Two months ago, if you had told 16-year-old Sura Yekka that she would be a member of Canadas womens national team, she wouldnt have believed such a thing was possible.Nike Free Run Femmes Pas cher . “I wouldnt have expected it. I would have been, like, ‘Oh, thats a good joke!” said Yekka on Wednesday. “It was crazy…I went to the Canada - U.S. game (in June) and I was a fan and then, within a couple of months, Im now part of the team…its just unreal,” she explained, trying to put into context how much her soccer career has changed in such a short period of time. It would be completely understandable if Yekka was overwhelmed by it all. Players who she grew up idolizing, the likes of Christine Sinclair and Diana Matheson, are now her teammates. But she isnt. In fact, shes taking it all in her stride. “When Im a little awestruck, its more off the field. But when Im on the field, Im like ‘These are my teammates, like ‘Im in the zone now”, said Yekka. Once she steps over the white line and the ball comes out, shes in her element.   Yekka has all of the characteristics that you look for in a modern fullback: she is quick, agile, technically sound and has good natural instincts for when to jump into the attack. The area of her game that still needs work - which is understandable, given her age and relative inexperience - is her reading of the game and her positional awareness. Those can be taught and, the more time Yekka spends with the womens team and its coaching staff, the more she will improve in these areas. Over the next six months, Yekka will be preparing for the FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup, being held in Canada. With venues in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto, Yekka is excited about the prospect of playing in front of family and friends. “Its going to be a dream come true. The amount of people who are going to be there and knowing that your friends and family are going to be in the crowd and knowing that, no matter what, people are going to be there to support you…its going to be absolutely crazy. Its going to be so exciting,” she enthused. Aside from the thrill of playing in the U-20 World Cup, Yekka also sees the tournament as an opportunity to stake a claim to a place in the senior squad for the World Cup in 2015. “I feel like I need to do the best that I can to gain as much World Cup experience because everyone on the senior team has World Cup experience, no matter what level they have…and I feel like Im the only one thats lacking it so I feel like I need that. The fact that its home makes me more determined to do well,” said Yekka. That determination should see Yekkas star continue to shine. If she performs as well as she has shown in recent months, it will go a long way towards securing a spot on the senior team for the main event in 2015. So youd better get used to hearing Sura Yekkas name - I suspect youll be hearing it a great deal for years to come. nike free run 2 femme . Now is one of those times. Mauer had another four hits and three RBIs to lead the Twins to an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. "Ive seen him hit his whole career," Gardenhire said. nike free run 5.0 femme . -- The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without starting left tackle Eugene Monroe for Fridays preseason game at New Orleans.The NHL season can be a grind and its long enough that even the best players can run into scoring slumps. Heres a look at a dozen players that have hit a scoring dry spell lately and the circumstances surrounding the droughts. Jonathan Toews, C and Marian Hossa, RW, Chicago Blackhawks - Since the Blackhawks have lost nine straight, its no surprise that they have players that arent producing, but it is surprising that Toews and Hossa, two of Chicagos most consistently reliable performers have fallen on hard times. Toews slide isnt likely to continue, as hes registered 30 shots on goal in eight games (higher than his season average of 3.18 per game), managing just two assists and a minus-4 rating. On the other hand, Hossa has managed just 15 shots on goal while tallying a goal and an assist in the last eight games. His goal did come in Chicagos last game, so maybe hes ready to start breaking out of this skid, but the Blackhawks may need to consider shaking up the lines -- even pairing Hossa with Toews -- to help get Hossa back on track. David Krejci, C and Tyler Seguin, RW, Boston Bruins - After a slow start, Krejci performed at a high level for a couple of months, scoring 29 points in a 25-game span, but without Nathan Horton on his wing, Krejci has been held off the scoresheet in each of his last seven games, even getting demoted to the third line. Hes more of a playmaker than a shooter, but 11 shots on goal in those seven games isnt nearly enough to maintain an adequate level of production. Seguin was better than a point-per-game scorer through early December, but its not reasonable to expect him to carry that pace for an entire season as a 20-year-old. He has two points and is minus-6 in the last eight games but, not unlike Toews, Seguin has actually increased his shots on goal in that time frame, registering 35 in seven games. Five shots on goal per game is a great recipe for offensive production and Seguins ice time has also increased lately (19:20 per game in the last six games), so the numbers should bounce back soon. Mike Richards, C, Los