Canada beats Norway 5-0 at world hockey championship

A dynamite power play, and a little bit of attitude, got Canada back on the winning track at the world hockey championship.Colton Parayko scored twice as Canada clinched first place in its preliminary-round group with a 5-0 win over Norway on Monday.Both of Parayko’s goals came on the power play as Canada went 4-for-5 with the man advantage. We played our best game of the tournament today. The quarter-finals take place on Thursday in Paris and Cologne, Germany.France and Slovenia, also with no chance of reaching the quarter-final, faced off in the late game in Group B on Monday night. O’Reilly missed high and wide on a penalty shot, Wayne Simmonds had a nice tic-tac-toe goal waved off, then Canada was whistled for having too many players on the ice.“You’re sitting here thinking, ‘We’ve had a hard time scoring goals against the Swiss and the French and here now, we’re getting our chances but they’re still not going in or they’re not counting,” Cooper said after the game. Brayden Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly also scored with Canada a man up, while Mark Scheifele added an even-strength goal. We’re still not scoring as much 5-on-5 as we’d like. Hopefully it comes when we need it.”Chad Johnson stopped all 10 Norwegian shots he faced for his first shutout of the tournament.Despite Canada’s determination, Monday’s game began with a series of early setbacks. The laser beam, the sights were on today and it was good for us.”O’Reilly added a fourth power-play goal to put Canada up 5-0 in the late stages of the third period, while Norway failed to record a shot over the last 20 minutes. In a Group A battle in Cologne, Germany between two teams that also won’t be advancing, Denmark beat Italy 2-0 in the early game, so Italy and Slovenia will be relegated to Division 1A.Later, second-place Russia squared off against fourth-place Latvia. Canada’s power play is now 10-for-20 through six games.Cooper continued to alternate Johnson and Calvin Pickard from game to game. “But we felt we were on top of our game and that it was just a matter of time. We dominated start to finish. Coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland on Saturday, the Canadians came into Monday’s game “a little big angry,” according to coach Jon Cooper.“We don’t want to hear any anthem but ‘O Canada’ at the end of the games,” added forward Matt Duchene.Duchene was part of the 2016 Canadian team that dropped a 4-0 decision to Finland to close out the preliminary round before rebounding to win the gold medal.“As soon as we lost, I went in the room and I told the boys — we’re going to win this tournament. Switzerland, Czech Republic and Finland will also advance from Group B.The Canadians play their last preliminary-round game Tuesday against Finland. Canada fired 48 shots at Norway’s net.Canada’s win guarantees it first place in Group B and eliminates Norway from quarter-final contention. There’s no doubt about it after losing that game to Finland.“Hopefully it’s the same way this year. Thank goodness the power play was rolling.”Schenn opened the scoring with 2:12 to play in the first by shovelling a point shot from Chris Lee past Norwegian goaltender Henrik Haukeland while Mathias Olind served a cross-checking penalty.Less than a minute later, with Olind back in the box on a holding call, Parayko extended the lead to 2-0 by threading a wrist shot through traffic and over Haukeland’s glove hand.In the second period, Scheifele deposited a rebound from a Mike Matheson shot past Haukeland for his first goal of the tournament, then Parayko notched his second of the game on a big power-play slap shot with 1:46 to play in the middle frame.“One of the assets he has, is that he’s really got a cannon for a shot,” said Cooper of Parayko, who was named Canada’s player of the game. Johnson has now allowed four goals in his three starts.The Norwegians briefly pulled Haukeland in favour of Steffen Soberg in the third period, but he returned to finish the game after dealing with an equipment issue. “When you can open him up, he can keep a penalty kill honest.“We’ve got a bunch of skill guys that are close to the net and if things don’t open up there, you can put it up to Colton.

