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elled last month in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Tina Maze

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TORONTO - Senior Toronto FC players say the speculation about star striker Jermain Defoes future is just part of the game. David West Jersey . "This is football," midfielder Michael Bradley told reporters Tuesday. "When you look around the world big clubs, big players theres speculation. Theres things that go on behind the scenes, in some cases that you guys never even know about. "To be honest, it interests and, in some ways, fazes you more than us. Because this is something that we understand is part of our job." Added captain Steven Caldwell: "Theres always offers and movement in any football club that Ive ever played at, in fact any football club in the world. These things happen. Jermains here, hes a great lad, a great professional and a very good football player and Im sure hell be back here shortly once he gets over his (groin) injury and hell be prepared to give 100 per cent to Toronto FC." Toronto turned down a club-record transfer bid for Defoe from an English Premier League club on Monday as the transfer window closed. Harry Redknapp, manager of Queens Park Rangers, said his team tried hard to pry Defoe free but was told Toronto would not give him up ahead of the MLS playoffs. Redknapp, who worked with Defoe at West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham, said Defoe wants to return to England. Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko denied that, saying his star forward is happy in Toronto. Defoe, who is nursing his injury in England, has yet to speak publicly on the future. The next transfer window is in January. "We only want guys at this club that are committed to being here and whose hearts are in it," said Bradley. "Jermain has been a guy from Day 1 who when hes here has shown a desire and an excitement and a real motivation to not only being here but to helping this team win. "I can only speak for myself but Im no different." The speculation over Defoe continued to swirl Tuesday in England. The Daily Telegraph reported the 31-year-old England striker is believed to be concerned he made a mistake by moving to MLS and that the standard of soccer is not as good as he had hoped. The paper added that Defoe has struggled to adapt to his new life and was upset at the weekend firing of manager Ryan Nelsen and five members of his coaching staff. Bradley, meanwhile, repeated his commitment to the cause as he recalled his excitement at the challenge that lay ahead when he and Defoe were introduced as Toronto FC players in January. "Those might have been just words to you guys but it was exactly what I meant," he said. "I didnt expect it to be easy and it hasnt been. But weve made good progress and were going to continue to make good progress. And everyone whos here is proud of what were doing." Both Caldwell and Bradley, who has been captaining the MLS side in the Scottish defenders injury-enforced absence, said they were disappointed at the weekend firings. "Any time somebody loses their job, its not a nice thing," said Bradley. "And certainly for us as players, you always feel responsible when results and things within a club dont go well. Because at the end of the day, we are the ones on the field." "These decisions get made," said Caldwell. "Ive been in the game long enough, and Ryans been in long enough, to understand that these things happen. "We look forward. Im a Toronto FC player, Im fully committed to the job whoever the manager is and looking forward to an exciting and tough run-in (to the season) where we have to show our collective spirit and personality and strength and makes sure that we get in these playoffs and were firing at the right time to do well in them." Toronto (9-9-6) stands fourth in the Eastern Conference and remains in playoff contention. But the team has won just three of its last 13 games (3-5-5) as it prepares to play in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Nickeil Alexander-Walker Jersey . The international synchronized skating competition takes place from January 31 - February 1, 2014, and features 39 teams from 10 countries, in senior, junior, and novice. Zylan Cheatham Jersey .ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. https://www.cheappelicans.com/ . TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie both reported Thursday that there have been ongoing trade discussions between the Oilers and Los Angeles Kings over forward Sam Gagner.ARE, Sweden -- Olympic silver medallist Anna Fenninger won a World Cup giant slalom race Thursday, and closed the gap on overall leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch. The Austrian, who also won the Olympic super-G in Sochi, won the race despite finishing seventh in the first run. Her combined time of 2 minutes, 26.39 seconds was 0.21 faster than surprise runner-up Anemone Marmottan of France. Lara Gut of Switzerland and Eva-Maria Brem of Austria tied for third, trailing Fenninger by 0.39. Hoefl-Riesch placed 21st in what is typically her weakest discipline and earned only 10 World Cup race points. Fenningers 100 points brought her within 67 of the 2011 overall champion from Germany with six races remaining this season. Congratulating Fenninger in a post on her Twitter account, Hoefl-Riesch wrote: "Now you are the favourite for the big crystal globe." In her past four races, Fenninger has collected two Olympics medals, finished second in a World Cup downhill and now taken her sixth career World Cup win. The 24-year-old Austrians second GS victory this season lifted her to secondd behind Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden in the season-long discipline standings. Jason Smith Jersey. . Lindell-Vikarby placed sixth in front of her home crowd, 0.82 behind, and has a 54-point lead over Fenninger. Are hosts another giant slalom on Friday, after Thursdays race was a replacement for one cancelled last month in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Tina Maze of Slovenia, the Olympic champion in GS, held a clear first-leg lead Thursday but had a strangely cautious second run to fall to fifth place. Marmottan and Brem both recorded their first career podium finishes in the World Cup. Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States placed 15th, 2.16 behind Fenninger. The Olympic champion in slalom will get a chance to race her favourite event on Saturday. The season concludes next week with the World Cup finals races in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, where weather has been a major factor. Hoefl-Riesch clinched her 2011 title by only three points from Lindsey Vonn when the final GS race was cancelled, and last year none of the mens and womens downhill and super-G races were completed. ' ' '

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