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WITH STORY: RUSSIA RECORD LOSING STREAK - In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, Sverdlovsk's women's pro ice hockey goalie Valeria Merkusheva defendes the net during their match against Biryusa Krasnoyarsk in Kurganovo, 15 Km (9,3 miles), south of Yekaterinburg, Russia. It's been three years since the Sverdlovsk team last won a match, and it's hard to stay positive. Since the losing streak began, the club has changed its coaches, almost all of its players and even its name.  (AP Photo/Manuel Kalavera)
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  • WITH STORY: RUSSIA RECORD LOSING STREAK - In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, Sverdlovsk's women's pro ice hockey goalie Valeria Merkusheva defendes the net during their match against Biryusa Krasnoyarsk in Kurganovo, 15 Km (9,3 miles), south of Yekaterinburg, Russia. It's been three years since the Sverdlovsk team last won a match, and it's hard to stay positive. Since the losing streak began, the club has changed its coaches, almost all of its players and even its name.  (AP Photo/Manuel Kalavera)

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