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Driver Matt Kenseth celebrates in victory lane after winning  a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Matt Kenseth ends 51-race drought with win at rainy Bristol

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. — After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane. It took him nine hours to get there Sunday at a water-logged Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth snapped a 51-race losing streak by holding off Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson on one final restart in NASCAR’s determined effort to stage a complete race. The start was delayed nearly 90 minutes because of rain and the race was stopped three more times, including one delay that lasted almost four hours. The final stoppage came when the race had already surpassed the scheduled 500 laps, but a quick rain shower …

Teal Bunbury rallies New England past Philadelphia, 2-1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Teal Bunbury had a goal and an assist after entering the game in the 61st minute and the New England Revolution beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Sunday. New England (3-2-2) extended its undefeated streak to five games. Cristian Maidana struck a free kick that glanced off the post …

‘Big 3’ lead Cavaliers past Celtics 113-100 in Game 1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CLEVELAND — More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor. “We,” Irving said, “are the Big 3. We have really great players on this team, but we set the tone.” Tone set. Irving …

30K runners, 28,200 bananas: Boston Marathon by the numbers

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Marathon includes 26.2 miles, 34 elite athletes, 30,000 runners, 87 countries, 1 million spectators and $830,500 in prize money. Oh, and 150 pounds of petroleum jelly, 992 portable toilets, 108,000 safety pins, 28,200 bananas, …

For Boston winner Meb Keflezighi, a year of thanks

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BOSTON — Ever since Meb Keflezighi won last year’s Boston Marathon, the first race after the finish-line bombings and the first win for an American man in more than 30 years, fans have been gravitating to him wherever …

Rick Porcello struggles in Red Sox’s 8-3 loss to Orioles

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox starters are continuing to struggle. Rick Porcello became the latest to get hit hard, allowing eight runs and 12 hits in five innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox …

Jim Furyk tops Kevin Kisner in playoff to win RBC Heritage

Sunday, April 19, 2015

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jim Furyk had gone 100 starts without winning, a stretch that gnawed at his psyche and challenged his confidence. That all disappeared in uncharacteristic fashion Sunday when he won his first PGA Tour …

Sei Young Kim holes out from fairway to win in Hawaii

Sunday, April 19, 2015

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Sei Young Kim holed out from 154 yards for eagle to win the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship on the first hole of a playoff Saturday with Inbee Park. “This is probably the second most memorable …

Clay Buchholz and Red Sox lose to Orioles 4-1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BOSTON — Forget opening day. Clay Buchholz can’t seem to find his groove again. Buchholz gave up 11 hits in six innings Saturday but limited the Orioles to just two runs in Boston’s 4-1 loss to Baltimore. Coming …

Xander Bogaerts’ single in 9th lifts Red Sox over Orioles 3-2

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts blooped a winning single with one out in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox won a game that included a couple of much harder hits, edging the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Friday night. …

Matt Kenseth wins pole at Bristol Motor Speedway

Friday, April 17, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Kenseth will try for his first win since 2013 when he starts from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth led a strong showing from Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday when he turned …

2 weeks before Mayweather-Pacquiao, not a ticket to be seen

Friday, April 17, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Don’t expect to snag a $1,500 nosebleed ticket — or any other ticket — at the box office for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Just two weeks before the bout, tickets for the most anticipated fight in recent times have yet …

Troy Merritt’s 61 trumps Masters champion Jordan Spieth’s 62

Friday, April 17, 2015

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Little-known Troy Merritt one-upped the Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage. Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at Harbour Town Golf Links only a few …