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Aside from a postseason getaway to Cancun, Mexico, and attending friends weddings every other weekend, its been a summer of intense rehab for Tampa Bay Lightning and Team USA goaltender Ben Bishop, who said hes physically and mentally ready to take on the world in the World Cup of Hockey. Custom Tampa Bay Rays Jerseys .From a personal standpoint, Bishop, 29, has plenty of unfinished business to attend to when he and the rest of Team USA report to Columbus, Ohio, for the start of World Cup training camp on Sept. 5.Injured in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, which the Lightning lost in seven games to eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Bishop said his strained ankle ligaments are completely healed, allowing him to hit the ice a month earlier than normal this summer.Bishop, a 6-foot-7, 216-pound native of Denver, went 8-2 with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage in last seasons playoffs and is expected to challenge Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and New Jersey Devils netminder Cory Schneider for the starting job with Team USA, which will be coached by Columbus Blue Jackets bench boss John Tortorella.I feel good, said Bishop, who was a backup to John Gibson when the U.S. won the bronze medal in the 2013 IIHF Mens World Championship. Ive been doing rehab all summer, and Im stronger this summer than I was last summer going into camp as far as test results. Thats a good thing.Bishop said hes especially eager to see who will start in goal for the Americans when they open their World Cup pre-tournament schedule with a Sept. 9 game against Canada at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The eight-team tournament starts for real on Sept. 17 in Toronto and ends on Oct. 1.Its going to be a little different than NHL exhibition games, Bishop said. Canada-U.S.? I dont think thats going to be an ease-in process. Exhibition games are going to be a little more intense, especially for goalies who like to slowly get into it. My first game could be against Team Canada, but after practicing for a week and some intrasquad scrimmages, Im sure Ill be ready.With eight rosters filled with NHL stars, quizzed Bishop on which World Cup opponents have the best offensive skills in a variety of categories:Hardest shot: Alex Ovechkin, RussiaHes got one of the best shots in the game. Its really tough to read off of his stick. He usually comes down on it almost like a knuckle ball. Its tough to read.Most accurate shot: Steven Stamkos, CanadaLuckily, hes on my team in Tampa, but Ive seen him score a lot of goals. Hopefully I can keep them out if hes shooting against me. I think [Vladimir] Tarasenko from Russias got one of the best wrist shots in the game. Some guys have a heavy, hard shot and its got more weight behind it, but a guy like Steven Stamkos has one of the more accurate shots in the game. I dont think its as hard as others, but he can put it wherever he wants. Theres a big difference.Shootout specialist: T.J. Oshie, United StatesIm glad hes on my team. Everybody saw what he did in the [2014] Olympics, so its nice to have a guy like that on your team and not have to go against him. I think Tarasenko is one of the better guys in the league in shootouts. Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby -- those guys can be pretty lethal in a shootout.Best setup man: Nicklas Backstrom, Sweden[He] is one of the better passers in the league, I think. Sidney Crosby, obviously. Those guys stand out, especially Backstrom. The Sedins [Henrik?and Daniel], those guys can find each other almost anywhere on the ice. Its hard to pick because every team has great talent. I mean, every teams got two top lines that will be future Hall of Famers.Speediest forward: Pick a Team North America forwardIm just happy I dont have to race up and down the ice with those guys. Im sure some of those young guns on Team North America [Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Dylan Larkin] will be pretty quick. Theyve got a lot of fresh, young legs -- thats for sure. Its almost all top-10 picks in the last few years and all those players are supposed to be stars in this league. I dont think anybody is going to take them lightly. They have a lot of skill, and they kind of have nothing to lose, so theyre going to be one of the more dangerous teams, I believe.The Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks lead all NHL teams with 12 players competing in the World Cup, and Bishop said the chirping has already begun.Im sure theres going to be lots of friendly fire when we get to Columbus, said Bishop, who will sport a glow-in-the-dark mask for the tournament. Itll be fun-hearted until we step on the ice, and then its going to be all business. Its obviously a big tournament, but its going to be fun to play against your teammates, which doesnt happen too often.Team USA will begin the tournament in a group with Canada, the Czech Republic and Team Europe, while Group B will consist of Russia, Sweden, Finland and Team North America. The top two finishers in Groups A and B will advance to the semifinals, with the semifinal winners facing off in a best-of-three finals.You cant predict, Bishop said. I think the way the tournament is set up its going to be fun because I think every team has a legitimate chance to win. Logan Forsythe Rays Jersey . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Drew Smyly Rays Jersey . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69. .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. MIAMI -- Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in a 98-95 win over the Heat on Thursday night, his first game against Miami since signing with Chicago over the summer.Worst basketball game I ever played in my life, Wade said with a chuckle. I couldnt wait until it was over. Its just weird. Youre going against guys -- it just seemed like we were just playing in the playoffs together.Just a good environment though, man. The fans were great. I appreciate the ovation, the cheers. The things that they were saying, I appreciate it all. But the game itself was weird.Wade, who spent 13 seasons in Miami, spoke openly in recent days about how much he wanted to win this game. It marked the Bulls only regular-season appearance in Miami. After struggling to find his rhythm throughout the night, Wade calmly drained two free throws with 13.7 seconds left that helped secure the Bulls victory. His teammates and coaches said they were happy he was able to earn a victory against his old team.Hes so calm about it, said Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler. Nothing gets to him. He came in here to do a job, and he got it done. You know, emotions are rushing, but hes a professional, Hall of Famer, but he doesnt show it. He goes out there and competes, plays basketball the right way and leads us to victories. Thats what you ask from him each and every day, and he brings it each and every day, and Im glad we got this one for him.Butler was one of several teammates who spent part of the day hanging out at Wades mansion, relaxing before one of the most hyped games of the regular season.Wade received multiple standing ovations before and during the game. The first came during the player introductions, when the American Airlines Arena crowd cheered loudly as Wades name was announced. Wade was given another standing ovation at the ennd of the first quarter, when a tribute video played on the big screens in the arena. Wade Davis Rays Jersey. Wade, who sat quietly at the end of the bench as the video played, walked back onto the floor after the video ended and blew kisses to the crowd. Fans continued cheering and chanting D-Wade! D-Wade!It was more so seeing so many familiar faces that youve been seeing for years sitting in certain seats, Wade said. People that before certain games like to give you eye contact, like to do their own ritual with you ... that was probably the thing that was the weirdest, being on the other side of the lens. The video was cool, but we were already in the game.Im glad [this game] is over with. When I first looked at the schedule, I was like why so early? Im glad its over early so we can focus.After the game ended, Wade shook hands with former teammates and Heat personnel. He walked off the floor to loud cheers with a sign in the stands just above him that read: This will always be Wade County.Probably the most emotional I got was at the end of the game, when I went around and hugged certain people, Wade said. Just to see the people that I call family. That was probably one of the most emotional moments for me.Now Wade and the Bulls can move forward as they get set for a two-week-long, coast-to-coast road trip that starts after a Saturday game at home against the?Washington Wizards.I can only imagine what he was going through today with all the emotions coming back here, said Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg. I thought he handled it great. It was a really cool moment for him with the video tribute and on the floor. It was great for him, and it was great for Miami. ... Dwyane, obviously, [this] was a very important game for him. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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