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US men’s, women’s hockey teams named

– Bobby Ryan helped the U.S. to the silver medal in the 2010 Olympics.

Unless Ryan gets a spot for the Sochi Games to replace an injured player, he will not have a chance to help the Americans.

The U.S. hockey team was announced Wednesday.

“We did not pick the 25 best players,” general manager David Poile said. “We picked the 25 players we thought gave us a chance to win the gold medal.”

Jimmy Howard, who couldn’t make enough stops to help the Red Wings beat the Maple Leafs in Wednesday’s Winter Classic, is the Americans’ third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller.

At Sochi, the U.S. forwards will be David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Blake Wheeler.

John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Suter will be on defense for the Americans.

Eleven returning Olympians are on the roster for the U.S. women’s hockey team.

Julie Chu is heading to her fourth Olympics. She’ll be looking for a gold medal to go with her two silvers and a bronze. Also making the team was Amanda Kessel, Phil’s sister.

The U.S. women’s team has seven defensemen, 11 forwards and includes three goaltenders: Jesse Vetter, Molly Schaus and Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle, all of whom have Olympic experience.

The other players with Olympic experience include Kacey Bellamy, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin and Kelli Stack.

AUTO RACING

Not much change for Schumacher

In Grenoble, France, Formula One great Michael Schumacher’s condition was stable but still critical overnight as he remained unconscious following a brain injury suffered in a skiing accident.

BASKETBALL

Ants trade Czyz; Mitchell on deck

The Mad Ants traded Olek Czyz to Canton for a future draft pick, a source confirmed. In 11 games, he averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 points and 21.2 minutes, but his playing time had dwindled recently has players have been sent down by Detroit and the Pacers. In other news, Tony Mitchell, the D-League’s reigning Rookie of the Year, could be returning to the Mad Ants as soon as Friday, when they play host to Iowa at the Coliseum.

Around the NBA

Chuck DeVoe, part of a group of businessmen who founded the Indiana Pacers, died Saturday. He was 83. The Star reported family members said he died of melanoma. DeVoe was team president from 1969-74 and board chairman from 1974-75. … Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar (hamstring) will be out for at least four weeks.

MISCELLANEOUS

AP photographer remembered

Longtime Associated Press photographer Dave Martin died after collapsing at Tuesday night’s Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. Martin ran onto the field after Texas A&M’s 52-48 win over Duke and took photos of Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin being doused with a water bucket. He collapsed on the field and died of an apparent heart attack.

OLYMPICS

Roundup

Maria Lamb earned her third trip to the Olympics by winning the 5,000 meters at the U.S. speedskating trials. … With a powerful finishing kick, 17-year-old Emery Lehman claimed a second race at Sochi by beating Jonathan Kuck in the 10,000 meters at the speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah.

Tennis

Federer moves on in Australia

In Brisbane, Australia, Roger Federer advanced to the Brisbane International quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen. Kei Nishikori eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Matthew Ebden to set up a quarterfinal against Marin Cilic, who had a 7-5, 7-5 win over Grigor Dimitrov. …

In the women’s draw, Maria Sharapova recovered her serve and her nerve to beat Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 early today and advanced to the Brisbane International semifinals.

Roundup

In Doha, Qatar, third-seeded Andy Murray, playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late September, was upset by Florian Mayer 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal emerged with a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over Tobias Kamke. … In Shenzhen, China, top-seeded Li Na extended her defense of the Shenzhen Open title to the quarterfinals by beating Nadiya Kichenok 6-1, 6-4.

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