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Canadian Players Focused On World Cup Semifinals

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One by one, the Canadian players strolled into the media room at Air Canada Centre on Thursday afternoon for an off day availability at the World Cup of Hockey.

The team’s semifinal opponent had yet to be affirmed so questions and answers were comprehensive in nature. There was talk about the process, doing the little things right, and sticking to what has worked in three straight round-robin victories.

The Canadians have been playing so well in this tournament, it actually seems like it’s up to the opposition — it was discovered later in the day it would be Russia— to find out a way to overcome them rather than the reverse.

That went unsaid Thursday, but the numbers speak for themselves.

Canada (is the only team with a perfect record. It’s allowed just three goals total, commanded the play for extended stretches and is averaging nearly five goals and over 43 shots a match.

The Russians were in control of their own destiny entering play against Finland on Thursday afternoon. A 3-0 triumph ensured them of second place in Group B and eliminated North America, a high-octane squad of players age 23-and-under from Canada and the USA headed by Oilers phenom Connor McDavid.

There are several reasons why the reigning Olympic and World Cup champions are favoured to win again. Canada’s goaltending has been strong, the team rolls four strong lines and the defence is top shelf.

The Russians, meanwhile, have a solid netminder in Sergei Bobrovsky and are anchored up front by forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. There’ll be no shortage of motivation on Saturday night for a team ready to eliminate the favourites on their home ice.

“The opportunity is enormous,” Ovechkin said. “They have a fairly great team with sound players. We just have to match it.”

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Your Favorite Fall Scents Also Have Some Major Health Perks

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Ah, fall. That magical time of year where there’s boundless opportunities for apple picking, pumpkin spice lattes and foliage.
 
The chilly season is certainly wonderful eye candy for Instagram, but it also has an added bonus for your well-being thanks to the aromas of the season. And it’s good to indulge in them: Research shows your olfactory response is linked to the emotional center of your brain, meaning a simple sniff can cause you to experience those warm and fuzzy feelings.
 
In honor of the first official day of fall, we rounded up some of the best scents of the season that also have a few wellness perks. Take a look at them below and embrace the start of the chilly weather. Your brain and body sure will.
 
Cinnamon
 

 
One whiff of this warm scent can instantly make you feel cozy. But did you know it can also sharpen your mind? Research shows that the smell of cinnamon can help boost brain function. According to a Wheeling Jesuit University study, those who were given the sweet spice improved in cognitive activities such as visual-motor response, working memory and attention span.
 
Pumpkin
 

 
Eau de Pumpkin Pie? Touted as the symbol of the season, the iconic fall aroma is also an olfactory aphrodisiac for men. A study conducted by The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found that 40 percent of the male test subjects responded positively to the scent when it was mixed with lavender.
 
Apples
 

 
In addition to being the main ingredient in fall recipes, this superfruit’s scent can mitigate a migraine. A 2008 study found that those who considered the scent appealing also had a noticeable ease in their headache symptoms and a shortened migraine episode, Prevention reported.
 
Autumn Leaves
 

 
The foliage mixed with crisp air is most commonly associated with the fall — and its visual appeal isn’t too terrible either. There’s nothing more reenergizing than the scent of fresh air with the sun beaming through the colorful trees. In fact, it’s the brightening power of daylight that prompts the warm hues we love about the season. The most vivid leaf colors, which bring the perfume of autumn, develop best when the days are cool and sunny.
 
Nutmeg
 

 
Not only can the spice enhance your morning coffee, but the rich, earthy aroma of nutmeg also has a few health benefits. When used in incense, nutmeg is a go-to scent for sleep, as it can induce muscle relaxation and stress relief. The spice may also help your memory. Studies show that myristicin, a property found in nutmeg, can restrict the enzyme that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Greatest Sport in the World Is Not What You’re Thinking

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“A sport no school ever dropped, no scandal ever tainted… And the ultimate benefit for his or her time, money and effort? Nothing. Nothing; save the joy of competition. A refreshing reminder of what sport was intended to be. And, on rare occasions, can still be. The greatest winners? Well, they were all winners.” – Howard Cossell
 
For years, American sports have been dominated by the “big four”: football, basketball, hockey and — of course — baseball.
 
