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PINEHURST, N. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Thunder Jersey .C. - With pigtails and plenty of giggles, Lucy Li just wants to have fun like any 11-year-old girl. Except that shes playing the biggest event in womens golf. Li, a sixth-grader from the Bay Area who doesnt appear to be the least bit overwhelmed by the attention around her, became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Womens Open history when she shot 68 at Half Moon Bay last month to win her sectional by seven shots. She celebrated by having dinner at her favourite restaurant and watching "The Amazing Spiderman 2." Now its time for the amazing Lucy Li show. "She looks so darn cute," said Michelle Wie, who didnt make it to her first Womens Open until she was 13. "I was like, I dont think I looked that cute when I was 11. But she just looks so excited, so wide-eyed. ... And Im just really so excited for her to be out. Its a memory that will last her a lifetime. What other 11-year-old can say that they played in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst? And she got to see the men play, too." Life is moving at warp speed for little Lucy Li. She only became serious about golf four years ago when she set up shop in Miami to work with Jim McLean. Just two months ago, the precocious 11-year-old with a mouth full of braces won her age division in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National. And now shes at Pinehurst No. 2, ready to take on the course where Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open on Sunday. "Its awesome, right?" she said. "I mean, Pinehurst and Augusta National in like two months. I mean, thats just amazing. Its mind-blowing for me. Its been awesome, because its been ... I mean, the food is great and its been a lot of fun. Ive made a lot of friends." Theres something about U.S. Womens Open in the North Carolina sandhills that attracts all the kids. Morgan Pressel qualified when she was 12 and had just turned 13 when the Womens Open was down the street at Pine Needles in 2001 (Li wasnt even born then). Lexi Thompson qualified and played at 12 when it returned to Pine Needles in 2007. Too young? Both went on to win major championships. "Look, if youre good enough, youre old enough — or young enough, whichever way you look at it," Laura Davies said. "If you can play the golf and you can qualify, then have a go. Whats the worst that can happen? She shoots a million this week and everyone says, Wasnt it great she was here? So I dont think anything bad can come out of it because shes too young to worry about the pressure. "Shes just having fun. Shes got a week off school. Its perfect." Li looked as if she was having a blast on a broiling day of practice Tuesday. She went nine holes with a local caddie. Then, it was time for a press conference, which drew the largest crowd of the day. Her pigtails in braids, held by clips the shape of hearts, she twirled in her chair waiting for it to start. She giggled before just about every answer, including one about whether her father could beat her. She laughed. She laughed again. And then she moved closer to the microphone and said, "No." But the kid made one thing clear. Shes not out to prove anything. She not out to make history. "The perfect week? I just want to go out there and have fun and play the best I can, and I really dont care about the outcome," Li said. "I want to have fun and learn. I want to learn a lot from these great players." She is not the youngest player in Womens Open history. Beverly Klass was 10 when she played in 1967, before there was qualifying. The youngest player to make the cut was Marlene Hagge, who was 13 in the 1947 Open at Starmount Forest in North Carolina. Among the favourites this week is Lydia Ko, the youngest LPGA Tour winner in history at 15 in the Canadian Womens Open two years ago. Age is becoming irrelevant, though something about the number "11" grabs the attention. "I saw her on the range this morning for the first time and didnt really watch her hit any balls — just how little she was, and the pigtails kind of caught me off guard," Stacy Lewis said. "But Im not a big fan of it. She qualified, so we cant say anything about that. You qualify for an Open, its a great thing. I just like to see kids be successful at every level before they come out here. "When I found out she qualified, I said, Well, where does she go from here? What do you next? I dont know. If it was my kid, I wouldnt let her play in the U.S. Open qualifier at 11. But thats just me." Li played in the U.S. Womens Amateur last year at 10. She was the youngest to qualify for match play at the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links. The idea to try to qualify for the Womens Open was "mine." "Because I wanted to go out there and get the experience," she said. "Because its 36 holes and I didnt care if I qualified or not. I didnt think about it. I just wanted to go for the experience." 