Monday, December 11, 2017
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Hockey

Americans lose to Russia in semis

HELSINKI — Yegor Korshkov had a goal and an assist and Russia reached the final of the world junior hockey championship with Monday's 2-1 win over the United States.

Russia will face host Finland for the gold medal today. The Finns hung on to beat Sweden 2-1 on Monday.

Pavel Kraskovski also scored for Russia and Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves. Christian Dvorak scored for the Americans, who face Sweden in today's bronze-medal game. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 31 shots.

It's a disappointing outcome for an American team loaded with NHL-drafted talent.

"It's a tough pill to swallow," U.S. top scorer and prospect Auston Matthews said. "They kept us on the outside, and they blocked a lot of shots."

The Russians ousted the U.S. team in the tournament for the third straight year.

Soccer

Zidane new coach at Madrid

Real Madrid fired coach Rafa Benitez after only seven months and replaced him with its former star player Zinedine Zidane. Club president Florentino Perez announced the decision a day after a 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a crisis that started with a 4-0 home loss to rival Barcelona in November. Zidane, a playing legend at Real and former World Cup-winning captain with France, was coaching Madrid's "B" team in the third division.

Tennis

Djokovic rolls in 2016 debut

Novak Djokovic opened his season with a 6-2, 6-2 first-round win over German qualifier Dustin Brown at the Qatar Open in Doha.

Sharapova out of warmup: Maria Sharapova withdrew from the Brisbane International, hours before her scheduled first match, rather than risk further damage to a sore left forearm ahead of the Australian Open.

Et cetera

Olympics: The track and field stadium for this year's Rio de Janeiro Games was without power with the city hall and Rio soccer club Botafogo blaming each other for unpaid utility bills. In a statement, the city hall said Botafogo has been responsible for the utility bills since May 2015.

Rugby: The U.S. national team hired former New Zealand coach John Mitchell as its coach.

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