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SPORTS BRIEFS

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ICE HOCKEY

Vlasic lifts Sharks over Jets

San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the Sharks a 3-2 win against the Jets in Winnipeg, Canada, on Monday. Joe Pavelski won an offensive zone faceoff to Logan Couture, who set up Vlasic for the winning goal. Brent Burns and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks. Andrew Ladd and Jay Harrison had goals for Winnipeg in the only NHL game on Monday. The clubs entered the night holding both of the Western Conference’s wild-card playoff spots. The Sharks moved into a tie with Vancouver and Los Angeles for second in the Pacific Division.

FORMULA ONE

Beltoise dies at 77

French former Formula One driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise, who won the Monaco Grand Prix in torrential rain in 1972, died in Senegal on Monday at the age of 77. The French motor sport federation FFSA and Le Mans organizers paid tribute to Beltoise, whose Monaco victory was the 17th and last by the now-defunct BRM team, and hailed his prowess on two wheels and four. “One of the great names in French motor sport has left us,” said Pierre Fillon, president of Le Mans 24 Hours organizers the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. “Jean-Pierre will forever be remembered as a flamboyant driver who was so proud to fly his country’s colors and take part in the revival of French teams in the ’60s and ’70s.” The Paris-born driver died in Dakar, where he had a holiday home, after suffering a stroke. He had been in a coma since Friday. Beltoise started out as a motorcycle racer, winning 11 French championships, before switching to sportscar racing and Formula One, despite a bad crash in 1964 that seriously injured his left arm. He made his F1 debut with Matra in 1967 and stayed with the team until the end of 1971, when he switched to BRM. The Frenchman left Formula One in 1974 after chalking up eight podium finishes from 84 starts.

ICE HOCKEY

Canada win juniors’ final

Canada held on to claim a nail-biting 5-4 win over Russia in the final of the ice hockey junior world championships on Monday to end a five-year wait for a gold medal. It was Canada’s 16th gold, but first since 2009 and it did not come easy. Russia left a capacity Air Canada Centre crowd, which included Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer. Leading 5-1 late in the second period, Canada nearly let the victory slip away as Russia scored three quick goals to slash the deficit to one. However, Russia could not complete the comeback as Canadian goaltender Zach Fucale shut out the visitors in the final period. Anthony Duclair and Nick Paul put Canada 2-0 up, before Dmitri Yudin pulled one back for Russia before the end of the opening period. Canada went up 5-1 on goals from Max Domi, Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid. Russians answered through Ivan Barbashev, Sergei Tolchinski and Nikolai Goldobin.

SOCCER

Podolski on loan to Inter

Inter on Monday confirmed that German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski has joined on loan from Arsenal. The Italian Serie A outfit said the 29-year-old had taken part in training on Monday afternoon. Arsenal had revealed the completed deal earlier in the day when wishing Podolski well on Twitter. The former Bayern Munich player was to be on the bench for yesterday’s high-profile trip to play Juventus, Inter coach Roberto Mancini said.

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