Soccer dominates just about every other corner of the earth. After those five, sports like golf, cricket and rugby are played and enjoyed internationally, but there is one magnificent sport that — despite flying under the radar — is about to come out of the shadows: Ultimate Frisbee.
 
I know what you’re thinking, and so does every other Ultimate player. No, we aren’t all stoners. We don’t play with a dog and it isn’t just a rec league activity. Even though the sport continues to be predominantly white, it isn’t a competition reserved for the White middle class, either.
 
On the contrary, the athletes that are playing Ultimate get better every year and the sport is increasing its exposure each day. And here is why:
 

 
1) It’s played with a frisbee.
You know, only the greatest instrument of play ever invented. There’s an old expression that when a ball dreams it dreams of being a frisbee; and the reasons go on eternally. To begin with, frisbees are inexpensive. The standard 175-gram plastic disks shouldn’t run you more than 10 dollars. When thrown correctly, they can leave the field of play and then return into a receiver’s hands. A frisbee can skip, bounce, fly, hover, flip, spin, roll — and even hold your dinner. It can be thrown upside down or with your toes. It can fit under your car seat or in a desk, open a beer or decorate your room. If that isn’t enough, add to the list that they can’t break car windows and they’re kid-safe, too.
 

 
2) Spirit Of The Game
The sport of Ultimate is developed on an honor system that penetrates the game at every level. In youth, college and club Ultimate the sport is completely self-officiated. At the most competitive events, there are referee-like observers on hand that make final rulings only when two players can’t come to an agreement. They aren’t involved in the game unless a player asks them to be. Even at the professional level, where the sport is reffed, there is a clause in the rulebook which allows players to overturn a referee’s call if they get it wrong (this happens more than you’d think).
 

 
3) Silly highlight reels
Ultimate is a unique mixture of several sports that makes it completely its own. Plays happen in the air like basketball and football, players endure grueling quantities of running like soccer, receivers leave their feet to make dramatic catches like baseball outfielders, and much of the sport is played in tournament format (multiple games every day, meaning an abundance of opportunities for Sports Center-like plays).
 
 
4) Things like this happen
 

 
5) Party Tournaments
Possibly one of the greatest thrills of Ultimate is traveling with your best friends to go play in some faraway city. The difference here is that in Ultimate, annual tournaments are truly designed for the party. Whether you’re an elite level player or just a beginner, these tournaments are enjoyed by all. You can find them in places like Wildwood, New Jersey, where thousands of Ultimate players take over this seashore town for a complete weekend. Other classics include MARS in Pittsburgh, Sandblast in Chicago, Lei Out in California and Potlatch in Seattle. Anytime you’re feeling like you need a rest from competitive Ultimate, these tournaments will work.
 

 
6) Ultimate is working for peace in the Middle East.
With a large emphasis on community, Ultimate is often found at the vanguard of movements and community-based programs. Perhaps none are more significant than Ultimate Peace, a summer camp that brings together Israelis and Palestinians on the Ultimate fields throughout Israel.
 

 
7) It’s cheap and fairly simple.
Want to play a pick-up game of Ultimate? All you need is some open space, a frisbee and… well, that’s really it. You can consult the rulebook if you’d like, but the fundamental tenets go something like this: score in the other team’s end zone, avoid contact, don’t run with the Frisbee and play with integrity.
 

 
8) It’s way better than book clubs or fraternities.
Looking for a solid group of friends when you get to college? How about a good way to meet some new people outside of work? Ultimate is perfect. The community in the sport is all about reaching out, spreading the game, and developing relationships outside the lines. Ultimate players are generally well connected, also. Every one of my Ultimate friends can attest to the fact the individuals they met through this sport helped propel them in new courses both with their professions and their social lives.
 

 
9) The off the field stuff is amazing, but…
 
… at the end of the day, the things that happen on the field in Ultimate stand completely on their own.

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Dustin Johnson Rolls to Three-Way Tie For Tour Championship Lead

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Dustin Johnson was in trouble from the start Thursday, only not for very long. The game feels simple for the U.S. Open champ, who began his bid for the FedEx Cup title on Thursday with a 4-under 66 to share the lead at the Tour Championship.

