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HK Nitra win in overtime to stay on top of Slovak Tipos Extraliga******
BRATISLAVA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- HK Nitra continued to dominate the Slovak ice hockey premiership Tipos Extraliga on Friday, winning their ninth match in 10 rounds, for the fourth time this season in overtime though.
The league leaders edged out HC Nove Zamky 3-2 in a regional derby hosting HC Nove Zamky as Tomas Hrnka completed Nitra's overtime win with a powerplay goal to serve the visitors their third consecutive defeat.
Jozef Balaz scored shorthanded in the first period, and Samuel Bucek tied the game at 2-2 in the second period, pushing the game into OT.
HK Poprad's struggle continued after losing its fourth consecutive Tipos Extraliga match as Kristers Gudlevskis closed the curtain behind his back and brought Slovan to a close but vital 2-1 victory.
"To be honest, the match could have gone either way. Both teams did not perform on their usual level as both were missing several players," admitted Slovan coach Robert Doeme.
Struggling newcomer HC Grotto Presov snapped its series of four losses in a fixture against the second-ranked HK Dukla Ingema Michalovced.
The home team took the lead in the first period but Presov produced a superb second period, scoring three goals in succession, with two on a powerplay, and laid a solid foundation for the 4-1 victory. The visiting Russian goalie Nikita Bespalov had a great night with a whopping 40 saves.
Elsewhere, HKM Zvolen keeps on delivering and climbing the standings - now in fourth place. Four members of Zvolen got on the scoreboard in the first period, helping the home team beat HK DUkla Trencin 4-3.
HK Spisska Nova Ves lost three places and slipped down to the penultimate spot after surrendering to HC Kosice 7-1 on home ice. The visiting left-winger from Russia Vadim Pereskokov had a goal and 2 assists.
After snapping its streak of defeats in the previous round, MHK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas was hoping for another solid result, leading against HC '05 Banska Bystrica 2-0 into the final period. But the visitors mounted a superb comeback in the final stretch, scoring four goals in a row with four different shooters, effectively turning the game around.
Earlier in the week, Poprad and Trencin played out their 17th round fixture in advance and HK Dukla Trencin won 3-2. Enditem
Romero twins return to Paraguay squad for World Cup qualifiers******
ASUNCION, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Oscar and Angel Romero have been recalled to Paraguay's squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Colombia, the Paraguayan Football Association said on Friday.。
The twin brothers have not played competitively since August, when they both parted ways with Argentine Primer Division club San Lorenzo.。
As expected, new manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto also named Newcastle United playmaker Miguel Almiron and Palmeiras defender Gustavo Gomez in his provisional 28-man squad.。
Barros Schelotto was appointed Paraguay boss last month after the sacking of fellow Argentine Eduardo Berizzo.。
Paraguay will play Chile in Asuncion on November 11 and Colombia in Barranquilla five days later.。
The Guaranies are currently eighth in the 10-team South American qualifying group. The top four teams will progress to the group stage of next year's World Cup in Qatar while the fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.。
Following is the Paraguay squad:。
Goalkeepers: Antony Silva (Puebla), Gerardo Ortiz (Once Caldas) and Alfredo Aguilar (Olimpia).。
Defenders: Gustavo Gomez (Palmeiras), Junior Alonso (Atletico Mineiro), Fabin Balbuena (Dinamo Moscow), Omar Alderete (Valencia), Alberto Espinola (Cerro), David Martinez and Robert Rojas (River Plate), Juan Escobar (Cruz Azul) and Santiago Arzamendia (Cadiz).。
Midfielders: Jorge Morel (Lanus), Andres Cubas (Nimes), Mathias Villasanti (Gremio), Matias Rojas (Racing), Celso Ortiz (Monterrey), Angel Cardozo Lucena (Cerro Porteno), Braian Ojeda (Nottingham Forest-), Braian Samudio (Toluca), Oscar Romero (no team), Alejandro Romero Gamarra (Al-Taawon) and Miguel Almiron (Newcastle).。
Forwards: Antonio Sanabria (Torino), Angel Romero (no team) Carlos Gonzalez (Tigres), Julio Enciso (Libertad) and Luis Amarilla (Liga de Quito). Enditem。
Riiber unbeatable, Norway sweeps women's podium in Otepaa Nordic Combined World Cup******
BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Jarl Magnus Riiber won the men's Individual Gundersen title for Norway, and Gyda Westvold Hansen led a top-three finish for the country in the women's event at the FIS Nordic combined World Cup in Otepaa, Estonia on Sunday.。
Both Riiber and Hansen kept their winning record intact in two days at the Otepaa stop.。
In Otepaas Ski Jumping Stadium, Riiber registered the furthest distance of the day with 99 meters and collected 150.3 points. The second place went to the current blue bib owner Mario Seidl from Austria, who landed 96 meters and got 139.4 points. The third place was taken up by local athlete Kristjan Ilves, who reached 97 meters for 135.8 points.。
After a short break between ski jumping and cross-country race due to the tight schedule of the day, Riiber secured his top position by a significant advantage for his 41st World Cup victory.。
The battle for the second and third places was tight. Seidl was caught by Vinzenz Geiger from Germany, Ilves and Japanese Yoshito Watabe after the second lap of the 10km race.。
After the final sprint, Germany's Fabian Riessle beat his teammate Julian Schmid by only 0.2 seconds for second place.。
Hansen jumped to 95.5 meters under snowy conditions and took the lead after the ski jumping round into the 5km cross-country race, while the second and third places are occupied by Norway's Marte Leinan Lund and Ida Marie Hagen respectively.。
Hansen confidently secured her victory in the end, while the second and third positions constantly changed hands. Hagen, who started 10 seconds after Lund, caught up with her team colleague after 3.7 kilometers to place second, and Lund ranked third.。
The next Nordic combined World Cup is scheduled in Ramsau, Austria next weekend. Enditem。