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TORONTO - The Canadian Soccer Association is opposing a request for an expedited hearing on whether using artificial turf at the 2015 Womens World Cup discriminates against women. Cheap Eagles Jerseys .A group of elite female players filed a complaint last week with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, asking for an expedited hearing on the case. The CSA, which doubles as national organizing committee of the showcase 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 tribunal still has to rule on the expedited hearing request. But the CSA submission offers a look at its defence.It 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.On the technical issue of an expedited hearing, the CSA argues that it is unwarranted, saying the players waited until the last minute to file their complaint despite the fact that the type of surface to be used had been known for three years.It is well understood that a complainant who fails to file an application promptly after identifying the alleged human rights violation will not be provided with an expedited hearing, Arvay argues.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, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.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.An independent consultant was part of the inspection tour and the CSA has hired a certified testing agency to test the pitches to ensure that the required performance standards are met.All certification steps for stadium pitches are expected to be completed by early 2015.Lawyers for the female players say that gives the two sides ample time to discuss alternatives.a€”a€”a€”Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Eagles Jerseys China . -- Canadas Milos Raonic defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France on Saturday to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. Wholesale Eagles Jerseys . It was just time for him to make a big play. Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 18 points, and the Trail Blazers overcame poor-shooting nights by two of their best players in a 94-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday. http://www.cheapeaglesjerseysauthentic.com/ . Dillon Brooks scored 26 points on 9-17 shooting for Canada while pulling down six rebounds and picking up six steals. Teammate Chris Egi had 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres rotation is living up to expectations. Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the Padres to a 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. The Padres have the chance to sweep the series on Sunday, a week after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers. "From the start, us as a starting five, we felt like we could match up with anybody in baseball," Stults said. "We felt pretty good about things." San Diego has won seven of 10, thanks mostly to the rotation. "Right now were in a nice run of starting pitching," manager Bud Black said. "Theres been some solid work by our starters. Starting pitching is so important to a teams success. Theyre doing their part." The Giants lost their third straight game. It was the first time in nine games the Giants werent involved in a one-run decision. Stults (1-2) kept the already struggling Giants off balance and largely off the base paths, allowing one run and three hits in six innings, with two strikeouts and no walks. Michael Morse homered off Stults on a 2-0 pitch leading off the fifth, his third. Other than that, all the Giants got off the lefty were singles by Joaquin Arias and starter Tim Hudson. Stults was backed by some nice defence, including centre fielder Alexi Amaristas diving catch of Hunter Pences blooper for the second out of the first inning. "I was able to keep my pitch count down, and I think it was just getting strike one," Stults said. "Theyre a pretty aggressive team and I had a hunch they would be swinging early. I was able to execute some pitches down in the zone. I was able to stay away from the heart of the plate." Stults had thrown only 85 pitches and wanted to go back out for the seventh inning, but Black chose to send out Nick Vincent, who struck out Buster Posey, Morse and Pablo Sandoval. Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his first save. The Giants have scored only three runs in their last 28 innings. "The only way to get hits is tto swing the bat," Morse said. Cheap Brian Dawkins Jersey. "Right now, I dont think were pressing. I dont think we are trying to do anything out of the ordinary. I just think we hit a rough spot. Our team is too good for us to be stuck in this for too much longer." Still, manager Bruce Bochy is calling off batting practice for Sunday and plans to sit Sandoval, whos hitting only .171. "We have so many good hitters struggling right now," Bochy said. "We didnt create any chances, really. We didnt get many good swings off. Thats what disappointed me tonight. Youd like to get some decent swings." San Diegos Yonder Alonso hit an RBI single in the second. Cabreras triple to right-centre with one out in the fifth scored Amarista, who reached after his bunt single landed between the mound and second base, and advanced on Hudsons error on a pickoff attempt and Stults sacrifice bunt. Cabrera was thrown out trying to score on Will Venables grounder to first. The Padres added on in the eighth when Will Venable doubled to left, advanced on Grandals fly ball and scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia. Hudson (2-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked none. NOTES: Hudson joins Grover Cleveland Alexander (six games in 1923) and Tiny Bonham (four games in 1944) as the only starting pitchers in the last 101 seasons to open a season by throwing four games of at least seven innings while not issuing a walk. ... Hudson has set the franchise record with 30 innings without a walk to open a season. ... Posey and Morse were back in the Giants starting lineup after getting a day off. 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