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MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian Open title, set to face a fellow Russian in the semifinals who has never beaten her. Sharapova made all the big points look easy Tuesday in defeating 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 — her fourth consecutive win over the Canadian — and advance to a semifinal against Ekaterina Makarova, who earlier beat third-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-0. I felt pretty good from the start, didnt feel I had too many letdowns, Sharapova said, adding that her close call in the second round — facing two match points against a qualifier — sharpened her focus for the rest of the tournament. When you are down and out in the second match, I dont want to face that call with my father too many times during a tournament, she said. The last time Sharapova and Bouchard met — in the semifinals at the French Open last year — Bouchard won the first set before Sharapova came back to take the next two. The Russian then won the title at Roland Garros. This time, Bouchard, who made the finals of Wimbledon and two other Grand Slam semis last year, didnt come close to taking a set, looking flat from the outset while being broken in her opening service game. The Genie Army, a group of young Australian men who croon about the Canadian player, was left to sing another day. Bouchard had 30 unforced errors and had her service broken four times. She didnt give me many chances, and against the great players you have to take any chances you can get, Bouchard said. If you dont have time, you have to go for riskier shots, and I made a few too many unforced errors because I was under pressure. Bouchard said she plans to go back to Canada to see her family, reflect on some possible coaching changes and decide whether shell play Fed Cup for Canada against the Czech Republic in Quebec City on Feb. 7-8. Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open champion and a two-time finalist, has a 5-0 record against Makarova, including wins in the quarterfinals here in 2012 and 2013. In four of those losses, Makarova failed to win a set. She is going to come into that match free and happy to be in that situation, Sharapova said. And thats dangerous. She uses that left-handed serve really well. Its always tricky playing a lefty and your compatriot, as well, but one of us will be in the final and that makes me happy. It will be Makarovas second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. She made her first major semi at last years U.S. Open, losing to Serena Williams after beating Bouchard in the fourth round. Im so comfortable here, its all the atmosphere and maybe memories from New York that I bring here, said Makarova. The other womens semifinalists will be determined on Wednesday when No. 1-ranked Williams plays last years finalist, Dominika Cibulkova, and Venus Williams, playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in nearly five years, takes on 19-year-old American Madison Keys. If the Williams sisters play each other in the semifinals, it would be their first meeting in a Grand Slam tournament since the Wimbledon final in 2009 — won by Serena. The 26-year-old Makarova has had her best Grand Slam results at Melbourne Park, advancing to fourth round twice as well as those quarterfinal losses to Sharapova. Last year, she lost to eventual champion Li Na in the fourth round. Halep said her nerves got to her. I was just I was a little bit stressed, I dont know why, the 23-year-old Halep said. I had experience from last year to play quarterfinals, so it doesnt mean that I felt pressure. I just I didnt feel the game, the ball. It was a very bad day for me. James Daniels Bears Jersey . 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Cody Parkey Jersey .C. -- Lucy Li made two double bogeys, a triple bogey and finished her historic round at the U.OTTAWA - A U.S.-based hockey equipment manufacturer has agreed to stop making claims that create the impression that one of its hockey helmets offers protection from concussions, the Competition Bureau said Thursday.The federal regulator said Bauer Hockey Corp.s claims made in advertisements for the RE-AKT helmet were not supported by adequate testing, a finding the company said it did not agree with.The company will also donate $500,000 worth of equipment to a Canadian charity that supports youth participation in sport and pay $40,000 toward the cost of the bureaus investigation, the agency said.The bureau takes representations to the public about performance claims that are not based on prior adequate and proper testing very seriously, particularly when they relate to the health and safety of consumers, Matthew Boswell, senior deputy commissioner of competition, said in a statement.Bauer said it never claimed that its helmets protect against concussions.Their issue was (that) there was no standardized tests, spokesman Steve Jones said in a telephone interview from the companys headquarters in Exeter, N.H. So, our testing couldnt be benchmarked with a standard test. Thats where really the crux of the issue lies.Jones said Bauer will be first in line to follow any new protocol developed by the Canadian Standards Association or the Hockey Equipment Certification Council.Rich Wuerthele, Bauers executive vice-president, said it was time to move on.While we disagree with the bureaus conclusions regarding the testing conducted by and on behalf of Bauer Hockey, we look forward to putting this matter behind us and continuing to provide our customers with the best products possible.ddddddddddddConcussion in hockey and other sports has been a hot topic for the past few years. A panel of international experts, led by Dr. Willem Meeuwisse of the University of Calgary, said last year that concussion is one of the most complex injuries to diagnose and treat, and understanding of it is constantly evolving.Dr. Paul Echlin, a concussion expert who has conducted extensive research on the injury, says changing the way the games are played is the only way to eliminate or substantially reduce trauma.Thats the fundamental change, not building bigger and better helmets, he said from Burlington, Ont., where he runs a sports medicine clinic.The bureau said that current hockey helmet testing standards are aimed at protecting players from catastrophic brain injuries, such as skull fractures, not concussions.Bauer has agreed to remove or modify the remaining performance claims from all RE-AKT marketing material, including packaging and online advertising as well as implement an enhanced corporate compliance program, and take steps to ensure retailers do not make the performance claims, the bureau said.The company said the RE-AKT helmet, which costs about $200 for a basic model, represents less than five per cent of its overall hockey helmet sales in Canada. Bauer is part of Performance Sports Group (TSX:PSG), which also includes Maverik Lacrosse, Mission Roller Hockey, Cascade Helmets, Easton, jersey maker Inaria and Combat, a maker of baseball and softball gear.— By Abdul Latheef in Toronto. Cheap Chargers Jerseys Cheap Rams Jersey Cheap Dolphins Jerseys Cheap Vikings Jerseys Cheap Patriots Jersey Cheap Saints Jerseys Cheap New York Giants Jerseys Cheap Jets Jerseys Cheap Raiders Jerseys Cheap Eagles Jerseys Cheap Steelers Jerseys Cheap 49ers Jerseys Cheap Seahawks Jerseys Cheap Buccaneers Jerseys Cheap Titans Jerseys Cheap Redskins Jerseys ' ' '
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