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Auto Racing

Briscoe forfeits pole with Chevy’s bad engine

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Ryan Briscoe won the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, but he won’t start anywhere near the front of today’s race.

Briscoe drives a Chevrolet, and the manufacturer decided this week to pull the engines from all 11 of its teams over concerns the engines wouldn’t last through the race.

Changing the engines meant all Chevrolet drivers will be penalized 10 starting spots on the grid.

So defending series champion Dario Franchitti actually will start first. He was fourth in Saturday’s qualifying session, but the Honda driver will jump to the front at the start of the race.

Rosberg wins first F1 pole; Vettel fails to reach finals

SHANGHAI – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed the first Formula One pole position of his career Saturday, topping qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The biggest surprise of qualifying was the absence of world champion Sebastian Vettel from the final session.

Hockey

Canadian women score in OT to beat the USA for gold

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Caroline Ouellette scored 1:50 into overtime, lifting Canada to a 5-4 win over the United States in the gold-medal game of the Women’s World Championship on Saturday.

Canada earned the gold medal for the 10th time and stopped a streak of three U.S. titles.

Meghan Agosta, whose power play goal late in regulation forced overtime, took advantage of a Team USA turnover at the blue line, fed Ouellette in the high slot, and she snapped it past Molly Schaus.

The Americans, who had outscored its foes 38-2 in four previous games including three consecutive shutouts, found themselves in an early 1-0 hole on a goal by Hayley Wickenheiser 7:52 into the contest. Kendal Coyne tied it for the U.S. five minutes later.

The Americans outshot Canada 44-37 in the loss.

Flamed out in Calgary, but Sutter’s fire alive in Canada

CALGARY, Alberta – Brent Sutter wasn’t out of work for long.

The former Calgary Flames coach was hired as Canada’s head coach for the world hockey championships Friday, a day after parting ways with the NHL team.

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher, and Kirk Muller, coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, will be Sutter’s assistants.

Calgary narrowly missed the playoffs in all three seasons under Sutter, compiling a 118-90-38 record overall.

Sutter now will turn his attention to the international tournament May 4-20 in Helsinki and Stockholm. Canada will play all its games in Helsinki and will open against Slovakia on May 4.

NFL

Broncos, with Porter in tow, release corner Goodman

ENGLEWOOD – The Denver Broncos released cornerback Andre’ Goodman, a move that’s been expected ever since they signed free agent cornerback Tracy Porter last month.

Goodman, 33, spent the last three season with the Broncos, starting 40 regular season games and collecting 109 tackles, a sack, seven interceptions and 35 pass breakups to go with three fumble recoveries.

Soccer

25-year-old soccer player dies in Serie B match

MILAN – Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara. He was 25.

Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and tried unsuccessfully to get up several times before receiving medical attention on the field. A defibrillator was used on the player, who also had his heart massaged, before an ambulance arrived on the field. He was taken to the hospital where doctors tried to revive him for more than an hour.

Associated Press