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Canada heads into the world alpine ski championship with medal potential but little momentum. Dick Butkus Jersey .Races start Tuesday in Beaver Creek, Colo., with womens super-G. Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., hopes to build on winning the first World Cup medal of her career this season.Former world mens downhill champion Erik Guay and Olympic super-G bronze medallist Jan Hudec wont compete in the world championship because of knee issues.Manuel Osborne-Paradis won World Cup silver to open his season, but the man alongside Guay and Hudec in Canadas big three had a rough January.He hasnt raced since crashing Jan. 18 in Wengen, Switzerland. Osborne-Paradis wiped out again a few days later in a training run in Kitzbuehel, Austria, and withdrew from that race.The 30-year-old from Invermere, B.C., has severe bruising on his right side. Osborne-Paradis was preparing to race in pain unless it dissipates before Wednesdays super-G and Saturdays downhill.Im a competitor and theres nothing that I want to do more than ski fast, he said. I really think a big part of how I do is if I can start getting used to skiing with the pain.Slalom specialist Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., continues to hover near the podium, but has yet to step on it this season.The World Cup circuit measures a skiers consistency over a season. The bi-annual world alpine championship is a test of performance on demand similar to the Winter Olympics.The competitiveness is as high as the Olympics for us, Yurkiw said. Its just that the Olympics is the one everyone watches.The world championship rarely leaves Europe. The last gathering in North America of the worlds top skiers was in nearby Vail in 1999. Racing as close to home as the event ever gets, Canadas 14-skier team could use the spark of a medal.The Canadian mens speed team is familiar with Beaver Creeks Birds of Prey course. Its been a regular mens World Cup stop since 1999. Osborne-Paradis doesnt love it.For a course that already doesnt suit my abilities as a ski racer, its going to be tough to get my head wrapped around doing well here, he said. Its steeper and I do better on medium terrain.The new womens Raptor track hosted a test World Cup in 2013 when Yurkiw was 15th in super-G. Shell race the downhill Friday.Its definitely a rugged course, she said. You have to have hair on your chest for this track.Canadians won back-to-back mens downhill titles in 2009 (John Kucera) and 2011 (Guay). Kucera has since retired. Guay is still coming back from a pair of off-season knee surgeries. The 33-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Que., has pushed back his projected return to racing until after the world championships.Calgarys Hudec, a downhill silver medallist in 2007, underwent knee surgery last month.The last world championship medals won by Canadian women were Melanie Turgeons downhill gold and Allison Forsyths giant slalom bronze in 2003.Gagnon is a contender in next weeks slalom if she can string together two fast runs instead of just one. Shes also one to watch in next Mondays combined event of a slalom and a downhill. Gagnon became the first Canadian woman to win a World Cup combined event in 2013.Yurkiw finished second in a womens downhill Jan. 16 in Cortina, Italy, for her first career World Cup medal. The 26-year-old was also fourth in Lake Louise, Alta., in December to help her to a current world ranking of ninth.Erik Read of Banff, Alta., will make his world championship debut in Colorado. Hes the son of former Crazy Canuck Ken Read. Torontos Philip Brown, Ottawas Dustin Cook, Morgan Pridy of Whistler, B.C., Ben Thomsen of Invermere and Calgarys Trevor Philp round out the mens team.Yurkiw and Gagnon will be joined on the womens squad by Erin Mielzynski of Collingwood, Ont., Marie-Pier Prefontaine of Mont-Saint-Sauveur, Que., Torontos Candace Crawford, Valerie Grenier of Mont-Tremblant, Que., and Mikaela Tommy of Wakefield, Que.The world alpine championship concludes Feb. 15. Jim Harbaugh Jersey .J. Hardy to avoid a three-game sweep after blowing a big early lead. Odour had a leadoff single in the seventh and scored the tiebreaking run with the help of two errors by Hardy as the Rangers went on to beat the Orioles 8-6 on Thursday night. William Perry Jersey . Bobrovsky posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .950 save percentage to help the Blue Jackets (35-26-6) gain five of a possible six points last week. 