Roger Federer pulls out of French Open, wants to avoid clay courts

Open, because of his surgically repaired left knee.He started this season the best way possible, winning the Australian Open in January to add to his record total of Grand Slam championships.The next major tournament is Wimbledon, which begins July 3. That improved his record this year to 19-1, all on hard courts, his best start in more than a decade. “Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season.”Federer missed the last half of 2016, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the U.S. Federer won the title at the clay-court major in 2009 to complete a career Grand Slam. Federer has won a record-tying seven titles at the All England Club.As for Paris, if there were those who were worried about whether they might have seen the last of the Swiss superstar there, Federer’s message on Monday offered a message about the future.“I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive,” Federer said, “and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year.” It’s the second year in a row that Federer pulled out of the French Open.His absence a year ago, because of back and knee problems that plagued him in 2016, ended his record streak of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments — every one since the start of 2000.“I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month,” Federer wrote, “but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year.”The 35-year-old Federer has not played in a tournament since April 2, when he won his third title of 2017 at the Miami Open. Roger Federer is skipping the French Open and instead will prepare for the grass and hard courts later this season.The 18-time major champion posted a message entitled “Roger to skip Roland Garros” on his website on Monday.His agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed that Federer won’t compete at the year’s second Grand Slam tournament, which starts in Paris on May 28. At the time, he said he would be taking a break from the tour and did not commit to returning in time for the French Open.Clay tends to be the most physically demanding of tennis’ surfaces, requiring plenty of tricky movement and sliding, along with lengthy, grind-it-out points.“The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward,” Federer wrote on his website.

For R.A. Dickey, Cy Young Award was both a blessing and a curse

The 2012 season was a magical one for R.A. He is now considered one of the game’s top young pitchers at 24.“I can certainly empathize with one who would think the Mets got the better part of the trade,” Dickey said candidly.But he added there is more than one way to look at a deal.“I get asked a lot: ‘Do I think it was unfair to be judged the way that I was in my experience here?’” he said. “I would have considered it a fun experience to get to do it,” he said.Dickey is having another typical Dickey season in Atlanta.He is 3-3 in seven starts with a 4.22 ERA. He had a solid 2.73 earned-run average and led the National League in strikeouts (230), innings pitched (233.7) and complete games (five).And for all that, at 37, he was given the Cy Young Award as the N.L.’s top pitcher.After the season was over, Dickey went to the Toronto Blue Jays in a massive seven-player trade.And for the next four years in Canada he reverted to his past form – never great but usually serviceable, taking the ball every fifth day and running with it.He was a workhorse, somebody who could be counted on to deliver 200 innings over the course of the season – but a .500 pitcher at best.It was something many Blue Jays fans could never come to grips with, always holding him to that Cy Young standard he set in 2012.So when he couldn’t replicate the numbers, there was much grousing at the bar.“It’s a blessing and a curse,” Dickey said Monday when asked about the fallout from winning the award. On paper, when you give up a guy like Syndergaard, you’re hoping for a big return for sure.“And in my mind, I feel like there’s an argument that the first two years I was on this team in Toronto, Noah wasn’t even in the big leagues. “I don’t think it’s unfair. “The best thing I ever did in my career was win a Cy Young. After his contract ran out in Toronto at the end of last season, he became a free agent and negotiated a soft landing by inking a one-year deal worth $7.5-million (U.S.) with the Atlanta Braves.He was in town as the Braves began a two-game interleague set against the surging Blue Jays Monday night at Rogers Centre.After that, the teams will pick it up again for two more in Atlanta beginning Wednesday.Dickey pitched on Sunday in Miami and as a result will not have the opportunity to lock horns with his old team in any of the four games. Dickey when he was employed by the New York Mets.Game in and game out, he managed to harness the unpredictable nature of the knuckleball and for one season was a phenom on the mound.Having never posted more than 11 wins in one season, Dickey emerged from the darkness to go 20-6 for a sub-.500 outfit. That could have been the worst thing I ever did, too.“You’re always held against that mantle, especially when you’re traded after a year like that.”Dickey has moved on – again. He went seven innings Sunday against the Marlins, giving up a three-run home run to Tyler Moore in the seventh in a 3-1 Miami win.Another reason why the four-year Dickey run in Toronto was not really embraced by all was the player the Blue Jays had to surrender to the Mets to secure his services.Although it was a seven-player swap, it is Noah Syndergaard that most Toronto fans will remember going the opposite way.Syndergaard was a highly regarded pitcher in the Blue Jays minor-league system at the time and did not make his major-league debut with the Mets until 2015, two years after the deal went down. So I had already accumulated over 400 innings before he even had an inning in the big leagues with the Mets. So that was worth something.”

