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WENGEN, Switzerland - Naoki Yuasa showed his best race form of the Alpine ski season on Saturday, one month before his event at the world championships. Ozzie Newsome Jersey .The slalom specialist from Japan had the third-fastest time in the second leg of a World Cup race, just 0.02 seconds slower than the run that propelled Felix Neureuther of Germany to victory 40 minutes later.Still, Yuasa believes he can improve during an intense month in slalom before the Feb. 2-15 worlds at Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado.It is a very, very tough race for me, Yuasa told The Associated Press after his quick second trip down the storied slope at Wengen. But Im trying my best.Yuasas best was good enough for a 23rd-place finish. A 30th-fastest run in the morning only just qualified him for the afternoon action, though gave him first use of a course made difficult by steady falls of soft, wet snow.Now, this moment, my condition is not so perfect, the 31-year-old Yuasa said.To prepare for his medal event scheduled on Feb. 15, he has two more World Cups, both at classic Austrian venues which draw big, noisy crowds.Kitzbuehel next Sunday is followed by Yuasas favourite, under floodlights at Schladming, where he has three previous top-10 finishes.That is my best race. I like the night race with many people there, said Yuasa, who was chasing World Cup points as a priority over medals.My first target is to go back to the top 15, he said.Scoring eight race points on Saturday lifted Yuasa to 27th in the standings, now above two-time World Cup slalom champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia.His best result this season was 14th at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, where he earned a career-best third place two seasons ago.Yuasa acknowledged a longer-term career incentive was the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.Because the Olympics are in Pyeongchang, the World Cup will return to Japan after a 10-year gap when the circuit swings through Asia for test events on Olympic slopes.A slalom is scheduled on Feb. 14, 2016 at Naeba, which last hosted World Cup races in 1975.Yuasa was in the lineup when Japan last staged a World Cup slalom in March 2006. He placed 18th and teammate Akira Sasaki was sixth at Shigakogen. Corey Coleman Youth Jersey . Kerber will next play Estonias Kaia Kanepi, who beat American qualifier Victoria Duval 6-1, 6-3. In other first-round matches, Lucie Safarova beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-4 and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands had a 6-4, 6-3 win over Canadas Eugenie Bouchard. Bernie Kosar Jersey . The Flames announced Monday that Treliving, a former assistant general manager with the Coyotes, will take over the vacant GM spot in Calgary. "Im ready for this,"Treliving said. . Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves to backstop the Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Flames, handing Calgary its team record sixth consecutive home regulation loss.MONTREAL -- The Montreal Impacts faltering offence could be getting a big boost this weekend. After a month watching from the sidelines, star striker Marco Di Vaio will likely dress for Montreal when the last-place Impact (1-5-4) face the Colorado Rapids (4-4-3) in Denver on Saturday. "I think Im ready to go," said Di Vaio on Wednesday before the team left for the American southwest. "I trained yesterday, alone at first and then with the team. And today I took part in the whole session. I feel good after the injury. I can go." The star striker injured his hamstring on April 19 in a 4-0 road defeat to Sporting Kansas City, leaving the game in the 56th minute. He then played in most of Montreals victory over the Philadelphia Union the following week, but has since missed the clubs last four games. "Obviously, if Marco comes back, it will help," assistant coach Mauro Biello told reporters on Wednesday. "We have a good record when hes in the lineup. Were just waiting for him to be at 100 per cent." Despite only scoring once in five appearances this season, Di Vaios return could spark a struggling club looking to build on back-to-back respectable results. Montreal played to a 1-1 draw against second-place D.C. United last Saturday three days after a midweek victory over NASL side FC Edmonton in the Amway Canadian Championship. "The confidence is growing," Impact defender Jeb Brovsky told the teams website. "As a team, the chemistry is going up. This team is going in the right direction. It takes only two or three games to really change things around in a season. We have a tough road game. Its time to see what were made of." With seven points from 10 games, the MLS-worst Impact are looking to climb from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The team has only scored three goals in its last five MLS games. Two of those were courtesy of striker Jack McInerney, who has now scored five times in all competitions since joining the Impact in April. And while the combination of McInerney and Di Vaio up front in a two-striker formation has yet to click for Montreal, the team is hoping the two connect for goals on Saturday. "Were happy that Jack is scoring goals, and that Marco is coming backk," said Biello. Terrelle Pryor Jersey. "We have to keep working on that chemistry up front. With players like that, we can give a lot of trouble to our opponents." Montreal will hope to trouble a Colorado side going through struggles of its own. The team has only scored four goals in its last six games, and is coming off consecutive losses for the first time this season. Last week, defender Drew Moor scored his first goal of the season late in the game, a consolation prize in a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake. While Di Vaio may be returning to the Impact lineup, the Rapids will still be without top-scorer Vicente Sanchez, who sprained his knee in a May 3 win. Sanchez has scored five goals this season -- four of those from the penalty spot. "(The Rapids) have a few injuries," said Biello. "But they have a lot of speed up front and a lot of quality in the midfield. Were expecting a team thats looking for a victory, especially at home. They lost their last home game. We have to be ready for a team that will push and pressure us." The Impact will also have to cope with high altitude. Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because, at one mile above sea level, it is one of the most elevated cities in the United States. For Montreal, it will mean a risk of dehydration and altitude sickness. "The altitude is definitely an issue," said Denver-born Brovsky. "We are a fit team, so that should help. But well have to make sure that we arent running around aimlessly." Excited to be going back to his home city, Brovsky promised to fill a section of Dicks Sporting Goods Park with Impact supporters. "I already made a lot of calls, and a lot of people are amped up," he said. "So hopefully we have a home atmosphere in Colorado. Hopefully theyll be pretty rowdy -- which I know my family are." Notes: Newcomer midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran could make his Impact debut against the Rapids. The Canadian international was acquired by Montreal last week from Toronto FC. a The Impact have lost both their games against the Rapids since joining MLS. a Marc Burch (hamstring) and Nathan Sturgis (foot) are both doubtful for the Rapids. a The Impact and Rapids wont meet again this season. 14:34ET 23-05-14 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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