The Montreal Canadiens sent forward Louis Leblanc down to the American Hockey Leagues Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday night, a move that did not sit well with girlfriend Aleksandra Wozniak. Wholesale Custom Astros Shirts . The Montreal-born tennis player criticized the move through social media on Tuesday, calling out the Canadiens organization for giving up too quickly on the 2009 first-round pick in the preseason. "He did everything the CH organisation told him to do and what...got cut this early?!," she wrote in English on her Twitter account @alekswoz. "Oh and the reason...worst excuse ever!! This is wrong!" Wozniak also voiced her displeasure in French. "Une vrai joke avec la pire excuse pour "cuter" quelquun!!," she added. "Vraiment pas un fair shot! Trop de manipulations! Super nouvelle organisation!" ("A real joke with the worst excuse for cutting someone. Really not a fair shot! Too much manipulation!") The tweets were later removed. Leblanc, 22, was the 18th overall pick in 2009. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound forward played 42 games with the Canadiens in 2011-12, but struggled last season in Hamilton and was never called up to Montreal. Leblanc was among 14 players cut on Monday night. Forwards Martin Reway and Charles Hudon and goaltender Zachary Fucale were returned to their respective junior teams, while forwards Joonas Nattinen, Stephen MacAulay, Stefan Fournier, Sven Andrighetto and Erik Nystrom, goaltender Robert Mayer and defencemen Morgan Ellis, Darren Dietz, Dalton Thrower and Matt Lashoff were sent to the Bulldogs training camp. Jose Altuve Jersey . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. Jimmy Wynn Jersey .C. - NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick headlines this years electees into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.MARANA, Ariz. -- Jason Day of Australia and Victor Dubuisson of France reached the 18-hole final of the Match Play Championship on Sunday. Day, a semifinalist last year, led from the start in a 3-and-2 victory over Rickie Fowler. Dubuisson became the fourth player to reach the championship match on his debut in the 15 years after this World Golf Championship began in 1999. He had to take down Ernie Els in the most compelling match of the morning on Dove Mountain. Els, trying to reach the final for the first time, went 3 up through four holes and was on the verge of stretching his lead until the 23-year-old Frenchman halved the hole with a tough par putt at No. 7. Dubuisson won four of the next five holes to take the lead, only for the 44-year-old Els to battle back. Els made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th to square the match, and they headed to the 18th hole. Dubuisson hit to the back fringe, while Els came up short with a 6-iron into the breeze and found a bunker. He blasted out to just outside 12 feet, and narrowly missed the par putt to extend the match. Dubuisson said he didnt sleep well Saturday night and didnt feel well when he arrived at the golf course, perhaps because "I realized I was in the semifinal of the World Golf Championship against Ernie Els." "Im a big fan of Ernie, so I have always been watching him winning majors," he saidd. Mike Scott Jersey. "I knew I had to play my best golf. Its what I did." Dubuisson is the first player since Geoff Ogilvy in 2006 to reach the final match in his first time playing this event. Ogilvy went on to win the title. It was a big blow to Els, who badly pulled an 8-iron far left of the flag on the 17th, losing a chance to put pressure on Dubuisson, and then came up short on the 18th. "Its tough to take," said the four-time major champion. Day won the opening hole with a birdie and never looked back, though Fowler didnt give in. Day was 3 up through 11 holes when he missed a 6-foot par putt on the 12th and Fowler made birdie on the 13th to cut the deficit to one hole. The turning point came at the 15th, when Fowler missed far enough left with his drive that he had no shot at getting close. He hit a flop shot strong that went over the green, hit another strong pitch and missed the par putt. Fowler had a chance to go 1 down on the 16th with a tee shot into 6 feet. But he missed the birdie putt, and then missed the 4-footer coming back for par to end the match. "The start of the season, thats all Im trying to do is win," said Day, with only one PGA Tour victory in his career. "I felt like I had a really good chance at maybe having a shot at winning this week and Im definitely in the final now and Im really looking for to it." ' ' '
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