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U.S. hockey tops Norway

The United States men’s hockey team has its second straight game, a solid 6-1 win over overmatched Norway.

Phil Kessel, Chris Drury scored first-period goals Thursday, Patrick Kane added one in the second and Brian Rafalski found the net twice in the closing minutes.

The result gave the Americans the blowout win they were looking for. They will clinch Group A with a victory over Canada on Sunday.

U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller needed to make only 10 saves to earn his second win. Ryan Malone also scored in the third period for the Americans, who had 39 shots on goal.

n Sidney Crosby scored the only goal of a shootout in which an entire nation of nervous Canadians hung on every shot, giving Canada a 3-2 victory over Switzerland and avoiding a second inconceivable loss to the Swiss in as many Olympics.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY — Stunning news from the U.S. match — Jenny Potter didn’t have a third straight hat trick. Heck, she didn’t have a single point.

The Americans still cruised by Finland 6-0, getting a goal and two assists from captain Natalie Darwitz to cap an undefeated run through the preliminary round.

“We’ve got one task in sight, and we think we are in pretty good position going forward,” U.S. defenseman Caitlin Cahow said.

HALFPIPE — Torah Bright brought a glint of sanity to a messy night on the halfpipe. She walked away with — what else? — a shiny, Olympic gold medal.

Under pressure after falling on her first run, the Aussie strung five technically superior jumps together on her second attempt and landed them all for the perfect capper to a four-year ride full of injuries, experiments and, ultimately, victory.

She scored 45 points to defeat defending champion Hannah Teter by 2.6. The 2002 champion, Kelly Clark, fell on her first run, hit the deck on an awkward landing on her second but still took bronze.

CURLING — Attention everyone watching curling and thinking, “I can do that.”

The U.S. teams might need you.

Americans remained 0-for-Vancouver following losses by the men and women, both to Denmark by the score of 7-6.

At 0-4, the men are on the brink of elimination; they must win their remaining five matches to get to the semifinals.

The women are 0-3.

SPEEDSKATING — Canada’s Christine Nesbitt figures she’s had better 1,000-meter skates. But never one more important.

And few that were any closer. She won by two-hundredths of a second.

Jennifer Rodriguez was the top American, finishing seventh.

BIATHLON — How do you say “sweep” in Norwegian?

Emil Hegle Svendsen won the men’s 20-kilometer individual event, denying his mentor, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, his sixth Olympic gold. With a silver, he became the first Olympic biathlete to medal in the same event in three straight Winter Games.

American Jeremy Teela was a late scratch after waking up with sinus problems. Tim Burke was the top American at 45th.

Berger dominated from start to finish in the women’s 15-kilometer individual race, becoming the first Norwegian woman to win an Olympic race. Lanny Barnes was 23rd, best by an American since 1994.

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