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Sports Shorts: Masters champ Scott will skip Match Play in Marana

2014-01-01T18:29:02Z 2014-01-01T21:53:06Z Sports Shorts: Masters champ Scott will skip Match Play in MaranaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 01, 2014 6:29 pm  • 

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Masters champion Adam Scott is taking a six-week break after Hawaii, meaning he will skip the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana next month.

The WGC-Accenture Match Play will be Feb. 19-23.

Scott has never missed the Match Play since he first became eligible in 2002. But since the World Golf Championship moved to Arizona in 2007, he hasn’t stuck around very long. Scott was beaten in the opening round the last three years, and he has not advanced beyond the second round since 2005 when it was at La Costa Resort north of San Diego.

Scott is playing the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua and then Sony Open at Honolulu next week. He says he won’t play again until the Honda Classic (Feb. 27-March 2), missing the entire West Coast swing.

Scott enters the year at No. 2 in the world behind Tiger Woods.

Hockey

Ottawa star left wing Ryan left off US Olympic roster

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Bobby Ryan helped the U.S. to the silver medal in the 2010 Winter 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 go for gold.

The U.S. Olympic hockey team was announced Wednesday after Toronto’s shootout victory over Detroit in the NHL Winter Classic.

Ryan, who has more goals in the NHL this year than all but 10 players, was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster. The Ottawa Senators star has 18 goals this season — trailing just two U.S.-born players — and has scored at least 30 times in four previous NHL seasons.

Jack Johnson and Erik Johnson, a pair of defensemen who played in the Vancouver Games, also didn’t make the cut.

“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.”

And with goaltending and grit, the Americans might have some assets to help them compete with the defending champion Canadians, along with the talented and extremely motivated Russians on their home soil.

In 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.

The three goalkeepers will be Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard.

  • Eleven returning Olympians are on the roster for the women’s hockey team that will represent the United States at Sochi.

Julie Chu is heading to her fourth Olympics. She’ll be looking for a gold medal to go with the two silvers and a bronze she’s already got. Canada has won the last three Olympic titles.

Also making the team was Amanda Kessel, whose brother Phil made the U.S. men’s team.

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.

Miscellaneous

F1 great Schumacher stable, but remains unconscious

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, his manager said Wednesday.

Sabine Kehm told reporters that his condition has not changed since doctors said he showed small signs of improvement on Tuesday, following his second operation.

  • Maria Sharapova recovered her serve and her nerve to beat Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday and advance to the Brisbane International semifinals in Australia.

Also in Brisbane, Roger Federer showed shreds of Stefan Edberg’s influence as he got his 2014 season underway, advancing to the Brisbane International quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday.

  • Third-seeded
  • Andy Murray
  • , playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late September, was upset by
  • Florian Mayer
  • of Germany 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open on Wednesday in Doha.

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