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Finland still mum on starting goalie for World Cup of Hockey

TORONTO (AP) — Finland coach Lauri Marjamaki still won't name his starting goaltender for the first game of the World Cup of Hockey.

Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators appears to be the front-runner to start Sunday against Team North America based on exhibition action, yet Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins isn't a offensive second option.

Rinne says he's preparing to play Sunday yet that the coaching staff hasn't told him the plan. He started Finland's final exhibition game Tuesday against the United States & stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced.

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Finland still mum on starting goalie for World Cup of Hockey

TORONTO (AP) — Finland coach Lauri Marjamaki still won't name his starting goaltender for the first game of the World Cup of Hockey.

Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators appears to be the front-runner to start Sunday against Team North America based on exhibition action, yet Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins isn't a offensive second option.

Rinne says he's preparing to play Sunday yet that the coaching staff hasn't told him the plan. He started Finland's final exhibition game Tuesday against the United States & stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced.

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US holds on to beat Finland in final World Cup exhibition

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Tortorella sensed his players were tired of practicing & getting coached & were ready for the World Cup of Hockey.

They played like it, too.

The United States beat Finland 3-2 on Tuesday night in each team's final exhibition game before the World Cup begins this weekend in Toronto. Goaltender Jonathan Quick played well enough to earn the starting job for the first game of the tournament, & despite some late trouble the Americans looked prepared for the real thing.

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US holds on to beat Finland in final World Cup exhibition

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Tortorella sensed his players were tired of practicing & getting coached & were ready for the World Cup of Hockey.

They played like it, too.

The United States beat Finland 3-2 on Tuesday night in each team's final exhibition game before the World Cup begins this weekend in Toronto. Goaltender Jonathan Quick played well enough to earn the starting job for the first game of the tournament, & despite some late trouble the Americans looked prepared for the real thing.

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Koivu to serve as Finland's captain at World Cup of Hockey

Koivu to serve as Finland's captain at World Cup of Hockey

NEW YORK (AP) — Mikko Koivu will serve as Finland's captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Koivu has been the Minnesota Wild's captain since 2009. He was captain for Finland at three world championships, winning in 2011.

A native of Turku, Finland, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound center has 161 goals & 395 assists in 763 NHL games. He represented Finland at the 2010 Olympics.

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Koivu to serve as Finland's captain at World Cup of Hockey

Koivu to serve as Finland's captain at World Cup of Hockey

NEW YORK (AP) — Mikko Koivu will serve as Finland's captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Koivu has been the Minnesota Wild's captain since 2009. He was captain for Finland at three world championships, winning in 2011.

A native of Turku, Finland, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound center has 161 goals & 395 assists in 763 NHL games. He represented Finland at the 2010 Olympics.

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Soccer-Romania ordered to play Finland behind closed doors

Soccer-Romania ordered to play Finland behind closed doors

BUCHAREST, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Romania must play their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Finland behind closed doors after racist & violent behaviour from their fans during the goalless draws against Hungary & Greece, the domestic football federation (FRF) said.

UEFA's disciplinary panel moreover fined the Romanian federation 110,000 euros ($124,421) in total for the offensive behaviour, the FRF said in a statement on Thursday.

European soccer's governing body fined the FRF 50,000 euros after Romanian fans booed the Hungarian national anthem, displayed an illegal banner & clashed with Hungarian supporters during the game at the Groupama Arena in Budapest on Sept. 4.

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Soccer-European Ch. Qual. group F results and standings

Soccer-European Ch. Qual. group F results & standings

Sept 7 (Infostrada Sports) – Results & standings from the European Ch. Qual. Group F matches on Monday

Monday, September 7

Finland 1 Faroe Islands 0

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Wild sign C Mikael Granlund, D Mike Reilly

Wild sign C Mikael Granlund, D Mike Reilly

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals & 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 & the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers.

Granlund has played three seasons with the Wild since coming over from Finland. He has 88 career points & has scored six goals in 13 career playoff games.

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Stars sign newly acquired goalie Niemi to 3-year contract

Stars sign newly acquired goalie Niemi to 3-year contract

DALLAS (AP) — Former Stanley Cup-winning goalie Antti Niemi has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars.

The deal Monday came two days after Dallas acquired Niemi's contract rights from San Jose for a seventh-round pick during the draft & two days before the goaltender would have become an unrestricted free agent.

Niemi won all 16 postseason games for Chicago in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup title. He went to San Jose as a free agent after that season.

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