Former Flyers star

Peter Forsberg

has been named to defending champion Sweden's Olympic team for the Vancouver Games.

The veteran center was selected for the 23-man national team announced yesterday by coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson.

Forsberg won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche and was the NHL's MVP in 2003. He now plays for Swedish team Modo but has dealt with nagging ankle and foot problems for several years.

The Swedish roster also includes Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Nicklas Lidstrom, the winner of six Norris trophies as the NHL's top defensive player with the Detroit Red Wings.

Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. won the women's 3,000 meters at the U.S. Speedskating Championships in Kearns, Utah, clinching a spot on the Olympic team. The daughter of four-time Olympian Nancy Swider-Peltz will join Jilleanne Rookard and Catherine Raney Norman in the 3,000 in Vancouver. Rookard and Norman had already qualified for the Olympics.

Trevor Marsicano clinched a berth on the U.S. roster by winning the 5,000. He will skate with American favorites Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick in the Olympic 5,000.

Olympic women's 3,000-meter speedskating champion Ireen Wust qualified to race the 1,500 at the Vancouver Games with her performance at Netherlands' Olympic trials in Heerenveen.

The men's 10,000 champion in Turin, Bob de Jong, qualified in the 5,000.

Mao Asada won the Japan women's national figure- skating championship in Osaka, securing a place on the Olympic team. Akiko Suzuki also earned a trip to Vancouver after finishing second.

SAILING: New Zealand's Alfa Romeo extended its lead in the Sydney-to-Hobart race as the contenders sailed down the east coast of Tasmania toward the finish line.

Alfa Romeo is skippered by Neville Crichton in the 723-mile race.

BOXING: Promoter Bob Arum delivered what he said would be his last proposal to salvage the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., which has been in jeopardy over a blood-testing dispute.

Under Arum's proposal, the Nevada Athletic Commission would have the final say on how much testing there would be for the fight and when it would take place.

ICE HOCKEY: Jack Campbell made 22 saves and the United States remained unbeaten at the world junior hockey championship with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

- Staff and wire reports