Russia and Slovakia will meet in the World Championship final Sunday in Helsinki for the first time since the Slovaks won their only title a decade ago against the Russians. After Evgeni Malkin scored a hat trick to lead Russia to a 6-2 rout of host Finland, Slovak forward Miroslav Satan scored twice to help beat the Czech Republic, 3-1, in the second semifinal. Malkin, the NHL regular-season scoring king for the Penguins, scored twice in the first period against defending champ Finland and completed the hat trick in the second period . . . Flyers All-Star forward Claude Giroux had surgery on his right wrist to repair torn cartilage and surgery on his left wrist to remove bone spurs. Giroux is one of five Flyers undergoing offseason surgery. Forward Wayne Simmonds (broken left index finger) and defenseman Matt Carle (torn stomach muscle) had surgery last week, and defenseman Kimmo Timonen (lower-back disk) and forward James van Riemsdyk (torn labrum, right hip) are scheduled for surgery this week.
Djokovic, Nadal in Italian Open final
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic edged Roger Federer, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), to set up another meeting with rival Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s Italian Open final in Rome. Nadal eliminated David Ferrer, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0. Djokovic beat Nadal in last year’s final, and defeated him in an epic Australian Open final in January, which at 5 hours 53 minutes was the longest Grand Slam championship match. Nadal easily won their last meeting in the Monte Carlo final last month when Djokovic was mourning the death of his grandfather. In women’s play, Maria Sharapova defeated Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-4, and will defend her title against French Open champion Li Na, who advanced after Serena Williams withdrew shortly before their semifinal with a lower back injury. Williams said the back problem affected her game last week, but she’ll be ready for the French Open.
Hard-throwing lefthander Jorge De La Rosa’s comeback from Tommy John surgery hit a snag when the Rockies shut him down because of tightness in his left forearm. De La Rosa had been on pace to return to the rotation June 2, a day shy of the one-year anniversary of his operation. But he has dealt with forearm tightness after his past two minor league outings . . . The Marlins sent first baseman Gaby Sanchez down to Triple A New Orleans, a year after he was on the NL All-Star team. Sanchez is batting .197 with one homer and 11 RBIs. Also, Marlins outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, who leads the majors in stolen bases with 20, could be headed for the disabled list because of a sprained left thumb. Bonifacio jammed his hand on a dive back to first base against Cleveland Friday. He then was thrown out by catcher Carlos Santana, the first time Bonifacio has been caught stealing this season . . . The Brewers selected the contract of lefthander Juan Perez from Triple A Nashville and designated righthander Vinnie Chulk for assignment.
Cubs reacquire catcher Hill from Reds
The Cubs reacquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Reds for cash considerations. Hill returns to Chicago after spending all or part of the past five years in the organization. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto had left knee surgery Friday and backup Welington Castillo has a sprained knee ligament and will be out 4-7 days . . . The Royals put lefthander Everett Teaford on the 15-day DL with a lower abdominal strain and recalled righthander Nate Adcock from Triple A Omaha . . . Righthander Brad Penny, who signed a minor league contract with the Giants Friday, will begin extended spring training in Arizona Monday . . . The Padres put outfielder Mark Kotsay on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain and recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte from Triple A Tucson . . . The Dodgers put second baseman Mark Ellis (left knee) on the 15-day DL and recalled infielder Ivan DeJesus from Triple A Albuquerque.
UFC superstar Jones charged with DWI
UFC star Jon Jones was charged with DWI early Saturday after the car he was driving struck a utility pole in Binghamton, N.Y., police said. Jones was released to family members and issued a ticket to appear at a later date . . . Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson apologized for making a choking gesture toward LeBron James during Thursday’s Game 3 win over Miami. James said that he was unaware that Stephenson wrapped his hands around his throat after the NBA MVP missed a technical free throw. “Lance Stephenson? You want a quote about Lance Stephenson?’’ James said. “I’m not even going to give him the time. Knock it off.’’ Said Stephenson, “I was wrong and disrespectful to my teammates, the Miami Heat, and their organization. I’ll never do it again.’’ . . . In Major League Lacrosse, the Boston Cannons (4-0) received three goals apiece from Kevin Buchanan, Mike Stone, and Paul Rabil in a 17-10 win over the host Denver Outlaws (3-1) . . . Liu Xiang beat world champion Jason Richardson to win the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the Shanghai Diamond League meet. Jamaican runners topped their American rivals in the sprints. Asafa Powell held off Michael Rodgers to win the 100 meters, while Veronica Campbell-Brown beat Carmelita Jeter in the women’s 200. Americans fared better in the men’s 400 hurdles. Angelo Taylor and Justin Gaymon finished 1-2.