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       === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, April 19 ===
 
 
                       === Nats activate Span from DL ===
 
 Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals activated center
 fielder  Denard Span  from the  15-day disabled  list prior  to Sunday's  game
 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
 
 Span  had  surgery to  repair a  core muscle  in early  March after a previous
 procedure to fix a sports hernia injury last December.
 
 The  move comes  after Span went 5-for-12  with a home run during a three-game
 rehab stint between Single-A Hagerstown and Double-A Harrisburg.
 
 The  31-year-old Span is  coming off his best season in the big leagues, as he
 hit  .302  to go along with  career-bests in hits (184), extra-base hits (52),
 stolen bases (31) and doubles (39).
 
 In  a corresponding  roster move, the Nationals optioned outfielder Michael A.
 Taylor  to Triple-A Syracuse.  He hit .271 with two homers and eight RBI in 12
 games.
 
 
          === Angels activate Richards from DL to start vs. Astros ===
 
 Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim activated
 pitcher  Garrett  Richards from the 15-day  disabled list to start in Sunday's
 rubber match against the Houston Astros.
 
 Richards  will make his season debut after recovering from a ruptured patellar
 tendon  in his  left knee.  He suffered  the injury  during late  August while
 covering first base on a groundball in Boston.
 
 The  26-year-old  right-hander was 13-4  with a 2.61  earned run average in 26
 starts  last season.  He owns a career record  of 24-17 with a 3.66 ERA in 110
 games, including 55 starts, since making his major league debut in 2011.
 
 To create room for Richards, the Angels optioned pitcher Adam Wilk to Triple-A
 Salt Lake.
 
 
                 === Rays designate Balfour for assignment ===
 
 St.  Petersburg,  FL (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Tampa Bay Rays have designated
 pitcher Grant Balfour for assignment.
 
 Balfour  was in the final season of a two-year deal and was coming off a rough
 outing  on Saturday against the Yankees when he surrendered three runs on just
 one hit and three walks in only two-thirds of an inning in New York's 9-0 win.
 
 The  37-year-old right-hander rejoined the Rays in 2014 after three seasons in
 Oakland.  He  also pitched for Tampa  Bay from 2007-10 and his 274 appearances
 with the club are second only to Joel Peralta's 296.
 
 Balfour  owns a  career record of 30-23 with  a 3.49 ERA in 534 games, all but
 one out of the bullpen, with Tampa Bay, Oakland, Milwaukee and Minnesota.
 
 The  Rays selected  the contract of pitcher Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham
 to fill the roster spot.
 
 
            === Djokovic outlasts Berdych for Monte Carlo crown ===
 
 Monte  Carlo, Monaco (SportsNetwork.com) - Novak Djokovic continued his strong
 start to the 2015 season with a three-set victory Sunday over Tomas Berdych in
 the final of the Monte Carlo Masters.
 
 Djokovic  waited out  a rain delay and  survived a hiccup in the second set to
 claim  a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory, earning the prestigious clay court title for a
 second  time. He  previously won the tournament in 2013, ending Rafael Nadal's
 eight-year reign as champion.
 
 The  top-seeded Djokovic also beat Nadal in the semifinals on Saturday and has
 now  won 17 straight matches since a loss to Roger Federer in the Dubai final.
 He  also  became the first man  to win each  of the year's first three Masters
 titles after a sweep at Indian Wells and Miami earlier this spring.
 
 Djokovic  has lost  only  twice this  year,  falling to  Ivo  Karlovic in  the
 quarterfinals  of the  season opener  in Qatar  before winning  the Australian
 Open.
 
 Berdych  hadn't dropped  a set this week  en route to the final and opened the
 match  Sunday with a break of Djokovic's serve. The Serb broke back soon after
 and broke again for a 5-3 lead, but Berdych immediately returned the favor for
 5-4.
 
 Djokovic,  though, broke again to capture the first set and held a 3-2 lead in
 the second before rain interrupted play. The nearly one-hour break appeared to
 favor Berdych, who broke for a 4-3 lead and won four of the last five games to
 force a decisive third.
 
 The  world  No. 1, however, opened  a quick 4-0  advantage in the third with a
 pair of breaks and soon after wrapped up his 52nd career title. He improved to
 52-23  in finals, including 4-1 this year, and notched his 23rd career Masters
 shield to tie Federer for second all-time, behind only Nadal's 27.
 
