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June 29, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
LEVERKUSEN, Germany - Jessica Landstrom scored to give Sweden a labored, 1-0 win over Colombia on a sweltering day at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday. Colombia reserve goalkeeper Yineth Varon failed a drug test taken on Saturday and was suspended before the match. Sweden kept Colombia's 17-year-old star, Yoreli Rincon, in check, but her coach, Ricardo Rozo, said he expects her to have an impact in the tourney. He refused to comment on Varon's suspension.  
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July 11, 2011 | Associated Press
AUGSBURG, Germany - Lotta Schelin scored one goal and set up another Sunday as Sweden beat Australia, 3-1, to reach the semifinals at the women's World Cup. After setting up Therese Sjogran for the opening goal in the 11th minute, Schelin pushed the lead to 3-1 in the 52d to set off the players' traditional Swedish dancing celebrations. The result means Sweden also qualifies for the London Olympics next year. Japan upset host Germany in a quarterfinal on Saturday and will play Sweden on Wednesday.
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August 4, 2012 | By Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press
STOCKHOLM - Sweden said Friday that Belarus had expelled its ambassador for "being too supportive of human rights. " Belarus countered that it merely chose not to extend the envoy's accreditation, calling his activities destructive. The dispute was the latest in a series of diplomatic spats between Belarus and Western nations, especially European Union states that have taken steps against the ex-Soviet country and its longtime leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, over its stifling of human rights.
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May 22, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Sweden shut out the defending champion Czech Republic, 4-0, yesterday in Riga, Latvia, to win hockey's world championship, becoming the first country to win that title and Olympic gold in the same year. It was the eighth world title for Sweden, which had eight Olympic champions on its roster. In the Winter Olympics, Sweden beat Finland in the final. "It's fun to be part of hockey history," coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson said. "I think we played more or less a perfect game today.
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March 13, 2013
Welsh-born Princess Lilian of Sweden, 97, whose decades-long love story with the king's uncle was one of the better-kept secrets of the royal household, died Sunday. A brief statement on the Royal Palace's website said Princess Lilian died at her home in Stockholm. It didn't give a cause of death, but she had Alzheimer's disease and had been in poor health for several years. Lilian Craig met Prince Bertil in 1943, but the prince's obligations to the throne and Lilian's status as a divorced commoner prevented them from making their love public, and it would take more than 30 years before they could marry.
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September 12, 1986 | By Steve Twomey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nordic Museum was closing one afternoon last week, but that was no problem for Henrique Ruiz. His black, chauffered Mercedes arrived just as the last tourists were leaving at 4 p.m., and he popped inside for a private, after-hours tour led by the museum director himself. In fact, that personal touch awaited the diminutive, mustachioed Nicaraguan everywhere he traveled during a weeklong visit to Sweden. There was a room at the elegant Grand Hotel on the harbor. There was a limousine available to whisk him where he wanted.
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June 29, 2011 | Associated Press
LEVERKUSEN, Germany - Jessica Landstrom scored in Sweden's labored, 1-0 win over Colombia in hot conditions at the Women's World Cup yesterday. Landstrom scored from close range in the 57th minute, set up by a fine cross from Lotta Schelin on the right wing. "We won our opening match. It's been a while since that last happened," Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby said. Colombia, playing in its first World Cup game, had a player suspended before the match when reserve goalkeeper Yineth Varon failed a drug test taken on Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* WELCOME TO SWEDEN. 9 p.m. tomorrow, NBC10. * WORKING THE ENGELS. 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, NBC10. LENA OLIN is going to be funny on NBC this summer. I didn't expect to write that sentence any more than you probably expected to read it, but encountering the unexpected is one of the joys of this job, and of "Welcome to Sweden," which is already a hit in Sweden and premieres tomorrow night on NBC. With occasional subtitles. Created by, and starring, Greg Poehler, whose sister Amy Poehler - maybe you've heard of her?
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December 20, 1987 | The Inquirer Staff
Sweden won its doubles match over India yesterday to clinch the Davis Cup for the host nation. Mats Wilander and Joakim Nystrom defeated the Amritraj brothers, Anand and Vijay, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, giving Sweden a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series in Goteborg. Sweden, playing its fifth consecutive final, had won the opening singles Friday in straight sets. Wilander, ranked third in the world, easily beat Ramesh Krishnan, and Anders Jarryd beat Vijay Amritraj. It was the fourth victory in six final appearances since 1975 for Sweden in the premier men's team tennis competition.
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June 2, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - Anna Nordqvist tapped in her last shot Sunday for the championship of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, walked into a celebratory spray of champagne delivered by fellow players, and gave a big hug to her mother, who has been visiting from Sweden. She certainly didn't look like a player who had thought about doing something else besides playing professional golf just a couple of years ago. Nordqvist, 27, made her big move late in the final round. She sank birdie putts at the 16th and 17th holes of the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Golf Club and Spa to take the lead for good and picked up her first LPGA Tour title of the year, a 1-stroke victory over Christel Boeljon.