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Speaking on Leafs Lunch with Bryan Hayes and Jamie McLennan on Thursday, Bernier said it was "very hard" at times being entrenched behind Jonathan Quick and is now excited at the prospect of getting an opportunity to compete with Reimer for the top spot with the Leafs. https://www.thunderrookiesshop.com/Terrance-Ferguson-City-Edition-Jersey/ .55 million euros (US$18.6 million) to Spanish tax authorities on Monday to cover any potential irregularities in its signing of Neymar, all the while maintaining its innocence of the fraud charges levied against it.DALLAS – Most of the 122 points James van Riemsdyk accumulated previously in a Maple Leafs uniform had come with fellow American Phil Kessel, the pair forming Torontos most consistent offensive duo in recent years. van Riemsdyk teamed with a new partner in Dallas, though, to help the Leafs avoid what wouldve been a season-long four-game losing streak. He and Nazem Kadri combined for a pair of goals in a Tuesday night victory in the Lone Star state, the final game before the three-day holiday break. Its always nice when youre playing well right off the bat and generating some chemistry, Kadri said of teaming successfully with van Riemsdyk after the 4-0 win. Obviously generating scoring chances and getting goals is definitely a confidence booster. van Riemsdyk and Kadri have played together infrequently throughout the formers two-plus year in tenure in Toronto, but the underlying possession numbers in that time appear positive for both. Its an experiment well worth trying and one that Randy Carlyle opted for after weeks of substandard play from the usual top unit of van Riemsdyk, Kessel and Tyler Bozak. Carlyle is hoping to find a more balanced look, with the potential for two dangerous scoring threats, depth actually a strength of the Leafs this season. (Joffrey Lupul replaced van Riemsdyk on the left side of that line with Bozak and Kessel, a throwback to a look used prominently under the teams previous head coach, Ron Wilson.) JVR enjoys playing there too so its not like were taking anybody out of position, said Carlyle. They get equal ice-time, [van Riemsdyk] still gets his power-play and penalty-killing minutes. What it does is it moves Lupul up in our lineup. Not only could the Leafs be better off with the two forming a secondary threat separate from Kessel, but they could benefit simply by breaking up what had been an awful defensive line, one that surrendered more goals and far more shots than it ever ended up creating at even-strength. The trio had been the Leafs worst possession line this season. van Riemsdyk, for his part, said hes still figuring out where he fits alongside Kadri and the third member of the current trio, Mike Santorelli. I think we do a little bit better job on the cycle when Im playing with those two guys, said van Riemsdyk, who has 15 goals. Theres different roles; youve got to find your niche when you play with different players. Hopefully we continue to build on that. Eluding a check along the wall in the Dallas zone, he flung a backhand pass to Kadri streaking to the front of the net, the 24-year-old centre tucking a shot beyond Kari Lehtonen. Kadri repaid the favour a period later, finding van Riemsdyk leaking behind the Stars defence; the winger beat Lehtonen with a backhand through the pads. van Riemsdyk edged into the top-20 in NHL scoring with the multi-point effort – his eighth this season – now with 32 points through 35 games. Kadri, meanwhile, has 19 even-strength points, tied for second on the Leafs. As to snapping a three-game slide, Carlyle called it an early Christmas gift. Losing streaks, you dont want them to linger and the one was lingering long enough for us, he said. Hopefully we can use this as a little bit of a breather for us. We can enjoy the holidays. Its the best Christmas present we couldve given ourselves and then [we] get ready to embark on a five-game road trip. Thats going to be a tough one coming. Five Points 1. More Shots, More Goaltending Jonathan Bernier deserves much of the credit for securing that early Christmas gift. Shelled for seven goals and then pulled in his last start, Bernier rebounded Tuesday with a perfect 43-save effort against the Stars. It was the second shutout of the season for the 26-year-old. He made some extremely timely saves, some acrobatic saves that will be on the highlight reel, said Dion Phaneuf afterward. He was a rock back there for us again. Berniers workload got busier and more difficult as the night wore on. His play late in the second period and then again in the final frame kept the Leafs from having their lead evaporate entirely. Among the stops were a glove hand on Ryan Garbutt, a splits-inducing right pad stop on Seguin and then another shoulder save on Seguin, who had a point blank opportunity on a rebound. He was called on far, far too often again tonight, Carlyle said. We were able to withstand the storm; Bernie was a big reason for it. Tuesday marked the ninth time in 35 games that the Leafs have allowed 40 shots or more, sitting an improbable 6-3-0 on those nights. The club continues to talk about cutting down the bountiful shots and chances against their goaltenders, but like last season, that talk hasnt compounded into action. Only Buffalo has given up more shots on average this season than Toronto. 