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Canadians wins under-18 tune-up

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PIESTANY, Slovakia -- Spencer Watson scored twice as Canada's men's under-18 team defeated Slovakia 3-1 on Saturday in an exhibition game ahead of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.

Michael Dal Colle also scored a power-play goal and added an assist for Canada, which outshot Slovakia 50-17.

Ladislav Romancik's power-play goal was the lone offence for Slovakia on their home ice.

Head coach Dale Hunter said he didn't expect the shot total to be so high for his team.

"We had good pressure on them and we cycled the puck well and we skated well," said Hunter.

"But their goalie (Vladimir Slivka) was very good. He wasn't a big goalie but he was very acrobatic. So we had lots of scoring chances, made some big saves and we scored enough to win."

Canada used two goaltenders during the game. Julio Billia started before being replaced by Mason MacDonald. Hunter said he'll likely swap goaltenders during the tournament and that Billia will get the nod when the team plays its first game Monday against the Czech Republic.

Report: West Germans

had doping program

BERLIN -- A report by German researchers claims that West Germany's athletes were systematically doped with government backing from the 1970s, and possibly earlier.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper publicized details from the unpublished 800-page report titled "Doping in Germany from 1950 to today" on Saturday, revealing the extent to which West German politicians were allegedly willing to promote drug use among athletes to ensure international success.

According to the report, one interior minister -- who wasn't named -- said at the time: "Our athletes should have the same conditions and services as the Eastern bloc athletes."

The report was put together by researchers at Berlin's Humboldt University on behalf of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, with Giselher Spitzer as the project leader. It was completed in April, but has yet to be published because of privacy concerns and legal issues over naming athletes, doctors and politicians.

NFL institutes new

bag policy for fans

CANTON, Ohio -- The NFL will begin its new clear bag policy for fans this weekend at the Hall of Fame inductions and game.

For security reasons, fans can no longer bring backpacks or large bags into stadiums. The NFL is ratcheting up its safety measures in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The only bags that can be taken into game venues are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that doesn't exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, including one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.

Dempsey leaving Spurs for MLS

LONDON -- Clint Dempsey is returning to Major League Soccer, ending his six-year spell in English soccer.

The 30-year-old Dempsey played for the New England Revolution from 2004-06 before joining Fulham in 2007. He moved to Tottenham last summer and scored 12 goals in 43 games, but wasn't a regular.

"We have reached agreement with Major League Soccer for the transfer of Clint Dempsey," Spurs said in a statement Saturday. "We wish Clint every success for the future."

A star for the U.S. national team, Dempsey wasn't a regular in Andre Villas-Boas' starting lineup.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 4, 2013 B12

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