U.S. women nip Canada for hockey world title

ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER There are a lot of bridges in Philadelphia, but none so specialized, perhaps, as this, the goat bridge, unveiled Tuesday when the ribbon was cut and ceremonies heralded the Philadelphia Zoo's new KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children's Zoo & Faris Family Education Center. The $33 million project occupies the former elephant house and exhibit. The area opens to the public Saturday. Highlights: Indoor displays of colonies of overachieving ants and lovable rats, games that teach Earth-friendly practices, universal-access signage for special-needs guests, side-by-side climbing structures for children and animals, and furry and spotted four-legged kids - weeks- and days-old baby Arapawa goats.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER There are a lot of bridges in Philadelphia, but none so specialized, perhaps, as this, the goat bridge, unveiled Tuesday when the ribbon was cut and ceremonies heralded the Philadelphia Zoo's new KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children's Zoo & Faris Family Education Center. The $33 million project occupies the former elephant house and exhibit. The area opens to the public Saturday. Highlights: Indoor displays of colonies of overachieving ants and lovable rats, games that teach Earth-friendly practices, universal-access signage for special-needs guests, side-by-side climbing structures for children and animals, and furry and spotted four-legged kids - weeks- and days-old baby Arapawa goats.
Posted: April 10, 2013

AMANDA KESSEL scored the winner early in the third period and the United States beat Canada, 3-2, in the gold-medal game of the women's world hockey championship on Tuesday in Ottawa.

The sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel moved in on a two-on-one and roofed a shot over goalie Shannon Szabados at 3:09 of the third.

Brianna Decker and Megan Bozek had the other goals for the U.S. team, which got two assists from Kendall Coyne.

Courtney Birchard and Caroline Ouellette scored for Canada. Marie-Philip Poulin added a pair of assists.

U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter made 14 saves for the win, while Szabados stopped 27 shots.

Canada, which beat the U.S. team, 3-2 in a shootout in round-robin play, defeated the Americans, 5-4, in overtime in last year's final in Burlington, Vt.

The United States and Canada have met in every final since the tournament's inception in 1990. Canada holds a 10-5 lead in gold medals, but the U.S. has won five of the past seven tournaments.

Russia beat Finland, 2-0, to win the bronze medal.

Pro Football * 

Detroit officially signed kicker David Akers and bid farewell to Jason Hanson. The Lions didn't disclose terms of the contract. Akers and the Lions agreed to a deal last week, a day after Hanson announced his retirement at 42. Akers, 38, was released last month by San Francisco after he followed up a record-breaking season with shaky results. The four-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl kicker made just 29 of 44 field goals last year. Akers was an Eagle from 1999 through 2010.

Brady Quinn signed with Seattle after winning a quarterback tryout competition with Matt Leinart, Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen to become the backup to Russell Wilson.

* The New York Jets are replacing departed safety LaRon Landry with his brother Dawan, who played the last 2 years with Jacksonville. LaRon Landry signed with Indianapolis as a free agent.

* Oakland signed ex-Cowboy Mike Jenkins and former Brown Usama Young to add experience to an untested secondary.

Philly File * 

Mike McKay is the new football coach at Father Judge High. McKay, who quarterbacked Judge to the Catholic and City titles in 1975, spent last season as the offensive coordinator for Archbishop Carroll.

Sport Stops * 

The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee passed a proposal Tuesday that would allow Darlington Racewey to keep its 5 percent tax on tickets even if the speedway's capacity falls below 60,000 people - in the event bigger seats are one day needed to accommodate fans. Darlington Raceway currently seats 62,000 people. But track president Chris Browning says the speedway is considering widening its 18-inch wide seats as an amenity for the crowds.

Christen Press scored twice as the United States women's team beat the host Netherlands, 3-1, in a friendly to stretch its unbeaten streak to 31 matches.

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