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Sports news briefs — Jan. 3

Compiled from wire reports

winter SPORTS

Yzerman, Lidstrom 
to enter hockey hall

• Olympic gold medalists Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom, both Stanley Cup winning captains for the Detroit Red Wings, will enter the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in May in a ceremony in Belarus. The federation says the 2014 class includes Soviet Union Olympic champion teammates Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov, plus Ruslan Salei of Belarus, who died in a 2011 airplane crash that killed an entire Russian team.

• The Florida Panthers activated defenseman and captain Ed Jovanovski from injured reserve and say he’ll make his season debut today.

• The Winter Classic on Wednesday matched the highest television rating for a regular-season NHL game in 39 years. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings on NBC earned a 2.5 rating.

• Leon Draisaitl helped Germany force a deciding third game in the world junior hockey regulation series, scoring twice in a 4-3 victory over Norway in Malmo, Sweden. The winner today will remain in the elite 10-team field next year.

• Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann of Switzerland won a World Cup two-man bobsled competition in Winterberg, Germany.

 Martins Dukurs of Latvia won a World Cup skeleton race in Winterberg, Germany.

college sports

Gamecocks receiver 
to enter NFL Draft

• South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington picked football over basketball, giving up his final seasons in each sport to enter the NFL Draft. The 5-foot-9 Ellington also played point guard for the Gamecocks’ basketball team. He caught 49 passes this season.

• Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson is leaving school early and entering the NFL Draft. Roberson is a 6-foot, 195-pound junior.


Serena Williams tops Sharapova in 2 sets

• No. 1 Serena Williams beat No. 4 Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 7-6 (7) in a semifinal of the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia. Victoria Azarenka beat fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first semifinal.

• Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Qatar Open by coming from behind to beat German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in Doha, Qatar.


Loney finalizes deal with Tampa Bay

• First baseman James Loney finalized a $21 million, three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Loney hit a team-leading .299 with 13 homers and 75 RBI for the Rays last season, his first with Tampa Bay.

• Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Greeley, Colo., and was sentenced to two years of supervised probation during which his alcohol use will be monitored. He had a breath alcohol concentration level more than three times the legal limit when he was pulled over Nov. 4 in Windsor, Colo.

— From wire reports


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