2. Rebound Control Bernier, who improved to 5-1-1 against the West this season, wasnt entirely pleased with his performance against the Stars oddly enough. I actually dontt think my rebound control was right on tonight, he said. Patrick Patterson Jersey. I had a few bad rebounds but the [defencemen] did a good job tying up sticks and let me get back in position. Most of the night I felt pretty good, but theres just a few that got away from me. 3. Extension Talks The collective bargaining agreement dictates that any player on a one-year contract may not enter into an extension of that contract prior to Jan. 1st, but it says nothing about the two sides being able to start negotiations. And to date the Leafs have had no talks with Cody Franson – who signed a (third straight) one-year deal last summer – regarding a new contract. Having squabbled with the team in three consecutive contract negotiations Franson says hes not too worried about waiting this time around, though hed be happy to see those talks begin as soon as possible. Toronto has waited until July 1st with key free agents before. They let Tyler Bozak reach unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2013 before signing him to a five-year deal worth $21 million. But theyve also struck early too; signing Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul before any hit the open market. If the team wants to keep Franson, it might be wise to come to terms before then. The 27-year-old is amongst the league scoring leaders on defence, has shown promise on a top pairing (aiding Dion Phaneuf) and is pushing nearly 21 minutes per game. Hes thus in line to fetch a big raise and will get it somewhere if he hits the open market. Beyond whether they want him back or not is whether the Leafs can even afford to keep Franson. The club has a lot of other holes to plug in the summer ahead – Nazem Kadri and Jonathan Bernier are both restricted free agents – with limited cap space to do so. Trading another asset, such as Joffrey Lupul or Jake Gardiner, might be the solution. 4. Return to Dallas Tuesday was not actually the first game back in Dallas for Stephane Robidas after a Stars career that spanned more than 700 games. That came in April when Robidas – traded to Anaheim a month earlier – stepped onto the American Airlines Center ice as a member of the Ducks in Game 3 of the first round playoff series. Even with fans in the crowd holding signs commemorating his return, Robidas remembers it being a kind of weird dynamic. Youre the enemy, he said of that April night, noting the intensity of a playoff game. Im playing for the rivals. It didnt end well at all for Robidas (though his Ducks would eventually emerge from the series in six games (before losing to the eventual champion, L.A. Kings). On the 10th shift of his first game back in the Lone Star state, Robidas broke his right knee for the second time in a matter of months and was taken off the ice on a stretcher. He remains a beloved figure in Dallas, as noted by longtime teammate, Trevor Daley. Hes probably the guy that I respect the most in this game, said Daley. Just an unbelievable human being … Not enough words I could say about him. Daley and Robidas joined the Stars at about the same time in the early 2000s, reaching the Conference Finals together in 2008. Ive learned a ton from Steph, he said. Every time he goes on the ice, every time you see him you know what youre going to get out of him. Just a special person. The Stars honoured Robidas with a video tribute during the first TV timeout. He received a standing ovation. 5. Surrogate Coach Leafs assistant Steve Spott described Robidas as a surrogate coach for the club. Its a job Daley could see his old teammate holding at some point down the line. Isnt he already coaching now? Daley said with a laugh. I could see it, yeah. He would make a great [defence] coach, help the young guys. I know Steph loves helping young guys and bringing young guys [along]. Hes done a great job with some of the young guys we have now. Spott saw proof of that ahead of Sundays game in Chicago. Robidas, whos had his struggles this season, was scratched to make room for Jake Gardiner against the Blackhawks. Spott took note of Robidas nonetheless approaching Gardiner with some advice ahead of an eventual 4-0 loss. Do what you do best, Robidas counseled Gardiner. Be yourself. Hes just a very positive person and a true leader, Spott said. Stats-Pack 6-4-3 – Road record for the Leafs this season. 7 – Power-play goals for Tyler Bozak this season, a career-high. 9 – Number of times the Leafs have allowed 40 shots or more this season. 34.4 – Average shots against allowed by Toronto this season. 65-36 – Possession advantage for the Stars. Special Teams Capsule PP: 1-5 Season: 20.3% (9th) PK: 4-4 Season: 83.9% (10th) Quote of the Night He made some extremely timely saves, some acrobatic saves that will be on the highlight reel. -Dion Phaneuf, on the performance of Jonathan Bernier. Up Next The Leafs pick up after the holiday break with a Sunday game in Florida, the first of a five-game road trip. ' ' '
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