U.S. NIPS FINLAND IN FINAL TUNEUP
WASHINGTON — T.J. Oshie, Ryan Kesler and Derek Stepan scored, Jonathan Quick made 30 saves and the United States beat Finland 3-2 Tuesday night in each team's final exhibition game before the World Cup of Hockey.
The United States was the better team for more than two periods but needed stops from Quick in the final seconds to preserve the victory. Patrik Laine and Jussi Jokinen scored for Finland.
Despite the late goals, the Americans almost certainly will have Quick in net for their World Cup opener against Team Europe after the Kings goaltender stopped 63 of the 66 shots he faced in exhibition play.
Finnish goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 26 of 29 shots. Finland must decide between Rinne and the Bruins' Tuukka Rask before its opener Sunday against North America.
U.S. coach John Tortorella still has decisions to make, but his changes for the Finland game paid dividends.
Messi scores 3 in Barcelona romp
Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Neymar excelled as a playmaker to lead host Barcelona to a record-setting 7-0 win over Celtic in their Champions League opener. Elsewhere, five-time champion Bayern Munich gave Russian debutant Rostov a rude welcome to the league, winning 5-0 in a record 13th straight nwin at home in the competition. And Arsenal conceded a goal in the first minute before Alexis Sanchez scored late to salvage a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain.
Sharapova verdict delayed again
The verdict in Maria Sharapova's appeal against a two-year ban for doping was delayed for a second time. Sharapova should now find out the decision in her case against the International Tennis Federation early next month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said. The Russian tennis star had initially hoped to get a fast-track verdict in July.
DOPING: Russia was stripped of two track and field medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after retests showed their athletes doped with an anabolic steroid. Maria Abakumova, who won silver in the women's javelin, and Denis Alexeev, who helped Russia's men's 4x400-meter relay team win bronze, both were disqualified, the IOC said.
MOTORSPORTS: Matt Tifft, a UNC Charlotte student who has missed 10 weeks of NASCAR racing while recovering from brain surgery, will return Friday in the Truck series at Chicagoland Speedway. Tifft, 20, had a non-cancerous growth removed July 1.
WNBA: Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 23 and visiting Washington kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a 75-62 victory over New York. … Jasmine Thomas scored 21 and host Connecticut rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Indiana 89-87.