December 30, 2013

Sports Digest

HOCKEY

U.S. junior team routs Germany to remain perfect in world tournament in Sweden

Notre Dame’s Vince Hinostroza helped the defending champion United States wrap up a spot in the playoff round in the world junior hockey tournament, scoring twice and adding two assists in an 8-0 victory over Germany on Sunday in Malmo, Sweden.

Boston University’s Matt Grzelcyk had a goal and two assists. The United States (3-0-0) will finish Group A play Tuesday against Canada (1-0-1).

MOTORSPORTS

INJURED: Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, 44, was hospitalized with what was described as a serious but not life-threatening head injury after a skiing accident in the French Alps.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: The European Jewish Congress president, Moshe Kantor, wants the league to ban Nicolas Anelka after the bad boy of French football caused an outcry in his country by celebrating a goal scored with a gesture viewed as being anti-Semitic.

Anelka, whose career has been marred by controversy, has defended himself against the accusations, saying he did the gesture as a mark of support for a French comedian.

SKIING

OLYMPICS: Jessica Jerome earned the first American spot in the first women’s ski jumping competition in Olympics history, winning the U.S. trials in Park City, Utah.

Nicholas Fairall won the men’s competition to earn his first Olympic spot.

Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal mastered the fresh snow conditions on the Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy, to win a downhill for his fourth victory of the Olympic season.

WORLD CUP: Overcoming several injury-plagued seasons, Marlies Schild of Austria finally set the best mark for most World Cup slalom victories by winning her 35th race in Lienz, Austria, to overtake Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider on top of the all-time list.

FOUR HILL TOUR: Double Olympic champion Simon Ammann of Switzerland excelled in Oberstdorf, Germany, to win the first stage of the Four Hills Tour, the most prestigious ski jump competition ahead of Sochi.

SPEEDSKATING

OLYMPICS: Two-time defending Olympic champion Shani Davis ruled again in the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials in Kearns, Utah, edging Brian Hansen.

Heather Richardson won the women’s 1,000.

– From news service reports

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