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Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Curling-Sweden beat China as things get tight at the top

SOCHI, Russia Feb 14 (Reuters) – World champions Sweden handed China their first loss to grab a share of top spot in the men’s standings at the Sochi Olympic curling competition on Friday while unbeaten Canada ruled over the women’s draw.

The day began in dramatic style with the Swedish foursome knocking China out of their stride but needed extra ends to get the job done, skip Niklas Edin drawing his last stone into the house to score one and a 6-5 win.

Feb 14, 2014

Sweden shrug off Zetterberg news to beat Swiss

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Sweden overcame the loss of captain Henrik Zetterberg to beat Switzerland 1-0 and clinch top spot in their group at the Sochi Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Friday.

Hours before the opening faceoff at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Swedes, who had already lost Johan Franzen and Henrik Sedin in the lead-up, announced Zetterberg was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with a sore back.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Sweden shrug off Zetterberg news to beat Swiss

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Sweden overcame the loss of captain Henrik Zetterberg to beat Switzerland 1-0 and clinch top spot in their group at the Sochi Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Friday.

Hours before the opening faceoff at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Swedes, who had already lost Johan Franzen and Henrik Sedin in the lead-up, announced Zetterberg was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with a sore back.

Feb 14, 2014

Greybeards still shining at hip-hop Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – For all the International Olympic Committee’s efforts to inject a youthful vibe into the Winter Games it is the ice hockey old-timers who are having their day on the Sochi rinks.

Finland’s Teemu Selanne, the 43-year-old elder statesman of international hockey, may be competing in a record-equaling sixth Olympics but the man known as the Finnish Flash is not in Sochi for a retirement party.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Greybeards still shining at hip-hop Games

SOCHI, Russia Feb 14 (Reuters) – For all the International Olympic Committee’s efforts to inject a youthful vibe into the Winter Games it is the ice hockey old-timers who are having their day on the Sochi rinks.

Finland’s Teemu Selanne, the 43-year-old elder statesman of international hockey, may be competing in a record-equalling sixth Olympics but the man known as the Finnish Flash is not in Sochi for a retirement party.

Feb 13, 2014

Canada and Russia survive scares

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Gold medal favorites Russia and Canada got off to nervy starts in the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Thursday while the United States and Finland turned on the style in blowout wins.

Canada and Russia (as the former Soviet Union) between them have won 15 of 22 Olympic titles, but failed to live up to their superpower status as they labored to opening wins against two ice hockey minnows.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Roundup-Canada and Russia survive scares

SOCHI, Russia Feb 13 (Reuters) – Gold medal favourites Russia and Canada got off to nervy starts in the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Thursday while the United States and Finland turned on the style in blowout wins.

Canada and Russia (as the former Soviet Union) between them have won 15 of 22 Olympic titles, but failed to live up to their superpower status as they laboured to opening wins against two ice hockey minnows.

Feb 13, 2014

Russia survive Slovenia scare in opener

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia got the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition off to a satisfactory start with a 5-2 win over feisty Slovenia on Thursday which did little to improve the host country’s gold medal hopes.

Going up against a Slovenian team making their Olympic debut, it was supposed to be a leisurely beginning to the tournament for the mighty Russians whose lineup features some of the world’s top talent.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Russia survive Slovenia scare in opener

SOCHI, Russia Feb 13 (Reuters) – Russia got the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition off to a satisfactory start with a 5-2 win over feisty Slovenia on Thursday which did little to improve the host country’s gold medal hopes.

Going up against a Slovenian team making their Olympic debut, it was supposed to be a leisurely beginning to the tournament for the mighty Russians whose lineup features some of the world’s top talent.

Feb 13, 2014

Finns win first stage of Tour de Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Finland took a Tour de Sochi approach to open the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition, riding bikes to the Boshoy Ice Dome on Thursday before cruising to an 8-4 win over Austria.

Although it was just the first stage of the 12-day tournament, the Finns got off to a flying start with the help of two goals each from Mikael Granlund and Jarkko Immonen.