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Sports in brief: Glazer-owner Manchester United upset 3-2 by Blackburn

hockey

connolly scores in canada win

EDMONTON — Canada defeated the United States 3-2 Saturday at the World Junior Championship to finish the round-robin a perfect 4-0.

Mark Stone scored on the power play less than six minutes in to put Canada in front. Johnathan Huberdeau picked up his seventh assist on the play.

Stone then set up Jaden Schwartz for Canada's second goal at the 10:12 mark.

Lightning prospect Brett Connolly scored Canada's third goal, his fourth of the tournament, shooting on a 2-on-1 break and beating goaltender Jack Campbell cleanly with four minutes to go in the first period. Connolly has also scored in all four games for Canada in this tournament.

After a scoreless second, Charlie Coyle got the Americans on the board with 10 minutes left in the third, beating Scott Wedgewood. Then Jason Zucker scored from behind the net with 6:48 to play to make it a one-goal game.

Canada had already clinched top spot in Group B, while the United States will play in the relegation round. The Canadians advanced to Tuesday's semifinal.

soccer

Man U stunned 3-2 by Blackburn

Blackburn pulled off the biggest surprise of the Premier League season by stunning Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, to ruin manager Alex Ferguson's 70th birthday.

United had erased a 2-0 deficit through two second-half goals by Dimitar Berbatov, but Grant Hanley took advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper David de Gea to score the winner from a corner in the 80th minute.

"It is a disaster," Ferguson said. "I never expected it."

The surprising setback for the defending champion, owned by the Glazer family, means Manchester City can go three points clear at the top by winning at Sunderland today.

Report details player's on-field slur: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez called Manchester United's Patrice Evra "negro" seven times during an on-field confrontation before giving unreliable evidence to a racism hearing that banned him for eight matches, according to the judgment. Suarez's claim that the racial slur used in the Oct. 15 Premier League match was lost in translation was rejected by the English Football Association's independent panel, which released a 115-page report into the incident.

tennis

Murray hires Lendl in quest for major

Andy Murray hired eight-time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl as his coach in a bid to win a major. The fourth-ranked Scot will begin working with Lendl as he prepares for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 16.

Murray, 24, reached the Australian Open final and the semifinal of the other three Grand Slams last season. He has lost in two other major finals — the 2010 Australian Open and '08 U.S. Open.

World Tennis Championship: Novak Djokovic routed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-1 to win the exhibition Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The top-ranked Djokovic also beat Gael Monfils then routed Roger Federer for his first Abu Dhabi title. Earlier, Rafael Nadal overcame an ailing shoulder to beat Federer 6-1, 7-5 for third place.

et cetera

Horses: It's Me Mom scored an 81/4-length victory in the $50,000 Minaret on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. Ridden by Willie Martinez for trainer Lynne Scace, It's Me Mom clocked 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 9.68 seconds. Moon Buzz and Yournotthebossofme were next.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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