Johnson had 165 yards from the sand and worried about getting it over the lip of the bunker. He hit 8-iron to 2 feet for birdie and was on his way to his sixth consecutive round at 68 or lower.

“It was a very nice shot to begin the day,” Johnson said with a smile.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan ran off three straight birdies early in his round and finished with a birdie on the par-5 18th — the nines have been switched at East Lake — for a 66, while Kevin Chappell joined them with a bogey-free round.

Johnson is coming off his third victory of the year at the BMW Championship two weeks ago, and there was no sign that anything has changed. He hit a fair amount of fairways (eight out of 14) contemplating the dry, quick conditions, and only once when he was out of position did he neglect to save par.

He is the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup, and the top five seeds simply have to win the Tour Championship to claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. The top five were all among the dozen players who broke par in the opening round.

Jason Day, the world’s No. 1 player who has not won in four months, dropped his only shot on the opening hole and was at 67, along with Kevin Kisner and Si Woo Kim.

“I’d like to give Dustin a great run for it,” Day said.

Jordan Spieth did not look like he would post anything near a 68 after he was 3 over through two holes. The defending FedEx Cup champ let his short game bail him outside in a big way. Spieth holed three straight putts from the 30-foot range — one of them for par — and raced back into the mix on the back nine by holing a bunker shot for birdie right of the 13th green and ending with a pair of 20-foot birdies.

“This is a course I feel very comfortable on,” Spieth said. “I feel if I play really strong golf here — and it doesn’t have to be perfect golf — I can shoot 8 under on this golf course. I have no doubt. It fits me really nicely.”

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Rihanna Rocks Dramatic New Dreadlocks

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Rihanna took to Instagram on Monday to show off her brand new ‘do.

Posing with her back to the camera, RiRi showed off her thick, long dreadlocks, captioning the photograph, “buffalo $oldier.”

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The dreadlocks reached down past her backside. Prior to her latest hairdo, Rihanna sported glossy black locks at various Paris Fashion Week events.

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The KKK Officially Endorses Donald Trump As President

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All those right wing Donald Trump supporters now officially have something in common with the KKK. In a surprise to literally no one, the Ku Klux Klan endorsed the Presidential candidate on the front page of the official newspaper, The Crusader, on Tuesday morning. Using Trump’s fear mongering slogan “Make America Great Again” as their headline, the problematic publication backed the racist Republican in a feature all about white supremacy by Pastor Thomas Robb.

“‘Make America Great Again!’ It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency. You can see it on the shirts, buttons, posters, and ball caps… But can it happen? Can America really be great again? This is what we will soon find out!
While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’ The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who our forefathers were.
America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”

According to the publication, the Klan wants Donald in office in order to help them lead a crusade against “white genocide,” writing:

Luckily, Donald’s spokesperson addressed the issue by promptly rejecting the endorsement stating:
“Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”

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Kim Kardashian Might Be Voting For Trump

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Kim Kardashian has publicly been on Team Hillary since last summer, but it turns out she may not have fully made up her mind about who she intends to vote for on Nov. 8.

In June, Kardashian told GQ that she planned on casting her vote for Clinton, but conversations with her stepparent Caitlyn Jenner have seemingly caused her to question her initial choice.

“At first I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m so Hillary [Clinton]’, but I had a long political call with Caitlyn last night about why she’s voting Trump. I’m on the fence,” Kardashian said in a cover story for Wonderland magazine.

Jenner has continued her lifetime affiliation with the Republican party, despite being one of the most visible faces in the transgender community. The former Olympian has repeatedly made her opposition to Clinton clear, saying she believes the Democratic nominee “couldn’t care less about women.” She further raised eyebrows in June when she praised GOP nominee Donald Trump for his attitudes toward women and the LGBT community.

And while Jenner is certainly a powerful influence in Kardashian’s life, the reality star’s unexpected thought of Trump is unsatisfactory but not entirely out of character. She told GQ that while she now votes as a Democrat, at one time she identified as a “liberal Republican.” She also has a professional relationship with Trump, having appeared on “The Apprentice” in 2010, and can count herself among the few people the Republican nominee hasn’t badmouthed.

