FRYDEK-MISTEK, Czech Republic (AP) _ The Canadians overcame a slow start in a penalty-filled game to begin defense of their world junior hockey championship with a 5-1 win Sunday over Switzerland.

Canada outshot Switzerland 39-19 before 2,200 spectators in this Czech community near the Polish border. Canada plays Germany on Monday as the eight- country, round-robin tournament continues.

In other games Sunday, it was: Sweden 4, Germany 1; Russia 5, Czech Republic 1, and Finland 5, United States 2.

Swedish referee Roger Oberg called 27 minor penalties in the Canada- Switzerland game. In total, Canada was penalized 30 minutes, but the Swiss went 0-for-14 on the power play. Canada was 3-for-12 with the man advantage.


RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have activated forward Larry Nance and waived center Jay Guidinger.

The 34-year-old Nance, bothered by a sore knee throughout the preseason, played in Cleveland's regular-season opener last month before undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Guidinger, a second-year pro from Minnesota-Duluth, appeared in 10 games and averaged 2.2 points for Cleveland this season. He played in 32 games for the Cavs last year, averaging 1.6 points.

Nance played 17 minutes Sunday in Cleveland's 107-103 overtime victory over Indiana and scored five points.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Many of West Virginia's football players arrived for the Sugar Bowl on a charter plane from Pittsburgh.

Many others, however, flew to Louisiana from spots across the eastern United States after coach Don Nehlen permitted them to spend Christmas at home.

Players whose families are far away from the Morgantown, W.Va., campus praised the decision.

Among them were quarterback Jake Kelchner and guard Tom Robsock, both of Berwick, Pa., and long snapper Mark Ulmer, of Carbondale, Pa. They arrived aboard a commercial jet several hours before the team's official charter touched down.

They missed out on the hoopla of dignitaries and jazz bands that greeted the planes chartered by WVU and Florida, but said the tradeoff was worth it.

No. 3 West Virginia (11-0) and No. 8 Florida (10-2) play on Saturday at the Superdome.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - BMX racers will compete this week in the ninth annual Christmas Classic in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The event is among 18 national BMX races the National Bicycle League will sponsor this year.

Bob Tedesco, chief executive officer of the league, said he expects about 1,500 competitors from 35 states. Florida, champion for the past three years, will have 240 competitors.

Tedesco helped sculpt 4,000 tons of topsoil into the 900-foot motocross track he designed for the classic, which will host racers as young as 3 years old.


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Thoroughbred trainer Jeff Lukas remained in a coma Sunday, 11 days after being run down by a horse.

Lukas, also suffering from pneumonia, was in very critical condition at Huntington Memorial Hospital, said family spokeswoman Judy Cumberland.

Lukas, 36, sustained fractures at the base of his skull Dec. 15 when he was run down by a loose horse at Santa Anita.


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Olympic champions Yekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov became Russia's pairs figure skating champions after winning the freestyle contest Sunday.

Gordeeva and Grinkov are coached by Vladimir Zakharov, and their program was prepared by former Central Army Club figure skater, Marina Zuyeva, now living in Canada.

Natalia Mishkutyonok and Artur Dmitriev won silver medals after several failures in a complex program to the music of Russian composer Sergei Rakhmaninov. Yevgenia Shishkova and Vadim Naumov were third.

Top-seeded Alexei Urmanov was the men's champion after earning 5.6-5.8 for technical merit marks and 5.8-5.9 for artistic impression, despite failing to land his quadruple jump.

Oleg Tataurov was second, and a promising young Muscovite, Igor Pashkevich, came in third, apparently winning a chance to take part in the 1994 Winter Olympics.