Kessel scores winner as Penguins beat Senators to even series

But he could not get a shot away.“The puck kind of danced on me,” said MacArthur. He immediately went to the dressing room, and his place on Crosby’s line was taken by speedy Conor Sheary.Another Penguin, defenceman Justin Schultz, also left the ice after a hard check against the boards from Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman. That tensions were high was illustrated magnificently early in the second period, with still no score, when Pittsburgh scoring stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kessel got into a nasty shouting match on the bench.No one knows what was said. “We got one here.” Clarke MacArthur stole a puck in the Pittsburgh end and found himself all alone with only Fleury to beat. “We encourage our players to talk to one another. The third cost us our game today.”“We just kind of stopped pressing,” said Ottawa forward Kyle Turris.“We’ve got to come back and find our game again,” added defenceman Dion Phaneuf.Game 2 was certainly far more exciting than the opening game in this series, won 2-1 in overtime by the Senators. The Penguins also had history on their side, having gone 27-12 in previous Game 2s played at home, including the previous five in a row.Fleury and his team can now add another plus to those figures.Kessel’s goal came off an attempted shot and then a reload. Sometimes the conversations can get a little heated.”Malkin had the first chance of the game when the big Russian got in alone on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson in the opening moments. Monday was Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the day after Erik Karlsson played the legendary Oakmont Country Club, site of nine U.S. But Anderson, who has been superb in the playoffs, easily turned the scoring attempt away.Compared to Saturday’s match, this one was high-spirited, faster and at times chaotic, with far more superior scoring chances.It was also more physical, with Phaneuf crushing Pittsburgh forward Bryan Rust as Rust came across the Ottawa blueline early in the opening period. The star centre had 11 points in seven games prior to the injury, whereas in the five games since he has scored no goals and has only three assists.In Saturday’s overtime loss, he had been held scoreless and was again held off the scoresheet – apart from the penalty list – on Monday. Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan had said his team seemed “a little bit stagnant” in Saturday’s loss and he implored them “to shoot pucks more.” Kessel obviously listened.Crosby’s recovery from a mild concussion suffered in Pittsburgh’s series with the Washington Capitals continues to be a concern. “We didn’t. He will not be ignored in Ottawa.Through two periods, whenever the dominant Penguins did penetrate deeply, they could not foil either the Ottawa defence or Anderson, who was particularly brilliant in the third period until the Kessel goal.“Andy played great for us,” said Karlsson.As for Fleury, he was hardly tested as much, though he did make one marvelous save on Ottawa’s Ryan Dzingel, who was alone at the side of the net but could not get it over the goal line.Late in the second it seemed Ottawa might once again score the opening goal. “Those are the freebies that will kill you,” he said.Instead, the winning goal came off what appeared to be another routine block by the solid Ottawa defence.What killed Ottawa’s chances of leaving Pittsburgh two up in the series was a lackluster third period in which they could not even manage a shot on net until after Kessel had scored at the 13:05 mark.“They stepped it up a notch,” said Boucher. The Ottawa power play, coming into this match running at a 0-16 pace over the past five games, was dreadful right up until Mark Stone had a point-blank chance, but he could not put the puck past the quick pad of Marc-André Fleury.Fleury came into Game 2 with a 3-1 record in games that followed a playoff loss. The Senators are acutely aware, however, that he has always enjoyed considerable success against Ottawa in the playoffs, with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 21 prior playoff games involving the two teams. No one needs it spelled out.“We like our ‘juice’ on the bench,” said Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan. Neither Rust nor Schultz returned for the second period.Ottawa lucked into a man advantage early courtesy of a crowd-displeasing trip called on Sheary. “I wanted to go five-hole.”MacArthur put the loss in context, pointing out that the Senators were now leaving for home ice with a split against the best team in hockey.“We did our job,” he said. The clean, open-ice check left Rust scrambling just to get back to the bench. Sometimes it seems like everything the Ottawa Senators do, they do backwards.They attack by staying back and blocking the middle.They don’t practise and now don’t even have morning skates.Their most formidable offensive weapon is a … defenceman.And that star player, who is also their captain, is already golfing – despite his team being in the Eastern Conference final against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Opens.“Not great,” Karlsson said of his Sunday round.And “not great” on Monday, either, as the Senators fell 1-0.It appeared the game was headed again for overtime, only to come to an abrupt end when Pittsburgh forward Phil Kessel came over the blueline, took a shot that was blocked but shot again successfully to give the Penguins the victory.The series, now tied at one game apiece, will move to Ottawa for Game 3 on Wednesday.Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher said before the game that they didn’t want to give up two-on-one rushes or breakaways.

