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| VANCOUVER -- Canada has set a goal of finishing first in the overall medal standings at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Brandon Finnegan Reds Jersey . Snowboarders will in all likelihood have to play a key role if theres any chance of meeting that lofty target. The first five members of the Canadian contingent heading to Sochi next month were unveiled Friday, led by a three-time Olympian and an unlikely superstar from the Prairies. "We definitely have an amazing group and an amazing team and to be a part of it is great," said Maelle Ricker, who won gold in snowboard cross at the 2010 Olympics. "We have strong athletes in all the disciplines and Im very honoured and excited." Sochi will be Rickers third Games, but at age 35, the West Vancouver, B.C., native is still seen as a favourite in her event where competitors race down a course side-by-side. "I would love to perform at my best (again)," she said after Fridays news conference. "Definitely every time I put my snowboard on thats what Im aiming to do and hopefully we get some good results because of it." Apart from Ricker, another Canadian expected to contend for a medal is Mark McMorris. The 20-year-old from Regina is the two-time defending Winter X Games champion in slopestyle, an acrobatic snowboard discipline set to make its Olympic debut in Sochi. "It feels amazing," McMorris said of being named to the Canadian team. "Its going to be a fun time. Ive been preparing like a mad man and I think Im ready." Other rookie Olympians named to Canadas squad were Sebastien Toutant of LAssomption, Que., Spencer OBrien of Courtenay, B.C., and Calgarys Chris Robanske. Toutant and OBrien will compete in slopestyle, while Robanske is entered in snowboard cross. The rest of the team will be named Jan. 21. Canada won 26 medals -- including three in snowboard -- at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, good for third behind the United States (37) and Germany (30). An even bigger performance will be required in Russia to accomplish the Canadian Olympic Committees goal of finishing first. "If we say we dont want to be No. 1, were striving for mediocrity and were not going to do that. We will strive to be the best," said Canadian chef de mission Steve Podborski, who won bronze in mens downhill skiing at the 1980 Olympics. "When we went into (the 2006 Games), we had no notion that we could strive to be No. 1 and now we are looking at that. "So why not? Its going to be tough, maybe impossible, but you strive for impossible dreams." The laid-back McMorris doesnt put any added emphasis on his own performance when overall team goals are mentioned. "Whenever anybody looks at you to win theres pressure," he said. "Ive been able to have a lot of success over the last three years and consistently podium or win events. "Im in one event and my goal is to win a gold medal and if I do so, that will be a big help." With the Olympics set to begin Feb. 7, OBrien said shes looking forward to being part of a team after competing for years as an individual. "Theres definitely a lot of expectations, especially on me, Mark, Seb, Maelle, everyone thats been performing so well these last of couple years," said the 25-year-old. "I think its really special. Its a unique experience to have your country behind you." OBrien won gold in womens slopestyle at last years world championship, but added the Games are on another level. "An Olympic medal, youre winning it for your country, youre not just winning it for yourself," she said. "Its such a special opportunity and Id like nothing more than to bring one back to Canada." The Olympics werent even on the 21-year-old Toutants radar until it was announced that slopestyle would be included at Sochi. "Were used to competing in front of a lot of people and a lot of cameras, but we compete for sponsors and we compete for ourselves," he said. "To be able to compete for your country is huge. "The world is going to be watching." Podborski said there will be "enormous challenges" facing athletes in Sochi, but stressed the level of Canadian sport has come a long way since he competed more than three decades ago. "These athletes are the finest our country can produce," he said. "These are sophisticated, world-class athletes and I expect them to do very, very well." Jay Bruce Reds Jersey . The team said Saturday that the 36-year-old Robidas is expected to miss four to six months, jeopardizing his return this season. He was injured when he slid hard into the boards in the second period of a 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago on Friday. Chris Sabo Jersey . -- The NFL cancelled its Hall of Fame game between St. http://www.redsauthenticproshop.com/authentic-homer-bailey-reds-jersey/ . Smith, who raised eyebrows at the CFL combine in March with his ability on both sides of the ball, confirmed in a statement he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol prior to auditioning for league officials.A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals:___Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Washington (3:07 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Washington (5:37 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 6, at San Francisco (TBD); x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 7, at San Francisco (TBD); x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 9, at Washington (TBD). (All games on FS1 or MLBN).