Sports Digest: Austria upset Czech Republic at World Hockey Championships
Austria pulled off a major upset at the Ice Hockey World Championship on Tuesday, stunning the Czech Republic 2-1 after winning in a penalty shootout in Tampere, Finland.
It was Austria’s first win over the Czechs at a major tournament. Austrian Peter Schneider was the only player to convert his penalty in the shootout.
It was Austria’s first win of the tournament after two losses, moving the team up to fifth place in Group B with three points, behind the Czechs in fourth place by one point.
Czech captain Roman Cervenka had given his side the lead in the first half, but Brian Lebler equalized with 38 seconds remaining.
The Czechs are hoping David Pastrnak will bolster their offense when he arrives in Finland after his Boston Bruins were knocked out of the NHL playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes. He should be available for the next game against Latvia on Thursday.
In another Group B match, Anton Bengtsson scored two goals and an assist and Rasmus Asplund netted twice as Sweden beat Great Britain 6-0 to join Finland at the top of the table. Great Britain is last with one point.
In Group A in Helsinki, Switzerland won three out of three as they beat Kazakhstan 3-2 to join Canada on nine points.
Additionally, Denmark beat Italy 2-1 for their second win. Italy and Kazakhstan remain useless.
WNBA: DeWanna Bonner made her season debut for Connecticut and scored 12 of her 16 points in the decisive first half and the Sun beat the New York Liberty 92-65 in New York
Natasha Heideman had a season-high 15 points, Brionna Jones had 14, Jonquel Jones had 13 and Alyssa Thomas had 12 points and four steals. Courtney Williams, who also missed the first two games (suspension), had four points on 1-of-4 shooting in 18 minutes.
• Rhyne Howard scored 19 points, Cheyenne Parker added 17 and the Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever 101-79 in Indianapolis.
Erica Wheeler had a season-high 16 points, and rookie Kristy Wallace added a career-best 15 for Atlanta. Wallace was a second-round pick from Baylor in 2018 and made his WNBA debut in the season opener after playing professionally in his native Australia for the past four seasons.
• Shakira Austin, the third pick in last month’s draft, scored 12 of her career-high 20 points in the second half as the Washington Mystics retired to an 84-68 victory over the Dallas Wings in Arlington, in Texas.
The 6-foot-5 Austin went 9 of 11 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Elena Delle Donne added 14 points for Washington (4-1), Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 11 and Natasha Cloud and Kennedy Burke each had 10 points.
MLS: Chicago Fire’s Gabriel Slonina, an 18-year-old considered the future goalkeeper for the US national team, was on Poland’s 39-man roster announced by coach Czeslaw Michniewicz ahead of four Nations League games next month.
Slonina, who turned 18 on Sunday, became Major League Soccer’s youngest starting goalkeeper on August 4 at 17 years and 81 days in a 0-0 draw against New York. He started 11 league games last season, including the last 10, and started the first 11 this year.
• Chicago Fire midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player, surpassing Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela.
The 30-year-old Swiss international, who joined Chicago this season from Lyon, has a base salary of $7.35 million and total compensation of $8,153,000, according to figures released by the Major League Soccer Players Association. .
He is expected to be overtaken by Italian winger Lorenzo Insigne, who will join Toronto this summer from Napoli.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Liverpool won the title race with Manchester City until the final round of the season after coming from behind to beat Southampton 2-1.
Joel Matip completed Liverpool’s latest comeback when he unwittingly netted the winning goal in the 67th minute, leaving Jurgen Klopp’s side a point behind City with one game to play for each side.
It’s Sunday, when Liverpool welcome Wolverhampton at the same time as City welcome Aston Villa – led by Liverpool great Steven Gerrard.
PARIS SAINT GERMAIN: A group fighting homophobia in football has called on the French league and Paris Saint-Germain to ask player Idrissa Gueye for an explanation after he missed a match last week amid reports he refused to play because that he didn’t want to wear a rainbow. number on the back of his jersey.
The Senegalese midfielder traveled with his teammates to Montpellier last weekend for Saturday’s French league match in the southern city but did not play, with PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino citing ” personal reasons” to justify his absence from the field.
For the second consecutive season, professional clubs across the country had been asked to label their players’ shirts with colored numbers using the rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBTQ movement.
According to someone with direct knowledge of the incident, Gueye didn’t play because he didn’t want to wear a rainbow number on the back of his shirt. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the player has yet to publicly comment on the incident.
APPROVALS: Ohio high school principals have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to allow prep athletes to sign deals cashing in on their name, image and likeness, the Ohio High School Athletic Association said.
In voting that began May 1 and ended Monday, principals of OHSAA member schools voted 538 to 254 not to allow marketing deals for high school athletes. Students would lose their athletic eligibility if they signed such an agreement.
Constituents could vote on the agreements again at a later date.
RETIREMENT: Olympic champion Johannes Ludwig had the best luge season of his life, then decided it would be the best way to end his career.
The German veteran announced his retirement from competitive sliding after winning two gold medals – one in the men’s singles, the other in the team relay – at the Beijing Games in February. He was also the overall World Cup champion last season.
Ludwig, 36, has spent three decades competing in luge. He said he will stay connected to the sport as an ambassador for next season’s world championships at his home track in Oberhof, Germany.
GIRO d’IATALIA: It was a season of firsts for Biniam Girmay, and the Eritrean rider added a stage victory in the Giro d’Italia on his first Grand Tour to raise the profile of African cycling.
Girmay, 22, sprinted ahead of Mathieu van der Poel – one of the best runners in the sport – to win the 10th stage.
He is now the first black African to win a stage in the Giro and the second African overall after Alan van Heerden’s victory at Pesaro in 1979.
Girmay was later taken to a local hospital after sustaining an injury when he stuck a champagne cork in his eye during the podium celebration.
GENEVA OPEN: Second-ranked Daniil Medvedev lost his return match after a six-week injury absence, beaten 6-2, 7-6(5) by Richard Gasquet in the second round in Geneva.
Medvedev, who underwent surgery for a hernia last month, warned on Sunday that he is often a slow starter on the clay courts. He therefore proved it in his first surface match this season, during the last tournament before Roland-Garros.
Medvedev double faulted for the seventh time on Gasquet’s first match point.
WORLD CUP: The World Cup circuit will make two more ski racing stops in the United States by adding alpine events in Palisades Tahoe, California and Aspen, Colorado.
US Ski & Snowboard has announced the new competitions, which will join two US stops already on the schedule: Killington, Vermont, and Beaver Creek, Colorado. This is the most Alpine Skiing World Cup stages on American snow in a season since 1996-97.
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