Jagr’s hat trick helps Czech Republic oust U.S. in world championship quarterfinals

Former NHL star Jaromir Jagr scored a hat trick Wednesday to lead defending-champion Czech Republic to a 4-0 victory over the United States in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship at Bratislava, Slovakia.

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped 29 shots to shut out the Americans. Jagr beat U.S. goalie Ty Conklin on a breakaway to put the Czechs ahead 1-0 with 1:15 remaining in the opening period.

“It’s disappointing,” U.S. captain Mark Stuart said. “We had a good team and I think if we played our best game we could beat anybody in this tournament.”

The Czechs will meet Sweden in the semifinals Friday. Martin Thornberg had two goals and Patrik Berglund scored his sixth goal at the championship and added two assists to help the Swedes beat Germany, 5-2.


BOYS’ LACROSSE: Kevin Airoldi collected three goals and two assists and Graham McGlinchey scored twice to lead Berwick Academy (9-3) to a 6-5 win over Hebron Academy (6-7) at South Berwick.

BASEBALL: Spencer Couch struck out 10 and had two doubles and two triples to lead Gould Academy (5-0) to a 15-2 win over Hebron Academy (1-6) at Hebron.

Peter Cole added two doubles for the Huskies.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Sarah Markey, Catherine Byrne and Talya Bent each scored two goals for Hebron Academy (6-3) in a 14-8 loss against New Hampton (6-3) at New Hampton, N.H.

Lyndsay Brattan scored nine goals to help Berwick Academy (6-5) to a 20-19 win over Beaver Country Day School (4-5) at South Berwick.


TRAYLOR DIES: Robert Traylor, the former NBA and University of Michigan player nicknamed “Tractor” because of his hulking frame, died at 34 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Traylor, who played seven years in the NBA, was found dead on the bedroom floor of his oceanfront apartment. Police and Traylor’s team, the Bayamon Cowboys, said he had been missing for a few days and apparently died from a heart attack.


NASCAR: Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will miss his third straight race this weekend when Kevin Swindell fills in for him at Dover International Speedway.

Bayne spent a week at the Mayo Clinic undergoing treatment for what doctors have called an inflammatory condition. He was released last Thursday.

Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark said the team is encouraged by Bayne’s progress but is being cautious in holding him out an additional week.


ITALIAN OPEN: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain struggled to a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-0 win over 148th-ranked qualifier Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in his opening match at Rome.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretched his unbeaten start this year to 33 matches with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Pieter Weening of the Netherlands raced alone the final six miles to win the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia and take the overall lead at Orvieto, Italy.