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Originally published Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Blackhawks rout Canucks | A.M. Briefing

Andrew Brunette and Patrick Kane scored power-play goals midway through the second period as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from an early...

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NHL

Blackhawks rout Canucks

Andrew Brunette and Patrick Kane scored power-play goals midway through the second period as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from an early deficit to win their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the host Vancouver Canucks.

Jonathan Toews scored his fifth goal in four games, Patrick Sharp added a goal 1:49 later in the third period and Steve Montador also scored to complete the rout.

Jannik Hansen scored for the Canucks against goalie Corey Crawford, who made 28 saves.

Soccer

U.S. qualifying begins June 8

The United States will open qualifying for the 2014 World Cup at home against Antigua and Barbuda on June 8.

The Americans, trying to qualify for their seventh straight trip to soccer's championship, play at Guatemala on June 12.

Blatter downplays racism

FIFA president Sepp Blatter faced a wave of criticism after downplaying racism on the soccer field, saying players involved in such clashes should settle things with a handshake.

His comments sparked a backlash in England, where two top players are being investigated for racially insulting opponents during recent Premier League games. Blatter quickly issued a statement, insisting he had been "misunderstood," but by then he had already drawn heavy condemnation in Britain.

NBA

Knicks sued by Mobley

Former NBA player Cuttino Mobley sued Madison Square Garden LP, parent of the New York Knicks, alleging the team discriminated against him based on what it perceived to be a disability.

Mobley, who hasn't played since the 2008-09 season, said the Knicks ended his career by having him declared medically ineligible to play because of a heart ailment, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The Knicks said in a statement that Mobley's lawsuit has no merit.

Auto racing

U.S. Grand Prix threatened

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said the U.S. Grand Prix could be removed from the 2012 calendar because construction of the Texas racetrack was halted.

Ecclestone said a contract dispute with organizers must be settled by Dec. 7, when the 2012 calendar is officially ratified, for the race to go ahead. Ecclestone said the organizers have not provided the proper letter of credit.

Boxing

Frazier remembered

Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier would make Philadelphia his adopted home, but his roots ran deep in the sandy soil of the South Carolina coast where he was born in 1944. More than 250 family members and friends gathered for a church memorial service near his hometown of Beaufort.

Frazier died Nov. 7 from cancer at age 67.

Drugs found in boxer's house

Federal agents in Puerto Rico seized more than $4 million worth of cocaine from a house in Humacao owned by pro boxer Ivan Calderon.

Gymnastics

Coach banned for life

Don Peters, a former Olympic coach accused of sexually abusing two athletes in the 1980s, was banned for life by USA Gymnastics and his place in the federation's Hall of Fame revoked. Peters coached the 1984 U.S. women's team.

Sailing

France takes the lead

France's Energy Team surprisingly edged two sailing powerhouses to come out on top after the opening day of the third stop of the new America's Cup World Series in San Diego.

Energy Team, skippered by Yann Guichard, finished third, fifth and first in the three fleet races to score 24 points and claim the top seed for the match racing championships. Emirates Team New Zealand, the overall ACWS leader coming into the San Diego regatta, was second with 23 points, while Oracle Racing-Spithill was third in the nine-boat fleet with 22.

Elsewhere

• The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without center Mikhail Grabovski for two weeks because of a lower-body injury, and left wing Clarke MacArthur will also miss time because of an upper-body injury.

• St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart was suspended three games for shoving Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall into the boards from behind.

• New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres after missing five games with a groin injury. He scored a power-play goal in the first period.

• Indianapolis 500 runner-up JR Hildebrand will be driving for Panther Racing the next two seasons. The team exercised an option to keep Hildebrand in the No. 4 National Guard car in 2012 and 2013.

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