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New York made the final mistake as Yangervis Solarte threw wide to first base after Melky Cabrera laid a bunt down the third-base line. That allowed Reyes, who led off with a double, to trot home with the winning run to the delight of the 34,206 fans at Rogers Centre. "It wasnt a real well-played game, but the name of the game is winning," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. Dioner Navarro hit a three-run shot for Toronto (44-35), which moved 2 1/2 games up on second-place Baltimore in the American League East. The Orioles dropped a 4-2 decision to the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees fourth loss in a row moved them 3 1/2 games behind Toronto. Reliever Adam Warren (1-4) shouldered the loss for New York (39-37). "It was sloppy on both sides," said Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. "That was an ugly game to watch. If youre a fan, you should get your money back." The Blue Jays will go for a sweep of the three-game series Wednesday night. Navarro put the Blue Jays on the board in the fourth inning with his blast off New York starter David Phelps. Toronto tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning when Colby Rasmus laced a shot that hit the top of the wall in right field. Two runs came across on the play and Edwin Encarnacion rounded third when Rasmus broke for second base. The cutoff man threw to Derek Jeter at second, who had Rasmus caught in a rundown. With Encarnacion leaning for home, Jeter decided to hang on to the ball and go for the tag on Rasmus. However, he couldnt catch up to the Toronto centre-fielder, who dived back to the bag at first base as Encarnacion scored. Jeter rebounded with a solo homer in the sixth inning and the Yankees took advantage of two Toronto errors in the seventh to tie the game. Brian Roberts got things started by hitting a two-run homer off Toronto starter Mark Buehrle to cut the Blue Jays lead to 6-3. With Brett Gardner at second base and Jeter at first, Jacoby Ellsbury drove a single to left field off Dustin McGowan. Cabrera tried to get Gardner at the plate but the throw went to the backstop allowing the run to score on the error as both runners advanced. McGowan got Teixeira to hit a chopper to second base but Reyes was short with his throw to Encarnacion at first and two more runs crossed the plate. It gave Reyes even more incentive when he came up to bat in the ninth. "I tried to make something happen after that mistake,"Reyes said. "They tied the game there in that situation. I have to make a better throw than that. It is what it is. Like I said, when I came up in the ninth inning I just tried to make something happen. "I put a good swing on the ball and hit a double with noobody out. Reggie Phillips Jersey. " Reyes also gave credit to Cabrera for making a great play that forced the errant throw. "He laid down a perfect bunt," he said. "In that situation we need that." It was the 13th multi-hit game of the season for Reyes, who ended an 0-for-19 skid with a single in the fifth inning. "Joses a driven individual," Gibbons said. "Plus hes overdue, his bat has cooled off. So it was just a matter of time. He dunked that one in earlier in the game, but hes been missing his pitches. "Hes been a little too aggressive. But perfect timing for it, you know." Encarnacion was accidentally elbowed in the back of the head by Teixeira in the seventh inning. The Toronto slugger was face down on the dirt for several seconds as a hush came over the crowd. Gibbons and a team trainer came out onto the field to check on him and Encarnacion eventually shook it off and stayed in the game. He had a fat lip afterwards but said there were no other issues. "Right now I feel good, I feel great -- 100 per cent," he said. Aaron Loup relieved McGowan in the seventh and got Carlos Beltran to hit a comebacker for the third out. The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the eighth inning but reliever Dellin Betances struck out Munenori Kawasaki to end the threat. Casey Janssen (2-0) came on in the ninth inning and gave up a single to Gardner, who eventually moved to third base with two out. With the crowd on its feet, Janssen fanned Teixiera with a 72 mile-per-hour curveball. "Thats big to win that game," Gibbons said. "We dont win that one last year, I know that." Notes: Lind fouled a ball off his sore right foot in the seventh inning but stayed in the game. He was wearing a protective cover over his cleats but was noticeably slow while running to first on a ground ball. ... Injured Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow, who had been rehabilitating his hand injury in Arizona, returned to the team Tuesday. He tore a tendon sheath in his throwing hand on May 2. Morrow played catch for 10 minutes before the game but no timeline is set for his return. ... Toronto third baseman Juan Francisco turned 27 on Tuesday. ... The Blue Jays have held sole possession of first place in the A.L. East for 33 straight days. The teams previous longest stretch came in 1993, the last year Toronto won the World Series. ... Buehrle received a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout after being pulled in the seventh inning. He worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed eight hits and four earned runs while striking out three. It was his 445th consecutive start without a stint on the disabled list -- the longest active streak in the major leagues. ... Buehrle also leads all major-league pitchers in pace, taking an average of 17.0 seconds between pitches. ... Phelps worked five innings, allowing eight hits, six earned runs and a walk while striking out seven. ... Drew Hutchison (5-5, 3.86) is scheduled to start Wednesdays series finale against New Yorks Hiroki Kuroda (4-5, 4.23). ' ' '

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