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Sports briefs: Controversy reigns over U.S. women at world hockey finals

  • Captain Jenni Hiirikoski (6) of Finland followed by Venla Hovi (9) leads her players to congratulate US players for their 2-1 shootout victory after the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • US players celebrate their 2-1 shootout victory after the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • Brianna Decker, left, of the United States and Jenni Hiirikoski of Finland vie for the puck during the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • Kendall Coyne Schofield, left, of the United States and Nelli Laitinen of Finland vie for the puck during the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • Goalkeeper Noora R'ty of Finland makes a save during the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • Goalkeeper Alex Rigsby of the United States lies on the ice while Riikka Nieminen of Finland starts celebrating her game-winning overtime goal which was later disallowed during the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • US players celebrate their 2-1 shootout victory after the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • Annie Pankowski of the United States scores a shootout goal past goalkeeper Noora R'ty of Finland during the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • Amanda Kessel of the United States scores a shootout goal past goalkeeper Noora R'ty of Finland during the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

  • Finnish head coach Pasi Mustonen and players look dejected after their 2-1 shootout loss in the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships final match between the United States and Finland in Espoo, Finland, on on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)


The Associated Press
Sunday, April 14, 2019

ESPOO, Finland — Alex Rigsby stopped four of five shots in a shootout and the United States beat Finland, 2-1, on Sunday night for its fifth consecutive gold medal at the women’s world ice hockey championships.

The U.S. won after a questionable goaltender interference review wiped out what would have been a historic overtime goal for the Finns.

Finland celebrated on home ice after Petra Nieminen scored on a rebound 11:33 into overtime, but officials spent more than 10 minutes reviewing the play before disallowing the goal for goalie interference and forcing players to pick up their equipment and resume the game. Fans who chanted “Suomi!” and waved blue and white flags throughout the game and erupted into jubilation after Nieminen appeared to score rained boos down on the Americans when they were given their medals.

This was already a first for Finland, which pulled a stunning upset of Canada in the semifinals on Saturday behind 43 saves from Noora Raty. The U.S. and Canada had met in each of the previous 28 world championship finals dating to the first in 1990.

Canada routed Russia, 7-0, in the bronze-medal game earlier on Sunday.

AUTO RACING

Rossi repeats at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Alexander Rossi conquered the streets of Long Beach for the second consecutive year.

Rossi became just the eighth driver to win more than once on the temporary street course through the picturesque downtown. The others? Mario Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Alex Zanardi, Paul Tracy, Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power and Mike Conway.

Rossi won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from the pole on Sunday, same as last year, and had the field covered very early. His margin of victory over Josef Newgarden was more than 20 seconds and the 200th victory for Andretti Autosport across all series.

Hamilton takes Chinese GP

SHANGHAI — Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, beating teammate and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas with a quicker start from his No. 2 spot on the grid. It was his sixth victory in the Shanghai race.

Hamilton, the five-time and defending champion, led for the entire race after the quick start for his 75th career victory. It also moved him into the lead in the overall standings after only three races.

ENGLISH SOCCERReds, City swap lead

Liverpool didn’t slip up this time.

A 2-0 win over Chelsea — sealed by a stunning long-range goal by Mohamed Salah — preserved Liverpool’s two-point lead in the Premier League over Manchester City, which beat Crystal Palace, 3-1, earlier on Sunday.

The victory also meant the Reds partially avenged a memorable 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Anfield near the end of the 2013-14 season that ultimately cost them the title. That defeat was sparked by a slip by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard that led to a decisive Chelsea goal.

“We knew that everything was going to be different today,” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk said.

Liverpool’s goals came in a 142-second spell at the start of the second half. Sadio Mane’s header put the home team ahead in the 51st, before Salah cut in from the right and arrowed in a 25-yard (meter) shot into the far corner.

City, which has a game in hand over Liverpool, had put the pressure on with a dominant display at Selhurst Park against a team that has caused the champions problems in recent meetings.

Raheem Sterling scored twice to put City 2-0 ahead, Luka Milivojevic responded for Palace in the 81st before Gabriel Jesus sealed a ninth straight league win for City with a 90th-minute goal.

City has the harder run-in, with games still to come against Tottenham and Manchester United.

Liverpool’s remaining games are against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80