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Kane goal helps U.S. ascend to quarterfinals

South Buffalo product Patrick Kane scored in the second period and defenseman Jack Johnson notched a power-play goal in overtime to lift the United States to a 3-2 win over Sweden and into the quarterfinals of the World Junior Hockey Championship in Leksand, Sweden.

Johnson made a high shot past the Swedish goalie 3:16 into overtime, securing a matchup against Finland on Tuesday. The Americans led, 2-1, before Fredrik Pettersson tied it on rebound with 14 seconds left after goaltender Joel Gistedt was pulled for a sixth skater.

Sweden took the lead at 7:11 in the second period when Andreas Turesson scored on a rebound.

The equalizer came at 11:50 when Kane capitalized on defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson's giveaway behind his own net. Kane, a right wing, has tallied 26 goals with 41 assists for the London Knights this season in the Ontario Hockey League.


Orioles, Huff agree on three-year contract

Aubrey Huff has reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year, $20 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who hope the versatile free agent can add punch to a lineup that ranked 11th in the AL in home runs last season.

The agreement was secured over the weekend, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Orioles have not yet announced the deal. The contract will be finalized if Huff passes a physical, which will likely be administered this week in Baltimore.

Huff, 30, can play first base, third base and both corner spots in the outfield. But his value to the Orioles is his bat: Huff hit 21 homers last season with Tampa Bay and Houston, and averaged 27 from 2002-05 with the Devil Rays.


Wmsv. North's Geary makes school history

Ryan Geary recorded a hat trick and became Williamsville North's second all-time scoring leader Sunday during the Spartans' 6-1 Western New York Federation hockey triumph over Orchard Park.

Geary, who is in his fourth season, has 39 goals and 40 assists for 79 points. North only keeps track of scoring totals amassed in league games, according to coach Bob Rosen.

Geary passed Ken Joseph's 76 career points and trails the all-time leader Vince Amigone by four points.


Hingis tops Bammer, earning a day off

Martina Hingis beat Sybille Bammer, 6-0, 6-2, at the Australian Women's Hardcourt Championship, where she started her successful comeback year.

The Swiss star, who finished the 2006 season at No. 7 in the world rankings, gets New Year's Day off before a second-round meeting with either Elena Bovina or Nicole Pratt.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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