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Ice hockey: The Cardiff Devils' appeal to be heard in Helsinki

The Cardiff Devils' appeal against the refusal of their entry to the European Ice Hockey League will be heard in Helsinki today. The Superleague champions' move is backed by the British Ice Hockey Association and the play-off winners Sheffield Steelers, who were granted entry to the European League last weekend instead of Devils. Steve Crowther, the Steelers general manager, said: "Cardiff won the Superleague, which is our major competition."

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Turku, Fin) Pool B: Italy 2 Norway 2; Canada 5 United States 1. (Helsinki) Pool A: Czech Republic 2 Russia 3.