WORLD JUNIORS: Slovakia upsets United States
Jaroslav Janus made 44 saves as Slovakia upset the United States 5-3 Friday in the quarterfinals of the world junior hockey championship in Ottawa.
"It's one of the biggest moments in Slovakia's history -- it's unbelievable," said Janus, who plays in the United States for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters.
Slovakia will face Sweden in the semifinals today. On Friday night in the second quarterfinal, Russia, a 5-1 winner over the Czech Republic, advanced to play four-time defending champion Canada.
The United States outshot Slovakia 47-19.
"We just kept trying to throw pucks at him," said American forward Jim O'Brien, the former Gophers player. "The dam just wouldn't break."
Adam Bezak, Tomas Tatar and Jozef Molnar had first-period goals for Slovakia, Richard Panik added one in the third, and Tatar had an empty-net goal with 2:14 left. The victory was Slovakia's first over the United States in nine meetings in the event.
Ian Cole, Jonathan Blum and James van Riemsdyk scored for the United States, with van Riemsdyk scoring with goalie Thomas McCallum pulled for an extra attacker.
"It was a game of bounces," said the Gophers' Jordan Schroeder. "It was just an unbelievable performance by their goalie. Probably one of the best I've seen."
The Americans will face the Czech Republic in the fifth-place game Sunday.
BASEBALL: Moorad to pursue Padres deal
Jeff Moorad has resigned as chief executive officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks to pursue ownership of the San Diego Padres.
The team promoted team president Derrick Hall to chief executive officer, Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick said.
• The Dodgers have agreed to trade or release outfielder Andruw Jones in exchange for his deferring much of the $22 million remaining on his contract, a baseball source told the Los Angeles Times. The deal is expected to shave $12 million from the Dodgers' 2009 payroll and cut Jones' salary next season to about $5 million. The Dodgers could apply the savings toward a new offer to Manny Ramirez, but that negotiation is independent of this deal.
• First baseman Tony Clark, 36, agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
SWIMMING: '64 gold medalist Saari dies
Roy Saari, a former world record-holding swimmer and gold medalist at the 1964 Olympics, died in Los Angeles at the age of 63. No cause of death was given.
Saari, who won nine NCAA individual titles at Southern Cal, set four world records in his career, including a time of 16 minutes, 58.7 seconds in the 1500-meter freestyle that was the first mark below 17 minutes in the event.
He swam on the United States' Olympic champion 800-meter freestyle relay team at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, and earned a silver medal in the 400 individual medley.
AROUND THE HORN
Tennis: Andy Murray dominated Roger Federer again, beating the 13-time Grand Slam title winner 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) in the semifinals of the Capitala World Tennis Championship at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Murray will play top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who defeated Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-3.
Soccer: Steven Gerrard will be in Liverpool's lineup against Preston in the FA Cup today despite being charged with assault for a nightclub brawl. A disc jockey was hospitalized after losing a tooth and needing treatment for a cut forehead suffered during the fight. Gerrard, 28, is to appear before a court on Jan. 23.
Auto racing: Hundreds of thousands overwhelmed Buenos Aires, Argentina, to see the vehicles competing in the first Dakar Rally in South America. The 30th Dakar Rally -- and the first outside Africa -- features 177 cars, 217 motorcycles, 81 trucks and 25 quad bikes with drivers from 49 countries. ... Race car driver Danica Patrick paid a $196 fine to settle a speeding ticket after the star race car driver was caught going 54 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone last month at Scottsdale, Ariz.
College football: Two Santa Ana (Calif.) College players and a friend have been charged with raping and assaulting an 18-year-old woman while she lay unconscious in a hotel room. Running back Michael Clemmons, 19, and receiver Luster Lewis, 20, were arrested this week after someone found a 19-minute video the players made of the assault, the Orange County district attorney's office said Friday.
Field hockey: The Pakistan government denied permission for its men's field hockey team to play in a four-nation tournament in India next month because of security concerns.
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