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Brother, Sister on U.S. Hockey teams

Right after Amanda Kessel was named to the U.S. women's hockey team headed for the Sochi Olympics, her brother Phil, a forward for the Maple Leafs, earned a spot on the men's team.

"It's a neat experience," said Phil Kessel, whose Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings in the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. "We'll see how it goes over there."

Phil Kessel, 26, who leads the Maple Leafs in scoring with 38 points in 42 games, also played for the American team that won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

Amanda Kessel, 21, will be heading to her first Olympics. She was the top scorer in the NCAA last season in leading Minnesota to the national title and earning the Patty Kazmaier award as the top player in NCAA women's hockey.


Murray ousted early

Third-seeded Andy Murray, playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late September, was upset by Florian Mayer 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was taken to three sets but beat Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-7 (7-3), 6-3, and second-seeded David Ferrer joined Murray in making an early exit after a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Daniel Brands.

"I didn't have extremely high expectations, because I haven't obviously played a match for a long time," Murray said. "You don't know exactly how your body is going to respond."

Brisbane: Roger Federer showed shreds of new coach Stefan Edberg's influence, going to the net more often, and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen. Women's No. 2 Victoria Azarenka beat Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 6-1.

ASB Classic: Former world No. 1s Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic moved closer to a semifinal meeting when they won second-round matches at Auckland, New Zealand.

Et Cetera

Autos: Formula One great Michael Schumacher's condition was stable but still critical overnight as he remained unconscious in a medically induced coma after a brain injury suffered in a skiing accident, said his manager, Sabine Kehm. Schumacher, who turns 45 Friday, fell and struck a rock while skiing Sunday in the French Alps. He has since had two brain operations and showed small signs of improvement.

Soccer: Defending Premier League champion Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham and fell 11 points behind league leader Arsenal.

Speed skating: Emery Lehman, 17, claimed a second race at the Sochi Olympics by beat Jonathan Kuck in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. trials in Kearns, Utah. Lehman was about 4 seconds behind with three laps to go before passing Kuck on the final lap. Maria Lamb, 27, earned her third trip to the Olympics by winning the 5,000 meters. Lamb overcame breathing issues and a migraine that sent her to a hospital Monday.

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