Ryan Smyth scored two goals to lead Canada to a 5-1 victory over Slovakia last night in the World Cup of Hockey in Montreal.
Canada, which beat the United States, 2-1, on Tuesday night, improved to 2-0 in the tournament and is guaranteed a home game for the quarterfinals on Wednesday in Toronto.
Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning had a goal and an assist, and Boston Bruins center Joe Thornton and Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne also scored for Canada.
Martin Cibak scored in the third period for injury-riddled Slovakia, playing its first World Cup.
Elsewhere, Peter Forsberg, Mattias Ohlund and Henrik Zetterberg each scored on the power play for Sweden, which nearly blew a four-goal, third-period lead before holding on for a 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic in Stockholm. The victory clinched home-ice advantage for Sweden in the quarterfinals. Sweden is 2-0 in the four-team European pool going into Saturday's round robin finale against Finland.
* COURTS: A U.S. Olympic volleyball player was given a 15-month suspended sentence for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest in Athens. Clay Stanley, who lives in Greece and plays for a local team, said he was drunk at the time and apologized for Sunday's scuffle at a nightclub following the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics. Stanley was also charged with assaulting a pregnant woman during the scuffle but those charges were subsequently dropped. . . .
Air Force linebacker Overton Spence was found not guilty of drug charges after telling a court-martial he thought the steroids he had taken were legal. His civilian attorney, Serge Herscovici, said Spence hopes to return to the team. Prosecutor Garrett Condon had accused Spence of engaging in "a locker room drug deal" that went bad. Spence had signed a statement admitting he bought and used the steroid methandrostenolone but testified that he did not know he had broken the law. . . .
Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks will go on trial for assault beginning Jan. 17. Bertuzzi was charged with assault on June 24 after hitting Colorado Avalanche center Steve Moore during a game on March 8. Last week, Bertuzzi appeared in court to plead not guilty to the charge. . . .
A federal appeals court in San Francisco cleared former baseball star Steve Garvey of wrongdoing for hawking a weight-loss product that makers claimed would work even if dieters continued to eat fatty food.
* GOLF: Sara Hurwitch of Lowes Island shot an even-par 72 on her home course to lead the women's field of the Middle Atlantic regional of the inaugural Chrysler Club Championship. Glenn Mullian of Jefferson Lakeside won the men's division with 70. Hurwitch, a 15-year-old sophomore at Dominion High in Sterling, won the women's division by eight strokes.
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