United States topples Canada in OT to win world junior title

John Carlson scored in overtime to give the United States a 6-5 victory over Canada on Tuesday in the world junior hockey championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Carlson beat goaltender Martin Jones on a 3-on-1 after U.S. goalie Jack Campbell made a save at the other end. It was the second goal of the game for Carlson.

Canada was trying to win the tournament for a record sixth consecutive time. Tuesday’s final was the first between the two countries since 2004, when the U.S. rallied in Helsinki, Finland, for its first gold medal in the tournament.

Chris Kreider, Jordan Schroeder, Jerry D’Amigo and team captain Derek Stepan also scored for the U.S., which had underachieved in this tournament in recent years with bigger names and more first-round NHL draft picks in the lineup.

Former Bonanza High School student Jason Zucker was on the U.S. squad, scoring two goals in a 12-1 rout over Latvia in pool play.

Also: The Wranglers (14-14-3) will try to extend their season-high win streak to six games today when they play at 7 p.m. at the Ontario (Calif.) Reign (13-16-5). Las Vegas, which has won eight straight home games, also will face the Reign on Friday and Saturday at the Orleans Arena.

The Boston Bruins said leading scorer Patrice Bergeron will be out a couple of weeks due to a thumb injury. Bergeron, who has 31 points, broke the tip of his right thumb in three places.


Federer, Nadal post easy wins in Australian Open tuneup

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal breezed into the second round of the Qatar Open with straight-set wins in Doha, Qatar.

Top-ranked Federer cruised past Christophe Rochus of Belgium, 6-1, 6-2. Second-ranked Nadal defeated Simone Bolelli of Italy, 6-3, 6-3.

Federer had 12 aces and 47 winners in a dominating performance at the tuneup for the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 18.

Also: Kim Clijsters’ career comeback continued with a 6-0, 6-3 second-round win over Australia’s Alicia Molik at the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia.

Clijsters won the U.S. Open last September in only her third tournament back from more than two years in retirement.

Clijsters’ title inspired a comeback by fellow Belgian and former No. 1-ranked Justine Henin, who won her first tour match since May 2008 on Monday against second-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia.

Having Clijsters and Henin on opposite ends of the draw sets up the possibility of an all-Belgian final leading up to the Australian Open.

American Robby Ginepri stunned topseeded Robin Soderling in the first round of the Chennai Open, defeating the big-serving Swede 6-4, 7-5 in Chennai, India. Ginepri held off a second-set comeback by the French Open finalist to advance to the second round.


Domino’s Pizza exec named Michigan’s athletic director

The University of Michigan is counting on a pizza mogul to run its multimillion-dollar athletics department.

Domino’s Pizza Chairman and CEO David Brandon, a former football player for the Wolverines, was named the school’s athletic director. Brandon, 57, will take over in March with a five-year contract, if university regents approve the move as expected Jan. 21.

Brandon said a “very special opportunity” persuaded him to leave the venerable pizza chain.

Also: Major League Soccer could be headed for a work stoppage next month.

The sport’s international union said management is threatening to lock out MLS players after the league’s five-year labor contract expires Jan. 31.

“It is difficult to understand why the owners would take this course, when all we are asking for are the same rights enjoyed by other players around the world, not just in the biggest leagues, but in leagues of all sizes,” Los Angeles Galaxy star Landon Donovan said in a statement released by FIFPro, which represents more than 50,000 players, including members of the MLS Players Union.

MLS president Mark Abbott disputed much of what FIFPro said.

FIFPro claims MLS’s single-entity structure, in which all players sign with the league rather than individual teams, violates regulations of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.

Landon Donovan has begun his 10-week loan with English Premier League club Everton as he prepares for the World Cup. The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder will play for Everton during the Major League Soccer offseason, and U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard has helped him settle in.

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