Canada tops U.S. in World Junior tourney
MALMO, Sweden — Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar scored in a 2:19 span in the third period as Canada beat the United States 3-2 on Tuesday to win Group A in the world junior hockey tournament.
Zach Fucale made 24 saves and Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin had three shots and an assist for Canada, which faces in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Miami of Ohio's Riley Barber and Devils prospect Stefan Matteau scored for the defending champion United States. The Americans (3-1), second in Group A, face Russia in Thursday's quarterfinals.
"It was the first time we've been minus on special teams in four games and that was the difference," said American coach Don Lucia of the University of Minnesota.
Thursday's other quarterfinals are Group B winner Sweden vs. Slovakia and the Czech Republic against Finland.
Schumacher has more surgery, is a bit better
Seven-time Formula One champ Michael Schumacher had a second surgery after a brain scan showed small, "surprising" signs of improvement, but doctors in Grenoble, France, said they could offer no insight into his prognosis. Schumacher, who turns 45 Friday, suffered critical head injuries when he fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing on a family vacation in the French Alps. His manager confirmed that the accident cracked his helmet, which doctors credited for giving him a chance at survival. Schumacher's condition stabilized a bit after the second surgery, but he remained in a medically induced coma. "We cannot tell you any more about the future," said Gerard Saillant, a surgeon and friend of the family who is in Grenoble.
Serena Williams wins opener in Brisbane
No. 1 rated Serena Williams opened her season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International, a warmup event for the Australian Open. Williams faces No. 9 seed Dominika Cibulkova, who beat 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, in today's quarterfinals.
ASB Classic: Top seed Roberta Vinci lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to 259th-ranked Ana Konjuh, who turned 16 on Friday, in Auckland, New Zealand.
Qatar Open: Top seed Rafael Nadal, No. 2 David Ferrer and No. 3 Andy Murray opened their seasons with first-round victories in Doha, with Murray rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win in just 37 minutes over wild card Mousa Shanan Zayed, a Qatari ranked 2,129th.
Baseball: Jesse Crain, the All-Star reliever who was with the Rays for part of last season but never pitched for them because of injury, agreed to a one-year deal with the Astros. Crain made the All-Star team last season with the White Sox, who dealt him to Tampa Bay on July 29. He had a right shoulder strain and didn't pitch after that.
Olympics: Defending Olympic silver medalist Shani Davis and Heather Richardson established themselves as leading contenders heading into the Sochi Games, winning the 1,500 meters at the U.S. speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah.
Obituary: American Wilbur "Moose" Thompson, the record-setting shot put winner in the 1948 London Olympics, died Wednesday, according to alma mater USC. He was 92.