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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.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 Cullen Gillaspia Youth Jersey . TSN2 December 18 Knicks at Bulls 8pm et/5pm pt TSN2 December 18 Thunder at Warriors 10:30pm et/7:30pt TSN2 December 21 Pacers at Timberwolves 7pm et/4pm pt. 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Next up for the Wimbledon runner-up will be Slovenian Polona Hercog, who outlasted Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. RENO, Nev. -- Geoff Ogilvy showed up at the Barracuda Championship on the verge of losing his PGA Tour card after another disappointing tournament in Canada. Frustrated and tired, he had to be talked into playing at all. "I was 50-50 on coming here this week," Ogilvy said. "On Monday night, I had like a really long trip back from Canada and I was tired and over it and frustrated. Everyone talked to me into it. Said, Come to Reno. Youll like Reno. Youre playing well." The 37-year-old Australian left scenic Montreux on Sunday with his eighth PGA Tour title, a full exemption through the 2015-16 season, spots in some big events -- and a lot of confidence. Ogilvy won for the first time since the 2010 Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, scoring five points with a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 13th and pulling away for a five-point victory in the modified Stableford event. Players received eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse. The first international winner in the 16-year history of the event, Ogilvy had 14 points Sunday to finish with 49. He had 14 points in the first round, 16 in the second and seven in the third in the format that rewards aggressive play. "The format suits me, I think," Ogilvy said. "Got off to a really good start. Holed a couple nice putts on the front nine on Thursday. From then on, I barely missed a shot. ... But for 72 holes, it was one of the better bodies of works Ive put together." After the eagle on 13, the 2006 U.S. Open winner added birdies on the par-4 14th and par-5 18th. "Obviously, it feels like its been a long time coming," Ogilvy said. "Feels like a long time ago, Maui in 2010. Its been a bit rough the past few years. I was playing really well most of year this year. Just didnt make any puutts, which was kind of the story for the last two or three years, which is usually the story when you ask a pro why isnt he shooting good scores.dddddddddddd" Ogilvy was making his first appearance at Montreux since 2002 after failing to qualify for the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational. He entered the week with only two top-25 finishes this season and was 151st in the FedEx Cup standings. Ogilvy earned 300 points Sunday to jump to 86th in the standings, with the top 125 qualifying for the playoff opener. "Its pretty satisfying," Ogilvy said. "Pretty rough packing up in the locker rooms missing cuts and having bad finishes. People watch the TV and see all the fun and happiness of the PGA Tour, but it can be pretty desperately depressing as well spending time away from home, beating your head against the wall, just getting frustrated. Depressing is a bit strong a word, but really frustrating." He earned $540,000 and a spot next week in the PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky. "Obviously, Im happy Im in the PGA," Ogilvy said. "Havent missed a PGA for a really long time. I had already mentally kind of checked out it and have to check back into it, I guess, tonight. I dont like missing the big tournaments. I love playing in the big tournaments." Justin Hicks was second at 44 points after an 18-point day. John Huh and Jonathan Byrd tied for third at 37. They each had 11-point rounds. Nick Watney, three points behind Ogilvy entering the final day after leading after each of the first two rounds, tied for eighth at 34 points. He had three birdies and four bogey in a two-point round. "First few days were great," Watney said. "Today, didnt have my best stuff, but I think Im on a good path. Looking forward to next week. ... Just have to make more putts." ' ' '