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MORE: Men’s Olympic hockey tracker Meanwhile, the Canadian team defense ramped up its play, effectively blunting any USA attack by hindering breakouts, smothering rushes and blocking shots. Until a late power play, the U.S. put one shot on goal during an earlier player-advantage. The extent of Canadian domination was reflected not only in the two goals but the 12-2 shot advantage in the second period and 17-6 through 40 minutes. Then came the third with Tara Watchorn putting Canada into a 3-0 lead at 4:54. The United States finally broke through during a two-player advantage. Brianna Decker swatted the puck out of the air right in front of Szabados at 11:05. Gigi Marvin brought the pro-USA crowd to full throttle at 14:39 by cutting the lead to 3-2. The U.S. kept up the attack, but the Canadians secured their second consecutive win against the Americans at Gutterson, following up their 5-4 overtime victory in the championship game of the 2012 IIHF women’s world championships. “They finished the game really well with a great third period,” said Canadian forward Caroline Ouellette.
Canada-Australia preview: Socceroos playing for pride
The Socceroos have suffered consecutive 6-0 losses at the hands of Brazil and France leading to the sacking of coach Holger Osieck. The German saw his contract terminated just hours after the loss in Paris with assistant Aurelio Vidmar taking over for the Canada clash. It was another listless display by Australia against France, particularly defensively as they were exposed on several occasions. Osieck’s bizarre decision to start midfielder James Holland at right-back up against Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery was extremely costly as France took advantage on that flank. Vidmar may at least encourage some fight and spirit from the Socceroos, which has been lacking in the past two losses. He has been dealt a blow with Tommy Oar (back) returning to Eredivisie club Utrecht after failing a fitness test in the lead-up to the France match. Right-back Luke Wilkshire has been sent back to Dinamo Moscow to manage his long-standing injury. It adds to injuries to Mark Milligan, Tom Rogic and Brett Holman, who were selected in the squad but are unavailable. Club Brugge goalkeeper Mat Ryan is likely to start in goals after Mitch Langerak was given his opportunity and did quite well despite conceding six against France. Jason Davidson, Rhys Williams, Dario Vidosic and Mathew Leckie should also play a part as Australia look for their next generation. The Socceroos’ confidence has taken a battering in the past month and a clean sheet against a struggling Canada would help. Vidmar’s side should also be able to control possession better than they have against Brazil and France. Canada have failed to win in 2013, without a victory in their past 11 matches and without an international goal in 662 minutes. Spanish former Real Madrid coach Benito Floro took over in charge of Canada in August and he will rely on DC United forward Dwayne De Rosario to help his side break their goal drought.
Canada’s Alice Munro, ‘master’ of short stories, wins Nobel Prize in literature
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He is considered a writer within the system and even has embraced official restrictions on writing. And he’s a Communist Party member who holds a vice-chairman spot in the state-sanctioned China Writers Association. Prize history The Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded 106 times since 1901. In recent years, Munro has been mentioned as a contender, along with Japanese author Haruki Murakami and U.S. writer Philip Roth. It is almost always awarded to one author and has only been shared four times, which stands in stark contrast to the science Nobels, which two or three scientists often share. The youngest recipient was Rudyard Kipling, who is known for his work “The Jungle Book.” He was 42 when he received the prize in 1907. The oldest was Doris Lessing, who received it at the age of 88. Incidentally, many think Winston Churchill received the Nobel Peace Prize, but he did not. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1953. Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel created the prizes in 1895 to honor work in physics, chemistry, literature and peace. The first economics prize was awarded in 1969. Nobels this week Two Americans and a German shared this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday. Americans James E. Rothman and Randy W.