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Christine Sinclair says its time to move on. The captain of Canadas Womens National team accepts her punishment from FIFA and intends to focus on what she describes as "the biggest three years in the history of the Canadian Womens program." Sinclair is of course referring to the build-up to Canada hosting the Womens World Cup in 2015, but the triumph over adversity achieved by the Womens team at the Olympics this past summer is still fresh in everyones minds. Those memories were brought to the forefront again late last week when FIFA decided to fine Sinclair and suspend her for four matches for what they described as “unsporting behaviour towards match officials,” after the heartbreaking last-minute loss against the United States at Old Trafford. Much was said by Canadas players in the aftermath of a 4-3 defeat that was marred by the controversial decisions made by Norwegian referee Christina Pedersen, but the disciplinary action taken by FIFA was in relation to comments made by Sinclair to the officials and not what she said in the media. Sinclair said on Monday that the U.S. game still stirs up so much emotion that shes been unable to watch it since, but she doesnt “ultimately believe the referee went into the match hoping the U.S. would win.” “It was an emotional time and I would want to change what happened,” she said. “You dont really hear much about suspensions and fines in the womens game so heading into it I had no idea. I just want everyone to know how much I have appreciated their comments the past few days. Ultimately if it means me missing a couple of games at the start of 2013 it isnt the end of the world.” Three of those matches will be at the Four Nations Tournament in China in January, and the fourth game will be served in the following friendly match, which would be at the Cyprus Cup in March, unless Canada adds another game in between those tournaments. Sinclair is hoping the team can look for positives from the situation and could ultimately even benefit from her suspension. “It will be a great opportunity for my teammates,” she explained. “I know John (Herdman – Canada Head Coach) wants to try some younger players and there is no better chance than some international games against some of the best teams in the world.” At first glance, a four match suspension for Sinclair seems harsh, especially compared to the two-match ban handed to Colombias Lady Andrade for punching United States forward Abby Wambach. However, with FIFA taking so long to hand down their decision, the suspension for Sinclair will equate to a gentle slapping of the wrists. The reason it took so long for the suspension to be handed down was because the incident happened outside the 120 minutes of action. The incident was documented in the referees report, and when received by FIFA they then followed their procedure and invited a response from the Canadian Soccer Association. The slow-moving governing body took almost two months to announce a decision, but the alternative would have been a national out-cry had Sinclair been banned from playing in the bronze medal match. The Canadian Soccer Association is standing by their captain and will pay her fine. President Victor Montagliani said “The Association supports Christine in this matter and appreciates the Canadian publics support of the world class player and ambassador for the game who has represented our country so proudly.” They made us all proud, and thats one of the reasons that were still talking about the match in October! Sinclair says she wants to move on, but that day at Old Trafford is one that will live long in the memories of Canadians for years to come. Sinclair is indeed a world class talent who produced a stunning individual performance in one of the most incredible battles Ive ever seen on a soccer pitch. The performance from the Canadian Womens National Team at the Olympics galvanized a nation and took the sport and its players to a whole new level. Bring on 2015, but before then, how about Christine Sinclair for 2012 FIFA Womens World Player of the Year? jerseys nfl cheap . Luol Deng scored 22 points and led a flurry of 3-pointers as the NBA-leading Bulls took another game on the road, blowing out the Atlanta Hawks 98-77 on Wednesday night. nfl jerseys china . One day after being released by the Winnipeg Blue Blue Bombers, Jeffers-Harris has been added to the practice roster of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and will be at practice on Friday, two days ahead of the Eastern Final between the two teams. http://www.nfljerseyscheapmr.com/ .ca! Hey Kerry, Just got done watching Game 5 between the Devils and Rangers. Im really scratching my head after a goal was allowed to stand that clearly looked like Callahan had kicked in. nfl jerseys cheap . -- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will be trying for his first BCS championship, instead of a Super Bowl title, next season. nfl jerseys from china . -- The scouting report against the Minnesota Timberwolves is pretty simple -- pack the paint, because they cant shoot 3-pointers.CHICAGO -- David Schlemko had a chance to preserve the Phoenix Coyotes fading playoff hopes, and he came through. Mikkel Boedker and Schlemko scored in the shootout to lift Phoenix to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, snapping the Coyotes three-game losing streak and keeping them