On opening day at the World Junior Hockey championships in Ufa, Russia, two Penguins defensive prospects were on the winning side.
Scott Harrington had an assist and was plus-3 in a strong game as Canada trounced Germany, 9-3. Olli Maatta had no points and was plus-1 as Finland beat Latvia, 5-1.
In the regular season, Harrington and Maatta are teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Penguins prospect Teddy Blueger, a center, had no points for Latvia.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had two assists in Metallurg Magnitogork's 5-3 loss to Sibir in the Kontinental Hockey League. Malkin has 17 goals, is tied for the league lead with 32 assists and ranks second in the KHL with 49 points in 32 games.
The upper house of Russia's parliament passed a bill calling for fines of up to $30,000 for anyone scalping tickets to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The bill needs to be signed into law by President Vladimir Putin. For low-level scalping by individuals, the fine would be five to 10 times the ticket's face value, but penalties will be heavier for scalping done as a business.
Linda Toscano, 57, was voted harness racing's Trainer of the Year, becoming the first woman to win the award. Toscano's stable earned a career-high $6.71 million in purses in 2012 and included three division champions. Chapter Seven was Horse of the Year, trotter of the year and best older trotter; Market Share was voted top 3-year-old male trotter; and Heston Blue Chip was best 3-year-old male pacer.
Favorite Wild Oats XI opened up a lead of 15 nautical miles over fellow super maxi and defending champion Ragamuffin Loyal in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race from Australia to Tasmania.