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Matt Kenseth Wins at Bristol After Four Rain Delays

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(BRISTOL) — The wait was surely worth it.

After four rain delays and eleven extra laps, Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag at Bristol Motor speedway to end a 51-race victory drought.

“It feels good to be back here. Not winning for as long as we did…it wears on you a little bit,” Kenseth said. “We had such a good 2013, and last year there were some races we had some chances to win, and just things wouldn’t line up for us.”

Rain delayed the start of the race for nearly an hour and a half. It was followed up by another delay that stopped the race for almost four hours and one that came as NASCAR attempted to race to the checkered flag.

“I’ve got to be honest with you, at least 90 percent of the time or more, I’d be all about, ‘Man, call that thing’ because anything can go wrong,” Kenseth said. “I felt pretty good about where we were. I felt like unless I really, really messed it up, I was going to be clear getting into [Turn] 1. I felt like our car was good enough to hold on for two laps.”

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Canadiens Take 3-0 Series Lead

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime to grab a 3-0 series lead.

Dale Weise spearheaded the Canadiens’ offensive attack, as his goal late in the third period sent the game to overtime, and his goal in overtime brought the victory to Montreal.

“Any time you score a winner like that, it’s pretty special,” Weise said. “I got pretty excited about that first one, too. That was a big goal. I just felt like we were pressuring and pressuring and we needed a good bounce like that to put the puck in the net. And thank goodness it was me.”

Ottawa’s goalie Craig Anderson got the nod in place of Andrew Hammond. He blocked 47 of the 49 shots he faced, but was not able to grab the victory.

“The guys battled so hard, played so well and to come up short is frustrating,” Anderson said. “I gave the team a chance to win, and that’s my job. It’s frustrating I wasn’t able to get the win for the guys. We’ve got to put this behind us and get ready to go.”

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UCLA Recruit Jamabo Arrested

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — UCLA recruit Soso Jamabo has been arrested in Texas after allegedly being caught drinking alcohol and evading arrest.

Jamabo, 18, was reportedly spotted swerving in a truck on State Highway 175 at high speed. Officers then noticed that occupants were throwing objects out of the vehicle, “having total disregard for the public safety of others on the road.”

Jamabo was arrested and booked into the Kaufman County jail on a charge of evading arrest.

The five star recruit is a native of Plano Texas and signed with UCLA in February out of Plano West High.

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Love Gets First Playoff Victory, Cavs Beat Celtics, 113-100

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — After six seasons in the NBA, Kevin Love finally experienced a playoff game and victory on Sunday in the Cavaliers 113-100 win over the Celtics in round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Love scored 19 in the win and Kyrie Irving scored 30 in his first playoff game. LeBron James added 20 in the win.

“I just try to find a way to get [Love] touches,” James said. “Even though he was missing shots early, those were great shots and he was very aggressive and I just wanted him to stay with it.”

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and 10 assists in the loss and Avery Bradley was held to seven points.

“We’re still confident,” Thomas said. “Guys are ready for Game 2, knowing that good or bad you’ve got to have a short memory. There are possibly seven games in this series and it could go either way.”

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Islanders Knock Off Capitals in OT, Take 2-1 Series Lead

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) — Islanders captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

The game was decided quickly in the extra period after the Islanders allowed the Capitals to tie the game on a Nicklas Backstrom goal with just over six minutes remaining in the third.

In overtime, Nikolay Kulemin’s initial shot was stopped by Braden Holtby, who then tried to direct the rebound into the right corner. The puck went to Tavares, who put it in the net before Holtby could cover the right post.

The Islanders have taken a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 in Long Island on Tuesday.

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Islanders Knock Off Capitals in OT, Take 2-1 Series Lead

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) — Islanders captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

The game was decided quickly in the extra period after the Islanders allowed the Capitals to tie the game on a Nicklas Backstrom goal with just over six minutes remaining in the third.

In overtime, Nikolay Kulemin’s initial shot was stopped by Braden Holtby, who then tried to direct the rebound into the right corner. The puck went to Tavares, who put it in the net before Holtby could cover the right post.

The Islanders have taken a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 in Long Island on Tuesday.

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Josh Hamilton Files for Divorce from Wife

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Angels slugger Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife, Katie, according to court documents filed in North Texas.

The divorce petition was filed in February in Tarrant County, where Hamilton played five seasons with the Texas Rangers.

The petition doesn’t detail the couple’s problems, but it cites conflict between them as a reason for the divorce. Hamilton has a long history of substance abuse problems and earlier this year he self-reported a relapse.

Hamilton outlined 34 requests in the petition. Among the requests: prohibiting his wife from using a Maserati and 1972 Chevrolet Blazer in his possession; prohibiting her from “hiding” the children from him; prohibiting her from making disparaging remarks against him or his family.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Hamilton last week for the first time in months, and he said he isn’t sure when the star will return to the team.

Hamilton is not being disciplined by Major League Baseball for his relapse.

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Report: Eagles to Sign Tim Tebow

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of signing quarterback Tim Tebow, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Tebow worked out with the Eagles in the middle of March, but the team had no plans to sign him back then.

Tebow last appeared in an NFL regular season game when he was with the New York Jets back in 2012. He did spend time with the New England Patriots in 2013, but was cut before the regular season started.

A true media magnet, Tebow was one of the greatest college football players of all time while he was with the Florida Gators.

He was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, and even led the team to a division title in 2011. Despite his success, his erratic and unorthodox style never quite fit in the NFL, and he’s been unable to gain many opportunities to continue his pro career at the quarterback position.

Tebow completed 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his pro career, while rushing for 989 yards and 12 scores.

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Mets Win Eight Straight, Lose D’Arnaud and Blevins to Injuries

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets held off the Miami Marlins to win their eighth straight game, 7-6. However, the Mets suffered two costly injuries to catcher Travis d’Arnaud and relief pitcher Jerry Blevins with broken bones.

D’Arnaud fractured his right hand in Sunday’s game against the Miami. He was hit by a pitch from A.J. Ramos in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Blevins fractured his left forearm when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. Blevins completed the play before leaving the game. Batters had been 0-for-15 against Blevins this season.

Despite the Mets’ quick start to the season, they have been hit hard by injuries. Captain David Wright landed on the disabled list last week with a right hamstring strain. Zack Wheeler and Edgin required Tommy John surgery in March.

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Harden Scores 24, Rockets Defeat Mavericks, 118-108

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Rockets guard James Harden had 24 points and 11 assists as Houston defeated the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, 118-108 to take Game 1 of their Western Conference first round series.

In 39 minutes of action, Harden was 4-of-11 from the field and 15-of-17 from the charity stripe. Guard Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter while forward Trevor Ariza contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Trailing 55-54 with 30 seconds remaining in the first half, Houston scored five unanswered points to go into locker room with a 59-55 lead. They would never trail after that.

Forward Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 24 points and center Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 18 rebounds.

Both teams had seven players score in double figures.

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