 Berdych  fell  to 10-17 all-time  in finals and  also dropped to 2-19 lifetime
 against  Djokovic. Two of  those losses have come this year, as the Czech also
 lost a three-set semifinal in Dubai.
 
 Bob  and Mike  Bryan won the doubles  crown with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 triumph over
 the  Italian  duo of  Simone Bolelli  and Fabio  Fognini, giving the Americans
 their 106th career team title.
 
 
             === Pereira completes unlikely title run in Bogota ===
 
 Bogota,  Colombia  (SportsNetwork.com) - Teliana Pereira completed an unlikely
 run to her first career WTA title, beating Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets
 on Sunday in the Claro Open final.
 
 Pereira battled through a tough first set before rolling in the second to earn
 a  7-6 (7-2),  6-1 victory, becoming the  first Brazilian to win a WTA singles
 title since Neige Dias at Barcelona in April of 1988.
 
 Ranked  130th  in the  world, the  26-year-old Pereira didn't  drop a set this
 week.  She  beat former Grand  Slam champion  Francesca Schiavone in the first
 round,  knocked out  two-time Bogota  champion Lourdes  Dominguez Lino  in the
 quarterfinals and took out the top-seeded Elina Svitolina in the semis.
 
 Shvedova,  seeded  fifth this week, was  in her second career final and trying
 for her second title. The native of Kazakhstan won her first title eight years
 ago in Bangalore.
 
 
                === Kvitova sends Czechs into Fed Cup final ===
 
 Ostrava,   Czech  Republic  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Petra  Kvitova  notched  a
 straight-set victory over Caroline Garcia on Sunday to send the Czech Republic
 into the Fed Cup final for the fourth time in the last five years.
 
 Kvitova  earned  a 6-4, 6-4  win in the first  reverse singles match Sunday to
 give  the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 advantage in the best-of-five semifinal
 tie. The two-time Wimbledon champ also won her first singles match on Saturday
 with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Kristina Mladenovic.
 
 Sunday's  second reverse  singles match was not played and the French salvaged
 one  point  this weekend  with a  doubles victory  from Mladenovic and Pauline
 Parmentier.  The duo rallied after a disastrous first set and captured an 0-6,
 6-3, 10-8 triumph over Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.
 
 Russia  will be  the opponent for the Czechs in November's final. The Russians
 advanced  Sunday with  a 3-2  win over  Germany, taking  the decisive  doubles
 rubber after the Germans had stormed back from an 0-2 deficit.
 
 The  Czechs beat  the Russians  in the  2011 finale  and will  host Russia  in
 November.  The 2011  title started  the latest  run for  the Czechs,  who beat
 Serbia in the 2012 final and topped Germany for the crown last year.
 
 France,  which fell to  3-3 all-time against the Czechs in the Fed Cup, hasn't
 won the title since 2003.
 
 
          === Russia fends off German rally to reach Fed Cup final ===
 
 Sochi,  Russia  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Germany  nearly  pulled off  a  miracle
 comeback  on Sunday  in the Fed Cup  semifinals against Russia, but the duo of
 Anastasia  Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina won the decisive doubles rubber to
 send the host nation to the final.
 
 After  Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber easily won reverse singles matches
 for Germany on Sunday, momentum clearly favored the visiting runners-up from a
 year ago.
 
 Pavlyuchenkova was on the losing end of Kerber's 6-1, 6-0 rout that evened the
 best-of-five tie at 2-2, but was inserted into the doubles lineup with Vesnina
 and made quick amends.
 
 The  Russian  tandem pulled  off a  6-2, 6-3 victory  over Petkovic and Sabine
 Lisicki to give Russia the 3-2 triumph and a date with the defending champions
 from the Czech Republic in the final.
 
 Pavlyuchenkova and Vesnina ripped off six straight games after the opening set
 was tied at 2-2 to take control. Vesnina was broken in the sixth game, evening
 the second set at 3-3, but the Russians quickly broke Lisicki, then fought off
 a break point in the next game and broke Petkovic to finally seal the victory.
 
 Svetlana  Kuznetsova  beat Julia  Goerges in  straight sets and Pavlyuchenkova
 outlasted  Lisicki in  three to give Russia a commanding 2-0 lead on Saturday,
 but the Germans decided to go with rested players in reserve singles action on
 Sunday and the move paid off nicely.
 
 Petkovic  blasted Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-1, to give Germany life, then Kerber made
 short  work of  Pavlyuchenkova in just 52  minutes to even the tie, setting up
 the final doubles match.
 