Angeles Kings - When he suffered a concussion on December 1, Richards led the Kings with 13 goals. He scored in his first two games back, but now has one goal in his last 22 games and two points in his last dozen games. His linemates havent helped. His most common linemates lately (via have been Dustin Penner and Jarret Stoll, neither of whom has been very productive either, so the Kings have resorted to putting Richards with call-ups Jordan Nolan and Dwight King. Now you see why the Kings are considered a potential suitor for Rick Nash. John Tavares, C, New York Islanders - The hottest player in the league through the month of January, Tavares two points and is minus-5 in his last seven games. Not all is lost, however. Tavares has 24 shots on goal (3.43 per game) in that span and while thats down from his season average of 3.71 per game, it still indicates that Tavares is getting enough chances to be productive. Evander Kane, LW, Winnipeg Jets - The 20-year-old winger scored 18 goals in his first 36 games this season, then hit a slump, then suffered a concussion, then returned to the lineup while remaining in his previous slump. Overall, Kane now has one point and is minus-5 in his last 10 games and that lack of production has also cost him his spot on the Jets top line, as Andrew Ladd is now skating with Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler, leaving Kane with some combination of two of Kyle Wellwood, Nik Antropov and Alex Burmistrov. Derek Roy, C, Buffalo Sabres - After scoring a point-per-game last season, before suffering a torn quad, Roy returned to action this year and hasnt been nearly as productive. For thee season, he has 27 points in 54 games, but that is outstanding production compared to his recent run of four points in his last 19 games. Nike Free Run Femmes. It goes without saying that the season has been a mess for the Sabres, but Roys lack of production has contributed to his appearance in recent trade rumours. Cam Fowler, D, Anaheim Ducks - Its enough that hes a minus-44 through less than two seasons in the NHL, but Fowler was at least a productive offensive defenceman as a rookie. His sophomore campaign, on the other hand, has been marred by his scoring two points in his last 18 games. Before giving up on Fowler entirely, however, its worth noting that he does have 38 shots on goal (2.11 per game) which is a higher rate than his standard (1.51 per game) this season and Fowler has been getting first unit power play time lately with a talented quartet of Ducks forwards. Ryan Smyth, LW, Edmonton Oilers - There was no way that 36-year-old Smyth was going to keep his early pace, when he scored 24 points in the first 22 games, but hes regressed in serious fashion, managing two points in his last 18 games. Its no coincidence that playmaking centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been out of the Oilers lineup for the bulk of that time, so Edmontons scoring has primarily come from Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle, but Smyth isnt getting the chances that he was earlier in the season. Kyle Turris, C, Ottawa Senators - To be fair, 22-year-old Turris is enjoying a breakout offensive season, thriving in his increased role with the Senators, but part of fulfilling a second-line centre role is producing consistently. After scoring 13 points in his first 17 games with the Sens, Turris has one point and is minus-4 in his last 10 games. To Turris credit, he has 33 shots on goal in those 10 games (ahead of his 2.56 average with Ottawa), so his numbers ought to bounce back. Chris Stewart, RW, St. Louis Blues - When Stewart tallied 15 goals in 26 games for the Blues after he was acquired in a trade from Colorado last season, it looked like St. Louis would have a goal-scoring power forward to anchor their offence. This year has brought far less production -- 11 goals, 22 points in 53 games -- and Stewart has recently been demoted to the fourth line after managing three points in his last 12 games. Stewart scored on 22.4% of his shots for the Blues last season, an entirely unsustainable number, so its no surprise that his goal production has dipped, especially since he is finishing a career-low 8.9% of his shots on goal. Just as Stewart wasnt as good as his Blues numbers suggested last season (when he had 2.57 shots per game), hes better than his current production (coming with 2.32 shots per game) indicates too. Now he just has to find his way back onto a scoring line and maybe he can bounce back at least a little in the goal-scoring department. Tim Connolly, C, Toronto Maple Leafs - Coming into the season, Connolly was pencilled in as the Maple Leafs number one centre. He got hurt (which was marked in pen, incidentally) and hasnt been able to settle into a steady spot. Even so, Connolly had 23 points in his first 28 games, which was more than adequate production. Since then, including Wednesday nights overtime winner in Edmonton, Connolly has three points in his last 18 games, a stretch during which hes managed a paltry 26 shots on goal (which includes an uptick to nine in the last three games). True, hes been relegated to a third-line role because Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak have been productive in scoring roles, but Connolly has to be better. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '

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