May 4, 2013

Sports Digest

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HOCKEY

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Slovakia downed France 6-2 and the Czech Republic beat Belarus 2-0 to open with victories at the ice hockey world championships at Helsinki.

The Slovaks, silver medalists last year, led 2-0 in Helsinki after a goal and an assist from forward Tomas Zaborsky. He set up Michel Miklik in the first period and then redirected a pass from Roman Kukumberg for the second.

In Stockholm, Czech goalie Alexander Salak finished with 21 saves for last year's bronze medalists.

WHA HISTORY: A fascinating part of Gordie Howe's life has been turned into a TV movie.

"Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story" premieres Saturday night in the U.S. on the Hallmark Channel.

The focus of the film is on the World Hockey Association's 1973-74 season, when the then 45-year-old Howe came out of retirement to play for the Houston Aeros with two of his sons, Mark and Marty.

FOOTBALL

NFL: The Detroit Lions added 11 undrafted free agents.

UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria leads the list after scoring 12 touchdowns last season and 20 in three seasons with the Bruins.

Detroit also signed Ohio center Skyler Allen, East Carolina defensive tackle Michael Brooks, Ball State offensive tackle Austin Holtz, Appalachian State running back Steven Miller and Texas Tech offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities said is the mother of his baby daughter.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Washington's bond was set at $4,200 following his initial court appearance after he was booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault.

Florida's oldest professional sports franchise -- the Miami Dolphins -- was dealt a crushing blow when the Florida Legislature ended its session without passing any funding plan that would assist the team's quest to refurbish its venerable stadium.

The refusal of the GOP-controlled Legislature to aid the team wasn't just a defeat for the Dolphins - it could also sack South Florida's efforts to lure another Super Bowl to the region in the next few years.

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