Four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades, losing its playoff to Sweden 1-0 on aggregate.

The teams played to a scoreless draw in the second leg in Milan, after Sweden won 1-0 at home on Thursday.

Sweden advanced to its first World Cup since 2006. Italy has played in every World Cup except 1958.

U.S. MEN: The retooling U.S. national team will open its 2018 schedule with an exhibition against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Jan. 28 at Carson, California.

The U.S. failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup, ending a streak of seven straight appearances. Bruce Arena quit as coach after the Americans were eliminated with a 2-1 loss last month at Trinidad and Tobago. His top assistant, Dave Sarachan, is coaching the team for Tuesday’s exhibition at Portugal.


NHL: Teuvo Teravainen recorded a hat trick in the third period and added an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars.

Scott Darling stopped 25 shots in the victory.

Nikolay Kulemin underwent shoulder surgery that likely ends his season, and quite possibly his time with the Islanders.

The Islanders said his recovery time will be six months, meaning the team would have to get deep into the postseason for the big winger to return.


ATP FINALS: Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to win the ATP Finals.

The world’s top-ranked player withdrew from the elite, season-ending tournament in London after losing his opening match to David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4.

Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters at the quarterfinal stage 10 days ago and said his knees have been bothering him on indoor hard-court surfaces.

Nadal will be replaced by U.S. Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta.


WNBA: Las Vegas won the draft lottery and will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.

Indiana will pick second, and Chicago will pick third and fourth. The Sky acquired the third pick from the Atlanta Dream.

Las Vegas had the best odds (44 percent) to win the lottery after finishing with the combined worst record the past two seasons while the franchise was in San Antonio.


FRENCH SKIER DIES: French downhill skier David Poisson, a former medalist at the world championships, died following a training crash in Canada. He was 35.

The French Ski Federation said Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds, was training at the Alberta resort of Nakiska for upcoming World Cup races in North America.