James van Riemsdyk

and

Drayson Bowman

scored two goals each for the United States, which opened the world junior hockey championship with an 8-2 rout of Germany yesterday in Ottawa.

Van Riemsdyk, chosen No. 2 overall by the Flyers in last year's NHL draft, is a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire. Bowman is a forward with Spokane, of the Western Hockey League.

Minnesota's Jordan Schroeder had a goal and two assists, and Colin White, of Boston University, added a goal and assisted on another.

In other action on the first day of the tournament, Russia topped Latvia, 4-1.

The Americans, who will take on the Czech Republic tomorrow, peppered the German net with 46 shots. Timo Pielmeier, who plays in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, allowed five goals on 27 shots in the first two periods. He was replaced at the start of the third by Philipp Grubauer, who gave up two goals on 19 shots.

Toni Ritter and Patrick Pohl scored for Germany, which earned a spot in this tournament by winning one of two world 'B' junior championship tournaments earlier this year.

In the first game yesterday, Pavel Chernov had a goal and an assist, and Vyacheslav Voinov, Maxim Goncharov and Dmitri Klopov also scored for Russia.

Horse racing

* Jockey Sam Thompson Jr. died Christmas Day, 5 days after he was thrown from a quarter horse following a race at Los Alamitos, Calif. Thompson, 36, had been on life-support at Los Alamitos Medical Center since the Dec. 20 accident.

* Two connected barns at New Orleans Race Course were quarantined because a 3-year-old filly tested positive for equine herpes. It might take 10 days to clear other horses trained by Dallas Stewart, who trains the filly, and Neil Howard, said Dr. Tom David, the equine medical director of the Louisiana State Racing Commission.

Sport Stops

* Add Kevin Youkilis to the list of players reportedly set to play in the World Baseball Classic this March. The Boston Red Sox infielder will accept an invitation to play on Team USA, the Boston Globe reported.

* American skier TJ Lanning crashed at high speed during training in Bormio, Italy, for a World Cup downhill and was ruled out of racing this weekend.

* Soccer's governing body agreed to increase from 10 to 12 the number of Brazilian cities that will host the 2014 World Cup. Brazil's soccer federation said it persuaded FIFA to make the change because of the country's vast size. *