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ICE HOCKEY

Senators beat Bruins 4-2

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the tie-breaking goal with 3 minutes, 34 seconds to play as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Sunday in the NHL’s rescheduled regular-season finale. The victory gave the Senators the seventh seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs and a matchup with Montreal, while dropping the New York Islanders into eighth and a first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins, who could have won the Northeast Division and earned a No. 2 seed with a win, finish fourth and will play Toronto in the first round. The game was originally scheduled for April 15, the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. It was the only NHL game on Sunday, with the rest of the league having wrapped up the regular season by Saturday. Kyle Turris scored an empty-net goal with 37 seconds left.

GOLF

Horschel in first USPGA win

Billy Horschel waited out a storm delay to sink a 26-foot birdie putt on the final hole and claim his first USPGA Tour title on Sunday at the US$6.6 million Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Louisiana. Horschel, who earlier birdied six holes in a row, fired an eight-under-par 64 in the final round to finish on 20-under-par 268 after 72 holes, one stroke ahead of fellow American D.A. Points in a dramatic back-nine duel. “This one means a lot. It’s something I’ve worked so hard for,” Horschel said. “Man, for that putt to go in I said: ‘I’m due for a long one.’ It came off the putter so good and I’m so glad it went in.”

GOLF

Park scrapes win in Texas

World No. 1 Inbee Park drained a birdie putt at the final hole on Sunday to win the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout, holding off Spain’s Carlota Ciganda by one stroke. It was Park’s sixth LPGA title and her third this year, a run of success that saw her rise to No. 1 in the world this month, one week after scoring a major victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The South Korean played steady golf, posting four birdies without a bogey, her four-under 67 at Las Colinas giving her a 13-under total of 271. Taiwan’s Yani Tseng carded a final-round 73 to finish tied for 28th place on two-under 282.

SOCCER

Shakhtar bag eighth title

Shakhtar Donetsk won their fourth straight Ukraine league title on Sunday despite drawing 1-1 at Metalist Kharkiv. Metalist were the only team capable of catching Romanian manager Mircea Lucescu’s team, but needed to win to have any chance of doing so. The result left Shakhtar 15 points clear of second-placed Dynamo Kiev, who leapfrogged Metalist on goal difference with a 2-0 win over Dnepropetrovsk with just four games left. It was Shakhtar’s eighth league title in total, but still leaves them behind Kiev, who have 13 wins — including nine in a row from 1993 to 2001.

SOCCER

APOEL claim 22nd crown

APOEL were crowned Cypriot champions for the 22nd time in their 86-year history on Sunday as AC Omonia’s 4-0 thrashing of Anorthosis Famagusta gave the title on Sunday to last season’s UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists. The win lifted Omonia into second place in the standings, but APOEL lead by an unassailable seven points with two rounds remaining. The Nicosia club’s consistency and miserly defensive record were instrumental in winning the title, having scored 57 goals and conceding only 14 times in its 22 wins, four draws and four losses so far this season.

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