Tuesday, January 6, 2004
USA edges Canada 4-3 for Junior Worlds title
The Enquirer and wire reports
The United States won its first world junior hockey title Monday in Helsinki, beating Canada 4-3 after goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's failed clearing pass ended up in his own goal.
Fleury's pass bounced off teammate Braydon Coburn and into the Canadian goal with 5:12 left, capping a three-goal rally by the Americans. Patrick O'Sullivan was credited with the goal, his second of the game.
"This rates up there with the Miracle on Ice," said tournament MVP Zach Parise, referring to the 1980 Winter Olympics when Team USA won the gold medal.
Ohio State product Ryan Kesler and Ohio native Dan Fritsche of the Columbus Blue Jackets also scored for Team USA.
MONDAY NHL HIGHLIGHT: Curtis Joseph made 26 saves for his 43rd career shutout, and Jason Woolley and Kris Draper scored twice each in Detroit's 6-0 win over the Nashville Predators.
McGRAW DIES: Tug McGraw, the zany relief pitcher who coined the phrase "You Gotta Believe" with the New York Mets and later closed out the Philadelphia Phillies' only World Series title, died Monday. He was 59. McGraw died of brain cancer, which he had been battling since March.
Bob Boone, who was the Phillies' catcher from 1972-81, remained a close friend, too. "I was pleased I was able to be with him a little the last couple of months," Boone said from Anaheim, Calif. "All of a sudden it hit and he went real quick, which probably is a blessing."
ECLIPSE AWARDS: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, Belmont champion Empire Maker and 4-year-old star Mineshaft are among the finalists.
In a change, the names of finalists for Horse of the Year were not released. All the winners will be announced at the Eclipse Awards dinner Jan. 26 in Hollywood, Fla.
2-year-old male: Action This Day, Birdstone, Cuvee
2-year-old female: Ashado, Halfbridled, Victory U.S.A.
3-year-old female: Bird Town, Elloluv, Six Perfections
Older male: Congaree, Medaglia d'Oro, Mineshaft
Older female: Adoration, Azeri, Sightseek
Sprinter: Aldebaran, Cajun Beat, Congaree
Male turf horse: High Chaparral, Johar, Storming Home
Female turf horse: Heat Haze, Islington, Six Perfections
Steeplechase: McDynamo, Pelagos, Praise the Prince
In the human categories, finalists are:
Owner: Edmund Gann, Juddmonte Farms, Michael Gill
Breeder: Adena Springs/Stronach, Flaxman Holdings/Niarchos Family, Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: Bobby Frankel, Richard Mandella, Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Edgar Prado, Jerry Bailey, Patrick Valenzuela
Apprentice jockey: Eddie Castro, Pablo Fragoso, Ryan Fogelsonger
NKU BASKETBALL: Junior guard Mike Kelsey was named Great Lakes Valley Conference tri-player of the week after averaging 28 points - including a school-record 50 against Indianapolis last Friday - as the Norse won two of three games.
MIAMI WOMEN: Senior forward Colleen Day was named Mid-American Conference East Division player of the week for the second straight week and sixth time in her career.
GOLF: James "Tip" Anderson, the longtime caddie for Arnold Palmer at the British Open, died over the weekend at his home in St. Andrews. He was 71.
TRACK: Charles Dumas, 66, an Olympic gold medalist who was the first high jumper to clear 7 feet, died of cancer in Los Angeles.
TENNIS: Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse won their singles matches and the mixed doubles to lead Belgium to a 3-0 victory over Slovakia at the Hopman Cup.
SWIMMING: Record-breaker Michael Phelps will compete in October's World Championships in Indianapolis. That could set up a head-to-head duel with Australia's Ian Thorpe six weeks after the Athens Olympics.
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