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POSTED April 23, 2013 1:43 a.m.

FOOTBALL

• Revis happy to begin new chapter with Buccaneers: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Darrelle Revis is confident he will fully recover from a major knee injury and help transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a playoff team.

The three-time All-Pro cornerback acquired from the New York Jets was formally introduced Monday as the newest member of a defense that ranked last in the NFL in pass defense in 2012.

Revis says he’s going to “do my best” to play up to expectations that come with a new six-year, $96 million contract. He says he holds no grudges against his old team, which was reluctant to give a player coming off surgery to repair a torn knee ligament such a commitment.



• Sites to be settled for college football playoff: (AP) — The conference commissioners in charge of putting together the new, four-team playoff system for college football that will start after the 2014 season are set to meet Tuesday in Pasadena, Calif.

At the top of their agenda: Pick three more bowls to be used in the semifinal rotation and decide on a site for the first national championship game.

The Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-fil-A bowls are the overwhelming favorites to be chosen for the playoff rotation, and have been for a while. So much so that only one other bowl — the Holiday Bowl in San Diego — even put in a bid to be part of the system that will replace the Bowl Championship Series.

The favorite to host the first championship game under the new format is Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas — home to not only an NFL team but also the Cotton Bowl. Tampa also put in a bid.



BASKETBALL

• Knicks’ J.R. Smith wins NBA Sixth Man award: GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes.

Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.

Smith helped the Knicks win the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994. New York is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and leads the Boston Celtics 1-0 in their first-round playoff series.



SOCCER

• Manchester United wins record 20th league title: MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United won its record 20th English league title, beating Aston Villa 3-0 Monday night on Robin van Persie’s first-half hat trick to clinch the championship with five games to spare.

Van Persie, signed from Arsenal last summer, put United ahead 83 seconds in when he scored from close range. He doubled the lead with a volley in the 12th minute and completed his hat trick in the 33rd minute for his league-high 24th goal of the season.

Manchester United (27-4-3) has a 16-point lead over Manchester City (20-5-8). City edged United in the final minute of last season with a pair of injury-time goals against Queen Park Rangers.

This is the earliest a club has clinched the Premier League title since Manchester United on April 14, 2001, according to STATS.



HORSE RACING

• Verrazano first on AP’s final Top 10 Derby list: NEW YORK (AP) — Verrazano is No. 1 on the AP’s final Run to the Roses’ Top 10 list of Kentucky Derby contenders.

The winner of the Wood Memorial is unbeaten in four career races, and has led the list for six of the past 11 weeks of Derby prep races.

Verrazano is one of four 3-year-olds on the list trained by Todd Pletcher. The others are No. 3 Revolutionary, No. 5 Overanalyze and No. 9 Palace Malice.

Florida Derby winner Orb remains No. 2.

The only changes on the list are Itsmyluckyday moving up two places to No. 7 and Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute moving into a tie for No. 10 with Will Take Charge.

Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents is No. 4. The colt is trained by Doug O’Neill, who won the Derby last year with I’ll Have Another.



BOWLING

• North Carolina man rolls 1st PBA 900 series: THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — A North Carolina man has rolled the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history — three straight perfect games.

Joe Scarborough of Charlotte opened the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Sun Bowl on Sunday with three games of 300, throwing 36 consecutive strikes.

Scarborough is a 50-year-old self-employed electrical contractor who was competing in his second event in the renamed PBA Senior Tour.

The PBA said Monday that Norm Duke bowled three consecutive 300s in a standard PBA Tour event in 1996, but the performance didn’t count as a 900 series because he ended one round with two perfect games and started the next round with the third.

Scarborough says he was “pretty surprised.” He insists he wasn’t nervous. Instead, he pretended he was at home practicing.



RUNNING

• Kebede wins London Marathon amid tight security: LONDON (AP) — Tsegaye Kebede won the London Marathon for the second time on Sunday amid enhanced security in the first major race since the twin bombings in Boston.

The Ethiopian chased down Emmanuel Mutai, and overtook the Kenyan in the closing stages to cross the line first in front of Buckingham Palace.

Kebede, who like most competitors wore a black ribbon to mark the Boston victims, clocked 2 hours, 6 minutes and 15 seconds to add to his 2010 triumph in London.

The women’s race was won by Priscah Jeptoo, who cruised over the line in 2:20:15.

The Kenyan clocked the fastest time this year to finish ahead of compatriot Edna Kiplagat, while Yikiko Akaby was third.

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