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CHICAGO -- As if her list of accomplishments wasnt long enough already, Hope Solo has a chance to add another one on Saturday.If Solo posts a shutout when the U.S. women meet South Africa at Soldier Field, she will have an even 100. And dont think she sees it as just another number.Im excited, she said Friday. Its something Im really proud of. But its more about the journey. Its not just one game, whether its against South Africa and Costa Rica. Whenever it happens, its been a long road and a long journey so its something Im very proud of.Solo has soared to heights no other U.S. goalkeeper has reached with more victories than any other, not to mention a World Cup championship and two Olympic gold medals. She made a memorable late save against Japan, stopping a powerful shot from Mana Iwabuchi, to preserve a 2-1 victory in the final of the London Games.With the U.S. gearing up for another Olympic run, Solo will try to create another memory. She has a chance to do it in Chicago, where the NFLs Bears built their foundation on shutting down opponents.It would be quite an accomplishment for a goalkeeper who has been piling up shutouts for 16 years. Solos first came in an 8-0 win over Iceland in Davidson, North Carolina, in April 2000, and the list has been growing since.It includes 28 countries -- 10 each against Canada and Mexico. Ten have come in the World Cup and six in the Olympics.She has 46 on U.S. soil, 53 abroad. And when Solo posts a clean sheet, the U.S. is 90-0-9 with a 275-0 scoring edge.Its remarkable, coach Jill Ellis said. We had a history of having tremendous goalkeepers in our program over the years. But that consistency. I know Hope would fully also credit the people playing, but shes extraordinary. I was thinking about the Olympics the other day, and her performance in the final in London was just remarkable. ... She continues to have big moments where shes a game-changer for us so to reach that number, its quite extraordinary.Solos pursuit of her 100th shutout isnt the only story surrounding the team. FIFA World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd and midfielder Megan Rapinoe are trying to work their way back from knee injuries.Ellis said Lloyd will be available to play Saturday. But a recent quad pull might keep out Rapinoe, whos working her way back from a torn right ACL.Lloyd sprained her right knee while playing for the Houston Dash against the Orlando Pride in a National Womens Soccer League match in late April. The Grade 1 MCL sprain was expected to take three to six weeks to heal. But with the Olympics approaching, she is not rushing her return.The injury has given her a bit of a breather after a dizzying period. Lloyd came to prominence when she scored a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of last summers World Cup victory over Japan.After that, she played in the teams victory tour. She got showered with sponsorship deals and requests for appearances. She received her sports highest honor.She has been taking full contact in practice. And Ellis hopes a more rested Lloyd will be a better Lloyd.What I hope it will add is there will be a freshness about her, Ellis said. The other players have obviously been playing in the league. Its not just the games, its the travel. For Carli, I think what she may have lost in terms of just the past few weeks, I think she will gain in terms of having legs and energy.As for Rapinoe, the quad issue was a recent development. She also has some tightness in her calf.Sometimes when you come back from an injury, its not specifically the injury itself, Ellis said. At times, its just the general body getting back into it. Joe Thomas Jersey .com) - Following a late-game loss to the reigning NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors will look to sustain their recent high-level play as they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. 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With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. PITTSBURGH -- The Boston Bruins insist they arent trying to draw the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins into a street fight. However, if one breaks out during the Eastern Conference finals, all the better. David Krejci scored two more goals during his torrid post-season, and the Bruins shut down the Penguins 3-0 in Round 1 -- make that Game 1 -- on Saturday night. Nathan Horton assisted on both of Krejcis scores and added an insurance goal in the third period, and Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for the Bruins, who silenced Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHLs top-scoring team. Boston did it by forcing the Penguins into the kind of sloppy, undisciplined play they largely avoided during the first two rounds of the playoffs. Crosby was penalized twice, reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin engaged in a rare fight, and