Portland Winterhawks star Nic Petan scored three goals as Canada beat Slovakia 5-1 on Sunday night to advance to the title game in the World Junior Championship.

Canada will face Russia on Monday night. Russia beat Sweden 4-1 in the first semifinal.

"It's the best thing for all of the hockey community, for business," Russian coach Valeri Bragin said. "Russia-Canada: hockey classic."

Anaheim draft pick Shea Theodore and Rangers pick Anthony Duclair also scored, Erie Otters star Connor McDavid had three assists and Montreal prospect Zach Fucale made 14 saves for Canada.


Shiffrin wins slalom race

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin continued her recent resurgence in slalom by convincingly winning her second consecutive World Cup race, leaving her rivals in awe four weeks before she defends her world title in Beaver Creek.

In sunny conditions and cheered by 8,000 spectators, the Olympic champion posted the fastest time in both runs to finish in an aggregate 1 minute, 56.66 seconds to beat second-place Kathrin Zettel of Austria by 1.68 seconds, the biggest winning margin in the 10-year history of the event.

"For the first time in my career, I just feel like I am in complete control of myself," Shiffrin said.

Nina Loeseth of Norway was 2.79 back in third for her maiden career podium finish and first for a Norwegian female skier since 2002, while the rest of the field trailed Shiffrin by more than three seconds.

Frida Hansdotter of Sweden placed fourth to retain her lead in the discipline standings with 320 points, though Shiffrin has closed the gap to a single point. Tina Maze is 25 points behind Shiffrin in third, and the Slovenian skier stayed atop the overall standings after placing fifth in Sunday's slalom.


Ex-executive Peters dies

Former Cleveland General Manager and President Hank Peters died from complications from a recent stroke. He was 90.

Peters, who also led the Orioles to two World Series appearances, died Sunday morning in Boca Raton, Fla. Peters was instrumental in the rebirth of Cleveland's organization. He served as the Indians president/GM from 1987-91.

• The Royals signed veteran righthander Ryan Madson to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

The 34-year-old Madson hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 saves for the Phillies. He signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati for the following season, but he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in spring training.


Soccer: Tim Howard is not expected to return to Everton's lineup until next month, the result of a calf injury suffered in a Premier League match Dec. 26. Howard, 35, missed just seven regular season matches the previous eight years, but with this ailment he probably will end up skipping six games across all competitions.

Luge: Olympic champion Felix Loch won his third luge World Cup of the season. Loch, a four-time world champion, was fastest in both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 39.716 seconds, beating fellow German Andi Langenhan by 0.755 seconds and American Chris Mazdzer by 0.809.