Loss to Russia knocks U.S. out of world juniors

The United States was eliminated from hockey’s world junior championship Friday with a 3-2 loss to Russia in the quarterfinals at Montreal.

Defensemen Anthony DeAngelo and Zach Werenski scored for the Americans, who finished out of the medals for the second straight year after winning two years ago in Ufa, Russia.

DeAngelo, a Tampa Bay first-round pick who plays for Sarnia in the Ontario Hockey League. “We thought we were just as good as their team in this tournament. I still do, but we’re not going to have a chance to show it. It is what it is now.”

Russia advanced to a semifinal in Toronto against Sweden, a 6-3 winner over defending champion Finland in Toronto.

In another quarterfinal Friday, Slovakia beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Montreal.


WORLD CUP: Six-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller remains unsure if he will be recovered in time to race at world championships after undergoing surgery on a disk in his back nearly two months ago.

Miller said Friday he was squeezing in some giant slalom training on New Year’s Day and had to stop because of his back.

The 37-year-old had surgery to repair a herniated disk on Nov. 17 and said it still feels like he’s “balancing two pool balls on top of each other.”

His plan is to keep training and then see how he feels after a downhill training run in Wengen, Switzerland, on Jan. 13.


U.S. WOMEN: National team Coach Jill Ellis named 29 players to the roster for a 21-day training camp that starts Monday.

The team, preparing for the Women’s World Cup later this year in Canada, is training in Carson, California, before heading overseas to play matches in France and England in February.

The roster includes all the players that the U.S. team took to Brazil last month for the International Tournament of Brasilia, along with midfielders Shannon Boxx, Kristie Mewis and Allie Long, defender Rachel Van Hollebeke and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.

ENGLAND: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to move to a foreign club after disclosing Friday he will leave his boyhood team after the season to seek a new football experience away from the English Premier League.

Major League Soccer would be an obvious destination for Gerrard, who rose through the academy to become one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players, and also captained England before retiring from international duty after the 2014 World Cup.


BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL: Roger Federer will play the winner of a match between a wild-card entry and a qualifier when the 17-time Grand Slam champion begins his new season at the Brisbane International next week.

Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt and Federer are on opposite sides of the draw and could not meet each other until the final.


OBITUARY: S. Arthur Spiegel, the longtime federal judge in Ohio who sent baseball star Pete Rose to prison has died. He was 94.

Spiegel sentenced Rose to prison for five months in 1990 for tax evasion stemming from unreported income from gambling, baseball memorabilia sales and autograph appearances.

– From news service reports