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CHICAGO -- Theo Epstein is proud of the talent in the Chicago Cubs minor league system. Custom AC Milan Jersey . The president of baseball operations thinks Dale Sveum is going to be a successful manager one day. He just doesnt think Sveum is the right guy to help all those prospects become successful major leaguers. The Cubs fired Sveum on Monday after finishing last in the NL Central for the first time in seven years, ending a two-year run that produced more losses than any other stretch in the teams cursed history. "Its absolutely imperative that we create the best environment possible for young players to come up here, continue to learn, continue to develop and thrive at the big league level and win, ultimately," Epstein said during an afternoon news conference. "And thats not an easy thing to do. "A big part of the reason why were here today is because we took a good hard look at that and we decided that we needed to try to get it right before they come up." Sveum was among Epsteins first hires after the executive came over from the Boston Red Sox in 2011. He had little experience as a manager when he agreed to take the job, and he knew the Cubs were at the very beginning of a top-to-bottom overhaul that they hoped would transform them into perennial contenders. He just thought he would get more time to make it work. "You come in and you get a job like this and you want to see it through and so youre very disappointed you didnt get to really get anything started," Sveum said in a parking lot outside Wrigley Field. Sveum, who had one year left on his contract, said he thought he was fine before Epstein said during Chicagos trip to Milwaukee in mid-September that the manager was being evaluated. "That was about when things got started," Sveum said. While praising Sveums time in Chicago and his growth with the Cubs, Epstein disputed the notion that the manager was blindsided by the move. He said Sveum had been aware of some concern in the front office for some time. "We met shortly after the All-Star break, a long meeting, a long, difficult, brutally honest meeting where we explained the areas where we felt like we needed to see improvement," Epstein said. "We told him, We are meeting with you because for the first time there are some concerns about whether youre the long-term guy and you deserve to hear that feedback from us and you deserve the second half of the season to work on those areas." Epstein said he also talked to Sveum before he made his comments in Milwaukee and let him know there were still discussions going on in the front office about whether he would be retained for next season. In the end, they decided to make a change. Chicago went 61-101 in Sveums first season, and then stumbled down the stretch in 2013 while some of its best players were traded away for prospects. The Cubs dropped 41 of their final 59 games, including six of their final seven, finishing with a 66-96 record. But it looks as if wins and losses were not a major factor in Sveums dismissal. Shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, two key young players who have long-term contracts, each took a step back this year. Pitcher Jeff Samardzija also had an uneven season. Talented prospects such as Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant are on the way, and Epstein made it clear that providing the right atmosphere for those players was a key issue when it came to Sveums dismissal. "Not in all cases, there were some good results this year, some young players emerged, but there were other young players who didnt continue to develop this year," Epstein said. "Thats a collective issue, but its my responsibility to get it right." Sveum, who played a role in the development of sluggers Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun when he was a coach in Milwaukee, said he was looking forward to managing those prospects when they got to the majors. "Being here when all these players got here, thats the biggest disappointment, if anything," said Sveum, who isnt sure what hes going to do next season. "You didnt get a chance to see it through." Epstein said previous managing experience will be a point of emphasis in their search, and he plans to complete the process before the general manager meetings in early November. Sveums dismissal likely will ramp up speculation surrounding the status of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, a Peoria, Ill., native who played college ball at nearby Northwestern. The former Cubs catcher just completed the final season of his contract with New York, but he downplayed his connection to Chicago over the weekend. "Theres not as much there as there used to be," Girardi said. With the Cubs focusing on the future and dealing anyone with trade value in an effort to build the farm system, losses have been piling up at a staggering rate even for a franchise that last won a championship in 1908. The Cubs have dropped at least 91 games in three straight seasons for the first time, and they appear to be at least a year or two from making any jump in the win column. Despite those problems and Sveums short stint in charge, Epstein doesnt think he will have to sell the manager opening to any potential candidate. "We know exactly what were looking for and I think were going to find it," he said. Juraj Kucka Jersey . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. CTV Edmonton also says Pocklington gave a $100,000 cash deposit as part of the conditions of his bail, and that he will be out on bail until his appeal is heard. Alessio Romagnoli Jersey . Ouellette, from Montreal, already has three Olympic gold medals since joining the team in 1999. .