 Russia  is back  in the Fed Cup final  for the first time since a 2013 loss to
 Italy.  The Russians also  lost to the Czechs in the 2011 title series and won
 the last of its four Fed Cup titles in 2008.
 
 The  Russians  will visit the Czechs  in November. The Czechs or Russians have
 won  seven of the  last 11 Fed Cup titles, with Italy capturing the other four
 during that span.
 
 Germany  was bidding  for a return trip to  the final and hasn't won a Fed Cup
 crown since 1992.
 
 
           === Italy edges U.S. to remain in Fed Cup World Group ===
 
 Brindisi,  Italy (SportsNetwork.com)  - Serena  Williams needed  to win  three
 matches  this weekend to propel the United States back into the World Group of
 the Fed Cup, but the world's top-ranked player managed to win only two.
 
 Instead,  Italy will remain  in the World Group after the doubles team of Sara
 Errani  and  Flavia Pennetta thumped  Williams and  Alison Riske, 6-0, 6-3, in
 Sunday's decisive doubles rubber for a 3-2 victory.
 
 Maybe Williams needed to play without a teammate.
 
 The  19-time Grand Slam champion beat Camila Giorgi to open the singles action
 on  Saturday, then gave  the U.S. a 2-1 lead Sunday by rallying for a 4-6, 7-6
 (7-3),  6-3  triumph over  Errani, who  had won her  opening singles rubber on
 Saturday against Lauren Davis in a 6-1, 6-2 rout.
 
 However,  Pennetta again  drew the  Italians even  on Sunday  with a  6-1, 6-1
 pounding of Christina McHale.
 
 Riske  was  chosen to  play alongside  Williams in the  doubles match, but the
 Italian  duo dominated  from the start. Pennetta and Errani won the first five
 games in a mere 17 minutes, then rebounded from a break down in the second set
 to hand Williams her first-ever loss in 17 career Fed Cup matches.
 
 The Americans will play in World Group II again next year. The U.S. had beaten
 Argentina, 4-1, in a World Group II first-round encounter earlier this year to
 reach this weekend's playoff stage.
 
 Italy  has  now beaten  the  United  States in  five  straight  Fed Cup  ties,
 including  back-to-back finals in 2009 and 2010. The Americans still own a 9-5
 advantage in the all-time series.
 
 
                   === Furyk tops Kisner to win Heritage ===
 
 Hilton  Head  Island, SC (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jim Furyk birdied both playoff
 holes on Sunday to defeat Kevin Kisner and win the Heritage.
 
 Furyk fired an 8-under 63 in the final round to post 18-under-par 266. Kisner,
 who was in the final group, two groups behind Furyk, birdied the final hole of
 regulation to force the extra session. Kisner closed with a 7-under 64.
 
 The  duo returned  to the 18th at  Harbour Town Golf Links for the first extra
 hole.  Both players  found  the fairway  off  the tee  and  Furyk dropped  his
 approach just inside eight feet.
 
 Kisner  answered  by knocking his  second shot to 17  feet, then poured in his
 birdie  effort to put the pressure on. Furyk answered as he drained his birdie
 chance to extend the extra session.
 
 They headed to the par-3 17th, and both players found the green with their tee
 shots.  Kisner's 22-footer for  birdie failed to find the cup and he tapped in
 for par.
 
 Furyk  didn't miss. He converted his 12-foot birdie putt for his 17th PGA Tour
 title  and first  since the 2010 Tour Championship. Though he trailed entering
 the final round, Furyk had blown nine 54-hole leads since his last victory.
 
 "I've let so many slide by, I really kind of dug deep today and happy I got it
 done," said Furyk.
 
 Troy  Merritt, who led  after the second and third rounds, posted a 2-under 69
 and ended alone in third at 16-under-par 268. Brendon Todd carded a 4-under 67
 to grab fourth place at minus-15.
 
 Last year's winner, Matt Kuchar, was one shot back at 14-under-par 270 after a
 3-under 68. Sean O'Hair, who lost in a playoff to Jordan Spieth at the Valspar
 Championship, shot 7-under 64 to end alone in sixth at minus-13.
 
 Masters  champion Spieth closed  with a 1-under 70 and ended in a tie for 11th
 at 10-under-par 274.
 
 The  final round  was played early to  beat storms that were forecast for late
 afternoon.  Part of the final round was played through rain, but there were no
 stoppages.
 
