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TORONTO - The Canadian Soccer Association opposes a request for an expedited hearing on whether using artificial turf in the 2015 Womens World Cup discriminates against women. Eddie Yarbrough Bills Jerseys .A group of elite female players filed a complaint last week with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, asking for an expedited hearing. The CSA, which doubles as national organizing committee of the tournament, and FIFA were given until Thursday to respond to the request to expedite the hearing.The Canadian Soccer Association is prepared to vigorously defend its position and believes the complaint is entirely without merit, the CSA said in its response, released Friday. It should not however have to do so in an expedited process.The CSA argues that FIFA-approved artificial turf is sanctioned for tournament play, noting the world governing body of soccer does not distinguish between male and female players in the application of those standards.The CSA says it will show there is no proven increased risk to players from the use of turf over grass, as supported by independent studies. And it suggests that artificial turf is needed in Canada as a result of its climate and culture.The lawyer for the female players expressed disappointment at the CSA submission while noting that FIFA a€” amazingly and in defiance of the courts directive a€” did not respond at all.Sadly, the Canadian Soccer Association continues to spend time and money on lawyers and procedural delay tactics in a frantic effort to avoid a final court ruling, lawyer Hampton Dellinger said in a statement. Instead, CSA and FIFA should be co-operating with the 2015 World Cups most important asset a€” the worlds best players a€” and paying to provide natural grass fields rather than the plastic pitches that even the most casual fan knows have no place at soccers premier tournament.Dellinger accused the CSA of relegating the worlds best female players to game-changing, dangerous and demeaning conditions.Heres the heart of the matter: what CSA calls the best available fields are so bad that CSA decided that the Canadian mens national team a€” one of international footballs weakest sides a€” would not have to play a mere World Cup qualifying match on them. And these best available fields are so bad that they would not have had a chance at hosting any prior mens World Cup or any future one for years to come.The CSA, however, argues that the turf complaint is frivolous.The use of high-quality turf is integral to soccer in Canada, and the suggestion that having matches played on first-class football turf rather than grass would be discrimination based on gender trivializes that important human right, the CSA said in a brief filed by constitutional lawyer Joseph Arvay.The CSA also contends that the lawsuit is aimed at FIFA and not Canada.The applicants cannot seriously contend that the CSAs decision to bid on the competition, proposing to use Canadas best available facilities, constitutes discrimination. The applicants real concern is not with any conduct by the CSA, but with the decision of FIFA to permit the competition to be held in a country where turf is a common playing surface in our premier stadiums.That is a decision which is not subject to review by this tribunal and one which the applicants are out of time to challenge in any event. They appear to have brought the complaint largely as means of publicizing their dissatisfaction with FIFAs decision made in Zurich in 2011, to allow the CSA to host the competition.The players asked for a Nov. 26 hearing, which the CSA said was unworkable.A recently concluded FIFA inspection tour delivered a positive review of tournament preparations in Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal; and Moncton, New Brunswick.Canada is well on track, said Tatjana Haenni, FIFA deputy director of the competitions division and head of womens competitions. Weve inspected the six stadiums and, overall, we are pleased with Canadas readiness. Tremaine Edmunds Bills Jerseys . The trade deadline is Monday, Mar. 2 at 3pm et/Noon pt. TRADES COMPLETED SINCE OCT. 1, 2014: Feb. 15, 2015 Toronto Maple Leafs acquire: F Olli Jokinen, F Brendan Leipsic, 1st Round Pick (2015) Nashville Predators acquire: D Cody Franson, F Mike Santorelli Feb. Marshall Newhouse Bills Jerseys . Austin Watson, Scott Ford, Filip Forsberg and Mark Van Guilder had the other goals for the Admirals (30-21-12). Scott Darling made 30 saves for his 10th win of the season.DETROIT -- The way James Conner and Tyler Boyd played in their first post-season game, its no wonder Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst is excited about next season. With a pair of freshmen leading the way -- and breaking some long-standing school records in the process -- the Panthers edged Bowling Green 30-27 on Thursday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Conner rushed for 229 yards. Boyd caught eight passes for 173 yards and also scored on a punt return. "We obviously have some great young talent and thats why we are so confident about the future of this program," Chryst said. "We think were in great shape going forward." Conner broke a Pittsburgh bowl record for yards rushing held by Tony Dorsett, and Chris Blewitt kicked a tiebreaking field goal with 1:17 remaining. Conner even played a handful of snaps on the defensive line. Boyd gave Pitt (7-6) a boost with his versatility as well. One star the Panthers will have to replace is Aaron Donald, their All-American on the defensive line. Donald, a senior, helped thwart any last-ditch comeback with a sack deep in Bowling Green territory in the final minute. "They were without question the most physical team we faced all season," said Adam Scheier, Bowling Greens interim coach. "The offensive line was tough, the running back was obviously a bear to tackle and the whole defensive line was disruptive. We knew we had to keep Donald and their other guys out of our backfield, but we couldnt do it." Scheier took over after Wake Forest hired coach Dave Clawson away from the Falcons. Scheier coached the bowl, but now Dino Babers takes over. Dorsett rushed for 202 yards in Pitts win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1977. The schools receiving record for a bowl came the next season. In a Gator Bowl win over Clemson, Gordon Jones had 163 yards receiving. Both marks fell Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Conner rushed for 165 yards in the second half, helping Pitt overcome the loss of quarterback Tom Savage, who didnt play after halftime because of a rib injury. Conner and the Panthers drove 51 yards in seven plays late in the fourth quarter to set up a 39-yard kick by Blewitt, who haad missed from the same distance earlier. Russell Bodine Jersey. Then Conner was back on the field on defence, helping the Panthers protect the lead. "After the last game, coach told me they wanted to unleash me on both sides of the ball, so Ive been getting a lot of reps both ways," Conner said. "I was pretty tired by the end, but I wasnt going to tap out. They kept giving me the ball, so I just kept running." Chad Voytik relieved Savage and put Pitt ahead 27-20 with a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons -- who upset Northern Illinois in Detroit in the Mid-American Conference title game earlier this month -- tied it on Matt Johnsons 15-yard strike to Ryan Burbrink with 4:42 to play. Boyds 54-yard punt return gave the Panthers a 17-3 lead in the second quarter. Bowling Green (10-4) rallied, tying it at 17 on a 94-yard kickoff return by BooBoo Gates to start the second half. Bowling Green appeared to catch a break on the kick return by Gates. A tussle behind the play drew a flag as Gates approached the goal line, but officials ruled that the touchdown stood, with offsetting penalties after the play. The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl faces an uncertain future now that the Detroit Lions have decided to get in the bowl business and will host a game next season. If this game vanishes from the bowl lineup, this was an entertaining finale. Conner put Pitt ahead 7-3 with a 15-yard scoring run near the end of the first quarter. Boyd nearly lost his balance trying to stay inbounds at the end of his punt return, but he was able to reach the end zone. "I knew I had to stay inbounds, because Im not in the goal-line package," Boyd said. "So if I stepped out, I wouldnt get a chance to score." The Falcons rallied thanks in part to an ill-timed loss of discipline by Donald, who picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with Bowling Green about to punt from its own territory. The Falcons ended up scoring on the drive when Alex Bayer took Johnsons short pass on fourth-and-1 and turned it into a 29-yard touchdown to make it 17-10. Savage completed eight passes in the first half. 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