FALUN, Sweden - When a viral illness ruined the early part of his season, Johan Olsson wasn't sure whether he'd even get a chance at one more world championship title.
Turns out the struggles worked in the Swedish cross-country skier's favour. Olsson took advantage of an early start number — determined by his low World Cup ranking — to win the men's 15-kilometre freestyle race Wednesday for his second world title.
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's top soccer league has been suspended for a third time this season because of continued violence at matches.
Stavros Kontonis, the deputy minister for sport in Greece's new left-wing government, said Wednesday that the decision would be reviewed next week, but that games would again be called off if clubs failed to respond to government demands for improved security.
BRISBANE, Australia - A four-wicket victory over a more-fancied West Indies to open its Cricket World Cup campaign seemed relatively easy after Ireland's tight two-wicket win over a team it was expected to beat on Wednesday.
Gary Wilson struck 80 from 69 balls in a late-innings burst to help the Irish edge the United Arab Emirates by two wickets with four balls to spare.
CALGARY - Two skips from the host city with history between them is a unique storyline of this year's Canadian men's curling championship in Calgary.
The 14-team field also features nine of the 12 Canadian curlers who won gold medals at the last three Olympic Games.
A new Team Canada and a pre-tournament qualifier for some provinces and territories constitute radical change for an 88-year-old championship.
More than halfway through the HSBC Sevens World Series, it's clear the Canadian men's rugby team will have to qualify for the Olympics the long way.
That means a June trip to Cary, N.C., for a regional qualifier and a showdown with the U.S. for the one Olympic sevens berth up for grabs in North America and the Caribbean.
The U.S. blanked Canada 20-0 in the Cup quarter-finals at the recent sevens stop in Las Vegas. After some bad breaks, the Canadians "lost their way a bit" according to coach Liam Middleton.
MIAMI - A chemist working out of his suburban South Florida garage was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for supplying banned performance-enhancing substances to a clinic whose customers included professional baseball players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
MUNICH - German police say they helped American skier Lindsey Vonn get to Bulgaria for a World Cup event after she forgot her passport in Austria.
Munich airport police say Vonn realized after arriving Wednesday for a flight to Sofia that she had left her passport in Salzburg, more than 1 1/2 hours away.
They say officers at the airport issued an emergency travel document for the 30-year-old American that allowed her to take her flight.
When Hakim Emmanuel lined up his 36th and final ball of the night, all other activity at the Westgate Lanes in Brockton, Massachusetts, had stopped.
"They were like, 'This guy has a shot at a perfect series,'" Emmanuel said. "It was so quiet you could hear a needle drop. That's when you get nervous yourself. You know everyone's watching you."
PACHUCA, Mexico - Midfielder Dilly Duka found the back of the net twice as the Montreal Impact played to a 2-2 draw with Pachuca FC in the first leg of their CONCACAF quarter-final match on Tuesday.
Duka drove past two Pachuca defenders and took a shot from just outside the penalty area in the 25th minute. He added his second of the match in the 53rd minute.
Pachuca's Ariel Nahuelpan Osten tied the game in the 68th minute. Heriberto Olvera scored on a free kick in the 57th to cut Montreal's lead to 2-1.
Vancouver 2 Boston 1
N.Y. Rangers 1 Calgary 0
Montreal 5 St. Louis 2
Edmonton 2 Minnesota 1
Winnipeg 4 Dallas 2
Chicago 3 Florida 2 (SO)
N.Y. Islanders 5 Arizona 1
Carolina 4 Philadelphia 1
Buffalo 4 Columbus 2
Nashville 5 Colorado 2
Los Angeles 1, Detroit 0
Utica 5 Hamilton 2
Rochester 5 Lake Erie 1
Grand Rapids 6 Iowa 2
Oklahoma City 3 Texas 2 (OT)