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U.S. eliminated by Russia at men’s hockey world championship

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The U.S. lost to Russia in the elimination rounds of the men’s hockey world championship for the third time in five years, falling 4-3 in the quarterfinals in Slovakia on Thursday.

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The U.S., captained by 2010 Olympic silver medalist Patrick Kane, extended its world title drought. The last gold at a standalone worlds came in 1933. The Americans lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 and earned bronze in 2018, sandwiching an Olympic quarterfinal exit in PyeongChang without NHL players.

The Russians, with stalwarts Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, get Finland in Saturday’s semifinals. The other semifinal pits Canada against the Czech Republic.

Canada escaped Switzerland in the quarterfinals. New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson scored with .4 of a second left to force overtime. Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone tallied the game winner.

NHL All-Stars Jack EichelRyan Suter and Cory Schneider adorned the U.S. team, with Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill at the helm for a third straight year. Earlier in the tournament, Kane passed Miracle on Ice star Mark Johnson for the U.S. record for most points in world championship history.

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Maria Sharapova withdraws from French Open

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Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova pulled out of the year’s second Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday because of her surgically repaired right shoulder.

Sharapova announced her withdrawal on Instagram.

“Sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones,” she wrote.

She said she has returned to practice and is “slowly building the strength back” in her shoulder.

The former No. 1 and owner of five major titles hasn’t competed anywhere since late January, when she withdrew from a tournament in Russia after winning her opening match there.

In February, she said she had a “small procedure” on her shoulder, which was painful since last year because of a fraying tendon and small labrum tear.

During a recent interview at the Italian Open, International Tennis Hall of Fame member Nick Bollettieri said Sharapova is at his academy “right now, training.”

Asked whether Sharapova is contemplating retirement, the coach responded: “Not yet. I think she’s going to give it one more shot.”

Play begins at the French Open on May 26. The 32-year-old Sharapova won the title at Roland Garros in 2012 to complete a career Grand Slam and collected the trophy at the clay-court major again in 2014.

That was the last time she won a Grand Slam tournament.

Since then, the Russian has been only an occasional participant in the sport’s four most prestigious events: This French Open will mark the eighth time in a span of 20 majors that she has been absent.

Sharapova was sidelined for 15 months by a doping suspension after failing a drug test at the Australian Open in January 2016, then returned to the tour in April 2017 with a ranking too low to get into Grand Slam events.

The French Open denied her a wild-card invitation, then she planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon before pulling out because of an injured left leg.

Her right shoulder has been an issue over the years.

She cut her 2018 season short in September because of problems with it.

Sharapova originally had surgery on the shoulder in 2008 and was off the tour for about 10 months. She skipped the 2013 U.S. Open because of that shoulder, too.

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Top Russian skateboarder hit with doping ban

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MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian skateboarder has been handed a four-year doping ban, just as his sport prepares to make its Olympic debut.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency says Maxim Kruglov, known as “Mad Maxim,” was punished under a rule against athletes who evade or refuse giving a drug-test sample.

The agency didn’t give further details of Kruglov’s actions.

Kruglov was the top-ranked Russian in the World Cup street series last year and was aiming for a place at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo. However, he told Russian sports website Championat last year he clashed with the Russian Skateboarding Federation and was skating independently of its national team.

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