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NHL players are going to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Zach Britton Jersey . It took months of deliberation, but participation in the games was made official after an agreement was reached between the league, the NHL Players Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation. "I think like everyone thought it was just kind of a matter of time, working out logistics," Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "With it being a little further in Russia Im sure there was a little bit more work to do. Im glad that were going and obviously excited to kind of start the process." Commissioner Gary Bettman has been optimistic for several weeks about a deal getting done. But until it was finalized there was uncertainty about players going to the Games in Sochi, Russia, despite NBC securing broadcast rights for the games and players expressing the desire to go. "The decision to participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in many ways a difficult one, but one that we know will be well received by our players and, most importantly, by the vast majority of our fans and sports fans everywhere," Bettman said in a statement. It will be the fifth Olympics featuring NHL players since they were first allowed to represent their countries in 1998. The NHL will interrupt its season from Feb. 9-26 for the tournament, which will take place from Feb. 12-23. The 2013-14 NHL schedule, delayed until this deal was finalized, was released later Friday. Canada won gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, when Crosby scored to beat the United States in overtime. "Its gone by really fast," Crosby said. "Obviously with injuries and stuff like that, too, it wasnt like there was three full hockey seasons to kind of look back on. Its definitely gone by quick, but its exciting. You start to kind of think about it and obviously with it being announced that were going." Overall its been an up-and-down experience for Canada at the Olympics. Canada finished seventh in Turn in 2006, won gold in Salt Lake City in 2002 and finished fourth in Nagano in 1998. Canada will be in Group B along with Austria, Finland and Norway. Group A is made up of the United States, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia, while Group C is made up of the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and Latvia. Canada opens the Olympic tournament Feb. 13 against Norway. Naturally, the expectation for Canada is the same as it was in 2010. "Just being Canadian you realize pretty quickly that people come together that time of year, especially, and when its hockey even more so," Crosby said. "I think that you want to go there and find a way to win gold." Some Russian stars, including Alex Ovechkin, have said they would go to Sochi regardless of NHL permission. Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis even said he would allow Ovechkin to go with or without the leagues blessing. That is no longer an issue the league or players association needs to worry about. "The players are very pleased that an agreement has been reached that will allow the worlds best hockey players to compete at the Winter Games in February," NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said in a statement. "Having the opportunity to wear their nations sweater in Sochi is something the players look forward to." Seven NHL referees and six linesmen will go to Sochi, joining the IIHFs on ice officiating crew. Canada is expected to announce its coaching staff in the coming days. Reportedly Mike Babock will be back as head coach, joined by assistants Claude Julien, Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock. 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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Katie Johnson scored twice in the final 16 minutes to lead Southern California to a 3-1 victory over top-ranked West Virginia in the NCAA womens College Cup championship game Sunday at Avaya Stadium.I felt like the goal against us was kind of my fault. I turned a ball over in the middle, said Johnson, a senior whose career was threatened two years ago by her second ACL knee injury. I felt like I had to make up for that. I honestly just wanted to win.The second-seeded Trojans (19-4-2) also captured the national title in 2007. They are the fourth school to win multiple College Cup titles.This group was a special group from Day 1 ... they just didnt know it yet, third-year USC coach Keidane McAlpine said.The Mountaineers (23-2-2) lost for the first time since a 1-0 setback to Georgetown on Sept. 18. West Virginia had a 17-game unbeaten streak snapped and allowed three goals for the only time all season.West Virginia outshot USC 21-8 and held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks, but trailed 1-0 just 1:22 into the game after a Morgan Andrews goal.I thought we did a great job battling back, creating opportunities, West Virginia coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. This sport is cruel. At the end of the day we didnt finish and USC did.No one finished better than Johnson, who sat out last season while rehabilitating after ACL surgery on her right knee. She tore ligaments in her left knee in high school.Johnson, who also had the winning goal in USCs 1-0 semifinal win over Georgetown on Friday, was wide open in front of the net when Leah Pruitt took a pass up the left sideline, beat defender Easther Mayi Kith, and delivered a perfect cross. Johnson simply rolled the ball into the goal to the right of goalkkeeper Rylee Foster. Darren ODay Orioles Jersey. Johnson, selected the College Cups most outstanding offensive player, scored again off an assist from Nicole Molen in the 87th minute.Having an injury like an ACL injury is not fun, Johnson said. I knew this team was going to be special so I worked really hard to come back. I wanted to get the national championship. I knew we could do it.To have the weekend she had is more than fitting, McAlpine said. Absolutely unbelievable.The Trojans got on the board in the second minute after Julia Bingham directed a corner kick to the top of the penalty box, where Savannah Levin headed the ball forward to Andrews, whose header from 5 yards eluded Foster.West Virginias Ashley Lawrence, a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team, tied it at 1 in the 66th minute when she ripped a shot from the top left corner of the penalty box just inside the near post.The Mountaineers kept the pressure on goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme and the Trojans defense most of the afternoon.Sometimes the ball just doesnt go to the back of the net, Izzo-Brown said. I thought we should have had three or four (goals). Lots of credit to Sammy.The Trojans joined North Carolina (21 titles), Notre Dame (3) and Portland (3) as the only multiple winners of the College Cup.USC won its 126th national team title on the same day its mens water polo team lost 10-8 to Cal in the NCAA final just 45 miles away in Berkeley, California.West Virginia, in its first College Cup final, was hoping to claim its first NCAA title in any sport besides its co-ed rifle team, which has won 18 national titles. 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 ' ' '