• Ice hockey - Canada beat Team Europe in World Cup final opener

    Ice hockey - Canada beat Team Europe in World Cup final opener

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada drew first blood in the best-of-three World Cup of Hockey final on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory that brought Team Europe's Cinderella run a step closer to striking midnight. Team Europe, a medley of players from eight countries that were widely picked to finish last when the tournament began 10 days ago, got off to a fast start but Canada quickly took control. "We came here today to find a way to win a game, we won a game," said Canada coach Mike Babcock told reporters. More »

    Wed, Sep 28, 2016 05:50 BST
  • Ice hockey - Team Europe stun Sweden in OT to reach World Cup final

    Ice hockey - Team Europe stun Sweden in OT to reach World Cup final

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Team Europe extended their unthinkable run at the World Cup of Hockey with a stunning 3-2 overtime win over favoured Sweden on Sunday to earn a surprise berth in the best-of three final against hosts Canada. Nobody thought we could make it to the finals and we did it," said Team Europe's Slovenian captain Anze Kopitar. Team Europe were created solely for the 2016 World Cup in a bid to avoid lopsided results that would likely have occurred had the next best European team after Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic been included. More »

    Sun, Sep 25, 2016 23:11 BST
  • Ice hockey - Canada dump Russia to reach World Cup final

    Ice hockey - Canada dump Russia to reach World Cup final

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada needed three third-period goals to break open a showdown with Russia and reach the World Cup of Hockey final with a 5-3 victory on Saturday - the latest instalment in the storied rivalry between the two nations. Canada struck three times in the opening 10 minutes of the final period to break a 2-2 deadlock before holding the explosive Russian offense largely in check the rest of the way and set up a title decider against Sweden or Team Europe. "I get pretty excited when it's Canada versus Russia whether playing in (tonight's) game or if it's the world juniors, any type of hockey game," said Canadian captain Sidney Crosby, who finished the game with a goal and two assists. More »

    Sun, Sep 25, 2016 11:50 BST
  • Ice hockey - Crosby still the man for Canada at World Cup

    Ice hockey - Crosby still the man for Canada at World Cup

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Sid may not be the Kid anymore but Sidney Crosby is still the man leading Canada to an opening game win at the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday. The last time Crosby wore the Maple Leaf on home ice he scored the winning goal in overtime of the gold medal game at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The 29-year-old Canadian captain was back leading the charge again on Saturday scoring a goal along with two assists as Canada opened their World Cup of Hockey account with a 6-0 blowout win over the Czech Republic. More »

    Sun, Sep 18, 2016 04:46 BST
  • Tite recalls Thiago Silva to Brazil squad for qualifiers

    Tite recalls Thiago Silva to Brazil squad for qualifiers

    Brazil coach Tite has recalled veteran central defender Thiago Silva to his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela. The 31-year-old former captain of the national side won the last of his 59 caps in the 2015 Copa America but then fell out of favour with Tite's predecessor Dunga. The new coach said he called the Paris St Germain player within days of taking over and he is now in contention for a place alongside either Miranda or PSG team mate Marquinhos at the heart of the Brazil defence. More »

    Fri, Sep 16, 2016 23:40 BST