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2006-05-14 11:25:42

RIGA (Reuters) - Russia scored two powerplay goals early in the final period to beat Switzerland 6-3 on Sunday and maintain a 100 percent record at the ice hockey world championship. Two powerful blasts by defensemen Dmitry Bykov and Ilya Nikulin less than two minutes apart beat Montreal Canadiens goaltender David Aebischer to break a 2-2 deadlock. Goran Bezina brought the Swiss within one three minutes later, using advantage of a 5-3 powerplay opportunity, but late strikes by...

2006-05-12 15:46:45

RIGA (Reuters) - Johan Holmqvist made 23 saves as Olympic champions Sweden roared to an early lead and then coasted to a 4-1 win over Belarus at the ice hockey world championship on Friday to gain another small measure of revenge. Meeting for the just the second time since an upset quarter-final loss to Belarus at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Sweden scored four times in the opening period ensuring there would be no repeat of one of the most embarrassing losses in the country's hockey...

2006-05-12 15:43:23

RIGA (Reuters) - Johan Holmqvist made 23 saves as Olympic champions Sweden roared to an early lead and then coasted to a 4-1 win over Belarus at the ice hockey world championship on Friday to gain another small measure of revenge. Meeting for the just the second time since an upset quarter-final loss to Belarus at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Sweden scored four times in the opening period ensuring there would be no repeat of one of the most embarrassing losses in the country's hockey...

2006-05-12 09:40:58

RIGA (Reuters) - Latvia's ice hockey federation has escaped sanctions after home fans disrupted Canada's 11-0 defeat of Latvia at the world ice hockey championship, littering the ice with debris and forcing players off the ice. A joint statement from the organizing committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Friday condemned the fans for their behavior on Thursday in Riga. They pleaded for good sportsmanship and calm ahead of Latvia's game against the United...

2006-05-10 17:04:52

By Gennady Fyodorov RIGA (Reuters) - Sweden, bidding for an unprecedented golden double, held off rallying Switzerland to record a 4-4 tie and clinch top spot in Group B at the world championships on Wednesday. Elsewhere, Russia beat Slovakia 4-3 in a scrappy game to secure first place in Group C. Sweden and Switzerland finished the preliminary round with two wins and a tie but the Olympic champions claimed top spot by virtue of a better goal difference. Henrik Zetterberg of the...

2006-05-09 20:07:35

By Steve Keating RIGA (Reuters) - Even in the ancient cobblestone streets and squares of Latvia's capital, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin cannot escape being compared and discussed. What happens here at the ice hockey world championships over the next two weeks will carry no weight in deciding whether Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins wizard playmaker, or Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals fiery goal scorer, will be crowned National Hockey League (NHL) rookie of the year....

2006-05-09 16:11:35

By Steve Keating RIGA (Reuters) - Rookie Sidney Crosby continued his torrid scoring pace as Canada edged the United States 2-1 on Tuesday to complete their preliminary round play at the world ice hockey championships with an unbeaten record. In other action, Sergejs Naumovs made 17 saves after Latvia gave Slovenia an early goal then roared back to secure a 5-1 victory and a place in the second round, triggering another night of wild celebrations in Riga. Defending champions the...

2006-05-09 16:03:13

By Steve Keating RIGA (Reuters) - Rookie Sidney Crosby continued his torrid scoring pace as Canada edged the United States 2-1 on Tuesday to complete their preliminary round play at the world ice hockey championships with an unbeaten record. In other action, Sergejs Naumovs made 17 saves after Latvia gave Slovenia an early goal then roared back to secure a 5-1 victory and a place in the second round, triggering another night of wild celebrations in Riga. Defending champions the...

2006-05-04 20:04:58

By Gennady Fyodorov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's teenage prodigy Evgeni Malkin, who dazzled home fans with his daring moves, sublime passing and goalscoring ability this year, now wants to show off his skills to North American audiences. The 19-year-old, who played for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Russian Superleague in the 2005-06 season, has set his sights on the National Hockey League (NHL). "Yes, I've already made up my mind where I want to play next season," Malkin, widely...


Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.