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Sports news briefs — Jan. 2

Compiled from wire reports


Russia knocks off U.S. in junior event

• Russia beat the United States 5-3 in the World Junior Hockey quarterfinals Thursday, rallying to take the lead on Nakita Zadorov’s two power-play goals in Malmo, Sweden.

Zadorov scored on 5-on-3 advantages in a 1:01 span in the second period to give Russia a 4-3 lead. The 6-foot-4 defenseman plays for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.

Russia will face Sweden, a 6-0 winner over Slovakia, in the semifinals Saturday. In the other quarterfinals, Canada beat Switzerland 4-1, and Finland topped the Czech Republic 5-3.

Pavel Buchnevich also scored twice for Russia, Buffalo Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko added a goal, and Andrei Vasilevski made 30 saves.

New Jersey Devils farmhand Stefan Matteau, Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman and Wisconsin’s Nic Kerdiles had first-period goals for the United States, the tournament winner last year in Russia.

• The Minnesota Wild recalled goalie Darcy Kuemper from their AHL affiliate. Kuemper is tied for first in the AHL with a .929 save percentage for Iowa.


White Sox, Downs agree on contract

• The Chicago White Sox and veteran left-handed reliever Scott Downs agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million contract. The 37-year-old Downs was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 26 holds in 68 appearances last season between the Angels and Atlanta. In 12 major-league seasons, he is 38-36 with a 3.48 ERA. Downs registered a career-best 1.34 ERA with Los Angeles in 2011. The deal includes a $4.25 million club option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout. The team said Downs will receive $3.75 million in 2014. The White Sox designated left-hander Santos Rodriguez for assignment.

• The Seattle Mariners signed outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-handed pitchers Matt Palmer and Ramon Ramirez to minor-league contracts and invited them to major-league spring training. Gillespie, 29, split last season between San Francisco and the Chicago Cubs. Palmer, 34, spent last season with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization. Ramirez, 32, has pitched in parts of eight seasons with Colorado, Kansas City, Boston, San Francisco and the New York Mets.

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Oregon State star will enter NFL Draft

• Oregon State junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks declared himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft. The Biletnikoff award winner as the nation’s top receiver, Cooks set Pac-12 records with 128 catches for 1,730 yards for the Beavers this season. His receiving yards were tops in the country. His 16 touchdown catches this season are a school record.

• Top-seeded Rafael Nadal was the only seed remaining at the Qatar Open after he beat seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals in Doha, Qatar. Nadal is set to play German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk, who defeated fellow German qualifier Dustin Brown 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) to reach his first career tour semifinal. The other semifinal match will pit Florian Mayer of Germany against Gael Monfils of France.

• Masters champion Adam Scott narrowly beat out Tiger Woods as the male player of the year in voting by the Golf Writers Association of America. Inbee Park, who had three consecutive majors among her six victories on the LPGA Tour, received 91 percent of the vote to win female player of the year. Kenny Perry, who won two majors on the Champions Tour, also had 91 percent of the vote for senior player of the year.

• Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named to replace Malky Mackay as Cardiff City coach as the Welsh team bids to avoid relegation from soccer’s Premier League.

— From wire reports


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