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August 29, 2016 | By Larissa and Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
The small wooden cottage nestled among the birch trees in Lapland looks quite inviting. However, the building overlooking a crystal-clear lake isn't a house; in typical Finnish fashion, the entire structure is a sauna. As we enter, the scorched air hits our bare skin like a coarse wool blanket. Michael winces, looks at the thermometer, and declares bravely, "It's only 75 degrees, we can handle that. " Then we realize the temperature is in Celsius. A quick bit of clumsy mental math converts the temperature to about 165 degrees Fahrenheit - yikes, you could practically smoke some baby back ribs in that heat.
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July 28, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Now that Sweden's Henrik Stenson has done something Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood still haven't, which is win a major, what's next? After all, it's been nine days since he shot 20-under to beat Phil Mickelson by three shots at Royal Troon in a British Open that was every bit as great as Jack Nicklaus-Tom Watson 39 years ago. If not better. So where does his homeland's newest hero go from here? "I think golf is a game where you're never going to be finished," the 40-year-old Stenson duly noted Tuesday at Baltusrol Golf Club, where the last major of the season begins Thursday morning, two weeks earlier than normal because of golf's return to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century.
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May 18, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
GALLOWAY, N.J. - From June 3-5 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist will try to do what's never been done in the three-decade history of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, which is successfully defend her title. And in August at the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, she'll try to do what no female golfer has even had the chance to do since 1900, which is win a medal. Nordqvist, who turns 29 next month, is one of the two women who will be representing her homeland in Rio de Janeiro.
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October 25, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
THE MENTALITY was learned quickly last season for Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, his first year playing at the NHL level after previously spending his entire career in Europe - largely in Sweden. The Le Blanc-Mesnil, France, native wasn't necessarily a big scorer during his years playing for Skelleftea AIK in the Swedish Hockey League, but his 0.5 point per game average is a much higher clip than his 12 points in 81 games last season. This wasn't Sweden, obviously. And for Bellemare to get time on the ice, and even make the roster in the first place, he was going to have to show the ability to do the things fourth-liners are supposed to be able to do in the NHL. That means being strong on the forecheck and solid in the defensive zone, among other things.
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August 3, 2015
* JAY PHAROAH: CAN I BE ME? 10 p.m. Saturday, Showtime. The "Saturday Night Live" player, President Obama impressionist and standup comedian (below) unveils his first special. *  LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX . 8 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. A wedding becomes an occasion for revealing a number of secrets in the Season 3 finale. Nicola Walker gives a particularly fine performance as the cold-footed bride, Gillian, but the acting honors, as always, belong to Derek Jacobi. *  MASTERPIECE: POLDARK . 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12.
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June 2, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - Anna Nordqvist doesn't show much emotion on the course. Even after a bogey on 18 sealed her the win Sunday at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Nordqvist casually fished her ball out of the hole before lightly high-fiving her caddie. But when she spotted her mother, Maria, while walking off the course, Nordqvist shrieked before wrapping her in a hug. Maria has been visiting from Nordqvist's native Sweden for the last couple of weeks, and was front and center for the fifth win of her daughter's career.
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June 2, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - Anna Nordqvist tapped in her last shot Sunday for the championship of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, walked into a celebratory spray of champagne delivered by fellow players, and gave a big hug to her mother, who has been visiting from Sweden. She certainly didn't look like a player who had thought about doing something else besides playing professional golf just a couple of years ago. Nordqvist, 27, made her big move late in the final round. She sank birdie putts at the 16th and 17th holes of the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Golf Club and Spa to take the lead for good and picked up her first LPGA Tour title of the year, a 1-stroke victory over Christel Boeljon.
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January 10, 2015 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the first Saturday of the new year, and Doug Seegers was eating breakfast at a McDonald's in West Nashville before heading out to his steadiest gig - playing in front of the local Goodwill store. "Whether I'm playing a big show somewhere or whether I'm playing out on the street for little kids walking by, I get the same kind of joy," Seegers says over the phone. "I'm just looking to play my guitar and spread my music to whoever is around at the time. " Seegers, who plays Sunday at the Ardmore Music Hall, may still enjoy busking, but life certainly has changed over the last year for the 63-year-old country artist.
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December 28, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RYAN GUNDERSON was intrigued by Russia, just not entirely sure he wanted to make the jump to the Kontinental Hockey League. The Bensalem, Pa., native heard all the stories. Plus, he'd been making a nice living in Sweden, where he was the leading scorer among defensemen in two leagues. He met a girl from Sweden. He won a Swedish league championship. The offers were tempting: a significant pay raise and a chance to play in the second-best league in the world. The catch: living and working in Russia.
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