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TORONTO -- The World Cup of Hockey will return, without a doubt, and avoid another 12-year break.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA executive director Don Fehr both confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that they expect the next World Cup of Hockey to be in 2020.It is much less certain whether the best players will go to South Korea to participate in the 2018 Olympics.International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel told the AP on Tuesday the odds of NHL players going to the Pyeongchang Games were 50-50, a slight upgrade from his forecast in May.Later the same day, Daly said he felt more negative about the chances the leagues players will be in a sixth straight Olympics because of the International Olympic Committees decision to not pay for NHL players travel and insurance as it has in the past.Fehr, who represents players who have made it clear they want to be in the Olympics, said hes more optimistic than pessimistic a deal will get done.The union head insisted he isnt concerned about the IOCs stance.Everybody understands that nobodys going to risk their career and future earnings and all the rest of it in return for no compensation and no coverage, Fehr told the AP. No one will do that. They understand that. Thats been a given for a long, long time. If it plays out that way, which I do not expect it to play out that way, well deal with it.The IOC isnt buying the banter.I think both sides are playing poker, International Ski Federation president Gian Franco Kasper, who represents winter sports on the IOC executive board, said Friday in an interview with the AP.The IOC does not want to continue its past practice of paying for NHL players travel and insurance because it doesnt want to have to do the same for athletes in other sports.Fasel said it is his job to raise the money needed, which he estimates to be about $10 million. Fasel said he plans to beg for the funds from national Olympic committees and hockey federations. He acknowledged using some of the $40 million the IOC gives the IIHF to fund its programs, including development opportunities for boys and girls, could be used to send the best hockey players to South Korea.Daly said the NHL would like a final decision by the end of the year so that it can set the 2017-18 schedule with or without a break midway through the slate for the Olympics.The World Cup of Hockey, which the NHL and NHLPA teamed up to bring back for the first time since 2004, does not conflict with the leagues schedule, because the games were played during training camp and early preseason games.Playing hockey in late September, however, is not an ideal time to draw TV viewers in the U.S., in part because of interest in the NFL, college ftball and baseball.Game 1 with Canada and Team Europe in the World Cup finals on Tuesday night -- without direct competition from ftball -- drew 494,000 viewers on ESPN, then only 296,000 watched Game 2 on Thursday. In Canada, Game 2 had an average audience of 2.27 million viewers on Sportsnet.Daly acknowledged it was a challenge to engage Americans enough to watch the event. It did not help that the U.S. and North American Under 23-teams didnt make it to the semifinals of the eight-team tournament.Surprisingly, it also was difficult to fill seats at the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs despite it being in a hockey hotbed even though the league said ticket sales went very well. It seemed many more people were interested in attending Toronto Blue Jays games when world-class hockey matchups and playoff-push baseball games were played at the same time.The level of hockey, at times, was impressive. And, the atmosphere was electric when Canada rallied from a one-goal deficit in the final few minutes Thursday night to beat Europe 2-1 to win the championship.During many stretches of play, however, the World Cup of Hockey didnt do enough to fire up fans in attendance.Days before Canada beat Europe 2-0 in the best-of-three series to win the World Cup, Canadian coach Mike Babcock seemed to sum up the situation best.The World Cup is great. Its not the Olympics, Babcock said in an unsolicited comparison of the two events. Lets not get confused. Brandon Nimmo Jersey . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. Tim Tebow Jersey . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. http://www.metsbaseballauthentic.com/david-wright-mets-jersey/ . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. Jason Vargas Jersey . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. Amed Rosario Jersey . -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars.Michael Carrick has to start if Manchester United are to beat Arsenal this weekend, according to Ray Wilkins. The former United star says defeat in Saturdays live Sky Sports game - even this early in the season - would end his old clubs hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.Wilkins believes starting veteran midfielder Carrick represents Jose Mourinhos best chance of continuing an impressive head-to-head record against Arsene Wenger. Man Utd vs Arsenal November 19, 2016, 110am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. Wengers sole success against Mourinho came in last seasons Community Shield, but victory at Old Trafford would give Arsenal a nine-point lead over United with almost a third of the season played.Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ, Wilkins said: Manchester United cannot afford to let Arsenal win at the weekend. Arsenal will bounce clear, and you cant be giving teams three-game swings at his stage of the season.For United to finish in the top ffour theyve got to beat Arsenal on Saturday, and its going to be tough.ddddddddddddMourinho is without suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the game and has problems in defence with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling injured. Manchester United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic when they take on Arsenal But the key area, Wilkins says, is in midfield where Carrick was recalled for the 3-1 defeat of Swansea that preceded the international break and gave United a first league win in five games.Manchester United have won on each of the 35-year-olds four starts this season, and Wilkins said: I dont think United have controlled many games. Manchester Uniteds Paul Pogba volleys home the opening goal against Swansea I think with Carrick in the side thats the only option they have to get some semblance of control and a bit of serenity.He sees the game so well, he can hit long passes and if United are going to push up and attack Arsenal youre going to need that guy, with all his knowledge, to stop counter-attacks.I think Michael will have to play for United to have a gd chance. Also See: Kane perfect for United Life gd under Jose Wenger vs Mourinho Depay wont rule out exit ' ' '
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