WATCH LIVE: U.S.-Canada in World Hockey Championship semifinal — 1 p.m. ET

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The U.S. and Canada renew their men’s hockey rivalry in the World Championship medal round for the first time in 25 years, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday.

The semifinal winner will play Finland in the Worlds gold-medal game in Moscow on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, Live Extra). The loser will play Russia in the bronze-medal game Sunday (9 a.m. ET, Live Extra).

The Americans haven’t finished higher than third at Worlds since 1960, when they won the title. They earned bronze two of the previous three years at Worlds, beating the Czech Republic in the 2015 bronze-medal game.

WATCH LIVE: U.S.-Canada — 1 p.m. ET

Earlier at Worlds, Canada trounced the U.S. 5-1 in their group-play opener on May 6. The U.S. also lost to Finland, Germany and Slovakia in group play, squeaking into the quarterfinals in the last qualifying spot in its group.

In Thursday’s quarterfinals, the U.S. edged the Czech Republic 2-1 in a shootout. Reigning World champion Canada routed Sweden 6-0 in a rematch of the Sochi Olympic final.

The U.S. roster at Worlds includes zero Olympians and, though it has many NHL players, two have made an NHL All-Star team (Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings).

Canada, the reigning World champion, has a more decorated roster of NHL players, including Corey PerryMatt DucheneBrad Marchand and Taylor Hall.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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