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WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Those competing in World Cup luge races Saturday night got only one run instead of the customary two, because delays in getting the sleds to the track forced some schedule changes. Cheap Nike Air Vapormax .Tucker West of the U.S. apparently didnt mind.West won the mens World Cup race for the second straight weekend, finishing in 50.109 seconds for his third career victory on the circuit. Wolfgang Kindl of Austria was second in 50.153 seconds, and Andi Langenhan of Germany was third in 50.243 seconds.He is on top of the world, USA Luge womens racer Summer Britcher said of West, as he draped himself in an American flag on the podium after the race. You can see it.Wests win capped a strange World Cup week in Whistler, where most athletes waited around all week and were unable to train while their sleds were stuck in transit because of a snowstorm.This was a crazy week, West said.West didnt get on the Whistler ice for practice until Saturday. John Fennell didnt even get that.Fennell, like all other athletes who rely on Nations Cup qualifying races to get a chance at being in the World Cup field, couldnt get on the track at the Whistler Sliding Center this week. Shipping problems meant most competitors planning to race in Whistler didnt have their sleds until Friday night, leading to a very condensed World Cup schedule -- with all training and races being squeezed into Saturday.To make that happen, Nations Cup runs were canceled.That meant a lot of sliders were in Whistler this week for nothing.I feel terrible for all of the athletes who have traveled to Whistler who will receive no time on the ice and will only be allowed to be spectators, USA Luge veteran Chris Mazdzer said.Mazdzer didnt like the move by International Luge Federation officials, and teammate Fennell was maybe the biggest casuality. Fennell used to race for Canada, knows the Whistler track well and this weekend was a legitimate chance for him to collect some critical World Cup points that could have gotten his first year with the Americans rolling.Instead, he got nothing. No points, and now probably no chance of qualifying for the world championships later this season.Im feeling angry, frustrated, upset, Fennell said. I dont think its the right decision. Zero World Cup points is huge for me.Fennell had his sled with him in Whistler all week, while many sliders didnt get theirs until Friday night -- a truck involved in the shipping of sleds from last weekends World Cup in Lake Placid, New York got stuck in a snowstorm and it took several days to get the sleds rerouted and on the move again. But since so many sliders did not have equipment, Fennell and others who had their sleds were told to keep them off the ice.This was my best chance to do well this season and show coaches and the organization what Im capable of, and it was a waste of time, effort and money, Fennell said. Im walking away empty-handed.Canadas Alex Gough walked away in a very different mood. Gough won the womens race Saturday night on her home track, finishing the single-heat competition in 38.796 seconds. Germans took second and third, with Natalie Geisenberger finishing in 38.848 and Tatjana Huefner in 38.850.For the U.S., Emily Sweeney was fourth, Erin Hamlin sixth and Britcher took seventh.This was a very interesting week, Sweeney said.In doubles, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany prevailed in 38.542 seconds. Fellow Germans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt were second in 38.570, and Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria were third in 38.642. Womens Nike Air Vapormax . That gave fans outside Joe Louis Arena another chance to ask for autographs from the 19-year-old whose stardom in the NHL has arrived earlier than most expected. White Nike Air Vapormax . 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. .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced plans Thursday for the leagues expansion to 28 teams, including a deadline for owners to apply and a new franchise fee.The fee for the two teams expected to be granted next year is jumping to $150 million. Garber also set a Jan. 31, 2017, deadline for interested potential owners or ownership groups to apply.The league has expanded to 22 teams with the addition of Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC, which will debut next season.The Los Angeles Football Club will join the league in 2018 as the 23rd team. The league announced it is making progress on plans to add a team in Miami -- the high-profile bid that includes David Beckham -- that would bring the league to 24.Garber was not specific about the Miami team on a conference call with reporters Thursday, but said: We are very focused on Miami being our 24th team.Minnesota paid a $100 million franchise fee. In contrast, Toronto paid a $10 million fee in 2006. The fee does not cover the entire cost that owners will incur in starting up a franchise, like coaching staff salaries and stadium costs, which Garber said would bring the total cost well north of $300 million.Following the meeting Thursday of the MLS Board of Governors in New York, Garber said the two new expansion teams, slated to start play by 2020, would be announced in late 2017. The timeline and fees for the two additional franchises were not yet set.Since announcing plans to expand to 28 clubs late last year, many potential ownership groups have contacted us, and numerous public officials have stated their desire to bring an MLS expansion team to their city, Garber said in a prepared statement. We look forward to reviewing expansion applications in the coming months and conducting formal meetings in 2017 with possible team owners.Current MLS owners approved the expansion process. Garber said some of the factors that will be considered include fan support, market size, geographic location, level of corporate support and stadium suitability.Ten markets have expressed interest in an MLS team, including Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, St. Black Nike Air Vapormax. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa/St. Petersburg.Sacramento is considered one of the strongest candidates. The USL side, the Sacramento Republic, hosted Garber for a rally in April to demonstrate the citys enthusiasm for a top-level team.In November, the Sacramento City Council approved a proposal for a development project that would include a soccer stadium.There are clearly markets that are further along than others, Garber said. Weve been in discussions with Sacramento for years.Republic FC managing partner Kevin Nagle said the Republic is well-positioned.For over two years, Sacramento has methodically built our case as an MLS-caliber city. Weve proven the strength of our market. Weve delivered a truly shovel-ready MLS stadium plan. And weve assembled a world-class ownership group, Nagle said. At last, all of that hard work will bear fruit. We look forward to the MLS application process and to demonstrating once and for all that Sacramento is ready for MLS.Another strong bid is expected from St. Louis. The potential ownership group for SC St. Louis includes former Bain Capital managing director Paul Edgerley and Jim Kavanaugh, owner of St. Louis FC of the USL.Were in an excellent position to be awarded one of the two new MLS franchises in 2020, given St. Louiss reputation as a great sports town as well as being the traditional home of soccer in the United States, Edgerly said in a statement. Combine that with the strong investor group weve pulled together, our plan for a new multipurpose downtown stadium, our geographical location and television market, and I like our chances.Another possible contender is Detroit. 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