Sports in Brief: Finland downs U.S. hockey at worlds

Posted: May 19, 2012

Jesse Joensuu's winning goal with nine seconds left lifted Finland past the United States, 3-2, on Thursday for a place in the semifinals of the hockey world championships in Helsinki.

Joensuu opened the scoring at 13 minutes, 27 seconds in the second period, before the Anaheim Ducks' Kyle Palmieri scored 20 seconds later. Bobby Ryan added a goal for the U.S. early in the third period.

The Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu tied it with 6:58 left in the third. Then Joensuu, once with the New York Islanders, pounced on a pass from Petri Kontiola to score.

Finland meets Russia on Saturday in the semifinal. The Czech Republic takes on Sweden in the other semi.

TENNIS: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic overcame a poor first set and a smashed racket to beat Juan Monaco, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, and reach the Italian Open quarterfinals in Rome.

Also through at Foro Italico were five-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams and French Open champ Li Na. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew with a right shoulder injury.

GOLF: Defending champion Suzann Pettersen didn't last long at the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, N.J., and neither did three well-known Americans. The third-ranked Pettersen was eliminated 3 and 1 by relative unknown Jodi Ewart of England in the first round of the LPGA Tour event, while Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Michelle Wie also lost.

In Irving, Texas, Ryan Palmer shot a 6-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the Byron Nelson Championship.

Three days after his flight to made an emergency landing because a passenger had a heart attack, Brandt Snedeker used borrowed irons and a putter from the pro shop in Casares, Spain, to win his opener in the World Match Play Championship, beat Thomas Bjorn 5 and 4.

Penn finished the first day of the NCAA men's regional at Bowling Green, Ky., in 13th place with a team score of 25-over-par 313. The 13th-seeded Quakers were led by Max Marsico, who carded a 74.

NOTEWORTHY: Wings forward Dan Dawson and defenseman Kyle Rubisch were named to the NLL All-Pro first team. Transition Brodie Merrill was named to the second team.

Penn State announced that its first football road game, a Sept. 8 date at Virginia, will start at noon and be on ABC.

- Staff and wire reports


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