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week.SASKATOON -- After seeing their three-goal lead evaporate, the Portland Winterhawks quick-strike offence ensured the race for the MasterCard Memorial Cup title is still wide open. Derrick Pouliot and Chase De Leo scored 23 seconds apart in the third period Monday as Portland picked up its first win at the tournament with a 6-3 victory over the London Knights. The result means that all four teams at the Canadian Hockey League showcase now sit with 1-1 records and guarantees a tiebreaker game on Thursday. The Winterhawks, who were coming off a 7-4 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Saturday in a game that saw Portland blow a 3-1 lead, responded well after surrendering a similar edge against the Knights. "It was a big win for our team. We needed to respond with a good effort," said Winterhawks coach Travis Green, whose team led 3-0 midway through the second period before London stormed back. "Thats a real good hockey team we played over there. It was a hard-fought win and Im happy with how our team played." Ty Rattie had two goals and an assist for the Western Hockey League champions, Saskatoon native Taylor Leier had a goal and two assists, and Oliver Bjorkstrand chipped in with a goal and an assist. "I thought we had a really good start to the game and then we kind of let off the gas a bit, which weve done a couple times this post-season," Portland defenceman Seth Jones said. "Weve got to stop that. They got back in it but we were able to get a couple more goals and hold the lead." Mac Carruth made 25 saves for the Winterhawks after allowing all seven goals in the loss to Halifax. "Maybe hed like to have that first game back. We have total confidence in him," Pouliot said. "It was good to see him play well tonight and were going to need that going forward." After London tied the game 3-3 early in the third period, Pouliot, a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012, ripped a shot off the shoulder of Knights goalie Anthony Stolarz and in on a Portland power play at 6:20. De Leo ended the London netminders night at 6:43 by sliding a shot home from the slot. "We have to contribute every once in a while and do the little things and just do whatever it takes to help the boys win," said De Leo, who plays on Portlands checking line. "It felt good to finally get one on the board." Bo Horvat and Alex Broadhurst replied with a goal and an assist each for London, while Scott Harrington also scored. Stolarz allowed five goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Jake Patterson. London will have to regroup quickly with the Knights round-robin finale against Halifax set for Tuesday night. "We had a couple days off and didnt have our legs under us again in the first period," Horvat said. "Other than that we really regrouped well." Jones, the No. 1 ranked North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting ahead of next months draft, finished with a plus-4 rating for a Portland team that breathed a sigh of relief after a disappointing opener. "We definitely calmed down a bit after this game," he said. ";Its definitely good to get the first win under the belt. Andrea Poli Jersey. " Down 3-2 after two periods, the Knights tied it early in the third when London forward Brett Welychkas attempted deflection in front of Carruth fell to Broadhurst at the side of the Portland goal for an easy tap in. The Winterhawks netminder kept the score tied with a stop of Josh Anderson on a partial breakaway a couple minutes later before Pouliot and De Leo struck in quick succession and Rattie scored into an empty net. "Theyre a good team over there and they know how to protect a lead. We did a great job battling back and just came up a little bit short at the end," Knights forward Max Domi said. "Were not looking to make excuses here. Realistically its one loss. Its a tournament for a reason and were ready to battle back against Halifax." With Portland leading 1-0 after a sleepy first period, the floodgates opened in the second. Bjorkstrand doubled the Winterhawks lead at 2:17 after wheeling out from behind the London net and snapping a shot shortside on Stolarz. Rattie then stretched the advantage to three with a goal with the teams playing 4-on-4 that was a carbon copy of his effort against Halifax on Saturday night. The St. Louis Blues draft pick moved into the London zone and toe dragged the puck around a Knights defender before slipping a backhand past Stolarz at 10:23 while falling to the ice. Needing a spark, the Ontario Hockey League champions responded just 15 seconds later as Harrington moved into the high slot and wired a shot into the top corner past Carruth. Horvat scored the games second highlight-reel goal at 12:30 on the power play. The 15th-ranked North American skater ahead of the draft took a slick between-the-legs pass from Domi right in front of Carruth before burying a shot past the Portland goalie. "I turned my head slightly and saw Domi with his stick between his legs," Jones said. "The next thing I know Horvat puts it top shelf in the back of the net. I wasnt able to see the replay ... but Im betting it will be highlight of the night." The crowd of 7,575 at the Credit Union Centre seemed half asleep in the early going and the two teams didnt do much to help wake them out of their slumber. Coming off the high of the host Saskatoon Blades exciting 5-2 victory over Halifax on Sunday night, the half-empty arena finally came to life at 16:53 of the first period when Leier deflected a shot off the sideboards from Taylor Wotherspoon past Stolarz for the only action of note in a drab opening 20 minutes. The Winterhawks have a day off before meeting the host Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night in the round-robin finale. "Our team doesnt really get too high or too low, even when were winning," Green said. "Were a pretty relaxed group that works extremely hard." Notes: All four teams hold 1-1 records for the second straight year and for just the second time in history since the four-team format was adopted in 1983. ... 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