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Anthony Ogogo hopes to continue his career next year after revealing he has a double fracture of his eye socket.Great Britains 2012 Olympic bronze medallist suffered the first defeat of his professional career when his corner pulled him out in the eighth round of a middleweight bout against Craig Cunningham in Birmingham on Saturday.Ogogo (11-1, 7 KOs), who was knocked down by a right hook in the second round, had been suffering from blurred vision and an eye specialist confirmed on Monday the Lowestoft boxer may have sustained the injury before fighting Cunningham.After seeing an eye specialist today it turns out that I have fractured my eye socket in two places, Ogogo said. Given this my vision and balance were affected to the point that I had to be pulled out.As soon as I went back to the corner after the first round I realised something was wrong, although at the time was unaware of the extent of it.Ogogo, 27, is now ruled out until the latter half of 2017 at least after the latest setback in a career blighted by injuries.This is obviously an incredibly tough time for me, said Ogogo. I have overcome a lot of adversity previously and now face an uncertain time in terms of my eyesight with now another mountain to climb.However, I am ready for the challenge and will be giving everything I have to get back in the ring and to achieve my full potential. Jarrad Davis Jersey . According to a report from the Vancouver Province, the Lions are expected to replace former DC Rich Stubler with defensive backs coach Mark Washington. Calvin Johnson Lions Jersey . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. 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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The World Cup of Hockey, dormant since 2004 and in desperate need of an identity as it prepares for a relaunch in Toronto in less than two weeks, is already facing a crisis of confidence.Or at least those are the optics facing the NHL and the NHLPA, partners in this venture that hope to rekindle the magic of the long-ago Canada Cup and the first World Cup of Hockey tournaments, as a slew of key players have abandoned the tournament because of injuries.If it were just one or two players opting out of playing in the eight-team tournament because of lingering injuries or fresh aches and pains coming out of a shortened summer, that would be one thing.But Team Canada, for instance, has already had to replace two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, former league scoring champ Jamie Benn and two-time Stanley Cup champ Jeff Carter. No boo-hoos for Canada of course, as the host country is deep and replaced those players with a former Hart Trophy winner, Corey Perry, and last years leading point producer in the playoffs, Logan Couture, along with former Olympian Jay Bouwmeester.But many teams have been scrambling to fill in their rosters as players, many of whom had been working out in preparation for the tournament, have suddenly dropped out.The Swedes lost?Alexander Steen, captain Henrik Zetterberg, veteran defender Niklas Kronwall and backup goalie Robin Lehner.Sean Monahan wont be available to Team North America.The Euros will be without potential No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen.The Czechs, already the weakest of the eight teams, have lost key personnel David Krejci, Radko Gudas and Tomas Hertl.Most telling -- or at the very least, most curious -- was the comment by San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson in a press release that praised Hertls choice of preparing for the Sharks season ahead of competing for the Czech Republic.After speaking with Tomas, were pleased that he has chosen to put his commitment to the Sharks and his teammates first, Wilson said in a statement, adding that Hertl is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Hertl hinted at the possibility on June 30: I just want to be 100 percent ready for [the] season and I dont want to go to World Cup at just 80 percent health.Could Hertl, who had been skating in the San Jose area, have played in the tournament? And who ultimately made the decision that he should not join his countrymen in Toronto?Maybe Wilson and other executives and players didnt get the memo that this is an NHL-NHLPA collaborative event.And not just any event, but a key moment for the NHL and its players as they navigate the uncertain waters of further Olympic participation and hope to build a vibrant, lucrative international schedule for years to come.This isnt to suggest that players are making up injuries to avoid the tournament. League officials said they, along with the NHLPA, vet all of the injury replacements to ensure the injury claims are valid. Some are easy to confirm. So far, Ryan Callahan is the lone member of Team USA to opt out -- offseason hip surgery will keep him out of action until November.But many of those not taking part in the World Cup of Hockey have been working out and might not miss a beat when regular NHL training camps open, or are expected to play when tthe regular season opens in early October, making for bad optics.ddddddddddddThe World Cup might yet turn into the dynamic set piece that organizers on both sides of the table believe it can be.One NHL GM with international experience said enthusiasm for the tournament has already been blunted by the flood of injuries. But another NHL GM with significant experience in international competition said the injury issue might be something that people are focusing on now, but it will soon be an afterthought and wont influence the success of the tournament.Once the puck drops, the players and fans wont care or give it a second thought, the longtime executive said.And lets be clear: An abundance of talent will be on display in the coming days, including defending MVP and scoring champ Patrick Kane of the U.S., a powerful Russian team led by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, a star-stacked Team Sweden led by two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson and former Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and the dynamic young stars of Team North America, led by Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and No. 1 draft pick Auston Matthews.But the pressure has increased on those players to deliver a compelling product on the ice to erase the initial perception that players dont really care about the World Cup of Hockey. Or at the very least, care less than we thought they would. And the harsh bottom line is that if the players are perceived as not caring about the new World Cup of Hockey, why should the fans who are being asked to pay top dollar for tickets?Lundqvist, who took a hard shot to the ribs during practice but is committed to playing in the tournament, said injuries are part of the game and each player has to decide what is best for him.It doesnt matter if its World Cup or the start of the NHL season, Lundqvist told reporters as Team Sweden opened camp in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is a tough sport, and people think you just snap your fingers and youre ready to play. No, thats not how it works. You put a lot of pressure on your body physically and mentally and injuries are a part of it. If you cant be there giving it your all, I think its better not to play. Youve got to be honest with yourself, but injuries are always going to happen. Its a physical sport.What this tournament might mean, or maybe should mean, to NHL executives and players comes from U.S. coach John Tortorella. Always a heart-on-his-sleeve guy, Tortorella is especially sensitive when it comes to issues of national pride, a point he has discussed with his team. His son, Nick, is deployed for a third time to Afghanistan as a member of a U.S. special forces unit.In todays world, with whats going on and what our troops are doing over there in all facets, unconventionally, its just nuts, he said. This is about your country. This is a platform for us, for our country. If youre not ready and youre not ready to give, I just dont know how youll ever live that down as you go through this, and thats how were presenting it. Its hockey, but this is about your country first and foremost.Well said by a man who understands better than most the nature of national pride. ' ' '

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