Sports in Brief: U.S. rocks Russia, Bryzgalov in quarterfinals

Posted: May 18, 2013

Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche had two goals and two assists, and Nashville's Craig Smith added five assists to help the United States rout Russia, 8-3, Thursday in the world hockey quarterfinals in Helsinki, Finland.

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov allowed the first four U.S. goals before being pulled. Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Svitov, and Alexander Perezhogin scored for Russia.

The Americans will face Switzerland, a 2-1 winner over the Czech Republic, on Saturday in Stockholm.

SOCCER: Sporting Kansas City traded forward Bobby Convey to Toronto for a third-round pick in the 2014 draft. A former Penn Charter star, Convey, 29, has played only 122 minutes this season.

COLLEGES:Debbie Black, 46, a former star at St. Joseph's for then-coach Jim Foster, was hired as women's basketball coach at Eastern Illinois. Black had been an assistant at Ohio State to Foster, who was fired this year, then hired at Chattanooga. The Archbishop Wood graduate ended her professional career in 2005 with the Connecticut Sun.

Richmond coach Chris Mooney said T.J. Cline is transferring from Niagara. The 6-foot-8 forward is the son of Naismith Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.

Guard Nkereuwem "Kerwin" Okoro of New York City and high school forward Junior Etou of Upper Marlboro, Md., joined the recruiting class of Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan. Okoro will transfer from Iowa State.

TENNIS:Rafael Nadal overcame one of the worst opening sets of his career to edge qualifier Ernests Gulbis, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, and reach the Italian Open quarterfinals in Rome. He will face David Ferrer, who advanced when Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew because of dizziness.

Serena Williams routed Dominika Cibulkova, 6-0, 6-1, for her 21st straight win.

NFL: Dallas signed defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who sat out last season after he was suspended as part of the New Orleans bounty scandal.

Doug Whaley was promoted to take over as Buffalo's general manager.

AUTO RACING:Dick Trickle, 71, a former NASCAR driver who was popular but never won a Winston Cup race, died at a cemetery in Boger City, N.C., apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

- Staff and wire reports

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