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WASHINGTON — Jonathan Quick's sublime play in a Team USA jersey outweighed his struggles with the Kings as coach John Tortorella named him the starting goaltender for the World Cup of Hockey. Tortorella called his choice of Quick over the Lightning's Ben Bishop and the Devils' Cory Schneider "a very tough decision." Quick's .954 save percentage in exhibition games and his dominant performance at the Sochi Olympics made the decision easy for Tortorella, even if Bishop and Schneider have been more consistent in the NHL lately. "I believe in the body of work from all three goalies," Tortorella said. "I think Jonathan has just done a little bit better than the other guys, so he'll be our No. 1 guy to start the tournament."


Tomas Plekanec banked a backhander off Connor Hellebuyck's pads with just more than eight minutes left as the Czech Republic held off Team North America 3-2 in a World Cup of Hockey exhibition in Pittsburgh. The Lightning's Ondrej Palat had a goal and assist for the Czechs. … The NHL is revamping its concussion monitoring system. It will have four concussion spotters watching all games from a centralized location in either Toronto or New York as well as spotters at each game.


Real Madrid rallies

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata scored late goals as host Real Madrid came from behind to beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 and avoid starting the defense of its Champions League title with a shocking defeat. Ronaldo equalized from an 89th minute free kick, and Morata netted the winner four minutes into injury time. Leicester opened its first league campaign with a 3-0 win at Belgian champion Club Brugge, and Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for host Manchester City in a 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.

MLS: Clint Dempsey returned to practice for the Seattle Sounders after missing time due to an irregular heartbeat.


NBA: Heat forward Chris Bosh, who had each of his past two seasons halted by blood clots, said he "absolutely" intends to be with his team for training camp that starts Sept. 27. He said he has not yet been cleared to play.

GOLF: Scott Harvey outlasted Dan Sullivan to advance to the U.S. Mid-Amateur final in Elverson, Pa. Harvey faces Stewart Hagestad in the final with a Masters spot at stake. Julia Potter and Shannon Johnson each won two matches to advance to the women's final in Erie, Pa.

PARALYMPICS: Nearly 15 years to the day he lost his legs in an auto racing crash in Germany, Italian athlete Alex Zanardi captured a gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the men's road hand-cycling time trial.

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