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In brief: U.S. defeats Slovakia 3-0, remains unbeaten in group play at World Junior Championship

Hockey: Thatcher Demko made 17 saves and Sonny Milano scored late in the second period, leading the United States to a 3-0 victory Monday in the World Junior Championship in Montreal.

Dylan Larkin and John Hayden also scored as the United States remained unbeaten in Group A heading into its game Wednesday against rival Canada, which beat Finland 4-1 on Monday.

In Group B, Sweden beat Russia 3-2 and the Czech Republic won 4-3 over Denmark in overtime.

Kane set back: Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane will be out until early February with what the team is calling a lower-body injury.

It’s another blow for the injury-riddled Jets, without their top four defenseman.

Beal, Wizards hang on

NBA: Bradley Beal scored 33 points and Paul Pierce added 21, and Washington survived a furious fourth-quarter charge by the host Rockets for a 104-103 victory.

Nene added 12 points to go with five rebounds, and John Wall racked up 12 assists to go with 13 points for Washington, which won its third straight to open a five-game road trip.

Bulls edge Pacers: Jimmy Butler had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead Chicago to a 92-90 victory over Indiana in Indianapolis.

Pau Gasol had 20 points and Derrick Rose 17 for the Bulls, who have won seven straight

Duke fends off Toledo

Men’s Basketball: Jahlil Okafor scored a season-high 27 points and No. 2 Duke beat pesky Toledo 86-69 in Durham, North Carolina.

Quinn Cook added a season-best 20 points and Tyus Jones had 15 for Duke, which got out to a big early lead, then allowed Toledo to shoot itself back into the game before eventually pulling away.

• Texas beats Rice: Myles Turner scored 16 points in his first college start, and 11th-ranked Texas held off an inspired Rice team 66-55 in Austin, Texas.

Forward Jonathan Holmes scored 12, including a three-point play that put Texas up six with 2:50 remaining.

Sounders sign Mears

Miscellany: The Seattle Sounders have signed former Premier League defender Tyrone Mears in the hopes of adding depth to their back line.

Mears has played professionally for 14 seasons, most of that coming in England. Mears played for Bolton from 2011-14. He also gained experience in the Premier League with Burnley, Derby County and West Ham United.

Williams declares for NFL: Southern California defensive lineman Leonard Williams is skipping his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Williams has been a dominant defensive lineman for three seasons with the Trojans, racking up 21 sacks and 36 1/2 tackles for losses.

Royals get Volquez: The Kansas City Royals have announced the signing of right-hander Edinson Volquez to a $20 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for the 2017 season.

Volquez will make $7.5 million in 2015 and $9.5 million in 2016 under the deal. His option year is worth $10 million with a $3 million buyout.

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