___Season Series: Nationals won 5-2.___Projected Lineups:Giants: CF Gregor Blanco (.260, 5 HRs, 38 RBIs), 2B Joe Panik (.305, 1, 18), C Buster Posey (.311, 22, 89), 3B Pablo Sandoval (.279, 16, 73), RF Hunter Pence (.277, 20, 74), 1B Brandon Belt (.243, 12, 27), LF Travis Ishikawa (.252, 3, 18 with Pirates and Giants) or Michael Morse (.279, 16, 61), SS Brandon Crawford (.246, 10, 69).Nationals: CF Denard Span (.302, 5, 37, 31 SBs, 39 2Bs, tied for NL lead with 184 hits), 3B Anthony Rendon (.287, 21, 83, 39 2Bs, NL-high 111 runs), RF Jayson Werth (.292, 16, 82), 1B Adam LaRoche (.259, 26, 92), SS Ian Desmond (.255, 24, 91), LF Bryce Harper (.273, 13, 32), C Wilson Ramos (.267, 11, 47), 2B Asdrubal Cabrera (.241, 14, 61 with Indians and Nationals).___Starting Pitchers:Giants: RH Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73 ERA with San Francisco and Boston), RH Tim Hudson (9-13, 3.57), LH Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98, 219 Ks), RH Ryan Vogelsong (8-13, 4.00).Nationals: RH Stephen Strasburg (14-11, 3.14, 215 IP, tied for NL lead with 242 Ks), RH Jordan Zimmermann (14-5, 2.66, 199 2-3 IP), RH Doug Fister (16-6, 2.41), LH Gio Gonzalez (10-10, 3.57).___Relievers:Giants: RH Santiago Casilla (3-3, 1.70, 19/23 saves), RH Sergio Romo (6-4, 3.72, 23/28 saves), LH Jeremy Affeldt (4-2, 2.28), LH Javier Lopez (1-1, 3.11), RH Jean Machi (7-1, 2.58, 2 saves), RH Tim Lincecum (12-9, 4.74, 1 save), RH Yusmeiro Petit (5-5, 3.69).Nationals: RH Drew Storen (2-1, 1.12, 11/14 saves), RH Tyler Clippard (7-4, 2.18, 1 save, 82 Ks, 70 1-3 IP), LH Matt Thornton (1-3, 1.75, 0/4 saves with Yankees and Nationals), RH Tanner Roark (15-10, 2.85, 31 starts), RH Craig Stammen (4-5, 3.84), RH Aaron Barrett (3-0, 2.66), LH Ross Detwiler (2-3, 4.00, 1 save), LH Jerry Blevins (2-3, 4.87, held lefties to .160 batting average), RH Rafael Soriano (4-1, 3.19, 32/39 saves; 0.97, 22/24 saves before All-Star break).___Matchups:These franchises have never met in the post-season, although the New York Giants did play the old Washington Senators in the 1924 and 33 World Series, with the Giants losing the first and winning the second. ... The Nationals won five of the seven meetings this season, taking three of four in San Francisco in June and two of three at home in August. ... In the finale of the season series, Strasburg left in the fourth after allowing five earned runs, but Washington won 14-6, erasing a 6-3 deficit with 14 hits off Giants relievers. ... While the Nationals finished strong, the Giants went only 41-40 in the second half, 13-12 in September. ... Giants manager Bruce Bochy has won two World Series titles; Washington rookie skipper Matt Williams, a four-time All-Star while playing for San Francisco from 1987-96, has never managed in the playoffs. ... Hudson has a long history of success against Washington, going 18-5 with a 2.35 ERA over his career, and only one current Nationals player has terrific numbers against him: Werth (.386, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs). ... Sandoval is batting .413 vs. Washington the past three seasons. ... LaRoche is 0 for 9 with eight Ks and one walk in his career against Lopez. ... Desmond is 10 for 15 with two HRs off Lincecum. ... If Game 1s starting pitchers are as expected, it would be Strasburg, who grew up in San Diego and went to San Diego State, against the former Padres pitcher he admired most, Peavy.___Big Picture:Giants: After winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012, the Giants (88-74) are hoping to keep up their every-other-year pattern. San Francisco missed the playoffs after each of those championships but is back this season as the second NL wild-card team. ... The Giants advanced to the NL Division Series by beating Pittsburgh 8-0 behind a four-hitter from Bumgarner and a grand slam by Crawford. ... After relying on stellar pitching during those two title runs, the Giants are more balanced this year, finishing fifth in the NL in runs and seventh in ERA. ... The Giants went 65-18 when scoring first and 22-56 when allowing the first run. ... Workhorse RHP Matt Cain made just 15 starts because of a season-ending elbow injury, and two-time Cy Young Award winner Lincecum was removed from the rotation. ... Bumgarner is 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in eight post-season appearances. He has thrown 16 straight scoreless innings, dating to Game 2 of the 2012 World Series vs. Detroit. ... Bumgarner is also a threat at the plate, batting .258 with four homers, 155 RBIs and a . Ken Griffey Jersey. 