U.S. RE­BOUNDS TO WIN BRONZE MEDAL AT HOCKEY JU­NIORS

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helsinki» An­ders Bjork, Matthew Tkachuk and Ryan Donato each scored two goals and the United States de­feated Swe­den 8-3 on Tues­day to win bronze at the world ju­nior hockey cham­pi­onship.

Also, Kasperi Ka­pa­nen scored a wrap­around goal 33 sec­onds into over­time as Fin­land ral­lied past Rus­sia 4-3 to win the gold medal.

Bjork and Tkachuk gave the Amer­i­cans a two-goal lead, but Swe­den pulled even be­fore the end of the open­ing pe­riod on goals by Wil­liam Lages­son and Carl Grund­strom.

The U.S. pulled away with a four­goal sec­ond pe­riod as Brock Boeser, Donato, Bran­don Carlo and Bjork scored.

“We played a good game to­day and over­all a strong tour­na­ment, so it’s definitely some­thing to be proud of,” Bjork said.

Loe­seth skis to his­toric vic­tory

B santa ca­te­rina valfurva, italy» Nina Loe­seth be­came the first Nor­we­gian win­ner of a women’s World Cup slalom in 16 years, post­ing the fastest time Tues­day in both runs.

Loe­seth fin­ished in 1 minute, 57.65 sec­onds to se­cure her first vic­tory, beat­ing sec­ond-place Sarka Stra­chova of Czech Repub­lic by 1.12 sec­onds.

Davis a McDon­ald’s game nominee.

Over­land se­nior for­ward De’Ron Davis was named a nominee for the McDon­ald’s All-Amer­i­can Game, which will be played March 30 in Chicago.

On the girls’ side, Blaire Brax­ton and Sy­mone Starks of High­lands Ranch and Kylee Shook of Mesa Ridge were Colorado’s nom­i­nees.

The ros­ters for the boys and girls games will be an­nounced Jan. 17.

El­der Mac­In­tyre dies at 76

• Ge­orge Mac­In­tyre, a for­mer Van­der­bilt foot­ball coach and fa­ther of Colorado coach Mike Mac­In­tyre, has died. He has 76.

The el­der Mac­In­tyre coached Van­der­bilt from 1979-85, and Mike Mac­In­tyre was among his play­ers. Ge­orge Mac­In­tyre was the na­tional coach of the year in 1982.

Coker steps down from UTSA

B san an­to­nio» Larry Coker, who built the Texas-San An­to­nio foot­ball pro­gram from scratch in 2009, stepped down af­ter five sea­sons.

Coker, 67, had a 26-32 record at UTSA, in­clud­ing 3-9 this past sea­son.

In­di­ana loses guard Black­mon

B in­di­anapo­lis» In­di­ana guard James Black­mon Jr., the team’s sec­ond-lead­ing scorer, is ex­pected to miss the rest of the sea­son with a right knee in­jury.

The sopho­more was sched­uled for surgery Tues­day af­ter­noon. He was hurt in prac­tice last week.

Ser­ena with­draws from tour­ney

B brisbane, aus­tralia» Ser­ena Wil­liams re­tired dur­ing her Hop­man Cup match in Perth on Tues­day, com­plet­ing a day of in­juries and up­sets for the lead­ing women’s play­ers less than two weeks from the Aus­tralian Open.

Wil­liams, who missed the U.S. team’s open­ing loss to Ukraine on Mon­day be­cause of in­flam­ma­tion in her left knee, was trail­ing 7-5, 2-1 against Jarmila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the sea­son.

Nadal wins first match of 2016

B doha, qatar» Rafael Nadal won his first match of the new sea­son 6-7 (5) 6-3, 6-1 against Span­ish coun­try­man Pablo Car­reno at the Qatar Open.

In the first-set tiebreaker, Nadal saved three set points but lost the fourth on a Car­reno fore­hand win­ner he could only watch go past.

Nadal took early con­trol of the fi­nal two sets. He posted 30 win­ners and took ad­van­tage of five of nine break points in the two- hour match.

Ear­lier, Illya Marchenko of Ukraine up­set de­fend­ing cham­pion and fourth-seeded David Fer­rer 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-2 for his first ca­reer top-10 win.

Third-seeded To­mas Berdych of the Czech Repub­lic de­feated Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 7-5, 6-4.

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