THE United States beat Russia 3-1 in the World Championship quarter- finals in Bolzano, Italy, yesterday, but then had one of their players, Bill Lindsay, ejected from the tournament for failing a dope test. Lindsay, who plays for the Florida Panthers, tested positive for ephedrine after the match against Finland on 2 May, which the Finns won 7-2. The International Ice Hockey Federation said the scoreline would be adjusted to 7- 0 and Lindsay would be banned from all international tournaments until the end of this year.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Bolzano, It) Quarter-finals: United States 3 Russia 1; Sweden 7 Italy 2.
NHL Stanley Cup play-offs: Eastern Conference semi-finals: NY Rangers 5 Washington 2 (New York lead best-of-seven series 2-0); New Jersey 5 Boston 6 (Boston lead series 2-0).