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Canada downs U.S. to claim sledge gold

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GOYANG, South Korea -- Graeme Murray scored the lone goal for Canada in a 1-0 gold-medal victory over the United States on Saturday at the IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship.

Corbin Watson recorded his fourth shutout of the tournament as the Canadians finished the tournament with an undefeated 5-0 record, outscoring their opponents 20-3.

It is the third time Canada has won gold at the event, having taken the top prize in 2000 and 2008. Canada won the bronze medal at last year's world championship in Hamar, Norway.

In a tight defensive battle, Murray, of Gravenhurst, Ont., finally broke through at 2:07 into the second period off a pass from teammate Anthony Gale.

Abidal back on pitch

BARCELONA, Spain -- Eric Abidal made his first start since undergoing a liver transplant, playing the full 90-plus minutes to help Barcelona defeat Levante 1-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday.

It was the 33-year-old defender's first start since playing for France in a friendly against Germany on Feb. 29, 2012. His last start for Barcelona had come three days earlier.

English fans riot

KIDDERMINSTER, England -- Pitch-invading football fans attacked players and caused a half-hour delay during a fifth-tier match on Saturday in the latest bout of crowd trouble to blight the English game.

Visiting Stockport supporters raced onto the field after Kidderminster went 1-0 ahead in the 51st minute, confronting players from both teams. The referee decided to take the players off for safety reasons.

'We're not cheating'

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Roger Penske maintained Saturday his team was working in a grey area of the rule book when NASCAR confiscated parts from the cars of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano.

"I certainly don't think it's cheating," Penske told The Associated Press on Saturday. "You are looking at the rules and you are working in a grey area. We all work in the grey areas. We're trying to be as competitive as we can be, we've got very creative minds...

"There are many different areas we are all working on. We just looked at a particular rule that maybe NASCAR has a different view of. Now we'll get a chance to have an unbiased panel look at it."

NASCAR seized parts from the rear-end housings of both Penske Racing Fords during pre-race inspection at Texas last Saturday. On Wednesday, NASCAR suspended both crew chiefs and five other team members for six races, levied $200,000 in fines and docked each driver 25 points.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 21, 2013 B7

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