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Getzville's Pfalzer is golden

Emily Pfalzer of Getzville had a golden moment Saturday and gained a slight measure of revenge against rival Canada as the defenseman helped Team USA win the IIHF Women's Under-18 World Hockey Championship in Stockholm, Sweden.

The U.S. defeated Canada, 5-2, in the gold-medal game at Stora Mossen Arena to capture its third gold medal in four years. Pfalzer, who will play for Boston College next season, was on the ice for Team USA's second goal Saturday, a power-play marker by Hannah Brandt, who also had three assists.

The U.S. finished the tournament with a 5-0 record.

Pfalzer finished third in scoring among defensemen in the tournament with two goals and four points. She also was a plus-11 -- the second highest in the tournament behind teammates Michelle Picard and Milica McMillen who both finished with a plus-12.

This is the second time Pfalzer has medaled at the world championship. She earned silver with the U.S. last year after it lost in overtime to Canada. The Americans blew a two-goal lead in that game but didn't on Saturday, as the U.S. carried a 4-2 lead into the third period and never caved with McMillen capping the triumph with an empty-net goal with 35 seconds left.

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Canisius, NU women on road

The Canisius women's basketball team concludes its first conference road trip of the season tonight at Rider University. The Griffins are 5-9, 1-2 in the MAAC while Rider is 0-14, 0-3.

Canisius has won 19 of the last 20 meetings between the teams, including 10 straight in Lawrenceville at Alumni Gymnasium. Sophomore Ashley Durham is coming off a 20-point outing on Saturday at Loyola.

Niagara continues its road weekend at Iona today at noon. The Purple Eagles are coming off a lopsided loss to Manhattan on Saturday falling to 1-13, 0-3. Iona is 0-3 to begin MAAC play for the first time since the 2002-03.

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Anthony-to-Nets could be close

The New Jersey Nets' never-ending pursuit of Carmelo Anthony is heading toward a conclusion with the team closing in on acquiring the All-Star small forward.

Talks intensified in the past 24 hours on a three-team trade between the Nets, Nuggets and Pistons that would bring Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton to New Jersey.

Some sources believed the deal, which could involve 14 or 15 players, not including draft picks, could be completed today, but it remains up to Denver.

The Nets are confident Anthony will sign a three-year, $65 million extension. But as in September, when a four-team deal was close to completion, the Nuggets are having a hard time letting go of Anthony and seeking more.

From News and wire service reports.

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