Auston Matthews had two goals and two assists to help the United States rout Switzerland 10-1 on Wednesday in the world junior hockey championship.

Matthew Tkachuk added two goals and an assist, and Christian Dvorak, Zach Werenski and Colin White each had a goal and two assists for the United States (2-1-0).

Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Donato and Brandon Carlo also scored, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 27 saves.

Timo Meier scored for Switzerland (0-3-1).

Earlier, Sweden beat Denmark 5-0 to improve to 3-0 and lock up first place in Group A. In Group B, the Czech Republic beat Belarus 5-3, and Finland topped Slovakia 8-3.


Former Bear Atkins dies

Doug Atkins, a defensive lineman who earned induction into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame, died of natural causes. He was 85.

Atkins played from 1953-69 with the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. His 6-foot-8 frame created major matchup problems for opponents.

Before joining the NFL, Atkins played at Tennessee from 1950-52. Tennessee went 29-4-1 during his college career and won a national title in 1951.

Atkins was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Manziel probably will miss season finale

Johnny Manziel entered the NFL's concussion protocol Wednesday afternoonand is not expected to play Sunday. ... Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer is out of the NFL's concussion protocol and will start Sunday. ... Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (lacerated kidney) will not play Sunday. ... Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) will miss Sunday's season finale. ... Marshawn Lynch has yet to rejoin the Seahawks after undergoing abdominal surgery in late November and will not play Sunday. ... Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota (sprained knee) won't play in the season finale Sunday. ... Dallas receiver Dez Bryant will miss the season finale and is likely to have another procedure on the right foot he broke in the season opener.


Michigan wins GLI

No. 10 Michigan rallied to beat Michigan Tech 4-2 in the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Alex Kile got the game-winner with 54 seconds left in the middle period. Earlier Michigan State lost in overtime for the second game in a row. This time Northern Michigan beat the Spartans 2-1 in the third place game on Robbie Payne's goal at 3:38 of the extra period.

prep roundup

Benilde remains unbeaten

Nick Austin helped keep Benilde-St. Margaret's boys' hockey team unbeaten, tying the score with seven seconds left in regulation and scoring the game-winning goal in overtime in a 4-3 victory over Maple Grove. Maple Grove's Brady Goodman made 50 saves. ... In girls' basketball, No. 2 Hopkins pounded No. 1 Eastview 64-48 in the St. Olaf tournament championship game. Senior Nia Hollie led the Royals with 30 points. Eastview's Rachel Ranke had 23 points. In boys' basketball, Chaska ended Shakopee's nine game winning streak and captured the Eden Prairie tournament championship with an 81-67 victory. Jameson Meyer and Myles Hanson paced Chaska with 20 and 17 points, respectively. Steffon Mitchell and Booker Coplin combined to score 47 points for Shakopee.


Dodgers sign Kazmir

Lefthander Scott Kazmir agreed to a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The three-time All-Star went 7-11 and ranked fourth in the AL with a 3.10 ERA last season.

staff AND wire reports