Australias three largest cities — Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane — will host matches at Asian Cup matches, as well as the national capital of Canberra and the industrial city of Newcastle.Heres a look at the five venues for the Jan. 9-31 tournament (group in parentheses; groups listed at end):___SydneyStadium Australia, capacity 83,500.Matches (7): Jan. 10 — Uzbekistan vs. North Korea (B); Jan. 13 — Oman vs. Australia (A); Jan. 15 — Qatar vs. Iran (C); Jan. 19 — Qatar vs. Bahrain (C); Jan. 23 — Quarterfinal, 1D vs. 2C; Jan. 26 — Semifinal, winner match 25 vs. winner match 27; Jan. 31 — Final, semifinal winners.Sydney is Australias largest city and its Harbour Bridge and Opera House help make it the countrys biggest tourist attraction. The stadium in western Sydney, site of the 2000 Summer Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and athletic events, annually hosts the National Rugby League grand final and major rugby union tests.____MelbourneRectangular Stadium, capacity 30,000.Matches (7): Jan. 9 — Australia vs. Kuwait (A); Jan. 11 — Iran vs. Bahrain (C); Jan. 14 — North Korea vs. Saudi Arabia (B): Jan. 16 — Palestine vs. Jordan (D); Jan. 18 — Uzbekistan vs. Saudi Arabia (B); Jan. 20 — Japan vs. Jordan (D); Jan. 22 — Quarterfinal, 1A vs. 2B.Melbourne, capital of Victoria state, is Australias second-largest city and its most sports-centric, with Australian Rules football matches attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators each season. The stadium is the newest venue in the tournament, opened in 2010, and is situated directly across from the Melbourne Park sports precinct and close to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.____BrisbaneBrisbane Stadium, capacity 52,500.Matches (7): Jan. 10 — Saudi Arabia vs. China (B); Jan. 12 — Jordan vs. Iraq (D); Jan. 14 — China vs. Uzbekistan (B); Jan. 16 — Iraq vs. Japan (D); Jan. 17 — Australia vs. South Korea (A); Jan. 19 — Iran vs. United Arab Emirates (C); Jan. 22 — Quarterfinal 1B vs. 2A.Brisbane, capital of Queensland state, is the northernmost venue in the tournament, about an hours flying time from Sydney and two hours from Melbourne. The stadium is home to the popular Brisbane Broncos, six-time champions of the National Rugby League.___CanberraCanberra Stadium, capacity 25,000.Matches (7): Jan. 10 — South Korea vs. Oman (A); Jan. 11 — United Arab Emirates vs. Qatar (C); Jan. 13 — Kuwait vs. South Korea (A); Jan. 15 — Bahrain vs. United Arab Emirates (C); Jan. 18 — China vs. North Korea (B); Jan. 20 — Iraq vs. Palestine (D); Jan. 23 — Quarterfinal 1C vs. 2D.Canberra is Australias new capital city, established in 1911 and designed by American architect Walter Burley Griffin. The lake which now bears his name is a focal point of the citys Parliament and downtown area and is about 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the stadium.____NewcastleNewcastle Stadium, capacity 33,000.Matches (4): Jan. 12 — Japan vs. Palestine (D); Jan. 17 — Oman vs. Kuwait (A); Jan. 27 — Semifinal, winner match 26 vs. winner match 28; Jan. 30 — 3rd Place, semifinal losers.Newcastle is located about 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Sydney and can be easily reached by train or car in about two hours. The city has a population of about 550,000 and has two professional teams — A-League footballs Jets and the National Rugby Leagues Knights.____Group A — Australia, South Korea, Oman, Kuwait.Group B — Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, China, North Korea.Group C — Iran, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain.Group D — Japan, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine. Robin Yount Jersey
