champion and never misses a chance to play for us." Laurendeau said Canada has been improving on clay in recent years, as its victories over Peru and Mexico in the past two years have shown. Ecuador beat Canada two years ago on hardcourts in Toronto, but that was with the Lapentti brothers winning at singles. This weekend also has quarter-final action in the World Group, with Serbia travelling to Sweden, Kazakhstan facing Argentina in Buenas Aires, Spain against the U.S. in Austin, Texas, and France playing Germany in Stuttgart. Jusuf Nurkic Jersey . Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-1, 6-4 Friday, while Federer overcame Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal also moved into the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Richard Gasquet of France and will play defending champion David Ferrer, who rallied past Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Kenneth Faried Nuggets Jersey . In particular, Craig Anderson was singled out for not playing as well as he did during the 2012-13 campaign, when many suggested he was the best goalie in the league before he suffered an ankle injury partway through the lockout-shortened campaign.KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Neither rain nor the Kansas City Royals could stop the Los Angeles Angels from winning again. Albert Pujols and David Freese combined to drive in five runs as the Angels beat the Royals 6-2 on Saturday for their seventh victory in eight games. There were two rain delays with the second after the fourth inning lasting 3:58. The game didnt end until nearly 7 hours after it started. "We had a lot of waiting in between a baseball game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. The official game time was 2:48, while the rain delays totalled 4:06. "Its a waiting game," said Eric Hosmer, who had one of the six Royals hits and scored a run. "You basically hang out. We heard it was going to be a couple of hours. It wasnt one of those things where we were thinking it could start any minute, so we had a little heads up. Its all part of the grind of the season. There are going to be days like that. Its what we all sign up for." Pujols, who has 14 RBIs in his past 13 games, singled home runs in the third and sixth innings. Freese, who had three hits, drove in three runs, two in the four-run sixth and the other in fourth. He has six RBIs in his past seven games, after driving in only three in his previous 26 games. "It was nice to come out and get some runs after the rain," Freese said. "It was almost like starting a new game so it was nice to get some runs, and nice to get the win." Kole Calhoun added three hits, scored two runs and drove in one. The Angels four-run sixth included four hits, two walks and three stolen bases. Rookie right-hander Mike Morin (2-1), who went to high school at a Kansas City suburb, allowed two runs on two hits over two innings to pick up the victory. "It was cool," Morin said. "Scioscia told me I was going to get the ball and I had all my family and friends here. They were probably the only ones left after the rain delay. Its been a great weekend. Ill never forget it. It was just fortunate that I could be in there to get the win in front of them."t; Angels left-hander Hector Santiago was not allowed to come back out after the second delay. Swingman Wilson Chandler Jersey. He pitched four scoreless innings, giving up four hits. "Somebody sent me a message and asked me did you make a witch angry?" said Santiago, who needed to pitch one more inning to claim his first victory of the season and losing his first seven decisions. "It seems like everything that can have an effect on me getting a win has happened. But I gave four scoreless innings and gave us a chance to win, and the team got the win, so thats what I care about." Royals rookie Yordano Ventura (5-7) took the loss, yielding two runs on seven hits over four innings. "I felt like I was in command of the strike zone, but unfortunately the rain got to me and I couldnt go back out," Ventura said with Royals catching coach Pedro Grifol acting as his interpreter. "I prepared to pitch today and I wanted to go back out, but there was no way I could go back after that long rain delay." Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen, who had not pitched since April 24 and going on the disabled list with a bulging disc, replaced Ventura after the game resumed. He allowed four runs on four hits, all in the sixth, walked two and struck out eight over five innings. Jason Grilli made his Angels debut after being acquired in a Friday trade with the Pirates and worked a perfect eighth, striking out one. Notes: LHP Brandon Finnegan, the Royals first selection and 17th overall pick in the draft, signed for $2,200,600. Finnegan, who went 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA as a junior and helped lead TCU to the College World Series, will report Monday to the Royals Class A Wilmington, Delaware farm club. ... Angels LHP Tyler Skaggs, who is on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury, threw in the bullpen and could make a start at Chicago, the Angels next stop on this trip. ... The Angels have won eight of their past 10 meetings against the Royals. ... The Royals have lost seven of nine after their 10-game winning streak ended on June 19. Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaAuthentic China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '