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EAST LONDON, South Africa -- Ricardo Santos of Portugal fired a 9-under 62 for a two-shot lead in the first round of the Africa Open on Thursday. Tobias Harris Jersey . Santos had five birdies going out and four birdies coming in for a flawless opening round at East London Golf Club. In a four-way tie for second were Denmarks Lucas Bjerregaard, Wales Rhys Davies, South Africas Garth Mulroy and Englands Richard Bland, who all shot 64s. Americans Brinson Paolini and John Hahn were among a group of six players tied for sixth, three off Santos lead. Santos was the 2012 rookie of the year on the European Tour and has a decent record in South Africa with top-30 finishes in his last five events. "Im very pleased to make a run like I did today," he said. "I hit the ball solidly from the tee and my putting was all good. To shoot minus nine you have to play awesome golf." One of the last finishers, Santos overtook the field with three birdies in his last five holes after starting on No. 10. They ensured he was two clear of the chasing pack, which includes one of the home favourites, Mulroy. Mulroy had an eagle on No. 3, six birdies and a bogey. Early leader Santos is one of a string of foreigners fighting home player dominance in South Africa. The four previous Africa Opens have been won by South Africans and George Coetzees victory at the Joburg Open last week was the ninth home win in the last 12 tour events in the country. Luc Mbah a Moute Jersey .The Hamilton Tiger-Cat defensive back always has the required receipt. But he also walks around with a tangle of metal screws, rods and plates after breaking his neck in 2006 playing high school football in Louisiana. Blake Griffin Jersey . - Tom Brady was upset that his New England Patriots hardly looked like a division champion in the first half.Sidney Crosby helped spark the golden age of Canadian junior hockey. In 2005, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain and his teammates ended a seven-year gold-medal drought at the world junior championship, which began a stretch of five straight titles.That sets the standard pretty high, Crosby said. Its pretty tough to do that. Its what we try for every year, its what we expect.Lately, the results havent been there. Canada has two silvers and one bronze to show for the past five tournaments, including two at home.Connor McDavid was 12 the last time Canada won gold at the junior level, and hockeys Next One is tired of all the losing.I know people are starting to doubt Canada and they dont really believe anymore, McDavid said. Its annoying a little bit. You see how past people did and how past teams did and how great they were and everything like that. People just dont expect that out of us anymore.They expect us to lose. Thats just not how it should be for Canada.McDavid and his current teammates are out to change all that. The tournament is back in Canada in Montreal and Toronto, and the host nation has an older team and is justifiably favoured to win gold.The past, defenceman Darnell Nurse insists, isnt on his mind or those of his teammates. But Canadas recent past defines its present, and its not pretty.In 2014 and 2013, Canada came away from tournaments in Malmo, Sweden, and Ufa, Russia without medals. Before 2012 bronze, Canada fell short to the U.S. in 2011 and coughed up a three-goal lead to Russia in 2010.To Hockey Canada director of player personnel Ryan Jankowski, the past two years werent good enough, but the previous five years, which included two gold medals in 2008 and 2009 — couldve gone either way. Jankowski pointed out how Canada needed a shootout to beat the U.S. and overtime to beat Sweden and Russia to make it five.We got the bounces for three straight years, we didnt get the bounces for two, and then the last two we havent been as good as we should be, Jankowski said. It is frustrating, but its also how tight international hockey is now.Parity is at the core of Canadas gold medal drought. It feels like an eternity since a run of nine golds in 13 years from 1985 through 1997.Theres so much parity and I think its a good thing for hockey, obviously, said Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, who was on the 2008 champion Canadian team. Youre getting great players coming from every country. I think its huge for the game. Its building it up, its making it more popular and its just spreading the game worldwide.Having young talent around the world add up to gold medals is great for junior hockey. Russia won with Evgeny Kuznetsov in 2011, SSweden with Filip Forsberg in 2012, the United States with Seth Jones in 2013 and Finland with Teuvo Teravainen in 2014. Chris Paul Jersey. Canadas last team to win it included John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, P.K. Subban and Alex Pietrangelo. Current junior winger Jake Virtanen fondly remembers that group.The last time I remember was Eberle, Tavares and those guys when they were unbelievable, Virtanen said. That kind of brings back good memories in my family, and we were pretty happy when Canada won gold.The past handful of teams arent remembered as anything special, even though they had plenty of star players. Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 NHL pick in 2013, knows the down side of parity in international hockey.Its good and bad. You always want hockey to be as successful as it can be worldwide, said MacKinnon, who was on the 2013 team that finished off the medal table. But being a homer, you hate to lose and I hated losing there. I think its only a matter time before we kind of get that back.I dont know if we have to adjust and kind of play differently — maybe were playing a little bit too old-school, Im not really sure.MacKinnon expects coach Benoit Groulx to do a good job with this years team, which is headlined by McDavid, Nurse, 2014 No. 2 pick Sam Reinhart and New York Rangers right-winger Anthony Duclair.The online sportsbook Bodog has installed Canada as the 3-to-2 favourite to win the gold medal. And while Nurse said of the pressure of playing at home that at the end of the day, its just hockey, history shows it adds a different element.Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was part of the 2003 team that lost in the gold-medal game to Russia in Halifax, N.S. Fleury loved his time playing for Canada at that tournament but understands theres always more intense pressure on home ice.The guys know it, and they all want to win, Fleury said. You know theres people outside (who) expect you to win. Its not like you dont put it on yourself to win. I think all the guys are accountable to get it done.One of the tough parts of international hockey, as Crosby and MacKinnon pointed out, is that its a one-and-done circumstance come the quarter-finals.Anything can happen, Crosby said. Its not easy.It wont be easy for McDavids Canadian team to get the job done either, but the 17-year-old embraces the opportunity to end the countrys gold-medal drought.With it being on our soil and with the home crowd behind us and stuff like that, I dont see any reason why this cant be the year for Canada, McDavid said. 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