 Furyk,  who  started the  day four  strokes off the  lead in the third-to-last
 group,  birdied  the second and fourth  to get off  to a quick start. A 9-foot
 birdie putt at the sixth kicked off a hot stretch of golf.
 
 "I hit a bad drive at two. I hit a bad second shot at two. I hit 14 trees down
 the  right side, then  hit a 9-iron to two feet and made birdie. Tugged it off
 three  ... hits a tree and drops into the fairway. Tugged it off the fifth tee
 real  bad, hit  tree and dropped in front  of the lake instead of going in the
 lake and turned that into a par," Furyk explained.
 
 "At  that point, I'm thinking you have to start hitting the ball at little bit
 better  here,  but things were going  my way. Then  I kind of righted the ship
 from  six through 10,  and felt a little better about my swing, and putts were
 going in."
 
 After  a birdie  at the par-3 seventh,  he poured in a 48-footer for birdie at
 the eighth and drained a 10-foot birdie try at nine to make it four in a row.
 
 Furyk made the turn at 16-under, but 3-putted for bogey at the par-4 11th. The
 2003  U.S. Open champion still led by one at that point, but birdies at 12 and
 13, both from inside eight feet, extended his advantage.
 
 After  a par at  14, Furyk dropped in a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-5 15th.
 He parred the final three holes to post 18-under.
 
 Kisner  chipped in  for eagle  at No.  2, then  converted back-to-back  birdie
 chances at five and six to climb to minus-15.
 
 The  30-year-old ran off seven consecutive pars from the seventh, then birdied
 the  14th  from seven feet  out and followed with  another birdie on the par-5
 15th to move within one of Furyk.
 
 Kisner  parred  his next  two holes  before dropping his  approach at the last
 seven feet from the hole. He knocked that in for birdie to force the playoff.
 
 "I'm  proud  of the way I  handled it. I'm just  glad to be in that position,"
 Kisner said. "I gave myself chances. He birdied 18 and 17. I'll live with that
 and just try to win next week."
 
 NOTES:  Furyk  collected $1.062 million for  the victory ... This was the 12th
 playoff  in tournament  history, and  10th  this season  on the  PGA Tour  ...
 Furyk's  63 was the  best closing round for a winner in tournament history ...
 This  was Kisner's best  PGA Tour finish ... Merritt was looking for his first
 tour  win ... The  top-64 in the world rankings on Monday will qualify for the
 WGC-Cadillac  Match  Play Championship in two  weeks ... The PGA Tour heads to
 Louisiana next week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where Seung-Yul Noh
 will defend his title.
 
 
           === Aphibarnrat wins Shenzhen International in playoff ===
 
 Shenzhen,  China (SportsNetwork.com)  - Kiradech Aphibarnrat made eagle on the
 penultimate  hole  of regulation  to force  a playoff,  then birdied the first
 extra hole on Sunday to defeat Hao-tong Li to win Shenzhen International.
 
 Aphibarnrat  closed with  an even-par 72 to  get into the playoff. Li, who was
 three  groups ahead of Aphibarnrat, carded a 5-under 67 to finish first at 12-
 under-par 276.
 
 The  pair returned to  the 18th hole for the playoff and both hit the green at
 the  par-4  with their  second shots.  After Li  2-putted for par, Aphibarnrat
 poured in his birdie effort to win for the second time on the European Tour.
 
 "Special  thanks  to my  caddie, he  was always  pushing me.  When we were two
 behind  on  the last  two holes, and  he said  you have not  lost, we have not
 signed  the  scorecard yet.  He was  completely right  and I  just got the job
 done," said Aphibarnrat. "I had a chance to win on the 72nd hole, but the putt
 in the playoff is the best putt I have ever made in my life."
 
 Tommy  Fleetwood  carded his third straight  3-under 69 at Genzon Golf Club to
 finish alone in third at minus-11.
 
 Julien  Quesne flew up the leaderboard thanks to a final-round, 7-under 65. He
 soared  into  a share of  fourth place at  10-under-par 278. Quesne was joined
 there  by  David Howell (68),  former PGA  Championship winner Y.E. Yang (69),
 Marco  Crespi (67),  second-round leader Peter Uihlein (72), Wen-Yi Huang (68)
 and Tom Lewis (69).
 
 Two-time  Masters champion  Bubba Watson rallied with  a 65 of his own to jump
 into  a tie for 29th at 5-under-par 283. Spain's Alvaro Quiros fired the round
 of  the  day, a  9-under 63, which  helped him  climb into a  share of 15th at
 minus-8.
 