When Yahoo! Politics asked Trump to describe the reality star in two words, he couldn’t do it.

“Well, look, she was so pleasant to me,” he said. “I mean every time I see her she’s just — I’m just going to say she was always pleasant to me.”

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6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

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Over-worked, under-slept, and feeling pressure like whoa? There are plenty of ways to find calm—without investing in a 90-minute massage. Turns out all you need is a pair of healthy lungs, your breath, and 10 minutes or less. Here are six expert-approved ways to relax using breathing techniques borrowed from yoga, meditation, and even the therapist’s chair.
 
 

The Need-to-Know


Don’t wait until fight-or-flight kicks in before minding the breath. Controlled breathing not only keeps your mind and body functioning at their best, it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation, and help you de-stress. While the effects of breathing techniques on anxiety haven’t been studied at length (at least in a controlled clinical setting), many experts encourage using the breath as a means of increasing awareness, mindfulness, or—for the yogis among us—finding that elusive state of Zen. To get to the bottom of the breath work, Greatist spoke to breathing expert Dr. Alison McConnell, yoga instructor Rebecca Pacheco, and psychologist Dr. Ellen Langer. But follow closely: Easy breathing isn’t quite as easy as it sounds.
 
 

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From the confines of a bed, a desk, or anywhere negativity finds its way, consider these six techniques to help keep calm and carry on.
 
 
1. Sama Vritti or “Equal Breathing”
How it’s done: Balance can do a body good, beginning with the breath. To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four (all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath). Got the basic pranayama down? More advanced yogis can aim for six to eight counts per breath with the same goal in mind: Calm the nervous system, increase focus, and reduce stress, Pacheco says.
 
When it works best: Anytime, anyplace—but this is one technique that’s especially effective before bed. “Similar to counting sheep, if you’re having trouble falling asleep, this breath can help take your mind off the racing thoughts, or whatever might be distracting you,” Pacheco says.
 
Level of difficulty: Beginner
 
 
2. Abdominal Breathing Technique
How it’s done: With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. The goal: Six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure, McConnell says. Keep at it for six to eight weeks, and those benefits might stick around even longer.
 
When it works best: Before an exam or any stressful event. But keep in mind, “Those who operate in a stressed state all the time might be a little shocked how hard it is to control the breath,” Pacheco says. To help train the breath, consider biofeedback tools such as McConnell’s Breathe Strong app, which can help users pace their breathing wherever they are.
 
Level of difficulty: Beginner
 
 
3. Progressive Relaxation
How it’s done: To nix tension from head to toe, close the eyes and focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each. Start with the feet and toes, then move up to the knees, thighs, glutes, chest, arms, hands, neck, jaw, and eyes—all while maintaining deep, slow breaths. Having trouble staying on track? Anxiety and panic specialist Dr. Patricia Farrell suggests we breathe in through the nose, hold for a count of five while the muscles tense, then breathe out through the mouth on release.
 
When it works best: At home, at a desk, or even on the road. One word of caution: Dizziness is never the goal. If holding the breath ever feels uncomfortable, tone it down to just a few seconds.
 
Level of difficulty: Beginner
 
 
4. Nadi Shodhana or “Alternate Nostril Breathing”
How it’s done: A yogi’s best friend, this breath is said to bring calm, balance, and unite the right and left sides of the brain. Starting in a comfortable meditative pose, hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril. Continue the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb, and exhaling through the left nostril.
 
When it works best: Crunch time, or whenever it’s time to focus or energize. Just don’t try this one before bed: Nadi shodhana is said to “clear the channels” and make people feel more awake. “It’s almost like a cup of coffee,” Pacheco says.
 
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
 
 
5. Guided Visualization
How it’s done: Head straight for your happy place, no questions asked. With a coach, therapist, or helpful recording as your guide, breathe deeply while focusing on pleasant, positive images to replace any negative thoughts. Psychologist Dr. Ellen Langer explains that while it’s just one means of achieving mindfulness, “Guided visualization helps puts you in the place you want to be, rather than letting your mind go to the internal dialogue that is stressful.”
 