within range of the final Western Conference post-season berth. Schlemko, a defenceman taking the first shootout attempt of his career, beat Corey Crawford with a high wrist shot for the deciding score in the third round of the tiebreaker to end Chicagos seven-game winning streak. "I finally got a chance, so I figured Id better bury it," Schlemko said. "Were fighting for our lives. That extra point is huge and I think we deserve it. With four games remaining, the 11th-place Coyotes moved three points behind Columbus for the eighth and last playoff spot in the West. Detroit is one point behind the Blue Jackets and Dallas another point back and one ahead of Phoenix. Columbus has three games left, while the Red Wings and Stars also have four remaining. Patrick Kane had the lone shootout goal for Chicago against Mike Smith. Rostislav Klesla and Radim Vrbata scored in the first period for Phoenix. Smith made 36 saves through overtime in his return after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Smith frustrated the Blackhawks last season in the opening round of the playoffs, when Phoenix defeated Chicago in six games. Smith was sharp on Saturday and big reason why the Coyotes pulled out the win. He was at his best in the first period when Chicago outshot Phoenix 16-9, but trailed the Coyotes 2-1. "He was huge," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "They with the (Jonathan) Toews lines and put some good pressure on us. ... We were kind of laughing after the first period. We needed to get Smitty into the game early, and he got into the game early." Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook scored two power-play goals in regulation for his first two-goal game this season and second of his career. Crawford had 29 saves through overtime. Despite the loss, league-leading Chicago has points in 11 straight games (9-0-2). With 73 points overall, the Blackhawks are five ahead of Pittsburgh in the race for the NHL Presidents Trophy. Both teams have four games left. The Blackhawks were 2 for 4 on the power play against Phoenix. Chicago ended a string of 20 unsuccessful power-play chances over nine games on Friday night in a 5-4 overtime win over Nashville by scoring twice with the advantage. An underperforming power play has been one of the few glitches for Chicago during the lockout-shortened regular season. The Blackhawks are trying to tune it for the playoffs. "A couple of good shots by (Seabrook), a couple of good plays," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews saiid.dddddddddddd "Both (power-play) units were doing some good things so its nice to see." Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville also liked his teams play with the man-advantage, adding, "I thought we had good motion and good movement, good options, Its nice to see some finished product." Even if they had to settle for just one point on Saturday. "We have a lot of confidence we can win those tight games but sometimes it doesnt go your way," Toews added. "Were more happy with the way we played then the result obviously. Well take the good things from it and were going on the road this week so well try and bounce back quick." The Blackhawks dominated early as Smith made with several close-in saves, including point-blank stops on Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad to keep it scoreless. Seabrook finally put Chicago ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal on a high screened shot with 8:40 left in the first. He fired from the top of the left circle with Chicagos Andrew Shaw and Phoenixs Zbynek Michalek tussling in front of the crease. The Blackhawks momentum ended abruptly 46 seconds later, when Klesla tied it a 1-all on a bouncing dump-in from centre ice. Klesla lobbed the puck toward the Chicago net from the left wing boards near the red line. Crawford dropped to his knees, and the puck bounded over him on a short hop. "Its just a bad bounce," Crawford said. "Theres nothing I can do about it now." Vrbata then gave the energized Coyotes a 2-1 lead with 5:20 left in the period, beating Crawford from the left circle on with traffic in in front of the net. Seabrook had the only goal in the second, tying it at 2 at 3:39 into the period with his second power-play score. Kane skated into the corner with his back to the play, but took a quick look over his shoulder and slipped a backhand pass to Seabrook, who had pinched into the left circle. Seabrook was wide open, ripped a shot past Smith and then celebrated his hot goal-scoring hand by blowing on his glove. Both goalies made sharp saves early in the scoreless third, and Chicagos Marcus Kruger fired wide on a prime chance about 5 minutes into the period. Early in overtime, Smith made a lunging glove save on Seabrook, then a quick stop on Toews. NOTES: Chicago G Ray Emery sat out his second game with a lower-body injury, so Carter Hutton backed up Crawford. ... Blackhawks LW Patrick Sharp (upper body) and D Michal Rozsival (upper body) also were scratches. Before the game, however, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he expected the team would travel to Vancouver for Mondays game with the Canucks with a full roster. ... Phoenix D Derek Morris sat out with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. ... The United Center crowd of the 22,272 was the Blackhawks largest this season. ' ' ' 
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