Canada will have to wait at least another four years for its first Olympic medal in mens freestyle wrestling since Daniel Igalis gold at Sydney 2000. On the final day of competition at London 2012, Haislan Veranes Garcia and Khetag Pliev were unable to make the podium as they both lost repechage matches in their respective divisions. Coquitlam, B.C.s Garcia, who made the quarter-finals after a walk-through in the 66kg preliminaries followed by a three-round win over Tajikistans Zalimkhan Yusupov, fell in a tough match to Japans Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu 0-1, 1-0, 5-0 and then lost his repechage bout 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 to Cubas Livan Lopez Azcuy. Garcia, who was born in Cuba but moved to Canada eight years ago, looked strong in his earlier win but he was too defensive against Lopez Azcuy, with whom he was very familiar having previously lost to the 2011 Pan American Games bronze medallist. There was no scoring in regulation in either of the first two rounds, which were split after each scored the sudden-death takedown after getting his ball drawn. Garcia found himself battling for back position midway through the third period and Lopez proved too strong, getting the Canadian onto his stomach for the winning score. The 29-year-old Garcia did not register a point apart from the winning takedown from the clinch in the first rounds overtime frame. He lost a tough one as well to Yonemitsu, who went on to win the 66kg gold medal. Garcia lost the draw after a scoreless first round, but instead of securing the single leg, Yonemitsu went for a double-leg takedown and Garcia was able to defend it for 30 seconds to take the point. In the second, Yonemitsu was able to get a double-leg for the first point and then defended well against Garcias aggressive attempts to find the next one. Late in the third, Yonemitsu went for a single but quickly transitioned to a double and got Garcia down very quickly for two points. Garcia then appealed to the referee for a penalty, showing his finger was bleeding. A replay showed he had gotten his hand in the Japanese wrestlers mouth during their scramble and Yonemitsu bit down. A caution for biting could result in up to a two-point penalty, but because Garcia was deemed to have shoved his fingers in his opponents mouth, he was the one penalized a point. The 2010 and 2011 Pan American Championships bronze medallist tried for a big throw to get back into the match but Yonemitsu instead reversed it for a three-point takedown and held on for the win. Garcia, making his second Olympic appearance, managed to improve on his 18th-place finish at Beijing 2008. He got a win by default in his first scheduled bout when his Tunisian opponent Haitem Ben Alayech did not show up, and then defeated Yusupov 2-0, 0-2, 2-0. Against Yusupov, he got the benefit of a drawn ball and an upheld challenge after a scoreless first round to score the extra-time point at 2:14. Then after dropping the second round, he responded with a winning two-point takedown in the third. Later, Yonemitsu was a 1-0, 3-1 winner in the final over Indias Sushil Kumar, who was also involved in an apparent biting incident on Sunday. Reminiscent of boxer Mike Tysons infamous chomping in a bout against Evander Holyfield, Indias Sushil Kumar appeared to bite the cauliflower ear of his opponent Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakhstan in their 66kg semi-final, drawing a fair amount of blood. He was not penalized and instead advanced to the final to coincidentally take on Yonemitsu. Lopez Azcuy ended up taking a bronze medal with a victory over Azerbaijains Jabrayil Hasanov. Tanatarov got some consolation for his bloody injury by defeating Turkeys Ramazan Sahin in his bronze-medal match, during which his ear was bandaged up. In the 96kg division, Torontos Pliev lost his quarter-final match 1-0, 1-0 to Jacob Varner of the U.S. on two takedowns and then dropped two rounds against Uzbekistans Kurban Kurbanov in the repechage. Kurbanov scored first when he grappled against Pliev at the boundary. The Russian-born Canadian tried to circle away to stay in bounds but barely touched a foot on the blue mat for a point to his opponent. The Uzbekistani wrestler then took Pliev down early in the second and got a gut wrench turn for another two points. After being spun for another point, the 28-year-old Pliev managed a late takedown but had no time left to make up the three-point deficit and lost 1-0, 4-1. Earlier Pliev rallied from an 0-2 hole in the second frame of his first match after already being down one round to win a 0-2, 2-2, 1-0 decision over Javier Cortina Lacerra of Cuba. Pliev, who was making his Olympic debut, was hoping for a better performance but was happy with the experience. It is quite the feat for the former national champion, who came to Canada for good when he was 21 but spent the summer of 2008 homeless and sleeping on a bench in Torontos Allan Gardens. There he found a Bible, began reading it and ended up becoming a born-again Christian. "I feel this is special, this is the Olympic Games and it brings the world together," Pliev said. "I am wrestling for Canada, it is a good country and I am proud of that. "It is all possible by God. I didnt think I had the strength to turn my life around (but) God helped me." Varner ended up capturing gold with a win over Ukraines Valerii Andriitsev. Kurbanov lost his bronze-medal match to George Gogshelidze of Georgia, while Azerbaijans Khetag Gazyumov took the other bronze when 2011 world champion Reza Mohammad Ali Yazdani of Iran pulled out after being injured in his semi-final match against Andriitsev. None of the Canadians competing in the three-day mens freestyle competition were able to make the podium. Team Canada leaves London with just the two medals in womens wrestling: Beijing 2008 gold medallist Carol Huynh won a bronze in the 48kg division and Tonya Verbeek won her third Olympic medal, taking a second 55kg silver to go with her first at Athens 2004 and a bronze in Beijing. Knowshon Moreno Jersey. -- After cashing his first