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HOCKEY

Lightning mates face off

Lightning goaltender prospect Kristers Gudlevskis made 31 saves in Latvia's 6-5 win over the United States on Thursday at Minsk, Belarus. Latvia earned its third win over the U.S. at the world championships. Lightning C Tyler Johnson scored a goal for the Americans, who suffered their second straight loss.

In other games, Cody Hodgson had a hat trick and Matt Read scored twice to lead Canada's 6-1 rout of Denmark. Sweden edged France 2-1 and Finland downed Belarus 2-0.

Russia leads their group, followed by Lativa, then Finland, Belarus and the United States. Canada, with three wins out of four, is in a race with unbeaten Sweden to win their eight-team Group A. The top four advance to the quarterfinals.

Penguins F Evgeni Malkin will join Russia after being eliminated from the NHL playoffs. Malkin was on the Russian team that won the 2012 tournament.

BASKETBALL

Lynx, Parker picked to repeat

The WNBA's 18th season begins today and general managers are predicting the Minnesota Lynx to repeat as champions and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks to earn the MVP award for a second straight year. Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson bought the Sparks this year.

AUTOs

Hinchcliffe cleared for Indy 500

James Hinchcliffe was cleared to drive by IndyCar's medical team following a concussion Saturday in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

He passed the post-concussion tests and should be all set to qualify this weekend for the Indianapolis 500. He couldn't wait another day, hopping in the No. 27 Honda with 2 minutes left in practice to turn his first lap of the month on the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hinchcliffe was injured on Saturday when debris from Justin Wilson's car flew into the cockpit, striking him in the head. He was transported to a hospital and diagnosed with a concussion. Hinchcliffe, 27, won the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in 2013 and was 19th this year.

TENNIS

Sharapova's win streak snapped

Maria Sharapova's 12-match winning streak, which included titles in Stuttgart and Madrid, ended with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Ana Ivanovic in Rome. Defending Italian Open champion Serena Williams beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-2. In men's singles, Rafael Nadal rallied to beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (7-4), 6-2, 6-1. Andy Murray beat Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 and Novak Djokovic defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

ET CETERA

SOCCER: The Kinshasa, Congo, stadium where 15 people were killed will host an Africa Champions League match a week after the tragedy. Attendance for Sunday's match will be limited to 5,000 in the 30,000-seat stadium, the Confederation of African Football said.

Times wires

Sports in Brief 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:33pm]

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