- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON MARATHON

BOSTON (AP) - Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013.

He didn’t have much time to celebrate. A few hours after Desisa broke the tape on Boylston Street, two bombs near the finish line turned what should be the pinnacle of any distance runner’s career into an afterthought.

Desisa earned his second Boston Marathon title Monday, finishing in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds to claim a golden olive wreath, the $150,000 first prize and a winner’s medal to replace the one he donated to the city in memory of the victims.

And this one he plans to enjoy.

Kenya’s Caroline Rotich won the women’s race, beating Mare Dibaba in a shoulder-to-shoulder sprint down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds as the world’s most prestigious marathon took a tentative step back toward normal.

NFL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tebowmania swept through Philly before Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL even became official.

By the time the Philadelphia Eagles announced late Monday afternoon that Tebow signed a one-year contract, the city was buzzing about Chip Kelly’s latest move. Tebow dominated newspaper headlines, social media conversation and sports talk radio. A pretzel factory even made “Tebowing” shaped pretzels.

Some fans applauded the move, while others claimed Kelly lost his mind. Talk show hosts debated the signing and questioned everything about Tebow from his passing skills to his faith and intelligence.

Neither Kelly nor Tebow was available for comment. A team spokesman said that won’t happen until the Eagles hold organized team activities next month.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have started their spring strength and conditioning program. Adrian Peterson, in one of the surest bets of the offseason, stayed away.

NFL teams such as the Vikings with returning head coaches were allowed to launch their supervised workouts at team headquarters on Monday, when a person with knowledge of Peterson’s plans confirmed to The Associated Press that the star running back did not attend.

Peterson’s absence was expected, of course, given his expressed disinterest in returning to the organization. Even in a normal year, Peterson’s presence during the offseason in Minnesota has been rare.

CHICAGO (AP) - Former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone, whose reputation for being a passionate football player carried over into his career as a sports broadcaster, was found deadin his home, according to police.

Paramedics and police were summoned to Buffone’s home on Chicago’s West Side and found a 70-year-old man dead due to natural causes, said police spokesman Thomas Sweeney. The man was later identified as Buffone, who played 14 seasons for the Bears.

Buffone retired after the 1979 season with 24 career interceptions, the most for any Bears linebacker. He also held the team’s record for most games played with 186.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bob St. Clair, a five-time Pro Bowler with a big personality who played all 11 of his seasons with his hometown San Francisco 49ers, died Monday. He was 84.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, the 49ers and the University of San Francisco announced his death.

A 6-foot-9 right tackle known for his speed, toughness and uncanny blocking ability in the passing and running games, St. Clair was a third-round draft pick by San Francisco in 1953.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990 - 27 years after his final season of 1963 - and was nearly as famous for eating raw meat as he was for his football skills.

NBA

TORONTO (AP) - What started as a song has become reality for Raptors guard Lou Williams.

Williams won the NBA Sixth Man Award, honored as the league’s best reserve after averaging a career-best 15.5 points in his 10th season and helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games.

Williams was mentioned in the lyrics of the song “6 Man” by Toronto rapper Drake, who is also the Raptors’ global ambassador. The song came out in February, right around the NBA’s All-Star weekend.

Williams, who also appeared in the song’s video, called the experience “cool.”

BASEBALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Chicago Cubs was delayed 23 minutes after a female fan behind home plate was hit in the back of the head by a ball off the bat of Starlin Castro.

The Pirates said in a statement the woman was conscious and alert when she was taken out of the seating are on a stretcher. She gave a thumbs-up gesture to nearby fans before being taken to a hospital.

The woman was standing in the first row behind home plate with her back toward the field when Castro fouled a ball straight back against the protective screen. The ball was hit with such force that it struck the fan.

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