470 slugging percentage this season. The last pitcher to have more RBIs in a season was Mike Hampton with 16 in 2001 for Colorado. ... The Giants could bring Peavy back on short rest in Game 4, but Vogelsong has pitched well at home despite his 3-7 record there. He had a 3.06 ERA in 16 home starts. ... Panik is batting .345 since Aug. 4 and provided a big spark with his midseason call-up. ... Posey batted .393 in September but was slowed during the final week of the season with a bad back. ... The Giants are without sparkplug and leadoff hitter Angel Pagan, who is out for the season with a back injury. ... Morse has just two ABs since Aug. 31 because of a strained oblique but could be ready for this series.Nationals: After playing so-so for half a season, Washington wound up running away with the NL East title, finishing in first by 17 games. ... The Nationals (96-66) finished with the NLs top record for the second time in three years. ... Washington was 21-9 over its last 30 games, the best mark in the majors. ... The pitching staff is the backbone of the team; Washingtons 3.03 ERA led the majors, and its 3.66 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the best since at least 1900. ... Over their final three starts apiece, the four pitchers expected to form the playoff rotation went 11-1 with a 1.07 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 11 walks. That includes 20 scoreless innings by Strasburg, Zimmermanns no-hitter in the season finale and Fisters three-hit shutout in his last outing. ... The lineup is deep, if devoid of a superstar slugger. No one had 30 homers; no one had 100 RBIs (LaRoche led in both categories). But there were four hitters with more than 80 RBIs each. ... Williams is a first-time manager. As a player, he won the 2001 World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, whose manager, Bob Brenly, is the only rookie skipper in the last 50 years to guide a team to a championship. ... The Nationals have played in one previous playoff series since moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005, losing to St. Louis in an NL Division Series two years ago.___Watch For:a€” Playoff tested. The Giants have won eight straight post-season games dating to their 2012 World Series run and have been at their best in October under Bochy. They have won seven consecutive elimination games in the post-season after beating Pittsburgh and dont get overwhelmed by the pressure.a€” Potent Panda. Sandoval has keyed San Franciscos post-season success during the past two trips. He has an 11-game post-season hitting streak and is batting .421 with six homers and 13 RBIs in his last 14 post-season games. That includes his three-homer game in the 2012 World Series opener against Detroit.a€” Timmy Time. Lincecum is no longer the dominant freak who won back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards in 2008-09 and was a dominant starter in the 2010 World Series run. But he played an integral role out of the bullpen two years ago with a 2.55 ERA in 17 2-3 innings. He struck out eight of the 16 batters he faced in the World Series, allowing no hits and no runs in 4 2-3 innings.a€” Strasburgs Debut. Finally, the moment baseball fans all over a€” not to mention Strasburg himself a€” have been waiting for: The No. 1 pick in the 2009 amateur draft, the guy with the electric stuff, the 6-foot-4 right-hander who struck out 14 in his first major league start, will show what he can do in the post-season spotlight. The Nationals shut down Strasburg in September 2012 to protect his surgically repaired pitching elbow, a decision hotly debated as the club exited quickly from the playoffs.a€” Storens Second Chance. A night after Werths walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth forced a Game 5 in the 2012 NLDS against the Cardinals, the Nationals went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Leading 6-0 early, then 7-5 with two outs in the ninth, Washington let the series slip away as Storen failed on five chances to record the final strike, walked two batters, then allowed a pair of two-run singles in what became a 9-7 loss. Storen then lost the closers job and spent time in the minors in 2013, but hes back to being Washingtons go-to guy in the ninth.a€” Zimmermans Role. In 2005, Ryan Zimmerman was the first player ever drafted by the Nationals. He became an NL All-Star, earned Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, and eventually signed a $100 million contract. But a broken right thumb, then a strained right hamstring, limited him to 61 games in 2014, and he only returned from the leg injury on Sept. 20. Without enough time to get his swing all the way back, and with Rendon entrenched at Zimmermans former position, third base, and Harper and LaRoche at the other spots he can play, its possible the face of the franchise will mainly be limited to pinch hitting. NFL Jerseys China ' ' '