Ovechkin Suspended 1 Game for Illegal Hit

Monday, May 7, 2007

Alexander Ovechkin received a one-game suspension yesterday for a hit to the head of Swiss player Valentin Wirz at the world hockey championships in Moscow.

The Washington Capitals' Ovechkin was ejected in the first period of Russia's 6-3 win. Wirz, who had a slight concussion, needed to be helped off the ice.

Ovechkin will miss today's game against Sweden. Russia already has qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament with a 5-0 record, and the game against Sweden will help determine pairings for the quarterfinals.

In Mytischi, Russia, Erik Staal scored 23 seconds into overtime to give Canada a 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic, but the point earned by reaching overtime still was enough to advance the Czechs to the quarterfinals at the world championships. Also yesterday, Pavol Demitra scored the winning goal and Slovakia reached the quarterfinals with a 4-3 victory over Belarus. Already through to the final eight teams were the United States and Canada, who meet today.

· TENNIS: Kim Clijsters ended her pro career, cutting short plans to retire at the end of the season because of chronic injuries.

The 23-year-old Belgian, once ranked No. 1 and winner of the 2005 U.S. Open, said on her Web site it was time to stop immediately after playing for 10 years and start a "new life." She won the 2002 and 2003 WTA Championships as part of her career 34 singles titles.

Clijsters is now ranked No. 4. She lost in straight sets to Ukrainian qualifier Julia Vakulenko on Thursday in her final match, failing to retain her title in Warsaw.

She said her struggle with injury had taken its toll and she wanted to focus on other things, including her July 14 wedding to Brian Lynch, a former Villanova basketball player now playing in Belgium.

· HORSE RACING: Jockey Calvin Borel can add another first to his list after winning the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. He's been invited to attend a state dinner at the White House in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

Britain's royal couple was at Churchill Downs when Borel guided Street Sense from 19th place in a 20-horse field to win the $2 million Kentucky Derby by 2 1/4 lengths. It was the first Derby victory in five attempts for the 40-year-old.

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