Freeman, Markakis power Braves in win over Blue Jays

Freeman’s 13th long ball of the season moves him into a three-way tie for first in the the National League’s home run race.The Braves took an early 3-0 lead in the second when Garcia scored on a sac fly from Dansby Swanson.Toronto got on the board in the bottom half of the second on Devon Travis’s RBI double.Atlanta added to its lead in the fourth as Swanson’s one-out singles scored Garcia from second giving the Braves a 4-1 cushion.The Blue Jays cut the Braves lead in half in the bottom half of the inning when catcher Mike Ohlman singled scoring Travis from second. Bolsinger (0-2) went 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits while striking out three and walking two.Freeman put the game out of reach with a three-run home run off reliever Leonel Campos in the sixth to give the Braves a 9-3 lead. Then in the fifth, with Atlanta leading 4-2, Markakis drove home Kemp with a two-out single.Two batters later, Atlanta knocked Bolsinger from the game on an RBI single from Adonis Garcia. Campos was recalled by the Blue Jays from triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Blue Jays SS Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) went 1 for 3 with an RBI in a rehab game in Dunedin. In a corresponding move, Steve Pearce was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain. Bartolo Colon (2-4) allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over five innings earning his first win since April 16 for the Braves (14-21), who have now won three of four.Markakis got the Braves on the board in the first driving home Freeman and Matt Kemp with a two-out single of Mike Bolsinger. The hit was the first of Ohlman’s big league career.Trailing 6-2 in the fifth, Jose Bautista drove in Kevin Pillar with a one-out double off the wall in left.Garcia’s RBI single in the sixth gave the Braves a 10-3 cushion.Toronto added a fourth run in the seventh on an RBI single from Travis and Smoak added his two-run home run in the ninth, driving in Bautista.Notes: Blue Jays pitchers combined to hit a franchise-high five batters in Monday’s loss. Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman drove in six runs to lead the Braves as Atlanta defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 on Monday night at Rogers Centre.Justin Smoak had a two-run homer in the ninth inning but it was too late for the Blue Jays (17-22), who had a season-high five-game win streak snapped.

