United States beats Denmark 4-1 in world juniors to finish second in Group A

Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over Denmark in the world junior hockey championships at Helsinki, Finland. Sonny Milano and Anders Bjork added scores for the U.S., and Colin White had an assist.

The Americans finished second in Group A at 3-1. They’ll face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

Matthews plays for ZSC Lions Zurich in Switzerland, Milano for Columbus affiliate Lake Erie in the American Hockey League, White for Boston College and Bjork for Notre Dame.

Brandon Halverson made 16 saves for the U.S. He plays for Sault Ste. Marie in the Ontario Hockey League.

Sweden beat Canada 5-2 and won Group A at 4-0.


HOPMAN CUP: Gael Monfils withdrew from the mixed team event due to an unspecified leg injury and will be replaced by French compatriot Kenny De Schepper at Perth, Australia.

It wasn’t clear whether the injury would keep the 24th-ranked Monfils from competing in the Australian Open beginning Jan. 18 in Melbourne.


SPANISH LEAGUE: Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano scored with a brilliant free kick to earn a 1-0 win over regional rival Valencia.


RING RETURN: Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a third time. Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever.

– From news service reports