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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASKETBALL

Kevin Ware breaks leg

Louisville guard Kevin Ware broke his leg in a horrific injury that left college basketball in a state of shock during the March Madness regional finals on Sunday. Ware landed awkwardly while trying to block a shot in the first half and his right leg bent at a gruesome angle, leaving the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in a stunned silence. “When he landed, I heard it,” Louisville guard Russ Smith told reporters. “And then I [saw the bone] come out and I immediately just, just like, fell.” Ware was carted off the court on a stretcher, leaving Louisville players and coach Rick Pitino in tears. Louisville were able to recover for an 85-63 victory over Duke that advanced them to the Final Four, but their thoughts remained with their teammate. Ware was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery, but there was no timetable placed on his recovery. “I don’t think any of us, with what we had to witness, could [have] overcome it if it wasn’t for Kevin Ware 12 times saying to the guys: ‘I’ll be fine. Win the game,’” Pitino said.

ICE HOCKEY

Crosby healing after puck hit

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will be sidelined indefinitely after surgery to repair a broken jaw and damaged teeth, the NHL team said on Sunday. Crosby left Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders after taking a puck to the face and was immediately hospitalized for treatment. Penguins general manager Ray Shero visited Crosby on Sunday. The Canadian star’s jaw did not have to be wired shut, but he lost several teeth. The Penguins said he has not shown signs of concussion. “I was surprised. He looked really good for what I was expecting,” Shero said. “The whole injury could have been a lot worse.” Crosby leads the NHL in scoring with 15 goals and 41 assists in 36 games this season, helping the Penguins build a 15-game winning streak that has matched the Islanders’ run from 1982 as the second-longest in league history.

ATHLETICS

Bolt wins Brazil beach race

Jamaica’s champion sprinter Usain Bolt cruised to victory in a 150m race on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach on Sunday, timing 14.42 seconds. The 26-year-old Bolt fell short of improving on his own world record for the 150m — 14.35 seconds set in Manchester, England, in 2009. Antiguan sprinter Daniel Bailey came in second on Sunday at 14.88 seconds, followed by Brazilian Bruno Lins at 14.91 and Ecuadoran Alex Quinonez at 15.90. Bolt said he was happy with the result, calling it a “good start” and saying he looked forward to returning to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics. After crossing the finish line, Bolt took off his shoes and hurled one of them into the stands. He regretted the move when he felt how hot the track was and asked for a replacement.

ROWING

Oxford get sweet revenge

Oxford buried memories of a painful defeat a year ago as they surged past Cambridge to win the 159th University Boat Race by almost two lengths on London’s chilly River Thames on Sunday. Last year, Oxford felt they had were robbed of the win after Cambridge won a bizarre and chaotic race which featured an intruder in the river, a restart, a broken oar and an ailing oarsman. Sunday’s edition was more straightforward, as Oxford took advantage of their heavier crew to win the 6.8km race. British Royal Marines were stationed on the course to prevent a repeat of last year. Oxford completed their victory in 17 minutes, 27 seconds, their ninth win since 2000, to cut Cambridge’s overall lead to 81-77.

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