WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Cody Hodgson had a hat trick and Matt Read scored twice to lead Canada’s 6-1 rout of Denmark in Minsk, Belarus.
Defending champion Sweden edged France 2-1, Finland downed Belarus 2-0, and the U.S. suffered a second straight loss, 6-5 to Latvia.
ITALIAN OPEN: Rafael Nadal was pushed to three sets for the second straight match before prevailing to set up a quarterfinal against Andy Murray.
The top-ranked Nadal dropped behind a set and a break against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, then took 11 of the final 12 games to win 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1 at the Foro Italico.
NFL: The Jacksonville Jaguars waived first-year quarterback Matt Scott a week after selecting Blake Bortles with the third overall pick in the draft.
• The Buffalo Bills signed three draft picks: Duke cornerback/fourth-rounder Ross Cockrell; Florida Atlantic linebacker/seventh-rounder Randell Johnson; and Miami offensive lineman/seventh-rounder Seantrel Henderson.
• The Cleveland Browns agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Miles Austin.
INDYCAR: James Hinchcliffe has been cleared to drive following a concussion suffered last week in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, and will be ready to qualify this weekend for the Indianapolis 500.
NASCAR: Points leader Chase Elliott will juggle school and racing for the final time this weekend.
The 18-year-old Elliott will graduate from King’s Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Saturday morning and fly straight to Iowa for a qualifying session just 10 hours later.
PGA: Eddie Pepperell of England shot a 4-under 68 for a shot lead after the first round of the Spanish Open in Girona.
Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez were among eight chasing Pepperell at the PGA Catalunya.
• Peter Hanson made his only back-nine birdie with a 6-foot putt at the 18th hole, closing out a 5-under 65 for a stroke lead over David Duval and two others after the first round of the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu share the first-round lead at 3-under 69 in Birmingham, Alabama, in the Regions Tradition.
LPGA: Azahara Munoz and Austin Ernst had strong finishes to share the first-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship at 7-under 65 in Williamsburg, Virginia.
– From staff and news services