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Harvick survives shootout for 1st Darlington win PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:18
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.
Lesson learned.
On Saturday night in the Sprint Cup race, Harvick took advantage of four new tires to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end to win the longest race in the track’s 65-year NASCAR history. The grippier rubber let Harvick race the high line while others slipped or spun tires trying to get going.
“I kind of learned that last night as we were in the Nationwide race,” Harvick said. “It was a good tool in your bag to have there at the end.”
Harvick earned his first pole here Friday night and had the most dominant car. But he had to make it through a restart with 10 laps left and two tries at a green-white-checkered finish — NASCAR’s version of extra innings.
“It was a good night and a really great weekend,” he said.
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Union wins NCAA hockey title, beating Minnesota PDF Print E-mail
Written by MIKE WISNIEWSKI Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:17
PHILADELPHIA — Tiny Union College skated off with the biggest trophy in college hockey.
And the Dutchmen did it at the expense of two of the sport’s giants, toppling Minnesota for its first NCAA title after beating Boston College in the semifinals.
Union scored three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory Saturday, two nights after Daniel Ciampini scored three goals in a 5-4 win over Boston College.
“I don’t think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore,” said Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists against the Gophers.
Union (32-6-4) won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its last 17. The 2,200-student liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., competes in Division III in all other sports.
“They came as advertised,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “We knew it going in.”
After Minnesota took a 2-1 lead, Mike Vecchione tied it with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave Union the lead 57 seconds later, and Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go.
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Johansen lifts Blue Jackets past Panthers PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAUL GEREFFI Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:14
SUNRISE, Fla. — The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking forward to their second playoff appearance in franchise history.
Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and the Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers for the eighth straight time, 3-2 on Saturday night.  Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson also scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves.
The Blue Jackets clinched the first wild-card spot and will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“Just excited for the opportunity to play in the playoffs. That’s something you have to earn and our players went and earned it this year,” Columbus coach Todd Richards’ said. “We’ve got the opportunity to play one of the premier teams in the league, a team that has talented players, they know how to win, they’re well-coached, and we get to go in their building.”
Columbus’ previous playoff appearance was in 2009 when it was swept in four games by Detroit.
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TD runs by Dunn, Ball lift Gray past Scarlet PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:16
COLUMBUS — With several of his best players either injured or held out of Ohio State’s spring game, coach Urban Meyer had to look at the progress of individuals instead of the big picture.
“I’m not trying to evaluate an offense. Who cares?” Meyer said after the Gray squad slipped by the Scarlet 17-7 on Saturday before a crowd of 61,058 at sunny Ohio Stadium. “There’s guys out there who will never play or are not ready to play now. I wanted to see who’s going to compete, who’s going to make plays, not who’s going to fit into the team concept. Because we all know what we saw out there. And that’s not the Ohio State Buckeyes. That’s a bunch of people all over the place.”
Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball ran for touchdowns to lead the Gray squad on a day in which most of the most notable Buckeyes stayed on the sidelines.
Quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State’s All-Big Ten quarterback, sat out spring workouts after surgery on his (right) throwing shoulder. Wide receiver Evan Spencer (ankle) and safety Vonn Bell (knee) also missed the game, along with tight end Jeff Heuerman, wide-out Jalin Marshall, H-back Dontre Wilson and starting offensive tackle Taylor Decker.
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Olynyk scores 25 as Celtics roll past Cavs PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:13
CLEVELAND — The Boston Celtics are trying to finish the season on a high note.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are ending with another puzzling tailspin.
Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Celtics dominated the Cavaliers in a 111-99 win Saturday night.
Avery Bradley also scored 25 points for the Celtics, who built a 33-point lead early in the fourth quarter despite dressing only eight players. Olynyk had a career-high 12 rebounds, and Jeff Green and Brandon Bass each scored 19 points.
“Wins like this mean a lot because it shows that we’re going to continue to go out and play hard,” Bradley said. “We feel like we still have something to play for.”
Cleveland coach Mike Brown had a much different perspective. Since being eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday, the Cavaliers have lost to Milwaukee, the worst team in the league, and Boston, which came into Saturday with a 13-game road losing streak.
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