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Citi Open preview: Isner, Monfils, Wozniacki headliners

Citi Open preview: Isner, Monfils, Wozniacki headliners

Your 2016 Citi Open primer, one number at a time. Main draw matches on the hard courts at the FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park begin Monday with the championships for the men's (ATP) and women's (WTA) tours set for July 24.

1 - As in top seeds John Isner and Samantha Stosur in the ATP and WTA draws respectively. Isner, the top ranked American on tour, is a perennial contender in Washington, but is still looking for his first title. The big server fell to 0-3 in D.C. finals with last year's three-set loss to Kei Nishikori. Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, aims for her first title in 2016. The Aussie reached the semifinals in her Citi Open debut last year.

3 - As in the number of Citi Open titles won by Juan Martin del Potro. Alas, the Argentine won't be adding a fourth as Del Potro withdrew Saturday due to a lingering wrist injury. Eighth ranked Tomas Berdych also bowed out in recent days, leaving Isner, Gael Monfils and Bernard Tomic as the remaining top 20 players on the men's side.

4 - As in the number of Washington titles won by returning champions. Sloane Stephens won the first of her four career tour titles last year on the Rock Creek hard courts with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Alexandr Dolgopolov won the men's championship in 2012, the same year Magdaléna Rybáriková won the first of her back-to-back titles.

7 - As in the number of Monfils victories in Washington, including four in 2011 when he reached the finals. That was also the last year the dazzling Frenchman played locally.

8 - As in the seed for Sam Querrey, the hard-hitting American who pulled off the shocker of 2016 by downing Grand Slam chasing Novak Djokovic in the round of 32 at Wimbledon. Querrey, a hard court champion (Delray Beach) this year, hasn't won more than one match in a single Washington tournament since reaching the semifinals in 2012. Truth is, none of that matters much after watching this. Amazing.

14 – As in the number of times a player, whose first name started with the letter “A” won the men's championship in 35 years. Random factoid for sure, helped in the past by multiple time winners Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick and most recently Dolgopolov.

14 - As in the number of days earlier the 2016 Citi Open starts compared to the 2015 version. The reason? The upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio. Typically Washington serves as a hard court tuneup for the year's final major, the U.S. Open.

23 - As in the number of career titles for former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who makes her Citi Open debut this year. Though the Denmark native has spent time in the area in part because of a past relationship with Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, getting used to the heat -- and humidity -- takes a minute. 

500 - As in this being an ATP World Tour 500 Tournament, making the Citi Open of the top 20 men's tournaments in the world.

1970 - As in the year of the first D.C. Tournament. Agassi leads with five singles titles.

The Citi Open Tennis Tournament runs July 16-24 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. For tickets and more information go to www.citiopentennis.com.

U.S. men's hockey pulls out win after entering 3rd period tied

U.S. men's hockey pulls out win after entering 3rd period tied

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Ryan Donato scored two power-play goals and Troy Terry dominated with his speed as college players led the United States to an important 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Friday at the Olympics.

Donato, who plays for his father Ted at Harvard, delivered the kind of offense USA Hockey wanted when it picked four NCAA players for its no-NHL Olympic roster. Donato, Terry and American Hockey League scoring star Chris Bourque were all additions to the U.S. after the pre-Olympic Deutschland Cup in November, during which the U.S. struggled to score, particularly against Slovakia goaltender Jan Laco.

Laco was on top of his game, stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Only this time, the Americans' young skill that coach Tony Granato hoped would bring energy and spark the team came through.

Goalie Ryan Zapolski made 21 saves for his first Olympic victory, which is crucial considering only the top four of 12 teams avoid the qualification round Monday. With the regulation win, the U.S. vaults to the top of Group B with four points. Slovakia was second with three, followed by Slovenia and Russia.

The U.S. faces Russia in each team's final preliminary-round game Saturday night.

The Americans didn't have a shot on net until six-plus minutes into the game when defenseman Noah Welch finally got the puck to Laco.

All it took to get the U.S. offense going was a Slovakia penalty that gave Terry and Donato some room to operate. Terry sped through the offensive zone and took two Slovakia defenders with him, dropping the puck to a wide-open Donato for his first power-play goal of the game to put the U.S. up 1-0 at 7:10.

Just 25 seconds later, Andrej Kudrna scored on a tip of a Tomas Surovy shot that slipped under Zapolski's right arm for a tying goal the 31-year-old goalie probably wants back.

Bobby Butler had a semi-breakaway late in the first and Laco got his blocker on it. A couple of second-period power plays yielded offensive-zone time but not a goal, and a borderline goalie interference penalty on Boston University's Jordan Greenway made penalty killers work hard to keep it tied.

After a too many men on the ice call on Slovakia, Bourque, another son of a former NHL player, fed Donato, who spun around in front and went five-hole on Laco to score the game-winning goal with 17:09 left.

Team USA Women outshoot but can't outscore Team Canada in first meeting at 2018 Olympics

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Team USA Women outshoot but can't outscore Team Canada in first meeting at 2018 Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  -- Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse each scored in the second period and defending Olympic champion Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by edging the United States 2-1 on Thursday in an early showdown between the dominant powers in women's hockey.

Genevieve Lacasse made 44 saves, including stopping Hilary Knight at the post inside the final 90 seconds. Brianne Decker hit two posts, the second time coming in the final seconds, before the two rivals ended up in a scrum. Officials reviewed the final play and ruled no goal. The Canadians also had two goals disallowed.

Kendall Coyne scored the lone goal for the Americans.

Canada and the United States are the only countries to ever win gold at the Olympics. The Americans won gold in 1998 when women's hockey joined the Olympics, while Canada is here looking for a fifth straight gold medal for the country that created the sport.

They played eight times last fall through a pre-Olympic exhibition tour and the Four Nations Cup. The United States won two of the first three, but Canada now has won five straight against their biggest -- and only -- rival in the sport.

The United States certainly had plenty of chances, including Knight being stopped on a breakaway.

After missing on a penalty shot and hitting a post late in the second, the Americans got on the board when Coyne raced through four Canadians and scored 23 seconds into the third period.

Canada thought briefly it had the first goal of the game with 3:15 left in the first period, but Melodie Daoust and captain Marie-Philip Poulin were in the crease with the play blown dead. The official immediately signaled no goal.

Agosta put Canada up 1-0 at 7:18 of the second on the power play. With Megan Keller in the box for interfering with Poulin, Natalie Spooner in her 100th international game spun and hit Agosta in the slot with a backhanded pass. Agosta's shot went off Rooney's glove and in for the goal.

Nurse scored at 14:56 with a shot from the left circle that went off Rooney's elbow. Laura Stacey appeared to be offside as Canada brought the puck into the zone, but the United States did not challenge.

Officials awarded Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson a penalty shot at 16:08 of the second after Canadian forward Haley Irwin placed a glove on top of the puck in the crease amid a pile of bodies in the crease. Lamoureux-Davidson, who scored the fastest back-to-back goals in Olympic history in the U.S. win over Russia, went too slow and got the puck caught near her right foot before a backhand Lacasse easily deflected.

U.S. coach Robb Stauber started Maddie Rooney, his youngest goalie with all three of the U.S. wins against Canada.