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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - The United States defended their Paralympic champion title in sledge hockey Saturday, winning 1-0 against Russia in a gruelling game that sent hockey sticks flying and at times resembled baseball. The Russian team, created in 2010, settled for silver in their Paralympic debut in Sochi, while Canada got the bronze medal after beating Norway earlier in the day. The Russians had the support of over 6,000 fans packing the arena in Sochi, but made one mistake by accidentally passing to a player from the rival team who scored the decisive goal. "We played well, just made one mistake," said Russian defender Vadim Selyukin.