- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It’s Tebow Time in the City of Brotherly Love.

Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. Tebow hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN.

Despite being out of the league, the 27-year-old Tebow remained one of the most popular players around. He has a legion of fans who follow him because of his strong Christian beliefs.

The 27-year-old Tebow joins quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on Philadelphia’s roster.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - New Orleans Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans says an MRI on his left knee showed a deep bone bruise and he is questionable for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

Evans spoke before the Pelicans practiced at the University of San Francisco on Sunday. He left in the first half of New Orleans’ 106-99 loss to Golden State on Saturday after a collision with Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.


BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - After four rain delays and 11 extra laps, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane. It took him nine hours to get there Sunday at a water-logged Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kenseth snapped a 51-race losing streak by holding off Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson on one final restart in NASCAR’s determined effort to stage a complete race.

Kenseth, a seven-race winner in his 2013 debut season with Joe Gibbs Racing, was winless all last year.

The start was delayed nearly 90 minutes because of rain and the race was stopped three more times, including one delay that lasted almost four hours.

The final stoppage came when the race had already surpassed the scheduled 500 laps, but a quick rain shower had stalled NASCAR’s attempt to race to the checkered flag following an accident with eight laps remaining. So, NASCAR parked the cars on pit road and sent out its dryers to quickly try to give it one more shot.

Kenseth, the leader, was fine with NASCAR’s decision because he was so confident in his Toyota.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Scott Dixon, like nearly every IndyCar driver, loves racing the streets of downtown Long Beach.

But whether it was bad luck or an inability to close out a race, the New Zealander always found victory well beyond his reach. That changed with a dominating Sunday under the warm California sun.

Dixon passed Helio Castroneves during a mid-race pit stop and stayed out front over the final 47 laps to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach for the first time.

Castroneves, who turns 40 next month, had his third straight top-5 finish with a second. Juan Pablo Montoya made an impressive pass of teammate Simon Pagenaud to finish third. Pagenaud ended up fourth, giving Team Penske three top-five finishers for the second time in three races.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Jim Furyk won the RBC Heritage for his first PGA Tour title in five years, making birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner.

Furyk was ahead by a stroke when Kisner birdied the 72nd hole to force the playoff, the fourth in the last six tournaments at Harbour Town.

On the first extra hole, Kisner rolled in a second straight birdie putt on the 18th. But Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, answered with a birdie to keep the playoff going. After Kisner missed his birdie try on No. 17, Furyk sank a 12-foot putt for his 17th career PGA Tour win. He dropped his putter and punched the air in celebration.

Furyk shot an 8-under 63 and Kisner had a 64 to finish at 18-under 266.

Third-round leader Troy Merritt was at 16 under after a 69. Defending champion Matt Kuchar (68) was at 14 under, and Masters winner Jordan Spieth (70) was eight shots back.

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Olin Browne won the Champions Tour’s Greater Gwinnett Championship after constant rain forced the cancellation of the final round.

The 57-year-old Browne set the tournament record with a second-round 64 to take the lead at 12 under. Bernhard Langer then matched the record to move into second place, a stroke back.

Rain forced Friday’s first round to be suspended and then completed Saturday morning. There was more rain, but no delays, on Saturday, followed by heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday morning.


MONACO (AP) - Even when Novak Djokovic doesn’t play very well, he manages to win titles.

Despite hitting 38 unforced errors in a back-and forth match, the top-ranked Serb won the first big clay-court tournament of the season with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters.

It was Djokovic’s second triumph in three years in the principality, where he lives with his wife and kid, and his 11th straight win in a final.

Djokovic, who has lost only two matches in 2015, became the first player in tennis history to win the first three Masters tournament of the year after completing the Indian Wells-Miami sweep this spring. With his 23rd Masters title, Djokovic extended his winning streak to 17 matches, including a straight-set win over clay specialist Rafael Nadal in the semifinals on Saturday.

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) - Serena Williams thought she was ready for the clay-court season.

As it turns out, the top-ranked player still has a long way to go toward finding the form that could propel her to a 20th Grand Slam title at the French Open.

Williams came back from a set down to post a windy, error-filled 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Sara Errani on Sunday in a Fed Cup playoff against Italy.

Flavia Pennetta then routed 65th-ranked Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1 and Pennetta and Errani beat Williams and Alison Riske 6-0, 6-3 in the decisive doubles match to give Italy a 3-2 win.



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