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"He was kinda waving it to me like he was onto me and he knows where I go. I have trouble with guys that I played with so it was nice to get it on him. I like that one." The Panthers carried much of the play, outshooting Buffalo 35-24, but the sound of puck on metal was on a loop. Tomas Fleischmann hit the goal post twice in the third period, and Drew Shore also put one off the pipe in the frame. "It wouldve been nice if a few posts counted as a goal," said defenceman Brian Campbell. "If you hit eight posts, maybe you get a goal or something." Jamie McBain scored for Buffalo, whose new general manager Tim Murray got a closeup view of the tough rebuilding job ahead of him and special adviser Craig Patrick, introduced earlier Thursday by team President Pat LaFontaine. The Sabres squandered a 1-0 lead and wasted a strong performance from Enroth, who was named to the Swedish Olympic team on Tuesday. "I wanted to go out there and show everybody that I earned it," Enroth said. Enroth is 1-9-3 this season, but the Sabres have scored just 17 goals in his starts and been shut out thrice. He couldnt explain the lack of goal support. "Im running out of answers on those questions," Enroth said. The loss ended a five-game home win streak for Buffalo, who is still 6-0-2 in its last eight at First Niagara Center. Florida started the game well, with eight shots on Enroth in the first 4:35 of play. Thomas then stopped a one-timer from Brayden McNabb about five minutes into the game. Buffalo had the games first power play after an interference call against Ed Jovanovski, and Thomas made a sprawling save on Jamie McBain to keep the game scoreless. "They got some great chances, some great looks," said Florida head coach Peter Horachek. "Timmy was rock solid, he kept us in the game." After play was whistled dead because of a scrum in Floridas crease, John Scott tossed the puck in the net and received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Enroth saved a shot by Alexander Barkov on tthe ensuing power play and made 13 saves in the period as Buffalo was outshot by five.dddddddddddd Buffalo broke through in the second period when McBain streaked into the slot to collect Steve Otts pass and fired low past Thomas right pad at the 5:13 mark. Brian Flynn had a breakaway moments later but Thomas smothered the shot to keep the deficit 1-0. Buffalo had trouble finding momentum despite the lead and killing off an abbreviated 5-on-3 penalty. "Usually when you kill a big penalty kill, you get some momentum, but I don t know," Enroth said. "Its tough to win with this team." Florida nearly equalized at the start of the third period, as Fleischmann had the puck in front of Enroth and used a deft move to get the goalie moving but backhanded the puck off the post. The Panthers finally beat Enroth at the 8:16 mark, after a weak clearance attempt by Alexander Sulzer. Enroth was slow to get up and Tom Gilbert took a slap shot that Boyes, an ex-Sabre, deflected into the goal. Florida had another Boyes goal disallowed when play was blown dead due to an injury to defenceman Dmitry Kulikov in the Panthers zone. Kulikov was bleeding after being struck in the face with a high stick. "Ultimately, Boyes goal in the period should have counted or there should have been a four-minute penalty, one or the other," Horachek said. "But thats the way it goes. " Thomas made a sliding stop on Brian Flynn in overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau appeared to put the Panthers in front during the shootout, but was ruled to have pushed Enroths pad across the line. Campbell played in his 800th career NHL game. His first 391 came with Buffalo, which drafted him in the 6th round of the 1997 NHL Draft. "You want to have longevity in this game and it all started here so its nice to be back here," Campbell said. The 34-year-old defenceman said its weird to see the Sabres with a new general manager, but is hopeful for the teams fan base. "Hopefully Pat LaFontaine can steer them in the right direction," Campbell said. "Im sure he will. Hopefully its good things ahead for the fans. They deserve it. Its been tough sledding. I know we were good in 05 and 06 and got her going but the Bills have struggled a little bit, too. They deserve a lot more for all the support they give." The Sabres next play in Washington on Sunday, while Florida travels to New Jersey for a Saturday night game. NOTES: It was Buffalos first game since Jan. 4. A blizzard caused the postponement of Tuesdays game against Carolina. ... Floridas scratches were C Scott Gomez, D Mike Mottau and C Shawn Matthias. ... Tyler Myers sat out the first game of a three-game suspension for a hit to the head of Dainius Zubrus. 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