longtime instigator Matt Cooke was ejected after he checked Bostons Adam McQuaid from behind into the boards in the second period. That ratcheted up the intensity from contentious to chippy in a matter of seconds. "They were a little bit frustrated and we just wanted to put the pressure on them. Good things happen when we do that," Horton said. And bad things happen to the Penguins. Pittsburgh came in averaging a league-high 4.27 goals in the playoffs but couldnt solve Rask. The Penguins hit the post a handful of times and seemed a bit off following an eight-day break between rounds. Tomas Vokoun stopped 27 shots but surrendered a soft goal to Krejci, and Pittsburghs sizzling power play cooled off. The Penguins came in leading playoff teams with the man advantage, scoring on 28 per cent of their chances, but went 0 for 4 in the opener. "We didnt play in a week and I think probably was pretty emotional, getting into it a little bit," Crosby said. "Like I said thats not something we go out there looking for." Yet its something the Penguins are sure to expect again heading into Game 2 on Monday night. Boston clogged the neutral zone to disrupt the timing of Pittsburghs free-flowing offence then counterpunched behind Krejci, whose 19 points in the playoffs lead the league. "Hes a good player," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "Why should he be different than Crosby or Malkin, who are good players?" For a night anyway, Krejci was a notch better. Crosby and Malkin generated plenty of scoring chances, but Boston linemates Krejci and Horton buried theirs. "That line was really good for us," Julien said. "They made some great plays and scored some big goals." Its a role often filled by Crosby and Malkin, but Pittsburghs two stars -- not to mention the rest of the team -- couldnt find a way to sneak a puck by Rask. Crosby hit the post in the opening minutes, and Pittsburgh put the kind of pressure on Rask that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said would be necessary if they wanted to advance. Rask, playiing this deep in the post-season for the first time, proved equal to the challenge.dddddddddddd. He stuffed Crosby from point-blank range on the power play, then added an acrobatic save on Malkin in the final moments of the period when Malkin attempted to bang home a pass off the end boards. The stop preserved a 1-0 Boston lead after Krejci beat Vokoun 8:23 into the game. Krejcis sixth goal of the post-season was also the first sloppy mistake by Vokoun during his excellent playoff run. The Bruins raced in on a 3-on-2 break, and the NHLs leading post-season scorer found himself alone 30 feet in front of the net. The shot slid by defenceman Paul Martin and rolled slowly through Vokouns legs and into the net. The games tenor, however, changed abruptly in the second period when Cooke slammed McQuaid from behind into the boards behind the Bruins net. McQuaid had his back turned when Cooke came in at full speed and raised his left arm just before impact. The collision sent McQuaid crumpling to the ice. Cooke -- whose career was pockmarked with suspensions and fines for hits before he made it a point to clean up his play two years ago -- was given a major penalty for boarding and was ejected. "We all know the history with (Cooke)," Crosby said. "Its going to be looked at and scrutinized a lot more because its him, but I wouldnt go as far to say its a penalty because its Cooke." By the end of the second period -- after Brad Marchand thumped James Neal into the boards in front of the Pittsburgh bench -- the Penguins turned their anger on the Bruins. Pittsburghs Chris Kunitz and Bostons Rich Peverley were called for unsportsmanlike conduct 5 seconds before intermission, a preview to the main event moments later. Just as the horn sounded, Malkin and Bergeron started up, with Malkin dropping Bergeron to the ice with a couple shots to the face. It ended with both assistant captains given fighting majors. The momentary momentum swing, however, also left Pittsburgh without one of its key performers for a crucial power play at the start of the third period. "It did, I think, get us off our game," Bylsma said. "I think we could have come out and scored a power-play goal, it would have been different. We werent able to get back at our game after that power play." Instead, Malkin was still in the penalty box when Krejci punched in a rebound for his 19th point of the playoffs 4:04 into the period to give Boston a two-goal lead. Horton put it away less than 4 minutes later with a blast from the left circle. The puck darted over Vokouns glove and seemed to deflate the Penguins. Pittsburgh trailed longer in the opener -- 52 minutes -- than it did during its entire five-game series win over Ottawa in the second round. "Its a great start but its just one game," Rask said. "They keep doing that, theyre going to score some goals." ' ' '

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