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Weekend rewind: Easter attack kills nearly 300 in Sri Lanka; Rays suffer first sweep of 2019; and more

Easter Sunday blasts kill at least 207 in Sri Lanka

At least 290 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Senior officials described the bombings as a terrorist attack by religious extremists and said seven suspects had been arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. The country's defense minister said most of the blasts were believed to have been suicide attacks. The explosions collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, and the dead included worshipers and hotel guests. People were seen carrying the wounded out of blood-spattered pews.

One killed, three injured in East Hillsborough crash

A 31-year-old Tampa man was killed Saturday when a blown tire caused his sports utility vehicle to flip over on Interstate-4, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver, who had not been identified pending notification of his family, was traveling westbound, west of Branch Forbes Road, shortly after 6 p.m. when the accident happened. When his tire blew out, he lost control and entered the center median. At that point the SUV flipped over and he was thrown from the vehicle. Also thrown from the vehicle was 35-year-old Jennifer Rodriguez, a passenger, whose kids were also in the vehicle. Troopers released this photo of the accident, which shows the SUV completely flipped.

For Rays, one proves to be a lonely number

It was a rough weekend for the Rays. Not only did they lose a series for the first time in 2019, it came at the hands of the division-rival Red Sox, at home, and it was a sweep. To make the losses sting even more, the last two were by one run — the type of games that seem to have eluded the Rays so far this season. It's still early, but the Rays find themselves 0-4 in one-run games — the past two to the Red Sox — and 0-3 in extra-inning games. Times' writer Ernst Hooper takes a look at the issue here.

A Florida family's puppy was stolen in 2017. They were reunited in Colorado.

A dog found abandoned in Colorado has been returned to its family, nearly two years after it was stolen in Florida as a puppy. Animal charity organization Wings of Rescue says the German Shepherd named Cedar was covered with snow in a rural Colorado ditch, apparently malnourished with an injured leg when a deputy marshal found her. The pet was identified thanks to its microchip. See a photo of Cedar with his family here.

Lightning players named finalists for awards, despite playoff tumble

The Lightning's season may have ended abruptly last week, crashing out of the playoffs in four games against the Blue Jackets, but it still boasted some of the NHL's best individual performances in the regular season. Over the weekend, Andrei Vasilevskiy was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the league's top goalie in the regular season. He is joined by the Stars' Ben Bishop — who mentored Vasilevskiy while he was the Lightning's No. 1 from 2013-17 until a trade to clear the way for Vasilevskiy — and the Islanders' Robin Lehner. Meanwhile, Victor Hedman was named a Norris Trophy finalist, which is given to the league's top defenseman, again after winning the same award a season ago. Joining him in the final three are the Sharks' Brent Burns and the Flames' Mark Giordano.

Contact Josh Fiallo at jfiallo@tampabay.com.

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