Canada wins women’s U18 hockey worlds

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OBI­HIRO, Ja­pan — Maddi Wheeler scored in over­time as Canada de­feated the United States 3-2 on Sun­day to win its fifth un­der-18 women’s world hockey cham­pi­onship.

Wheeler, from Erinsville, Ont., drove hard to the net and jammed home her own re­bound just 1:34 into over­time, giv­ing Canada its first world ti­tle since 2014.

Danielle Ser­dachny gave Canada an early 1-0 lead, pick­ing up the re­bound of an Alexie Guay shot from the point.

The United States tied the game late in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore tak­ing a 21 lead just over six min­utes into the third. Anne Cherkowski tied the game 2-2 with less than nine min­utes re­main­ing after be­ing set up by Gosling and Ser­dachny.

Goal­tender Ray­gan Kirk fin­ished with 25 saves in the win and earned the tour­na­ment’s most valu­able player hon­ours.

NLL an­nouncer sorry for racial re­marks

PHIL­A­DEL­PHIA — An­nouncer Shawny Hill and the Phil­a­del­phia Wings apol­o­gized on Sun­day after he made racially in­sen­si­tive re­marks about Ge­or­gia Swarm’s Lyle Thomp­son.

Hill called for Thomp­son’s pony-tail to be cut dur­ing Ge­or­gia’s 13-11 Na­tional Lacrosse League win at Phil­a­del­phia on Sat­ur­day night.

Thomp­son, from Onondaga Na­tion, N.Y., and his brothers, Jerome and Miles, all play for the Swarm and wear braided pony-tails in trib­ute to their Indige­nous her­itage.

“2019 and the @NLLwings arena an­nouncer say­ing ‘let’s snip the pony tail’ to the whole arena and fans say­ing they’re go­ing to scalp me,” tweeted Lyle Thomp­son on Sat­ur­day night.

“I am deeply sorry for my in­sen­si­tive state­ments dur­ing last night’s game,” said Hill. “My words were poorly cho­sen and were not in­tended as racially mo­ti­vated. I un­der­stand the pro­found hurt my words have caused. I of­fer my sin­cere apol­ogy.

“My words do not re­flect my per­sonal be­liefs, but rep­re­sent a lack of knowl­edge on and her­itage and his­tory. I am in the process of reach­ing out to speak di­rectly to the Thomp­son brothers in hopes of pro­vid­ing a di­rect apol­ogy.”

Kuchar starts Hawaii va­ca­tion with a win

HON­OLULU — Matt Kuchar over­came three early bo­geys that cost him the lead with flaw­less golf and two key birdies on the back nine to close with a 4-un­der 66 and win the Sony Open for his sec­ond PGA Tour ti­tle this sea­son.

It wasn’t as easy as his four-shot win over An­drew Put­nam might in­di­cate.

Hav­ing made only one bo­gey through 54 holes to build a two-shot lead, Kuchar had three bo­geys in his open­ing five holes Sun­day and fell one be­hind Put­nam.Tied for the lead with five holes to go, Put­nam made bo­gey from the bunker on No. 14 and Kuchar birdied the next two holes to seize con­trol.

Put­nam closed with a 68 and moved into the top 50 for the first time in his ca­reer.

Mo­ment of si­lence for NFLer’s daugh­ter

FOXBOR­OUGH, Mass. — The daugh­ter of Charg­ers de­fen­sive line­man Bran­don Mebane was re­mem­bered be­fore Los An­ge­les’ play­off game against the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots.

The Pa­tri­ots asked fans to stand and ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence for Makenna Mebane, who was born with a rare ge­netic con­di­tion known as Tri­somy 13 that causes de­lays in de­vel­op­ment and af­fects sev­eral or­gans. She died on Jan. 3 at the age of 7 weeks.

Bran­don Mebane had missed five of the past seven games, in­clud­ing last week’s wild-card game at Bal­ti­more, to be with his fam­ily. He was ac­tive for the di­vi­sional play­off round game at New Eng­land and had six tack­les.

De­fen­sive line­man Joey Bosa gave Mebane a big hug after the game.

“We are deal­ing with this stuff here which we think is a big deal, and he’s deal­ing with real life prob­lems and real is­sues,” Bosa said. “For him to come back and still be a part of this team means so much to all of us and it means a lot to him, too.”

Thomas 1st woman to ref NFL play­offs

FOXBOR­OUGH, Mass. — Sarah Thomas be­came the first woman to work an NFL play­off game Sun­day as an on-field of­fi­cial.

Thomas was the down judge in Sun­day’s di­vi­sional round game be­tween New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots and the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers.That’s a first, ac­cord­ing to the league’s Twit­ter ac­count.

Thomas was hired in 2015 and was al­ready the league’s first fe­male full-time of­fi­cial.

Terri Valenti was the re­play of­fi­cial in Sat­ur­day’s play­off game be­tween the Chiefs and Colts, also a first.

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