, is to beef up the Avalanches penalty-kill unit

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ZAGREB, Croatia -- Croatia defender Josip Simunic lost his appeal at sports highest court on Monday, ruling him out of the World Cup for leading fans in a pro-Nazi chant after a playoff win. Announcing the ruling to uphold the 10-match ban, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it unanimously rejected Simunics arguments and dismissed his appeal against the FIFA sanction. Simunics ban will start when Croatia opens the World Cup against host Brazil in Sao Paulo on June 12. Simunics lawyer, Davor Prtenjaca, slammed the ruling. "This was not the victory of justice, but the power of a big football association. FIFA had its ban based on political, not legal aspects," Prtenjaca said. Simunic invoked a World War II-era slogan used by Croatias then-puppet regime following a playoff victory against Iceland in Zagreb last November that qualified the Croatians for the tournament. After the match, Simunic took a microphone on the field and shouted to supporters: "To the battle, to the battle for the homeland!" The fans responded: "We are ready!" The slogan was used by Croatias Ustasha regime, which sent tens of thousands Jews, Serbs and Gypsies to death camps. "The expression used by Simunic was a clear and unequivocal reference to the call used by the (Ustasas)," CAS said. FIFAs disciplinary panel has said Simunics action was discriminatory and offensive. The sanction reflected its commitment to harsher sanctions for racism and discrimination at matches. "FIFA considers that CAS gives a clear and strong support to FIFAs efforts in stamping out racism in football," footballs governing body said in a statement. Simunic, who plays for Dinamo Zagreb, apologized after previously defending his action. After the initial reaction, he said: "Some people have to learn some history. Im not afraid. I did nothing wrong." The 36-year-old Australian-born Simunic, who has played 105 times for Croatia, was a probable selection for his third World Cup. At the 2006 tournament, he was sent off against Australia after being shown three yellow cards by the referee. His current ban is likely to mean the end of his international playing career. Simunic is also barred from stadiums where Croatia will play its next 10 official games. He was fined 30,000 Swiss francs (then $33,800) last December by FIFA. Wholesale NFL Jerseys . Not all, but the vast majority. Wholesale Jerseys . Nash passed his final test Tuesday when he skated with his teammates before the game that night against the Boston Bruins. Nash has being skating -- mostly on his own -- the past two weeks after his symptoms subsided. . -- Tiger Woods is skipping the Match Play Championship in Arizona in two weeks. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Pardon Maxime Talbot if hes a little bit overwhelmed right now. He has a baby on the way and a new system to learn after being traded for the first time in his NHL career. The Colorado Avalanche acquired the veteran forward from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in exchange for Steve Downie. Talbot is expected to be in Dallas when the Avs face the Stars on Friday night. The move is somewhat of a surprise, with Colorado off to a 10-1 start and leading its division. But Talbots elated that it came to fruition and is eager to get to work under first-year coach Patrick Roy. "Ive been following their great start to the season, what theyve been doing," Talbot said in a phone interview as he waited for a plane bound for Dallas. "Im really excited to be part of it." The 29-year-old Talbot had a goal and an assist for the Flyers this season. He has also played for Pittsburgh, helping the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup title. His priorities once he arrives in town? Find a place to stay -- and then a new doctor. His fiance is due in February. "That brings a little bit of stress into play," Talbot said. "Were excited to do this in Denver." Talbot already knows quite a few players on the Avalanche, including Matt Duchene and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Oh, and video coach Mario Duhamel, too, Talbots coach when he was a teenager. "I get traded to a team that has a great deal of momentum right now. Its exciting," he said.dddddddddddd "Theyre on top of the league and theres a reason for that. Theyre a young team. They have a deep roster with a lot of young skill and they should be good for years to come." Part of the reason for the deal, Roy said, is to beef up the Avalanches penalty-kill unit. The team has been short-handed with forward Cody McLeod serving a five-game suspension for his hit along the boards on Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall two weeks ago. McLeod will sit out one more before returning to the lineup. "(Talbot) is a really good penalty-kill guy," Roy said. He has some scoring touch, too, finding the net 19 times in 2011-12. "I can bring versatility to the game and I like to play with emotion," Talbot said. "Ive heard only good things about Patrick Roy and the new wave." For Downie, this is a return to the city where he began his career. The Flyers drafted him with the 29th overall pick in 2005, before trading him to Tampa Bay in November 2008. The physical forward was acquired by the Avalanche in February 2012. Downie had a goal and six assists for Colorado this season. He missed most of last year with a knee injury. "Im excited to show Philly what an older Steve Downie looks like," he said. "I play the game hard. I like to play a physical game, crash the net as hard as I can. I play the game on the edge. "Im going to bring my energy every night and hopefully help this team win." cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '

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