Madrid done rotating players as it goes for Spanish title

Vigo authorities at the time accused Madrid of improperly pressuring to play the game despite the security concerns, and the club had to officially respond by saying that it would never want to put the fans’ safety at risk.Madrid wanted to avoid playing Celta so late in the season. “I expect to face the same Celta team as always.”Madrid hasn’t won the league since 2012 and is trying to avoid its longest title drought since 1981-85. “We have two matches to play, two finals, and then it’s all over in the league. Its latest game in the European competition was against Atletico Madrid in the semifinals last week, when it advanced to the final on June 3.Zidane kept regular starters such as Karim Benzema, Casemiro and Luka Modric out of the starting lineup against Sevilla on Sunday, when Madrid won 4-1. Both teams have 87 points, but the Catalan club leads on the head-to-head tiebreaker. There were no other dates to play the match because Celta was participating in the Europa League and Madrid in the Champions League.Celta, which made it to the semifinals of the Europa League, eliminated Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after winning 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and drawing 2-2 at the Balaidos in January. Ronaldo was in that match, scoring two goals, and he is also going to play on Wednesday in Vigo. A win or a draw in the match postponed from February because of bad weather will move Madrid past Barcelona into first place going into the weekend’s final round of matches. 5 but was postponed because heavy winds damaged the roof of the Balaidos Stadium, making it unsafe for players and spectators. The star forward hadn’t played in an away match for Madrid since March, against Athletic Bilbao. The team is currently 13th in the Spanish league standings.“It will be a difficult game because Celta has a good team. It’s longest winless streak since then was when Barcelona won four in a row from 1991-94.Barcelona is trying to win the league title for the third straight time. We are thinking positively and we will give everything we have.”Zidane had been rotating the squad the last few months as Madrid also played the decisive stages of the Champions League. Madrid plays at mid-table Malaga on Sunday, while Barcelona finishes its season against eighth-place Eibar on the same day.“We are prepared,” Zidane said Tuesday. He was rested in the team’s following four away matches in the league.“Cristiano will be with us,” Zidane said.The game against Celta was originally scheduled to be played on Feb. There is no more rest for Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates.Zinedine Zidane is done rotating his squad and will use Ronaldo and the rest of the regular starters when Madrid plays at Celta Vigo with a chance to regain the Spanish league lead and move into position to clinch its first title in five years. Everybody is doing very well physically and wishing that the game starts as soon as possible. It’s going to be complicated, just like it was against Sevilla and like it will be against Malaga,” Zidane said.

Maria Sharapova not given wild-card entry for French Open

But nevertheless Roland Garros invests a lot — along with the other Grand Slams, the ATP, and the WTA — into the fight against doping,” he said. I know the expectation fans and broadcasters have. “It was inconceivable to take a decision that would have been the opposite of this.“I know the media dimension Maria has. 1, 2016.“The Court of Arbitration reduced her suspension but also recognized that Maria was the sole person responsible for her misfortune,” Giudicelli said. They might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed,” Giudicelli said. I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. But it didn’t seem possible for me to go above the strong commitment and the respect for the anti-doping code.” At the time, WTA CEO Steve Simon told German broadcaster ZDF she had paid the price.“I don’t think a suspension should wipe out the career’s worth of work,” he said.Sharapova got another wild card for the Madrid Open last week.But she didn’t won enough at those two events to secure a spot in qualifying for Roland Garros, and so was reliant on a wild card into the main draw.Although sympathetic, Giudicelli was also unrepentant.“I know that a lot of people might be disappointed by this decision. Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the French Open because of her doping ban.Announcing the decision on a live Facebook broadcast on Tuesday, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said he told Sharapova in person.“I decided not to give Maria Sharapova a wild card. “But while there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can’t be a wild card for return from doping.”Sharapova, who has titles at all four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.Thanks to wild cards at her first two tournaments, she got her world ranking to outside the top 200 this week. “But it’s my responsibility, it’s my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game.”

Sharapova returned to tennis only last month following a 15-month ban for doping.“This suspension is over and she can take her path toward new success,” Giudicelli said. But on Monday, fans cheered and held up signs of encouragement for Sharapova, a three-time Rome champion, during her first-round match.It was much the same reception as she got in Stuttgart, Germany, her first tournament back. But that wasn’t good enough to make the cut even for the qualifying field at Roland Garros, so she will miss the tournament for a second straight year.The French Open begins on May 28.She’s using another wild card to play in the Italian Open this week.Sharapova initially was given a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal, ruling she bore “less than significant fault” in the case and she could not “be considered to be an intentional doper.” Sharapova had been taking meldonium for many years, but overlooked announcements by WADA that it added the drug to its banned list on Jan. “It’s not down to me to question that decision and, I repeat, we must respect decisions that were taken.”Top-ranked players Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray spoke out against Sharapova receiving wild cards, while Eugenie Bouchard went as far as calling her a “cheater” who should be banned for life.Italian Open organizers were the first to offer Sharapova a wild card, and they were criticized for not giving one to former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, an Italian.