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Lafreniere won't play against Germany; world junior status up in the air

Lafreniere won't play against Germany; world junior status up in the air

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Alexis Lafreniere flashed a smile as he watched the tail end of practice Sunday. There was also a clear sense of relief.
Spengler Cup: TPS Turku edges host HC Davos 3-1, will face Canada in semifinals

Spengler Cup: TPS Turku edges host HC Davos 3-1, will face Canada in semifinals

DAVOS, Switzerland — Joel Janatuinen scored two third-period goals to lift TPS Turku past host HC Davos 3-1 in the quarterfinal at the Spengler Cup on Sunday. TPS Turku will now face Canada in Monday's semifinal.
Schwartz scores twice, Blues beat Jets for 8th straight win

Schwartz scores twice, Blues beat Jets for 8th straight win

ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz saw what it took last season for the St. Louis Blues to emerge from the cellar to hoist the Stanley Cup.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander credits his mom's tough love for keeping him humble

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander credits his mom's tough love for keeping him humble

TORONTO — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's mom might be his greatest critic. And that suits the 21-year-old from Toronto just fine.
Canada's Joe Veleno suspended for next game of world junior hockey championship

Canada's Joe Veleno suspended for next game of world junior hockey championship

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Canadian forward Joe Veleno was suspended for one game of the world junior championship on Sunday by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Runaway leader Liverpool already has soundtrack of champions

Runaway leader Liverpool already has soundtrack of champions

LONDON — Liverpool fans ended 2019 by chanting “Champions of the world” for the first time at Anfield. “Champions of England" will surely be sung by the Kop in 2020.
WJHC Roundup: USA grabs first place in Group B with 5-3 win over Russia

WJHC Roundup: USA grabs first place in Group B with 5-3 win over Russia

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Arthur Kaliyev and Nicholas Robertson scored goals six seconds apart late in the second period to help lift the United States past Russia 3-1 on Sunday at the world junior hockey championship.
WJHC Roundup: USA grabs first place in Group B with 5-3 win over Russia

WJHC Roundup: USA grabs first place in Group B with 5-3 win over Russia

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Arthur Kaliyev and Nicholas Robertson scored goals six seconds apart late in the second period to help lift the United States past Russia 3-1 on Sunday at the world junior hockey championship.
The King reigns: LeBron James is AP's male athlete of decade

The King reigns: LeBron James is AP's male athlete of decade

He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals.
Jacob Markstrom makes 49 saves, Canucks hold on to beat Kings 3-2

Jacob Markstrom makes 49 saves, Canucks hold on to beat Kings 3-2

VANCOUVER — Jacob Markstrom made it sound like hitting a career high with 49 saves on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings was really no big deal.