US Juniors Beat Denmark, 4-1

first_imgHELSINKI — Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday in the world junior hockey championship.Matthews tied it at 1 in the first period, and Sonny Milano put the U.S. ahead in the second period. Matthews assisted on Colin White’s third-period goal, and Anders Bjork added a power-play goal.“We had a slow start, but we came together in the middle of the game and capitalized on some chances,” said Matthews, expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft.“It’s not about your draft stock or about how many points you have. It’s about the team and it’s about winning the gold medal. That’s what we came here to do.”The Americans finished second in Group A at 3-1-0. They’ll face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.“We played well in all the games,” U.S. coach Ron Wilson said. “We finished second and that’s a feather in our cap. Now we’ve got to prepare for the next game.”Matthews plays for ZSC Lions Zurich in Switzerland, Milano for Columbus affiliate Lake Erie in the American Hockey League, White for Boston College, and Bjork for Notre Dame.Brandon Halverson made 16 saves for the U.S. He plays for Sault Ste. Marie in the Ontario Hockey League.Mathias Lassen scored for Denmark, set to play Group B winner Russia in the quarterfinals.Sweden beat Canada 5-2 and won Group A at 4-0-0. Sweden will play Slovakia in the quarterfinals, and Canada will face Finland. Alexander Nylander and Gustav Forsling each had a goal and an assist for Sweden.In Group B, Finland beat the Czech Republic 5-4, and Russia topped Slovakia 2-1 to finish 4-0-0.Tournament scoring leader Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice for Finland. Artur Lauta and Yegor Rykov scored for Russia. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Infantino says 40-team World Cup not a certainty

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino is not yet certain that the 2026 World Cup finals would feature 40 teams even though he personally favours an expanded tournament, he said on Tuesday.Infantino also said he would be happy for several countries to share the hosting of the World Cup, describing it as much a “social event for the whole world” as a global sporting competition.Infantino made a 40-team World Cup a key part of his campaign before his election in February but admitted it was not entirely up to him to decide whether the 2026 finals should be increased from the tournament’s current 32-team format.“My opinion has not changed on the 40 teams, but that’s my opinion. We will have to discuss it and see what’s the best for football,” he told reporters from international news agencies on Tuesday.FIFA expects to make decisions by October on the number of teams, the format for the tournament and the continents that will be eligible to stage the tournament.The latter would be a key decision as it would determine whether countries from Asia, where Qatar is staging the 2022 World Cup, can bid to be hosts.The final decision on the host nation will be made in May 2020.“For the moment, everything is open, but there is a question of who can and cannot bid…we will see,” Infantino said.“CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean) didn’t have a World Cup for a long time.“Nothing is definite. I believe in the 40 teams because I think it is positive for the development of football and we have seen that again at the Euro 2016 in France with eight more teams.“We need to realise that these kinds of events, like the World Cup or European Championship, are more than just a competition, they are really social events for the whole world.”Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more