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SpaceX able to land booster rocket

SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit last night with 11 small satellites—its first mission since an accident last summer.

Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-storey leftover booster back on Earth safely.

It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically at Cape Canaveral, Fla. and represented a tremendous success for SpaceX.

Late Saints’ rally comes up short

NEW ORLEANS—For all the arm talent Matthew Stafford has displayed in his seven NFL seasons, it was his efficiency and decision-making that sparked the Detroit Lions to a big lead and helped prevent them from squandering it.

Stafford completed 22-of-25 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions held off a late surge by New Orleans to defeat the Saints 35-27 last night.

Host goofs crown

LAS VEGAS—The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year’s winner but for one brief moment yesterday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia.

Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo already was wearing the crown as this year’s Miss Universe winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize.

’Hawks edge Sharks

CHICAGO—A wild start was followed by a quiet lull and then a big finish from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Toews scored at 2:21 of overtime, and Kane had a goal and an assist, as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3 last night to put a splashy bow on a successful weekend.

Toews skated in with Kane for a 2-on-1 and tipped home a nice pass for his 11th goal.

Lakes warming up fast

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—A new report says temperatures in the world’s lakes are rising more than in the oceans or the atmosphere, which could worsen problems such as algae blooms and oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can’t survive.

The study combined satellite and ground measurements of 235 lakes over the past 25 years.

Rams hold off Bucs

ST. LOUIS—Rams’ players saw the signs, heard the chanting, noticed the volume was turned up.

The effort was inspired on what could have been the final home game for the franchise in St. Louis.

“It was a great atmosphere,” quarterback Case Keenum said after the Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 last night.