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Weekend Sports In Brief

AUTO RACING

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Jimmie Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps to go, winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Johnson started near the back after failing to get in a qualifying run because of inspection issues. But the No. 48 Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track at the end of the weekend, cruising across the finish line a comfortable 1.803 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick.

It was the 71st victory of Johnson's career, and his fourth at the 1.54-mile trioval south of Atlanta. It also gives him an almost-certain spot in the season-ending Chase, going for a seventh championship that would tie him with Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt for the most titles.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, who started from the pole and led 84 laps early in the race.

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Matt Crafton romped to an easy win in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Crafton, the two-time defending series champion, took over the lead on lap 59 and pulled away from there, setting the pace on the final 72 trips around the 1.54-mile trioval to win by a commanding 8.752 seconds. He was out front for a total of 85 laps in the 130-lap event.

Ty Dillon trailed Crafton across the line, adding a runner-up finish to his third-place showing in the Xfinity Series race.

GOLF

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Ian Poulter lost command of the Honda Classic with two swings on consecutive tee shots in a wild final hour Sunday. He still had a share of the lead with Paul Casey heading into Monday's sprint-to-the-finish at soggy PGA National.

Poulter was practically flawless in the rain-delayed third round Sunday morning for a 4-under 66 that gave him a three-shot lead over Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington. After the third round ended, the players went right back out to play as many holes of the final round as the sun would allow.

Play was suspended by darkness with Poulter on the eighth tee and Casey in the left rough on No. 10. Reed was one shot behind.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for her second straight victory.

The 17-year-old New Zealander, the Women's Australian Open winner last week for her sixth LPGA Tour title, closed with a 1-under 70 at Clearwater for a four-stroke victory. She has 10 worldwide victories in professional events, also winning at Clearwater as an amateur in 2013.

On Saturday, Ko broke the course record with a career-best 61 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round. She had five birdies, a double bogey and two bogeys Sunday to finish at 14-under 202.

Australian amateur Hannah Green was second after a 68.

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) - South Korea's Amy Yang won the Honda LPGA Thailand for her second LPGA Tour title, finishing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over American Stacy Lewis and two others.

Yang broke a tie with Lewis with a three-stroke swing on the par-4 15th. Yang bogeyed No. 16 and closed with two pars to finish at 15-under 273 on Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course.

Lewis, the third-round leader, finished with a 72 to match Taiwan's Yani Tseng and South Korea's Mirim Lee at 13 under. Tseng, the 2011 and 2012 winner, had a 67, and Lee shot 69.

NHL

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The New York Rangers acquired a big piece in their push for another deep playoff run, picking up All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes.

The 28-year-old Yandle has been one of the NHL's best offensive-minded defensemen, a four-time All-Star who has led the Coyotes in scoring the past three seasons. He has 41 points in 63 games this season and has been the anchor of Arizona's power play unit.

New York also received defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick for defenseman John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a conditional first-round draft pick in 2016 and a second-rounder this year.

The Rangers made two more deals Sunday ahead of the trade deadline, acquiring forward Carl Klingberg from the Winnipeg Jets for forward Lee Stempniak, and picking up forward James Sheppard from the San Joe Sharks for a fourth-round pick in 2016.

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars traded forward Erik Cole to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for center Mattias Janmark, defenseman Mattias Backman and a second-round pick this year. The Red Wings also received a conditional third-round pick.

The 36-year-old Cole had 18 goals and 17 assists in 57 games for the Stars this season. He has 262 goals and 264 assists in 881 games with Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal and Dallas.

Janmark and Backman, both 22, have not played in the NHL.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - The Calgary Flames traded Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals for second- and third-round picks this year.

The 32-year-old forward is in position to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had nine goals and 19 assists in 53 games this season for the Flames.

BASEBALL

CHICAGO (AP) - Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game's first black Latino star, has died, a medical examiner in Illinois said Sunday.

The Cook County medical examiner's office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso's age but the Chicago White Sox say he was 90.

Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there is a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.

MMA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ronda Rousey stopped Cat Zingano with an acrobatic armbar 14 seconds into the first round, dramatically defending her bantamweight title at UFC 184 on Saturday night.

Rousey (11-0) earned the most impressive victory of her career with jaw-dropping speed, taking out the previously unbeaten Zingano with her signature armlock from an unlikely position.

Rousey landed on her head after Zingano (9-1) charged her at the opening bell, but the champion gracefully flipped Zingano onto her back, got up and maneuvered swiftly into position to wrench Zingano's arm grotesquely. Rousey forced the challenger to tap out, ending her fifth title defense.

Rousey's last three fights have lasted a total of 96 seconds, including two bouts against previously unbeaten opponents.

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