cheque of the season, Canadian golfer Chris Baryla gave half the money away. Von Miller Jersey. -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. -- Track owner Bruton Smith said Friday he would welcome IndyCar back to Las Vegas Motor Speedway if the series wants to return. Matt Prater Jersey. -- Kobe Bryant passed Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBAs scoring list, then put on one of the best passing performances of his storied career. Andre Caldwell Jersey. Then, Week 7 yielded three major losses, a defeat at the hands of the 1-4 Washington Redskins, the loss of linebacker Lance Briggs and the loss of quarterback Jay Cutler.PHILADELPHIA - One Flyers fan in a lively tailgate scene shouted what a demoralized Philadelphia fan base was feeling. "Come on Flyers, youre our only hope!" When it comes to championships in a city defined this month by heartbreak, he might be right. Claude Giroux, Chris Pronger and the rest of the Flyers gave their fans a needed morale boost, remaining undefeated with a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Andrej Meszaros scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers in their home opener. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov won his third straight start and 10 players had a point against the defending Western Conference champions. The Flyers have already beat both teams in last years Stanley Cup finals and the early returns on a major off-season overhaul are promising. "The guys seem to fit into what we want to play right away and thats huge," van Riemsdyk said. The Flyers have been a needed bright spot in a city suffering through a major sports hangover because of the Phillies unexpected elimination in the NL division series and the Eagles miserable 1-4 start that has coach Andy Reid under fire. "It kind of disappoints me to see the Eagles getting written off. Theres still a lot of season left to play," van Riemsdyk said. "But its nice to have a full building and have the passion of the fans come out even more. But at the same time, those teams still mean a lot to the city." The Flyers delivered in front of nearly 20,000 fans badly needing a reason to cheer. All the new faces shone in their first real game. Voracek, Jaromir Jagr and first-round draft pick Sean Couturier all had points. The most valuable off-season acquisition was Bryzgalov, who gives the Flyers their first star No. 1 goalie in ages. Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots Saturday in a 3-0 win over New Jersey for Philadelphias first shutout since April 6, 2010. He was shaky against Vancouver, as 3-1 and 4-2 leads were sliced to one before he allowed Daniel Sedin to beat him for the tying goal early in the third. Meszaros wasted no time putting the Flyers back in front, this time for good, rushing the ice and snapping a wrister past Roberto Luongo 59 seconds later for the winner. Bryzgalov held off the Canucks and stopped 36 shots. Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins scored goals for Vancouver. "We want to be playing our best game right now, were not happy with the way things are going," Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa said. "We are good enough to play a full 60 minutes. We are not doing that. When we do play, you see what happens out there." The fans were ready to go wild aand saved their loudest cheers for Pronger, in his first home game as captain, and forward Wayne Simmonds.dddddddddddd Simmonds was involved in two pre-season dust-ups -- a man threw a banana at him and he had an altercation with Sean Avery -- and the fans showed their appreciation for one of the newest Flyers with a huge ovation. Simmonds and Voracek were involved in two of the biggest trades in recent Flyers history. Voracek was acquired from Columbus in the deal that shipped out perennial 30-goal scorer Jeff Carter and Simmonds was part of the trade that sent former captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles. Richards, furious with the deal at the time, makes a quick return to Philadelphia on Saturday night. Simmonds set a textbook screen in the first period that allowed Pronger to get his first goal of the season. He followed Giroux with a second straight power-play goal and a 2-0 lead. Voracek made it 4-2 in the second when he was set up by the 18-year-old Couturier. The six-foot-four, 197-pound Couturier impressed during training camp and made the roster. Hes expected to last the season in Philadelphia. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren felt he had the luxury of trading Richards and Carter because Giroux and van Riemsdyk were ready for increased responsibilities and could carry a team looking for their first Stanley Cup since 1975. Luongo, who had 22 saves, failed to cover a rebound late in the first and was sprawled on his chest when van Riemsdyk popped in the puck for a 3-1 lead. Henrik Sedin knocked in a rebound and Higgins scored in the second to cut Philadelphias lead to 4-3. It wasnt enough and the Flyers improved to 3-0 for the 11th time in team history. "We just need to continue to work on that consistency and make sure night in and night out its wave after wave," Pronger said. "We want to pound teams and get on the forecheck and skate." Fans were antsy for this game to get going. The Flyers know all eyes are on them with the Phillies and Eagles faltering and the start of the 76ers season uncertain because of the NBA lockout. When an usher was told rain was in the forecast, he said, "the clouds are staying over there this year," a reference to both the Phillies and Eagles stadiums across the street. Notes: The Flyers traded F Stefan Lagein and a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations. Lagein was placed on waivers and reported to the AHLs Adirondack Phantoms before the start of the regular season. ... The Flyers are 26-12-6 in home openers. ... The Flyers held a moment of silence for former defenceman Brad McCrimmon, who died in the crash of a chartered Yak-42 jet in western Russia that took the lives of 28 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players. ' ' '