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Domestic-based players will take part in the Canadian Rugby Championship in the late summer with Crowley selecting the cream of the crop to represent Canada in the Americas Rugby Championship in the fall. The Canadians will also have three test matches in November although Crowley said dates and opposition have yet to be determined. "Weve got the six games at the moment for this year," Crowley said Wednesday from Las Vegas where he is assisting the Canadian sevens team. "Wed obviously like a few more but its (the difficulty of getting) games within the (international) windows." Canada has already qualified for the 2015 World Cup, which opens in September 2015 in England, and hopes for a busier schedule next year in the leadup. The Canadians will play in Pool D with No. 5 France, No. 7 Ireland, No. 13 Italy and Europe 2. The Pacific Nations Cup tournament is split into two pools this year, with Canada, Japan and the U.S. in one pool and Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in the other. The pool winners will meet in November to decide the tournament winner. The pool runners-up will also play each other as will the third-place teams to decide final rankings. Fiji and Canada both finished with 3-1-0 records at the Pacific Nations Cup in 2013 but the Pacific Islanders placed first by virtue of more bonus points. The 2013 event was a basic round-robin format. Canada defeated Fiji 20-18 in Ottawa but lost 16-13 to Japan in its final tournament game. Mark Messier Jersey .com) - Coming down the stretch of a lengthy road trip, the Vancouver Canucks aim to rebound from just their second loss in seven games on Sunday evening as they visit the Ottawa Senators. 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The Heat even struggled when the Pacers struggled on defence; Miami missed 10 of its 18 free throws.You have to figure out a way to pull a few of these games out throughout the year, said Miamis Dwyane Wade, who scored a game-high 20 points. We didnt do that tonight, but hopefully next time were in this situation we learn from tonight and we figure out a way.Donald Sloan added 15 points for Indiana, which has won two straight after a 1-6 start.Our guys (were) just competing their tails off, Indiana coach Frank Vogel said.Ian Mahinmis three-point play with 7 minutes left put Indiana up 72-65, then its largest lead of the night. Miami scored the next seven to tie it, then knotted the game again at 75 before Indiana closed on a 6-0 run.Shawne Williams scored 15 for Miami. Chris Bosh was held to a season-low nine, on 3 for 13 shooting.This offence is predicated on ball movement, Bosh said. And they really flattened us out.The Heat had three late shots at the lead, but a jumper by Luol Deng missed, Hibbert blocked a dunk attempt by Deng and Bosh airballed a 3-pointer.Inndiana was missing six players, including four-fifths of its starting lineup from the last Pacers-Heat meeting — that being Game 6 of last seasons Eastern Conference finals. Derick Brassard Rangers Jersey. Paul George, David West and George Hill are all hurt and Lance Stephenson is now with Charlotte, meaning Hibbert was the lone returning first-stringer from that rivalry.Im thinking about not starting a losing streak again, Hibbert said. We dropped six straight, we won last game, and Im not thinking about a rivalry. Im just thinking about getting wins.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana was without G Rodney Stuckey (left foot), F C.J. Miles (migraine), West (right ankle), George Hill (left knee) and G C.J. Watson (right foot), along of course with George (broken right leg). ... F Luis Scola got his 1,000th career assist.Heat: Miamis 75 points were its lowest at home in a regular-season game since Feb. 27, 2010. ...F Chris Andersen (bruised ribs) returned after a five-game absence, appearing in his 599th NBA game. ... Miami extended its streak of making at least one 3-pointer to 199 games. ... Bosh had scored at least 20 points in each of Miamis first seven games.ZO HONOREDThe Heat honoured Alonzo Mourning at halftime for his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this year, updating his retired jersey that hangs from the rafters to note his enshrinement. I took a part of Heat Nation into the Hall of Fame, Mourning said.COPING COPELANDCopeland scored in double-figures for the eighth time in the Pacers nine games. He had four double-digit games last season.BATTIER BACKFormer Heat F Shane Battier was back Wednesday, helping announce that Billy Joel will have a concert in Miami on Jan. 31. 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