When it works best: Pretty much any place you can safely close your eyes and let go (e.g. not at the wheel of a car).
 
Level of difficulty: Intermediate.
 
 
6. Kapalabhati or “Skull Shining Breath”
How it’s done: Ready to brighten up your day from the inside out? This one begins with a long, slow inhale, followed by a quick, powerful exhale generated from the lower belly. Once comfortable with the contraction, up the pace to one inhale-exhale (all through the nose) every one to two seconds, for a total of 10 breaths.
 
When it works best: When it’s time to wake up or start looking on the bright side. “It’s pretty abdominal-intensive,” Pacheco says, “but it will warm up the body, shake off stale energy, and wake up the brain.” If alternate nostril breathing is like coffee, consider this a shot of espresso, she says.
 
Level of difficulty: Advanced

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8 Free Activities That Are Good For Your Soul

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None of these eight activities require much effort or money. But they’re all pleasant, productive ways to spend free time, and they can make you healthier, happier, and more successful in the long run.
 
Here’s a list of the most soulful and smart ways to spend your downtime today:
 
 
1. Read.
You can learn so much about yourself by spending time reading — whether you’re skimming an inspirational biography or zipping through a vivid novel. It’s all about reading between the lines, seeing things from another perspective, and traveling to deeper levels of your subconscious mind. Reading is also relaxing, and it can help you improve your own communication skills by teaching you how to more clearly express yourself.
 
2. Have real conversations with people.
Whether you’re at a café with a friend, in a social gathering, or just chatting with people online, try to make each conversation meaningful. Ask other people about their passions, their perspectives, their fears, and their failures. Don’t judge. Don’t compare. Just listen. Oftentimes, honest conversation serves as motivation for positive change. It allows you to get to know your peers better and helps you learn from their mistakes and successes.
 
3. Meditate.
Meditation is essentially the practice of staying still for a few moments of silence, but its benefits are astounding. We could all use some more serenity in our lives, and starting each day with a 15-minute meditation session could be just the ticket. In the beginning, you might find it difficult to stay focused on your breath and empty your mind completely. But soon it’ll become second nature. In the long term, meditation can help you reduce stress and handle daily issues more rationally.
 
4. Write your to-do list.
Take two minutes every morning to write down everything that needs to get done that day. Doing so will save you a lot of time and worry later on. Once you’ve outlined all the work that should be completed, prioritize. Define the three most important tasks — the ones that will really help you achieve your goals — and place them at the top. Then, start working on them first thing in the morning, even if for just a few minutes.
 
5. Watch inspirational videos.
If reading isn’t your thing and you prefer browsing online, make sure to choose the right video content. Explore the expansive library of smart, motivational TED talks. Some of my favorites include this one in which Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, explains how to find happiness without changing a thing, and this one in which Richard St. John reveals the actual secrets of success.
 
6. Declutter.
When you’re sitting at home with some free time, make the productive decision to simplify your life by decluttering. Start by donating or giving away anything you haven’t used in the last six months. Find a place for all that you keep, and vow to start shopping within your limits, with regard for your wants versus your needs.
 
7. Drink tea.
Drinking tea is extremely healthy, and it can become a calming, stress-reducing ritual if you do it daily. Find a short period of time, in the morning or evening, when no one is bothering you and you can be on your own. Make your tea and enjoy every sip. As you do, you can listen to music, read, write, or just stay still and savor the silence.
 
8. Write.
If you don’t consider yourself a writer or creative person, that’s okay. You can still give this exercise a try. The purpose of writing is to get things out of your head and onto paper. It’s a therapeutic process, and I suggest penning a page every morning. However, you can also use journaling to review your goals or reflect on the week’s events.

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January Jones Stuns In Bright Pink Jumpsuit With Plunging Neckline

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Everyone loves a good jumpsuit, regardless of how challenging it can be to put on. Take, for instance, this bright, form-fitting ensemble with plunging neckline worn by January Jones.

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Jones wore the daring look to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and looked exactly like Malibu Barbie.

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Many attendees at the star-studded occasion opted for neutrals, including Nicole Richie, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Katy Perry and Diane Kruger.