 Aphibarnrat got off to a slow start with four straight pars to open his round.
 He dropped shots at the fifth and seventh to trim his lead over Li to one.
 
 Li  had  a steady front nine  with seven pars to  go with birdies at three and
 nine.
 
 Aphibarnrat pushed his advantage back to three as he birdied the ninth for the
 fourth consecutive round and followed with another birdie on No. 10.
 
 Li  poured in three birdies in a four-hole span from the 11th to jump into the
 lead at 12-under.
 
 Aphibarnrat  tripped to a bogey on the 12th to slip one back at 11-under. Both
 players bogeyed the 15th, then Li birdied the par-5 17th to move two clear.
 
 Li  parred  the last,  then watched Aphibarnrat  finish his round. Aphibarnrat
 holed an 18-foot eagle effort at the 17th to jump into a tie for the lead, and
 he parred No. 18 to force the playoff.
 
 "I  made a lot  of birdies again. But the Thai guy played so well," Li stated.
 "Congratulations for him."
 
 NOTES:  Aphibarnrat collected 386,168 euros for the victory ... His other tour
 win  was at the  2013 Malaysian Open and he joins Thongchai Jaidee as the only
 two  Thailand natives  with more than one European Tour win ... Alexander Levy
 will defend his title next week at the Volvo China Open.
 
 
            === Browne declared winner of Gwinnett Championship ===
 
 Duluth,  GA  (SportsNetwork.com) - As  expected, there was plenty of overnight
 rain  at TPC  Sugarloaf and more fell Sunday, which forced the cancellation of
 the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship.
 
 Overnight leader Olin Browne was declared the winner. He fired a course-record
 64 in Saturday's second round to grab a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer.
 
 Browne's  36-hole score  of 12-under-par 132 was also a new tournament record.
 Miguel  Angel Jimenez  had set the old  records of 65 and 135 last year, which
 was the second year of the tournament.
 
 "It  was a really  trying week for everybody here this week. I think the staff
 here,  the volunteers,  the  grounds  crew, everybody  did  an incredible  job
 getting the course prepped and ready for play, and it's such a downer for them
 to have the weather kind of throw this wet blanket on things," said Browne.
 
 "I  really feel  badly for the tournament.  But I think in all honesty, we all
 kind of knew this was coming and I think it's miraculous we got in 36 holes."
 
 Rocco  Mediate ended alone in third place at minus-9, while Stephen Ames, Mark
 O'Meara,  Jesper Parnevik and Tom Pernice, Jr. shared fourth place at 7-under-
 par 137.
 
 The first and second rounds were both completed on Saturday. Rain also fell on
 Friday,  on  an already  saturated course,  and forced  the suspension of play
 after just one group managed to complete their opening rounds.
 
 Browne, the 2011 U.S. Senior Open winner, birdied three of five holes from the
 second.  After  five consecutive pars  from the  seventh, Browne flew into the
 lead. He birdied five of the last seven holes to post 12-under.
 
 Langer had an outside chance to catch him. The German had five birdies through
 13 holes to move to minus-8. Langer parred three in a row before making birdie
 at 17 and eagle at 18 to grab second place.
 
 NOTES:  Browne  collected $270,000 for  the win ... The last weather-shortened
 event  on the  Champions Tour was the 2011 Insperity Championship ... The tour
 heads to Missouri next week for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, where Fred
 Funk and Jeff Sluman won the title last year.
 
 
             === Cocha wins second straight Latinoamerica title ===
 
 Cordoba, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - Tommy Cocha birdied three of the last
 four holes on Sunday to pull away and win the Abierto OSDE del Centro.
 
 Cocha  finished his second straight PGA Tour Latinoamerica victory at 9-under-
 par 275. This was his third tour victory.
 
 Two-time  major champion  Angel Cabrera (72) and Steven Fox (70) shared second
 place at minus-5.
 
 Cabrera flew out of the gate with an eagle at the second and a birdie on No. 3
 to  grab the  lead at  9-under. After  five pars  in a  row, he  bogeyed three
 straight  holes from the  ninth. Cabrera stemmed the tide with a birdie at 12,
 but bogeys at 15 and 17 dropped him to minus-5 and opened the door for Cocha.
 
