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hockey

canada rallies

MALMO, Sweden — Canada scored three goals in the last 5:58 for a comeback 5-3 win over Slovakia on Monday in the world junior tournament.

Lightning 2013 top draft pick Jonathan Drouin tied it for Canada at 3 with 5:58 left, and Jets prospect Nic Petan scored twice in the last 2:46, one an empty-net goal. Drouin also had an assist. Canada wrapped up a spot in the playoff round with the win.

Canada and the defending champion United States end round-robin play facing off against each other today (11:30 a.m., NHL Network).

pre-Olympics: The U.S. women's team finished its tour with its fourth straight win over Canada, 3-2 at Toronto.

autos

Doctors: Schumacher 'fighting for his life'

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher was "fighting for his life" and was being kept in an artificial coma after suffering brain injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps, doctors in Grenoble, France, said.

Schumacher, who won a record seven F1 titles before retiring for a second time in 2012, fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing off the trail with his 14-year-old son at the Meribel resort Sunday.

Schumacher, 44, had been wearing a helmet, but it wasn't enough to prevent brain bruising and bleeding.

"We cannot predict the future for (Schumacher)," Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit, said at a news conference.

The prosecutor in Albertville opened an investigation into the accident, the Mountain Gendarmerie in Bourg-Saint-Maurice said. The goal is to determine the accident's cause.

tennis

Sharapova returns to play with victory

Maria Sharapova, in her competitive comeback from injury, beat 74th-ranked Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-0, to begin the season-opening Brisbane International in Australia.

The four-time major winner played only one match after an early exit at Wimbledon this year due to a right shoulder injury.

ASB Classic: Venus Williams beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) in her opening match at Auckland, New Zealand.

Hopman Cup: Sloane Stephens and Tampa resident John Isner won their singles matches and their mixed doubles match to eliminate Spain in the mixed team competition at Brisbane, Australia.

Times wires

Sports in brief 12/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 9:55pm]

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