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Team Canada forward Ryan Strome, left, reacts after scoring past Team USA goalie John Gibson, right, during the first period of an IIHF World Junior Championships hockey game in Ufa, Russia, on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Canada beats U.S., 2-1, at junior worlds
UFA, Russia – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored in the first period, and Canada beat the United States, 2-1, to advance to the next round at the junior ice hockey world championships.
Jacob Trouba scored for the U.S. The Americans need to beat Slovakia today in Group B to move on.
Canada faces Russia today to determine which team gets a bye into the semifinals.
Slovakia stayed alive by beating Germany 2-1 on an overtime power-play goal by Peter Ceresnak.
Vylegzhanin, Kowalczyk win 2nd leg of Tour de Ski
OBERHOF, Germany – Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin won the second stage of the Tour de Ski yesterday and took the overall lead in the seven-leg World Cup event.
He edged teammate Alexander Legkov in a 15-kilometer classical pursuit. Vylegzhanin finished 0.1 seconds ahead of Legkov, with prologue winner Petter Northug of Norway 6.5 seconds behind in third.
Vylegzhanin leads Legkov by 5.1 seconds entering tomorrow’s sprint stage in Val Muestair, Switzerland, before the tour moves to Italy.
Defending champion Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won the women’s 9K pursuit by 41.4 seconds over Therese Johaug of Norway. Johaug trails Kowalczyk by 46.4 seconds in the standings.
Anne Kylloenen of Finland was third. Prologue winner Kikkan Randall of the U.S. dropped to 14th.
Richardson wins third title at U.S. long track meet
KEARNS, Utah – Heather Richardson won her third title in three days at the U.S. Long Track Championships, setting a national record in winning the 1,500 meters yesterday. Brian Hansen won the men’s race.
Richardson’s time of 1 minute, 53.84 seconds at the Utah Olympic Oval lowered the old mark of 1:54.19 set by former Olympian Jennifer Rodriguez in 2009. She won the 500 on Friday with the fastest time in the world this year and claimed the 1,000 on Saturday, setting national records in both races.
Hansen won his first 1,500 national title in 1:44.96. Olympian Shani Davis was second at 1:46.55, and Joey Mantia took third in 1:47.13.
The results were a flip-flop of Saturday’s 1,000, when Davis won and Hansen finished second.
Norway’s Jacobsen wins Four Hills Tour opener
OBERSTDORF, Germany – Former champion Anders Jacobsen of Norway mastered tricky wind conditions to win the opening stage of the prestigious Four Hills ski jumping competition yesterday.
Jacobsen had the top points total in both jumps to win comfortably ahead of defending champion and World Cup leader Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria. Severin Freund of Germany was third.
Jacobsen put together jumps of 138 meters and 139 meters and benefited from good tactical decisions from his coaches, who lowered his starting gate in the second heat, giving him a bigger points bonus.
Taiwan’s Hsieh, Britain’s Robson win in Shenzhen
SHENZHEN, China – Fourth-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and seventh-seeded Laura Robson of Britain won easily yesterday to reach the second round of the Shenzhen Open.
Hsieh beat Melina Czhink of Hungary, 6-3, 6-2, breaking her opponent twice in the first set and four times in the second.
Robson defeated Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania, 6-2, 6-1, in her first match of the season. The 17-year-old Briton won 80 percent of points on her first serve. Her 107th-ranked opponent double-faulted eight times.
Annika Beck of Germany beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain, 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4, and Monica Niculescu of Romania ousted Chinese wild-card entry Saisai Zheng, 6-4, 7-5.
U.S. defeats South Africa, 2-1, at Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia – Venus Williams and John Isner led the United States to a 2-1 victory over South Africa at the Hopman Cup mixed team competition yesterday.
Williams rallied to defeat 60th-ranked Chanelle Scheepers, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. After Kevin Anderson beat Isner, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (5), the match came down to mixed doubles. Williams and Isner beat the South Africans, 6-3, 6-2, to clinch victory.
Serena opens season with comfortable win
BRISBANE, Australia – Serena Williams opened her season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in the first round of the Brisbane International yesterday, showing glimpses of the game that made her the most dominant player on the women’s tennis tour in 2012.
After saving five break points as she adjusted to a strong breeze in the first game, Williams raced to a 4-0 lead and was rarely troubled by the 21st-ranked Lepchenko.
Williams won 31 of her 32 matches in the second half of last season, including titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open and the WTA Championships. She is coming off minor surgery on her big toes, which forced her to withdraw from an exhibition in Thailand.
Spain’s Jimenez breaks leg
MADRID – Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez broke his right shinbone and will be sidelined for up to five months.
Jimenez said in a statement yesterday that he had surgery on his leg after injuring it while skiing Saturday. Jimenez says “I was playing well, but you have to take life as it comes.”
Jimenez was a vice captain on Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning team in September. In November, the 48-year-old Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner by capturing his third Hong Kong Open title. He has 19 career European Tour titles.