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Luger Roman Repilov became the first athlete from Russia to win a world championship under a ban on the nation’s flag, name and anthem.

Repilov repeated as world men’s singles champion, overtaking two-time Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany at Loch’s home track in Königssee on Saturday.

Repilov, who trailed by .002 of a second after the first run, posted the fastest second run to prevail by .062 over Loch, who won all eight World Cup singles events so far in a bounce-back season.

Austrian David Gleirscher, the surprise 2018 Olympic champion, took bronze for his first world championships singles medal.

Chris Mazdzer, the surprise 2018 Olympic silver medalist, was the top American in 10th place, his best worlds or World Cup singles finish since Dec. 1, 2019.

Full results are here. NBC airs highlights later Saturday. A full TV and live stream schedule is here.

In December, the Court of Arbitration for Sport partially upheld a World Anti-Doping Agency punishment forcing Russian athletes to compete as neutrals at world championships and the Olympics for the next two years.

The blanket ruling was as a result of the nation’s doping violations, though Repilov individually is not known to have ever violated any rules.

So Repilov competed not for Russia, but for the Russian Luge Federation. He wore a blue Bosco body suit, and a Russian flag was not clearly visible.

The Russian anthem was not played in the victory ceremony, but rather the track announcer said that music that was playing was a luge federation anthem. A screen displayed the flags of Germany and Austria and a white flag with an outline of a luger in blue in the middle.

Earlier Saturday, Germans Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won a record-breaking fourth consecutive doubles world title, beating countrymen and two-time Olympic champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt by .155.

Eggert and Benecken, bronze medalists in PyeongChang, have been the stronger German team on the World Cup, winning the previous four season titles and ranking second this season behind Austrians Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller, who were sixth on Saturday.

Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman placed 16th.

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Canada wins men’s hockey world title; Latvia wins first medal

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TAMPERE, Finland — Samuel Blais scored two goals to rally Canada to a 5-2 victory over Germany in the final of the world men’s hockey championship on Sunday.

It’s a record 28th world title for Canada, and its second in three years. Russia has 27 while Germany has never won the trophy.

Blais netted with a backhand 4:51 into the final period for a 3-2 lead for Canada, which was playing in its fourth straight final.

“It feels really good,” Blais said. “We’ve been in Europe for a month and we’ve all waited for that moment to play for the gold medal game. And we’re lucky enough to have won it.”

Lawson Crouse, Tyler Toffoli and Scott Laughton also scored for Canada, Peyton Krebs had two assists and goaltender Samuel Montembeault stopped 21 shots.

Toffoli stretched the lead to 4-2 from the left circle with 8:09 remaining and Laughton made it 5-2 with an empty net goal.

Adam Fantilli became only the second Canadian player after Jonathan Toews to win gold at the world juniors and world championship the same year.

Canada had to come back twice in the final.

John Peterka wristed a shot past Montembeault from the left circle 7:44 into the game. It was the sixth goal for the Buffalo Sabres forward at the tournament.

Blais was fed by Krebs to beat goaltender Mathias Niederberger and tie it 1-1 at 10:47.

Daniel Fischbuch put the Germans ahead again with a one-timer with 6:13 to go in the middle period.

Crouse equalized on a power play with 2:32 remaining in the frame.

It was the first medal for Germany since 1953 when it was second behind Sweden.

The two previously met just once in the final with Canada winning 6-1 in 1930.


Defenseman Kristian Rubins scored his second goal 1:22 into overtime to lead Latvia to a 4-3 victory over the United States and earn a bronze medal earlier Sunday.

It’s the first top-three finish for Latvia at the tournament. Its previous best was a seventh place it managed three times.

The U.S. lost in the bronze medal game for the second straight year. The U.S. team was cruising through the tournament with eight straight wins until it was defeated by Germany in the semifinal 4-3 in overtime.

Rubins rallied Latvia with his first with 5:39 to go in the final period to tie the game at 3 to force overtime.

Roberts Bukarts and Janis Jaks also scored for Latvia.

Rocco Grimaldi scored twice for the U.S. in the opening period to negate Latvia’s 1-0 and 2-1 leads.

Matt Coronato had put the U.S. 3-2 ahead 6:19 into the final period.

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Turning 22 during the tournament, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

MORE: All you need to know for 2023 French Open

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