 Cocha,  who led by two entering the final round, faltered to a double-bogey at
 the  first.  He got one stroke  back with a birdie  at two, but a bogey on the
 eighth put him at minus-6 at the turn.
 
 The  Argentine  bogeyed the 10th and  14th, but in between those dropped shots
 made  eagle on the  par-5 12th. Cocha birdied No. 15 and followed with birdies
 at 16 and 18 to seal the win.
 
 Fox  had  two bogeys and  two birdies  on the front  nine. Around the turn, he
 carded a birdie at the 16th to go with eight pars.
 
 Nathan  Lashley  (72) took fourth at  4-under-par 280 and Leandro Marelli (69)
 was two shots back at minus-2.
 
 
         === Hamilton outruns Raikkonen, Rosberg for Bahrain GP win ===
 
 Sakhir,  Bahrain (SportsNetwork.com)  - Defending  Formula One  world champion
 Lewis Hamilton claimed his third win in the first four races this season after
 putting on a dominating performance in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.
 
 Hamilton  started  on pole and  only relinquished  the lead during this 57-lap
 race when he pitted twice. This event at Bahrain International Circuit was run
 at  nighttime for the  second year in a row. The Mercedes driver also won last
 year's Bahrain GP after starting second.
 
 Hamilton  crossed  the  finish  line  3.38 seconds  ahead  of  Ferrari's  Kimi
 Raikkonen and six seconds in front of Nico Rosberg, who is Hamilton's teammate
 at Mercedes.
 
 It  was the  36th career  F1 win  for Hamilton,  who widened  his lead  in the
 championship  standings to 27 points over Rosberg. Hamilton has accumulated 93
 points for the season compared to 66 for Rosberg.
 
 "Big  thank  you to my  team. They did an  amazing job this weekend," Hamilton
 said.  "Ferrari  gave us a  really good  run for our  money. Out there, it was
 really  difficult to  look after the tires in these conditions. Fortunately, I
 was  able to keep  the car together and keep the tires as healthy as possible.
 We need to keep pushing as a team."
 
 Late in the race, Rosberg experienced a brake problem while running in second.
 Rosberg  ran too wide  in turn 1 on the penultimate lap, allowing Raikkonen to
 overtake him for the position.
 
 "I  lost my brakes  two laps from the end, so I went straight on and that cost
 me the position to Kimi, which is very disappointing," Rosberg said.
 
 Hamilton  also had  some braking problems in  the closing laps, but it did not
 interfere with his pace.
 
 "I  think my brakes  just got a bit warm when I was behind a few back markers,
 and  when you get  behind them, there's no cool air coming into the brakes, so
 they got a bit warm, but it wasn't really a problem," Hamilton said.
 
 Raikkonen's  second-place finish  marked his 78th career podium in F1, but his
 first  since  the Korean Grand  Prix in October 2013  when he drove for Lotus.
 Raikkonen  rejoined  Ferrari in 2014  after he  had won the world championship
 with the Italian team in 2007.
 
 "We  came through very  quickly in the end, but we ran out of laps," Raikkonen
 said.  "I think we have to be happy where we finished after where we qualified
 (fourth)."
 
 Sebastian  Vettel,  in his first  season with  Ferrari, started second and had
 been  in contention to win this race until lap 36 when he went wide in turn 14
 and   damaged  his  front  wing,  forcing  the  four-time  world  champion  to
 unexpectedly  pit  for repairs. Vettel ended  up finishing fifth. He is now 28
 points behind Hamilton.
 
 "I  felt like  I let the team down  a little bit when it was in reach," Vettel
 said.  "Kimi proved  with second it is  possible, and he drove a good race. It
 would have been difficult to catch Nico and overtake him."
 
 Valtteri  Bottas from Williams placed fourth. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo
 took  the sixth spot, followed by Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez from
 Force India.
 
 Red  Bull's Daniel  Kvyat and Felipe Massa from Williams completed the top-10.
 Massa  qualified sixth  but had to start  from pit lane after he had a problem
 with his car on the grid, prior to the formation lap.
 
 Jenson  Button  did not  start the  race due  to a  technical problem with his
 McLaren.  It  was a disastrous  weekend for Button  in Bahrain, as he suffered
 electrical  problems in  both of Friday's practice sessions and then failed to
 set  a lap time in qualifying when his Honda-powered car came to a stop on the
 track. He would have started the Bahrain GP from the rear of the field.
 
 Button's teammate, Fernando Alonso, finished 11th.
 
 04/19 16:37:59 ET


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