Rocco Grimaldi scored twice in the second period as the United States won the world junior title Saturday, beating defending champion Sweden...
U.S. juniors earn gold
Rocco Grimaldi scored twice in the second period as the United States won the world junior title Saturday, beating defending champion Sweden 3-1 in Ufa, Russia, in the final of the tournament for players younger than 20.
John Gibson made 26 saves for the Americans and was voted the tournament’s most valuable player.
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The United States also won the title in 2004 and 2010.
Earlier, Valeri Nichushkin scored in overtime to give Russia a 6-5 victory over Canada for the bronze medal. It was the first time since 1998 that 15-time champion Canada didn’t earn a medal at the event.
Federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh got NHL and players’ association officials back together for their first face-to-face meeting since talks broke down two days earlier.
It was reported headway was being made on key collective-bargaining issues such as the pension plan and salary-cap limits. Saturday was the 112th day of a lockout that has led to 625 games being canceled.
Wind postpones play
The PGA Tour’s season-opening Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, was postponed for the second consecutive day because of gusts that topped 50 mph at the Maui event.
Tournament officials hope for 36 holes Sunday and an 18-hole finish Monday.
Slugger White, the Tour’s vice president of rules and competition, said golf balls kept moving. “On the 10th hole, we dropped a ball on the back of the green and it rolled 20 yards off the front,” he said.
Texas to add Berkman
Lance Berkman and the Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year contract expected to make the 36-year-old native Texan the team’s primary designated hitter this season.
The deal, pending a physical to be taken Monday, will pay Berkman $10 million and includes a $1 million buyout and a vesting option for 2014 that kicks in should he reach 550 plate appearances, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Injuries limited Berkman to 32 games for St. Louis last year; he hit .259. He has a .296 career average.
Williams wins 47th title
American Serena Williams won her 47th career title with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Brisbane International final in Australia. Williams has won 35 of her last 36 matches.
Defending champion Andy Murray of Scotland beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (7-0), 6-4 in the men’s final.
• Spain defeated Serbia 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup tennis title in Perth, Australia. Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won the deciding mixed doubles 6-4, 7-5 against Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic.
• Carlos Sainz of Spain rebounded from missing last year’s Dakar Rally by winning the 8-mile first stage of this year’s race around Pisco, Peru. “Just a short prologue,” 2010 champion Sainz said after his 25th Dakar stage victory.
• American defender Will Packwood broke his left leg playing for English team Birmingham in the FA Cup and will miss the rest of the season. Packwood, 19, was taken off on a stretcher during a 1-1 draw at Leeds in the third round.
• Beverly Kearney, Texas women’s track coach, resigned and acknowledged in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman she had a “consensual intimate relationship” with an athlete in her program in 2002.
In a statement, university officials said they were taking measures to fire Kearney, 55, before she resigned.
• Finalists for 2012 North American Horse of the Year, an award to be presented Jan. 19, are I’ll Have Another, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner; Fort Larned, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner; and Wise Dan, BC Mile winner.
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