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Tahitian surfer Michel Bourez has claimed his first Pipe Masters title, closing out the season by beating American rookie Kanoa Igarashi in the final. Alejandro Villanueva Jersey .It was an unlikely final match-up, with Bourez upsetting world champion John John Florence earlier on Tuesday (AEDT) in the quarter-finals.Igarashi also claimed the massive scalp of 11-time world champion and seven-time Pipe Master winner Kelly Slater with a last-ditch semi-final win.Josh Kerr was the only Australian heat winner on a busy last day of competition when he took out his fourth-round contest.But Kerr was eliminated in the quarter-finals, while former world champion Joel Parkinson and newcomer Ryan Callinan had earlier bowed out in the fifth round.While Florence remains without a Pipe Masters title at his home break on the North Shore, by reaching the quarter-finals at Banzai Pipeline he claimed another win.The newly-crowned world champions result on Tuesday gave him the Hawaiian Triple Crown for the third time.It was also the only title for Bourez this year on the world tour and the first time he has taken out the Pipe Masters.Bourez was in disbelief after the final, having come back from a badly-broken hand suffered in a wipeout last year at the feared Teahupoo break.It was really tricky and tough for me to come back. I almost dropped off tour, he said.I worked really hard at home and tried to stay positive the whole time ... this is huge for me.Bourez, now a three-time winner on the world tour, also relished dispatching Florence in the quarters.John is incredible - Ive lost the Triple Crown twice because of him so that was a little payback, he said.This is the biggest event to win for a surfer and I did it.It was a banner day as well for Igarashi, who starred in his Pipe Masters debut.The 19-year-old is the youngest surfer on the mens tour, but he kept his nerve to beat Slater in their semi.The surfing legend led throughout, before Igarashi nailed a 8.83 wave score in the last 30 seconds to beat him by just 0.5.Its his first time in the Pipe Masters and hes made the final, which is pretty sick, Slater said. Camo Alejandro Villanueva Jersey . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. Orange Alejandro Villanueva Jersey . -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews can downplay it all they want, but their first career NHL showdown carries plenty of swagger with it.The two 19-year-olds were linemates for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey in September, so youd better believe there will be plenty of pride on the line when the last two first-overall draft picks go head to head on Tuesday night as McDavids Edmonton Oilers meet Matthews?Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.Oh, 100 percent there will be, their World Cup linemate,?Mark Scheifele, told on Saturday. You could even tell what happened with?Patrik Laine?and Matthews when they played. You see them both downplay it -- Its just a regular hockey game -- but at the end of the day, both of them want to prove to everyone that theyre the big shot. Obviously its not the No. 1 thing on their mind, but all pro athletes have that extra gear. They want to be that clutch player who comes through in the crunch. There will be more on the line for them Tuesday.Scheifele seems to be in the middle of it all these days. He rode shotgun with Matthews and McDavid on Team North America and now has the sensational Finnish rookie Laine on his wing in Winnipeg.Ive played with all of them. Ive got the dirt on all of them, joked the talented?Winnipeg Jets?center during a phone conversation.It is a weird feeling. Im 23 years old, and I feel like I have to take care of the kids, Scheifele added with a laugh.Laine, 18, electrified the Winnipeg crowd with a hat trick in that Oct. 19 win over Matthews and the?Toronto Maple Leafs?-- the opening NHL chapter in what will be a forever debate between the top two picks of last Junes draft. The Calder Trophy likely will have one of their names engraved on it next June.The McDavid-Matthews narrative will also continue to have juice. Both are franchise centers for whom organizations tried to move mountains, just for the chance to land them in the lottery. The Leafs fell short of doing so in the spring of 2015 and lost out on McDavid before hitting the jackpot last spring to claim the top draft spot and the right to choose Matthews. So its understandable that the two players will always be compared with one another.?Scheifele showed his own moxie by meshing very well with both franchise players in September.Connor can pretty much do it all. He can score, he can set guys up, hes got unbelievable speed, he plays good D in the D-zone, Scheifele said. Auston is a great guy down low, holds on to the puck really well. Hes a very methodical player. Im a pretty simple guy. I get pucks in, I hold the puck down low, I get to open areas and ttry to be a consistent player every night. White Alejandro Villanueva Jersey. I think thats why I was able to play with those guys because they knew what they were getting out of me each and every night. With guys of that skill level, it makes it easy to find open hole, youre going to get chances. It was really exciting to play to play with those two guys.At one point last week, Matthews 10 points led the NHL in scoring. He has gone three consecutive games since then without a point, but you know thats not going to last. Now McDavid has taken the NHL scoring lead, with 12 points in nine games (hes tied with Claude Giroux?of the?Philadelphia Flyers).The most exciting to me is just how much better they get every single night, Scheifele said of McDavid and Matthews. Theyre pretty special, but theyre getting better every night, which is the scary thing.Scheifele faced McDavid in the Heritage Classic on Oct. 23, so he has already played against both of his World Cup linemates.I gave Connor a cross-check after one draw, because he beat me. He skated by me and said, Scheif, that hurt, chuckled Scheifele, who knows McDavid well, as they both work out together during the summer in the Toronto area. I only took one or two draws against Auston. I didnt get to play against him as much. But they were both awesome to play against. You watch the skill level, its pretty crazy just to see what theyre doing now.Scheifele figured those McDavid-Matthews draws on Tuesday night will be entertaining.Im sure theyll be ribbing each other at some faceoffs, Scheifele said. Itll be a fun game to watch for sure.It has been that kind of early season for the NHL, as the next wave of generational stars -- McDavid, Matthews, Laine, Johnny Gaudreau, Dylan Larkin?et al. -- puts its stamp on the game. Its a heady time for franchise-altering youth in the NHL.Its crazy the amount of young guys coming into the league doing unbelievable things, said Scheifele, who is playing in his fourth NHL season. It just shows where the game of hockey is going. I know Connor works on his game more than anyone. Hes the guy shooting pucks at his house, on the ice doing extra things, working on faceoffs, whatever it is, hes a guy trying to get better and better each and every day. 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