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.

: 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

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