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RiverKings eliminated from SPHL playoffs: HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville center Christian Powers scored two goals, including the game-winner at the 18:44 mark of the third period, to send the Havoc past the Mississippi RiverKings, 3-2, in the decisive Game 3 of their Southern Professional Hockey League first-round playoff series.
The RiverKings defeated Huntsville, 4-2, on Friday night to force Game 3. The Havoc will advance to face Peoria in the President’s Cup semifinals.
The teams entered the final period tied at 1 with goals by Powers and Mississippi’s Dillan Fox, who scored twice in Game 2. Nolan Kaiser staked Huntsville to a 2-1 lead, before Mike Moran helped the RiverKings pull even at the 8:55 mark.
Boston marks 4th anniversary of marathon bombing: Bostonians are marking the fourth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon attacks.
Quiet remembrances were held Saturday to remember the victims. Three spectators were killed and more than 260 others wounded when two bombs planted near the finish line exploded on April 15, 2013, spraying shrapnel into the crowds.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer also was killed later while struggling with the bombers as they tried to steal his gun.
Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in an ensuing standoff with police. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted on federal charges and sentenced to death.
The attacks have inspired several movies, including the Mark Wahlberg film “Patriots Day.”
On the eve of the anniversary, volunteers planted thousands of daffodils along the marathon course in solidarity.
Bottas beats Hamilton for pole at Bahrain GP: Valtteri Bottas pipped his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton right at the end of qualifying on Saturday to take pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain.
Hamilton had taken pole in the first two races of the season and had the leading time, until Bottas beat him on the last lap. It was the Finnish driver’s first ever pole — denying Hamilton his 64th. Hamilton had also taken pole in Bahrain for the past two years.
Bottas clocked a leading time of 1 minute, 28.769 seconds over the 5.4-kilometer (3.3-mile) track in Sakhir, compared to 1:28.792 for Hamilton.
“Boom. That’s my first one, guys,” Bottas proudly told his team over race radio.
Florida center McCoy hospitalized after scooter accident: Florida center T.J. McCoy has been hospitalized after being hit by a suspected drunken driver.
McCoy and his girlfriend were on a scooter near campus around 2 a.m. Friday when they were struck by a car, according to Gainesville Police.
McCoy and his girlfriend, Precious Ichite, were thrown from the scooter and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the police report.
McCoy’s father, Tony McCoy, shared two pictures on Facebook of his son in a hospital bed looking upbeat and wearing a bandage on the left side of his forehead.
Samantha Meldrem, 22, was arrested after hitting the scooter and fleeing the scene. She is facing two misdemeanor counts of DUI and property damage.
Dmitriev becomes 1st Russian indoor cycling champ: Denis Dmitriev became the first individual Russian male world champion in indoor cycling when he defeated the Netherlands’ Harrie Lavresen in the sprint race on Saturday, the fourth day of the world track cycling championships.
A bronze medalist in both last year’s world championships and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Dmitriev did not lose a heat in the men’s sprint race. New Zealand’s Ethan Mitchell edged Great Britain’s Ryan Owens for bronze.
“Really, I am so excited and I don’t know what to say,” said Dmitriev, who set a goal of winning gold in the event in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “I try many times now. I have two bronze, two silver but never gold and never this jersey. It was my dream until today.”
Dmitriev was one of three Russians to claim a medal on Saturday. Daria Shmeleva won her first individual gold medal in the women’s 500-meter time trial, with last year’s winner and this year’s top qualifier, Anastasia Voinova, finishing third.
Ex-NFL player driving truck that killed daughter: Authorities say a former NFL player was moving a truck that ran over and killed his 3-yeardaughter in the driveway of their suburban Phoenix home.
The Arizona Republic reported that police say Todd Heap was behind the wheel of the truck when he accidentally struck the girl while moving the vehicle forward outside their home in Mesa on Friday. Officials say the girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Mesa police say impairment was not a factor. Heap played for the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals. He also played at Arizona State University, where he was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection.