Around the Nation (Jan. 1): Toronto wins Winter Classic in shootout over Wings

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ICE HOCKEY

Leafs win Winter Classic over Wings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tyler Bozak scored the winning shootout goal and Jonathan Bernier made two saves in the heart-pounding final moments, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over Detroit at the snowy Winter Classic in front of the largest crowd to watch a hockey game.

The announced attendance Wednesday of 105,591 on surpassed the 104,173 who saw Michigan and Michigan State play hockey in the same football stadium known as the Big House in 2010.

The game began with temperatures in the low teens and steady snow that didn't stop, leading to an event with a lot of winter and very little classic hockey.

It was, though, a closely contested game and quite a spectacle.

Ryan doesn't make cut for U.S. men's hockey team

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team is set, and Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will not be going to the Sochi Games.

The 2010 Olympian was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster revealed Wednesday after the Winter Classic.

Jimmy Howard, who couldn't help Detroit beat Toronto on Wednesday in a shootout, appears to be the Americans' third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller.

At the Sochi Games, 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 veterans lead roster for U.S. women's hockey

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

The roster was announced during the break between periods of the NHL's Winter Classic.

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, the sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel. Phil Kessel was playing in the Winter Classic and hoping to make the U.S. men's team that was to be introduced after the game.

Blue Jackets recall forward Marchessault

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Jonathan Marchessault from the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons.

The team also said Wednesday it was placing forward Matt Calvert on injured reserve for an upper body injury retroactive to December 21.

The team also added forward Ryan Craig to the roster on emergency recall following Tuesday's loss in Denver to the Colorado Avalanche.

The 23-year-old Marchessault has appeared in 31 games with Springfield this season and currently leads the Falcons in goals (12), assists (14) and points (26).

The 24-year-old Calvert has gone 4-4-8 in 17 games with Columbus this season.

BASKETBALL

Hamstring tear forces Lakers' Farmar out

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for at least four weeks with another tear in his left hamstring.

The injury-depleted Lakers announced their latest setback Wednesday.

Farmar missed 31⁄2 weeks after tearing his left hamstring Dec. 1. He got hurt again during the Lakers' home loss to NBA-worst Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

An ultrasound test revealed Farmar tore his hamstring again, but in a different location.

The Lakers are without Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry and three point guards: Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Farmar. Bryant and Henry filled in as the Lakers' point guard while Nash, Blake and Farmar were out in recent weeks.

Kendall Marshall, signed from the D-League on Dec. 20, is the only healthy point guard on the roster.

GOLF

Scott to skip Match Play Championship

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Masters champion Adam Scott is taking a six-week break after Hawaii, meaning he will skip the Match Play Championship.

Scott has never missed the Match Play Championship 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, missing the entire West Coast Swing.

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

Snedeker back, hopes to stay healthy

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Brandt Snedeker starts a new year in golf with hopes of avoiding an old problem -- staying healthy.

Snedeker is playing the Tournament of Champions this week at Kapalua. It's his first tournament in two months after a freak accident in Shanghai, where he tumbled off a Segway scooter while driving down a fairway during a corporate outing.

He says the knee is fine, and he spent last week in Palm Springs, Calif., walking 18 holes and carrying his own bag. The real test will be walking 18 holes at Kapalua when the tournament starts Friday.

Snedeker missed part of the last two years with a rib injury. He has had surgery on both hips. He says he has not had an injury-free year since he was a rookie in 2007.

FOOTBALL

O'Brien known for work with QBs

HOUSTON -- Bill O'Brien worked closely with Tom Brady when he was a Patriots assistant.

He's now set to return to the NFL to coach Houston, and he's a long way from Brady. The Texans have the No. 1 draft pick, and O'Brien might well find himself having to groom a rookie quarterback.

Two people familiar with the negotiations, speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hadn't been made, said Tuesday night that O'Brien reached an agreement to coach the Texans. He is expected to be introduced Thursday.

He inherits a team filled with talent, but whose biggest problem is at quarterback. Matt Schaub and Case Keenum both showed they were not the answer in 2013 after the team finished on a 14-game skid.

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